Lifehacking refers to any tip, trick, shortcut, or idea used to save time or make life a little easier on yourself. Who doesn’t like saving a little time or making their life easier? Here are ten useful lifehacks to make life a little easier on yourself.
Keep Cords Organized with Toilet Paper Tubes
As a true computer nerd, I have boxes of cords. Boxes. Several of them.
I’ve been able to organize and consolidate thanks to something I normally throw in the recycle bin. Instead of trashing TP tubes, I saved up a pile of them after doing, well, you get the idea.
I folded each cord down to tube length and stuffed them in the tubes. I stacked the tubes in the box while on its side so the end of the cord would be facing me when I opened it. Now I can grab whatever I need faster than you can say HDMI.
Pack Your Suitcase Efficiently to be Efficient and Organized
Use a rectangular, hard suitcase that will fit in an overhead bin, plan to wear things multiple times, roll your clothing, compress your clothes, and keep your toiletries handy for a quick run through security.
Use an Extra Sunglasses Case for Travel Cord Storage
We all travel with bundles of cords. Headphones, cell phone charger, laptop charger, USB, backup phone charger, and more. Don’t just throw those to the bottom of your backpack.
Instead, get a large size sunglasses case and wrap everything up in there. That will keep your cords organized, together, and easy to find when you need a quick recharge.
Use Muffin Tins for Condiments or Candies at a Party
Don’t pour ketchup mustard, and pickles into little bowls that end up as a mess at a party. And why waste an entire bag of M&Ms on your guests when you can get by with half and keep the rest for yourself.
Keep the mess confined and keep the portions sized with a muffin tin instead. Just take a small muffin tin and fill the muffin holes with condiments or candy. Put that by the grill or on a coffee table so your guests can serve themselves in a fun, easy method with little cleanup.
Save Your Fingers When Hammering
Did you cringe reading that? I know I’ve smashed a finger more than once in my life. I don’t have to any longer with this nifty trick.
Hold the nail in between the teeth of a comb or with a clothes pin. The nail will slide freely when hit with a hammer, but your fingers will be safely distanced from the danger zone.
Organize Everything with a Door Hanging Shoe Rack
Those plastic organizers that hang your shoes on the back of the closet door might be designed for shoes only, but there are lots of items that are shoe sized.
You can hang one of the back of your laundry room door to organize cleaning products. Maybe hang one in your pantry to organize snacks or keep baking ingredients easy to access. Hang one in the office to keep scrap booking stickers, pens, and scraps ready. Or maybe hang one on the garage door to keep your tools organized.
One Pinterest pinner made a whole board with ideas for shoe holders!
Bring Ziplock Bags to Concerts
Summer concert season might still be a few month away, but when I’m getting ready to see my favorite band at an outdoor show, I always throw a ziplock bag or two in my pocket.
Why a ziplock bag at a concert? Great question!
I never want to miss a song, particularly when the best ones come at the end of the show. I don’t mind getting wet, but my cell phone does. Throw your phone and wallet into a baggie in your pocket and dance the rain away with no worries.
Use Binder Clips for Everything
What are binder clips not good for? They can do almost anything! I use binder clips to keep the toothpaste rolled up the tube, keep cords organized, as an ultra-thin wallet replacement, file box organizer and more. With this lifehack, chip clips are no more.
Buzzfeed came up with 54 ideas for binder clips, but I’m sure there are hundreds more.
Use Baking Soda for Everything Else
Most of us think of baking soda as the box in the back of the fridge or a tooth whitener. Those are very good uses for baking soda, but if you only use it for two things, you are missing out on tons of other ideas for a product you probably already have at home.
I’ve used baking soda for cleaning, clearing a clogged toilet, air freshener, cooking ingredient, and toothpaste additive. But that just scratches the surface of these 75 ideas for using one of the cheapest and easiest items to find to make your life a little more awesome.
Your Favorite Lifehacks?
What is your favorite time saving lifehack? Share your best ideas in the comments.