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2017-01-17 23:29:14
5 DIY Life Hacks to Save You Time and Money
One of my favorite things to share with people is quick do-it-yourself tips and tricks to make life simpler. Whenever I find, or hear of one, I try to tell as many people as I can. Home improvement jobs can sound daunting, but I promise, these are quick and easy. DIY 'Life Hacks' are time and money savers, and in this day and age, we can all use a little more of both!
1. Walls need a touch up? There's no need to mess up a paint brush or roller for a little job. Dip an old washcloth in paint, dab the needed spot, and throw away the cloth when you’re done. Washcloths leave almost the same texture as a paint roller, so your repair will blend just like with a brush!
2. For clogged sinks, tubs, and showers, check the most likely culprit first. There’s a baffle just above the trap that directs the water down the drain. Bend a stiff wire, like a coat hanger, and feed it down the drain. You should feel the wire hook the baffle. Jiggle it up and down to dislodge the clog.
3. A door for a closet or a utility room is a great surface for hang-up storage. You can use racks or over-the-door shelving, but not all doors are flat. In that case, cut out a section of ¾-inch-thick plywood and screw it to the door. (On a hollow door, use construction adhesive and screws.) Once secured to the door, mount as many hooks or racks to the plywood as you want.
4. Use balls of tinfoil to dry your clothes. This one may sound funny, but balls of aluminum bouncing around with your clothes not only makes them dry faster, it can also replace fabric softener! Just take about two feet of aluminum foil and form as smooth a ball as you can. Repeat two or more times to produce the amount of balls you'd like. Toss them in the dryer with your clothes and reuse as many times as they stay intact.
5. If you are anything like me, you get sick of remote hunting every time you try to use your TV. A simple hack for this is to get some adhesive-backed Velcro. Adhere the soft side to the back of your remote and the grabby side to the underside of your coffee table, inside the door of your entertainment center, or wherever is most convenient for you to store it.
Do you see why I love these? Life can get so hectic and so overwhelming. It's nice to feel like you're in control of something for a change!
What are your favorite short-cuts, money-savers or DIY life-hacks? Share with me and I'll keep sharing with all of you!
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