Coolbeans Life Hacks #2

In 2017, I wrote a post with 4 tried and true life hacks. Today, I am here to give you 5 more. Recently, life hacks on Instagram and YouTube have gotten a bad rap because some people/companies (*cough* TroomTroom *cough*) don’t seem to understand what a life hack is. They’re supposed to make little aspects of life simpler. So rest assured, I am here to do that for you.

1. Pre-stretch hair elastics

On my left wrist, I always have two hair elastics. Once in a while, one will snap or stretch out far too much, so I’ll need a new one. But if you’re also a user to hair elastics, you’ll also know that new elastics can be too stiff. My wrist will have red marks for days, and looping my hair twice can be a bit of a struggle. So to combat this, I take two or three hair elastics, and I stretch them out on a bottle of some sort so that when I do need a new one, it’s not as tight and stiff. It’s like breaking them in!

soap pump with hair elastic around it.

2. Use Internet Explorer to stream things illegally

Internet Explorer may be known for being lame, but it’s got one use: it has the best pop-up blockers. I stream a lot of TV illegally, and doing such things means you have to go to some lowkey sketchy sites and face some highkey sketchy pop-up ads. But then I found a way around this issue that works 95% of the time. Internet Explorer has a setting where it will forbid any pop-up of any kind, and instead, you’ll see a little box that says a pop-up is trying to open, in which case I can then ignore it,  allow it once, or allow it forever. Since I only use Internet Explorer for streaming, this works out well, and now I rarely have to deal with gross ads forcing themselves into new tabs and freezing up my browser.

3. Use a sticky note to list things to need to take to the washroom

Okay, maybe this is just a weird thing I did, but it was useful for me! When I was in university, I shared a bathroom with roommates, so when I had to take a shower, I’d have to bring things with me because none of us stored a lot in the small bathroom. Too many times I’d find myself forgetting pajamas or soap, so I learned to use a sticky note to make sure I had what I needed before I forgot it. I taped the sticky note to the back of my door so it was the last thing I saw before I went to the bathroom. It really worked. I’d do a quick check and I saved myself many times.

sticky note taped to door.
Ignore my hideous writing. When I made it I obviously didn’t plan for anyone else to see it.

4. Double-knot shoes

Tying shoes is the worst. You have to stop what you’re doing and make sure these floppy, tiny little strings are in a bow just so you don’t trip. I don’t like that. So I loosen my shoes just enough so I can jam my foot in, but they don’t fall off, and then I double-knot my laces. This allows me to not trip, get my shoes on/off perfectly fine, not look like a slob, and not have to constantly deal with laces. Instead of tying shoes every time you wear them, I now tie them maybe once a month if they happen to undo themselves.

5. Use hair as floss

Yeah, it’s a little gross, but sometimes you’re in a rush and don’t have time to get proper floss or don’t even have proper floss at all, so if you have hair that’s long enough for the task, it can be used to get black pepper or corn out of your teeth in a pinch. I feel like it’s not something people consider using, even though it 100% works.

April Ludgate saying "That's gross. I love it".
You guys when reading this hack, hopefully

Bonus Hack: Watch videos at a faster speed

And in case you missed it, I did share a life hack a few weeks ago: watching videos at a faster speed so you can consume content faster. I swear by this method, so I encourage you to read this blog post about it and try it out.


Did you use any of the life hacks in my first post, or do you see yourself using any of these above hacks? They’re all useful hacks that actually work, so give one or two or all of them a try! Also, if you have a life hack of your own that you want to share, let me know! You can comment here or email me or message me on social media (links below), and if I get enough, I will happily make a third life hack post sharing your contributions!

That’s all for now!


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3 thoughts on “Coolbeans Life Hacks #2

  1. I am going to have to try the hair tie hack! I’m like you. I constantly wear hair ties on my wrist so that I have one when I need it, but when I use a fresh hair tie, it’s far too tight and leaves a red ring on my wrist.

    As for the internet, I’m sure most people already know this, but I only learned it in the last couple of years, but I use incognito browsing when I’m Christmas shopping so that, if my husband happens to need to use my computer, he won’t see pop-up ads everywhere of what I just bought him!

    • Honestly, I don’t really use incognito ever, but doesn’t it just block cookies or something? It doesn’t block spammy pop-ups from force-opening in your browser?

      • I think you’re right that it doesn’t stop the spammy pop-ups unfortunately. In addition to the gift-buying reason I mentioned, the other reason I like to use incognito is when I’m Googling something randomly and don’t want to end up seeing targeted ads for it for ages.

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