Our top ten life hacks for the home

We love finding new ways to solve life's problems, so we've been working on collecting a range of tips and tricks that make life that little bit easier at home.
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We've collated 10 life hack tips you can try at home.

10) At number ten we have the humble, yet surprisingly handy, tennis ball. Piles of post forever getting muddled or misplaced? Just cut a slit into an old tennis ball and hey presto, an instant letter holder!

9) Number nine is a holiday tip. We’ve all experienced the difficulty of trying to find our bags on the luggage carousel. To make things easier, simply tie a bright piece of ribbon round the handles of your suitcase – it’ll make it instantly recognisable and really easy to spot amongst that sea of grey and black baggage.

8) Tip eight is a great little storage trick. Having problems with clothes slipping off their hangers? Just wrap a couple of elastic bands around the end of each hanger and you’ll have no more issues.

7) Life hack number seven is ideal for those of us who are little on the clumsy side. Ever hit your thumb with a hammer? Next time you need to nail something into your wall, use a clothes peg to hold the nail in place whilst hammering. Say goodbye to those bruises for good!

6) In at number six is this handy tip for keeping your keys organised. Find it hard to differentiate between your keys? Simply paint the ends of them with different coloured nail varnishes and you’ll never have this problem again!

5) Number five is perfect for technology fiends. Loose cables constantly getting tangled? Simply wrap them up and place the individual cables inside loo rolls. Instant tidying and no more knotted wires – perfect!

4) Tip four may seem to be more of a summer tip, but it can be used at any outdoor event, at any time of the year. Want to stop creepy crawlies from getting into your drink? Grab some fairy cake cases, pop some straws through them and place them over the top of your glasses. Voila – the perfect bug defence!

3) Our third most popular life hack is perfect for those on a budget. Favourite pair of jeans got a zip that won’t stay up anymore? Attach a key ring to the zip, pull it up and loop it over the button. That’s it – no more problems.

2) At number two we have the ideal tip for our gadget-filled world. Want a secure stand for your smart phone? Simply grab an old cassette case, open it up and there you go – the perfect holder for your mobile.

1) And at number one, your favourite life hack is a simple D.I.Y. tip. Need to remove a stripped screw? Place an elastic band over the head of the screw and then use your screwdriver as normal. Simple but effective!

So there you have it – our top ten life hack tips as chosen by you! Got some tricks that you think are even more useful? Head over to our Facebook page and tell us all about them!

(First published 16th October 2013)

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