Life is hard. We all know that. But, damn, does it need to be that hard?
That's why hacks like these were invented. To make the little things in life that much easier. Sure, those big ticket problems in life won't go away, but you can take warm solace in the fact that the tiny inconveniences in life will no longer cause you to freak the eff out.
For example, you know that your keyboard is loaded with Cheeto dust and bread crumbs in every nook and cranny. There is a way to look a little less like a slob while not spend much effort or money on clean-up. If you still have some used-up Post-it notes, use the sticky part and run it between the keys so that it picks up all the dirt.
We don't notice it, but a lot of us are secret hoarders with all of the stuff we have lying in boxes in closets. You know for a fact that there is a box of clothes from at least five years ago collecting dust in your closet right now. Come on...don't lie. Why don't you have a big 'ol donation box set up somewhere where you can dump all the stuff you don't need anymore?
Speaking of closet space, people also tend to go a bit overboard with what they tend to put in the back of their car. They forget to realize that making your car into a mobile storage unit is making you use up a lot more fuel than normal. If you keep it down to just the necessary stuff - spare tire, jack, etc. - you could save loads of dollars on gas.
it is a chore to keep wrapping paper from completely unraveling once you've opened the roll once. Rubber bands suck because they snap and they have a tendency to rip up the paper, so try this DIY trick instead. Find a cardboard tube used for toilet paper, paper towel, etc. and cut it lengthwise, then slip in the wrapping paper so that it doesn't move.
No house is free of pests, and most of the time it comes from a hidden mound of these little guys marching around the floor. Full-on infestations are no joke, and the last thing any homeowner wants is to call an exterminator, so you'll want to get rid of them ASAP. Good thing that you can pick up something from your spice rack - cinnamon - and use it as a repellant that messes with their pheromone trail.
You have phone charger cords of all lengths hanging everywhere when they need to charge them up quickly. Sometimes your phone ends up on the floor if there's no table and that's not good for anyone. What you can do to fix this is cutting off parts of bottles (a lotion bottle is perfect for this), and making it into a DIY charger holder that connects to wall outlets when your plug one in.
Let's keep it real - the floor of your car is filled with wrappers, receipts, and who knows what else that just ends up there after you're done with it. It would be pretty awesome to have a trash can somewhere in your ride but there's no way it'd fit there. But what if you put a bag inside something smaller, like a cereal container?
What about when you have to keep a sensitive item nice and cool, but very dry? Most ice packs leak out so much condensation they can ruin delicate things in a container. An awesome replacement is a frozen, saturated sponge in a bag - that way there's no more dripping.
Out you come from an awesome hot shower and you can't see a dang thing from all the steam on the mirror. Wipe it down with your hand - all you get is a smeared mess like a fool. If you have a hairdryer, though, you can plug it in and run it onto the surface and let the hot air dry off the water until it clears up.
This is a true bootleg option for those who are desperate to open a device or really tighten that table that's constantly shifting. If you don't have a screwdriver for some reason (and why don't your, you dummy) you can use a basic power plug as a flathead screwdriver. It won't cover every screw, mind you, but it will catch a good amount of large and medium-sized screws.
Some button-ups do not do well under a hot iron, but most people don't own any kind of steamer. Well, hurry and start boiling at least two pots of water, enough so that the steam rises from them. Hang that shirt above it and let the steam work as an impromptu steamer. It might not be at 100% but it will do a pretty solid job.
All sorts of slimy, wet food have a terrible habit of making a mess inside your trash can, even if you double-bag it. What can help protect you from disaster is getting any used paper (newspaper is the best option) and line the bottom. It will soak up a good amount of the liquid, so you won't have to worry about spillage.
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, created this little hack that literally takes up two minutes of your time. What you do is consider your next task - now does it take longer than two minutes? If it doesn't, then go on ahead and do it now, cause it'll take longer to put it on a To-Do list where, if we're being honest, it's never gonna get done.