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50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World

50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World

Time is one commodity that you can’t buy, beg, or bargain to add additional minutes to your day. So, it makes sense to find every possible way to ensure you don’t waste it doing the mundane. Here are 50 life hacks to help your day be just a bit easier.

Storage Hacks

1. Use wine boxes to store flip flops or sandals and clean up your closet.

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    2. Place shower caps around your shoes to keep dirty soles away from your clothes.

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      3. Reuse old cereal boxes as car trash receptacles.

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        4. Magazine racks make great file organizers!

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          5. Nail a tennis ball to the wall with a sideways slit to hold anything (keys, pens, papers). You can even create a cute face for decor.

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            6. Cut the tops off soda bottles and use them to reseal bags. String the bag through the top and screw on the lid.

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              7. Use an old CD spindle for a bagel tote.

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                8. Glue magnets on cute tea tins and stick on the fridge or filing cabinet for extra storage space for pens and other loose items.

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                  9. Use hanger or laundry clips to reseal chip bags.

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                    Safety Hacks

                    10. Hang a tennis ball from your garage roof so you know when to brake.

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                      11. Ladies, wrap money in sanitary napkin packaging. No one will steal it from your purse!

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                        12. In the unfortunate event that you need to give CPR, compress the chest to the beat of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. The tempo is the correct compression timing.

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                          13. To wake up without caffeine, hold your breath as long as possible then breath out slowly. It increases your heart rate.

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                            Home Hacks

                            14. Glue magnets on the corners of a blanket to stretch it over the dryer and make an ironing board.

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                              15. Fold a shirt in 2 seconds! Laundry will be so much faster!

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                                16. Tie extension cords together to keep them from unplugging.

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                                  17. Convert your child’s crib to a cute kid’s desk when they are ready to graduate to a bigger bed.

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                                    18. Help little kids hold cards in a card game by flipping over a styrofoam egg carton and cutting slits in the bottom to hold the cards.

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                                      19. Wrinkly shirt? Throw it in the dryer for a few minutes with some ice cubes for a quick steam press.

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                                        20. Put glow sticks in water bottles for outdoor nighttime bowling fun.

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                                          Fix-it Hacks

                                          21. Use dry ice to remove car dents.

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                                            22. Gently shave your sweaters with a razor to remove excess fuzz.

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                                              23. Place newspapers in shoes to absorb moisture and odor.

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                                                24. Clean out marketing emails from your inbox by using the filter “unsubscribe.”

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                                                  25. Does your fly come down at embarrassing times? Put a key ring through the zipper tab, zip up your pants, then loop the ring over your button.

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                                                    26. Use a staple remover to save your nails and fingers when organizing your keys on the ring.

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                                                      27. Use nail polish matching your car’s paint to cover up scratches.

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                                                        28. Cat sitting on the computer? Leave a game board box next on your desk. Cats will prefer the box and the cat hair stays out of your keyboard! Win!

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                                                          29. Need change? Put cash in a vending machine and hit the coin return button without ordering.

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                                                            30. Placing an envelope in the fridge for an hour will unseal it.

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                                                              31. If you chew gum while you study a subject, then chew the same flavor when you take the test, it can help you remember.

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                                                                32. Get gum off your shoe by spraying it with WD-40.

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                                                                  33. Suspect someone is giving you a wrong number? Read it back to them incorrectly. If they don’t correct you, then you know they don’t really want to hear from you.

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                                                                    34. Put dry tea bags in smelly shoes or gym bags. They absorb the bad smell.

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                                                                      35. Combine a squeeze ketchup bottle with a pointed tip over the top of a shop vac to vacuum dust out of your keyboard, phone, microphone, or any other electronic device.

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                                                                        36. Make your password a goal so you are constantly reminded of it every time you log in.

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                                                                          37. Put a binder clip on the end of the rolled toothpaste tube to get every last bit!

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                                                                            38. When camping, use joke candles (the kind that can’t be blown out) to light the fire. You will have no problem with the wind blowing out your flame!

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                                                                              39. Need to shrink a pimple? Put Listerine on it. The alcohol causes it to fade.

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                                                                                40. Storing batteries in the freezer can increase the life span.

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                                                                                  41. Want to take your phone to the beach? Put it in a sandwich bag. You can still use the touch screen and your phone stays safe.

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                                                                                    Moving Hacks

                                                                                    42. When moving, place your glasses in your socks for protection.

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                                                                                      43. Stack foam plates in between your glass plates when moving to avoid breakage.

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                                                                                        44. Cover open bottles with plastic wrap, seal with lid, then tie excess wrap around top to avoid spillage in your suitcase.

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                                                                                          45. Take pictures of wiring when moving so you can refer to it for quick set up at your new place.

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                                                                                            Culinary Hacks

                                                                                            46. Add frozen fruit instead of ice to your tea. It won’t dilute the tea and it adds a nice flavor.

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                                                                                              47. Make a floating cooler with four pool noodles. Cut noodles to the size of the cooler, then string them on a rope and tie them around it. Add ice and drinks and enjoy!

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                                                                                                48. Preserve fresh herbs by freezing them in ice cube trays with either water or oil to throw into soups or stir fry later.

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                                                                                                  49. Want to make a drink ice-cold fast? Wrap in a wet paper towel and put in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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                                                                                                    50. Take leftover used coffee and pour in ice cube trays. You can use it to cool down iced coffee later without diluting it.

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                                                                                                      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                                                                                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                                                                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                                                                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                                                                                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                                                                                      1. Breathe

                                                                                                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                                                                                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                                                                                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                                                                                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                                                                                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                                                                                      2. Loosen up

                                                                                                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                                                                                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                                                                                      3. Chew slowly

                                                                                                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                                                                                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                                                                                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                                                                                      4. Let go

                                                                                                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                                                                                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                                                                                      It’s not. Promise.

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                                                                                                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                                                                                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                                                                                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                                                                                      5. Enjoy the journey

                                                                                                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                                                                                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                                                                                      6. Look at the big picture

                                                                                                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                                                                                      Will this matter to me…

                                                                                                      • Next week?
                                                                                                      • Next month?
                                                                                                      • Next year?
                                                                                                      • In 10 years?

                                                                                                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                                                                                                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                                                                                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                                                                                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                                                                                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                                                                                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                                                                                      8. Practice patience every day

                                                                                                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                                                                                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                                                                                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                                                                                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                                                                                      Final thoughts

                                                                                                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                                                                                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                                                                                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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