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23 Life Hacks You Have Got To Try Right Now

The term “life hack” is defined as “a tool or technique that makes life easier and more efficient.”   Ten years ago, the term didn’t exist.   A lot has changed in ten years.  The world has became a hubbub of technology, speed, social media and smartphones.  Even when we don’t factor in all the unexpected surprises that can–and do–pop up every day, life can sometimes seem like one big flurry of chaos.

Let’s pump the brakes for just a minute, pull off the the highway of chaos, and take a look at 23 things you can do right now to make your every day life less stressful, more efficient, a touch healthier, and maybe even save a couple bucks along the way.   Here are our favorite, simple life hacks–ranging from super quirky to downright genius!

DIY Travel Cup From Cellophane

In this modern, rush and go world, anything that can make our existence even more simple is a plus in my book.  To be honest, this hack is so great, and so obvious, that I slapped my forehead wondering why I hadn’t thought of it way before now.  You do not have to buy one of those fancy car cups or $65 metal brand name cylinders when traveling with your favorite smoothie or protein shake.

No, now you can enlist a simple product that most everyone already has in their pantry.  Just feel up your cup with your favorite protein shake, smoothie or cup of joe, and cover the top with some Glad Press N Seal (or generic cellophone wrap).  Then, pop a straw through it, and you have a DIY on the go beverage.  Want a little extra seal?  Rubber band right around the rim.  Boom, done.

Image: Small Joys

Great Avocado Every Time

Avocados are one of the most expensive food items on the market today.  Having been used for years in a plethora of recipes and as bases for condiments, they are a treasured and essential cooking staple.  However, when you find that the avocado you have purchased is rotten, it is understandable to become upset.  However, the next time you are shopping for avocado’s, flick the dry stem off the bottom.  If there appears to be a brown patch under the stem, put that one back—it is definitely going bad.  However, if you see a bright yellow-green color, you are good to go.

Image: The Jakarta Post