You've got a few wine bottle corks tucked in your junk drawer, right? Perfect. Today we're going to pull them out and put them to good use. Here are five household helpers using corks:
Boot Tray Sponge
Prevent melting snow from overflowing the boot tray edge by tossing a cork or two onto the tray. The cork acts as a sponge and soaks up the excess water, keeping it off your floor.
Cabinet Bumper Pad
Stop cabinet doors from slamming shut with a small cork circle. Using a serrated knife cut a sliver of cork from one end. Adhere the cork circle to the top corner of the interior cabinet door where the cabinet and cabinet door meet—your noisy problem will be gone for good.
Exacto Knife Sheath
Not every crafting knife comes with a protective shield or if yours did and now it is missing so try this—gently slide the sharp end of the knife into the soft top of the cork. No more unprotected sharp blades.
Furniture Leg Protector
Keep your hardwood floors safe from scratches by gluing a thin, cork circle to furniture legs. This is also a perfect solution for wobbly tables and chairs.
Push Pin Keeper
When you use a cork as a pin holder you'll never misplace a pin again. Stick needles and pins directly into the cork then toss it in your sewing basket. Another great idea is to glue a half a cork to the wall near your sewing machine as an easy place to stick pins as you work.
If you have more corks then you could ever re-use, donate them to the Cork ReHarvest! Whole Foods recently became a drop off center.
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Until next time keep it simple and clutter-free!
Jamie Novak, The World’s Most Relatable Organizer, is author of "Stop Throwing Money Away: Turn Clutter to Cash, Trash to Treasure—And Save the Planet While You're at It." Please visit her website at JamieNovak.com.