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Five Tips Friday #4, Easy Lifehacks and Great Ideas

Well, we’ve made it to the end of another week and to the beginning of a new month! Why, Hello there October!

I find myself taking a deep breath and diving headfirst into October; it is probably the busiest month of the year in my family. Between my daughter, my husband and my mom, we have 3 birthdays in the span of 9 days…plus it seems we are often traveling for at least one football game and this year we are adding a few college tours into the mix. But it’s all good stuff…I’m not complaining…just getting my ducks in a row for the inevitable busy-ness of the month.

But on to business…Welcome back for another installment of Five Tips Friday… more easy life hacks and great ideas with the hopes that a few of them might make your world a little simpler.

And since I’m a huge believer in crowdsourcing, 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 or saves you money…bring it!

Without further ado…

Let’s meet our 5 Easy Lifehacks or Great Ideas

Easy Lifehack #1

Tension Rod under sinks (or any other cabinet for that matter): OK…keeping real today my friends…this is a photo of the cabinet under my kitchen sink.

Between the Reverse Osmosis unit under my sink and my kitchen compost bin, there is very little room for anything else under my kitchen sink.  Installing a tension bar is a great way to hang your spray bottles and utilize the little bit of unused space you might have.

Easy Lifehack #2

I keep a container of Washing Soda under my sink.  That stuff is a miracle worker for baked-on/fried on ‘stuff’ from your pots and pans.  Word of warning…don’t use it on aluminum.

I don’t use non-stick surfaces when I cook, so I often have ‘stuck on’ stuff after I’ve cooked.  Simply adding a bit of washing soda to hot water in your pan will loosen just about anything. My usual routine is to get the pot soaking while we eat so that by clean up time it has loosened up a good bit. It’s also great to clean baked-on food around your stovetop and in your oven…just make a paste with it.

Easy Lifehack #3

Homemade Glass Cleaner. I’ve tried many glass cleaner ‘recipes’ and have stuck with the ALVIN CORN recipe for the past 5+ years.  The ingredients of rubbing alcohol, vinegar and cornstarch are things I always have on hand so when I get low it’s so easy to whip up a new batch.

Easy Lifehack #4

Spare key hiding place. It’s always handy to have a spare key for the time when someone has lost their key or you need a friend or neighbor to pop over while you are away. 

You can make an easily disguised key holder with an old pill bottle and a rock, shell, lawn ornament, etc…  I spray painted my lid black and then just glued a rock onto the lid. Put your key in your pill bottle, dig a little hole and place your pill bottle in the hole. VOILA!

Easy Lifehack #5

LastPass Password Manager. Last Pass is a free program and app that helps you maintain and safeguard your passwords across all your devices. With one master password, you can access and autofill your passwords without having to write them all down. LastPass will also check the security of the passwords you use and tell you if you’ve been using the same password for too many sites, thereby reducing its security.

So there you go…5 little lifehacks to hopefully make your days easier. And let me leave you with one additional thought today…we all need to learn to rest.

Oh, and don’t forget to send me your lifehack ideas! Send them to [email protected]

Many hugs my friends and wishes for a wonderful fall weekend.

Thanks for making my day by SHARING!!

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  1. Thanks for sharing these grest tips Lynn. I love the idea with the tension rod. Can’t use it under my kitchen sink because it’s shaped funny. I tried but it keeps falling down. Can use it in bathrooms though.
    I am going to have to try the glass cleaner. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Linda…It’d probably be very handy under your bathroom sink as well! Great idea. And I couldn’t even tell you how long I’ve been using that glass cleaner…I can’t remember the last time I actually bought glass cleaner. You’ll like it!

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