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    Feb 14, 2018

    8 Tried And Tested Little Upgrades That'll Actually Make Your Life Easier

    What's actually worth your time.

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    Hi! I'm Natalie, and I'm always on the lookout for ways to make life just a little bit easier.

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    Sometimes, when I find a really good trick, I decide to try it out for myself — because, hey, it might make my life better! Here are a few of my favorites I've tried recently:

    1. Save closet space by hanging multiple tops together — either by linking 'em together with soda tabs, or a length of plastic chain.

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    THE RESULTS: These felt weirdly satisfying considering they took basically zero effort. Both hacks are actually as easy as they look. Clothes get heavy fast, though; if you stacked more than a few together, it would probably put too much ~pressure~ on the top hanger.

    Of the two, the plastic chain's slightly more efficient, because you can easily grab a top from the middle of the stack without messing with the others. With the soda tabs, you'd have to unhook two hangers, then rehook the bottom hanger to the top one.

    TOTAL COST: The soda tabs were essentially free — I pulled 'em off cans I was drinking. The two-foot plastic chain was just over $1 at Home Depot.

    2. Hang your scarves by looping them over the bottom part of a pants hanger, *not* by using shower curtain rings.

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    THE RESULTS: As appealing as the organized scarves with shower curtain rings look on Pinterest, they don't pass the IRL test. A better trick: Just loosely tie 'em all to the hanger itself — I show how I did it below.

    TOTAL COST: Free! Assuming you have a spare "suit hanger" aka one with a triangle-shape (and not a "dress hanger," that has just the shoulders).

    Here's how to loop your scarves around the hanger:

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    3. Wrap pipe cleaners (or rubber bands) around hangers to make 'em nonslip, so your clothes never slide off again.

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    THE RESULTS: I L-O-V-E these two tricks! While they both do the job well, I slightly prefer the pipe cleaners — they're easy to slide to the *exact* spot where the clothes hit the hanger naturally.

    TOTAL COST: The pack of pipe cleaners was $1 at Michael's. And I reused the rubber bands that Whole Foods puts on strawberry cartons.

    4. Store bobby pins in a magnetic paperclip holder from the office supply store so you can pull just a couple out at a time.

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    THE RESULTS: I've been doing this for years, ever since a salesperson at the Container Store told me about it. It's the perfect lazy-person way to put them away too; you just drop them in when you take them out of your hair.

    TOTAL COST: I got this holder in college, but if you don't have one to repurpose, get a similar one on Amazon for $3.17.

    5. Put your hair ties on a carabiner, or on multiple carabiners, if you're always searching for a hair tie.

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    THE RESULTS: This is basically a game changer. My hair ties suddenly aren't in a precarious pile somewhere in my bathroom, or haphazardly hanging onto the piece of cardboard they came on. I can easily clip it or hang it wherever — to a bag, to a wire shelf, on a hook, whatever. And maybe, just maybe, the new pack I just bought won't disappear quite so quickly.

    TOTAL COST: Free if you already have extra carabiners around. But I bought this pack of five on Amazon for $6.59.

    6. Plop your damp Beauty Blender or makeup sponge into an egg cup to help it dry after you use it.

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    THE RESULTS: It's cute AF. Much cuter than just using the little plastic lid it comes with. The blender fits in neatly without any risk of rolling out, a nice change from the plastic-lid balancing act.

    TOTAL COST: I didn't own egg cups, so I picked some up on Amazon for $7.74.

    7. Organize all your shoes with two shower curtain tension rods.

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    THE RESULTS: The key to these is making sure they're really, truly twisted tightly enough. When you feel like they're tight and it looks like they're gonna stay up, tighten some more. And a little more. When I first put 'em in, one of them fell shortly after I put the weight of the shoes on them — but when I added *even more* tension until I could barely twist anymore, they stayed.

    Of course, YMMV: It works for me and I think it's worth a try, but I can't make any promises. The paint or wallpaper on your walls, the weight of your shoes, and your definition of "truly twisted tightly enough" can all have an effect on how well the tension rods hold up!

    TOTAL COST: Each shower curtain tension rod was $12.87 at the time I bought 'em, but right now they're marked $13.23. Two tension rods (for two levels of shoes, including the ground) would be $26.46, and four (for three levels, like I tried) would be $52.92.

    You could try this with cheaper, smaller curtain rods (like these, $11.83 for two or $16.83 for four), but they may or may not stay up, depending on how many shoes you try to load on 'em.

    8. Hang pot and pan lids on inside of your cabinet doors so they're easy to grab.

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    THE RESULTS: This started off as a disappointment, for me — the lids for the pots I use most often are just a smidge too wide for the hooks. But I tried it with my skillet's lid, and it worked! First I hung just the two bottom hooks and saw that the pot lid tilted forward — which is why I added the top hook.

    Unfortunately my kitchen cabinets are either tiny or weirdly shaped, too small to take advantage of the ~full potential~ of this hack. But one of our readers recently submitted a photo of their cabinets — below — which I think will give you a better idea of what you can do!

    Because my cabinets are too small to really show how great this hack is, here's a reader-submitted photo of this trick at work:

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    heatherraec, from when we asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us how they organize small spaces.

    TOTAL COST: Your cost will depend on how many lids you want to hang! A six-pack of the utility hooks is $3.39 on Amazon.

    That's all for now! Do you have any home cleaning or organizing hacks you swear by, or that you think I should test? I'd love to know — please share 'em in the comments!

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