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19 Little Tricks That'll Make You Say "Why Didn't I Know About These Sooner?"


1. Use a straw to make sure you get butter ~all throughout~ your movie popcorn, instead of just on top.

2. When you microwave leftovers, shape your food into a ring to make it heat faster and more evenly — instead of just piling everything together.

3. Punch in the tabs at the ends of your foil and plastic wrap to make it easier to pull-and-tear without pulling the whole roll out of the box.

4. Pay attention to the tag on your fitted sheet, which will instantly show you where to find the shorter end.

5. Next time you drink soda with a straw, secure it with the pop tab, so you don't have to repeatedly push the straw back into your drink.

6. When you use your citrus squeezer, cut your fruit in half but also cut off a small piece of the small end of your fruit, so you get more juice with less effort.

7. Unload your soda (or beer!) like this, instead of putting in one or two cans at a time:

8. Keep your house warmer during the cooling months by just flipping the switch on your fan, instead of leaving the fans turned off.

9. On plastic snack bags, just flip the zipper sides back to let the bag hold itself open for you.

10. Use the California Roll trick to get your duvet cover on your duvet in no time, instead of crawling inside the cover.

When you start unrolling it, it feels a little like magic that it actually works! Get the full tutorial (plus other methods) on Crane & Canopy.

11. Dice your onions quickly and easily with this technique:

12. Cut open your "empty" beauty products to get all the extra product out of them, instead of just tossing the tubes.

13. Tie your floss into a ~floss circle~ instead of pinching your fingers by wrapping the floss around them.

14. When your toilet's clogged, reach for a flange plunger, which is made for suction in toilets, not a typical cup plunger.

15. Angle your rearview mirrors so you see just *beyond* the side of your car, so you can see more of your blindspot.

Although you should still always actually turn and look quickly — my driving school's mantra was "mirror, blinker, mirror, blindspot." From here.

16. Peel large amounts of garlic by putting the cloves into a glass or plastic container and shaking vigorously.

17. Store your plastic grocery bags in an empty tissue box, instead of in a different plastic grocery bag.

18. Wash and dry your socks in mesh lingerie bags, and you'll never lose a single sock again.

19. Quickly dump the remains of your box of cereal in a colander so you don't have to suffer through a bowl that's half soggy crumbs.