Brilliant and Easy Household Hacks for Parents
Shoelace Size Guide
Toddler shoe sizes are inconsistent from retailer to retailer. If I'm shoe shopping without the baby, I use a tied shoelace as a length guide to help pick out the correct size. I take a shoelace and measure it against a pair of shoes that currently fit. Then I tie two knots, one at the heel and one at the toes. Plus, this is lighter and more convenient than carrying around a pair of old shoes.
Shoe Divider Racks
Wooden plate divider racks are perfect for keeping itty-bitty shoes organized in drawers and on closet shelves.
Pop-Up Toy Hamper
With both sets of grandparents living out of state, my family is constantly making road trips. Packing toys in our luggage wasn't working, so I stored them in an inexpensive pop-up hamper. This is an easy and convenient way to transport toys back and forth. And when the hamper is not in use, it folds up nicely to fit in our suitcase until it's time to hit the road again.
Puzzle Piece Laundry Bag
To keep my son's puzzle pieces from getting lost, I store them in mesh lingerie laundry bags. This works great when we travel, too!
Wire Rack Book Display
I'm constantly looking for new ways to organize the never-ending collection of books that my son acquires. By flipping and hanging a closet wire rack upside down, I have a simple way to create book racks.
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Travel-Sized First Aid Kits
I received a handful of plastic baby-wipe cases at my baby shower and decided to use them to make travel-size first aid kits: I filled them with bandages, tweezers, ointment, and medicine. The cases are slim and fit easily into your bag and the glove compartment.
Party Favor Shoe Shelf
Use a clean or unused shoe organizer to display favors or treats at your kid's party. I recently used one to house plush dog toy favors as an "adoption center" at my son's first birthday party, which had a puppy theme, and it was a huge hit!
Grass Drying Rack Decoration
As I was racking my brain for party ideas, it hit me that our drying rack would double as cute "grass" decor for my son's puppy party. With a little stretch of the imagination, you may find that regular household items -- or your kid's toys -- are a great way to add a unique touch to your celebration.
DIY Gem Earrings
I made inexpensive earrings for my nieces out of sticky gems -- just use a little jewelry glue to adhere them onto earring posts. You can pick up supplies at your local craft store, and they're so easy to make, you could have them as a craft activity at birthday parties.