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5 Hacks to Make Your Life Easier Around the House

5 Hacks to Make Your Life Easier Around the House

Every day we use hundreds of products for different purposes, and we never realize that sometimes we throw out commodities, which could be used for various other purposes.

Using a product for something other than its original purpose, but in turn satisfying, is a lifehack. Today, in the age of the internet ,thousands of people share their ideas and uses for various day to day products.

Here are 5 lifehacks I think could make your day –

1. Using The Top Of A Bottle On Sealed Packages –

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    If you cut off the top part of a bottle, you can use it to seal a packet. Take a chips packet for example. You fit the packet into the bottle head and use the bottle cover to seal it down. This suppresses air from entering the packet.

    You can use the bottle top for chips, rice or just about any packet you need to preserve.

    Don’t worry about the bottom half of the bottle. You just made new glasses to drink from. Decorate and file the endings for a beautiful set of plastic drinking glasses.

    2. Placing Newspapers At The Bottom Of Your Garbage Bin

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      By placing newspapers in your garbage bin, you reduce the risk of an unwanted spill. The liquid content in your garbage is collected in the paper, and it avoids the spread of any liquids outside the bag.

      Not only does the paper absorb all the water, but by placing folded paper at the bottom, the garbage bag retains a shape easy to use. The bag will always have the paper as its base and never sink to the bottom of your bin.

      3. Using A Pen Spring As A Charger Cable Holder

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        The biggest problem an iPhone user faces today is the breaking of the charger cable. Though fragile, they can be fixed. Take the spring of a pen and run the cable through it. This keeps the cable intact and makes sure it does not bend or break.

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        This works well for Android users or just about any cable at all. It prevents the wires from being stretched and increases the life of each cable.

        Running the cables through paper clips attached to a table reduce the chances of a wire falling to the ground and getting tangled. Plus it allows the user to easily choose the cable of his choice.

        4. Power Up Your Alarm

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          Waking up in the morning can be a problem. Especially if your phone isn’t loud enough.

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          Place your mobile phone in a glass, with the speaker facing the bottom of the glass. The sound will bounce off the glass producing a stronger, shriller sound and make sure you wake up.

          Make sure the glass is away from you, so you have to move a little to turn it off. Although, you may need more help if you sleep on futon beds. These beds are designed for comfort and are a luxury at your fingertips.

          5. Cleanliness Blending In

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            If you cook a lot or every day for that matter, the blender must be your best friend. You need to look after it the same way it looks after you.

            If you can’t stand that hidden bit of blend behind the blades of your blender, throw in a little soap and water. Blend and rinse. And notice your blender shine once again.

            Conclusion

            Look out for more lifehacks as you keep going and share your experience with the world. Lifehacks can help solve a lot of daily issues we oversee. So why complain when the answer is right in front of you.

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            Vikas Agrawal

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            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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