Questions tagged [efficiency]

Hacks related to reducing the [time], materials, or energy needed to accomplish a task.

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Finding a gold ring lost in the lawn

How do I find my gold ring which is lost inside the grass in my garden? Please tell me an easy way to find my ring quickly.
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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

I have a lot of letters which I would like to throw away. But for security and privacy reasons I will always tear it with my hands, one by one. It tends to get tiring with the monotonous work. So I ...
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How to find a hole in a bicycle tire tube quickly

The tube inside by bicycle tire (inner-tube) got a hole and now I can't ride the bike. It isn't a big hole, so I am going to repair it myself. The only problem is that it takes an extremely long time ...
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How to peel an orange?

I love oranges. They are very juicy and I really like its flavour. The problem is that I don't know how to peel them efficiently and every time I struggle to peel them well. When I do it, I usually ...
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How to remove creases from my shirts without ironing?

We've all had the problem, you need that one dress shirt you own, but it is full of creases because you stuffed it all the way in the back of your closet. No way i am going to iron them, it takes way ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

I was fixing my laptop, and as you may know, laptops have a lot of small screws to take out when you are fixing it. One of the screws fell into the floor (the floor has carpet on it), and I was unable ...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

At work I am sitting in front of a conference room which has lots of glass wall. It is always very bright and it makes my computer display look like a mirror. I tried playing with my display setting ...
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What is the most efficient way to fold a map?

When I'm sightseeing I usually like to get a printed map of the city. It is often more useful than a digital map since I usually don't have an Internet connection abroad, besides occasional Wi-Fi, and ...
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How to swim before work (wet towel and clothes problem)?

I like to swim on an almost daily basis, just before going to work. So first I go by bicycle to the swimming pool, swim, and then go by bike to the office. For what it's worth, choosing the best way: ...
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How do I apply cold solid spreads (butter/cheese) evenly on breads/sandwiches in a short time?

There are some situations where I struggle to apply cold solid butter, which is hard to spread on breads/sandwiches. I usually cut it in small pieces, put it between the pieces of bread and microwave ...
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How to quickly cure hiccups

Hiccups are the worst. Whenever I get them, I get them bad. I usually hiccup constantly for 30 minutes to an hour, distracting me and my family. I've heard of tons of ways to get rid of them like take ...
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How to quickly peel a bag of potatoes

There have been several times that I have had to make a huge potato salad or a lot of mashed potatoes in a short amount of time. I usually have to use an entire bag of potatoes (I have a big family). ...
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How to quickly whiten teeth

I need a way to whiten my teeth quickly. I've used white strips before, but I didn't really like them as they didn't work well. I've also used whitening toothpaste, but those usually take over 2 weeks ...
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How to quickly remove a splinter

Whenever I get a splinter, I have trouble getting it out. I pinch and pull at it. I bite it. I usually can't get it out for a while. When I can't get it out, it hurts to put pressure on the spot ...
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How to stop snow from sticking to the shovel

It has been snowing a lot lately and I don't have a snow blower, so I have to shovel. Every time I shovel a row of snow, some of it gets stuck and I have to waste time banging it on the ground. This ...
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How can I maximize my refrigerator space when storing so many foods?

Are there any lifehacks where I can maximized the space or capacity of my refrigerator so it can store foods? This question specifically points to the body part of the refrigerator and it focuses on ...
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How to avoid losing keys/phone/wallet? [closed]

I constantly lose my keys, phone and wallet. I tend to leave them inside the car, house, bathroom, public places, etc. It costs me a lot of valuable time plus increases my stress levels. Any tips on ...
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What's the most time efficient way to completely clean teeth?

Properly cleaning our teeth is very important for our health. On the other hand it's annoying having to spend so much time doing it. What's the most time efficient way to properly clean one's teeth?
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How do I separate multiple 5-gallon buckets efficiently?

Related to How do I separate 2 drinking glasses that are stuck?, but also quite different. Sometimes I have some plastic five gallon buckets stacked up (usually 2 or 3, sometimes 4) for storage, and ...
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How can I clean my car headlights?

My car is getting rather old and it's headlights are foggy and dirty. How can I possibly clean them to be as close to new as possible? The image above is what I'm chasing. EDIT: I know of the ...
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Finding a gold ring lost in the house

How can I find a gold ring lost in my bedroom, kitchen, or living room? I've already read this question, but it seems that many of the answers given there wouldn't apply to a search inside. It was ...
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How to remove printed labels from the backing easily?

I have just spent the best part of 10 minutes trying to peel away the back of a double sided sticky tape like sticker (specifically a label just printed from a label printer) and I thought that there ...
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How to decrease hold time for customer service calls? [closed]

As I type this question I've been on hold with Bank of America for over a half an hour. I'm looking for a way to make my wait time shorter in the future by either: Changing my own behavior within the ...
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How to empty a sponge of its soap?

Whenever I use a sponge and any soap-like product to clean a surface, I get the unfortunate effect that the sponge seems to always be full of that product afterwise. I can repeat dozens of "fill with ...
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How can I make flying insects leave?

We've probably all been there. You're trying to concentrate when there suddenly... bzzzzzzt you look around and carry on... bzzzzzzt [10ms pause] bzzzzzzzzzt. You decide to get up to check what's ...
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How to save the water wasted while waiting for the shower to heat up?

It takes about 30 to 45 seconds for my shower to heat up. A lot of perfectly good water goes down the drain while I wait for the water to get up to temperature. Rather than letting this water go to ...
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How to vacuum stairs with minimal effort?

This is related to How to vacuum room with minimal amount of effort? but specifically aimed at vacuuming stairs. I recently moved to a two-story house after being in single-story houses for a while. ...
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Dispose of sensitive paperwork

Over several months I have accumulated a stack of mail that I need to dispose of. I have a shredder, but it can only run for a few minutes before needing to cool down and it would take hours to shred ...
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What is the best way to open letter envelopes?

I have a stack of incoming mail containing envelopes of various sizes and shapes. What is the quickest, easiest way to extract the contents? My current technique is to give each envelope a quick ...
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How can I shower without a towel?

It keeps happening. I take a shower, then discover that I had put my towel in the laundry. Or all my towels are dirty, and I'm reluctant to shower because I don't have a towel (hygiene issue...). Or ...
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How to make Ice melt slower?

I am making a cool air equipment on a bucket with a fan above the closed bucket lid. The problem is that the ice on the bottom of the bucket (kept in a packet/bottle) melts faster. I tried using salt ...
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Easy way to scan a book

I want to scan a book which has more than 1000 pages, but I don't want to turn every single page in the book. Is there any easier way to scan the entire book without having to turn all the pages by ...
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How can I get single portion size amount of sprouts per day, with minimum attention?

For example some seeds (such as lentil seeds) require humid environment and washing ~2 times a day to sprout. How can I get a small portion of sprouts every day, with minimum attention (I'm not around ...
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Efficient cheap way to make a door top which is glass material blurr for outsiders which prevents peeping

I live in a room where there is a transparent glass covered slot (above the door ) , i want to cover it up but I don't want to opaque it completely as it is the only way it wakes me up in the morning ...
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Wallet won't close because there's too much money in it

I know carrying around this much cash is not a good idea and it is better to use card instead but is there a hack to close a wallet full of cash so it could fit in my pockets?
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What is the quickest way to de-carbonate a drink

I prefer a lot of fizzy drinks when they have gone flat. What is the most efficient way to decarbonate them? I've repeatedly shaken and opened bottles, left caps off, stirred, but I wonder if there's ...
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Fast and Easy way to put-on pants (that need a belt)

Problem: I get a lot of people dressed and when I do most of them wear belts. I usually have to put the belts on myself, but my arm span sometimes doesn't cover their waist so I have to dodge around ...
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How should I deal with boxes for appliances?

I have many cardboard boxes of odd sizes for my two computer monitors, speakers, laptop, coffee maker, steamer, sampler, printer etc. because I usually move every year and like to keep the packaging ...
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How can I efficiently plant seeds in my garden without placing them by hand?

When planting seeds, you're supposed to put each seed with a certain amount of space in-between each seed. I have trouble with this a lot, because my hands are so big, and the seeds are so small, ...
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How to keep Super Glue tip tube clear

How do you keep a Super Glue tip tube clear so the lid is not always glued on, or it clogs? Has anyone tried a toothpick? But even they seem too large and will just get stuck as well! I keep it ...
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Jury-rig a walker for outdoor activity that might involve reaching

TL;DR: I want to aide my mobility-limited father in modifying his walker, so it still provides some stabilty and support even when he momentarily removes his hands from it. Backstory My father is ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

What are some ways to protect the ends of a USB mini 2.0 charging cable (or other thin insulated wire) tearing up? Anytime the electrical outlet is at a height greater than the device it is attached ...
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How to keep my glasses clean from getting marks

It is really annoying to keep taking reading/driving glasses off to clean them and put them back on to know there is a new spot or new spot appear and there is at least one tissue going to waste every ...
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Sharing grocery costs and responsibility

I've just started living with a partner for the first time and we share all our food shopping. I am constantly finding myself not knowing what food is in the cupboard (when at the shop) and who owes ...
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How to iron clothes at high temperature setting?

I have observed if I iron clothes at higher temperature setting, it fades away the color of my clothes. But if I lower the temperature then, it doesn't iron the clothes well and it takes more time to ...
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How to extend the lifetime of a rechargeable battery?

Telephones sometimes don't have a replaceable battery, so how do you extend the life and ability to hold a charge of a rechargeable battery in one?
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Getting the stringy stuff off a clementine / tangerine easily?

I have a clementine or tangerine (not sure which but does not matter), I hate to eat the stringy stuff that covers the segments so I spend valuable time peeling it off. Is there a quick way to do ...
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How to wash without running water

I normally have running water from the City - today, the water main broke, meaning I have no running water for the foreseeable next couple of days - I am looking for lifehacks regarding how to clean ...
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What's a great way to store knives for me?

My situation: I have accumulated high-quality purpose-made knives which are difficult to store due to several factors: I have more than a few (23), and some (7) that I use quite often. I want them to ...
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How to draw geometric shapes without instruments or objects?

How to draw circles , ellipses , parabolas , squares and all other geometric shapes efficiently without instruments or objects? Often the symmetry of the shapes gets messed up while drawing free-hand. ...