Tech Hacks You Need To Know About

Tech Hacks You Need To Know About

Think you’ve seen every possible tech hack out there? Think again for this ultimate list of no common sense tech hacks that makes your life easier.

#1 – Need to jot down something quickly? Open a temporary notepad in your browser by typing “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>” into the address bar.

Need to jot down something quickly? Open a temporary notepad in your browser by typing "data:text/html, <html contenteditable>" into the address bar.

Remember to bookmark and rename it as Notepad.

Jose Jesus Perez Aguinaga/coderwall

#2 – Ambient music to boost your productivity:

Believe me, you have to try this combo if you haven’t. Open these links in separate tabs:

Feel lonely? Add Coffitivity.com for some morning murmur.

Try also: Noisli.comSoundrown.comSimplyNoise.com, ASoftMurmur.com

tadallagash/Reddit

#3 – At website login pages, you can view masked passwords by changing the password input type as text.

At website login pages, you can view masked passwords by changing the password input type as text.

Most software and web developers probably know this. So, don’t leave your PC on!

Harikrishnan Edayalil/Quora

#4 – Test battery easily by dropping it few inches from the ground. A fully charged battery bounces very little, whereas a dead battery bounces around.

Test battery easily by dropping it few inches from the ground. A fully charged battery bounces very little, whereas a dead battery bounces around.

Not really sure how to conduct the battery bounce test? Here’s a demo video.

John Sullivan/Princeton University

#5 – Broken keyboard feet? Replace them with binder clips.

Broken keyboard feet? Replace them with binder clips.

#6 – Find expensive stuff for cheap on Craigslist using the following search terms:

  • divorce
  • wife
  • husband
  • new baby
  • pcs
  • Kia
  • health
  • surgery
  • moving

These listings are usually from Craigslist sellers trying to offload stuff for cheap.

SteelBadger/Reddit

#7 – In Windows, create a new folder and name it “Control Panel Shortcuts.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}”. Access any control settings in the folder.

In Windows, create a new folder and name it "Control Panel Shortcuts.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}". Access any control settings in the folder.

#8 – No description needed.

No description needed.

I_am_a_quitter/Reddit

#9 – Google “[food] vs [food]” to compare nutritional values.

Google "[food] vs [food]" to compare nutritional values.

Google/Google+

#10 – Use wall hooks to attach iPad to the wall.

Use wall hooks to attach iPad to the wall.

etothepowerof3/Reddit

#11 – Amplify iPad speaker with tennis ball.

Amplify iPad speaker with tennis ball.

mcmenamin309/Reddit
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#12 – On calculator, the C (clear) button is to clear all entry, whereas the CE (clear entry) button is to clear the most recent entry only.

On calculator, the C (clear) button is to clear all entry, whereas the CE (clear entry) button is to clear the most recent entry only.

Oliver Salzburg/Super User

#13 – Project Naptha is a browser extension that allows you to select, copy, modify, erase, and translate text in images.

Project Naptha is a browser extension that allows you to select, copy, modify, erase, and translate text in images.

antimatter15/Hacker News

#14 – Not sure whether your remote control is working? Use any camera to check whether it emits light when you press a button.

Not sure whether your remote control is working? Use any camera to check whether it emits light when you press a button.

#15 – Watch age restricted YouTube videos without signing in by adding “nsfw” before “youtube.com”.

Watch age restricted YouTube videos without signing in by adding "nsfw" before "youtube".

Example: http://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=6LZM3_wp2ps

Alternatively, replace watch?v= with v/. Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LZM3_wp2ps tohttp://www.youtube.com/v/6LZM3_wp2ps.

fs200vids/Reddit

#16 – Sugru is a Play-Doh-like substance, but it’s much stronger, durable, resistant to heat, and flexible. A nifty product for life hacking.

#17 – Use LEGO minifigure as cable holder.

#18 – Sleepyti.me helps you to calculate the best time to go to bed/wake up for optimal sleep.

Sleepyti.me helps you to calculate the best time to go to bed/wake up for optimal sleep.

omgwtfbbq7/Reddit

#19 – Ninite.com helps you to install many programs at once. Just select all the apps you want. No more junk software and clicking next.

Ninite.com helps you to install many programs at once. Just select all the apps you want. No more junk software and clicking next.

omgwtfbbq7/Reddit

#20 – HowLongToReadThis.com estimates time required to read a book. Pretty accurate for me.

HowLongToReadThis.com estimates time required to read a book. Pretty accurate for me.

sputnik4024/Reddit

#21 – Laptop charger keep falling out? Use Velcro.

Laptop charger keep falling out? Use Velcro.

siddv/Reddit

#22 – PizzaCodes.com shows pizza coupon codes based on your location.

PizzaCodes.com shows pizza coupon codes based on your location.

ToProvideContext/Reddit

#23 – Want to sign up for free trials? Use a gift card.

Want to sign up for free trials? Use a gift card.

thenacho1/Reddit

#24 – Add a fake email address into your contact list. If a bot starts sending out spam using your email address, you’ll get an undeliverable mail notice.

Add a fake email address into your contact list. If a bot starts sending out spam using your email address, you'll get an undeliverable mail notice.

overzealous_dentist/Reddit

#25 – Before going to a porn suspicious site, Google “safebrowsing:(website)” to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.

Before going to a suspicious site, Google "safebrowsing:(website)" to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.

Treregard/Reddit

#26 – Check whether a username is taken or available on popular sites usingNamechk.com.

Check whether a username is taken or available on popular sites using Namechk.com.

#27 – To avoid spam from certain sites, use disposable temporary email services to sign up for stuffs:

#28 – AccountKiller.com guides you on how to delete your online accounts from popular websites.

AccountKiller.com guides you on how to delete your online accounts from popular websites.

Try also: Just Delete MeDelete Your Account.

Eric Griffth/PCMag

#29 – Search recipes by ingredients you have at Supercook.com.

Search recipes by ingredients you have at Supercook.com.

Try also: MyFridgeFood.com

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME
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#30 – HaveIBeenPwned.com checks if your email has been compromised in a data breach.

HaveIBeenPwned.com checks if your email has been compromised in a data breach.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#31 – Want to convert YouTube video to GIF? Add “gif” before “youtube.com”. Here’s an example.

Want to convert YouTube video to GIF? Add "gif" after "www.". Here's an example.

#32 – SumoPaint.com is the closest online free version of Photoshop.

SumoPaint.com is the closest online free version of Photoshop.

#33 – Always accidentally close your important tabs? Pin them.

Always accidentally close your important tabs? Pin them.

#34 – Time to clean your email inbox. Search “unsubscribe” and unsubscribe from useless newsletters. Do it now!

Time to clean your email inbox. Search "unsubscribe" and unsubscribe from useless newsletters. Do it now!

Try also: Unroll.me

onanym/Reddit

#35 – Forgot where you parked? Amplify the car remote signal with your head.

#36 – Organize and filter your Gmail by using address aliases.

Organize and filter your Gmail by using address aliases.

_aP/Reddit

#37 – Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath.

Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath.

jacknappier/Reddit

#38 – To extend laptop’s battery lifespan, try to keep the battery meter between 40% and 80%.

To extend laptop's battery lifespan, try to keep the battery meter between 40% and 80%.

#39 – Read free magazines at Magastack.com.

Read free magazines at Magastack.com.

hackmebaby/Reddit

#40 – Super glue a dot on your phone charger so at night you don’t fumble around like a fool.

Super glue a dot on your phone charger so at night you don't fumble around like a fool.

nomau/Reddit

#41 – Use different color for your earphone tips to differentiate left and right side easily.

Use different color for your earphone tips to differentiate left and right side easily.

You can get white replacement earphone tips here.

defloof/Reddit

#42 – Want to edit an online image in Paint? Paste the image URL directly into Paint to open it.

Want to edit an online image in Paint? Paste the image URL directly into Paint to open it.

Learning25/Reddit

– Online Shopping –

#43 – FatFingers.com finds eBay items with typos, which often have no bids because no one can find them.

FatFingers.com finds eBay items with typos, which often have no bids because no one can find them.

CCPearson/Reddit

#44 – When online shopping, begin the checkout process but don’t complete it. Most online stores will send you coupons codes to encourage sales.

When online shopping, begin the checkout process but don't complete it. Most online stores will send you coupons codes to encourage sales.

Doesn’t work on every online stores like Amazon, but worth trying.

surfinonthejohn/Reddit

#45 – For Amazon, use camelcamelcamel.com to get alerts when prices drop.

For Amazon, use camelcamelcamel.com to get alerts when prices drop.

#46 – You can also try your luck with Honey, which automatically applies coupon codes at checkout.

You can also try your luck with Honey, which automatically applies coupon codes at checkout.

#47 – mySupermarket.com gathers groceries at the lowest prices from leading online stores.

mySupermarket.com gathers groceries at the lowest prices from leading online stores.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#48 – LOZO.com finds grocery coupons based on the grocery item names you entered.

LOZO.com finds grocery coupons based on the grocery item names you entered.

Ken Austin/CouponsDaily

#49 – ThisIsWhyImBroke.com finds and lists cool and unbelievable products.

ThisIsWhyImBroke.com finds and lists cool and unbelievable products.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#50 – FillerDeals.com is similar to ThisIsWhyImBroke.com but everything is under $15.

FillerDeals.com is similar to ThisIsWhyImBroke.com but everything is under $15.

CHIEFKEEFBANGBANG/Reddit

#51 – ThePriceGeek.com shows you the market price of product you searched.

ThePriceGeek.com shows you the market price of product you searched.

alphabytestew/Reddit

#52 – WornOnTV.net sells outfits that characters wear on TV shows.

WornOnTV.net sells outfits that characters wear on TV shows.

– Travel –

#53 – Currently in foreign country? Use Google.com/NCR to avoid country specific URL redirect. NCR stands for No Country Redirect.

Currently in foreign country? Use Google.com/NCR to avoid country specific URL redirect. NCR stands for No Country Redirect.

articposts/Reddit

#54 – Bypass expensive airport Wi-Fi by adding “?.jpg” at the end of any URL.

Bypass expensive airport Wi-Fi by adding "?.jpg" at the end of any URL.

Felix Geisendörfer/Debuggable

#55 – Get free Wi-Fi passwords for local places in Foursquare’s comment sections.

Get free Wi-Fi passwords for local places in Foursquare's comment sections.

dirtyfries/Reddit

#56 – HotelWiFiTest.com ranks hotels’ Wi-Fi speed and shows hotels with free Wi-Fi.

HotelWiFiTest.com ranks hotels' Wi-Fi speed and shows hotels with free Wi-Fi.

#57 – In-flight entertainment system.

In-flight entertainment system.

claque/Reddit

#58 – When purchasing items online esp. airline and train tickets, use incognito mode on your browser, because the prices might increase the more you revisit the item pages.

When purchasing items online esp. airline and train tickets, use incognito mode on your browser, because the prices might increase the more you revisit the item pages.

Valendr0s/Reddit

#59 – Skiplagged.com finds “hidden city” flight tickets which may save you up to 80%.

Skiplagged.com finds "hidden city" flight tickets which may save you up to 80%.

Try also: TheFlightDeal.com, AwardWallet.com

skiplagged/Reddit

– Mobile –

 

#60 – Send text messages by email: (For US)

  • Alltel: XXXXXXXXXX@message.alltel.com
  • Amp’d Mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@vtext.com
  • AT&T: XXXXXXXXXX@txt.att.net
  • AT&T: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.att.net (pictures, text may work)
  • Boost Mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@myboostmobile.com
  • Cingular: XXXXXXXXXX@mobile.mycingular.com
  • Cricket: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.mycricket.com
  • Einstein PCS: XXXXXXXXXX@einsteinmms.com
  • Nextel: XXXXXXXXXX@messaging.nextel.com
  • Sprint: XXXXXXXXXX@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • SunCom: XXXXXXXXXX@tms.suncom.com
  • T-mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@tmomail.net
  • VoiceStream: XXXXXXXXXX@voicestream.net
  • US Cellular: XXXXXXXXXX@email.uscc.net (text)
  • US Cellular: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.uscc.net (pictures)
  • Verizon: XXXXXXXXXX@vtext.com (text)
  • Verizon: XXXXXXXXXX@vzwpix.com (pictures)
  • Virgin: XXXXXXXXXX@vmobl.com

For Canadian providers, refer to this.

the_boyblunder/Reddit

#61 – Pushbullet.com displays phone notifications on your computer, so that you don’t have to switch between devices everytime.

Pushbullet.com displays phone notifications on your computer, so that you don't have to switch between devices everytime.

You can also send links and files with Pushbullet.

#62 – If you want to turn off your phone to avoid calls, remove the battery instead. Switching off phone will notify mobile switching centre (MSC) and callers will receive the switched off notification.

If you want to turn off your phone to avoid calls, remove the battery instead. Switching off phone will notify mobile switching centre (MSC) and callers will receive the switched off notification.

Shyam Kumar Arshid/Quora

#63 – Set “@@” as the keyboard shortcut for your email address. Now you don’t have to type your email again and again.

Set "@@" as the keyboard shortcut for your email address. Now you don't have to type your email again and again.

platt_ma/Reddit

#64 – Lost your Android phone? Ring, erase, or lock your smartphone remotely using Android Device Manager. Ringing works even if your phone is in silent mode.

Lost your Android phone? Ring, erase, or lock your smartphone remotely using Android Device Manager. Ringing works even if your phone is in silent mode.

Android/Google+

#65 – You can also Google “find my phone” to locate your Android.

You can also Google "find my phone" to locate your Android.

Quick link for the lazy: find my phone.

Google/Google+

#66 – Forgot where you park your car? Don’t worry, Google Now remembers.

Forgot where you park your car? Don't worry, Google Now remembers.

Google/Google+

#67 – Make your call anonymous by dialing “*67” (North America)  before the number. Here’s the full list of other countries:

Make your call anonymous by dialing "*67" (North America)  before the number. Here's the full list of other countries:

#68 – STOP TEXTING ME.

#69 – How to talk to a human ASAP when calling customer service:

  • GetHuman.com shows you how to get customer service faster and easier.
  • Keep pressing 0.
  • Repeat keywords like “agent”, “representative”, and “operator”.
  • Speak nonsense and mumble.
  • Drop an F-bomb. Not when you’re speaking to a real person though.
floppybutton/Reddit

#70 – Put a folded up bill in the case of your phone for emergencies. Do it now!

Put a folded up bill in the case of your phone for emergencies. Do it now!

dzt/Reddit

#71 – Text and walk at the same time.

Text and walk at the same time.

Android: Type While Walk. iOS: Type n Walk.

#72 – Can’t wake up in the morning? Boost your smartphone’s volume by placing it into a cup.

Can't wake up in the morning? Boost your smartphone's volume by placing it into a cup.

Sam Stephenson/Twitpic

#73 – Can’t use phone with gloves on? Attach a stylus to your jacket zipper pull.

Can't use phone with gloves on? Attach a stylus to your jacket zipper pull.

You can grab a cheap one at Amazon – Stylus Pens.

jtalaiver/Reddit

#74 – Turn binoculars into smartphone zoom lens.

Turn binoculars into smartphone zoom lens.

You can also get this crazy adapter which works for binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, and microscopes.

XiKiilzziX/Reddit

#75 – Turn a paper clip into a simple phone stand.

More ways to make phone stand:

#76 – If you haven’t seen this video, it has some pretty cool smartphone photography tips & tricks.

#77 – If you find a locked iPhone and Siri is still enabled, ask “Who do you belong to?” to see the owner’s contact information.

If you find a locked iPhone and Siri is still enabled, ask "Who do you belong to?" to see the owner's contact information.

mmedesjardins/Reddit

– For Study & Work –

#78 – Writing an essay? Copy and paste it into Google Translate. Listen to it. This can help you to find errors easily.

Writing an essay? Copy and paste it into Google Translate. Listen to it. This can help you to find errors easily.

jpplayer1/Reddit

#79 – Use clothes hanger to clip notes side-by-side with display.

Use clothes hanger to clip notes side-by-side with display.

Alternatively, you can get this or this.

SyedMehmeed/Reddit

#80 – Roommate’s alarm going off? Calling the phone will disable the alarm.

Roommate's alarm going off? Calling the phone will disable the alarm.

UberBueno/Reddit

#81 – Create a book from Wikipedia articles.

Create a book from Wikipedia articles.

#82 – Can’t finish your assignment before deadline? Corrupt-a-file.net corrupts your assignment files so that you can ask for extra time.

Can't finish your assignment before deadline? Corrupt-a-file.net corrupts your assignment files so that you can ask for extra time.

Not every professor accepts corrupted files, but worth a try if you desperately need extra time.

Kartik Bansal/Quora

#83 – Whenever you need to study for an important test, google “site:edu [subject] exam”. You’ll find tons of sample and similar exam questions.

Whenever you need to study for an important test, google "site:edu [subject] exam". You'll find tons of sample and similar exam questions.

#84 – BetterExplained.com explains tough math concepts in a better and intuitive way.

BetterExplained.com explains tough math concepts in a better and intuitive way.See also: Animagraffs.com – Animated infographics

CraftedLove/Reddit

– Fun –

#85 – No Internet? No problem. In Chrome’s error page, press spacebar to start the T-Rex game.

No Internet? No problem. In Chrome's error page, press spacebar to start the T-Rex game.

François Beaufort/Google+

#86 – Search “Atari Breakout” on Google Images.

Search "Atari Breakout" on Google Images.

More Google awesomeness:

#87 – Search “Do the Harlem Shake” on YouTube.

Search "Do the Harlem Shake" on YouTube.

More YouTube awesomeness:

#88 – Some fucking awesome websites:

#89 – Anyone can be a hacker at HackerTyper.net. Press F11 to enter full screen and ALT to show “Access Granted” message.

Anyone can be a hacker at HackerTyper.net. Press F11 to enter full screen and ALT to show "Access Granted" message.

More prank sites: GeekTyper.comFakeUpdate.net

totally_professional/Reddit

– Music & Movies –

#90 – For iPhone users: If you’re signing up for Spotify Premium, do it on their website ($9.99/month) instead of mobile app ($12.99/month).

For iPhone users: If you're signing up for Spotify Premium, do it on their website ($9.99/month) instead of mobile app ($12.99/month).

If you’re a student, signup here.

SimplyRH/Reddit

#91 – Forgotify.com lists music tracks that have never been played on Spotify. 4 millions of them.

Forgotify lists music tracks that have never been played on Spotify. 4 millions of them.

Didub/Reddit

#92 – Gnoosic.com is a music recommendation engine. Enter 3 bands you like to get suggestions.

Gnoosic.com is a music recommendation engine. Enter 3 bands you like to get suggestions.

xyby/Reddit

#93 – Build your own theater at home. To watch Frozen of course!

Build your own theater at home. To watch Frozen of course.

CertifiedPuppyRapist/Reddit

#94 – Have a Hulu Plus account and want a free month credit? Click “cancel my account” and they’ll give you the next month free.

Have a Hulu Plus account and want a free month credit? Click "cancel my account" and they'll give you the next month free.

SheriShank/Reddit

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#95 – DocumentaryHeaven.com is, well, a documentary heaven.

DocumentaryHeaven.com is, well, a documentary heaven.

#96 – To find direct download link for movies, search “[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi)”.

To find direct download link for movies, search "[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of "last modified" (mkv|mp4|avi)".

Example: spider man -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi).

If you want to find musics, simply change the last part (mkv|mp4|avi) to (mp3|wma|aac|flac). It tells Google to show webpages with any of these terms: mp3, wma, aac, or flac. You can also replace with terms of other file formats like pdf, zip, rar, etc.

Shibu Lijack/Quora

#97 – Watch feature films and documentaries legally at Internet Archive.

Watch feature films and documentaries legally at Internet Archive.

antoniofm/Reddit

#98 – Use CanIStream.It to find where a movie is available at the lowest price.

Use CanIStream.It to find where a movie is available at the lowest price.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#99 – Not sure what movie to watch? AGoodMovieToWatch.com randomly suggest you highly-rated yet little known movies to watch.

Not sure what movie to watch? AGoodMovieToWatch.com randomly suggest you highly-rated yet little known movies to watch.

Try also: What is on Netflix?, InstantWatcher, Jinni, Criticker, Televisor, TasteKid

CHIEFKEEFBANGBANG/Reddit

#100 – RunPee.com tells you the best time to pee while watching a movie.

RunPee tells you the best time to pee while watching a movie.

Bradm77/Reddit

Here’s the PDF version for easy reference.

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DIY Furniture Hacks

20 INSANELY SMART AND CREATIVE DIY FURNITURE HACKS TO START RIGHT NOW

1-20 Creative DIY Furniture Hacks

FEBRUARY 28, 2015

We are all passing through these uncertain times with a drop of care and insanity. We have to take our time to meditate, think and create anchors for ourselves and the ones around us. We have found DIY projects as being pieces of this anchor. By slowly upcycling and recycling as much as possible around us we strengthen our belief that small things do matter the most. We are shaping our small world as much as possible. Through simple backyard projects, DIY wall art projects,DIY furniture hacks and paper crafts alike we are becoming more of an individual than we were before. Different is good. Different is better. Be yourself and craft your way to happiness !

# 1.TRANSFORM 2 DINING ROOM CHAIRS IN A BENCH

Upcycle a couple of dinning room chairs in cozy and beautiful indoor or outdoor benches with ease. If you don`t feel up to the task call a friend or just paint the pieces and refresh them with a new look. You can find more details  here.

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Source & Instructions: An Oregon Cottage

# 2.OLD FILE CABINET CONVERTED TO GARAGE STORAGE

Everyone has stumbled across one of these metal cabinets at a certain point. You can take advantage of the huge hunk of metal and transform it in a side garage storage space for tools, rakes, shovels and other things that are usually laying around in your garage. Peg boards can be used at the sides to accommodate garage items. You can find the details here.

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Get the instructions here: Trash to Treasure

# 3. CREATE A KID’S CRAFT TABLE FROM A CRIB

At a certain point the crib will just occupy space in your home. If you have no relatives or friends that can make use of this crib you can transform it in a small craft table for your little loved ones. Be sure to personalize it and make it their own.

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Source & Instructions: A little Learning For Two

# 4. OLD TV UPCYCLED

These antique TV`s can barely be found anymore these days but if you find it, take it! You can make use of the extremely graphic and solid wood structures to make a hutch.

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Source & Instructions: Home Hinges

# 5. BOOKSHELF STORAGE BENCH

Probably the easiest furniture hack existent, this storage bench has been transformed from Ikea`s iconic bookshelves. Turn it over, craft the seat cushion, add wheels and voila !

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Get the Instructions here: Mommy Vignettes

# 6. SMART AND CREATIVE LEGO TABLE

Go treasure hunting and look for an old furniture piece that can be transformed with ease into a small piece of Lego Land.  The piece below is extremely good because it accommodates the basket when game time is done but we are sure you can find similar furniture pieces to nestle in your play room.

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Get the instructions here: Fussy Monkey Business

# 7. OLD TV UNIT CONVERTED INTO A PLAY KITCHEN

By creating this piece yourself you are able to customize the piece with colors and textures in an inexpensive manner. Just look at the small window in the transformed kitchen. You will need a good amount of patience to go with your creativity but this is without a doubt a great weekend project that can make your kid insanely happy. Full instructions here.

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Source & Instructions: Giggleberry Creations

# 8. DRESSER FLIP

By simply removing some drawers and few pieces of trim and wrapping everything in new clothes this old dresser has been updated; the diy`er managed to obtain a new set of aesthetic values through a new side piece or TV console. Details and instructions here.

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Get the instructions here: Two It Yourself

# 9. BUNK BED TO COAT RACK

New paint, a few hooks and you are good to go. You have a new set of coat racks that you can use in your mud room or entry hall. Moreover their depth can be used to obtain a small storage space by simply placing a board at the top. You can find more details here.

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Get the instructions here: My Repurposed Life

# 10. ICE CHEST MAKEOVER

Update your Ice Chest instead of replacing it. By positioning it higher above the ground you enhance its functionality and improve its life span. Now it can stay outside near your entertaining area again, keeping your drinks cold.

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Get the instructions here: Killer B Design

# 11. GRAND PIANO BOOKSHELF

Original bookshelves are quite rare mainly because designer furniture pieces are insanely expensive and huge retailers focus on practicality rather than design. There is one method to get both through: DIY projects. You can find old furniture pieces or bookshelves and transform them as you like. Underneath a piano has been converted in a graphic sculptural bookshelves. You can find all sorts ofbookshelves here. Draw inspiration and craft away!

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Get the instructions here Instructables

# 12. CRIB TO TODDLER BED

If the re-purposed crib to desk project is not helping you you can try and upgrade it into a toddler bed. Simple efficient and graphic.

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Get the instructions here: Adriel Booker

# 13. RUSTIC LOOK WITH A LADDER TOWEL RACK

World renowned furniture hack for its insane practicality : ladder towel rack. Grab some sand paper and a piece of paint that fits or contrasts your color scheme and transform your old ladder in your bathroom towel rack.

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Source: Funky Junk Interiors

# 14. VINTAGE BICYCLE SINK DESIGN

A bathroom can become the best room in your home with ease. Shelter vanity items that you have created or obtained in treasure hunts and refurbished. Make sure that every piece is extraordinary unique and it perfectly links with your taste. A bicycle sink can become a complementary item in your decor, shaping the space around it, giving it a direction and a very vintage like appeal.

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Source: The Benjamin Collection

# 15. REPURPOSED STOOL

Architects have already found this craft by now and they store their rolled projects like they should. You can now store your wrapping paper and craft supplies in harmony too. Turn a stool into the perfect storage option. Add wheels for mobility and roll your way into great craft projects with your new piece of storage.

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Get the instructions here: 2 Little Hooligans

# 16. HANGING CHAIR CLOSET ORGANIZER

If you need extra storage for clothes as we all do you can use this practice. Two simple chairs can accommodate a decent amount of coat hangers and on top through a board or without you can shelter pants or T-shirts with ease.

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Source: YiCongLu

# 17. MINI OFFICE CHEST

Transform a small chest in a seamless office chest that can accommodate exactly what you need. You can use it as a sitting bench as well if your office space is limited.

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Source & Instructions: Martha Stewart

# 18. BOOKSHELF TRANSFORMED INTO A LOCKER

If you need more space for your entry hall, garage or mud room you can rotate a bookshelf and transform it into a small  locker.

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Get the instructions here: My Creative Days

# 19. WALL MOUNTED MAGAZINE RACK

Use this near your entry to keep everything you need at hand without sacrificing space.

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Source: flickr

# 20. BOOKSHELF COMMAND CENTER

By using three Ikea bookshelves you can create a small and space efficient command center. Rotate the last one and paint a framed area in chalk paint to create a writing board. In the rest shelter boxes and documents in a graphic manner. This can welcome guests beautifully in your hallway.

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Get the instructions here: Iron & Twine

What do you think? Are these furniture hacks worth performing? We have found them very inspiring and we would love to hear your opinion on the matter.

Life hacks are useful enough in daily life, but they will be critical when the SHTF!

Life hacks are useful enough in daily life, but they will be critical when the SHTF.

Cool tricks and tips won’t just make your life more convenient- they will determine your ability to survive.

A must have for any survivalist: Now 67% off!

This prepper tip list is full of secret life hacks that you’ll have to see to believe.

Read on and learn these unheard of hacks and tips that will shock even the most experienced prepper.

And while you’re at it…Check out this crucial everyday tool

For the full list, check out Year Zero Survival.

Have any SHTF life hacks of your own? Share with us in the comments below!

 

1. Get a grip on rusted jars with some duct tape.

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If your jars have been sitting in your preps for very long there’s a good chance that those lids might not pop off as easily as expected. Use a piece of duct tape to twist that lid right off.

Instructions here.

 2. Create arrow heads out of keys.

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This is a great idea as a back up home defense strategy!

Instructions here.

 3. Use crayons as emergency survival candles.

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In a pinch you can light these up as an emergency light source!

Instructions here.

4. Use duct tape and toilet paper to set broken bones.

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This make shift splint will help you heel up those injuries even if you can’t make it to the hospital.

Instructions here.

5. Create a toothpick cannon with keyboard cleaner.

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This is more for entertainment than utility. Make this mini weapon to combat boredom!

Instructions here.

6. Stash emergency cash in your phone case.

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It’s somewhere that no one will ever think to look. Plus, it will stay locked up safe until you really need it!

Instructions here.

 7. Stave off frost bite with baby oil.

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A little baby oil can go a long way when it comes to saving your skin in extreme weather.

Instructions here.

 8. Improvise a safe tick remover out of thread and a mechanical pencil.

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In case you encounter ticks, here’s a method for safely and effectively removing them from your skin!

Instructions here.

9. Carry all your water in one trip with a stick.

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Whether you have a hockey stick around or just a branch off of a tree, you can haul all your water jugs at once with this practical tip.

Instructions here.

10. Turn an old bike into a crossbow.

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A bike, some tubing, a little duct tape, and you have an improvised crossbow!

Instructions here.

11. Turn lemons into power with a couple of pennies.

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Some pennies and some know how are all you need to turn this citrus into some electrical current.

Instructions here.

Pulled from http://americanpreppersnetwork.com

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Water, Food, Shelter, Other

Water

Water is truly the staff of life, without it, you will die in just a few days.  Assume that for whatever reason, your taps won’t work – there is no water coming into your home.  What else do you have?  Do you have bottled water somewhere?  Did you know there is about 50 gallons of water stored in your water heater?  There’s also a few gallons in the tank of your toilet!  If you have an outside water source – such as a lake, creek or storm drain – do you have a way to filter it?  Your first goal with water should be to be able to provide your family with 2 weeks worth of water and a way to continue filtering found water after that.  Here is a great place to start learning about water.

Food

Did you know that most people in the United States have less than 2 weeks of food stored in their home?!  If this includes you, it’s time to make a change!  Take a look at your food supplies and estimate how long you could survive on it – for most beginners it’s pretty scary!   Your first goal with food should be to have 1 month worth of meals stored, immediately after that you’re going to get 3 months worth as quickly as possible.  Here is a great place to learn about storing your own food.  Some additional fantastic resources for Food Storage are Everyday Food Storage and Food Storage Made Easy.

Shelter

It is critical that you be able to control your environment in an emergency.  The place to start is your home.  If you live in an area where it gets very cold in the winter (as in you HAVE to run a heater to survive) then the most critical thing for you is going to be able to heat your home – or rather a section (at least one bedroom) of it.  You’ll want to have a kerosene heater to keep a warm spot in your home.  Here’s a good place to start learning about heating your home in an emergency.

Other

There is A LOT more!  But this will get you off the ground on your adventure in getting prepared!  We suggest you read about The Path of the Prepper and follow it.  Join the APN and become an active member of the community. You can safely ask questions there and very quickly get 30 different opinions on what you’re trying to figure out!  You’ll be able to make new friends who are just as interested in your new lifestyle.  Find out about your state networks and get active in them.  If you’re so inclined, start making a bit of money by writing about your experience!  Everyone loves to read articles written by people who are just getting started.

If you would like to read a very comprehensive article about everything a Prepper takes into consideration,read “Ready For Anything”

Life-Hacking Energy consumption on your home

Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They use only 1/3 of the energy needed by incandescent bulbs, and they last for five years. Swapping out the five most-used light bulbs in a house with CFLs, could cut $60 worth of electricity every year, which more than makes up for the higher price of the CFLs. However, many energy companies have rebate programs for CFLs. Sometimes they cost as little as $2. Check with the local power company to see if it offers rebates.

Get a service check on the furnace annually. Checkups are not only important for safety and efficiency, but they help the furnace last longer, too.

Upgrade to better furnace filters, and change them regularly. Indoor air quality and energy efficiency depend on how clean those filters are and how well they work. Look for pleated filters. They cost more (about $10 to $15), but they make a profound difference.

Put in a programmable thermostat. This can save as much as 30 percent on heating and cooling, depending on how well the house is insulated and the heating system. In the winter, program the thermostat so that the house is cooler when no one is home during the day and when everyone is in bed at night. When the weather warms up, set the temperatures higher during the day.

Caulk all windows. Experts estimate that tiny leaks around doors and windows let as much heat escape from the house as an open window does, so seal up those leaks and save some money. One option is to use removable caulking. When spring comes, peel it off and open the windows.

energy-hack-articlePut film on the windows. A film that blocks the sun’s heat from entering or leaving the house will make a big difference in utility bills. It’s easy to install and a lot less expensive than replacing the windows.

Choose the right kind of exterior doors, including the garage door. Look for insulated fiberglass models. They look like wood, but they are five times more energy-efficient than wood.

Add weather stripping to all exterior doors. Weather stripping is available at any hardware store or home center, and it’s another easy way to prevent air leaks.

When it’s time to replace the water heater, get a tankless version. Bosch, Rinnai and Takagi are just three of the companies that make them. Tankless water heaters work only when they’re needed; they don’t use energy keeping a big tank of water hot. Again, they cost more initially than conventional models, but the long-term savings are significant. The technology has been around for 70 years and is used widely in Europe and Asia. If your plumber says tankless water heaters don’t work, it’s time to find a plumber who is more up-to-date with technology.

Pay attention to how ventilation fans are used during the winter. While it’s important to remove excess humidity from the bathrooms and kitchen, the fans also remove heated air. In fact, one can suck all of the heated air from a house in about an hour.

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

When it comes to food hacks, you probably think you’ve seen them all. Here are 40 innovative hacks that will change the way you cook in the kitchen.

2. How to make the perfect, creamiest mashed potatoes.

How to make the perfect, creamiest mashed potatoes.

The recipe can be found here.

4. The Walking Taco

The Walking Taco

5. Wet Your Fingers Before Removing Egg Shells

Wet Your Fingers Before Removing Egg Shells

6. Easy Pancake Art!

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook
40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook
40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

7. Quick and Easy Cheese Sticks

Quick and Easy Cheese Sticks

8. Use a Waffle Iron for Hashbrowns.

Use a Waffle Iron for Hashbrowns.

9. The Correct Way to Open a Kiss

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

10. Cheese Bread Hack

Cheese Bread Hack

11. How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe

How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe

12. Pastry Folding Hacks

Pastry Folding Hacks

13. It’s not pretty, but a panini maker can be used for omelets.

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

14. The Best Way to Cook a Hot Dog Perfectly

The Best Way to Cook a Hot Dog Perfectly

15. Pancake Pops

Pancake Pops

16. Ridiculous…but technically a food hack. ridiculous

Ridiculous...but technically a food hack. ridiculous

17. Milk and Cookie Ice Cubes

Milk and Cookie Ice Cubes

18. Use Your Crockpot for French Toast

Use Your Crockpot for French Toast

19. Salads in a Jar

Salads in a Jar

20. Different teas mean different times and temperatures.

Different teas mean different times and temperatures.

21. The Perfect BLT, Every Time.

The Perfect BLT, Every Time.

22. Vegetable Hacks

Vegetable Hacks

23. Use Cookie Cutters for Creative Pancakes.

Use Cookie Cutters for Creative Pancakes.

24. The Same Can Be Done with Eggs

The Same Can Be Done with Eggs

25. How to determine if eggs are fresh.

How to determine if eggs are fresh.

26. Easy Pizza Bread.

Easy Pizza Bread.

27. How to Pair Wine and Food

How to Pair Wine and Food

28. How to Properly Eat a Cupcake

How to Properly Eat a Cupcake

29. No time to boil water? Use your Keurig.

No time to boil water? Use your Keurig.

30. Empty ketchup bottles are great for pancake mix.

Empty ketchup bottles are great for pancake mix.

31. Dental Floss is Amazing for Cutting Soft Foods

Dental Floss is Amazing for Cutting Soft Foods

32. The Perfect Egg Burger

The Perfect Egg Burger

33. Blow into a bag and seal it tightly. The CO2 will keep it from becoming soggy.

Blow into a bag and seal it tightly. The CO2 will keep it from becoming soggy.

34. Sprinkle Decorations.

Sprinkle Decorations.

35. The Perfect Drink for the Occasion.

The Perfect Drink for the Occasion.

36. An Easy Way to Store Asparagus for Up to 2 Weeks

An Easy Way to Store Asparagus for Up to 2 Weeks

37. Cream Bottles Make Excellent Snack Dispensers.

Cream Bottles Make Excellent Snack Dispensers.

38. Ziplock Bags Will Keep Ice Cream Soft

Ziplock Bags Will Keep Ice Cream Soft

39. A Pair of Sturdy Tongs Will Help You Get All the Juice Out of a Lemon

A Pair of Sturdy Tongs Will Help You Get All the Juice Out of a Lemon

40. Save the time and hassle of having to wash your hands every time.

Save the time and hassle of having to wash your hands every time.

24 Life-hacks To Get Fit Without Exercise!

24 Life-hacks To Get Fit Without Exercise!

Your life can be what you make it to be. Regardless of your age…. Regardless of your sex, or race… Regardless of whether you have had children or not… Regardless of previous injuries or trauma… Regardless of whether you like exercise or not, whether you have time for it or not… You have the power…

Regardless of your age….

Regardless of your sex, or race…

Regardless of whether you have had children or not…

Regardless of previous injuries or trauma…

Regardless of whether you like exercise or not, whether you have time for it or not…

You have the power to change your life.

You can change your lifestyle into a healthier one.

Like for fad-free, healthier choices!

No worries though…You don’t need to start hitting the gym 4-5 times a week to have a healthier lifestyle. You don’t need to change your schedule to fit exercise.

Really…

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You can do it!
  • You don’t need to stress about your schedule thinking that you really don’t want to change any of the things you currently do to insert exercise in your life.
  • You don’t need to start waking up earlier;
  • You don’t need to spend your lunch breaks exercising;
  • You don’t need to miss your favorite show at night because you are on the treadmill.
  • You don’t need to change your diet.
  • And ultimately… you don’t need to risk letting down yourself, your friends and family, or doctor because you started an exercise or diet program but then quit.

Truth is…

Most people would gladly do some kind of physical activity, if only this physical activity is not done solely for the purpose of exercise.

E.g., several people would love to play basketball with their friends; they would love to hike to see the beautiful on top; they would walk if they needed to walk, but they would never, ever do any kind of physical activity just to exercise.

So 1-hour on the treadmill, 1 hour in the weight room, 45 min of yoga, 40 min of TRX training, or 30 min of pilates, are just not for them.

So how can you do it? How can you live healthier without exercising for hours every week?

The answer is simple: with Life-style hacking! You got to examine your life, and see whether you can do some…improvements.

To get you started, I have 24 juicy life-hacks for you!

[Read this if you are a geek:

To demonstrate the benefits of several of the following fitness tips, I am using calories and weight loss. I am only doing this because calorie is an easy metric to use, and not because I want to spread the message that being thin is all that matters. After all, you can be both overweight and healthier than a thin person.

For example, instead of using calories and weight loss benefits, I could talk about you getting more energy. However, this is not easily quantifiable. How can we measure energy levels? It’s hard to do. This is an easily solved problem with calories, and that’s why I am using them.]

The 24 life-hacks that will make you healthier & thinner without actually exercising.

 1. Get a Kinect

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Moving while video gaming..!

Instead of playing regular video games, rotting on the couch for hours, try getting a Kinect. Whether you play tennis, balance yourself on boat river, or fight the evil guys in Star Wars, you will be getting a workout without actually working out. How awesome is that?

2. Go for a walk when stressed

Tons of people just visit the fridge when they are stressed. What if instead of paying a visit to your fridge, you went for a short walk around your neighborhood?

Listen, eating when stressed is bad habit, as you are not really hungry when you do it, not to mention that what you eat when stressed may not be of the highest nutritional value…(e.g., candies!).

You can change that. Think about the reward you feel with eating. Is it that you got a break from a stressful situation? If you just needed a break, then going for a short walk may give you the exact same reward…without the extra calories.

Let’s assume that you get stressed twice a week. In those moments you opt for a 15 min walk instead of eating a 200 calorie snack. Assuming you burn 6 calories a minute, you will be burning 9,360 calories a year. This is equal to 2.7 pounds a year.

Now here is what you get with your current habit of eating a 200 calorie snack, twice a week: You get a total of 20,800 calories a year, which is equal to 6 pounds! Thus, if you keep going with that pace, you will be 60 pounds fatter in 10 years!

However, if you switch to taking a short walk instead of gaining 60 pounds, you will be losing 27 pounds in 10 years.

Holy, moly!

That is a total difference of 87 pounds!!!

3. Improve your posture in the office

I know your posture is terrible when in the office (I am no different than you, mine is terrible too)! This makes you feel stiff after a while…You get up to go to the bathroom and feel your back being all wrong. Your colleagues tell you that your bad posture shows lower self-esteem. You are worried that the image of low self-esteem that you project will cost you the deal you are so hardly working on.

You try to walk straighter, you try to straighten your back, but it doesn’t work, damn it! You manage to straighten your back for like 1 min, but it is so hard to keep it this way. You just go back to your unfortunately-so-familiar hunchback.

Sooner or later you find yourself with back pain.

But wait, I have news! You can keep your posture straight at the office. Yes, you can do that, and it will last longer than 1 min. I have actually posted a video with a few 1 min exercises to do (they stretch and work your muscles at the same time, so that your back will remain straight for a longer period of time than 1 min!).

I know I said I would give you tips that don’t require exercise. But hey, exercising your back for 1 min when at the office is not really exercise…You don’t really need to schedule it. You don’t need workout clothes, athletic shoes, or a yoga mat. You can just do it, and instantly improve your life.

Don’t want to do it? I got one more idea for you…

Take two quick breaks an hour: Go to the kitchen for water; Walk to the bathroom; Go to your colleagues office and say hi. A European Heart Journal study of 5,000 men and women found that the quarter who took the most breaks during the day were 1.6 inches thinner than the quarter who took the least.

4. Climb a tree

You do go to the park once in a while. Why not have some fun with it? Once upon a time, when you were little, you loved climbing trees. Why not do it again?

If you have kids you could do it together and enjoy quality family moments along with some physical activity. Who can climb up faster?

Sorry, but I am betting on your kids. :)

5. Go on fitness-oriented holidays

Most people’s definition of vacation is chilling in a hotel next to a beach. Well, you don’t need to lie down at the beach all day. Hotels usually have tons of activities you can participate in. And guess what? All these activities make you move!

Examples: snorkeling, water-skiing, aqua dancing!

6. Compete with each other

You are watching TV. Commercial breaks are on. Why not use this time constructively?

Pick a skill, and compete with each other. E.g., you could choose Michael Jackson’s famous moonwalk. Who can do it better? Practice time is on!

Other options: hula hoop competitions, jump rope competitions, belly-dance competitions (this one will be so fun!).

7. Play

When was the last time you played? I am seriously asking you, and I am expecting an answer.

My favorite game? Playing tag!

Ever played tag with a kid? It’s exhausting!

Play some tag, and see for yourselves how long you can last.

8. Volunteer for a cause

Volunteering can both help the world, while helping you keep your shape.

E.g., Habitat for Humanity will have you paint houses, fix roofs, or do other housework.

You will be burning calories and building muscle while simultaneously helping disaster victims.

Sounds like a Catch 22 to me.

9. Clean the house

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That’s the way to go kids! Cleaning is good!

If you ever try to avoid housework, then I want you to re-think your choices.

Realize that housework is a great calorie burner. And it can make you stronger.

When I was a first year student, and actually needed to clean my own house, I was being very meticulous. I would clean the floor 2-3 times a week, cleaning it twice each time (yes, I was a perfectionist).

After about 4 months of living alone, I realized that both my arms were stronger, with much more defined triceps. My right arm was actually slightly bigger than my left one.

I asked myself why? But of course! It was all this mopping the floor with my dominant arm (i.e., the right one) that made that happen! I never thought that mopping floor would actually act as exercise!

But it’s true!

Apart from strengthening your muscles, you will also burn calories: An average person should burn 4 calories a minute for easy cleaning (e.g., dusting). That is a total of 80 calories for 20 minutes of cleaning (which is equivalent to 12 raw almonds).

Assuming that you devote 1 hour to house-cleaning every week, you get a total of 12,480 calories a year! That is 3.5 pounds a year for keeping a clean house!

Thus, if you get in the habit of cleaning your house, then in 10 years you will have lost 35 pounds…

And you will enjoy a spotless house!

And that’s for easy cleaning. What if you strive harder? Like when you wash your car?

10. Wash your car

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Washing your car for a year is equivalent to 15 medium-sized chocolate bars!

Once you read this tip you will never take your car to a car wash shop ever again (I am sorry car wash owners; You have to understand my job is to improve people’s lives, and if that has to harm your business…then I may need to do it. It’s for the greater good).

An average person will burn 6 calories a minute washing their car.

Assuming that you spend 30 min every week keeping your car super clean…you will be burning 180 calories a week.

That is 9,360 calories a year, which equals to 2.7 pounds a year.

Thus, if you do get in the habit of washing your car yourself, in 10 years you will have lost 27 pounds!!!

Or, you will be able to maintain the same weight, but eat more food! E.g., instead of losing 2.7 pounds in one year, you could maintain a steady weight, and instead eat about 15 medium-sized milk chocolates! 😀

And you will have a shiny car…all-year-round.

11. Stretch when watching TV

Ok, so you had a bad posture all day at the office. Your colleagues perceive your weirdly shaped back as low self-esteem.

You come back home, and you keep having a this bad-bad posture.

Because you have a bad posture, your back starts to hurt.

Great, now you also have to deal with pain.

You sit on the couch trying to relax…with your bad posture accompanying you.

Why not fix the situation by doing a few stretches?

Stretching will give you an instant jolt of energy and will help you straighten your back and get rid of this ugly back pain.

Oh, and don’t tell me stretching won’t help.

Are you sure? Have you tried it?

This excuse drives me nuts. Because you never really know how something actually feels, until you do it (or it happens to you).

Here is an example: Tons of smokers will tell you they understand the risks of lung cancer.

Now go to a hospital and find a lung cancer patient, who got it from smoking.

Ask them if they think they really understood the risk of lung cancer when they were smoking.

What do you think they will say? Do they think they really understood the risk? My bet is they will say they didn’t.

And neither does any of us. At least not until we get lung cancer (gulp!).

So now let’s go back to stretching.

Do you really think stretching won’t be of much help? You don’t know that until you try it!

I have made a stretch while you are watching TV video. Follow it and tell me about your results!

12. Conquer your boredom when flying

Are you a frequent (or even an occasional) flyer? Are you looking for an activity to make your flights more enjoyable? You know, all this sitting and stiffness in the plane…

Not to mention the boredom that comes with a long flight! You have already read your book, you have watched a movie, and you have nothing else to do.

It seems as if both your body and mind are doomed to idleness for the rest of this flight!

You hate this zombie-like state.

But wait!

You can actually entertain yourself for a while.

You could exercise…from your airplane seat.

Don’t worry you are not going to start sweating. But depending on how diligently you perform the exercises, you are sure to beat that rusty airplane feeling out of your body.

And you will give your mind some food for thought.

Ready to take your flights to the next level? Try these airplane exercises!

13. Pick up gardening

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Vegetables from my family’s garden – super delicious!

What’s healthier than eating a salad?

Eating a salad with garden-fresh vegetables!

What’s healthier than eating a a salad with garden-fresh vegetables?

Eating a salad with garden-fresh vegetables, that you planted and grew yourself! This way you:

  1. Know exactly where your food is coming from.
  2. Get lots of exercise while growing your food.
  3. Use gardening as a way to take a break, forget about your troubles, and connect with nature.

Ok, let’s calculate the energy effects of gardening. Gardening is a strenuous activity. You may choose to grow vegetables and fruits, or even flowers, but regardless of your choices, you know you will be burning some serious calories.

Assuming that you burn 8 calories a min, and that you spend an average of 30 min every week (or else 2 hours every month)-> You burn 12,480 calories a year.

That equals to burning 3.5 pounds a year, or 35 pounds in 10 years!

This seems to me like a really good deal: nutrition, exercise, and peace of mind all in one!

[Don’t have a garden? You may be able to rent one!]

14. Get a ping-pong table, or a basket.

Need to get some fun? Tired of watching TV? Then trying something new that will make your blood to flow will get you pumped up!

Got extra space? Get a ping pong table!

Got a nice yard? Get a basket!

Either way, you will be enjoying yourself, while moving at the same time.

Scared you will get the table or the basket but will never use them?

Well, this is definitely a possibility. However, just by having them around you will be getting visual cues to go play! And if you do you will definitely elevate your health and fun levels!

15. Sell your car

Selling your car will force yourself use other means to get from one place to another.

  • You will walk more.
  • You will use your bike more.
  • You may even start skating.

Even using public transit benefits your health (read tip #16 to learn why).

However, I understand that selling your car may not be possible. Are you sure though that you cannot use it less?

Suppose that you decide you will run two errands a week on foot, rather than taking the car (e.g., going to the post office, taking the kids to school, picking clothes from the dry-cleaning shop, etc).

Assuming that it takes you 10 min each way.  That equals to 6 calories a min and to a total of 240 calories. That is 3.5 pounds a year, or 35 pounds in 10 years!

So what activities are you going to do on foot from now on?

16. Move to a transit-friendly city (or to Europe!)

Studies after studies show that the Europeans are less obese than the Americans. Why is that?

Is it because the Europeans like exercise more than Americans? I don’t think so.

Is it because the Europeans eat less than Americans? Hmm, even though a lot is said on the big portions that Americans are served, have you e.g., seen a regular Greek order? 10 small dishes of appetizers. You get full before your main dish arrives. I certainly doubt that the Europeans eat less than the Americans.

So why are Europeans slimmer than Americans?

The answer is simple: they walk more as they use their cars less, and public transit more. A regular European may walk 30 min a day just going from the public transit stop to work and back.

Well that is a total of 14 pounds a year. Or, 140 pounds in 10 years!

Seriously, just by living in a public transit city, you may actually live a much healthier life (read this for a full Americans vs. Europeans comparison). Yes, living healthier, may have nothing to do with your exercise habits, or nutrition choices. It may be as simple as the place that you choose to live in!

17. Get a dog

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Dogs take care of your health…They make you walk!

Buying a dog can be one of the healthiest choices you may make in your whole life.

  1. A dog is a man’s best friend and a great life companion.
  2. A dog will force you into inserting regular activity in your life!

Assuming you walk the dog twice a day, you will be moving about 30 min every day – just for the dog. Hey, that is the total recommended daily activity right? 30 min of daily moderate exercise? You can get there just by getting a dog!

Assuming that you burn 6 calories a minute, for 30 minutes a day, you will be burning 19 pounds a year!

Suppose that you dog lives 12 years. In those years you will have burnt 228 pounds.

228 pounds less just because you have a dog!

Isn’t that crazy? You’d better start eating more, or else you risk getting unhealthily skinny!

18. Use a pedometer

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This is how small a pedometer can be!

Studies have proven that wearing a pedometer makes people walk 27% more. They actually tend to walk at least 1 mile more a day. 1 mile takes about 15-20 min to complete, which equals to burning about 8 pounds every year.

You don’t need motivation. You don’t need to go to a gym. You only need to give $20 to get a pedometer and check it throughout the day. Even if you don’t have a particular walking goal, just by keeping track of how much you walk, you will be walking more.

I find this fact fascinating.

You literally, literally, have nothing more to do than wear a pedometer. The rest takes care of itself automatically.

You will be walking more without realizing it!

I love this hack! I think I will get one for me too!

19. Do home maintenance work yourself

Is your tap broken? Does your fence need fixing? Learn to do it yourself and get three major benefits:

  • You will save money. Paying for services can be so, so expensive…
  • You will exercise your brain. Acquiring new skills inevitably makes you smarter. Giving our brains variety tends to do that. [Don’t tell me you don’t want to be smarter. I won’t believe you.]
  • You will exercise your body. Spend one day fixing the fence, and your arms will feel so sore afterwards!

Think that you don’t have time to do it yourself? You may opt for doing it yourself for small problems (like fixing the tap) rather than doing big projects (like fixing the fence) all by yourself.

Remember small steps matter.

20. Use a Power Plate machine

Power plate is the ultimate machine for exercise haters. You just stand there in weird poses, and your muscles get worked! You do this 3 times a week for 15 min each time and you do feel the difference in your muscles.

Actually you will be so sore after the first time you use it.

It may be costly, but if this is your only option to exercise, then I think it is worth the money in the long run.

21. Use a standing desk

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Yup, it’s a standing desk!

A standing desk will save your back from pain from too much slouching on the chair.

If you want to decrease the chances of a acquiring a bad posture, a standing desk may actually be a good solution for you.

I personally would never trade my regular desk for anything, but yet again, I have never used a standing desk for more than 5 min, and the proponents of standing desks are very firm about the benefits they receive.

If you think you are sitting too long, and you don’t want to die from a heart attack (people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks), a standing desk is definitely worth considering!

22. Replace your regular chair with a stability ball

Sitting kills.

Actually sitting on a regular office chair kills: According to a 2006 study, men and women who spent six hours or more per day of their leisure time sitting had an overall death rate that was about 20-40 percent higher than the men who sat for three hours or less.

However, sitting on a stability ball is quite different than sitting on a regular chair.

  • Sitting on the ball requires good posture. Unlike your office chair, you can’t slouch backward or to the sides.
  • Sitting on the ball activates the core muscles of the abdomen, back and hips. This activation helps with balance, which helps prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

If I were you, I would consider trying it :)

23. Wear a Weighted Vest

A weighted vest wraps around your torso giving you 20 pounds of weight or more to hold.

It’s great to get even more results from your regular exercise routine.

Oh, right, you are not an exerciser. Sorry, I forgot.

Well, you don’t need to exercise to wear a weighted vest.

You can wear it while you wash your car, or do your housecleaning.

Or, you may just agree with yourself to wear fro 30 min a day, and just walk around wearing it.

The results will be that you will burn more calories, and build muscle, without actually exercising!

24. Dance when you go out

tango
Tango definitely helps with bonding 🙂

It’s Friday night, and you are about to hit the bar with your friends. Instead of going to a regular bar where you sit on your **s all night, why not go to a place where you can actually dance?

I know that you may not be a dancer. However, it is worth trying:

  • It will make you smarter and reduce your dementia risk.
  • It will help you bond with your friends.
  • It will be fun!
  • It will help you get over the fear of humiliation (hehehe).
  • It will give a smile to your friends (they will laugh by looking at you – just kidding!)
  • It will help you burn some calories.

Now, let’s get to the calorie part. Slow-dancing may burn 3-4 calories a min. Wild dancing (e.g., techno, break-dancing) may go up to 8 calories a minute. I guess other types of dancing (tango, ball-room, etc) are somewhere in between.

Thus, if you just stay on the dance-floor for 20 min you will burn between 60 and 160 calories.

Considering that a glass of wine is 100 calories, boom! You just burnt your drink by having fun for a while!

Key take-aways

It’s good to know that you don’t have to exercise to live a healthier life, right?

There are actually at least 24 ways to make that happen!

24 life-hacks…and counting!

I know that 24 tips may seem like a lot.

I now want you to take a quick glance at them and commit to trying one of them.

Getting a pedometer is one of the simplest things you could do.

Moving to a transit-friendly city is probably more complicated :)

Still, picking one thing from this list and following through with it may be the difference between a long and healthy life, full of vitality or a…poor one, with lots of doctors, hospitals, pain, and disease!

Let me repeat that once again.

Doing 1 thing from this list

may be the difference between a long & healthy life

or a…poor one full of disease & doctors!

That said, I can leave you alone to make your choice :)

Photo credits:

We can do it: viZZZual.com; Kinect: Joystickdivision.com; House cleaning: emrank; Chocolate: Big C Harvey;Walk Dog: Magnus Brath; Pedometer: dpstyles; Standing desk: ramsey everydaypants; Dancing: TangOblivion