Life hacks are simple and very useful shortcuts that make everyday tasks easier and save you time. Everyone needs some simple life hacks that they can refer to for sensible solutions. Here is a list of 15 simple life hacks that actually work and that I use all the time. I hope that you find them useful too!
A List Of Simple Life Hacks That Actually Work
1. Keep Your Alarm Out Of Your Reach
If you struggle to get out of bed in the mornings as I do. Then one good tip that I have found to be incredibly useful. It is to place your alarm or phone across the room and away from your comfy cozy bed. That way when the alarm goes off in the morning. You will have no choice but to get out of bed to turn it off. There is no chance of hitting that tempting snooze button if your alarm is not within your reach.
2. Prepare The Night Before
A good way to start the day off feeling more organised is to get your things ready the night before. Doing simple things like deciding what to wear and then laying out your clothes the night before can be a real game changer.
If you have kids this is also a great habit to teach them. It’s no fun running around looking for sports uniforms, misplaced shoes or library bags in the morning. Everyone will leave the house feeling totally frazzled and it’s definitely not a nice way to start the day.
Another thing that can make mornings easier is to pack lunches the night before. I know that it can be tempting to leave it until the morning. But again if lunches are all made the night before then this is one less chore that will eat away at your precious morning time.
3. Have A Designated Spot For Everything
A place for everything and everything in its place. This is such a great motto for life! If you have a designated spot for things like keys, wallets, sunglasses and hand sanitisers etc. Then you will always know where to find them. I think that the best place to keep all these things is right near your entryway.
Even if you have a small entryway it’s still very helpful to have either a shelf, table or even a basket where you can drop all these essentials when you walk in the door. Then all your items will be in one place ready for you to grab when you leave home again the next time.
4. Clean As You Cook
Another simple life hack that makes everyday life so much easier. Is to clean the kitchen as you cook instead of leaving a pile of dirty pots and pans until the end. While you are waiting for something to boil or the oven to heat up. Why not go ahead and clean and pack away the things that you have already used and won’t be needed again?
You can also use this waiting time to do things like wipe out your microwave, clean the finger marks off your cupboards or give your fridge a quick tidy up and throw anything out that has seen better days.
5. Make Your Bed Every Morning
Your bedroom will look instantly tidier once you have made your bed. It takes only minutes to make your bed in the morning. And the benefit of feeling like you have already accomplished a task is great motivation.
6. Keep A Water Bottle On Your Bedside Table
If you keep a water bottle on your bedside table then it is so much easier to remember to hydrate first thing in the morning. I function so much better when I remember to drink water. I also like to have a small glass of water before bed and sometimes I get thirsty during the night. So it’s handy if I have water within easy reach.
7. Cook Extra
Whatever you cook for dinner, go ahead and make a bit extra. That way you will have leftovers for lunch the next day. Or a meal for the freezer which will always come in handy. If I am making a casserole I will usually make a double batch and freeze one batch in a zip lock bag. Perfect for those crazy busy nights when there is no time to cook!
8. Easy Way To Clean Your Kettle
Kettles are one of those appliances that can get easily overlooked. Have you looked inside yours lately? Chances are that it might need a good cleaning. A super easy way to bring your kettle back to its dazzling shine. Is to fill it with a mixture of half white vinegar and half water then leave it overnight. In the morning all you need to do is rinse it out and it will be as clean as can be.
9. Sock Solution
Odd socks are one of those things that drive me crazy. A simple life hack to deal with this is buying the same type of socks whenever possible.
10. Washing Toys
Children’s toys can get very germy and even sticky. A good way to give them a good wash is to simply pop them inside a laundry bag to keep them contained. Then wash them in warm soapy water and lay them out to dry in the sun. This simple hack is useful at home if you have children or if you work in an early childhood education setting where toys need to be washed regularly.
11. Lint Rollers
Lint rollers are not only perfect for removing pet hair from your furniture. Lint rollers are also great for removing dust from fabric lamp shades.
12. Easy Glass Cleaner
If you want sparkly shower screens, mirrors or glass table tops, ditch the spray-on window cleaners. Because they always seem to leave streaks. Even the ones that say streak-free on the label. Instead, simply use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe your mirrors or glass. Then dry with a cotton tea towel or an old cotton T-shirt or pillowcase. It doesn’t matter what you use as long as it is 100% cotton.
13. Freezing Mince
When freezing minced meat. Remove it from its original bulky plastic container and then place the mince inside a zip lock or freezer bag. Flatten it out as much as possible. If you do this then firstly your mince will thaw out so much faster than if it is left to freeze as one big clump. Secondly, you will have more space inside your freezer for other items.
14. Stop A Pot From Boiling Over
My mum taught me this simple hack many years ago. If you are cooking starchy foods. Avoid the liquid in the pot from boiling over by placing a wooden spoon across the pot. This trick works because when the bubbles hit the dry wooden spoon they will burst and this stops the liquid from spilling over and making a mess on your stove.
15. Keep Your Indoor Plants Healthy
I love greenery around my home but remembering to water indoor plants can be a bit challenging for me. One simple hack that I have found to be incredibly useful. Is to keep indoor plants that only need to be watered once a week. So now I have made Fridays my designated watering day and my indoor plants are flourishing, healthy and very much alive!
Thanks so much for stopping by to read. I really hope that these fifteen simple life hacks that actually work will give you some very sensible and easy solutions to every day life. And that they will make your days more organised, stress-free and happier. Wishing you a wonderful day!
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