useful stuff

by Patricia on March 25, 2011 · 5 comments

I love to see new ways to solve (what should be) simple problems. This is one reason I like Real Simple.

Still, what usually happens is I read how to use aluminum foil to scrub your glass bakeware, for example, and think “Hey, that’s a good idea.”. Only to forget all about it when I have aluminum foil balled up and headed for the bin.

But there is one tip that stuck with me recently.

And since it is so easy and even helps me keep my fresh perspective about doing the dishes, I wanted to share it with you: Use a bowl as an iPhone speaker.

That’s it. If you want to get fancy, tilt the bowl so that it points toward you instead of up.

Now, if you are an audiophile you will probably be disappointed with the sound quality. But if you just want a little music while you scrub the pots and pans (and don’t like using headphones except when working out, like me), this actually works.

More useful stuff:

  • I was thinking the other day that someone should make a universal wish list so that I could just have 1 list somewhere instead of a list on Amazon, a list of favorites on Crate and Barrel, etc, etc…
    Wish granted!

    Amazon has opened up their wish list so now you can add things from any other web site to your wish list. Just add the button to your browser toolbar.

    So, for example, you could add stuff from Etsy and Anthropologie to your wish list and your special someone can look in 1 place to find out what to get you (for birthdays, Christmas, Tuesdays, whatever).

    Thanks Amazon!

  • This one is high on my “want to try” list…
    Turn bar soap into liquid soap with glycerin.

    Seems like a perfect use for those random soaps that have accumulated in the closet and/or the little nubbies left when you get to the end of a bar.

How about you?

Has any useful stuff caught your eye recently?

Have a great weekend!

{ 5 comments }

1 Rachel June 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Here’s a useful tip related to those lovely lilies in the picture up there. If you’re like me and think that they’re awfully purdy flowers, but they give you a rotten headache, just remove those pesky stamen from the center. Poof! No more scent, no more headache.

2 v8grrl May 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

brilliant for the bowl idea, plus it’s like a little spill protector…right?

3 Anna March 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

My husband discovered LifeHacker and is now obsessed with it. If you’re not familiar, it’s the same sort of thing: helpful tips, apps, programs, etc. to make life easier.

4 Patricia March 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hey Anna,
I do know LifeHacker, great site! I used to subscribe to it, but I just couldn’t keep up. I can only handle 1 or 2 useful things at a time :)

5 Kasey March 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

I never would have thought about the bowl as an iPhone speaker idea. Gotta try that soon!

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