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Build A Convincing Hide-A-Key Out Of PVC Pipe Parts

Getting locked out of your house is the worst. Having a hide-a-key can help, but you need to make sure it doesn’t look too conspicuous. This setup looks just like some plain old piping on the side of the house.

Find Your Shoes By Putting Pictures On Storage Boxes

Keeping shoes in boxes protects them and helps organise your wardrobe. There’s one problem, though: you can’t always see what’s inside. Take a picture of the shoes and put them on the box so you know where everything is.

Keep Mirrors From Fogging Up With Car Wax

Steamy showers make for foggy mirrors. But if you want to walk out of the shower to a clear reflection, a little car wax can help.

Protect Kids From Sharp Furniture With Pool Noodles

After you have kids, you start realising that some of your furniture isn’t kid-friendly. You don’t need to put those tables with sharp edges into storage. A pool noodle protects the edges and makes your furniture kid-friendly.

Make Fluffier Rice By Trapping The Steam With A Kitchen Towel

Rice is a versatile base for meals because it works with a variety of cuisines and dishes — from grain bowls made of leftovers to risotto to fried rice. Get a fluffy texture from your next batch of rice by using a kitchen towel to trap steam in the pot after cooking.

Rehydrate Dried Vegetables With A Coffee Plunger

Dried vegetables have quite a few advantages, from heightened flavour to longer shelf life. When it’s time to rehydrate them, use a coffee plunger to keep the dried vegetables below the water so they absorb water evenly.

Build A Covert Bone Conduction Speaker And Radio That Fits In A Pen

Bone conduction speakers give you the ability to hear things that nobody else can by vibrating your own bones. This covert system — that fits perfectly inside of a pen — can be activated by simply biting down on it.

9+ Tricks To Protect Your Car From Your Kids (While Keeping Them Busy)

Before you have kids, your car was probably kept in decent, if not pristine condition. After you have kids, every surface in your car has the potential to turn into a sticky, glittery, crumb-covered mess. Keep your kids occupied in the car without the mess with these simple hacks.

Easily Arrange Flowers In A Vase With Some Clear Tape

Are you a floral klutz? You can easily arrange flowers — and keep them standing up — in a vase by using some clear tape.

Get Rid Of The Gap In Your Jeans With A Small, Elastic Strip

A good pair of jeans can be hard to find. One common fitting complaint is the gap that sticks out at the waistline. To fix this, sew a small piece of elastic to the back of your jeans.