Life Tricks — Simple Hacks for Easy Living


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Kristen's grandfather Ron Laufer also known as the Duct Tape Guru.

Kristen’s grandfather Ron Laufer also known as the Duct Tape Guru.

My grandfather, the self-proclaimed ‘duct tape guru’ is finally receiving respect in this new economy that is forcing many of us to dedicate our efforts to fixing instead of tossing. Instead of buying, repair what we can. I remember when my family tried to convince my grandfather to throw out his old lawnmower. He proved us all wrong by fixing it with duct tape. We made fun of him then, but what we didn’t know was that he was on to something. The recession has hit many hard, but when we come out on the other side, we will all be better crafters, makers, fixers and ‘duct-tapers.’ Life hacking is an ode to those simpler times living life more resourcefully. Here are some of the best life hacks out there on the web today. Don’t forget to share some of your favorite life hacks!

Using Duct Tape to Open a Jar


No need to buy fancy jar opening gadgets: Just pull out the duct tape!

Using WD-40 to Lift Ink Stains


WD-40 is no longer just for squeaky doors. Get the ink stains out of your carpets and clothes by spraying it with a bit of WD-40.

Use a Clothespin to Hold Nails

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A simple fix to ensure your DIY projects don’t result in a battle wound.

Use Paper Clips to Organize your Cables

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Prevent your cables from falling behind your desk with this simple fix.

Use Post-it-Notes to Catch Dust


For that next DIY project, use post-it-notes to cut down on the post-project cleaning time.

Hack your Ikea Furniture

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Instead of buying a new banquette seat, turn your existing Expedit bookcase into a seating area.

Label Cords with Bread Tags

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Re-use your old bread tags to help quickly plug and unplug cords from your power strip.

Use a Bowl as an iPod Sound Amplifier

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No need to buy new speakers. Simply put your iphone in a bowl and it will naturally amplify your sound for everyone to hear. Great to use for music or to increase the sound for a group conference call.

Use Beeswax to Waterproof your Shoes


Cover shoes with beeswax and use a blow dryer to work it into the fabric.

Use Crates as Shoe Storage

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Use your old crates to create storage in your entry way.

Make A Toothbrush Holder


No need to buy a fancy toothbrush holder when you can make one in your medicine cabinet.

Use Ice-cube Trays to Organize Your Jewelry

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Keep rings, earrings and necklaces stashed neatly.

  • Vanessa Londono

    Love those old crates! I want to make bookshelves out of some.

  • Canetra Shantay

    I have been real fond of life hacks lately! Many of these on this article is very useful and new to me. I like the post-it Note idea to catch drill hole dust, the old crates upcycled to stylish storage systems, and the bread tags as labels for cords on electronics. Awesome!