I already told you that I am always and forever looking for “life hacks”. You know, the perfect shortcut for a task that makes life easier that clever people can think of. There are a number of lists of these hacks that you can easily find online. I’m always looking for those that will save time and make me more efficient and maybe improve my looks.
I’ve found hacks on Instagram, TikTok, and Reels on Facebook – all huge time wasters that defeat the whole idea of saving time and being more efficient. I’m always looking for tips on easy ways or products to get any kind of housework done. I pride myself on the fact that I can fold fitted sheets but can’t fold towels that tuck in and look like a five star resort hack.
Any tips on how to use the latest wrinkle cream always grabs my attention. I’ve tried several different moisturizing face creams, hand creams, foot lotions, and makeup foundations over the years and settled on the ones that work best for me and are more affordable. Some are very expensive! They may not be quite the miracle in a jar I was hoping for, but they work best for me. Although in all honesty my foot cream seems to make my feet smooth and I’m tempted to try it on my face! It frustrates me when one of my products falls into the “new and improved” category. Is it new – or even improved? I have my doubts. Maybe all that’s “new” is the packaging, and that just makes it harder for me to find when I need to replenish my stash.
I recently came across an amusing post on Facebook that said older ladies could get rid of facial lines by not wearing a bra. I’m not sure how accurate this claim is, but I saw an older lady the other day who had a pretty face, but what was even more striking about her was the fact that her “headlights” were visible just above her waistline. So my advice is to pay close attention to the area that might be noticed.
On a video I was watching it says “Grouch Granny” or maybe “Grumpy Granny”. I will say that, she definitely looks grumpy as her brows are wrinkled, her overall appearance is disheveled, her voice is gruff and she is always complaining. She didn’t demonstrate any tricks other than the fact that I hope I don’t turn into a grumpy granny! I think their rude and negative behavior is meant to be humorous, but I’ll admit I’m in a hurry to click past these.
Some of my favorite tricks include this: When I put something away to remind myself where I put it, I’ll say out loud, “I’ll put that (name the object) in this drawer.” I promise it’ll help you to remember. Freeze a wet sponge in a ziplock bag to serve as an ice pack. A bag of frozen peas works well too. Use a bread wrap clip and attach it to the end of a roll of tape so you can easily find the end. Clean your shower door by spraying it with window cleaner and wiping it down with a dryer sheet, then wiping it dry. You can wash baseball caps in the dishwasher. Be sure to remove any paper crown inserts from the cap before doing this, then allow to air dry. Use your cheese grater to “slice” cold butter from the stick to butter your toast.
So whatever shortcuts you can use to make your chores easier, do so. I know I can use any help I can get. Just make sure you don’t use one that isn’t really suitable for the task at hand. That just wastes time. And don’t be a grumpy, grumpy granny!
Bonnie Brown writes a weekly column for The Oxford Eagle. Contact them at [email protected].