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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 May 22, 2019

                                                                                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                                                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                                                                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                                                                                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                                                                                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                                                                                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                                                                                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                                                                                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                                                                                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                                                                                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                                                                                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                                                                                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                                                                                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                                                                                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                                                                                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                                                                                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                                                                                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                                                                                      3. Jumping Jacks

                                                                                                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                                                                                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                                                                                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                                                                                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                                                                                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                                                                                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                                                                                                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                                                                                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                                                                                        6. Leg Squats

                                                                                                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                                                                                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                                                                                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                                                                                        7. Push Ups

                                                                                                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                                                                                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                                                                                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                                                                                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                                                                                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                                                                                                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                                                                                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                                                                                        9. Lunges

                                                                                                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                                                                                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                                                                                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                                                                                        10. Bicep Curls

                                                                                                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                                                                                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                                                                                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                                                                                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                                                                                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                                                                                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                                                                                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                                                                                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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