The internet has bestowed many wonderful things upon the masses—we’re partial to funny cat videos and websites dedicated to Pinterest fails. They’ve also given us access to the simple genius of “home hacks.” These are simple, usually one-step tips and tricks that make everyday life a whole lot easier. It’s the “why work harder when you can work smarter?” philosophy in action.
Here are our favorite home hacks for your humble abode from the good people at BuzzFeed:
Community Post: 41 Creative DIY Hacks To Improve Your Home
Shoe Organizer Hack
You know the shoe organizers we’re talking about—the clear vinyl ones that hang over the door. It turns out that these are useful in almost any room in the house. Our particular favorite is the pantry door shoe organizer hack. These sturdy cubbyholes are great for individual snack bags, restaurant sauce packets (can you say fancy ketchup?) and bottles of all sizes to free up pantry space. You can even customize a “snack rack” to hold mom-approved snacks for your kids.
Window squeegees are great for keeping glass clean and streak-free, especially glass shower doors that tend to build up mold and mildew. But those little rubber strips are also great at picking up pet hair. Keep one in your car if you have cloth seats and a furry friend, and keep one handy for couches and small carpeted areas. A few powerful swipes, and poof! The hair is gone.
Rugs are essential for homes with hardwood or tile floors. They’re cozy and warm in the winter, and they absorb a lot of noise that would otherwise make your home sound like a warehouse. But rugs like to slip and slide, and sometimes those rubber pads just seem to have a life of their own. To combat rug slippage, apply stripes of acrylic-latex caulk to the back of the rug. Easy and cheap, just the way a hack should be.
Baby bibs—they are everywhere when you’re busy raising little humans, aren’t they? Caught in a perpetual cycle between puréed peaches and the washing machine, bibs are in no short supply, but never quite in reach. Fix this issue with a simple hack: affix a Command hook the back of your wee one’s high chair for hanging an easy bib back-up. Now here comes the airplane!
Can we talk about how annoying it is when you’re standing on a ladder, hammering a nail into the wall and the nail falls to the floor? Groan. Fix this frustration by gluing a magnet to the bottom of your hammer to keep your nails on hand. Make sure it’s powerful enought get the job done—something between those alphabet refrigerator magnets that can barely hold a square inch of tissue without falling and those magnets that wipe out computers.
Check out our Organization board on Pinterest for more quick and easy home hacks!