If you're a parent, chances are you'll do anything to make your life a little easier. Between the sleep deprivation and listening to Paw Patrol for two hours, any help will go a long way these days. 

As a parent myself, I set out to test a few popular parenting hacks to see if they were legit. I was pleasantly surprised with the results and I hope a few parents out there find them useful, too.

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First, though, meet my baby, August.

First, though, meet my baby, August.
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Here he is in his natural habitat, the dollar store. For the record, all the hacks in this article cost me just under $15.

1. Reduce the volume on loud toys.

1. Reduce the volume on loud toys.
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Noisy toys can drive any parent insane. For this hack, all you need is some tape. You just place the tape over the speaker of the toy to reduce the volume.

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Yup, it's really that easy.

Yup, it's really that easy.
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I found that the volume was reduced a bit, but it would probably have been more effective with a heavier tape, so keep that in mind.

I would say this hack almost worked. 

I would say this hack almost worked.
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I'd be interested to see if the heavier tape makes more of a difference with this trick. At this point, I'll take any peace and quiet I can get. 

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2. DIY outlet cover hangers. 

2. DIY outlet cover hangers.
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If you have little ones, outlet covers are essential in your home. But, what are you supposed to do with them when you need the outlet? Enter this handy hack.  

I bought some adhesive Velcro dots from the dollar store. 

I bought some adhesive Velcro dots from the dollar store.
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All you have to do is peel and stick. Place one dot on the outlet cover, and the other on the the wall near the outlet.

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I've seem some people place the second dot directly on the cover. 

I've seem some people place the second dot directly on the cover.
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Play around with the placement to see what will work best in your home. There's really no right or wrong with this one. 

Woo-hoo! It works! 

Woo-hoo! It works!
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Now you can hang up the outlet cover when you need to plug something in. Genius! I really wish I had done this sooner. 

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3. Keep the kiddos out of the trash. 

3. Keep the kiddos out of the trash.
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Kids love playing in garbage for some reason that I'll never understand. For this hack, you'll need some self-adhesive hooks and a hair elastic. 

To keep your kids out, stick a self-adhesive hook to the top and front of your garbage can. 

To keep your kids out, stick a self-adhesive hook to the top and front of your garbage can.
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I used a hair elastic instead of a rubber band for extra strength. Then wrap your elastic around the hooks.

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It worked really well! Maybe too well, I had trouble opening it myself (don't tell anyone).

It worked really well! Maybe too well, I had trouble opening it myself (don't tell anyone).
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Parents, you're going to thank me for this one. No more garbage playdates. 

4. Prevent this photo from happening again. 

4. Prevent this photo from happening again.
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Why do children love playing with toilet paper? I don't get it. If you have a little one, I'm sure this is a common sight in your home.  

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Since literally every parent has experienced this, you'll be glad to know there is a simple solution. 

Since literally every parent has experienced this, you'll be glad to know there is a simple solution.
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All you need is a rubber band and your roll of toilet paper. 

Wrap a rubber band around your TP and hang it up. 

Wrap a rubber band around your TP and hang it up.
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It really couldn't be any easier. I think this hack actually took me a minute to execute. 

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Now, chances are you're going to need to use the toilet paper at some point. 

Now, chances are you're going to need to use the toilet paper at some point.
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Just remove the rubber band when you need a square or two and you never have to walk in on a toilet paper disaster again.

5. Keep shoes on the right foot. 

5. Keep shoes on the right foot.
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In my tired "mombie" state, I have put August's shoes on the wrong foot before. Don't act like you haven't done it, too. 

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This hack is meant for slightly older children learning to dress themselves, but I think parents will find it useful at any age.

This hack is meant for slightly older children learning to dress themselves, but I think parents will find it useful at any age.
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Cut a sticker in half and place each part in one of the shoes so they line up.

Now you always know which shoe goes on which foot.

Now you always know which shoe goes on which foot.
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Take it one step further (see what I did there?) by writing your child's name on the sticker for a DIY name tag. No more lost shoes at daycare. 

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6. Marshmallow ice pack

6. Marshmallow ice pack
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I was skeptical about this hack and knew I had to give it a try. According to internet lore, a bag of marshmallows makes a great ice pack for kids.

I popped my bag in the freezer and waited about 45 minutes.

I popped my bag in the freezer and waited about 45 minutes.
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When I took the marshmallows out, they were cold but not freezing. It felt like a bag of soft, chilly clouds. 

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I gave them to August who has been suffering from teething pains the last few days, and he actually seemed to enjoy it. 

I gave them to August who has been suffering from teething pains the last few days, and he actually seemed to enjoy it.
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I would definitely use this tip again.

7. Keep track of those baby socks. 

7. Keep track of those baby socks.
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Nobody told me before having a baby that I would spend a small fortune on socks. They seem to disappear all the time. 
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Binder clips to the rescue!

Binder clips to the rescue!
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Try clipping baby socks together with a binder clip the next time you do laundry to keep pairs together. It will reduce your folding time, too! 

Also, you'll want to invest in a mesh laundry bag. 

Also, you'll want to invest in a mesh laundry bag.
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This one cost $2. Once you've clipped all your socks, pop them in the bag and zip it up. 

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The laundry bag will prevent baby socks from getting stuck in your washer and potentially damaging your machine.

The laundry bag will prevent baby socks from getting stuck in your washer and potentially damaging your machine.
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August's socks always got jammed in this flap near the door before I used the laundry bag. Buy one. It'll be the best $2 you ever spend.

8. DIY bib hanger

8. DIY bib hanger
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Please don't judge, but this is an actual photo of where we store August's bibs. It's in his room, which isn't very convenient when we need a bib ASAP. 

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Self-adhesive hooks should be in every parent's toolkit. Once again, they save the day. 

Self-adhesive hooks should be in every parent's toolkit. Once again, they save the day.
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This is another hack that took me all of two minutes to do. Gotta love it when hacks are cheap and easy!

I added a self-adhesive hook to the back of August's chair. Now the bibs are tidy and within reach.

I added a self-adhesive hook to the back of August's chair. Now the bibs are tidy and within reach.
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Look at me acting like a mom who has it together. Not visible in this photo: my stained sweatpants and dry shampoo-styled hair. 

Okay, parents, I tested them and they're legit. Now go hack your home! Maybe tonight when the kids are in bed if you haven't passed out from exhaustion.

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