Life Hacks – the easiest way to clean up after painting


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I love painting walls and decorating – it’s the way that paint can change the whole look of a room or item of furniture so quickly – but I hate clearing away after doing so.

Luckily over the years I have worked out a quick and easy way to save 100% of the time usually spent cleaning the paint tray – and I wanted to share it with you today.

life hack decorating tip - paint tray clean up

My solution is very simple really – but very effective! – to ensure you no longer need to clean the paint tray you just have to cover it.

Paint clean up trick after decorating

I have tried a variety of ways to do this but have found that the best way is as follows:-

1. Wrap a plastic bag around the tray (so that it sort of sits inside the bag)

2. Add a layer of foil on top of the tray and bag and squeeze it around the edge of the tray so that it stays neatly in place.

NOTE – I used to just use a bag, but this had a tendency to not stay in place very well by itself, and the foil by itself tended to tear too easily causing the paint to leak into the tray anyway which kind of defeated the object of the exercise!

This is a great tip for saving loads of time cleaning up the paint tray after you decorate - simple but effective!

After I finish decorating I can simply fold the foil in on itself, and then take the plastic bag off so that it wraps around the foil – and then everything can be disposed of neatly.


I hope that this helps you when you next have to decorate or paint something, and that the time you save can be used for something a lot more interesting instead!

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