We’re all looking for ways to save time and energy. “Life hacks” are techniques used to do daily activities in a more efficient way. This week’s episode of Best of Both Worlds is a round-up of the life hacks listeners sent in via our Instagram account. Among them:
Give each kid an individual kind of sock OR buy everyone the exact same socks (if kids are close enough in age). This makes sorting easier. Side note: if kids are old enough to have very strong sock preferences, they’re probably old enough to sort and put away their own laundry.
If you have more than one kid, buy items such as snow pants and boots in neutral colors (and no characters). This way you can easily pass them down between genders and cartoon character preferences.
If you shop at warehouse clubs, make a shopping list, but also a “do not buy” list. Sarah once wound up with four containers of corn starch!
Separate utensils in the dishwasher. If all the forks are in one part and all the spoons are in another, putting the dishes away is much quicker. It can also be easier for a child to do.
Keep floss in your car’s glove compartment. Boy is it annoying to have something stuck in your teeth while you’re not home! Also, keep (un-inflated) balloons in your purse. Perfect toddler toy.
Use the time when waiting for calls to start. If you have a lot of calls, this can actually be a surprisingly large quantity of time — certainly enough to do push-ups or order groceries.
Buy ready-made boiled eggs. And pre-cut fruit. Put slices of toast in the toaster and wow! A healthy and filling breakfast that can feed a large number of family members. Incidentally, a toaster oven can be a hack in general.
And there are many more! Please give the episode a listen and feel free to share your favorite life hacks too!