Save Time—and Sometimes, Money—With These Life HacksSubmitted by Bernhardt Wealth Management on January 21st, 2020
Most of us enjoy finding a low- or no-cost solution to some annoying situation or repair need around the home or office. In fact, there seems to be something especially satisfying about figuring out how to solve a problem without resorting to the hardware store or calling a repair person and incurring another bill that has to be paid.
It turns out that the folks who run the website HomeHacks.com feel the same way. They collect and publish on their site the best, most ingenious, and handiest shortcuts for solving those annoying problems that most of us face at one time or another. After all, it’s not always the huge problems that tilt our mood off-center and put us behind the 8-ball; sometimes little aggravations gang up and generate hours of negative energy.
Here are a few of the best ideas from the site. As you read, don’t be surprised if you keep saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
- Use a rubber band to loosen a stripped screw. Anyone who has ever tried to take down a curtain rod, repair a door knob, or had a similar task on their weekend to-do list knows the frustration of finding that one screw with a stripped-out head that defies every screwdriver in the drawer. Next time, try stretching a wide rubber band over the head of the screw and then inserting the screwdriver. The rubber band will act like a glove, giving the screwdriver a better grip.
- Disguise your router with an empty book cover. Wireless routers and modems are a necessity in most homes and offices these days, but no matter how sleekly they are designed, they don’t exactly look classy, sitting on your bookshelf or credenza. But what if you found an old, hard-cover book that you don’t want any more (it needs to be at least as thick from front to back as the router), remove the pages, and slide the router inside? It can sit either vertically or horizontally, according to your router type, and instead of a piece of obtrusive network equipment, it looks like a vintage book.
- Vinegar kills weeds. Hate the sight of grass and weeds growing in the cracks of your driveway but opposed to harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment? Put ordinary household vinegar in a spray bottle and administer it to the weeds. It may take a little longer than commercial herbicides, but vinegar will knock those weeds out. To make sure they don’t come back, add salt to the mixture before spraying (but don’t accidentally dose your petunias; vinegar and salt are non-selective in their effects).
- If you love the taste of real butter but you forgot to let it soften before spreading it on your toast, run the stick of butter over a cheese grater. The tiny flakes of butter will be much easier to spread, and you won’t risk a pool of melted butter in your microwave.
- How can you tell if the eggs you bought are really fresh? Try dropping them in a container of water. The fresh eggs will sink, but those that are starting to turn will float part way up the container. And speaking of eggs, you can drop boiled eggs into ice water to make them easy to peel.
Let’s face it: Life can be complicated at times! Time- and money-saving ideas like these can take a little bit of the frustration out of your day, leaving you more energy for solving the really big problems.