- 100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
- 1. Learn to Say I Love You
- 2. Learn to Forgive
- 3. Learn to Say No
- 4. Learn to Live Your Passions Every Day
- 5. Learn to Eat Healthy And Exercise Regularly
- 6. Learn to Connect Deeply
- 7. Learn to See Life Differently
- 8. Learn to Set Your Goals
- 9. Learn to Count Your Blessings
- 10. Learn to Give
- Green Life Hacks
- 15 Easy DIY Life Hacks to Save Time and Money and Get Yourself Organized
- 1. Recycled soda box soup can organizer
- 2. Toilet paper roll seed pots
- 3. Ice cube and cutlery tray organizers
- 4. Shower caddy for car fluids
- 5. Shoe rack as a snack holder
- 6. PVC pipe bike rack
- 7. Dish rack filer
- 8. Toddler’s winter leggings from women’s knee socks
- 9. Cell phone charging holder from an empty lotion bottle
- 10. Doorknob towel hangers
- 11. Shower hangers for car rides
- 12. Storage baskets as fridge organizers
- 13. Dollar store magazine organizers for paper dishes in the RV
- 14. PVC pipe towel hanger behind the door
- 15. Crayons for scuffed shoes
- 10 Life Hacks to Make Life Simple
- 10 Simple Life Hacks
100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
Last Updated on May 20, 2020
The older we get, the more that we experience life and the more that we learn what truly makes us happy.
“Happiness is a how, not a what. A talent, not an object.” – Herman Hesse
Personally, happiness has always been an intriguing point of interest for me. I have always seen happiness as the epitome of all success that life can bring. If you’re happy, then surely you’ve got everything sorted, right? What more could you want?
Happiness comes in many forms. The good thing is it can be extremely different from person to person. Why is this a good thing? You can tailor everything you do in your life to bring out the happiness in you. There are however, a number of key themes that span across all individuals for finding happiness.
To bring out the best in you and help you live a super-happy life, there are 10 things that you need to learn.
1. Learn to Say I Love You
For some reason, this can be a hard one for many people, particularly with immediate family members.
Generally, as you grow older you will come to realize what your family (particularly your parents) have done for you throughout your life and you will learn to become more grateful for what you have.
Learning to say “I love you” can make your relationships blossom, and it builds transparency, honesty and trust, ultimately helping you in becoming a happier person.
2. Learn to Forgive
Have there been times in your life where you have felt betrayed or let down? Have there been times when you have felt that you have let others down? Although sometimes hard, forgiving others and being able to forgive yourself is essential for being able to move forward and regain a positive outlook in life.
3. Learn to Say No
Do you struggle with saying no to people, events or situations? Without saying no, you can become overwhelmed and experience imbalance in your life. Learning to say no is essential for being able to focus on what you truly believe in, what you value and what is important to you in your life.
4. Learn to Live Your Passions Every Day
Do you currently incorporate your passions into your everyday life? Spending even the smallest amount of time living your passion each day can have a huge impact to the way you feel and to what you want to achieve in your life.
5. Learn to Eat Healthy And Exercise Regularly
The old saying goes ‘you are what you eat’ and even in this day and age the saying is truer than ever. The amount of information on health and wellbeing these days is absolutely enormous. Scientifically proven through the release of endorphins, eating healthy and exercising regularly can help you live a more fulfilled life and help you feel happier on a daily basis.
6. Learn to Connect Deeply
Are you afraid of connecting deeply with others at the thought that you may be making yourself too vulnerable in doing so? Making yourself vulnerable and connecting deeply with others is actually not that hard. Connecting deeply with others can help you become more relaxed, open and honest, helping you to be yourself and ultimately help you become a much happier person.
7. Learn to See Life Differently
What’s unique about you? Are you creating your own life and your own lifestyle? Life is not meant to be taken so seriously. Life is simply about enjoying the time that we have. We only live once. The older you get the more you will realize how fast time slips by, reminding you to slow down and appreciate the moment.
8. Learn to Set Your Goals
Do you set your own goals and work towards them? Or does the World around you do it for you? We normally get brought up in a society where parents tell you what grades you should aim for, the media tells you how you should live your life, and your teachers tell you how to go about your schooling. Setting your own goals, focusing on them and pursuing them will enable you to follow what you truly believe in, live by your values and ultimately help you live a much happier life.
9. Learn to Count Your Blessings
What do you take for granted? As you grow and become more aware of the World around you, you will come to realize that you are extremely blessed. Perhaps you are blessed with good health, a good community or the freedom to live a life that you choose.
The fact that you have the ability to connect to the internet right now in your leisure, read and learn is a blessing that many do not have. What do you have in your life or what experiences have you had that other people may have not? Remind yourself of this every day.
Counting your blessings will help you take to the World with a positive outlook and a mindset to make a difference.
10. Learn to Give
Giving is a fundamental and essential ingredient for happiness. There is no doubt that the more you give the more you get in return. Giving to others can enhance your relationships, build trust, but most importantly, it can make a difference in the life of someone else, and this is the ultimate in happiness!
Have you mastered the 10 key ingredients for happiness? Which ones do you feel would benefit you the most? What can you do today to ensure you go to bed tonight feeling super-happy?
Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com
Green Life Hacks
Looking for ways to GREEN your every day life and teach your kids sustainable habits? Look no further, we've pulled together some tips below!
Reduce Beef Consumption
Many of us want make an impact on climate change and are looking for personal ways we can make a difference. Eating less meat is a very important personal choice you can make. Check out these informative 3 minute videos:
Level 1: Give up some meat. Eat Beans Not Beef
Level 2: Give up meat.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Many of us set goals to declutter and during this process we may notice just how much *stuff* we have.
Did you know that buying less stuff and/or buying things second-hand is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint? According to the Carbon Trust, clothing accounts for 850 million metric tons of CO2 per year.
Simply put, items brought into existence utilize resources. If we can abstain from buying them or buy them second-hand we can reduce the amount of resources used and carbon emitted.
Check out Boomerangs, The Goodwill, Savers, or Craigslist or borrow an item from a neighbor instead of owning something yourself. You’ll help the planet, spare your wallet, and tidying your home will take less time. More time to focus on the important things in life!
Laundry. Laundry. And more laundry.
As moms we do a lot of it. To lower your carbon footprint wash all your clothes in COLD water. If you have real grit, give up the dryer and hang up your clothes. You will find that the clothes last longer and that your energy bills are lower.
Turn down the heat.
According to Energy.gov you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. Try setting your thermostat at 68°F while you are awake and setting it lower while you sleep or are away from home.
Programmable thermostats can help you avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home. Check out Mass Save to find out about discounted wireless enabled thermostats.
It’s a big, beautiful world out there and traveling by plane is the only practical way to see and experience parts of it. However, when possible, consider reducing your air travel. Maybe a “staycation” would be more relaxing this year, and you can do special, fun activities with the money you would have spent on air travel. Or maybe the train will take you where you want to go?
If you have to fly for business, look into ways to reduce your company’s average number of flights per year. It’s good for the planet.
Time to go electric!
Natural gas is not a bridge fuel. Studies show that it is as bad as coal. Methane, which is the primary component of natural gas, is 86x more warming than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period.
We can help reduce demand for gas by removing appliances that use gas and plan to make our homes 100% electric. The green rule is: reduce your energy consumption and electrify the rest.
Plastic lasts forever
Single use plastics damage our oceans and impact our climate. Please consider discontinuing using items such as plastic straws, disposable cups and plastic bags. You can buy reusable produce bags on Amazon and at Whole Foods. And, bonus, your coffee stays hotter for longer in your metal travel mug anyway!
Watch this video to learn more.
Toilet paper doesn’t have to come from trees
We are flushing our trees down the toilet. A World Wildlife Foundation report estimated global toilet paper production wipes out about 27,000 trees per day, which comes out to almost 9 million trees per year.
The good news is that we have choices. We can choose recycled or tree-free (bamboo) toilet paper instead. The Natural Resources Defense Council, “if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper (500 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 423,900 trees.”
In my house we have tried the tree-free toilet paper and paper towels. The toilet paper is surprisingly soft! We don’t endorse any specific toilet paper.
You can find recycled and tree-free toilet paper on Amazon but if you want toilet paper that goes the extra mile and doesn’t come wrapped in plastic you can also try Who Gives A Crap.
They donate 50% of their proceeds to improving sanitation around the world and deliver right to your door.
Next time you are in the store doing the shopping for your family you can save a tree just by changing your toilet paper to recycled or tree-free. Moms are so good at multitasking!
Reduce your energy consumption and green the rest
Your electricity usage is one of the largest parts of your overall environmental impact. To find out how to reduce your energy consumption, schedule a free MassSave energy assessment. Or consider purchasing 100% green energy for your home. It’s just a couple cents more a kWh and there is no change to your electricity provider.
Time for a new furnace, boiler, or water heater?
Make sure the next heat source for your home is electric. Natural gas is not a bridge fuel. Studies show that it is as bad as coal. Methane, which is the primary component of natural gas, is 86x more warming than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period.
We can help reduce demand for gas by removing appliances that use gas and plan to make our homes 100% electric. The green rule is: reduce your energy consumption and electrify the rest.
Check out cold climate air-source or ground-source heat pumps. They are much more efficient than gas or oil AND they cut carbon and methane, which is good for our climate. If you need a water heater, consider an air-source water heater. MassCEC.gov has lists of rebates and certified installers.
15 Easy DIY Life Hacks to Save Time and Money and Get Yourself Organized
When the trend of figuring out “life hacks” first took the Internet by storm, we weren’t so sure that transforming cardboard boxes into different things or organizing our phone cords in creative ways would really have an impact on our lives.
At least, that’s until we actually gave it a try and realized that even the smallest things that promote organization in a cheap, upcycling based way can have a big and very helpful effect! Since then, we’ve been looking up all kinds of weird little life hacks and ways to store or protect the small things in our house to make life easier for everyone without spending money.
Just in case you’re as intrigued by the whole concept of organizational “life hacks” as we were, here are 15 of the coolest, most creative ideas we’ve found so far in our search!
1. Recycled soda box soup can organizer
Have you ever opened up your kitchen cupboard and had a can of soup come rolling out, making your life flash before your eyes? It seems no matter how we stack out cans (look, our kids really chicken soup), they seem to teeter off each other or take up all the space on the entire shelf. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised to come across this can storage idea from Then She Made that keeps the soup cans contained and space efficient while also upcycling a soda pop box once you’ve drank all the soda!
2. Toilet paper roll seed pots
Recently, our kids came home with tiny seedlings planted in little miniature pots that they’d been learning about at school, but rather than forgetting about them some kids would, ours decided they wanted to actually watch their plants grow for as long as they could.
The plants soon got too big for their mini pots, however, but the next size up planters we could find were ridiculously large in comparison.
That’s why we were pleased to come across this little upcycled seed planter tutorial from Homedit! Planting your flowers in a section of an old toilet paper roll also makes it easer to replant them later when you want to put them in the garden.
3. Ice cube and cutlery tray organizers
Okay, we know that they actually already make drawer inserts intended for organization, but we’ve tried store bought storage trays of all kinds and, as it turns out, our desk is actually just a little smaller than the average writing desk with a drawer.
This means that the regular organizers we’ve come across won’t fit! Instead, we followed this suggestion from Amelie Barbeau and used small ice trays placed next to each other inside the little drawer, putting different earrings, rings, and bracelets in each little cubby to keep them organized.
4. Shower caddy for car fluids
Recently, we hit the breaks in our car a little harder than usual because a cat ran into the road and everything was find because we stopped in time for the cat to run away, but all the car fluids and supplies we had in the back of the car got shaken around by the force and flew all over the trunk, so we had to put them away before we could fill the trunk up with our groceries half an hour later. Since then, we’ve discovered this awesome, simple little life hack from DIY Craft Project. If we’d put our bottles of windshield fluid and so on in a shower caddy, the caddy might have slid a little when we hit the breaks hard, but the bottles would have stayed contained!
5. Shoe rack as a snack holder
We’re constantly looking for simple, space efficient ways to clear our pantry shelves out and make more space for all the snacks our kids are constantly convincing us to buy for them, but so many of them come in unnecessarily big boxes! Imagine how excited we were, then, when we came across this idea from Organizing Home Life to hang a shoe rack on the back of the pantry door and put the small, individually wrapped snacks in the pockets of that instead, so you can throw out the larger packaging. This one’s also a big plus because then the kids can reach them easier and won’t have to ask you to get them a snack down from the top shelf!
6. PVC pipe bike rack
Do you have a big family with kids of all different ages, meaning they also have bikes of all different sizes? Well, if there’s nowhere to put them other than all over the garage floor, we can only imagine how inconvenient that is when you’re trying to actually use to garage for real purposes, parking the car. That’s why we thought this DIY bike rack idea from Kids Activities Blog was such a good one! It’s made from simple PVC pipe and quite easy to create, and it’s also pretty affordable!
7. Dish rack filer
We work from a home office and we’ve often wondered whether there might be a better way to organize our files than just piking them on the side of our desk next to the computer.
We had them all in a filing cabinet at one point, but it was kind of a waste of space because we didn’t really have enough files to fill it, plus the files were a lot more inaccessible to reach for when we’re on the phone when we kept them in the filing drawers.
Then we came across this filing idea from BHG and it made things a lot easier! They suggest placing your files plates in a small dish rack so they stay organized and are easy to grab. We love the way they use the cutlery storage in the rack as a spot for writing utensils!
8. Toddler’s winter leggings from women’s knee socks
Recently, we bought a pair of super warm, fun looking knee socks for winter because we thought we could brighten up a warm outfit with them, but they turned out to be too small.
Instead of throwing them out or putting them in a drawer and forgetting about them, we decided to find fun ways to upcycle them into some kind of clothing pieces for our kids.
That’s how we found these cute toddler sized winter leggings! DIY Craft Project guides you through the process of making that transformation.
9. Cell phone charging holder from an empty lotion bottle
Whenever we’ve scrolled by a life hacks blog post on the Internet, we’ve always noticed a few staples that seem to be ideas recycled over and over by different people.
Part of us gets tired of seeing things repeated, but the other half of us thinks that they’ must be really useful ideas if that many people have already tried them and still recommend them! So, what’s our favourite idea from those classic life hack ideas, you ask? At the risk of sound cliche, we completely adore the idea of creating a phone charging station an empty lotion bottle cut in half! Find out how this weirdly crafty and totally useful little device is made on Martha Stewart .
10. Doorknob towel hangers
Okay, so we know that this idea isn’t necessarily a life hack, but it’s definitely an adorable decor idea and it does help reduce your environmental footprint by upcycling something that isn’t being used elsewhere! We’re completely obsessed with the way Sublime Decor used old doorknobs to create a row of towel hangers that look rather old fashioned and lovely hanging on the bathroom wall. We also that you can hang them at whatever height on the wall looks best for you and your kids.
11. Shower hangers for car rides
Have you ever seen those awesome shower supply hangers that suction right to the wall so you can easily reach your razor or your soap? We have those at home and we appreciate them every day! We can’t help but think, however, that these would be pretty useful just about anywhere that they’ll stick. That’s why we thought this idea from Happy Chappy Brands for keeping your kids amused on long car rides was such a good idea! Stick the shower hangers to the window and fill them with little figurines, crayons, or snacks.
12. Storage baskets as fridge organizers
While we’re on the topic of plastic organizers and how useful they can be in all different places, we want to tell you how much we appreciated finding this fridge basket idea from Cheer Crank! We got the baskets that we used to organize at the dollar store on the corner, making them time efficient and affordable to put in, and we organized our stuff just you see in the picture! We even took it one step further and added little labels using the label maker we got our kids last Christmas because we’re huge nerds.
13. Dollar store magazine organizers for paper dishes in the RV
Are your family huge fans of eating outside in the spring, summer, and warm fall, so you often keep plastic or paper dishes around to save the real, fragile dishes in your cupboards from ending up on the cement patio? We keep picnic supplies around too, but we find that if we don’t keep them contained, they just end up spread across the cupboard, getting in the way. That’s why we d this simple idea from Organizing Made Fun. They suggest using a plastic magazine organizer from the dollar store to put everything in and keep it all together, nice and easy to reach for.
14. PVC pipe towel hanger behind the door
Do you live in the kind of tiny apartment that has a bathroom so little you can barely fit a towel rack on the wall? Then we think we’ve definitely found an idea that will help you out a lot with keeping things neat and tidy and making sure your towels actually dry between showers! Tips for Women guides you through the process of creating a hinged towel rack PVC pipes that fits right behind the door. When you close it, you’ll have room to pull the towels away from the wall, but when it’s open they fit flush against the wall so they don’t take up any more space than the door!
15. Crayons for scuffed shoes
We’ve talked a whole lot about life hacks that involve making stuff other stuff and keeping things organized in your life, but believe it or not, that’s actually not the only kind of life hack that’s out there! That’s why we just had to make sure to show you this awesome trick for fixing up your kids’ (and probably your husband’s) scuffed dress shoes. Pinspired Home shows you in just a few simple steps how to make them look basically good as new using black crayons!
Do you have other great DIY life hacks that have made things a lot easier for you but that you don’t see on our list? Tell us all about how you made it happen or link us to photos of what you made in the comments section.
10 Life Hacks to Make Life Simple
Store extra cords and cables in empty toilet paper rolls to keep them from becoming a tangled mess. (Photo credit: Samantha Kennedy)
We are always looking for ways to make our everyday lives easier, even when it comes to the little things. That is where “life hacks” come in. What are they? Well, a life hack is a strategy or technique designed to help people manage their time and daily activities in a more efficient way. In fact, some life hacks seem so obvious, we wonder why we did not think of them ourselves.
10 Simple Life Hacks
There are hundreds of life hacks out there, some of them more practical than others. The following ten have been chosen for their cleverness as well as their practicality. Adopting one or more of them may just save time, energy, and frustration.
Life Hack #1: Separate the egg yolk from the white with an empty water bottle. (The commercially-produced water bottles with a narrow neck work the best.) How does it work? Just squeeze the sides of an empty water bottle, place the neck against the yolk, and release the sides of the bottle. The yolk is vacuumed up into the bottle, leaving the white behind.
Life Hack #2: Use a drinking straw to remove the cores and stems from strawberries. Place the straw (wider ones work best) at the center of the bottom of the strawberry, away from the stem. Gently twist and push the straw through the strawberry until it comes out the top, pushing out the stem. The core of the berry is inside the straw!
Life Hack #3: Endlessly trying to find the end on a roll of tape? Find the end easily by sticking the plastic tab from a loaf of bread on the end of tape. Folding the end over to create a pull tab is also a good way to keep the cut end from disappearing.
Life Hack #4: Unscented, unflavored dental floss makes an excellent cutting tool for soft cheeses, cakes, and other soft foods. Floss makes a clean, straight cut without the creating the buildup of frosting or other food residue that can occur with knives.
Life Hack #5: Ever drop something small on the floor, but are not sure where it landed? Use the vacuum to find it! By fitting a piece of panty hose over the end of the vacuum hose, those small items will be picked up without being sucked into the canister.
Life Hack #6: Store clean, folded sheets in one of the pillow cases in the set to keep the linen closet looking neat and orderly.
Life Hack #7: Organize those extra electronics cables with toilet paper rolls. Simply fold the cords neatly into compact bundles and slide the bundles into empty toilet paper rolls. Align the rolls side-by-side neatly in a storage container or box for easy access without having to deal with the frustrating tangle.
Life Hack #8: Speaking of toilet paper rolls, they do an excellent job of keeping wrapping paper from getting unruly. Simply slide the empty toilet paper roll over the end of a roll of wrapping paper to keep the roll from unwinding. If it does not fit, just slice along one side of it so it will expand to the size needed.
Life Hack #9: Store ground meat in zippered freezer bags. Remove the meat from the retail package, place into a zippered freezer bag, and flatten as evenly as possible. This not only makes it simple to stack several packages in the freezer, it also cuts down on thawing time.
Life Hack #10: Have a bunch of keys that all look the same? Differentiate between them by painting the ends with different colored nail polish.
For more information about these and other life hacks, call Samantha Kennedy at the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension office at (850) 926-3931.