Despite the scary word “hack” in their name, life hacks are genuinely useful and do not require any type of actual technology hacking to function. Life hacks are useful and feasible by almost anybody, including children, because they save time and free up (or even create) space, and because they take minimal effort and the simplest of things to function.
Kids learn faster from first-hand experience of life hacks when they are properly supervised by their parents. “Involving your child in mind-stimulating activities, as well as providing support to meet his optimal needs,” says Dr. Robert Lehman of Pediatric Affiliates of Hampton Roads, “results in more positive outcomes, including greater school success, healthier behaviour, and improved family relationships.”
Here are just a handful of the many handy life hacks you may employ with your children around the house for added convenience:
1. Hang your accessories on a hanger.
Make the most of any extra hangers by hanging up your children’s accessories as well as your own. Watches, necklaces, eyewear, and even electrical electronics such as headphones can be hung from them for faster access and less bother. Put an extra carabiner in there as well, and your kids will be able to hang up smaller items like ponytail bands and rings.
2. Use cardboard cutouts to fold clothes.
With a few cardboard cutouts, you can actually save your kids the trouble of yanking off their garments with reckless abandon, as well as saving yourself the trouble of reorganising the subsequent mess. Fold the garments around the cuts and stack them vertically to make it easier for your youngsters to pull them out.
3. Use a seat belt buckle to open bottles.
Road travels with children, by definition, necessitate frequent stops for petrol and food. If your children purchase beverages with bottle caps, you can use the seatbelt buckles in your car as instant bottle openers.
4. Use an old belt to wrap books.
Those with children who enjoy carrying books on road trips can keep their hardbound treasures from fighting with their clothing by wrapping and buckling an old belt around them. This makes storing easier and safer, and it may save your children’s books from undue wear and tear.
5. Use Smarties tubes to store cords.
Never throw away your children’s Smarties tubes since they can be used to hold charger wires and even earphones. Reusing them enables for safe storage in small spaces like travel bags and pants pockets.
6. Condiment shakers can be recycled into glitter or a pet food dispenser.
Recycling your outdated condiment shakers kills two birds with one stone. You will not only clear up room in your cabinet, but you will also provide your children with additional mess-free entertainment. Young artists can use them to make glitter and confetti-based art decorations, while individuals who have small pets, such as hamsters or goldfish, can use them as pet food containers.
7. Use a slice of bread to pick up shards of glass.
Children are clumsy. They always seem to break stuff around them for some reason. Mopping up the shards with a slice of bread will assist them in cleaning up the broken glasses. The shards will easily adhere to it, assisting you and your children in cleaning up any small bits. Of course, your children’s safety should always be your top priority, so don’t forget to put some gloves on their hands when assisting them in cleaning up a disaster like this.
8. Hang essential notices on the door.
Posting reminders on the front door can help your children recall whatever they may have forgotten to do or bring before leaving the house. They’ll be able to spot the notes and complete a brief recap before leaving the house this way. But make sure they leave the house through the front door.
9. Use a straw to prevent a knotted necklace.
Use plastic straws for your children’s accessories, such as necklaces, to keep them from learning the hard way what a Gordian knot is. When storing necklace chains in dressers, put one end of the chain inside a straw to keep it from wrapping itself up.
10. Use a dab of toothpaste to remove scratches.
If your children have accidentally scratched glass surfaces, such as mobile device screens, assist them by dabbing some toothpaste onto it. When you wipe away the toothpaste to see that the scratch has vanished, you’ll amaze them with a sort of magic trick.
11. Keep a waste bag on hand at all times.
Remember to carry extra rubbish bags in your luggage to act as impromptu raincoats for both you and your luggage in the event of a sudden rainstorm. This will also keep your children dry if they are walking home from school in the rain without an umbrella.
12. Tie sock pairs together to keep them from separating during laundry.
Instead of informing your children about the myth of the sock-eating washing machine or dresser, tie their socks together before washing or storing them to keep them from separating and disappearing.
13. Make use of pump bottles as paint dispensers.
Recycle those pump bottles and empty ketchup containers to make art and games more convenient. Filling them with paint allows your children to replace their paint palettes in a less messy manner. Filling them with water, on the other hand, transforms them into refilling stations during water balloon wars.
14. Use bread clips to label luggage.
During a road trip, help your kids discover their luggage bags by putting any details like “Mary-Clothes” or “Jim-Tools” on colour-coded bread clips for simple, convenient labelling. One thing is certain: those bags will contain anything but bread.
15. Make a baggage lock out of a paperclip.
Nowadays, it’s difficult to know when it’s safe to wander around with luggage. Lock the zippers together using a paperclip to keep snoopy hands from stealing anything from your family’s baggage bags. Someone attempting to open your bags while you are on the move will have a more difficult time doing it.
16. Use toothpaste to remove glassware rings.
Children can’t help but bring cold beverages with them into the living room or to the computer desk. Apply toothpaste with a moist towel to help them remove any unattractive water rings left on the tabletops by their drinks. Reuse coffee cups to create a paint and brush holder in one.
Recycling those plastic cups with dome-shaped lids can make arts and crafts much more convenient for your youngsters (like the ones usually found in coffee shops). They can be used as paint cups, paint brush holders, and paint brush filters all at the same time!
18. Cover your hands with plastic cups.
Put an end to your worries about sparkles doing more harm than good on New Year’s Eve by punching holes in plastic cups and using them to protect your children’s hands. This way, they can hold as many sparklers as they like without worrying about hurting their fingertips!
19. Use transparent nail polish to make waterproof written labels.
Clear nail polish can be used to waterproof your children’s possessions’ labels. This is especially useful in spaces where water tends to travel everywhere, such as the bathroom. Labeling their toothbrushes or prescription bottles before waterproofing them makes life easier for both of you.
These life hacks will not only make things easier around the house, but they will also help your children become more productive and creative. Children do learn by example. Share these tips and methods with them to become the coolest parent ever.