10 Simple Things We Could Be Doing Better – And Making Life Easier In The Process

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There are so many things that we do the way we do because it’s just how we were taught. But why? If there were an easier way, wouldn’t you want to know?

Below are 10 simple tasks that most people make so much harder than they have to be. Check them out – maybe we can help un-complicate a few of the things on your to-do list!

#10. Ironing your clothes.

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Your flat iron is good for more than making your hair look fabulous – if you need to do a quick and dirty de-wrinkle, use it on your wrinkly outfit. It heats up faster than a clothes iron and irons the front and back at the same time.

#9. Make your drink cold but not watery.

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Forget ice, and forget having to wait hours for your fridge to cool down your drink – all you have to do is wrap a wet plastic bag or paper towel around your bottle, then shove it in the freezer for 15 or so minutes. Voila! Just don’t forget it in there.

#8. Struggling to find the right key.

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You can spend the money on those annoyingly-hard-to-attach colored rubber things that go on your keys, or you can simply paint them with polish or paint so you know which is which without a struggle.

#7. Waste less of your apple.

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Counterintuitive? Perhaps, but eating your apple from top to bottom (or bottom to top) will help you eat 30% more of the fruit. Much healthier and better for the environment than tossing it in the trash.

#6. Keep your paint cans cleaner.

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If you’re painting by dipping a brush directly in the can, you can banish some of the mess by placing a rubber band around the can so it bisects the opening. Then you wipe your brush on that instead of the can’s rim.

#5. Peeling your banana.

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Not from the stem, but from the other end. This is a change I’ve made, and it’s truly so much easier.

#4. Take the frustration out of peeling your hard-boiled eggs.

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Immediately after taking them off the heat, plunge them into ice water for mess-free peeling.

#3. New Yorkers have the pizza thing right.

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The best way to achieve great topping-to-crust ratio while also avoiding losing any toppings is to fold your pizza in half before taking a bite. And here I thought my NY friends were just giving this Midwestern gal a hard time!

#2. Using a straw in a soda can.

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If you stick it through the hole in the tab before dipping it into the larger opening, you won’t have to chase the straw around with your lips.

#1. You don’t have to sit around waiting for your nails to dry.

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They’ll set faster if you submerge them in icy water.

I’m off to try a few of these myself!