The number of inconveniences, big and small, that can pop up on any given day is pretty overwhelming. You don’t exactly get handed an instruction manual on life the second you arrive on Earth. Luckily, we’ve all found life tips that make living just a touch easier.
Because life poses so many challenges, people have devised countless ways to thwart problems both terrible and mundane. Concise and specific, sensible and simple, these 25 expert life tips will help you navigate the day-to-day with ease and improve your happiness in the process!
1. Always remember to snap: If you’re responsible for a couple of kids, take a picture with them the second you get to a theme park or crowded place. That way, if the kid runs off and gets separated, you have an up-to-date picture of what they’re wearing to show to others.
2. Assign duties in a crisis: When there’s an accident in a public place, people tend to think someone else will handle it while they gape in awe. To actually get help for someone in trouble, give explicit instructions to specific bystanders, like, “You! Call 9-1-1!”
3. Play teacher: Let’s be real, mindlessly scanning your notes is not a very effective study method. Instead, focus by pretending you’ll be teaching the material to the entire class. What would be important to communicate, and how could you do it simply?
4. Downsize the notes: Another worthy study hack might be packing as many notes as possible into a tiny “cheat sheet.” The more you try to cram your notes onto the card, the more you’ll memorize information—and soon you won’t even need those notes.
5. The new cinnamon challenge: Suck up two or three tablespoons of cinnamon in your vacuum to release the spice’s smell every time you do a bit of cleaning. Pro tip for the pro tip: It works with any scent, so if you don’t like cinnamon, try it with something you love!
6. Put some Junk in your trunk: The trunk of your car should be the permanent home for emergency supplies and necessities in case you have to suddenly flee the government. (Just kidding.) It’s mostly for if you get stranded in a remote area.
7. Tone it down: Some old folks don’t hear so well, but it’s the pitch of your voice they’re struggling to pick up—not the volume. Instead of screaming yourself hoarse at the old-timer, try talking in a deeper voice. That should help!
8. Say, “you’re right”: When someone offers advice, try saying “you’re right” instead of “I know.” Why? Because you don’t know, which is why you’re seeking advice in the first place. Saying “you’re right” also gives the speaker credit and makes them feel heard. Everyone wins!
9. Where there’s one deer, there’s most likely a lot more: Deer travel in clusters, so if you see one crossing the road, be on the lookout for a few more crossing shortly after it. Just go slow and keep your head on a swivel.
10. Add a rod and hang: Like water in the desert, cabinet space is often a limited and valuable resource, especially in cramped city apartments. Earn yourself some additional space by utilizing a spring-loaded clothes rod to hang your spray bottles.
11. Redirect the chatter: There’s always a guy or gal in your office who never misses an opportunity to talk endlessly at you. Leave ’em in the dust by walking towards their desk. Their muscle memory will take over, they’ll sit down, and you can politely flee.
12. Clean your troubles away: When you’re battling a case of the blues, it can help to spend some time organizing a closet or bedroom. Keeping your mind focused on a mundane task should clear your thoughts and make you feel productive, which in itself can cheer you up.
13. Take note of the good: Feeling like nothing good ever happens? Try this: write down every positive thing that happens to you on a post-it or note card, then stick that into a jar. Later, read through the notes and remember all the good stuff that happened to you!
14. Micro lemon wave for macro lemon scent: When it’s time for the biannual cleaning of the microwave, start the process by microwaving a bowl of water with lemon for five to 10 minutes. That’ll loosen up the caked-on gunk and leave it smelling lemony fresh!
15. Test your tummy: There will come a time in the day where you believe you are very hungry. In that moment, ask yourself: would I eat an apple to cure this hunger? If the answer is “no,” then chances are, you’re not so much hungry as just wanting something to chew on.
16. Don’t forget to hang-dry: When you empty out the dryer lint trap, you’re touching all the bits of clothing that weren’t fit for this world anymore—where parts of your clothes went to die. If there’s a piece of clothing you don’t want in the graveyard, consider hang-drying it to preserve the material more.
17. Jam like a gamer: Finding the right music to work to can be a Herculean feat. You need something you like but that doesn’t distract you, either. Consider video game soundtracks! They’re non-intrusive tunes meant to get you pumped up and focused.
18. Tea bag the stink away: Shoe stink can haunt your closet and ripen your feet to a point where they could drive back enemy armies. Leaving a tea bag in your shoes overnight can absorb the bad smells and leave fresh, herbal scents in their wake.
19. Bridle those wedding emails: Planning a wedding? Try creating a wedding-only email address you can give out to services you’re using for the big day. That way, you’re not digging through your work or personal inbox trying to find all wedding details. They’ll all be in one place!
20. Stay ahead of the card game: Instead of getting swallowed up in a sea of desperate sons searching for Mother’s Day cards on the day itself, plan for the future: buy a few cards for holidays and celebratory events and save them so you never have to scramble to the store at the last minute.
21. Shoo away the scammers: Did you just open the door for a security system salesman? Banish him back to the salesperson underworld! He or she could be a scammer looking to browse your property, note security flaws, and rob you blind later.
22. Throw some silica in your toolbox: Stop your tools from rusting by tossing a few of those silica gel packets into your toolbox. It’ll keep ’em just dry enough that no funny business occurs and your tools stay good as new.
23. Dress for what you want, not what you have: Unemployment has seriously debilitating psychological effects on your mind, but you can make yourself feel better about your plight by getting professionally dressed every day. Dress with style and own the day, man!
24. Eradicate like an ant boss: If you’re unsure where the ants in your house are coming from, squish just one or two of the little buggers. When the rest flee to tell their brothers and sisters what they just saw, they’ll lead you to their home. Then you can spray down the fort!
25. Rubberband your can: Paint-soaked brushes can be more trouble than they’re worth. Do yourself a favor by stretching a rubber band around a paint can. That way, you’ll have an easy way to wipe off excess paint without making a mess!
26. We all want our homes to smell pleasant, especially if we frequently entertain guests. Attaching a car freshener to a fan is a simple way to help keep a nice scent wafting through the air all day long without having to clean anything.
27. If you own a tiny garage, slamming your car door into the wall is unavoidable. To ensure the door won’t suffer any damage, slice a pool noodle in half and attach it to the wall. The door might hit it, but it’ll be too soft to leave a mark!
28. Most of us who own ceiling fans are totally unaware of the small switch on the side that rotates the fan blades in opposite directions. During the winter months, move the switch up so the blades will spin clockwise, forcing warm air from the ceiling down to the floor.
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29. Trying to find enough storage and shelf space in pantries can be a headache, but if you have some spare desk organizers lying around, they can help tidy your pantry in no time at all. Even you don’t have any, they’re inexpensive to buy and totally worth it!
30. If you’ve ever used a hammer and nails before, then you know how often small nails can go missing. Not only is this annoying, but it’s dangerous. Try attaching a magnet to the bottom of your hammer to attract all the small metal bits and keep them from disappearing.
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31. Many people have some kind of beverage dispenser in your home, but they probably rarely ever find a good reason to use it. Here’s one! Simply fill it right up with liquid laundry detergent to make laundry day quick and easy!
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32. Command hooks are amazing pieces of plastic technology that adhere to almost any surface without leaving residue upon removal. Use one of these to easily hang wreaths on your doors without leaving any marks.
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33. If you like to fill decorative glass jars with pretty stones or wine corks, but you lack enough to fill the entire jar, here’s a solution: place an empty wine bottle inside the jar. It’ll push the corks and other items to the sides so the jars always appear full.
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34. Many of us have Internet routers somewhere in our homes, and almost all of us recognize how ugly these vertical plastic rectangles are. If you make some fake “books,” however, you can hide the router in plain sight!
35. People who own dogs and cats know how much hair can get stuck in the carpet. Not only that, but vacuums sometimes aren’t strong enough to suck it all up. A squeegee is perfect for gathering those hard-to-remove clumps.
36. Trying to unscrew a stripped nail can be one of the most headache-inducing processes imaginable. Just use a rubber band; the grip from the rubber should help spin the nail out of place.
37. It’s so frustrating to run out of hangers when you desperately need one after a successful shopping trip. In a pinch, shower curtain hooks are an easy and convenient way to hang anything with a loop, like jeans. They take up less space, too!
38. Space is something we never seem to have enough of in our closets. If you save the pop tops from cans, however, you can hang two items on one hook! Simply slide one hanger over the other. You’re welcome.
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39. Material like silk tends to slip off of clothing hangers easily, and your shirts and skirts end up in a wrinkled pile on the ground. If you squeeze a thin layer of glue on the end of the hanger and let it dry, it will create a grip that will prevent your clothing from sliding off.
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40. Finding a place to keep jewelry can be a hassle. You need a place where it won’t become tangled, but it also needs to be easily accessible. Simply wrap your flashy bracelets and necklaces on top of an empty bottle for easy access and a nice decoration.
I Spy DIY41. Storing household cleaning supplies under the sink is something we all do, but it’s easy to run out of space. Tension rods can be found at any hardware store, and they aren’t expensive. Simply use one of them to create more room!
42. It’s always a good idea to have a spare key, but you don’t want anyone else—like potential burglars—knowing where it is. Try hiding in an empty pill bottle with a pine cone glued to the top. That way, you can slip it between some rocks or hide it in a bush near your door!
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43. It can be difficult to keep bathrooms smelling fresh, especially if they’re used frequently. Soaking a few drops of essential oils into the cardboard of the roll should release a fresh scent every time someone uses the toilet paper!
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44. To ensure you’ll never run out of soap while washing the dishes, attach an extra long tube to the dispenser and feed it into a giant bottle of soap under the sink. You’ll rarely ever have to change the soap!
45. You never want to have to drill more holes than you need to. (Measure twice, cut once, as they say!) In order to make sure the holes are the correct distance, just cut a piece of tape that’s the same length and stick it on your wall. Now drill a hole at each end!
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