One of the newer websites out there right now that I'm fairly fond of is Quora. It's really turning into a useful website full of great questions and answers from very knowledgeable contributors. One post that I recently stumbled on: “What’s something a reasonably smart person likely doesn't know but would find incredibly useful?” was particularly insightful. It contained a bunch of useful hacks folks could implement to recycle things around the house to use for other purposes.
I'm sure some of you have heard of these – but I tried to include items that I've never used before. If you know of any others – I'd love to hear about them!
CD spindle > Bagel sandwich tote
This should keep a tight seal and will cause your sandwich to be fresh and ready to eat come lunchtime! P.S. – Also great for doughnuts.
Bread tab > Hold spot on roll of tape
Use any old tab from a bag of bread and tape it to the end of your tape roll for easy access the next time you need to wrap that gift or mail that package off to grandma.
Floss > Cake, cheese cutter
Try unscented floss to create perfect slices in cake, cheese and other delicacies. I'm not sure I would reuse an old piece – but perhaps if you washed it out real good, rinsed – then disinfected it? Eee.
I'd be interested to know if anyone has tried this one.
Cardboard rolls > iPhone speakers
But, you don't have to give 'em any of your hard-earned cash with this cardboard roll, turned iPhone/iPod speaker! Simply cut a narrow opening in the middle of the roll large enough to insert your device, then stabilize the roll with some thumb tacks.
Pants hanger > Cookbook holder
Struggling to keep that page of the cookbook open while you prepare dinner for your loved ones? Or, perhaps you are wanting to finish reading that article from the latest issue of Martha Stewart's Living.
Easy recycling trick here is to grab an old pants hanger from the closet and snap the clips right to the book or magazine to keep it open.