Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze us. Our ability to adapt and repurpose everyday items provides an endless stream of ways to make our lives easier.
The phrase that describes these clever innovations is life hack. Wikipedia defines the term this way: “Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.” In other words, a life hack is anything that solves an everyday problem in “an inspired, ingenious manner.”
Ever have a problem finding the end of a roll of tape? For us, it usually takes three times as long to get the end unstuck than it does to put the tape where it needs to go. But now when we do, we take a paperclip (you know that little box holds more than you’ll likely ever use) and stick it to the edge of the tape. That makes the end easier to find the next time. That’s a life hack.
Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite home-related hacks — plus some links to places around the web where you can find hundreds, if not thousands, more.
Here’s a gem the folks at SERVPRO offer on their Facebook page to help you make sure your kitchen sink — a receptacle for some pretty nasty stuff — stays clean and fresh.
This smart spring cleaning hack comes from Calli, whose, blog “Make It Do,” offers a bit of advice on keeping mattresses smelling fresh.
Remove all the bedding, including bed skirts and mattress covers… and put it all into the wash.
Next lift the mattress and box springs off the bed and thoroughly vacuum and dust. (Feel free to wipe down the wall and floorboards behind the bed.)
Lay the mattress back into place and prepare Calli’s special concoction. You could just use straight baking soda, but Calli pours about one cup of baking soda into a mason jar and adds four drops of lavender essential oil. Put on the lid and shake up the jar.
Using a kitchen strainer sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress and let it sit. Let it sit for an hour or more, usually the time it takes to finish washing all the bedding and press the bed skirt.
Using the hose end of your vacuum and an upholstery attachment, thoroughly vacuum the mattress. Say goodbye to dust mites and other nasty things. The baking soda helps draw up any moisture and deep dirtiness. It deodorizes and leaves the mattress smelling fresh and clean.
Many, if not most, life hacks are quick and simple tricks to make life just a bit easier. Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of Twisted Sifter.
We know what you’re thinking. Life is good now. These life hacks will make things so much better. Again, you’re welcome. But there will come a time when maybe you’re not quite as happy as you are this very moment. Here’s one last life hack to make life a little better: Forcing yourself to smile when you’re feeling down will make you happier.
There are plenty more life hacks, especially where keeping your home organized, uncluttered and clean are concerned. We’ve only scratched the surface. Below are some links to even more life hacks:
For tips on clearing the clutter from your home — life hacked and otherwise — visit the Bin There Dump blog. And if you’re ready to tackle your next big project, find the Bin There Dump That franchise operator nearest you on our website.