12 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong It’s easy to get stuck doing something the hard way if that’s what you’ve always done. Here are twelve better ways to do simple everyday tasks. Get to a better state at State Farm Nation State Farm® Brand Publisher 1. Peeling a banana View this image › Via youtube.com Instead of tearing your banana open from the stem, flip it over and pinch the other end to easily separate and unpeel it. Bonus: Now you can use the stem as a handle! ID: 1004370 2. Propping up your iPhone View this image › David Jakes / Via Flickr: jodotorg To make an iPhone stand, fold an old cassette case backwards so it props itself up on a table. ID: 1004438 3. Removing scuff marks from your floor View this image › youtube.com Rub a tennis ball on your floors to remove unsightly scuffs. ID: 1004501 4. Organizing ornaments View this image › außerirdische sind gesund / Via Flickr: sooperkuh Use egg cartons to store your Christmas ornaments ID: 1004544 5. Removing crayon marks View this image › shutterstock.com Instead of scrubbing the walls with soap, use mayonnaise. The grease will dissolve the crayon. ID: 1005016 6. Keeping flies out of your business View this image › Via youtube.com Instead of swatting them, put cloves in cut lemons and set them around your picnic. That will keep the critters away. ID: 1005049 View this image › commons.wikimedia.org / Via commons.wikimedia.org ID: 1005115 7. Eating an ice cream cone View this image › shutterstock.com To prevent your ice cream cone from dripping (and also prevent sadness), put marshmallows at the bottom. ID: 1005138 View this image › commons.wikimedia.org ID: 1005144 8. Keeping your boots in shape View this image › smilesgowitheverything.com Put glass bottles in them to preserve the shape and keep them looking new. ID: 1005151 9. Sorting papers View this image › themetapicture.com Instead of licking your fingers, tie rubber bands around them for quick page turning. ID: 1005154 View this image › shutterstock.com ID: 1005159 10. Keeping a room smelling fresh View this image › legitfriends.tumblr.com Instead of using expensive air fresheners, sprinkle coffee grounds on newspaper and put that in your fireplace. ID: 1005171 View this image › Tom Ray / Via Flickr: tmray02 ID: 1005179 11. Ironing your collar View this image › commons.wikimedia.org Use a hair straightener to keep those collar tips looking sharp. ID: 1005187 12. Storing cords View this image › gifboom.com To keep them from getting tangled up, wrap each cord neatly on its own toilet paper tube. ID: 1005195 View this image › youtube.com ID: 1005201 Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com! More ▾ Facebook Conversations Next On State Farm®› Literally Just Use These Charts As Adulting Cheat Sheets... Next On State Farm®› How to Organize Your Bills Special Reactions Your Reaction? Sorry, but you can only react up to 3 times! Oops! It looks like you've already used that reaction on this post. REACT WITH GIF You are signed in as . I know, right? Will your friends agree? Share this Link 12 Things You Didn't Know You Were Doing Wrong https://www.buzzfeed.com/statefarm/12-things-yo... It's easy to get stuck doing something the hard way if that's what you've... Your link was successfully shared! Facebook Conversations Preview Your Response Add Your Response Text Image Video Link Title Thumbnail (Allowed HTML Tags: <a href=""> <b> <i> <em> <strong>) Title URL () Hey! This video may have privacy restrictions. Ensure that it is publicly visible to everyone. Description (Allowed HTML Tags: <a href=""> <b> <i> <em> <strong>) Title Image Link Image To (optional) Description (Allowed HTML Tags: <a href=""> <b> <i> <em> <strong>) Title Thumbnail Title Link URL Share this on Facebook (Connected as [Disconnect]) Starting soon, you'll only be able to post a comment on BuzzFeed using a Facebook account or via our app. If you have questions or thoughts, email us here. Cancel Loading... ∨ Create Full Post ∧ Create Simple Post You are signed in as Please Validate Your Email Nice Work! Thanks For Contributing! × Don't forget to share! Want to add another one? Go for it! Contributions Load More x Please enter the CAT-CHA Catcha question... Promoted Promoted by BuzzFeed Staff Sponsored Follow @StateFarm Tweets by @StateFarm Top Posts From State Farm® 12 DIY Hacks To Create Your Dream Apartment 10 Trips To Take That Will Actually Teach You Something Take This Quiz To See If You Can Win The “Adulting” Gold Medal 11 Indispensable Tips For Every New Parent 15 Feelings That Everyone Has When Moving Into A New Place Where Should You Move When You Graduate?