Every time I flip through my news feed or social media, there’s someone offering their own “life hacks.” If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it basically means little tricks that make our day-to-day existence slightly more tolerable. Here are a handful of my own. If they work, send cash in large denominations, care of me. If not, oh well, consider it just more useless information in a world full of it.
1 Do you like pour-over coffee but hate the wait? Rotate the paper filter so the seam at the bottom of the V runs perpendicular to the pour-over thingy’s V-shaped trough. This way, the paper filter’s seam doesn’t block the hole. The pouring over then takes half the time and, at least for my taste, is still plenty strong. Also: If your cup opening is bigger than the flange of the pour-over thingy—I like my BIG coffee mugs—popsicle sticks can bridge the gap.
2 Buying a car for a new driver? Consider a vehicle with a manual transmission. There are several good reasons. They get better gas mileage than their automatic counterparts. They tend to sell for cheaper (because most people don’t know how to drive a stick). It will keep your kid’s hands and brain occupied so they’re less likely to text and drive. And anyway, everyone should know how to operate a manual transmission. Lastly, it’s less likely their friends will want to drive the car (again, because most people don’t know how to drive a stick). Oh, and it’s cool.
3 My last tip is also car related. Make it a habit, every time you stop for gas, to clean out your car. This may seem too simple, but if your car looks like the inside of a fast-food dumpster, then this trick is for you! I passed this gem off to my oldest. In no time flat, she went from Garbage Pail Kid to “wow, I have car mats!”
Take ’em or leave ’em—I’m sure you will.