Life hacks – little ways to make life easier

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Your gran may have called them handy household hints, but nowadays they’re known as life hacks or, as we like to say, smart solutions to life’s little problems.

Here are a few to get you started:

Too many keys? If you have a lot of similar keys on your key ring, paint them with nail polish to make it easier to find the right key.

Keep paint in the can. Put a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on and keep paint off the side of the can – and your floor.

No drip icepack. Saturate a sponge in water before placing it in a snap lock bag and popping in the freezer. These great little icepacks can go anywhere and won’t drip when they defrost.

Can’t find the puncture? Inflate the bike tyre as much as possible, before spraying it with soapy water. Bubbles will soon appear at the source of the puncture.

Fill that bucket. Use a clean dustpan to easily fill a bucket or container that’s too deep to fit in the sink. The handle acts as a funnel.

Wooden furniture scratches. Remove scratches on wooden furniture by rubbing with a walnut and then polish it up with a soft cloth.

Keep the kids tucked in. If your kids falling out of bed when they’re asleep, tuck a pool noodle down the edge of the bed under the fitted sheet to give them a buffer.

Never lose your remote again. Put a couple of Velcro dots (the soft side) along the back of your remote controls, and the matching spiky dots to the side of your coffee table so you have a place to store them.

Clean up your cleaning products. Make cleaning bottles easier to store by hanging a shoe holder on the back of a cupboard door.

A watched pot. As they say a watched pot never boils, at least not until you stop watching. So, to prevent a pot of water from boiling over, try putting a wooden spoon across the top of the pot like a small bridge.

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