Someday We'll All Need One Of 20+ Handy Lifehacks

Diply 20 Oct 2018

We all do it. We see a random lifehack and scoff. "That's so dumb," we say. "Who would ever need that?"

And then one day, you're enjoying a solo weekend in your apartment with your favorite stinky snacks and maybe a dog still wet from a walk in the rain when you suddenly get a call from your favorite aunt who is five minutes away from a surprise visit.

Suddenly, that one random hack you read once really comes in handy.

1. Save your fingers with a magnet on your hammer.

YouTube | Creative Life Crafts

The whole hammer will become magnetized, allowing you to let the hammer's head hold the nail for that first hit. Give it a slight tap to stick the nail into the wood, and then remove the magnet and finish hammering. Thanks to Creative Life Crafts for this trick!

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2. If you always forget your lunch, put it with your keys. 

Reddit | Genorune

Or you keys with your lunch, really. It'll be hard to leave without them, forcing you to remember where you left them the night before, and thus, remember the lunch you left them with.

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3. Don't settle for the floor when your bathroom stall has no hook.

Reddit | s2chum

Instead of leaving your bag on the floor while you do your business, just loop the strap over the top of the door before you close it.

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4. Seal bulk pantry bags with old container lids.

Cut Out And Keep | Melinda K

When your spice container, water bottle, or similar container is empty, cut the neck away and use it to make a lid system for plastic bags like Melinda K. did. You'll be able to use the container's original lid and it'll even make the stuff easy to dispense.

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5. If your juice carton pours wonky, flip it around.

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Sometimes you just need a little bit of physics to solve annoying splashing. This will work for any beverage that comes in a carton with a plastic spout.

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6. Keep your suitcase from smelling funky.

Instagram | @lifehackclips

As you travel, your suitcase slowly fills with more dirty clothes than clean, which can start smelling weird. Instagram account @lifehackclips suggest keeping a bar of soap in with the dirty laundry.

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7. Keep an oven mitt handy for hot steering wheels.

Twitter | @kobyhameha

Sometimes you just can't find shade to park under, and steering wheels seem to really soak up the heat, especially dark ones. This looks silly, but your palms will thank you.

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8. Hack a pizza box to serve a crowd.

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A standard pizza box can be cut into four perfect disposable plates, and you can even turn the lid into a smaller box to hold leftovers.

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9. Keep your cleaning tools from falling with a clothes hanger.

Reddit | cyclopsdvc

Instead of leaning that dusting mop in the closet corner, a regular triangle hanger will hold the head so that you can hang it in place.

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10. Toss a few marshmallows in with your brown sugar.

The First Apartment | The First Apartment

The First Apartment knows that brown sugar is notorious for turning into a brick. You can help it stay soft by throwing a couple of marshmallows in the container with it.

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11. Keep a marker handy in the kitchen by adding a magnet to the cap.

YouTube | Creative Life Crafts

For fat markers like the highlighter pictured, you can just jam a small magnet right into the lid like Creative Life Crafts did, but you could also just glue a small magnet to any pen lid.

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12. Motivate yourself to study with frequent rewards. 

Instagram | @lifehackclips

This genius studying hack comes from Instagram account @lifehackclips. It doesn't necessarily need to be as drastic as a gummy bear for every paragraph, but you can adjust the rewards based on how boring the study material is.

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13. Store plastic bags in a tissue box.

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You can take it a step farther by slipping each bag through the handles of the previous one. That way, when you pull one out, the next one will pop right up like a tissue would.

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14. If the keyboard on your laptop breaks, you can use a spare one in a pinch.

Imgur | JordaTieStar

Sometimes you have a paper due, or just can't afford to replace your laptop right this minute. Any Bluetooth or USB keyboard can be used instead.

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15. Organize your boots with store clothes hangers. 

Reddit | Persephone2018

You want the hangers with the clips on them. Put a tension rod down near the bottom of your closet and keep those boots from cluttering up everything.

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16. Extend the life of your super glue by keeping it in the freezer.

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Super glue doesn't actually "dry." Rather, it turns into a solid polymer when in contact with moisture. By storing the rest of the tube in the freezer, you can stop that process and not have to waste the leftovers.

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17. Use a rubber band to keep your tea bag from falling.

Twitter | @RDSBarath

Sometimes the best hacks are the simplest. Just wedge the string from the tea bag (or the chain of your infuser) under a snug rubber band, and it won't slip into the mug.

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18. Use magnets to hold chip bags closed.

YouTube | Creative Life Crafts

Here's another great tip from Creative Life Crafts. A pair of strong magnets will do the job just as well, if not better, than most clips sold specifically for the job.

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19. Don't settle for one-ply toilet paper in stalls with double dispensers.

Reddit | sprockit31602

Just pull from both rolls at once to get a whole second ply! If a place is too cheap for two-ply, then I feel no guilt for using extra.

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20. Give your cables a longer life with a spring.

Instagram | @lifehackclips

It's important not to use this hack if your cable is already frayed. If the metal spring touches the wires under the casing, you could end up with fire. Thanks again, @lifehackclips!

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21. Open a stubborn jar with duct tape.

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The tape will give you the torque and grip you need to get that darn thing to twist open. Handy for people like me with twiggy little wrists.

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22. Keep your tie in its place with an old shirt.

YouTube | The King of Random

Cut out a strip from an old button-down that includes two of the button holes. Then thread that strip through your tie and secure with the buttons on the shirt you are wearing. Get full instructions from The King of Random.

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23. Dryer sheets can freshen a room quickly in a pinch.

Reddit | terminator_rex

Hang them over the air conditioner or an oscillating fan, and the breeze will spread the scent around the room. Perfect for last minute visitors.

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24. Trick the air conditioner with hot water.

Reddit | UnleashTheJoe

If you don't have control over your thermostat, you can force it to turn on the cool air by placing a steaming container of hot water below it.

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