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show post that brings you 5 easy lifehack ideas to make your day to day just a tad easier and less complicated.
Lifehack: a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.
I hope to bring you Five Ideas (or lifehack) on the First Friday of Each Month…undoubtedly you might already employ some of these ideas, but hopefully every now and again I can bring you a nugget you hadn’t considered before.
AND…MOST IMPORTANTLY…I am ALWAYS in the market for a new lifehack or idea So if you have noodled a way to do something easier or cheaper…please consider passing it on. I’d love to incorporate tips from our readers into the Five Tips Friday list. Email your tips to [email protected]
So, if it…solves a problem, makes life easier, is a less expensive way to do something, saves you money…bring it!
If you have wooden or tiled or linoleum (anything other than carpeted) floors, you no doubt struggle as I do with your furniture moving, especially if it’s a piece with drawers that you open and close on a regular basis. We have a bureau in our bathroom on our tile floors whose drawers are opened at least once a day. It’s amazing how far that little dresser will travel before I realize that it has done so. Finally, one day I turned it over and applied hot glue to the bottom of the 4 feet and let the glue dry.
That little chest has finally stopped roaming and now stays put.
I don’t know about you, but I like to have a stash of lemons and limes on hand for drinks and various recipes. I seem to go for bouts of time that I need one or another of these fruits for a recipe multiple times a week and then other bouts of time that I won’t use one for a week. Invariably, when I am in one of those bouts when I don’t need one, I have several…does it work that way in your home too?
And when I have several and don’t use them, they end up drying out or getting moldy.
Enter lifehack #2…
Store your lemons and lime in a bowl of water in your refrigerator! I have been using this lifehack for several months and haven’t wasted a lemon or lime since.
One of my readers, Ellie, has a great lifehack that she uses to easily clean up those mascara and liner mishaps that we all have. She keeps a small jar of baby oil or mascara remover in her bathroom along with a stash of cut qtips. When she has a mishap, a little dab of baby oil/mascara remover will remove it without messing up the rest of her makeup!
Not so much a lifehack, but a timely reminder…if you plan on growing cool weather crops, now is a good time to get your soil tested so that you can amend as necessary before you get your seeds or seedlings in the ground. I know that this time of year our extension service has a 2-3 week turnaround, much shorter than it is in late winter and early spring.
Getting our soil tested this past spring and amending as recommended made all the difference in my garden this year.
Call your local extension service to figure out how to take advantage of this service; ours has just started charging a nominal fee.
With summer beginning to wind down, I will start to collect seeds from certain of my plants for next year. Specifically, I harvest my zinnia, sweet basil, and Thai basil seeds by letting several of the flowers die back completely while still on the plant (that’s a critical point) and rubbing the dead flower between my fingers until the seeds fall out.
I then store the seeds in a paper envelope or paper bag in my refrigerator until next year. With this method, I haven’t purchased zinnia or basil seeds or plants for a couple of years now.
While these are the only 3 I’ve done in the past (in addition to cilantro at the end of winter), this article has me thinking that I’m going to save the seeds from my coneflowers this fall as well.
So, I hope at least one of these easy lifehack ideas might make a task or chore of yours just a tad easier. And please, do share any life hacks that have solved a problem for you or just made your chore a trifle easier.
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