Finding a place to store all of our appliances in the kitchen is not a hard task, but organizing the cords and keeping them from tangling together can be. I used to roll them up and put a rubber band around them or bend half the cord and wrap the other half around itself until it was all knotted together but then I was introduced to the idea of using Velcro and found it to not only be useful for storing appliance cords but also a brilliant solution for other every day problems.
Other Uses for Velcro
1. Hang pieces of art or photos on a wall.
2. Hang temporary window coverings or a window Valance
3. Secure flashlight to wall for emergencies.
4. Hang smoke detector to a wall or the ceiling.
5. Hang battery operated lights in hallway or bathroom.
6. Wrap iron cords, Electrical wires (computer, TV or other).
7. Mount your external hard drive under your desk.
8. Prevent a jacket or a blouse from gaping open. Sew small pieces of Velcro between the buttons to create a smooth surface.
9. Mount your tablet or phone to the kitchen wall. This is a great solution for hands free talking and to make viewing your recipes easy.
10. Velcro strips also work great to mount a tablet on back of the airplane seat in front of you. This makes for super for easy, comfortable reading when traveling.
11.In a pinch, used the Velcro dots to Velcro a hem and fasten a shirt that was too low-cut. Because its temporary, there’s no fear about making future changes. Just make sure the surface you use the Velcro on won’t get damaged by the glue. Ladies this is awesome if you find a blouse that you absolutely love but the neckline is too low. You can make the neckline higher, covering your girls, using Velcro. YEAH!!!!
12. Keep a rug in place. Stick pieces of Velcro to the floor and to the bottom of the rug.
13. Hide a spare key behind the gutter or inside the roof or your mailbox or under the sofa in the lobby of your apartment building.
14. Attach your GPS to your dashboard.
15. Organize your garage using Velcro. Hang everything up.
16. Secure cushions to outdoor furniture. Place strips of Velcro on the chair and on the cushion.
17. If you have a loft bed and use an iPod for an alarm clock, use Velcro to attach it to the wall.
18. Use Velcro to Secure Items to Furniture or Hard Surfaces. If you have rambunctious cats or a toddler that gets into everything, this is perfect, just attach small precut patches to the bottom of just about anything, lamps, pictures in frames, candle holders, chapstick, hairbrush, etc. and the object will say in place. If you use the right type Velcro for the project, removing it will not harm the surfaces.
19. Organize toys. Affix a Velcro strip to the wall and Velcro pieces to stuffed animal, toys to make cleanup easy and super fun for kids.
20. Keep track of the remote. Use Velcro to attach the remote to the side of the TV when it’s not in use.
21. Get rid of those annoying pills that end up on sweaters after they’ve been washed. Use the hook side of Velcro to pull off pesky balls.
22. Keep a pen or paper handy. Place a small piece of Velcro next to a desk calendar and a pen so you can jot down to-dos ASAP. In the car, stick a notepad to the dashboard or the door of the glove compartment and you’ll always have paper for a brilliant thought or a last-minute errand.
23. Picnic in peace. Keep a tablecloth from flying away by applying Velcro to the underside of the cloth and to the picnic table.
24. Attach or secure window screens or dual screens for doorways.
25. Secure mail box\birdhouses to your home.
26. Use to support plant stems.
(These specific projects may require either the 3M Dual Lock tape or Velcro Extreme Tape for safe load capacity or even small round Velcro dots for lighter projects and clothing fixes).
Velcro, an invention inspired by nature, has a lot of practical and creative uses. Its best feature is that it is flexible and can be used universally on almost any item, either by sticking or sewing into place. Simple solutions are often the best.
A Little History to Boot
Velcro, whose name is a combination of the French words velour and crochet, was developed in the early 1940s, after Swiss inventor George de Mestral returned home from a walk with his dog and noticed that pesky cockleburs had stuck to his pants and his dog’s coat. Examining the burrs under a microscope, de Mestral found the basis for a unique two-sided fastener―one side with stiff hooks (like the burrs) and the other with soft loops (like the fabric of his pants).
Do you have any other uses for Velcro that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.