hacks

Use a bag of water to stretch out your shoes

Try filling Ziplock bags with water and inserting the entire bag (now ziplocked closed) into the shoe. Then put the shoe with said bag inside it into the freezer.

Stop hate-reading: save your soul with a browser-based URL blocker

You know you do it. You have those URLs that you save in your bookmarks for the websites you hate. You know you shouldn’t do it. You know your hate-reading actually supports the websites you loathe… but fuck. It’s so hard! Self-control, man. I don’t have it. Do you?

Lifehacks for living alone

Full of helpful advice like how to avoid falling out of bed when you’ve had too many drinks while watching Downton Abbey, and the note that cats are … almost people!

Send postcards to yourself: Keep track of your travels with this hack

This is my mom’s fantastic idea for tracking experiences while traveling. How many times have you promised to keep a travel journal only to return home with most of the pages left blank? If you’re like me, that’s happened a few times. On top of that, how do you go about displaying your travel souvenirs when you get home? Developing photos is nice, but are you going to label them to remember everything? My mom’s solution: Postcards to yourself.

Life hack: Satisfy your sweet tooth by only eating your own baking (with bonus brownie cupcake recipe!)

Like most people, I have a serious weakness for sweets. Brownies, cakes, cookies, candy bars… if it’s got chocolate in it, I probably want it. We all know the various reasons why you should limit how much sugar you consume (heart disease, zits, etc.) So we come up with life hacks to limit ourselves. Here’s mine: I only let myself eat baked goods that I make.

Let a robot vacuum help you out when you have a disability

Vacuuming isn’t hard. But when you have a chronic condition that causes fatigue issues like I do, sometimes it falls by the wayside. There are other more pressing cleaning concerns (dishes, kitty box, cleaning the bird cage) that seem to take priority, and once those are done, I’ve tapped all my reserves. We recently received a cast-off robot vacuum, and it’s changed my life.