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Raise your hand if you love a good life hack.
See me over here in the corner with both hands up in the air, flailing them about like a maniac?
Yeah, I’m a fan.
I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about the concept of a quick and easy little trick I can use to make my life just a little bit easier that incredibly exciting to me. I can never resist a good life hack article or blog post, and over the years I’ve learned quite a few of them. So, when Two Men and a Truck asked me to share a favorite hack to promote their new contest, I jumped at the chance and decided to share not one but ten of my favorite home hacks.
Because you can’t have just one life hack. It’s not enough.
Before we get to the hacks, though, let’s talk about this contest and how you could win up to $1,500 at Lowe’s just for knowing an awesome home hack.
Yes, you read that right.
If you know an amazing, blow-your-mind home hack (and really, don’t we all know a few?), all you have to do is share the hack on either Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #TMTHomeHacks. Then, head over to the Two Men & a Truck Facebook page to vote for your favorites (and encourage all of your friends to vote for yours!). The contest lasts through August 13th, and the top three winners will all receive Lowe’s gift cards!
You can see more details on the contest (and get to voting) on Two Men & A Truck’s Facebook page – be sure to let me know if you enter so I can go check out your hack! You know I’m going to be stalking this page to learn some new things over the next couple of weeks!
Okay…ready to hear my hacks? Let’s do it.
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10 Home Hacks to Save You Time & Money
- Stick your paintbrush in the fridge if you need to take a break from painting. Sometimes you need to take a break for lunch or to allow a coat of paint to dry – you don’t have to clean the entire brush! Wrap the paintbrush (and roller!) up in a plastic grocery bag and toss it in the fridge. It will be perfectly fine for at least a few hours – I’ve even left it overnight before! When you’re ready to get back to painting, grab your brush out of the fridge and you’re good to go.
- Need to fix your caulk? Painters tape will be your BFF! If the caulk in your bathroom or kitchen is looking rough, it’s actually a really easy fix. Remove the old stuff with a razor blade and use painters tape to cover up both the tile and the surface on the other side – just leave a thin line where the caulk will go. Put a thin bead of caulk down the line, gently run your finger all the way down the line to press it into the corner (use water to get it wet first and it’s a lot more effective), and you’re good to go! Be sure to remove the tape before the caulk dries or you may mess up your beautiful lines.
- On the other hand, it’s actually a lot easier to paint a room without painter’s tape. I know – you think I’m crazy. I promise, if you take your time and have a relatively steady hand it’s much simpler to paint a room without worrying about using painter’s tape. Grab a short-handled angled brush (this is the only one I’ll use), put some paint on the end (be sure to wipe one side off on the side of the can so there’s not too much paint), and slowly press the paintbrush into the line where you’re painting. For example, if you’re painting up at the ceiling you’ll start the brush about 2 inches away from the ceiling line and slowly push it up until you reach the line. Then, slowly pull along the line until it’s time to refill the brush. It takes a little practice but you’ll end up with perfect paint lines every time and it’s way faster than taping!
- Save space in your cabinets by storing measuring cups and spoons on the door. I hate storing measuring cups and spoons in drawers – it gets so cluttered and it’s impossible to find them! Instead, you can put some removable hooks on the inside of your cabinet door and hang them inside. If they’re attached to a ring, remove them so that you can hang them individually – it’s easier to grab what you need that way.
- Use washi tape to keep your cords organized. Have a power strip with a ton of stuff plugged into it? Hate trying to figure out which cord is which when you just want to unplug the dang lamp? Grab some cute washi tape, write a quick label for each cord, and wrap it around at the base of the plug like a flag. Then, you’ll know exactly which cord is which without any effort…and it looks pretty cute, too!
- Hang a picture the easy way. Hanging pictures can be so annoying – especially those ones that require two nails, perfectly spaced and level. It can feel like an impossible task if you don’t know what you’re doing – but here’s the trick: grab some painter’s tape and place it on the back of the frame, where the hanging mechanism is. Place the tape sticky side out with the ends folded under so they stick to the frame. Then, use a pen to mark where the nails should go on the tape, grab the frame and press it up against the wall where you want it to go. Be sure the tape sticks on the wall when you remove it and bam, you’ve got perfect little marks exactly where you need to put your nails. To make sure it’s level, I like to just use my level on the tape and adjust as needed until everything is perfect – then I just hammer or screw directly into the marks on the tape!
- Don’t stress about cleaning the paint tray when you’re finished. That’s right, I’m giving you permission to not clean everything when you’re done painting. It’s actually much easier to clean the paint tray if you let the paint dry fully while it’s still in it – you can go back the next day and peel the paint right out of the tray! It’s very satisfying and a zillion times faster than cleaning it while the paint is still wet. Bonus? You don’t have to waste any money on those silly paint tray liners!
- Are there water marks on your wood furniture? Try mayonnaise! You guys! This is my favorite trick ever! If you have any wood furniture with water marks (and even some scratches), you can just rub some mayonnaise on it, let it sit for a couple of hours (some people even recommend overnight), and wipe it off. You’ll be amazed at the results.
- Clean dirty grout with a bleach pen. Dirty grout drives me absolutely batty – and I know I’m not alone. Thankfully, all you need to get it nice and clean again is a cheapo bleach pen. Seriously! Apply it along the grout lines, let it sit for 10 minutes or so, and then rinse it off. Good as new!
- Use essential oil on a new air filter to make your whole home smell fresh. I just recently learned this little hack, and I’m obsessed. When you’re replacing the air filter in your air conditioner (you are doing this every three months or so, right?), grab some essential oil in your favorite scent and apply 15-20 drops all over the filter. Then, install it like normal and then next time your unit kicks on your entire home will smell like whatever oil you applied. Is that genius or what?!
Ahhh, I love a good hack.
I know just 10 is never enough, so here are a few bonus hacks for you from the archives:
- The easy way to replace your duvet cover.
- Simple cleaning hacks that just may change your life.
- 10 habits for a cleaner home with almost no effort.
- How to clean a dried-out paintbrush.
- Use empty cereal boxes to organize your junk drawer.
- How to hide your trash can once and for all.