Why Didn’t I Think of That? #10 is VERY Handy for the Summer!

All photos courtesy One Good Thing by Jillee

If you don’t subscribe to One Good Thing by Jillee, you should. Sometimes the ‘good thing’ is silly, but sometimes it’s really good. She’s started a new series called “Why Didn’t I Think of That?”, using life hacks that were suggested by her readers. Some of them are pretty clever!

jill8Use nail polish (or Washi tape) to color-code your keys! You can totally use your keys as accessories that way.

jill2If your cutting board slides around on your counter, you need a new cutting board. Or you can place a damp towel underneath it; that’ll keep you from slipping and chopping off a finger.


I keep my shopping bags in a huge wad under the kitchen sink. But if you prefer to be organized, use an old tissue box as a bag dispenser. Slip each bag through the loop of the previous one so they dispense easily.

jill6Most keyboards are full of gunk and dust and funk. Use a Post-It note to clean it up.

jill5If you’re one of the rare folks who still use a printed recipe, you can use a hanger to keep the recipe easily accessible while cooking. Also, you don’t have to worry about the phone turning off and you trying to unlock it to see the next step in the recipe.

jill4If you’re low on closet space, you can use soda can tabs to create double hangers.

jill3Now, this is to prevent you from getting to the grocery store and not knowing if you need milk, or eggs, or whatever. Since you forgot to look. But if you remembered to take a photo, you probably DID look. Anyway, it’s a good thought. Snap a shot of your fridge (or pantry) before you go to the store, and you’ll see what you have on hand. (This person definitely needs to go shopping. All they have is milk and some bread with googly eyes.)

jill1If you need a billion strawberries, you can use a drinking straw to hull them. I think I actually did this once when making fancy cupcake-stuffed strawberries, and I feel like it worked pretty well.

jill9If you like Nutella and hate to waste the last little bit, you’re in luck! Just drop a scoop of ice cream in the jar, and soak up the whole mess onto your spoon. (I’m thinking this would work with peanut butter, as well.)

jill10Next time you finish a bottle of sunscreen, clean it out, cut it in half, and use it to store your valuables while at the beach or public pool. Doubtful anyone would steal sunscreen. Hopefully.

-MCM Staffer Ashley
who is really hoping
the peanut butter is nearly empty

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