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I use an IVAR side panel from IKEA (any similar thing, for example a small ladder, or screwing together a few wooden bars yourself will do as well). Lean it agains a wall at a slight angle and throw clothes over the horizontal bars. Done. Stands almost entirely flat against the wall if you don't use it, comes in different sizes, is cheap and most people who ...


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If you are looking to save money and go the easiest route, I would purchase a sleep mask. Years ago I worked the night shift for a few years and couldn't find any curtain that would truly make it seem like "night time". This is the only thing that worked for me. It may take a few nights to get adjusted but there are so many out there, that I am sure you ...


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When I was a kid there was a bad heat wave and we used aluminum foil on the windows to keep the sun out. I don't know exactly what you mean by "do anything to my windows" but with a few cents worth of foil, you can make sure no light gets through.


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Put the alarm clock on the other side of the room so you have to physically get up out of bed and turn it off. If the device you use for an alarm clock supports multiple alarms also set another alarm to go off at one minute after the main target time so if you do just turn it off and go back to bed you will have to get up again more or less straightaway.


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Get an exterminator/pest control expert, especially if you are living close to other people. It is not just your problem if your natural remedy doesn't work, it is their problem too. The only effective way to stop an infestation is to attack it as strongly as possible as quickly as possible. This is not something you should try to lifehack your way out of.


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I always install a hanging rod or hook in the laundry area for just this occasion. They're great for hanging those damp towels you'd use again if the occasion arises, or that out-and-about shirt you just threw on to run to the corner grocery… but seems wasteful to throw in the laundry if you may need it again shortly. The advantage of using the ...


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You can use clothes hanging wall mount inside your wardrobe door. I do the same thing with my two wardrobe. You can use both the doors according to your need. You can buy this kind of wall mount which is easy to remove from your wardrobe. If you want to permanently use the wall mount then use this kind of wall mounts. Now, the below image shows how to ...


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The priceless component in this operation is a simple plug timer: The price on these can go from anywhere from $5 for simple rotary models to $30 for high end digital models. The fun part is that you can plug just about anything into them and have it turn on when you're ready to wake up in the morning. Some things you may already have at home that can ...


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Obviously you do wake up and you are already in such a good shape that you manage to hit the snooze button (and not the finally-off button). So you might also realize that there is not yet an absolute need to get up immediately but you can post-pone this to some minutes later without much of a risk. So that exactly is where your issue is. You need to pull ...


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There are "vibrating watches" for this. They're wristwatches that vibrate when your alarm goes off. Or take wireless headphone (earplug) for using it with your phone. Good luck for that :)


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There are large paper blackout shades (see example on Amazon) that block out all the light on the window's I've used them on. They are a bit like giant sticky notes, with a sticky end that attached to the ceiling or window frame. During the day, when you want light, you use small plastic clips to gather up the extra paper material which lets light in. They ...


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Use 12 alarm clocks, each one ringing 5 seconds after the previous one, and each one being further away than the last. This way, you would have to get up, walk over, shut off, go to bed, immediately get up, walk over, shut off, go to bed, immediately get up, walk over, shut off, etc. until you get to the point where the next one rings before you even get to ...


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Ah, this is an age-old question! In times of yore, folks would use a bed warmer to hold hot coals with which to quickly heat their beds. Hot coals are generally useful things to have around; you may remember them from such well-received answers as what is the fastest way to toast bread and the upcoming "How do I quickly obtain a delicious steak at 3AM?" ...


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this will sound ridiculous, but bear with me.When I have a specific time that I HAVE to wake up at (say for a flight or train), before I go to bed I will repeat to myself "I need to wake up at 6:30" about ten or fifteen times and it may not wake me up right at that time, but I will generally wake up within about +/- 15 minutes of the intended time. I ...


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I use a clothes tree in the corner of my bedroom. It might also be called a coat tree or coat rack. I guess that it is still as ugly as "the chair", but it takes up less room.


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Keeping cool: Main reason of feeling warm is not with the heat but with humidity. Keep a cold water bowl, may be flower pool in your room where air circulates. Also your pour the ice water in a tray and keep near the window. It sucks the heat when it evaporates. Here We can use any book or sheet for blowing air like hand fan, this makes the process fast. ...


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Safety pins, invented by Walter Hunt in 1849, are one of many tools that exist for attaching soft things to other soft things without slipping or doing significant damage. Since you also desire to attach a soft thing to another soft thing, these could work for you. When placing the pins either orient them along the lines of force with the hooks at the ...


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I had an eye surgery a while back and needed to black out a room under similar conditions. Though in my case it was the morning sun I was trying to black out. I have tried 2 methods. Foil/Paper Do you care if its visible from the outside? I used tin foil taped directly on the window. Blacked out completely. However, people will notice the crazy person ...


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Use E-book. While costly, this is by far the simplest solution. E-book media can generate enough light for you to read, but be dim enough for your wife to not be disturbed. This also allows you to control where light goes(you can turn screen back from her), as well as read book without generating too much noise(touch screen is silent, paper isn't).


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Check emails and / or Facebook as soon as the alarm rings. We all have an urge to read the unread messages or look for notifications. This makes you read. Once you read, your mind wakes up... And it seems boring to go back to sleep as the mind is already awake and you can't sleep again, but just lying with eyes closed. Eventually, you just want to leave the ...


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The goal here is to make yourself wake up before you can turn off the alarm. There are a lot of ways to do that, one of which has already been suggested. Move the alarm clock across the room. This is simple but may not be effective enough for you. Buy a new alarm clock with an annoyance feature built in. There are alarm clocks that require you shoot a ...


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I put worn-once-but-not-dirty back in the wardrobe but change the direction of the hanger hooks so that they can be immediately identified as "half-way." Facing forward vs. facing backward. In addition, the left-half of the wardrobe is "reserved" for these articles. Once worn hoodies, sweaters, and folded outer-wear sits on the shelf above hanging clothes. ...


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Heat, cold, and diatomaceous earth all kill bedbugs. Cold -- I've successfully rid a home of bedbugs by turning off the water, blowing out the pipes, pouring antifreeze in toilets, tanks, and u-traps, then opening the windows in January to let the house freeze (this in a northern climate). Temperatures in the house hovered between -20F and 40F for two ...


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I also faced similar problem when I was in Rajasthan last year. You can use following tips to make your life a bit easier: Do whatever you can to prevent excessive heat build-up in your room. During the hot daytime use blinds to keep out sunlight and keep the windows closed if the temperature outside is much hotter than inside. At night time, if the ...


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I found standard cylindrical earplugs are prone to falling out because they are too long: they protrude from the ear, so every time you move your head on the pillow, the earplugs are pushed sideways. I solved this by cutting them in half, making 2 short cylinders. Note: this works well in my case. If you roll up the earplug and insert it completely into ...


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You could compare it with the size of something that has a standard size. For example a CD/DVD is 120mm, so you could count how many times you can flip one over along an edge and get a rough measurement.


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In case anyone doesn't have the budget for a suitable bedrail, cheaper alternatives are: Buy a couple of swimming pool noodles and put them along the edges of the bed under the sheet. The sheet does need to be a fitted one (and fairly tight fitting) to hold them in place but it works well. Put pillows or a rolled up duvet on the floor - rather than ...


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There's still a chance of ruining your bedding, if you have health problems (or poor control), but drink a significant amount of liquid just before bed time. Your bladder will very insistently wake you in the morning. This will probably take some trial and error to get the timing and amount just right and avoid waking up too early or late, but as long as ...


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