It Worked for Me! Best Cleaning and Organizing Tips
I attached a magnetic strip to the inside of my medicine cabinet door to store tweezers, nail clippers, and other metallic objects.
- Christine; Ankeny, IA
I strung fishing line on my daughter's bedroom wall and clothes pinned her shoes on it. No more searching for matches.
- Chevy; Valley Village, CA
Kids aren't usually the cleanest bunch out there. In this video, our readers share their amazing solutions to all kinds of household messes.
I discovered that a dab of toothpaste on a wet cloth removes, crayon, pencil, and pen spots with some scrubbing.
- Lisa; Middleton, WI
To protect the seat cushions on my kitchen chairs, I cut a vinyl tablecloth to fit over them. I use them when my kids eat or paint.
- Ellen; Howell, MI
Whether you have a messy eater or a picky eater (or both!), mealtime can be challenging. In this video, our readers shared their favorite kitchen tricks to keep the whole family happy.
My kids don't like having their faces wiped off so I spray them with water from a spray bottle. They think it's fun and don't fuss.
- Karen; Columbus, IN
We sort our medicines into three bins: one for our infant, toddler, and us. Now when we need something quick, we know where to look.
- Bonnie; Salem, CT
From the house to your car, there are so many safety hazards for your kids to avoid. Watch this video for helpful solutions from readers.
To soak up the odor from our diaper pail we put three pieces of charcoal in the bottom of it. Huge difference.
- Kristen; Grand Rapids, MI
I divided my son's toys into three groups and rotate them so that we don't have a mass amount of them lying all over.
- Jennifer; Muhlacker, Germany
To keep from losing my infant's socks, I started washing them in a zippered lingerie bag.
- Kendra; Holly Springs, NC
Instead of bibs, I buy cheap t-shirts in big sizes and slip one over my son's clothes. It keep his whole outfit clean.
- Sara; Lynn, MA
Each night, I wipe down my 2-year-old's shoes with a baby wipe to keep dirt from building up.
- Kathleen; Hicksville, NY
To keep my 6-year-old's stuffed animals out of the way I hung a cute chain on the wall and clipped the animals to the chain with clothespins.
- Sari; Scottsdale, AZ
I buy return address labels from an office supply store and print my kids names and ages on them to use on the backs of photos and artwork.
- Kari; Franklin, WI
Every night, I have my kids gather their backpacks, coats, hats, etc., so they aren't wasting time looking for it all the next morning.
- Aerika, Rantoul, IL
To prevent all of our extension cords from getting tangled, I keep them neatly folded and tucked inside old toilet-paper rolls.
- Crystie; Rockwall, TX
It Worked For Me: Parent Hacks
If my daughter draws in crayon on the wall, I don't stress. I just reach for a fresh cucumber. Its outer skin erases crayon marks!
- Anna; West Hartford, CT
I place a dish rack in the tub to dry and store my kids' bath toys after they're done using them.
- Nancy; Alexandria, MN
My 3-year-old loves Play-Doh, but I hate when it gets mashed into the carpet. Now I place a shower liner on the floor whenever she wants to play
- Gracie; Austin, TX
I put a spoonful of ground coffee in the liner of my diaper bin to stop it from smelling. Hazelnut flavored coffee works the best.
- Irene; Arlington, VA
I dust with fabric softener sheets because the dust sticks to the sheets and they reduce static, which keeps dust from settling.
- Marilyn; Monticello, IA