From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep at night, there’s a lot to accomplish. Between the basics of eating, cleaning, and going to work, we have kids to entertain, prescriptions to fill, and errands to run. How can a busy person do it all? With life hacks of course! We’ve compiled some of our most beloved life hacks that help us make it through the day efficiently and with a modicum of sanity left.
1) Give shoe organizers new life
Not just for the stinky shoes of college kids anymore, these babies can be repurposed into everything from cleaning supply storage to car seat back toy organizers. Do you knit? Categorize your wool and supplies! Fish? Fill them with reels and flies. Pick up one (or five) at Bed Bath & Beyond.
2) Introduce your fridge to Lazy Susan
Flip through your condiment/cheese/left-overs collection with ease! Just stick this rotating sister into your refrigerator and spin to your heart’s content. Your spouse will never spend minutes trying to find the pickles again. We love this stainless steel Idle Susie Lazy Susan from CB2 for $99.
3) Roll those clothes
Suitcases roll. Why not clothes? Rolling your vacation-wear not only keeps garments wrinkle-free, it makes more space in even the tightest bag. Even better? Rolling takes less time then folding. We think that’s what they call a win-win. Pick up some new luggage at eBags and fill them up to your heart’s content.
4) Fight your migraines with grape juice
There’s nothing like a migraine to throw a wrench in the works. Feel one coming on? Reach for some grape juice! High in vitamins that have proven to reverse the serotonin levels that cause migraines, grape juice is a quick and natural way to get some relief. Choose purple juice with no sugar added, or if you’re feeling ambitious, make your own! (Unless that seems like too much of a headache.)
5) Throw your kids in the pool – inside
No, we’re not suggesting you flood your house. We are suggesting you bring in that kiddie pool from outside, dry it, fill it with soft toys and balls, and let your babies or toddlers play play play. Not only will it contain your little ones for a while so you can tend to the dishes and/or that novel, but it will keep the rest of your house relatively clutter free for at least 10 minutes. Don’t have a pool? It’s a perfect time of year to find a deal! We found good deals on diapers.com. Another way to keep your house clean while entertaining your kids…?
6) Recycle old shower liners as mess catchers
Put your old plastic shower liners under easels, play-doh, homemade 2-ingrediant goo, or anything else that drips, spills, and splatters. Just shake any loose pieces into the trash and toss the liner in the washing machine in between crafts.
7) Meditate on your commute
Facing a long train ride to the office? There’s no better time to invite in some relaxation. There are countless mediation apps, MP3s (yes, you can get cash back for iTunes purchases), or even YouTube videos you can listen to right on your phone and easily achieve a state of zen even with the hustle and bustle of your daily commute. The more annoying your train-mates, the better practice for deep mediation! Just don’t try this if you drive. Seriously.
8) Stage a smart phone photo shoot with your prescription bottles
Then you’ll have your RX# at your fingertips anytime of the day – which is especially great if you are constantly waiting until the last minute to fill your prescriptions (I’m talking about myself here). FYI: If you fill your prescriptions at Walgreens, go through drugstore.com and get cash back!
9) Keep your robe on
If you are splitting your morning between getting the kids and yourself ready in the morning, an easy way to keep pureed peaches from meeting business casual is to keep your robe on over your work clothes. Shed it just as you and your brood are leaving for the day – no more last minute costume changes! Keep it simple and elegant in a Hudson Park Jersey Robe from Bloomingdale’s for $100.
10) Chill your onions
There’s no time for crying in your busy day, and dinner time is no exception. To avoid those bitter cooking tears, toss onions in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before cutting into them. The only tears you’ll be spilling will be those of gratitude.
11) Prep and freeze slow cooker meals
Who really has the energy to make dinner at the end of the day? To save time later, pick a free weekend day and spend a few hours assembling slow cooker meals that can be frozen, thawed over night, and then plopped in the slow cooker before you leave for work. At the end of the day your meal will be waiting for you with open arms. Need a slow cooker? Try the Hamilton Beach Set n Forget 6 Quarts Slow Cooker from Sears for $69.99.
It’s amazing how little life hacks can change your entire day. What are your favorite ways to streamline your busy life? Tell us all about it in the comments and have a happy, efficient week!