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Life hacking for the new year

I’m loving all these life hacks and clever tips to help us in the new year. If you’re not familiar with life hacking, it refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency. I used to think that was just getting eight hours of sleep, but apparently there are many more tricks of the trade …

For instance, use frozen grapes to chill your wine. And beeswax to waterproof your shoes. Put a wooden spoon across a boiling pot of water to keep it from boiling over, and use Doritos for kindling to start a fire (for a bonfire, use the Fiery Habanero flavor, I’m guessing).

If you don’t have a corkscrew, hammer a nail into the cork and then use the nail remover on your hammer to pull it out. Or if you’re in a hurry, just hit the bottle with the hammer. Then pair it with the walnuts you rubbed on your damaged wooden furniture to cover up the dings. This makes for one productive happy hour.

Turn on your seat warmer on the passenger side to keep pizza hot while driving home. And I would think with the newer cars, you could fry an egg over there. Or at the very least, heat up your coffee during carpool.

Take pictures of friends holding items you’ve lent them with your iPhone, so you’ll remember it down the road. Or, my idea is to take pictures of friends holding something they own that you’d really like to have, and then later convince them that it belonged to you.

They say you can clean out an old suntan lotion bottle and put your phone, money and keys in it for safer keeping at the beach. I was thinking this was risky, as lotion gets left in the sand or passed around the pool. But I suppose if that happened, you could just call it.

Use half a pool noodle taped to the wall to protect your car door from slamming against the garage wall. I thought that’s what the kids’ bikes were for, but whatever.

And if you have an ant problem, spread cinnamon across the paths of where they’re entering the rooms; they’ll avoid it like the plague. Then all you’ll have is a cinnamon problem.

To upgrade your doors to a furniture-like status, upholster a door in fabric and trim. Unless you have a cat. Or you don’t want your living room to look like the inside of Jeannie’s bottle. And if you accidentally close a tab, Ctrl+Shift+t reopens it. But this doesn’t work on a Coke.

This last one says if you’re having trouble sleeping, try blinking your eyes really fast for a minute, because tired eyes help you fall asleep quicker. This one’s totally lame, because I’m sitting here blinking my eyes really fast and nothing’s hap …