I was thinking, for the hundredth time, about how annoying it was to wrestle to open a bottle. (Doesn’t it seem like everything has a child-proof cap these days? Even Mayonnaise?) It wasn’t until I moved a wrench from the tool drawer to the kitchen cabinet that I solved the problem. That got me thinking about the other small changes or additions I made that made my life easier.
Organization. I love bins and boxes, shelves and stackers. My life got much less noise and distraction when I decided not to rely on junk drawers and precariously balancing things on top of each other.
Batteries. I overbuy and stash them in a separate box (see previous item!). I never have to worry about my hearing aids, my flashlights, or some of my appliances because I always have batteries. Ditto TP, and dishsoap.
Laundry Service. I send out my laundry to the laundromat. My dream is to someday own a washer and dryer, but until then, Nancy on York Avenue has me covered and it’s bliss.
Timers. I can sit down and write, or read something and look up and it’s dark outside! I use timers set in 15 minute increments. It’s really helpful to keep me focused and to waste less time. Plus it’s a reminder to walk around for a bit.
But that’s me. What discoveries or hacks or habits or tools make life easier for you – either saving time, or money or stress or all three? Share your secrets in the comments!
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send Open Thread suggestions to email@example.com.