Hey, all. It’s been a little while since we’ve had to do one of these (hopefully not for much longer). We’re all hunkered down at home, trying to make the most of our time until this pandemic blows over. And, as with any other situation in life, it’s always best to try and find ways to make things a little bit easier on ourselves. So that’s what we’re going to do today — share some easy hacks that will help save you time or money, or just make your life at home a bit more bearable. Stay safe out there!
1. Fuzzy socks can double as washable Swiffer dry sheets.
Fuzzy socks can double as washable Swiffer dry sheets. If you’ve run out of your usual Swiffer pads or simply want to save some money, repurpose an old pair of fuzzy socks by slipping them over the head of your Swiffer mop. Voila! Instant (and reusable) dry Swiffer pads.
2. Full load of laundry
Don’t have time (or the energy) to do a full load of laundry? No problem. Toss your dirty clothes in the freezer for a few hours before washing them. This will kill any bacteria or odor-causing agents, so your clothes will come out smelling fresh and clean — no need to waste time re-washing them!
3. Empty picture frame using a whiteboard
One hack that can be done with an empty picture frame is to use it as a whiteboard. Simply take a dry erase marker and write on the glass of the frame. This is a great way to jot down notes or reminders without having to buy a whiteboard. Plus, it’s a great way to repurpose an old frame that you may have lying around.
4. Repurpose wall planters to get all that extra produce off your countertops.
Repurpose wall planters to get all that extra produce off your countertops. If you don’t have an outdoor space, create one with potted plants and a picnic blanket. Make your bed every morning. It’s scientifically proven to improve your mood for the rest of the day. Invest in some quality kitchen knives. They’ll make cooking at home so much more enjoyable.
5. Lemons for cleaning
Lemons are a great addition to any dish – they add a tart and acidic flavor that can really brighten up a meal. But did you know that lemons can also be used for cleaning? Lemons are a natural disinfectant and can be used to clean countertops, cutting boards, and even your fridge. To clean with lemons, just cut one in half and rub it on the surface you want to clean. Then rinse with water and dry.
6. Catch fruit flies
Catch fruit flies with apple cider vinegar: Put some apple cider vinegar in a dish, add a drop or two of dish soap, and then place a piece of paper over the top. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar, but they won’t be able to escape because of the soap.
7. Remove pet hair using textured rubber gloves
To remove pet hair from your clothing, try using a textured rubber gloves. If you have carpets or upholstered furniture, you can remove pet hair with a damp sponge or cloth. For hard surfaces like floors and countertops, try using a pet hair remove brush.
8. Apply Vaseline around your nails.
One of the easiest ways to ruin a good manicure is by getting lint or dust stuck under your nails. To prevent this from happening, simply apply a layer of Vaseline around your nails before painting them. The Vaseline will act as a barrier and will make it much easier to remove any lint or debris that might get stuck.
9. Cutting up an old T-shirt to create reusable wipes
If you’re looking for a way to save money and time, cutting up an old T-shirt to create reusable wipes is a great hack. Soak the pieces of fabric in a cleaning solution, and you’ll have handy wipes that can be used over and over again.
10. Start a grocery budget
If you’re looking for ways to save money, one hack is to start a grocery budget. Decide how much money you want to spend on groceries each week, and then stick to that amount. This can be challenging at first, but it will help you to save money and eat healthier.
11. Dedication space for relaxation
Another great hack is to create a space in your home that is dedicated to relaxation. This can be a corner of your bedroom or living room, where you can put a comfortable chair, some soft blankets, and a few calming objects like candles or an essential oil diffuser. When you need a break from work or cleaning, you can retreat to this space and relax for a few minutes. It will help you to recharge and feel more productive when you return to your tasks.
12. Store extra toilet paper rolls in an empty oats canister.
We all know the feeling of near-panic when we realize we’re almost out of toilet paper. No one wants to be caught without TP, so it’s important to stock up. But where do you store all those extra rolls? An empty oats canister is the perfect solution! Just pop the rolls in and put the lid back on.
13. Add extra hooks to your shower rod
Add extra hooks to your shower rod so everyone has a place to hang their towel.
14. Snacks and drinks
Keep a stash of snacks and drinks in your room so you don’t have to leave for every little thing.
15. Sort your jewelry into ice cube trays
We all know the feeling of coming home after a long day and just wanting to crash on the couch in our comfiest clothes. But before you do that, take a minute to sort your jewelry into ice cube trays! It’ll save you so much time when you’re looking for the perfect accessory to finish off your outfit.
These are just a few of the many household hacks that can make your life a little bit easier. So try them out and see for yourself! You might be surprised at how much they can help. Thanks for reading!