15+ Clever Life Hacks That'll Save You Precious Time
Putting aside the fact that it may sound a bit negative, life can be difficult at times and turn worse when we least expect it. This does not have to be bad in reality, because these opportunities give us the basis to make some effort and solve those situations with our creativity and ingenuity.
Overcoming difficulties through our ideas is a really enriching activity, and allows us to learn a lot from ourselves. The following list of items presents lifehacks that we can use to make our lives a bit easier, and give us a little more time to focus on things, which are more important.
Have you ever had the problem of trying to remove a screw that has been damaged or nicked by other tools? This usually happens with screws that have a lot of time in one place. What is more, their constant use can make the material they are made of damaged or corroded. As a result, removing them becomes a nightmare. An efficient solution for these cases is to use a rubber band between the screw and the screwdriver. The rubber adapts to the shape of the screw and provides the necessary traction to make it turn, making much easier to remove that old wood cabinet that you have at home.
Two pizzas, one pan
Sometimes we are too hungry, or we invite many friends to a meeting, but we do not have the time to wait for each pizza to cook properly because we only have one oven. On those cases, we must find a way to save space and prepare food as quickly as possible so as not to have a lot of hungry guests in the living room of our house. The trick, in this case, is to cut the pizzas in the following way to make sure they fit correctly in a single pan, making sure to take advantage of the space in the oven and allowing us to cook them at the same time. In a conventional oven, we could place at least four pizzas at a time and make our meeting a success.
Command hooks for the trash
Placing a new garbage bag in garbage cans can be tricky. Sometimes they can slip or fall off quickly because they are not of the right size or there is too much-accumulated garbage. Hence, we have to find a way to make sure they remain in their place and fulfill their purpose. Using a pair of command hooks on each side of the trash, we can secure them in position, preventing them from moving and helping us to remove them later when it is time to change them. This hack is mainly useful for small trash cans, but it can be adapted to multiple situations in which we need to keep a bag in the right position.
Frozen grapes for wine
There is nothing more pleasant and delicious than a glass of cold wine with your meal. That's also a perfect drink after a nice romantic dinner with your partner in which you need everything to go perfectly. Putting ice on the wine is a grave mistake, not only because it looks hideous, but because the ice melts and this affects the quality and taste of the wine over time, so we must resort to our ingenuity. Depending on the type of wine we are going to drink, we can place grapes in the freezer and put them in our glass to make sure they help maintain the temperature without altering our drinks. Also, one must admit that they add an exquisite touch.
Retractable cutting board
Many of us love to cook, but our kitchens sometimes are too filled with many utensils and too small to comfortably and pleasantly cook all our dishes in there. A cutting board is really essential to be able to prepare all the ingredients properly, so we can adapt one to our needs without taking up too much space. By hiding the cutting board in one of the cabinets of our kitchen, we can make it retractable and use it only when we need it without having to occupy too much space. That will also help you to avoid placing the rest of our utensils or ingredients in an accessible place while we prepare them.
Screwdriver as a funnel
Have you ever needed to change the oil in your car, but having no funnel to do it? There are ways to minimize the risk of throwing all the oil on the engine by trying to do it in a hurry. One of them is to use a screwdriver. Fulfilling the same function of the funnel, the idea is to insert the tool slightly and slowly pour the oil on it, allowing it to go directly to the engine due to its viscosity. It is something that must be done very carefully to prevent the screwdriver from falling or dripping. However, it is a very practical solution to this problem.
Crumpled shirt collars
Adult life is a stressful task after another. Especially when we work for a company, we must take care of our clothes and how we present ourselves to other people in order to avoid having the wrong impression about us or our work. How many times have you run out for a meeting only to realize that the collar of your shirt is wrinkled? In any other situation, this would involve taking off our shirt and ironing the neck again to eliminate all wrinkles. However, using a hair straightener, you can give it those final touches quickly without wasting a lot of time or risking being late for work. Be careful not to burn your neck!
Grilled cheese in the toaster
One of the main problems that we usually have is that we do not have time to prepare our sandwiches because of how busy we can be, so we get frustrated and do not enjoy them properly. For those people who love grilled cheese, but hate having to mess too many utensils when they cook, this trick allows them to prepare it quickly using only the bread toaster that we have at home. Just place the toaster on its side and observe while it is cooking to prevent the loaves from flying to the other side of the kitchen because of its spring mechanism. Remember to clean it when finished cooking to avoid a food fire.
Shoes have the characteristic of acquiring unpleasant odors very quickly because we usually use them every day, and our feet do not breathe adequately at all times, so sweat and lousy smell develop soon in them, mainly if we use them to exercises or perform some strenuous task. Using this trick, we can eliminate the bad odor quickly without having to spend too much, and make sure that the stench of our feet does not cause disgust among our friends or family. We put a small bag of tea in each of our shoes and let it rest throughout the night so that they absorb the bad smell and leave our shoes smelling of the aroma we prefer.
"It's not alcohol; it's soda."
We all love a refreshing drink when there is too much sun, we want to relax in the holidays, or we have had a challenging day, but it is not easy to obtain at all times. Many parks and swimming pools prohibit the consumption of alcohol within their facilities, and it is not the same to cool off with a beer than with orange juice. This hack is designed for those occasions, but you should bear in mind that it is not correct to use them in places where it is not legal to do so. Cutting out a can of soda in the following way, we can make a very convincing disguise to place it in our favorite brew and enjoy it at any time or place.
Vacuum cleaner update
The jewels, the screws, and some other tiny objects, have the particular characteristic of getting lost very easily between the cracks of our furniture or the narrow spaces of our home. Although many times we can recover them with some ingenuity, on other occasions we must resort to more creative and advanced solutions to be able to recover that earring that fell under our sofa. By placing a nylon stocking over the vacuum cleaner's nozzle and turning it on at moderate power, we can clean our home in search of what we lost without the fear that it will be sucked into the machine and end up damaging the internal mechanism.
Two soaps in one
How many times have you been using that little soap until the end not to waste anything and because of its small size it has fallen on the floor or slipped from your hands? To avoid losing it and use it until the end, you must find a way to use it without the risk of getting dirty with the floor or something else, and for that, you need to apply this simple but creative idea. Take a new soap and wet it along with that little piece, both will merge into one, allowing you to start using a totally new one, which you will not drop so easily, but without missing the last little piece that was left of your previous soap.
If you are going to prepare a delicious salad for that lunch you planned with your friends years ago, but you feel like you are wasting too much time. And if peeling the hard eggs is troublesome because the shell breaks into hundreds of small pieces, you should find a way to make the work easier and avoid your friends to see you locked in the kitchen when they arrive to visit you. Using this trick, you will be able to remove the shell from the eggs quickly and without damaging them. Just place the eggs in a quick ice bath before starting the process, the cold will make it slide easily and save a lot of time when preparing your next delicious meal.
Creating a new password is usually a headache for all people because there are always strange requirements on the webpages to make them more secure and reliable. Very often, this is not enough, and you must be ingenious to ensure that even the most intelligent thief in the world can't find out the password to your bank account. Most of the pages ask you to put a special character, but people know many of these characters already, so you can try to put one that is not used much in the English language as ñ or ß. This way, you will make sure that no one can find out, but do not forget it!
Cleaning our microwave after several days or weeks of use can become a big problem, much more if an accident occurred and has traces of food stuck in all its internal walls. The remains of food age and dry, which makes it much more complicated to remove them without wasting hours fighting with a sponge. This trick can facilitate the work of cleaning this kitchen utensil and save you many hours of effort fighting against that spot of ketchup. Just place a glass of water inside the microwave and turn it on for a while; in this way, the steam that is generated will soften the dirt, and it'll be much easier to remove.
Do not lose the edge of the tape
Trying to find the edge of the tape when you need to pack a box or paste something in particular can be a pain because it sticks back to the roll and it is easy to lose it when it comes to a transparent tape. But there is a way to make sure that you will not waste time on this just before your move. Using an ordinary paper clip, you can mark the point where the final edge of the tape is located so you can make sure to find it quickly when you need it. Remember that this part will lose a bit of glue due to being exposed to the air and you need to cut it out and use the rest of the tape.
Avoid scratches on your car doors
It is regrettable to realize that, by an error of another person, or a mistake of your own when entering the garage of our home, the doors or some other part of the body of our car is damaged or filled with scratches that look very unaesthetic. Also, getting rid of them can involve a lot of money that we often do not have available, and we must find a way to avoid them. Using the material of the pool noodles, we can mount them on the walls or at the points where our car is most likely to impact when we are entering to our garage after a long day of work.
Be careful with the hammer
If you are a person prone to accidents because you are somewhat clumsy in crafts, and have hit your fingers before with a hammer. When you try to nail something or mount a new photograph on the wall, you must find a way to protect your hands to avoid a severe accident or an injury that requires going to the doctor. Using a clothespin to hold the nails when you are about to use the hammer is an ingenious and intelligent solution that moves your fingers away from the danger and assures you that you can do the job without risking your health. At first, it is difficult to get used to it, but once you do it, you will never fear again by your hands.
Emergency ice bag
We all know how expensive these ice packs that they sell in stores can be to keep our food at the right temperature when we go on a trip to the mountain or the beach, so losing one of them is a sad thing for anyone that use them in their daily life. Our children may go astray or leave them somewhere, so the best option is to make them ourselves using everyday objects that we have in the home. Wetting a sponge and freezing it inside a plastic bag can serve as a substitute and keep our food cold no matter where we take it. A perfect solution to go camping with our family!
We have all gone through this situation in which we need a cold drink, but we do not have time to wait for our refrigerator to finish cooling it to the correct temperature to enjoy it on a hot summer afternoon, and it is in these situations that we must resort to our creativity and ingenuity to achieve our mission. Using a wet paper napkin and wrapping our beer with it, we can make sure it cools down much faster while it is inside the fridge, saving us time and making our life more comfortable with a simple trick. You'll have a cold, refreshing beer in your hand in about 15 minutes!
Depending on the contents of the bottle that we need, some of them generate a lot of residue in the lid that, when solidified, makes it extremely difficult to reopen them quickly without resorting to brute force and risk hurting our wrist by making too much effort. In those situations, we must also find a way to make our lives more comfortable with this kind of trick. Using some adhesive tape on the lid of the bottle, we can generate the necessary torque to open the cover quickly and easily because the tape will stick firmly and make it turn more easily without having to ask Hercules, or your bodybuilder neighbor, for help.
Can opener against plastic
On many occasions, we have faced those plastic packages that seem to be made to prevent people from using the product they bought, or at least to take hours looking for ways to open them before surrendering and destroying the packaging with an electric saw. Using a common kitchen utensil, we can easily open these packages without the danger of causing some kind of accident or damaging the product we are trying to access. The shape and purpose of can openers allow us to use them to cut along the thinnest edge of the plastics to separate them easily and open the package without resorting to excessive violence.
Difference your keys
We all need to feel safe in our home or work, so the need to have locks on the doors that help us make sure that nothing and nobody can ruin that peace of mind we feel, but the excess of keys brings another problem to our life which we can solve with a little creativity and nail paint. Using nail polish of different colors, we can mark our keys with a code designed by ourselves to differentiate them and know precisely which key belongs to which lock. This will allow us to avoid wasting time trying to open the door of our house with the wrong key or confusing the keys from home with those at work and having to go back to look for them.
There is nothing more delicious to start a good day than a delicious breakfast that includes a few pancakes bathed in syrup or honey, but the process of preparing them can take a long time and become very disastrous due to the consistency of the mixture and the number of ingredients of this delicious food. One way to avert disaster is preparing the mix for pancakes and pour it into a squeeze bottle that will allow you to place the amount of dough needed in the pan accurately and quickly to prepare them with the same size so everyone can enjoy them next to a tasty orange juice before leaving for work.
Controls within reach
Losing a remote control is something widespread nowadays due to the number of devices that need to be controlled remotely to save us the work of approaching them to activate them. Televisions, sound equipment, air conditioners, and a lot of other things may need a remote control, and that is why we must develop a way to avoid losing them somewhere in the house. Adding some Velcro to the back of the remote control and some to a part of your coffee table, you can have all of them organized and within your reach at all times if you remember to stick them back where they go after using them.
Case for chargers
The charger of our cell phone, tablet, or laptop has become something too essential for us when we go somewhere or decided to undertake a trip, so it is impossible to forget to pack it or keep it in some corner of our backpack before leaving. The problem is that, with time and movement, it can become entangled or twisted and this can cause it to be damaged or not work correctly, and for this problem, we have a straightforward solution. Reusing a case of glasses that we no longer need, we can store the charger inside it to know at all times where it is and avoid getting tangled up with the rest of the objects that we have in the bag.
Do you need an umbrella?
The bars and restaurants are places frequented by hundreds of people every day, so it is ubiquitous for these places to keep some personal items such as keys, hats, and even umbrellas because people are very distracted or leave the place quickly without paying enough attention. If it starts to rain while you're on the street and you do not have an umbrella to help you get home, go to the nearest pub and asks the bartender if they have an umbrella available that you can use. Just remember to return it the next day in case its real owner returns to look for it.
A tiny candle
When there is a problem with the electricity in your house, and you need to light it using candles, but you only have tiny candles that you have difficulty accessing, you likely end up with the tips of your fingers burned by trying to reach the wick, despite the small that is. Using a longer candle to reach the small ones is an option, but we do not always have something like this in our homes in case of an emergency, and that is why we must resort to creativity to solve the problem. Uncooked spaghetti can be your ideal ally in these situations because it is consumed slowly and allows you to get close enough without putting your fingers at risk.
A wooden spoon for pasta
Everyone who loves to cook spaghetti or pasta has heard that characteristic sound of the water starting to overflow when it starts to boil, and even if we sprint to the kitchen, the chances of us encountering a disaster are very high. When we cook, we must take care of all the details, but sometimes we forget some of them, and we can lose control of what is happening, and that is why we must anticipate and solve with creativity. Placing a wooden spoon on the top of the pot where we are cooking the pasta will prevent the bubbles from rising too high and overflowing the entire stove.
A very short shower curtain
If after buying a new shower curtain we realize that it does not adapt adequately to the size of our bathroom and is too short, we must find a way to solve it before taking our first shower and leaving the bathroom floor full of water that could become a disaster. Although we could go to the store and change it for a little longer one, if the store where you bought allows you to make the return, another option we can use is to add several additional curtain rings to extend the length of the curtain and prevent spill all the water while you take a refreshing shower.
Always carry an adapter and a power strip when traveling
Traveling is one of the most fun activities that exist in this world because it allows us to know new places and cultures, as well as learn about new people and distance ourselves from the problems we have at home. Although we seek to get away from all issues, sometimes being in another country brings us other problems that we can not solve, and charging our devices is one of them. One way to solve one of these problems is to buy an adapter and a power strip to charge your cell phone and laptop without having to spend additional money on multiple adapters or chargers that will only take up space in your suitcase.
The bones of the cherries
People who love cherries are aware that, despite how delicious they are, it is really tedious to remove the bones of each of the cherries that we are going to eat before enjoying them. When we are going to prepare a dessert like a cake or a jam with this delicious fruit, we can waste hours only adapting them to be able to consume them, so through this trick, we can facilitate this process. Using a funnel to push it through the fruit, we can quickly remove the cherry stone and finish quickly before preparing that delicious cherry cake that our children love so much.
Money solves it
When you are doing a significant repair at home, but you do not have the right tools to finish the job, you must find a way to solve the situation by looking for another device or trying to make the tools you have at hand adapt to what you need. How many times have you needed a specific wrench, but you can not find it in your toolbox or do not have it at your disposal? This solution is temporary but will allow you to momentarily "adjust" the size of your wrench using a coin that takes up the necessary space so that you can finish adjusting those cabinets that you have weeks promising to your wife that you are going to place.
Unclog your kitchen sink
The kitchen sink has the characteristic of often clogging because the excesses and remains of food can fall through the pipe while we are concentrated washing the dirty dishes. These elements accumulate and stick to the walls of the tube, causing obstructions and affecting the normal flow of water, but it is something that can be easily solved with a regular dishwasher tablet. Place it in the drain of the sink and let it dissolve with some hot water, then rinse off the excess that may remain in the sink and clean it very carefully. You will get rid of any residue that may have clogged the drain, and your dishwasher will again work like new.
Remove lint from window screens
The mesh screens that we use in some windows and doors to protect us from insects or animals usually collect large amounts of dirt and dust, so it is necessary to clean them every so often to avoid contaminating our home or causing us some kind of illness when we breathe it. And although there are other ways to clean them, a simple and effective way to do it is to use a regular lint remover and gently rotate it on the screen so that it catches all the dust and helps us remove it. Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary to remove even the smallest speck of dust!
If your garbage smells really bad after a couple of days and you can not find a way to disguise the smell that comes from your kitchen, there is no need to take it out of your house before the bag is completely full. You just have to find a creative and intelligent way to solve the problem and prevent the smell from spreading throughout your house, like with the next hack that uses a common element in kitchens like coffee grounds to adequately disguise the odor of your garbage. You have to place it on top of the trash to cover it completely and allow it to absorb the odors, replacing them with the smell of coffee until it is time to get rid of it.
Light a fire using potato chips
Camping is an entertaining recreational activity in which people move away from the city and go into nature in search of adventure and fun, but sometimes the experience can become a bit complicated, so we must figure it out to solve the problems with the most common objects that we can find. Lighting a fire is simple for an expert camper, but most of us are not used to it, so we must resort to tricks like this to help us. The potato chips serve as perfect fire starters due to their combination of starch and oil, and you can use them as the basis of your next campfire.
Frozen with salt
If you want to enjoy that incredible football game while preparing a delicious barbecue, you can not miss a cooler full of ice and beers. But when you are concentrated on the grill you do not have time to refill it with ice if it starts to melt, so we must turn to the wisdom of the internet to find a way to solve this problem. Salt has the characteristic of keeping the ice at a much lower temperature, so it melts more slowly. Just sprinkle some salt on the ice, and this will ensure that your drinks stay cold for a much more extended period without the need to recharge your cooler every two hours.
The cold or frozen butter loses one of its characteristics that we love the most - it becomes really hard. As a result, it is difficult to use it in the usual way without having solid pieces that don't spread throughout our food. Have you ever tried to cover a toast with it to realize that it is merely impossible? One of the ways to solve this problem is to use a cheese grater to scratch the butter, making it more malleable and allowing it to adapt more quickly to the temperature of the environment and food. Also, that will help to make it easier to spread throughout the meal.
Ironing your clothes using steam is one of the most used ways today to eliminate wrinkles and avoid mistreating the material with which they are made without using an iron or any other hot element that removes them using the heat emanated by these utensils. Also, it is not necessary to have a steam iron if you use some ingenuity and the common elements that you have in your home. Since what we need is steam, you can hang your clothes on the stove with a boiling a pot of water. This will allow the steam to rise and take care of those horrible wrinkles. Another option is to put them in the bathroom during a hot shower, allowing the steam to do its job.
We all love to drink a glass of wine when we want it. For this, we only need wine, a drink, and the indispensable corkscrew that, due to its size, has the characteristic of getting lost among all our kitchen utensils when we need it the most. Through the next hack, we can improvise a homemade corkscrew using basic things that we usually have in our toolbox to get us out of that predicament during a romantic dinner. Just find a screw and some pliers to hold it, and use them to pierce the wine cork. Remove it easily without wasting valuable time with your true love.
Sometimes we need to heat our food quickly to serve it for our family or take advantage of commercial ads to warm up a quick snack before the Super Bowl game we've been waiting for. This is a problem very similar to that of the pizza of point 4, and that we can solve in a simple and comfortable way taking advantage of a more efficient way to use the space that we have in our microwave. By placing one of the plates with the food on top of a cup, we will take full advantage of the space of the microwave, and we can heat more food at the same time without worrying about making a mess.
A place for pot lids
The more our kitchen and our family grow, it becomes necessary to have more utensils and pots to prepare delicious lunches for everyone to enjoy. However, the pot lids have proven to be one of the most complicated items to store because they take away much space that we could take advantage of for other things. By using a towel rack on the inside of the doors of our cabinets, we can organize the lids in a more orderly and efficient way. This allows us to place the pots one inside the other and save a lot of space that we can use for other utensils, or that fabulous silverware set that we saw in the store last week.
Eggs are a staple in the kitchen of all people because we can use them in various dishes, giving them that special touch that we love so much and turning a simple breakfast into something admirable. Unfortunately, it is easy for people to lose track of the expiration date of this food, and in the midst of a hurry, we could end up pouring a spoiled egg into the mix of that tasty birthday cake we need to prepare. Using a container of water, we can verify the freshness of the eggs quickly: If the egg floats, it is an indication that it is damaged and we should not use it.
Their own creative space
Being a parent is a really complicated task that, on some occasions, can exhaust our patience due to how restless and imaginative children can be. One of the worst nightmares of the parents in realizing that his son or daughter took advantage of the crayons that were in his toy box to demonstrate artistic vein on the walls of the house. And although scolding them is necessary to avoid such an issue, there are ways to ensure it. A large box is an ideal space for them because they can paint it and draw what they want without damaging anything in the home.
A multipurpose hanger for your annotations
Many people love to take written notes because this allows them to learn more quickly about the subject they are studying. What is more, they always have those annotations at hand as a way to consult this information if they need it or are doing something on the computer. No doubt necessity to turn your neck again and again to alternate between your screen and the notebook is tiresome. In such case, you should be creative! A pants hanger is an efficient and convenient way to hang your notes somewhere more accessible and to verify the information while continuing your activities. You can even use it to attach a cookbook to some cabinet and follow that recipe of macaroni and cheese that your grandmother used to cook for you when you were a kid.
On which side is the tank?
This hack is a reminder that many people should know. But, sometimes it can be difficult to remember when we are in a hurry, or we just bought this new car to which we are not yet fully accustomed. When we see the dashboard of our car, we can quickly remember which side of the vehicle is the gas tank located so you can park next to the correct gas pump when we have to fill it. In this way, we avoid bothering other people, and we do not waste our valuable time that we can use to pick up our children from school or do our errands before returning home to rest after a hard day at work.
How to peel a kiwi?
Peeling some fruits can become a really tedious task due to how careful we must be to avoid cutting or damaging the pulp. This trick can be used with any soft and round fruit because it allows us to peel it and take advantage of all its contents quickly. All we need is a knife and a shot glass. We make an initial cut to remove part of the skin and use the glass edge to remove the rest of it following the curved edge gently.
Bathing the baby
When we wash our children, one of the main problems is that they love being in the tub with their toys and do not want to leave it until they finish playing. Although this is not something out of the ordinary, by having a smaller space for bathing them, and for avoiding that their toys float everywhere, you can save a lot of time. Using a laundry basket inside the tub and bathing them inside it ensures that all their toys will be close by and they will not cause a disaster by jumping from one side to the other to grab them. You will be able to bathe them more quickly, and you will do everything possible not to get soaked by their movements, although it is something almost impossible.
Nail polish on the buttons
Most of the time, we are so busy thinking about work and our responsibilities that we do not pay enough attention to the little details, like the buttons on our clothes. Losing a button can mean a lot of embarrassment for some people because it makes them look messy, and they can end up showing much more than necessary to the people around them, so we find a simple solution to this problem. Applying only a bit of nail polish on the threads of our buttons will protect the fibers from damage by use, and this will make the buttons last much longer in place, avoiding unwanted surprises.
Going on a trip to the beach or some remote place is an activity that can become a bit dangerous if we are not careful and do not foresee everything that can happen in the worst case. For example, someone could steal our belongings or our purse and left us in despair and without money to quickly resolve how to get back home. Many people go to the pool or the beach and hide some money on the tops of their shoes as a precaution, but our boots could not be a safe place, and that is why, instead, you could use an old chapstick tube to store some emergency money. No one is going to want to steal a used lip gloss!