15 Of The Best Parenting Life Hacks Ever
If you’re a modern, remotely tech-savvy, parent who spends even a little bit of time online, then the chances are good that you know what Life Hacks are. And if you do, then you love them. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible you have no idea what I’m talking about. So in the interest of those who don’t know, let me rock your world.
Life Hacks, or just plain Hacks as most people know them, are nothing more than nifty little tricks, shortcuts, or novelties for managing day-to-day activities that enhance our productivity and/or make us more efficient. In other words, they’re ingenious little ideas for doing regular everyday stuff that you can’t believe you didn’t think of yourself. HuffPost Comedy described them best when they called them clever/brilliant/ridiculous solutions to everyday dilemmas. And they are, every last one of them.
Unbeknownst to me, though, Hacks have been around awhile. Since 2004, actually. (Again, unbeknownst to me.) But the weird thing is, they never really made it onto my radar until fairly recently. (What can I say? I’ve been busy.)
Now I kind of assumed I knew the gist of what they were just by using my good-old-fashioned inferring skills whenever I saw a post about a new hack scroll through my News Feed. But until a couple of years ago, I didn’t realize that there’s an entire world of useful hacks floating around out there. And let me tell you, my world hasn’t been the same since.
See, I’m what you’d call a habitual organizer—an efficiency freak to be more precise. I’m forever sorting and compartmentalizing and consolidating my personal little world, so it’s almost like hacks were developed just for me. And now that I’ve discovered this network of brilliant ideas, I’m completely addicted.
I mean, it’s amazing to me that I’ve made it this far through my life without using jumbo office binder clips to secure bags of frozen vegetables to the rungs of the shelves in my freezer? Or that I could cut down a pool noodle and make it into a door stopper. Or that when my girls were little, I could’ve put them in an empty laundry basket while they were in the tub to corral all their toys. These things are pure genius. If only hacks were around when I was a new mom? If only.
So although there are literally thousands of good hack ideas out there, I’ve scoured the Internet to find what I think are some of the most useful and ingenious hacks for parents. Here’s a list of the top fifteen
I could honestly go on forever because they’re all so damn useful. But this is just a sampling of the best, most ingenious hacks I found (and I wasn’t even looking that hard).
For more useful, top-rated hacks, visit Twistedsifter.com, or lifehacks.com, or 1000lifehacks.com or lifehack.org or Pinterest or Tumblr or YouTube. Just clear your schedule for the rest of the day because once you start checking them out, you won’t want to stop. You’re welcome.