36 Practical Life Hacks (PHOTOS)

Everyone needs a little help, even with the basics in life. Check out some really great and useful life hacks that use everyday items to make the small stuff a little easier.

  • Use binder clips to keep cords in the office or on any desk organized

  • Pool noodles are a great way to keep boot shafts straight up when stored

  • Try a can opener to open tough plastic packaging

  • Need to charge a phone fast? Put it in airplane mode

  • Drop frozen grapes in wine for a quick chill

  • Keeps cords and more organized when stored away by putting them in toilet paper rolls

  • To uncheck an elevator button, press it twice

  • To fill a bucket quickly, use a dustpan in the sink

  • Find nails and studs in the wall with a magnet

  • A frozen sponge makes a great icepack

  • Rub the graphite from a pencil on a zipper to make it move smoothly

  • Get rid of hanger shoulder marks by hanging sweaters and tops like this

  • Heat leftovers evenly by making a hole in the middle

  • Try using Purell on ink stains then wash out, it could help get rid of the ink

  • Keep the zipper from dropping by attaching a key ring to it and hooking that over the top button

  • Turn a laundry basket into a bath tub that keeps toys in close reach

  • Keep laptops cool with an egg type crate under it

  • Need to heat up two bowls at once? Make them fit by stacking one on a cup

  • Turn a milk jug into a water can by poking holes in the cap

  • A binder clip can make an easy money clip/keyring when on the go

  • A muffin tin can make a great condiments holder

  • Take pant hanger clips and use them as chip bag clips

  • Get directions from the pizza guys

  • Post-it notes make cleaning keyboards easy

  • Baking soda and water can help get a splinter out

  • A rubberband around a can of paint can help with drips and keep things clean

  • Shower caps around shoes can keep the dirty soles from touching clothes in the closet

  • A soda tab is a great way to save space in the closet. Use one hole of the tab around a hanger, and attach a second hanger on the bottom hole

  • Putting clothes vertically in a drawer can help to see all the clothes in it

  • A staple remover is a great way to open up a keyring to take off or add more things to it

  • Use a flat iron as a quick way to iron a collar

  • Try a woman's razor to get pilling off a sweater. Just be sure to shave the sweater gently and carefully.

  • Don't know which side of the car the gas tank is on? Look at which way the arrow points on your gas gauge

  • Use a paper clip to find the end of a tape roll

  • A great way to test how done a steak is

  • Rub a walnut on wood to get rid of scratches