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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

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 ...
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How can I (painlessly) add or remove keys to my key ring?

I have generally used two methods for removing keys from keychains: Staple-Remover Method Since staple removers have sharp, thin teeth, simply place the sharp points between the keychain rings and ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

The trick of how to kill flies is the approach rather than the item used. Flies have nearly 360 degree vision, so sneaking won't help. First, wait for them to land somewhere that you can strike ...
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Stop car doors from slamming against wall inside my garage

Install pool noodles to your wall. Or use pipe insulation.
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

Usually jars with stiff lids are fresh from the store and have been packed with the contents under lower pressure than the outside air i.e a vacuum. This pressure difference can increase the ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

You can wear rubber gloves and open it; usually, the extra grip helps. Run hot water over the lid. The heat will make the lid expand temporarily and it'll be easier to open. Put the lid on hot water (...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Very few if any closets open inward -- which means the hinges will have their pins on the accessible side. Just drive the pins out of the hinges, and the entire door can be pulled out of the frame (...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

Hang out your laundry to line dry in your house rather than putting it in the dryer. This will release a lot of moisture into the air. Depending on how often you wash your clothes, this may be enough. ...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

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 ...
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Killing a mosquito is easy (as you can see in the other answers). Finding it is the hard part. This is the easiest way I've found of locating a mosquito. You need 2 light sources: a small lamp that ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

'Traditional' humidifiers look like this: It's just a ceramic container with a hook that hangs over the radiator. Fill it with water, and the water evaporates as the radiator heats it. You can ...
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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?

Set the time on an electric clock that uses household current Most households today have a microwave. This has a clock you can set. On nearly all of these the clock rolls back to 12:00 and flashes ...
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Stop car doors from slamming against wall inside my garage

Ask your passenger to get out of the car before you park the car. This also leaves you free to park it right next to the wall. For the passenger, this has the advantage they can open the door to its ...
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How can I apply and maintain pressure when mounting a mirror on a door?

I'm assuming this is an interior door.... Take the door off the hinges. Lay the door on the floor. Place the mirror on the door. Place old books/newspapers/weights/cans of soup/etc... so that you don'...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

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 ...
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Which is the best lure to use on a mousetrap?

Peanut butter is the best because they can't remove it from the trap: they have to crawl up there and WHAM they're gone. Needless to say, position the trap along the wall or wherever else they ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

First of all, make your job easier. Open the blinds/curtains at a window or turn on a single light to attract them to land on a smaller area. When closing in on them with your tool of choice, come in ...
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How can I effectively black out my room for sleeping, cheaply and such that I can still open the curtains during the day?

An also very easy, cheap and quick solution could be using aluminium foil. Just stick it in front of your windows and your room should be blacked out perfectly!
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Stop keyboard wobble due to uneven desk

This is happening because there is a gap of space between a corner of your keyboard and the desk. Your goal, as you may have guessed, is to remove this gap. A general solution is to look around you ...
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How to remove screws with stripped heads?

Try placing a rubber band between the head of the screw and the screwdriver. This usually helps increase friction.
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Best way to know if somebody has broken into my room without camera

I've seen some people close little slips of paper in the doorframe (hinge and/or handle sides) that would fall when the door is opened, and/or stack boxes against the outside of the door in what ...
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How can I (painlessly) add or remove keys to my key ring?

I end up using the key I want to put on the keyring. I slide the cuts of the key into the groove, opening it. Then, I keep pushing until the entire blade is in the keyring. I then rotate the key ...
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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

Soak the papers with ordinary water and immediately crumple and squeeze them to compact lumps. Nobody is ever going to read those again! This method doesn't take a lot of time and does not involve ...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

I have added notches to the side of the key head in the past. One of the advantages to using this method is that you can find the correct key in the dark. Start with this: Take a file to the edge of ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Pasta burns alright, so you can use some non-cooked spaghetti noodles to reach those hard to reach candles.
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How to wake up without waking up other people in the same room

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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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

You can put many houseplants in the room, they will increase the humidity naturally. Take some pots with plants which have big leaves. Some examples: Fern Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Additional ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

This is what I use: Make fly strips. Take a sticky tape, usually duct tape and stick it together to form double sided tape. Now hang it around, you can attach pieces of food to attract even more ...
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How to cover nail holes effectively and inexpensively?

Toothpaste Advantages: You probably already have it. A nail hole filled with toothpaste looks less obvious than a nail hole from a distance Very life-hacky, in that special "I remember being a ...
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