You know how it is. You spend years doing the same thing and wondering, "How is this so hard?"
Then, one day, you figure out that there's an easier way to accomplish this specific task. The skies open, the heavens beam down on you. You are...complete, for the moment.
2. "Someone showed me I'd been wasting celery for years. When it goes limp and loses its crunch, you can just soak it in water overnight, and it makes it crisp again."
3. "When the soap bar gets to the last sliver, you can just stick it on to the new bar to use it up completely."
4. "Those tiny, obnoxious cans of tomato paste. You can take both ends off with the can opener, and use a wooden spoon to push on the top. It comes out clean like a push pop!"
6. "Opening a beverage can. I keep my fingernails very short and sometimes it would be a bit finicky to open the tab on a can. I was damn near 40 years old when my buddy showed me you’re supposed to push down on the hinge portion of the tab with your thumb to raise the other edge of the tab so you can get your finger under it. I felt like an idiot."
7. "If you’re mounting something to the wall that has pre-designed holes on the back, rather than measure between the holes and try to space the nails/screws accordingly, stretch a single piece of painters tape (blue tape) across the back of the piece from just before the beginning of the first hole to just after the last one. Mark each hole with a pencil/pen on the painter's tape, then place the tape on the wall, and voila, you have a perfect mounting template. I suggest you do a quick check with a laser level on the wall just to make sure your marks are level before drilling."
9. "How to pick up heavy things. Finally had a PT teach me how to pick shit up when I was 31 with a chronic back injury."
10. "Rinsing my hair. I used to rinse with hot water and assume I just had frizzy and dry hair. Rinsed with col water once and realized I'd lived far too long with frizzy hair for no reason."
11. "Someone told me I used chopsticks wrong. I put the second one on the side of my ring finger, with my index and middle fingers on top of it. The person told me to just hold it like I would hold a pen, and I was like, wtf, this is how I hold a pen. Then I realized I hold a pen differently from most people. I've since retrained myself to hold chopsticks correctly, but I'm not even going to try to change how I write because it's just ingrained so deeply (and also, it doesn't really matter anyway)."
12. "I never thought I needed a workout routine as long as I worked different parts of my body on days until I watched an Arnold Schwarzenegger video on how he makes sure every single muscle gets hit in a three-day period. Since then I noticed more gains than I had made all year."
13. "Emotional processing. If I was sad, I'd let myself be sad for a tiny bit, and then brush it off...Saying "I don't have time for this", or "I'm stronger than this", or "crying does no good." Then anger and frustration would build up until arguments over nothing would happen. I was shown how to "make space" for those "negative" emotions, and just feel them until they quieted on their own. Been doing that every time they show up, and the anger and frustration is gone. Most of the anxiety is gone too. Did it with fears too, which is making a huge difference in relationships. It's a good thing too; old me wouldn't be able to handle half the shit that current me is shouldering."
14. "How to properly secure a towel around the waist after a shower. Instead of tucking the hem inwards, you fold it outwards and down, much more secure, you can like, run around and not worry about it falling off."
15. "I folded all my washcloths and they barely fit in the drawer. My kid said "why don't you just stack them unfolded in there?" It's brilliant. They fit perfectly and it saves time. It sounds stupid, but it was a game changer."
16. "If you're trying to hang a picture by catching the crosswire on a nail in the wall, slide a fork down over the nail so the prongs are behind the nail head and the fork is angled away from the wall. Slide the wire down behind the fork, and it will be guided right onto the nail. Then just pull up the fork. Saves a dozen attempts to "catch" the nail on the wire."
17. "Put on pillow covers. I used to shove the pillow in there and struggle with it until my wife showed me how to flip the pillowcase inside out and cover the pillow while flipping right side out."
19. "Taking the safety cap off of deodorant. I used to try to get my fingernails under it and pop it off. They were quite a pain in the ass to get off. In my late 20s, my roommate was talking to me while unpacking her groceries and she opened her deodorant and just twisted up the stick so that the cap came off. I was shocked."
20. "I used to open bananas by pulling the top, then I saw some documentary with monkeys opening them from the bottom and it's ten times easier. I also learn that I'm more stupid than a monkey that day."
21. "Not making a joke when someone gives you a compliment. I have learned to say “Thank you. That’s nice to hear”. Game changer for me."
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