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Life Hacks To Make Your Days Easier

by InvisiblyMe

Here are a few creative life hacks to cut out the hassle, save you time, reduce the stress & generally make your days a little easier. When living with chronic illness, chronic pain, fatigue, disability or other condition, the small changes add up to make life a little more manageable.

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Strawberry Stems

Removing the stem from a strawberry needn’t be fiddly. Use a straw to push up through the base of the strawberry, which will push through the stem from the top. 

Quicker Cool Down

Forget to put a can or bottle of drink in the fridge but can’t bear to wait hours for it to be cold enough to drink? Wet a piece of kitchen roll with cold water and wrap it around the can or bottle, then pop it in the freezer for ten minutes or so.

Life Saver

You can get medical bands and cards if you have a potentially fatal condition or allergy. You could always make your own to provide your medical information. Take a small piece of card and write your GP details, emergency contact, medical conditions, medications, blood type and allergies, then pop it in a visible space in your purse or wallet. 

Christmas Tidying

Fed up of Christmas decorations getting tangled up or damaged in storage? Use an egg box for smaller decorations or a larger plastic egg box for your baubles. Sort gift tags and bauble hooks into small ziplock bags.

Store Fairy Lights Tangle-Free

If you’re storing fairy lights, such as those from your Christmas tree after the festivities are over, there are a few ways you can ensure tangle-free, frustration-free storage. If you have the original box, or any small robust box, you can simply wrap the lights around the outside instead of stuffing them inside. Alternatively, you could get a rectangular piece of magazine-sized cardboard, cut a slit at one end, and place the ends of the lights into the slit. Start wrapping the strand of lights around the long edge of your cardboard. Instead of a piece of cardboard you could also try a clothes hanger.

Another method is with plastic sheets, which also works well for general strands of decor like Christmas tree icicle strands. Wrap a length of the strange in plastic, fold the plastic over and keep wrapping, keeping the strands from tangling. 

A close-up photo of a woman's hands holding a ball of fairy lights.

Cleaning Cupboard Supplies

If you have a cupboard where you can store cleaning products, then try hanging an overdoor shoe storage caddy on the back of the door. You can put all the sprays and bottles in the pockets to save space and keep them away from small hands. 

Find Tiny Items

Ever lost something so small on the floor like the back of an earring that you’ve spent hours trying to find? Remove the head from the vacuum and wrap the end of a pair of tights to the end of the hose. You’ll be able to get the suction to find what you’re looking for without it being sucked up into the vacuum. 

Quick Key Identifiers

Colour the tops of your keys to identify them using nail varnish. Try at least two coats, and a top coat if you have it, to keep the colour from chipping. 

Spare Cord Storage

If you have a lot of spare cords and adapters, like for the TV, sound system or computers, then making an organiser from an old shoebox. Separate one end with a piece of card for the larger cables, then for the rest of the box stand cardboard loo roll tubes upright, in which you can pop the smaller cables. 

Store Used Rolls Of Wrapping Paper

Once you’ve opened a long roll of wrapping paper, it can be frustrating keeping it from unrolling and getting in a mess. Get an old cardboard loo roll tube, cut it open and place around in the middle of the wrapping paper roll. You can put sellotape across the loo roll tube to keep the sides together without damaging the wrapping paper. 

Hide Loose Cables & Cords

Fed up of the cable spaghetti behind your TV or computer? There are a few products for keeping plugs neatly together like power strips and surge protector kits, so instead of trailing cables to several sockets or using bulky extension leads, you’ll have just one slimline piece of kit. There are also velcro sleeves that keep tables together to prevent tangling and mess and give you back a little more space. 

Never Forget The Side Your Petrol Cap Is On Again

Ever get to the gas station and forget which side your petrol cap is on? On your car’s dash you’ll find the fuel level. You should also see an icon for a gas pump. The arrow next to it will point left or right and this’ll indicate which side of your car the fuel cap is on.

The fuel indicator life hack, showing a close-up photo of the dashboard fuel guage. At the bottom is an icon of a fuel pump and there's a small arrow to the left, meaning the fuel cap is on the left.
Image credit: Bored Panda

Keep Your Dinner Warm 

Got your food out of the oven but still have too much to do before you’re ready to dish up? Many kitchens will have a compartment underneath the oven, with a panel on front designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. This is likely why not as many people know it even exists. You can put your food in there to keep it warm. 

Totally Bananas

It’s always the way that we start off with a bright yellow bunch of delicious bananas that we bring home from the supermarket, only to find they look bruised and as old as we feel by the next day. While I’ve not tried this one myself yet, apparently you can preserve them better by wrapping the top of the banana stems in tinfoil (aluminium foil), which will help extend their freshness for a few more days.

Make Your Microwave Meals More Efficient

It might sound obvious to some, but a large meal or a piled-up plate of leftovers can struggle to thoroughly and evenly heat in the microwave. If it’s possible, try spreading the food out or create a space in the centre of the meal, which will help distribute the heat more evenly.

You can also make more use of your space if you want to cook two dishes that don’t quite fit side-by-side with this simple microwave hack. Place the first dish on the spinning plate then place a narrower microwave-safe mug upside down next to it. You can put the second dish on top of the mug to elevate it above the other plate where there’s more space.

A photo of the microwave life hack showing the inside of the microwave with a black bowl to the left, then a mug upside down to the right and another black bowl standing on top of it. There's text to the top and bottom of the image, "Level-up. Two bowls. One microwave".
Image credit: Bored Panda.

Thread The Needle The First Time

Threading a needle can be challenging at the best of times. While I tend to go for the lick-the-cotton approach, some people swear by spritzing the end of the cotton with hairspray to stiffen it so it’s easy to direct into the eye of the needle. 

Never Lose Your Sticky Tape Ends

Instead of folding the end of a roll of Selotape or packaging tape, try using a paper clip. It’ll be easy to locate and you won’t need to cut off the folded end of the tape to use it either. 

Peanut Butter Love

If you’re a fan of peanut butter, try storing the jar upside down to prevent the oil from sitting on top, which will make it easier to mix in and dispense when you next open it. 

Less (Toothpaste) Is More

While adverts typically show a sausage shape of toothpaste spread along the toothbrush head because it looks good and makes you buy more of their product, in reality dentists tend to say that you only need a small pea-sized amount to adequately clean your teeth. This will make your toothpaste last longer and your money stretch further. 

Smart Orange Eating

While we’re most likely to dig in to an orange by peeling it gradually from the top, there is another method. Cut the bottom and top off, then make a cut in the side of the orange. You’ll be able to unroll it so that you’ve got a long line of segments laid out in front of you, neatly presented and without all the mess.

A photo taken of the orange life hack. An orange has been cut so that it forms a long line of peel holding each segment so that they can be individually picked off and eaten.
Image credit: Bored Panda.

Toiletry Use By & Best Before Dates

Many toiletries and body care products will have a shelf life, best before or a use by date once opened, even though they don’t tend to have an actual date stamped on them. If you look on the back of a shampoo, the underside of your makeup, the bottom of a tube of toothpaste or the underside of a body lotion jar, you’ll likely find a symbol, like an egg-timer or an opened tub, with a number by it. That’ll tell you how long the product will last in useable condition once opened. 

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Caz  ♥

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29 comments

Ashley L. Peterson January 26, 2022 - 5:23 pm

Such great ideas!

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doublegenealogytheadoptionwitness January 26, 2022 - 5:27 pm

So many great ideas – and just in time with the gauze or stocking over the vacuum hose- for a tiny glasses screw – but can’t wait to try out a wet wrap to cool a can down fast!

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Sandee January 26, 2022 - 5:31 pm

Wonderful and comprehensive list of how to do it right. Excellent.

Have a fabulous day and rest of the week, Caz. ♥

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Blogging_with_Bojana January 26, 2022 - 5:35 pm

I love that orange, mandarin, whatever.

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Paula Bardell-Hedley January 26, 2022 - 7:07 pm

Wow! I love the new look, Caz. ????

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Smelly Socks and Garden Peas January 26, 2022 - 7:15 pm

I have never seen an orange eaten like that! I have boxes for everything to keep it all organic, but then I lose stuff. I spent 20 mins looking for a school flyer only to find it clipped to the calendar ????‍♀️

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Lucy January 26, 2022 - 8:07 pm

What a fantastic post Caz with so many great useful tips to make certain tasks easier. So many lightbulb moments for me. I’m always losing things and have trouble finding them so putting a pair of tights on the end of a vacuum will save me so much time and stress! I wish I’d read the tip about storing Christmas lights a few weeks ago, I’m always having to squash them back into the box because I can never get them to fit in. I never realised that the gas pump icon identified which side the petrol cap is on, genius! Also, I always got frustrated that I could never fit everything I wanted to in the microwave to cook it in one go, I always had to do several rounds to cook everything. Placing bowls on top of mugs will make cooking so much easier, thank you. It’s amazing how you’ve learnt all of these tips. Thanks for sharing them all, this is such a great post. Lucy xx

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Digital Empire January 26, 2022 - 8:16 pm

Welcome back. I wasn’t able to find your blog on the Wordpress Reader website for a couple of weeks. That’s a neat way of peeling oranges.

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Despite Pain January 26, 2022 - 8:36 pm

What a fantastic post. It’s jam packed full of super ideas. A paperclip will be getting attached to my sellotape tomorrow. I always turn the end over then have to cut it off. I have seen the banana tip before. I put the tinfoil on the but I don’t think it made a difference. Now I keep bananas in the fridge. The skins go black quickly, but the bananas stay fine for much longer.
I love all those storage tips too. You gave me an idea. I have loads of fiddly things in my craft room. I’m sure that I could store them in egg boxes. It really would tidy everything up.
Brilliant post…love it.
Liz

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capost2k January 26, 2022 - 10:05 pm

LOVE all these tips, many of which Anita and I already use, but several new ones to try out.
One word of caution on electric cords: Be careful when wrapping them up as electric cords GENERATE HEAT when in use! Too tightly wrapped cords can melt and even become a fire hazard. This does not apply to cables or low voltage wires of any kind, only power cords. I used to manage some tech for our church and several of the extension cords were melted into lumps on their neatly organized holders!! ????

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Masha January 27, 2022 - 9:26 am

I’m going to try the banana thing and I love the orange idea, these are all great, thanks Caz xo

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Rosie January 27, 2022 - 1:52 pm

That’s a nifty trick for peeling oranges! I’ll have to give it a go ???? Will also be saving the next empty loo roll tube to stop my wrapping paper unravelling – I’d never thought of doing that before. Thanks for sharing, Caz!

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Rachel January 27, 2022 - 1:57 pm

I love these life hacks! Thank you for sharing. ????

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Animalcouriers January 27, 2022 - 4:44 pm

Some fabulous life hacks here!

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Jacqui Murray January 27, 2022 - 4:59 pm

Good ones! I learned a few new tricks here. I also wrote about hacks on my blog, but they were for writing!

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Blanca January 27, 2022 - 6:06 pm

These are all so useful! I like the microwave one and also the trick to peel the orange. Thank you for sharing Caz!

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SS January 27, 2022 - 7:03 pm

Really clever. I’ve never heard of the kitchel towel hack with warm drinks. I can’t wait to try it out, knowing me I’ll space out. Thanks for the tips 🙂

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Ann Coleman January 27, 2022 - 7:27 pm

Great tips, Caz, thank you!

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Warbo January 27, 2022 - 8:46 pm

Ah these are fantastic tips Caz. Especially love the two bowls, one microwave tip – will def be trying that one as I’m forever microwaving leftovers to eat the following day 🙂

Thanks for sharing

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Terri, Reclaiming Hope January 28, 2022 - 2:57 pm

These are some great tips Caz! I knew about several of them, but I had NO IDEA how to tell how long my toiletries would last once opened. Thanks so much for that! The over-door shoe bag works great for keeping supplies handy. We have a weird little ‘closet’ in our laundry room that’s not really big enough to store anything in. I suspect when the house was built, it contained one of those fold-down ironing boards. Anyway, we hung one of those shoe bags in there, and that’s where we keep our dog shampoo, brushes, towels to dry them if it’s rainy outside, etc…. Hope you have a lovely weekend sweet friend!

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BBYCGN January 28, 2022 - 7:12 pm

Thank you, Caz! ♥️

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Carolyn Page January 29, 2022 - 3:21 am

So many great tips, Caz. 🙂
I will try the banana/foil tip. So often the bananas ‘go off’ way too quickly! I’m forever putting one or two into the compost. Not such a bad thing. But, I’d rather put them into my mouth.. hahah..
I just read ‘despite pain’s’ comment about putting them into the fridge. If the foil doesn’t work, I’ll try that!
Hoping you are well ????
xoxoxo

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The Oceanside Animals January 29, 2022 - 6:16 am

Charlee: “There’s a lot of useful stuff on this list but we have to advise that any small objects dropped on the floor here instantly become cat toys and will get batted around all over the place.”
Chaplin: “You may be able to get them back, but you have to be quicker than a cat. And, well, good luck with that!”

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James Viscosi January 29, 2022 - 4:47 pm

Our stove does have a drawer under it and I have heard that it’s for putting food in it to keep it warm! Unfortunately our drawer is stuffed full of pans, baking sheets, etc., that we don’t have any other space for. Obviously we need a bigger kitchen with more cabinets …

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msgracefulnot February 4, 2022 - 12:34 am

OMG these are awesome ideas!!! Yay I can comment again! The not being able to comment issue is why I went back to wp. So many people were complaining and my new host was no help, so I dropped them. Have you made a post for your readers explaining they may have a problem with posting? I am sure there are others. The messages I sent on fb still show as unread, maybe I sent them to the wrong account. It’s great to see you! Sorry about the ‘stalking’ but I missed you!

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Nisha February 7, 2022 - 10:04 pm

Great ideas, love the microwave heating tip !

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Michele Anderson February 9, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Love these ideas. Thank you Caz!

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forresting365 February 21, 2022 - 9:40 pm

OMG!!!! CAZ!!! These are sincerely AMAZING!!! I’m stunned….gobsmacked even! WOW! LOVE the way to eat an orange. Love the “how to find tiny items bit!” and so many more. I’m 57 and had never heard of many of these! I WILL be sharing!!! Thank You, Sweet Angel Woman!!! I hope You and Yours are well! Sending huge hugs Your way!!! ????❤️????

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JamieAdStories February 26, 2022 - 11:35 pm

Great life hacks! I spend most of December looking for the end of sellotape.

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