As busy bloggers and tech aficionados, we sometimes forget the importance of the simple things in life. Things like keeping your work and living areas clean and organized. It may sound like a simple idea, but keeping the area that you work and think organized and up to date is important. Not only do you not waste time looking for things, but by staying organized it is easier to keep track of what needs to be done next and not lose important paperwork. These life hacks will be helping you in many aspects.
However, we do not want to spend a lot of time, effort, or money getting our work area in shape. That is where life hacks come in. They are simple ideas that anyone can do, but they make your life so much better once you do them. Here are some life hacks for you to think about implementing in your workspace and home:
I do not know about you, but I am always getting frustrated looking for the right cord. There are so many cords lying around my desk area and they all look the same to me. A simple way to solve this time consuming and frustrating problem is to label the cords. However, that is harder than it sounds. After all, I do not want to spend money on special cord labels, nor do I want things sticking out on my cords and making bigger tangles.A good way to get around this is by using Perlerbeads.
You know: those soft hollow beads that you did crafts with as a kid. Just snip an opening and wrap them around your cord, a different color for every electronic device. Never get your cables mixed up again!
The nooks and crannies in your electronic devices are notoriously difficult to clean. I eat at my desk a lot, so I am always fighting to get crumbs from out of my keyboard. Recently I came across a great idea. Because the vacuum cannot get in those tiny cracks on its own what you can do is get a cheap squeeze top ketchup or mustard bottle, those ones with the tiny hole at the end that comes down in a point, and attach that to the end of your vacuum hose.
Surprisingly, they are usually a perfect fit. Use the device to clean your electronics from your keyboard to your computer cooling fan to your cell phone’s speaker. By keeping everything clean you will increase the lifespan of your electronics and you also will avoid those pesky sticking keys on your keyboard.
Have you ever bought something that came wrapped in one of those blister packs or clamshell packs and practically cut your hand open trying to get it out? Well, I have and it is not pretty. To overcome that dreaded packaging dilemma, just use a hand can opener. The blade cuts through the edge without any fuss and you can avoid cutting your hand open with a knife or dull pair of scissors.
I go through a lot of chargers on my laptop and cell phone because they always seem to break. They bend and bend and twist and curve until the wires inside peek out and then it is bye bye cord. Thankfully there is a way to prevent that while still being able to use your cord. Take apart an old pen and remove the spring. Then thread the spring around the end of the electronics’ cord and tape into place. Now you have a bendable cord that will not bend so much that it breaks.
Have you ever taken apart something and then lost track of which screw goes where? Well, do not stress out. The next time you disassemble something just have a pen and a piece of paper on hand. Fold the paper up until it forms three slots. Label the slots for each section as you remove them. Like ‘monitor’, ‘case’, and ‘base’. Then side the screws and bolts and other various small parts into their respective slots. Easy, cheap and saves you lots of time and frustration.
If you have as many keys on your key chain as I do you might start to get a little confused as to which one goes where. The bad thing is that they all seem to look alike! Well, to save yourself from trying every key in every door, why not label them. A simple and long lasting label is nail polish. If you get very different colors you can easily know which key is which.
You can even mark filing cabinets and storage cabinets with a dot of the same color paint to help you match them up. Try to avoid too many similar colors. You do not want to have to remember the difference between ‘desert rose’ and ‘pretty in pink’.
Sometimes when it gets hot there is nothing I want more than a nice cup of iced coffee. There is just something about the caffeine rush of coffee that can’t be replaced by anything else. However when you make iced coffee it tends to get watered down and nasty tasting once the ice melts. An easy way around that is freezing coffee. That’s right, just make coffee ice cubes.
Make a pot of coffee and then pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze it and then when you want iced coffee use the coffee cubes to cool it down without watering down the flavor. Easy and so, so yummy!
I know I have to plug in my cell phone all the time or it will run out of batteries at the most inopportune moments. However I hate having the cord trailing across my desk or floor. But what can I do? Well, if you have a small plastic bottle you can make a cell phone pocket that can hang from the electric socket. Just cut off the top half of the bottle, leaving a curved shape on the back.
Cut a hole out of the center of the curved shape that is large enough to fit the plug through. Then curl up the cord and the phone and drop it into the pocket. The whole thing stays up off the floor and right where you need it.
Have you lost a screw or other small item? Do not want to spend time on your hands and knees looking for it? Well, just put a stocking over the end of the vacuum hose and run it across the floor. It will pick up the small item quickly without you having to do an in depth search for it. This is also a great way to find the backs of earrings when they get accidently pulled off.
If you have friends like I do they are always wanting to borrow something. Sometimes it is just something small like a cup of sugar, but sometimes it is something important that you need back, like your camera. To keep track of who has what, just take a photo of your friend with the item. That way you know who has it and you have proof they borrowed it when they forget!
These are just a few life hacks to help to keep you more organized in your workspace and in your home. The more organized you stay the more productive you can be. Just remember to keep it simple and try to look around and what you already have. There is no need to spend a lot of money or effort n organization. All it takes is a little thought and you can make anything more efficient.