Six Life Hacks Everyone Needs


From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center/Divinely Organized 

Monday’s Memories – Six Life Hacks Everyone Needs

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As an organizer, I am always looking for new and improved ways to make organizing and running our homes easier and less stressful. To avoid that stress, I see no reason for re-inventing the proverbial wheel. After all, it was my grandmother who taught me the importance of spring cleaning and how to do it and do it right. And this was before a lot of the conveniences (disposal mops, steamers, stick vacuums, cleaning caddies, chemical-free cleaners, etc.) we have today.

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It was my mother who taught me the importance of maintaining an efficient running household. I can never remember a time when my mother allowed our home to run out of what she dubbed household staples.  For example, bathroom tissue, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish washing liquid, canned soups & cleaning supplies, coffee, milk, bread, butter, eggs, etc., and Miller Lite (my dad’s after work libation :)). These items were always in our home and it was my mom who dubbed that process, “running an organized household.” I said all that to say, I am NOT re-inventing the wheel. I am only sharing some of the tips I have picked up along the way. And hopefully, over the years, I have enhanced and improved some of the ideas and processes that began way before my time. I am also including ideas from other domestically enthused individuals that are great to have in your arsenal.


With all that said, I have found 6 great life hacks that I could not wait to share with you. Here again, we are not re-inventing the wheel but we are taking advantage of it. You may even come up with ways to adapt the hacks or improve them to better work for your home and family. I personalize good ideas all the time. 🙂


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  1. This is a great idea for changing the backs of china cabinets and/or bookshelves. It could even work for entire focus walls. There I go making it personal again. 🙂 You can change the look as your mood changes because you do not have to actually change the furniture or wall. Simply cut and size a paper of your choice and add it to the back of the cabinet.  Does it get any easier than that? I don’t think so and the best part of it is you can change the look whenever the mood strikes you. I would not actually use adhesive to hold the paper on. I would use a light spray adhesive or double sided tape or even thumb tacks. That way you can remove the paper whenever you like without making a mess. And there are so many pretty wallpapers and wrapping paper and even craft papers to choose from Thank you Prodical Pieces for a great hack.

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2. I am still stuck with popcorn ceilings. I am stuck with it because everyone tells me the removal process is messy and long suffering. However, this process seems fast and easy. I am thinking of sending this one to my handyman. I really want the popcorn gone and if it is this easy, well I am on board. Found on No More Popcorn Ceilings3. I love my self cleaning oven. Who would not…right!! But sometimes even after you have cleaned the oven, the glass is still milky and looks unclean. Mom-4-Real provides a step-by-step instructional on how to clean the glass in your oven door and she makes it look easy. Thank you  Moms4real.

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4. Have you ever ummm overcooked something? In other words, have you ever burned your food? Okay erase the ego and raise your hand.  🙂 I have too. And sometimes I have done that in an expensive pan and the pan was ruined or so I thought. Not anymore. Happy Hooligans has a surprise for you and me. You can clean that ruined pan. See how she does it here happyhooligans.

six hacks5. I love to shop flea markets and thrift stores and sometimes the most interesting glassware comes with a gloomy and cloudy tint. But I have found someone with a remedy for that dilemma. Watch that glass become crystal clear when you use this hack from Homesteady

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6. I have a confession. All of my furniture is not solid wood. There I said it! I do have a vanity and a chair and a couple of other pieces that are laminate and I was under the impression I could not paint or improve or upscale these pieces. Alas, Painted Furniture Ideas saves the day. Check out the tips they share to upscale laminate furniture. You will be elated. Painted Furniture Ideas

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7. Bonus – This information is from me to you. This is a day–to-day checklist that you can follow to get and keep your family organized and on track. We are still not re-inventing the wheel but we are kicking the tires. I hope my tips are useful.  You can find them here

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There you have it. Six great hacks plus a bonus to help you organize and clean your life in to a stress-free zone. I know you have ideas and tips as well. Please share them in the comments section.Happy life hacking.avon

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7 thoughts on “Six Life Hacks Everyone Needs

  1. Kristie Schubert says:

    Now I feel convicted about my oven door, and the inside of my oven too. I need to get back to my do-one-thing-a-day-to-organize schedule. I’ve been having too much fun with my blogging projects, I guess.

  2. Clearissa Coward says:

    Hi Kristie, I know what you mean. It is so easy to get distracted and then you look around and BOOM things are out of hand. 🙂 I certainly have experienced that. Depending on the size of your home and your family, your one thing a day method should work just fine. Continue enjoying your blogging.

  3. Alice V says:

    great tips Clearissa and yes I have burned a pan or two as well. I’ll have to check out these tips. Happy to finish the month of January co-hosting #OMHGWW with you.

  4. Liberty says:

    Hi Everyone!
    I heard that if your ceilings are painted, removing the popcorn is hard. If it has not been painted, then it is a lot easier to get it off. My ceilings are “buttered.” So it is textured, but not popcorn. It really doesn’t bother me.

  5. Clearissa Coward says:

    Hi Liberty,

    My ceilings are both popcorn and painted. I have thought of doing the beadboard or just adding sheetrock and painting. But for now, they remain. I’m not really stressed by them. It’s a like to have, not a must have to change them out. I just don’t want the mess right now. Thanks for stopping in.

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