11 Life Hacks that are Actually Useful

11 Life Hacks that are Actually Useful

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I've scoured the articles of “life-hacks" that people claim are actually helpful. I present the top 11 tips that you actually need to adopt in your life to make things easier.

1. Laugh or curse without being corrected on your phone.

Did you mean duck? Or gaha?

Just type in “haha" as the phrase and “gaha" as the shortcut in your phone if you frequently type that instead of what you actually mean.


2. Use stapler removers to hold open the key rings to slide on your extra keys.

This prevents ruining your nails or screaming in annoyance when the ring slips out from under your fingernails.


3. Use dryer sheets to remove deodorant stains from clothes.

A clean cloth or towel can also work in a pinch.


4. Use a few drops of contact solution to re-vive your mascara if it's getting dried out and flaky.

You can also place it in your bra while you're getting ready to warm it up so it won't clump. Just remember to throw it out after 3 months to avoid infection.


5. Also use Visine eye drops for redness to minimize the redness of acne.

It can help reduce redness and puffiness, so you can look like this model in the morning:


6. Apply perfume behind your ear, inside the wrist, on the base of the throat, inside your elbow, and behind your knee to make it last all day.

The body heat from your pulse points helps your perfume amplify and emit its scent. As Coco Chanel puts it best, "a woman should wear perfume wherever she wants to be kissed."


7. Bobby pins placed upside down lasts longer.

Placing a bobby pin with the ridges down towards your hair makes the bobby pin stay put. You can also spray some with hairspray for extra wear.


8. Hang your clothes in your closet with the hangers going the opposite way.

When you wear something, hang it back up the right way; at the end of the season or the year, donate whatever clothes are hanging on the hangers that are still backwards.


9. Put your phone on airplane mode to make it charge faster.

Although you won't be getting any texts that might be sent out, it helps charge your phone faster when you're running out the door!


10. Tried everything and still have the hiccups? Get a friend to ask you what your middle name is. After you respond, your hiccups are gone!

This sounds so silly, but I use this trick on my friends all the time!


11. Make a playlist with the exact amount of time you have to get ready.

Once it's over, you need to head out the door! Conversely, have the tempo and beat of the songs in the playlist get increasingly faster to let you know it's time to finish getting ready.

I like to listen to Taylor Swift and 90s throwbacks like the Spice Girls and Hilary Duff, so I can start my morning right and wake up by dancing along!


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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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