Self-adhesive photo corners
Original purpose: Creating scrapbooks.
Aha! use: Attaching a gift card. Neater and more attractive than Scotch tape (but just as easy to apply), they make even the simplest wrap job look impressive.
Reward: A prettier present.
Original purpose: Smoothing splinters.
Aha! use: Sharpening shears. To hone dull blades in a pinch, just snip a piece of sandpaper a few times.
Reward: Scissors cut paper.
Original purpose: Corralling the cleanup staple.
Aha! use: Storing and dispensing plastic bags. Stuff them into a cardboard tube, then place it in a drawer for handy retrieval.
Reward: A tidier kitchen is in the bag.
Original purpose: Leavening breads.
Aha! use: Removing product buildup from hair. If daily use of mousse or gel is weighing your locks down, add a pinch or two of baking soda to your shampoo once a week.
Reward: Getting squeaky-clean strands is a piece of cake.
Original purpose: Providing light when the power goes out.
Aha! use: Releasing a stuck zipper. Smooth the way by lightly rubbing a candle along the teeth on both sides.
Reward: No more cursing your purse.