It's a strange realization to have on a random Wednesday morning, but I just noticed that I haven't seen a spongy square mouse pad in many years. Now that optical mice are de rigeur, you don't really need a cushy spot for it to roll (unless you've got a desk made of some seemingly optical-proof material, like glass). So what to do with those old mouse pads? We've rounded up a few ideas...
- Pad the bottom of furniture legs. You can use cut up bits of mouse pad to stop wobbly tables and chairs, or glue the pieces to bottoms of stools and chairs to keep them from scratching and scuffing the floor.
- Use it as a hot pad. Put one (or a few) on the dinner table before you put down a hot dish or a steamy box of pizza to keep your table protected from high temperature scars.
- Use it to straighten tilted frames. Got a frame hanging on the wall that never seems to sit straight? Attach a bit of mouse pad to the frame or the wall to keep from slipping. Did you hang two nails unevenly? Wrap a bit of mouse pad around the lower nail to keep whatever's hanging straight.
- Open jars. Leave a clean one in the kitchen for opening stubborn jars and bottles.
- Line kitchen cabinets. Lay mouse pads on your kitchen cabinet shelves to prevent dishes and glasses from slipping.
- Make coasters. Cut a favorite mouse pad into 4-inch squares to use as drink coasters.
- Make knee pads for down and dirty housework. If you're working on a project that involves lots of kneeling (like working in the garden), old computer mouse pads are just the right size to cushion your knees.