* Get stickers off your tabletop by blowing a hair dryer on them. The heat melts the adhesive so you can scrub 'em right off.
* Play dough in the carpet? If you let it dry overnight, it'll vacuum right up.
* No-muss finger painting: Add a couple drops of dishwashing liquid to paints and they'll be easier to get off little hands.
* Before your preschooler starts snipping with scissors, slide a small blanket under her chair. When she's done, simply shake the blanket outside instead of hauling out the broom.