The human race has come a long way. This is thanks in part to our imaginative minds and knack for creating inventions that solve problems, whether small or big. This creativity and ingenuity are still alive and well today with many people coming up with new hacks to make life easier every day. The following photos are proof of this.
#1 Giving old books a second life
Got old books you no longer need? Find a new use for them by turning them into something like this rolling chair.
#2 A true innovator
Only makeup enthusiasts know how rare the times are when everything ends up perfect. To not let perfect eye makeup look go to waste, this girl figured out an easy and ingenious way to protect her eyes when showering.
#3 For easier threading
Everyone knows how frustrating threading a needle is. Fortunately, people have come up with numerous techniques to make the small task easier. This one only involves spraying the end of the thread with some hairspray to make it stiffer.
#4 No more scratches
Tired of getting scratches on your car doors because of accidentally grazing it against your garage walls? Here’s an easy fix. Cut up some pool noodles and stick them on the walls to keep your paint job polished and scratch-free.
#5 Reusing ketchup bottles
Squeeze bottles have more uses than just serving ketchup. Wash your Heinz bottles once they are empty and use them as a mess-free pancake batter dispenser.
#6 From caps to tea candles
Recycle the caps from empty liquor bottles into something Instagram-worthy like these cute tea candles. To do so, you can melt the wax of some old candles and pour them into the caps.
#7 Putting old cards to good use
Musicians will find this next one a treat. Never buy new guitar picks ever again. Make your own from old credit cards using this handy puncher device.
#8 ‘Vintage’ candle holders
Found some old metal funnels from the flea market? Why not use them as a candle holder instead? They certainly make for rustic tabletop decorations and are also purposeful to boot.
#9 Lifehack for professionals
Hair straightening irons have other purposes aside from just giving you frizz-free, straight hair. They can also be used as a mini clothing iron for professionals on the go.
#10 Anti-spill trick
Here’s an easy solution to prevent spilling water when you’re cooking pasta. Place a wooden spoon on top of the pot and never deal with overflowing water again.
#11 The best way to ice cream
Yes, there’s a mess-free way to ice cream. Just put a marshmallow at the bottom of the cone before scooping a serving of the sweet treat to prevent spills when it melts.
#12 Home decor for cheap
Decorating your home shouldn’t always have to break the bank. Let your creativity flow and find old objects you can redesign to create something as cool as this tire wall piece and plant hanger.
#13 Not your typical smartphone holder
Keep your smartphone safe and off the floor while you’re charging it by using a ‘cradle’ to keep it close to the socket. You can easily make one on your own by cutting the top off of an empty shampoo bottle like the one below.
#14 Like brand new
Are your expensive suede boots looking worse for wear? Make them look new again with the help of a regular eraser. Just use it like you usually would and see the dirt disappear from your shoes.
#15 A unique showerhead
Are you going for a rustic design scheme for your bathroom? Why not give new life to an old metal garden pail by turning it into a showerhead?
#16 The key to telling the difference
Having trouble distinguishing the many keys you keep on your key ring? Paint each a different color using some nail polish to easily tell them apart.
#17 Let there be light
Forgot to bring a lamp for your camping trip? Here’s an easy trick. Point your flashlight towards a big bottle of water and voila! You’ve got some instant ambient lighting.
#18 Puppy throne
Buying a good dog bed can put you out of a few hundred dollars. Why not make your pup something more affordable and special by doing some DIY? An old wooden stool can actually be turned into a pretty adorable dog bed with some new coats of paint and foam.
#19 The ultimate organizer
Who says hanging shoe racks should only be used for shoes? Its convenient design can also be apt for storing and organizing other things such as cleaning items.
#20 Music and nature
Some pianos are just too far gone to be saved by repairs. That doesn’t mean that you should throw away your old one, though. Why not redesign it to become a great garden decoration like this beautiful piano fountain?
#21 Hanging planters
If you go through lots of wine bottles in your household, save all the corks and recycle them into planters for succulents instead of throwing them away. You can even hang them on your walls as a decoration to add life to a room.
#22 For easy cooking
Here’s a great life hack for traditional home chefs who still opt to use actual cookbooks. Get a better view of the recipe you’re following by hanging it using a pants hanger.
#23 Bye, bye scratches
No matter how careful you may be, your wooden furniture will eventually still get those little scratches. They can be easily fixed. Just take some walnuts and rub them on the affected areas to see faded parts disappear.
#24 Secure memories
Prevent framed photos of your loved ones from falling off their spots on your living room walls with this easy trick. Save the tabs from your cola cans and use them as an extra hanger to mount the frames more securely.
#25 Space saver
If you’re one of those people who like to do their laundry in big batches, here’s a life hack you may find useful. Utilize a clothesline with limited hanging space by pinning your clothes in this perpendicular style instead of hanging them in the usual parallel manner.
#26 No frills organizer
Keeping cords together in one box can easily turn into one big, tangled mess. Prevent this and keep your empty toilet paper rolls so you can use them as dividers and organizers.
#27 Furniture that ‘grows’
Buying new furniture can be expensive. Make the best out of your kids’ old crib by redesigning them into something that they could still use as they grow older. One great idea is transforming a crib into a study table for your little one.
#28 Ice cube grapes
Trying to find a way to keep served wine chilled without diluting the drink with ice cubes? Do so by freezing grapes and using them like ice cubes instead.
#29 Construction aid
Avoid injuring your fingers when doing some household repairs by using a clothespin to hold a nail while hammering. Just remove it when the nail is already securely halfway through and then hammer it down to finish the job.
#30 Hooked on wrenches
Got some old, no longer needed tools lying around? Get your creative juices flowing and find ways to reuse them again. One fantastic example is in these wrenches, which were turned into industrial-style coat hooks.
#31 Outdated globe transformed
The world was a different place decades ago. Case in point are the many globes that were produced in the 80s and 90s featuring countries and places that no longer exist or have been merged with others today. Instead of throwing away an outdated globe, cut it open and turn it into a stylish tray lid.
#32 Lighting with pasta
Lighting candles in deep containers can be a difficult chore. To avoid burning yourself when firing up your favorite tea candles, consider using a piece of dry pasta to reach them easily.
#33 The perfect BLT
Toasting two pieces of bread in one slot will give you the perfect building blocks for a good sandwich. One side remains soft and fluffy perfect for butter, while the other gets a crunch to it.
#34 The hanging garden
Not everyone has the backyard space to have their own vegetable or herb garden. Create your own space-saving planter by making a hanging garden out of a canvas shoe organizer.
#35 Modern use to old technology
With the convenience that the digital format and online streaming brings to music listeners, CDs have slowly lost favor among music listeners. But don’t throw away your collection just yet. You can still turn them into cute coasters and keep your tabletops looking clean.
#36 Not your usual food warmer
It’s always a bummer when you get home only to find that the pizza you just bought has already turned cold. Put those days behind you and put your car’s seat warmers to good use.
#37 Futuristic mailbox
Technology develops so fast that people are often left with outdated hardware when new models are released. Don’t contribute to landfill waste. Turn your old CPU house into a swanky and futuristic-looking mailbox.
#38 The only way to prepare a taco
Tacos are usually eaten by hand, but did you know that using a fork can actually make your dining experience less messy? Just use the fork as a stand for the shell and fill it with your favorite ingredients with no spills.
#39 Instant iPhone speaker
It’s no secret that Apple products, even the accessories, are expensive. But you can make yourself your own free speakers for your phone using an empty toilet paper roll, a pair of scissors, and some decorative paper.
#40 A unique chair
Who knew old leather belts can actually be used to make something as cool as this crisscrossed chair seat? This woven DIY craft is the perfect way to reuse any old belts you’ve accumulated over the years.
#41 Seedling boxes
Got a knack for gardening? Sprout your new seeds in these boxes cut out from toilet paper rolls so you won’t have to buy extra planters.
#42 Sweets on something sweet
Using brown sugar may be healthier, but it’s a bummer how it hardens in its container over time. Counter this by placing some marshmallows on top of it. Just make sure to stop yourself from snacking on the treat whenever you open the jar to use the sugar.
#43 Some ‘grate’ lights
Get creative when it comes to decorating your kitchen without breaking the bank. Find yourself some metal graters at a thrift shop or flea market and turn them into light covers.
#44 Every skater’s dream table
Skaters will be pleased to know that their old boards can actually be constructed into something cool and useful. Nailing some together actually makes for a great low coffee table or an activity table for the kids.
#45 Damage control
Those click pens may be annoying, but the spring inside them makes for a fantastic cable shaper. Wrapping cables and cords with it can prevent bending that could damage their functionality over time.
#46 DIY onion shaver
Not everyone has the skill needed to properly cut an onion. For those who just want some thin slices of the ingredient to put into soups or chili, they can opt to use a regular peeler to get what they want fast.
#47 Looking brand new
Apparently, this house cleaner isn’t just useful for bathrooms and countertops. It could also eliminate the deep-seated dirt in your shoes’ soles to turn them to their original color again.
#48 No scrub cleanup
Clean your showerhead, without spending time brushing it, by using a bag of vinegar. Just tie it on your showerhead overnight, and you’ll wake up the next morning with a squeaky-clean showerhead.
#49 Instant catcher
Need to hang stuff up on your walls? Get your drill and post-it notes ready. The latter can be used as a catcher for the drill shavings.
#50 Hanger chairs
This ingenious idea comes from the creative mind of German-born artist Yi-Cong Lu. The concept would be particularly useful for people who live in a small apartment and have limited floor space for a real closet or cabinet.
#51 Bottle planters
There is no need to buy extra plant pots to accommodate your growing collection of indoor plants. Turning empty water bottles into these cute planters is a better and cheaper idea.
#52 Wrapper organizer
Keep your gift wrappers in a neat pile and use empty toilet paper rolls as binders. Doing so would also prevent the papers from wrinkling or tearing while in storage.
#53 Pizza topper to smartphone stand
Get comfortable watching your favorite shows while eating pizza with this handy life hack. Take your pizza topper, cut off one of its three legs, and turn it into a stand so both of your hands can be free to eat your meal.
#54 Not just for candles
Did you know that you can also use your candle warmer to warm up other things like chip dip? Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself and witness your life change.
#55 Packing up
Moving houses is hard enough as it is. Don’t make it harder by folding and packing your clothes. Just wrap the contents of your closet into garbage bags to prevent your clothes from getting dirty during the process of moving.
#56 Free coasters for everybody!
A trip to the tile store can score some freebies. Take all those adhesive tile samples they’re handing out. You can use them as coasters at home.
#57 Dust catcher
Protect your eyes from debris and keep your floors clean by attaching the bottom of a cut off cup to your drill. This trick works well if you’re working on something on the ceiling.
#58 Fits just right
Save the lids from your parmesan cheese dispenser. The stuff just fits perfectly on top of mason jars. Its holes are also just right to accommodate large straws for convenient drinking.
#59 Tied and secure
Are you moving some clothes? Use drawstring plastic bags to get them all in one go. Just make sure to tie the hangers together with the strings to transfer them easily.
#60 Stand up straight
Turn any container into an instant knife block by filling it with skewers first. This way, the knives will have something to lean and keep the set looking neat and organized.
#61 The lost ends
It’s always a bummer, struggling to find the end of tape when you need to use the stuff right away. Taping a bread clip on the end can eliminate this problem altogether.
#62 Foolproof frying
Everyone knows the struggle of frying something only to be hit with stray drops of hot oil. It looks like this expert home cook has found a way to keep her arm unharmed by creating an improvised armor from a plastic bottle and some cloth.
#63 Ultimate herb organizer
Who knew empty tic tac containers can actually make for great herb containers? The great thing about this hack is that it saves on counter space and is very easy to use, too. Just make sure to properly label your herbs to avoid mistakes.
#64 Easy fall cleaning
The fall season is synonymous with the pile of dry leaves that can clog one’s home gutters. Deal with the issue without buying a new leaf blower accessory by opting for something cheaper like a long piece of PVC pipe.
#65 No AC? No problem
Here’s something extra creative. Who knew a few pieces of PVC pipe could actually be turned into a cooling device for when your car’s AC is broken?
#66 Something every hungry bookworm needs to know
Snacking while reading a book is a struggle. Multitask by getting a clear heavy plate and placing it on top of the page you’re on. Now, you can snack and read at the same time. It also makes the text easier to read.
#67 Easy solutions
Binder clips, especially the larger ones, are powerful enough to grip onto more than just pieces of paper. They can even be used to keep Christmas lights in place.
#68 Bed pockets
Need something easy-to-reach for your bed? Those old pairs of jeans will probably do the trick.
#69 Unexpected kitchen organizer
As it turns out, those peel and stick clothes hooks aren’t just good for clothes. They also make for the perfect pot lid holders for your kitchen cabinets.
#70 A match made in heaven
Music and wine are the perfect match, but not in the way you might have thought. This guitar stand ended up having the perfect circumference to hold a glass of wine.
#71 Condiment divider
Are you planning a barbecue? Prevent messes and using extra dishes by scooping your condiments into a muffin or cupcake tin.
#72 The broom trick
Now, this is something we wished we’ve thought of earlier. Using a broom to take the groceries inside in one trip may seem like common sense, but it seems that not many practice this time-saving life hack.
#73 A more valuable collateral
This shopper didn’t have a coin for the grocery cart slot, so they used their house key instead. It worked well. We’re just hoping they managed to get the key out at the end of the shopping trip.
#74 Living in the year 2030
Want to watch your favorite show on your phone in bed? Too tired to prop the screen with your hands? Easy peasy. Just put your phone in a clear Ziplock bag and hang it. Done and done.
#75 Smart solutions
A broken laptop hinge can be a bummer, especially for frequent laptop users. Don’t fret though; this guy has found a way to temporarily fix the problem with some tape and a tabletop picture frame.