1. Putting hand sanitizer on bug bites.
It’s the most glorious feeling and it works better than any itch spray!
2. Putting a piece of duct tape on your bike seat so people won’t steal it.
Who wants to try and sell a potentially ripped bike seat, let alone buy one.
3. Percussive Maintenance
Banging or hitting things until they work is a commonly observed phenomenon. NASA got their Apollo 12 camera working again by hitting it with a hammer, and fixed their Mars Lander with a shovel.
4. Placebo Effect
Not just the placebo effect, but knowing it’s a placebo and it still works.
5. Low Hanging Fruit First
I make a to-do list of 3 or 4 things that are just mind-numbingly simple. I knock them out, cross them off, feel productive, and feel motivated to hammer out the tougher pieces.
6. Non-Static Clothing
Living in a dry climate, static cling was always a problem. I really dislike fabric softeners for multiple reasons, but this trick solved the problem.
Take an old cloth (mine is a cloth napkin) and pin 7-10 big safety pins to it. Just toss it in the dryer with your clothes. The safety pins hit the sides of the dryer, continually grounding your laundry.
7. Suburban Cooling
On hot days, our neighbor turns on his lawn sprinkler and sits next to it in a lawn chair in his bathing suit.
8. Old School Cool
Stay at least a year behind in technology and gaming. Better, yet, two. You’ll save a ton of money.
Putting a few ice cubes in the dryer with a garment that needs ironing. 15 minutes later you have a wrinkle free item of clothing with extra time free to spend on other things.
10. It Was Really ‘Your’ Idea
Convincing someone that it was their idea to finally get them to agree to it. It works at an incredible success rate.
11. Jewelry Trick
My aunt puts her expensive jewelry in a zip lock bag, and her cheap jewelry in the jewelry boxes.
She apparently had a lot of her jewelry stolen in the past by family. She now only has the cheap stuff stolen.