Life’s full of little annoyances. And taken individually, none of them are that big of a deal. But if you let them get out of control, it can get to the point where you’re encountering a teensy annoyance every couple minutes at home. And that’s going to stress you out.
So it’s worth tackling these 11 common ticks before they become full-blown, stressful problems:
You know you got home with it last night, but you need to be at work five minutes ago and your wallet is nowhere to be found. Great way to start the day, right?
Fix this common problem by creating a new habit.
All you need is a basket or ceramic bowl by the front door. As soon as you walk in, before you drop your keys, take out your wallet and put it in the bowl. After 30 days it will become second nature, and you’ll never “lose” your wallet again.
Fresh flowers in the grocery store are really enticing, but if they die within 24 hours at home, they feel like a waste of cash.
Fix this problem by adding a few drops of a sugary soda like Sprite, Sundrop or 7-Up to the vase each day. The sugar in the soda will keep the plants healthy (and alive). For more tricks to keep your flowers alive, read Prolong the Life of Fresh Flowers.
You love your pets, but sometimes they straight up stink. And once that stink gets into your carpets and furniture, it’s really tough to ignore. To fight the smell, grab some baking soda — it’s a natural odor absorber. If you know where the smell is coming from, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the area and let it sit for a couple hours. Tip: If the spot is still covered in urine or slobber, gently pat the area first.
After the baking soda has set for a few hours, vacuum it away. If you’re not sure exactly where the smell is coming from, but you know it’s pet odor, set out a couple of bowls of baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the stink and freshen the room’s scent.
Drink rings are a quick way to ruin a perfectly good table. Enter: Mayo. Real mayonnaise is the secret to getting rid of ugly drink rings. Dip a soft cloth in the fattiest mayo you can find, and then lightly rub the ring with the cloth until it’s completely covered. Allow the condiment to sit on the stain overnight. In the morning, wipe the mayonnaise away with a clean cloth. The ring should have disappeared.
If your kitchen smells funky, give your disposal the stink eye. Fix the problem by pouring 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda down the disposal, followed by the juice from a warm lemon (15 seconds in the microwave should do it). Let the concoction fizz and do its thing for about five minutes, and then run your faucet. The smell should be lemony fresh.
Single socks out of the dryer is one of life’s greatest mysteries. It happens to us all, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Before you toss your socks in the wash, place them in a lingerie bag. When you switch the load over, switch it with the bag. You’ll have pairs of freshly washed socks and a solved mystery.
A warm afternoon or dinner alfresco on the patio is a fantastic way to relax … unless wasps or bees crash your party. Then you’re going to wind up stressed and swatting at the air like a crazy person.
To keep the away, use dryer sheets. Bees and wasps hate the smell of dryer sheets, so place a few in your pockets or under cushions next time you’re spending some time outdoors. The bugs will stay away and you’ll enjoy the fresh scent.
We all need to eat, but a busy grocery store is enough to make us call for unhealthy take-out instead of buying fruits and veggies. To avoid this stressful chore, hit the shop during off-times. Basically, don’t go right after work or anytime on Sundays. A lunch break spent at the grocery store is way better than a rush hour-like experience at 6 p.m.
Few things ruin a morning faster than time spent deicing your car. If you know a cold front is coming in, cover your windshield with newspaper. The paper will catch the ice and keep your car warm, meaning you can sleep in an extra 10 minutes.
A garden with weeds is going to tighten your neck muscles every time you walk past it. To keep broadleaf weeds away, use our favorite high-alcohol booze: vodka. Combine 1 ounce of vodka with 2 cups of water and a squirt of dish soap. Using a spray bottle, spray the mixture liberally on weeds. With this trick, you don’t even need to bend over. The vodka and dish soap help remove the waxy coating on weed leaves so they dry out. Tip: Just be sure to hit the weeds and not your flowers.
Sunlight is just as damaging to dark fabric as it is to your skin. To keep your black couch looking fly, pull the blinds during the brightest part of the day. Or, try layering your furniture with a blanket where the sun shines.
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