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11 kick ass hacks to simplify your life

By / 12.14.12
Life Hacks Simplify Life

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If you’re like most people, you want to unload some of the pressures of daily life and make it easier. That’s what life hacks are all about: smart ways to simplify life. What are some of the best life hacks you’ve picked up along the way?

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11 Get Rid of Threads

Thread

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Everyone has learned the hard lesson of pulling on a thread or having it catch on something just to see it unravel and ruin whatever you’re wearing…bummer. The solution? Preserve your clothing by burning errant threads with a lighter instead of pulling on them. They’ll burn up quickly and stop after the thread is no more.

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10 Reheat Pizza Quickly

Pizza

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No one can deny that cold pizza is delicious, but sometimes we want to reheat our leftover pizza as if it was just delivered fresh. The problem is that nuking it will make the crust, well…not very crusty and baking it in the oven takes too long. Instead, flip your toaster on to preheat it, microwave your slice of pizza for about 45-60 seconds and then when the pizza comes out of the microwave you can put it in your toaster to heat it the rest of the way and re-crisp it. Works like a charm every time.

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9 Respond to Something Specific in GMail

Gmail

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If you’re a GMail user (why wouldn’t you be?), here’s a tip for simplifying your response to a multi-subject message or long email string. Just highlight the text you’re responding to and click reply. Your email will show up with only that selected text below your response. Sweet.

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8 Make a Perfect Breakfast Sandwich Egg in the Microwave

Egg Sandwich

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Making an egg quickly is great. Making an egg that can be used on a sandwich is even better. Get a small, shallow dish or bowl that’s only a few inches deep and four or five inches across. Then spray it with cooking spray, break your egg in it, mix with a fork, add a splash of water, your choice of seasonings and/or cheese and then microwave for 45-75 seconds (depending on your settings) until the egg is cooked without being dried out. You’ve got yourself a delicious, disc-shaped egg perfect for throwing on a toasted English muffin and you won’t even have a frying pan and spatula to wash.

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7 Make One Battery into Six

9 volt

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A 9-volt battery is really just housing for six AAAA batteries. With some pliers you can open one up without damaging the AAAA’s. AAAA batteries, in case you didn’t know, can be used for most devices that use AAA batteries. It’s not dangerous at all and it works in a pinch if you need some extra juice for a small device.

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6 Keep Bread From Getting Moldy

Bread

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This one is simple: just keep your bread in the freezer. It toasts ultra fast right out of the freezer and if you want it un-toasted then microwave it for just a few seconds and it’ll hit room temp. Keeping your bread frozen will make sure it stays mold-free for months.

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5 Eat Cupcakes the Right Way

Cupcake

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Two words: cupcake sandwich. That’s right, rip the top half of your cupcake off, turn it over, slam that bad boy down and take a glorious bite. I’ve been doing this for years and I’ve still never seen anyone else do it, but I know it’s becoming a thing lately. And that’s for good reason: you get the perfect amount of frosting and cake in each bite and it’s handheld.

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4 Clear Out Your Clogged Up Desktop

Desktop

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There’s no real trick to this, but it can easily save you tons of time spent poring over your cluttered desktop (if you still have a Windows machine) for important files. All you have to do is right click on your desktop, select create new and make folders for all of your unorganized mess. You can sort your files into a few categories. For example: downloads, pictures, videos, word files and most importantly, “other” which will allow you to toss all the stuff you’re not sure where to put.

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3 Sterilize Your Dirty Sponge

Sponge

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Sponges soak up all the germs you’re trying to get off your plates, pots and pans. Instead of cleaning or throwing it out you can de-germify by microwaving it for 30-60 seconds.

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2 Open Pistachios

Pistachios

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If you’re like me and get upset at specific pistachios that refuse to open, just use another pistachio shell to open them up. Break off half an empty shell, insert it into the opening of another pistachio, twist and voila. This doesn’t work for the ones that are almost completely shut, but hey, no hack is perfect.

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1 Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

Righty Tighty

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…but you already knew that.

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Jason Epstein
About Jason Epstein... Jason Epstein is a nationally published freelance writer living in the greater NYC area. He's known for his close friends/good conversations/playing bass/wind in the face/rocking out/reading up/holding it down/good times/turning on dimes/and sometimes trying to rhyme(s). He can be reached at his website and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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