At The Chive, we came across a list of 16 simple solutions to some everyday dilemmas: a virtual, visual Hints from Heloise. We’ve found some incredibly useful, like using bread bag tags as cord labels (of course, with our obsessive minds, we’d go looking for stylish tag in a color we like: white! – and might trim it to a cooler shape).
David Saltman reports that he’s been using the strategy for getting an elevator to go directly to the floor you want, useful for emergencies (Note: We recommend reading Mary Reynolds thoughtful comment below.)
…and securing a sock or stocking over a vacuum hose when looking for small items is a bit of brilliance we never thought of:
…We’re still testing out using a walnut to cover furniture scratches. So far the success rate is about 50/50, but we’re not sure we’ve gotten the hang of it.
These are actually urawaza, which is a big thing in Japan: improvised tips and tricks for making life better. There’s a wonderful little book of them: Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan
What’s your simple solution?
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