We can all appreciate life hacks that transform our daily tasks for the better. Especially the ones that save us time and money. While there are many “life-hacks” out there, not all are created equal.
Some of the most useful hacks are the ones that target the tasks we take on day in and day out. Not just once in a while. Thankfully, there are quite a few people out there who really get this, and those are our people.
Here are 35 life hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner to help keep you organized and even smelling better!
1. T-Shirt Wrap For Curly Hair
For those with curly hair you could be damaging your curls by wrapping your hair with a towel! Instead, the next time you rinse and wash your hair lightly pat it dry with a towel and then roll it into a t-shirt. The material of the shirt allows the hair to breathe freely and reduces frizz. Leave in for a few hours and unravel to beautiful curls!
2. Broom As Organizational Decor
Turns out bristled brooms can be used for more than just cleaning. Simply flip your bristled broom, cut off the top and transform it into some organizational decor. Rustic yet still efficient!
Bobby pins always somehow find themselves in weird places. Often times when we are removing them from our hair, depending on the hairstyle, we just place them anywhere as long as they are finally out! So to avoid misplacing them repurpose an empty tictac box into a bobby pin holder.
Power bars and all their cords can get confusing. Especially, when you need to access one specific cord and they are all entangled. But with this repurpose idea, take a decorative box and cut a hole out of the sides to put the cords through. Now the cords are somewhat organized and even if they aren’t nobody can see the mess inside!
5. Bracelet Bottle Holder
If you like to hold onto your bottles here is a great repurposing hack! Take those old bottles and use them to organize all your bracelets. With this hack, you can easily see all of them and there’s no fear of them getting tangled.
There’s an overload of expensive lip masks out there to get achieve those perfectly smooth lips. But with this all-natural and DIY mask you most likely already have the ingredients needed in your kitchen. All you need is a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of olive oil, and a teaspoon of sugar mix them all and gently dab the mixture on your lips. After five minutes wipe off the mask and your lips will be nice and soft.
7. Double Mascara as Eyeliner
All out of your favorite eyeliner? No problem! Just use the tip of a brush to run it along your mascara and voila!
It can be so frustrating when traveling with jewelry if you don’t pack it right. Or just storing jewelry in general. But with this easy hack, it solves all of your jewelry needs. Just take a plastic straw and run one side of your necklace through and now your frustrations are eased.
9. Using Ice Water To Dry Nails
Painting your nails in a rush? All you need is ice and a bowl of water. Dip your nails into the water for a couple of minutes and watch as the polish hardens.
10. Mist Yourself With Vaseline
Vaseline has more neat uses than meets the eye. Not only does it moisturize your lips but you can apply it to your body to help preserve the smell of your perfume! Apply vaseline on your neck, behind your ears, and wrists then spray perfume on top and the scent will be with you for hours!
11. Best Contouring Tool: Kitchen Spoon
If you have trouble contouring a kitchen spoon may be the answer to all your problems. Just take the spoon and gently brush the bronzer or contour below wherever the spoon is. Then blend and watch your cheekbones pop!
Achieving the perfect smokey eye or even a good-looking smokey eye is quite difficult for many of us. But with this easy trick, it may just save the day. Draw a “#” on each eyelid with eyeliner then gently smudge the eyeliner. A simple trick for a foolproof smokey eye.
We’ve all experienced issues with shaving no matter where that may be. For some of us after shaving under our arms, we get dark skin. However, with this DIY trick, the skin will slowly begin to lighten within a couple of weeks. All you need is to mix baking soda and lemon juice then apply it once a day.
14. Lip Balm & Eye Brow Holder
It’s always the times we need our eyebrow hairs to lay perfectly that they choose to be stubborn. With a little help from your clear lip balm keep them in check. Even better with this hack is that lip balm has vitamin E which will encourage growth.
15. Heated Eyelash Curler
Instead of spending money on fake eyelashes try this heated eyelash curler hack instead. Grab your blow-dryer with the heat setting on high and blow the air on your eyelash curler. Now you’ll have a hot eyelash curler to perfectly curl your lashes!
16. Red Lipstick Color Corrector
Red lipstick can be used for more than just a pop of color on your lips. When applied under your eyes the red shade can help to cover up dark circles. Then just add concealer over top and voila!
When all keys look the same or if you have to carry a lot it can be difficult to remember which one is which. Especially after a long day. Next time you are painting your nails paint your keys different colors as well.
18. Avoid Mascara Smudges
One wrong move and you can ruin your entire makeup look. With the easy life hack never fear a smudge again. Place the rounded side of a spoon beneath your lashes which also helps to elevate them.
19. Tea Bags Versus Stinky Shoes
Unfortunately a lot of us suffer from stinky shoes. Out of all the options to keep your shoes smelling fresh, this eco-friendly option may just be the best and cheapest yet. The teabags work to absorb all the “smells” and works best when left overnight.
20.Stuck Lids Verses Rubber Bands
There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to open a jar. Twisting and turning over and over with no luck. Next time try grabbing a couple of rubber bands and wrapping them around the lid. The bands allow for a more firm grip which can provide a strong enough twist need to open a stuck lid.
Want fuller lips without the injections? An easy hack is contouring your lips to achieve that fuller look. Begin by lining just outside your natural lip line then contour from there.
Makeup drawers and bags can get pretty messy over time. A magnetic makeup board is an absolute game-changer. All you need to do is purchase a magnetized board, add a decorative frame of your choosing then simply stick magnets onto the bottoms of your compacts, eyeshadows, and anything else that doesn’t stick on its own.
Coffee beans do more than just make coffee they also make great decor as well. With this hack, you can store your makeup brushes and enjoy a nice aroma as well. Just take your container and fill it up with coffee beans and place your brush’s handle down the beans will do the rest.
Although everyday life leaves us looking quite puffy there is a combination of tricks to try to be rid of it. Try sleeping with two pillows making sure your head is raised above your body. This allows water to drain away as you get your much-deserved beauty sleep.
25. Hair Straightener Doubles As Iron
Not only do hair straighteners work for your hair but also your clothes! Gently move the straightener over the clothes to be rid of wrinkles. Now, whenever you are in a pinch as long as you have a straightener you are set.
Throughout the day you have to reapply lipstick color although many lipsticks say they’ll last all day. But there’s a way to make it last longer with the use of a little translucent powder. Take a tissue place it over your lips and brush a small amount of powder over your lips to make your lipstick color stay vibrant all day long.
27. Baby Powder Used As Dry Shampoo
If you ever run out of your handy dandy dry shampoo, turns out that baby powder works just as well! Lightly sprinkle some of the baby powder in your hand and gently massage it into your roots. Now that greasy shine is gone and your hair smells fresh once more!
Keeping all of your purses organized can be just as important as keeping jewelry organized. If you have extra closet space take some shower curtain rings and use them to hang purses. Now your purses remain untangled and organized so you’ll never miss one.
29. Where To Spray Perfume For Optimal Smell
Many of us find ourselves using the old spritz and walk-through method for applying perfume however there is a strategic method to attempt for optimal scent. Next time you go to apply try spritzing a little in your hair, behind your ears, inside elbows, belly button, or midriff area, and even behind your knees. This trick in combination with the vaseline hack we learned earlier will have us smelling good all day long.
When packing on a trip you have to stuff your shoes in and hope for the best. Hopefully, they aren’t stinky or dirty but sometimes they are. To keep everything clean use a shower cap to cover the shoes and now dirt stays in the cap and not on the clothes.
Magnetic strips aren’t only for the kitchen as we’ve already seen. A great way to declutter your bathroom drawer is by hanging up a magnetic strip in your bathroom as well. Now you can hang up your nail clippers, tweezers, and even all those rogue bobby pins.
There’s nothing like that after beach look. So much so that many of us try to recreate the look on a regular night out nowhere near the beach. To achieve that perfect look part your hair in sections, braid those sections and apply heat then curly the ends. Leave these braids in for a few hours then once you are ready remove them and reveal the perfect beachy waves.
If you were looking to try a toner but aren’t sure where to start try looking in your kitchen first for some apple cider vinegar. Once acquired, be sure to mix a tablespoon or two with water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on a cotton pad and gently apply it to your skin before applying moisturizer.
34. Green Tea Bags Versus Puffy Eyes
From daily life our eyes can get pretty tired and puffy. If you don’t have time to catch up on your beauty sleep head to your kitchen and grab some green tea bags. Wet the bags with either lukewarm water or ice water and gently place them over your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes.
35. Clothespin Organization
Not only are clothespins good for hanging clothes and making sure foods stay fresh but also organizing headphones. Too many of us understand the struggle of untangling our headphones over and over again. By using these clothespins everything stays right in place.