Life Hacks

hate-separating-eggs-use-plastic-water-bottle-surgically-extract-egg-yolk.1280x600Fundamentally, I am a lazy person when it comes to domestic chores. Or rather, I go through periods of intense industry followed by periods when I’m constantly looking for a way to do things more ahem, efficiently.

Whenever someone posts those “life hacks” articles on Facebook, I’m the first one to click the link. Who knew that you could separate eggs with suction from an empty water bottle? Or that if you stick a bunch of cloves in a lemon, it will ward off flies. (I am going to use that one this summer and see if it works).

images-2The ant trap using icing sugar and bicarb did not work for me and nor did the lemon down the garbage disposal. Admittedly, I saw that in a movie, so I don’t know if that was a serious tip or not!

Recently, I discovered that making an ice cream cake for your kid’s birthday is not only much easier than a butter cake or sponge, everybody, young and old, loves ice cream cakes. Win-win.

Even my TBR pile is getting a bit of the ‘hack’ treatment. I have taken to listening to books I would otherwise think were a bit too long or turgid to tackle if I had to make time to sit down and read them. Usually, I save those kinds of books for holidays but now I wade right in. I intend to ingest quite a few classics this way.

imagesI have tried to find novel writing ‘hacks’ but unfortunately, there’s no quick fix that I can see, other than BICHOK (butt in chair, hands on keyboard) pounding out those words. *If someone knows differently, please drop me a line!

Ah, but then, for the important things in life–family, friends and books–there are no hacks.

And that’s probably how it should be.

What about you? Do you have any time or effort saving tip to share? I’d love to know!

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to my place ?

    Have Fun

  • Deanna says:

    I don’t know if you would call it a hack but for me, it’s dry shampoo. A life saver all around. It means I don’t have to spend 20 minutes in the shower everyday because I have to wash my hair. I can just spritz it into my hair, massage it in, brush it out and voila! lovely, voluminous, fresh smelling hair that looks like it has just been washed. It also means, I now only have to wash my hair only 2 or 3 times a week. A great time saver, especially on a morning when I want to sleep in!

  • Helen says:


    Not me I am not the best housewife in the world I prefer to read LOL although I did hand in my resignation today after working there for 24 years and 9 months it was time to leave so from next Tuesday I will have more time (less money LOL) and maybe I will find some ways to get things done more efficiently lets hope

    Have Fun

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Congratulations on your retirement, Helen! You’ll need those life hacks when you retire – trust me, you’ll never have been so busy! But I know you’ll enjoy your time with the grands.

    • Helen, that is fantastic news about your retirement! Congratulations. I’m sure they will be very sorry to lose you after so many years of service. The best thing is, more reading time!

    • Ohhh, congratulations, Helen! Achieving retirement is a wonderful step. And just think of all the reading you can get done! 😉

    • Woohoo Helen! Congratulations on entering the next phase of your life. Wishing you good health and lots and lots of reading time – oh – and lots of time with the grandkids!

    • Deanna says:

      Congratulations on retirement, Helen. Though, I have to say, retirement might not mean more time to read. You might find yourself super busy with other stuff. 🙂 I’m not working full time at the moment and I am finding even less time to read because of all the other little projects that I now have time to do.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Ooh great post, Christina. I’m a great fan of life hacks too. I’m one of those people who hates housework, but when I do it, I blitz and everything gets done! So hacks are very helpful.

    The latest one I learned was how to get oil marks out of clothes (because I always forget to put on an apron!) – rub some washing up liquid into the oil spots and leave for a couple of minutes before putting in the washing machine. Works even on clothes that have been washed before and the oil marks haven’t come out!

  • Shannon says:

    I have concluded there are few workable hacks. One time manager expert told me that everything takes about twice as long as you think it will. She’s not totally right, but I’m finding out as I try to implement some of her suggestions she’s on to something.

    Since I’m lazy, I use that defect to get stuff done. If I work for 30 minutes, then I get to read or play on the computer for 30 minutes. A full day of bouncing back and forth, at least some of the house is clean(er).

    My other main hack is to make lunches/dinners for the week on Sunday; eat several during the week with others into the freezer for the following week.

  • Hey Christina,

    It’s getting cold here, so last night I made stuffed peppers. The sauce in it is homemade bolognese sauce. This is a time consuming effort, so when I make the sauce, I double the recipe and freeze the extra to use in a week or so for spaghetti. I do this with hearty soups, chili or stew, too. Work once, cook twice!

    Luckily for me, the Jazzman loves leftovers!

  • catslady says:

    I am going to pay attention to all these tips lol. The only thing I can think of is that I will make big batches of soups and stews and freeze them for a quick meal.

  • Christina, I imagine the clove-stuck lemon smells wonderful too. So win-win there too. One hint I did pick up from the cleaner I had in recently was that fly spray will get rid of sticky residue from tape and labels. Works an absolute treat! So that saves time and it’s much more efficient than scrubbing. Another great hint she gave me was using baby wipes to clean out the tracks of windows. My tracks hadn’t been done in years and even the cleaner balked at doing them to the point of sparkling but I’ve since tried the baby wipes myself and they work much better than sponges or brushes.

  • So what was the lemon down the disposal supposed to do? I just one down there recently after squeezing it for the juice. Loved the lemon scent that temporarily came out of the disposal :).

    Best recent cleaning hack is to buy and reserve a toilet brush to clean the shower floor. It saves the knees when trying to get around those PITA little raised spots on the floor.

    Best cooking hack is using parchment paper in place of greasing a cookie sheet. You can lay out the dough on the paper before hand and just slp onto the hot sheet. A batch of cookies is done in half the time.

    • Ooh, love the cookie sheet one. Great idea about the shower clean too, Donna. Yes, the lemon is supposed to provide a fresh scent but I couldn’t tell the difference. But then maybe that’s just me and my terrible sense of smell!

  • Christina, all this sounds practical and great. Alas, but I have no tips to offer.