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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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                                                                                                      Instagram allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. We use Instagram to capture what makes us smile, what brings joy to our life, and what we are passionate about, and the accounts listed below are sure to inspire you in turn.

                                                                                                      Here are our 20 top creative Instagram accounts that you should be following today.

                                                                                                      1. Humans Of New York

                                                                                                      Brandon Stanton walks the streets of New York City taking street photography, and he gets his subjects to open up about life details that even many family members may not know about them. It makes you smile and connect with the images at a new level.

                                                                                                       2.  Paris in Four Months

                                                                                                      Carin Olsson moved to Paris and is documenting every part of her experience, from the macaroons to the Eiffel Tower with all of its shimmering lights. If you want to go to Paris but can’t get there today, Carin will take you.

                                                                                                      3. Civilized Caveman Cooking

                                                                                                      George Bryant offers up more than his love for cooking Paleo cuisine as he shares more about life, joy, and happiness. His coined hashtag is #hugsandbacon.

                                                                                                      4. Andrew Knapp

                                                                                                      Andrew has taken the world by storm with his adorable version of Where’s Waldo? His version is Find Momo, and stars his border collie.

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                                                                                                      Ida Skivenes has developed a knack for food art. From the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Strawberry Fields Forever, she has recreated it all with food.

                                                                                                      6. GrandmaBetty33

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                                                                                                      Tania Ahsan captures the world of her cute bulldog, Maya, on her adventures in New York. Maya makes appearances that will make you smile, laugh, and inspire you to go out and create something special.

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                                                                                                      Jacob Santiago creates stunning, vibrant images around New York City, showcasing the architecture and streets. I’m sure you haven’t seen the streets of NYC like this before.

                                                                                                      10. Julie’s Kitchen

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