Some types of hacking are good!
Alongside advanced technology throughout the world, came new types crime, such as identity theft, electronic wire fraud, and computer hacking. Most people know what it’s like to log into Facebook only to learn that someone has hacked their accounts. This gives hacking a bad name, for sure.
I have a friend who works as a professional hacker, however, so not all hacking is bad. This particular person’s job involves hacking into the computer systems of large companies in order to identify their system weaknesses, then provide options for improving security. The idea is that if he can hack into the system, so can the bad guys. Companies hire their own hackers to keep other hackers from getting their stuff.
This post is meant to provide you with ‘good’ hacks – life hacks, to be specific. Life hacking is a phrase that’s been coined for super cool ideas that add convenience, or ways to save money or time to your life. I scoured the internet to create a Top Five list here at Hot Mess Anonymous. While there are myriad life hack ideas available, I chose only the ones I personally would consider using.
Most of these life hacks can be implemented using staple items you likely have lying around your house. Others may involve an inexpensive purchase of some sort, but, over the long haul, would theoretically be worth the time, effort and money you invested at the start.
We’d love for you to help us add to this list of life hacks by leaving more ideas in the comments! For now, here’s my vote for the Top Five life hacks of the day:
Plate protection on the move: Are you getting ready to move to a new home? An easy way to protect your plates during the move is to stack them inside your packing box with a foam plate on top of every breakable plate. This helps create a nice buffer that prevents plates from clanging against each other in the box. I liked this idea because it seems simpler than wrapping each plate in newspaper or cloth.
Super cheap carpet stain remover: Shaving cream is apparently a great carpet stain remover. You squirt some on the stain and gently rub it in a bit. Let it sit until dry, or overnight, then vacuum it up. Supposedly, the stain will disappear.
No need to toss your favorite sweater: Who doesn’t hate when a favorite sweater becomes covered in those little fiber ‘pill’ balls? I’d bet I am not the only person who has at least one sweater hanging in the back of a closet that is too ‘pilly‘ to wear but kept there, just in case I figure out a way to make it look nice again. This is definitely a life hack I plan to try! The idea is to use to a razor to shave those pesky little pill balls right off your sweater and out of your life. Caution is obviously the name of this game, so you don’t ruin the fabric or wind up in the emergency room.
Keep sneakers dry and odor free: As a mom with six of 10 kids still at home, I just might require at least several, specific unnamed people to try this life hack! The claim is that by stuffing wads of newspaper or pages from a magazine into sneakers, it absorbs moisture to keep the shoes dry and gets rid of odors. Anyone who has ever spent a car ride with a bunch of kids saying, “What IS that smell?” to receive a response similar to, “So and so took his shoes off” will likely be next in line behind me to check the validity of this life hack.
Optimize a Google search: This hack was recently shared with me by a coworker and, if I had listed these hacks in order of greatness, this would be number one! It literally changed my life inasmuch as saving me time, increasing productivity and alleviating frustration on the job is concerned. If you are looking for a source article within a particular time frame, you can open a general Google search page, then click the ‘tools’ icon. When the next page opens, select ‘any time,’ then choose the ‘customized’ option. You can now enter a specific time range to optimize your search! I know, right? You’re welcome!
May this last graph serve as a disclaimer that I have not tried any of these life hacks (except that last one, which I tried within 10 seconds of learning about it) nor am I officially recommending that you try them. I’m just sharing five ideas that I thought sounded like great life hacks and would love to know if you try one or more of them at some point. Drop a line in the comments and let us know or give us some additional life hack ideas!
Writer Bio: Judy Dudich
Judy Dudich resides in the beautiful woods of Pennsylvania, where 24 acres of land and a home-office provide the perfect setting for her children’s home-education and her own homesteading and business ventures. Life is full of blessings (and challenges!) for Judy, as a wife, mother of 10 and Grammy to six. She is a published author, whose book, “I Surrender/A Study Guide for Women” continues to encourage and support others in Christian family lifestyles throughout the world. Judy has also previously worked in the online speaking circuit. Her passion for permaculture, re-purposing, foraging and organic gardening fills her days with learning and adventure that she loves to share.