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Life Hacks

by Jackie Alvarez


May 23, 2015


Life hacks are genius ideas that someone started, and now the internet is kind enough to share with everyone. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite lifehacks to help make moms lives easy(er). 

Put that under-cabinet or over-sink to use with a rod and a few hooks. Hang frequently used utensils and dishes, and make sure to add that super cute serving spoon you received as a gift and don’t get to admire enough.



Put a lazy susan in the fridge! Don’t let the back of your fridge become a food graveyard. Put condiments or snack choices on the lazy susan so kids can pick from anything they can spin and see.

Poke holes in the lid of an old milk jug to turn it into a spill-minimum watering can.

Put old newspaper or junk mail at the bottom of your trash to absorb any stray liquids.

To clean your blender post smoothies or milkshake, put a little water and dish soap in the blender and fire her up for a minute. Rinse with warm water.



A frozen, saturated sponge in a bag makes an ice pack that won’t drip all over when it melts.

Take a photo of electronic cables before you move. It will save a lot of time when settling in after moving. (And we all know, you’ll need the extra time a movie will buy you to get the kid(s)’ beds put together.)

Maximize space by gluing magnets onto the backs of empty tins to hold pens and other household items.

Stuff newspaper into your shoes to absorb moisture and smells between wears.

Fix a stuck zipper with graphite to loosen the zipper if it keeps getting stuck.

Make room in kitchen cabinets by hanging kitchen items on a peg board.

Organize your papers and declutter your desk by using a vertical magazine rack.

Turn an old baby crib into a kid’s desk with a few adjustments and a little paint.



Keep your bathrobe on in the morning after you get dressed to protect against last minute messes that will require last minute wardrobe changes.



To reseal brown sugar, cover the end with foil and then use a hot iron to melt the plastic inside.

Store ready-to-blend smoothie packs in zipper top bags in the freezer for easy morning breakfasting.



Life Hacks appeared in the spring addition of Hello, Darling. If you didn’t get a copy and would like your own, you can subscribe to get Hello, Dearest in your mailbox every season.




We’d like to compile a second list with YOUR favorites. What’s your most mom-approved, life-improving life hack?

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I Keep bendy straws in a full length toothbrush holder in my bag. When we go to restaurants, my kids don't have to tip their cup to drink. It saves us so many spills and they love picking their straw from my colorful supply.


An oldie but a goodie - my mom has always recommended packing up some of our toys in plastic bins then switching out every few months so it feels like we have "new" toys, but without the expense or having our house overrun with toys. Another tip I love is using a bean bag chair (just the bag) to store stuffed animals. It's an easy place for the kids to put them away, and you have a functional chair to plop down in as well.


A wooden spoon layers over a boiling pot will keep it from boiling over! If you are painting a room or in the middle of a paint project and have to run out for a few hours, you can wrap your wet paint brush in a plastic sandwich Baggie and it will not dry out! I've actually left a wet brush in a Baggie for a full week and could not believe it when my brush was not at all dried out and I finished the project with the same brush! ❤️ Use a magnet strip (like for kitchen knives) in the play room to store small metal toys...(like hot wheels), or in the office for scissors, paper clips, thumb tacs, and even a small stapler! I'm a visual person so this helps me a ton! ;)


A magnet strip for hot wheels is just GENIUS. I think I'll have to employ that one sooner rather than later for my little guy.


Add a teaspoon of water to the measuring "shot" glass with liquid medications then "float" the dose in the water. You get a more accurate dose into the child and the glass is easier to clean. My kids like the taste, so I let them drink as many tiny glasses of water as they want afterward - extra fluids help!


What a great tip, Tish. I wouldn't have thought of that. And they really do like drinking out of that tiny cup. :)


Dinner do over!! Put leftover beef stew or creamy chicken stew in a pie shell, top with another pie shell and bake for a beef or chicken pot pie.


We went camping and took an extra tent with us. Each kid brought a bag of toys and we used the extra tent as a "toy tent." Kept them occupied, out of the dirt and contained the toys.