Question: How much uninterrupted spare time do you enjoy per week? If you’re rolling your eyes at our inquiry right now, we feel you. In today’s busy world, the expression ‘spare time’ is practically an antiquated term, something that folks like us frankly don’t get enough of these days!
Because we are much too familiar with this sentiment, we do everything we can to reclaim those precious moments that have been sucked up by traffic, meal prep time, and impromptu cleaning sprees.
Here are 15 of our favorite ways you can save time and make your life so much easier—all by utilizing or repurposing everyday objects. To get the full scoop on each hack, be sure to click on the links below. It’s time for you to get a few minutes to yourself!
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Long gone will be days of letting your bulky hoodies take up precious hanger space in your closet. With this origami-inspired folding hack, you can fit every last one in your dresser drawers. It’s a small wardrobe shift that can save you a ton of space!
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Believe it or not, the secret to the sweetest smelling powder room actually lies within the toilet paper roll. Simply add a few drops of essential oil to the cardboard core and spin to activate!
- The Painted Dragon
What’s the use of lugging around a heavy diaper bag when you can fit all of your little one’s essentials in a handheld baby wipe holder?
Warm up your drafty home this winter with this brilliant window insulation hack. Just tape on some bubble wrap, switch off that thermostat, and you’re good to go.
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Give yourself a wedding-ready hairstyle in a shockingly short 3 minutes with this elegant bun-crossing technique!
Bus stop dwellers, listen up; instead of spending your hard-earned cash on those fancy tech gloves, craft a pair of your own using metallic thread. They make great stocking stuffers, too!
- Household Hackers
Tired of pushing your leftover fruity concoctions onto your smoothie-hating family members? If so, forget about converting them and enjoy a single-serving one with just a mason jar and your blender.
- Crazy Russian Hacker
Don’t spend half of your day peeling eggs for your famous egg salad recipe the old way—talk about a time waster! Instead, grab a spoon and crack and scoop your way to shell-free, hard-boiled perfection.
Love the look of a manicure, but not exactly adept at ‘painting between the lines’? If so, add some tape to the sides of your cuticles before starting your at-home spa session, and peel away the goop when you’re all finished. How easy is that?!
- The Heathered Nest
Of course, essential oil would make it onto our list twice! The natural scent booster can be used on toilet paper rolls AND clothespins. Simply douse the wooden clothespin with the oil of your choice and clip onto any air vent for unique, long-lasting room scents.
- Steve Harvey
Bad news: You’ve probably been misusing those toilet seat covers your entire life! The good news, it doesn’t take a rocket science to correct the error—just turn the waxy protector upside down and you’ll see what we mean!
- Pretty Upfront
Don’t settle for spreading cold butter on your toast when you can soften a whole stick in minutes with just some hot water and a mason jar.
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Thaw a patty without having to use the rest of the meat—just flatten, crease with a ruler, and throw in the freezer. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
- The Doctors
Making a couple of simple cuts to your ordinary Band-Aid will give you slip-proof protection you simply can’t find in stores.
- Von Malegowski
Did you know that you can turn an ordinary orange into the best smelling candle around? Make a few cuts, light the wick—otherwise known as the stem! —and breathe in the goodness. Yum!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of clever tips. Do you have one that you complete often? If so, do you have any tips on how to best execute the hack? Are there any ones that you feel we missed out on covering?