Smart Hacks That Will Legitimately Change Your Life for the Better
In the world of modern technology, we have so much knowledge at our fingertips it's almost overwhelming. Sometimes it's easy to forget that we have access to it all. But we do, and it can be a lifesaver because, while we might think we have the whole "living our life" thing down pat, we're probably missing out on a lot of tricks to make our lives even easier. Here are a few hacks that’ll definitely change your life for the better.
Keep Your Toothbrush Clean
Whenever you go to a hotel, even though everything has been cleaned, it’d be nice not to have to put your toothbrush down on the sink. That's in a definite splash zone, which isn't great for something you use to clean your teeth.
Take Soothing Showers When You’re Sick
Taking a shower when you have a cold feels lovely — it can help clear your sinuses and leave you feeling a lot warmer than you were before you got in. But what if there was a way to make those showers even better? Well, as it turns out, there is.
Heat Up Butter Better
So, your cookie recipe calls for softened butter, but you forgot to take it out of the fridge. You plop your butter in the microwave for a few seconds, only for it to go from cold to melted in no time flat. Surely there's a life hack that can help with this conundrum and still get you your cookies?
Fit More in Your Microwave
We all know the struggle of trying to heat up bowls or plates one at a time in the microwave. It seems trivial, but it can get pretty annoying, especially if you have a lot of things to heat up. But there's a life hack that can make even this task easier — it's so easy you'll wonder why you didn't think of it yourself.
Store Sheets Smartly
Sheets are everyday items, so you might think we'd have figured out how to store them by now. Surprisingly, most of us are probably doing it wrong. In the linen closet they can get messy and disorganized pretty quickly, and you might find yourself pulling out three different sheets from three different sets every time you want to make your bed.
Save Yourself a Frozen Avalanche
You open up your freezer to get out a popsicle, and that open bag of frozen peas falls out, scattering ice and peas everywhere. It's a disaster just waiting to happen. And even if your frozen bags don't fall out, all those bags get messy in your freezer.
Maximize Your Counter Space
Life in a tiny kitchen can be difficult, especially when you don't have enough counter space to hold all the ingredients you're prepping for a delicious dinner. To maximize all your available space, there's a super-easy trick to use, and all you need is a cutting board.
Freeze a Homemade Ice Pack
No one wants to spend money on expensive ice packs, but when you find yourself needing one, suddenly you're not so sure avoiding the cost was a good idea. There are alternatives to buying them, though, and they're actually pretty easy to make.
Organize Your Bobby Pins
Bobby pins are one of the necessities of the hair world; they're also some of the most difficult things to keep track of. They always seem to end up at the bottom of a purse or a drawer, behind a sofa or under a bed. Never where they're supposed to be.
Make Brunch Less Messy
Sunday brunch is always fun, but the cleanup is slightly less entertaining. Trying to ladle all that pancake batter into the pan can make for a drippy disaster, even if you're an excellent ladler. But there's a sneaky hack you can use to keep brunch fun and minimize cleanup.
Check How Fresh Your Eggs Are
Sure, we could look at the expiration dates on our egg cartons, but sometimes that's not the most accurate way to determine freshness. And if you get your eggs fresh from somewhere, maybe there isn't a date printed that you can look at. There's an easy way to tell exactly how fresh your eggs are, though.
Make a Bigger Zipper Bag
Sometimes the usual sizes of plastic zip bags just aren't big enough. Maybe you're trying to protect a book from the rain while it's in your backpack, or maybe you're trying to transport a bunch of snacks for a big group. Whatever the reason, there's a solution.
Save Your Phone Charger
Seeing your phone charger tear and give out is one of the most disappointing things of our time — something you rely on on a daily basis, gone in a flash. There's a pretty easy way to extend the life of your phone charger and save it from giving out, however.
Get That Food Hotter and Tastier
Admit it. We've all been disappointed at some point by our apparent inability to microwave properly. We take out our food and the edges are lava-hot while the middle is still, quite literally, frozen. Luckily, there's a super-easy hack to save you from culinary catastrophe every time.
Easily Store Your Plastic Bags
Saving plastic bags is pretty much a given, right? But organizing them seems to remain a mystery for the ages. No matter what you do, they seem to end up in a tangled explosion of plastic in the back of a cupboard somewhere.
Extend Your Zipper Life
We've all had that moment of defeat when a zipper gives out. The bag or pants may still be in the prime of their lives, but we can't use them anymore because we can no longer zip the zippers. Well, there's actually a fairly easy solution to that problem.
Remember a Name
This one might be less widely used, but it's still a helpful hack. Maybe you've only met someone a couple of times, whether it be a coworker, someone new you're dating or a friend of a friend. You realize you've forgotten their name — so embarrassing!
Make Your Room Actually Dark
Hotel rooms are usually pretty comfortable for guests, but most of them also share a similar problem. Their curtains simply don't close all the way, leaving you with a strip of light coming in to either keep you awake or wake you up at a ridiculously early hour.
Avoid Nasty Garbage Juice
You go to take out the trash, but the bottom of the bag is practically a soup of different liquids that have trickled down. It sounds disgusting, but sadly it's something we have to deal with on a fairly regular basis. To avoid this in the future, try using one simple hack.
Make Cuter Cable Holders
It seems like today we have endless numbers of cords running everywhere around our houses, even if many of our devices are wireless. Sometimes it can be a difficult task to keep them all organized, and it’s an even more difficult task to make them look good while we're at it.
Don't Water Down Your Wine
Sometimes it's nice to have a couple of ice cubes in your wine, but then you're left with the tragic yet inevitable consequence: watered-down wine as the ice cubes melt. While this may seem like an inescapable tragedy, there's actually a pretty easy life hack to save you from it.
Keep Chips Fresh
You know those chip bag sealer clips we all buy because we don't want our chips to go stale? (Although, let's be honest, how many of us let the chips sit around long enough to go stale?) Well, it turns out we don't need to spend money on those.
Organize Your Pot Covers
Keeping a kitchen drawer organized is a nightly battle. Pots and pans have to be stacked just so, and all the lids usually end up in a chaotic pile somewhere, lost in the depths, despite your best intentions to keep them organized and orderly.
Verify Medication Easily
If you have a daily pill to take, remembering whether or not you took it is a regular hassle. If your medication comes in those blister packages, though, there's a quick trick you can use to make sure you know whether you took it or not.
Craft a Custom Pan Scraper
So, you've finished making a delicious dinner, but now it's time for cleanup. You try to scrape off the sides of your frying pan, but it's at a bit of a funky angle. No matter what you do, you can't seem to find something that fits it perfectly, so you're left with gunk on the sides.
Make Your Own Big Mirror
Hanging a big mirror is a great way to add some class to any room. It makes the space appear larger and just generally looks good. But large mirrors can get expensive, so it's not always the most cost-effective option.
Protect Your Bagel
Bagels are one of those delicious staples that you never seem to get tired of. Make it sweet, make it savory, make it a sandwich... It's perfect for every occasion. But if you're taking it to work, you run the risk of squishing it in your bag before you can enjoy a single delicious bite.
Safeguard Your Shins
Maybe you got a new bed frame and didn't realize how sharp the edges were, or maybe you're on vacation and dealing with a coffee table that's not yours. Either way, sometimes those edges are sharp, and if you hit your shin it can be pretty painful. There's an easy and cheap way to save yourself the pain of a shin attack, though.
Organize Those Spoons
We've all run into this scenario: You reach your hand into the silverware drawer to get a big spoon and pull out a little one. Or, vice versa. Keeping our spoons organized when we don't have enough drawer space seems like an impossible task.
Get More From Your Christmas Tree
Have you ever been a little saddened by how short the time is during the year when you can decorate your Christmas tree? It's barely any time at all, really, that you get to enjoy the decorations and the lights. Not surprisingly, you’re not the only one who’s been thinking about this.