We’ve all seen those Buzzfeed lists touting life hacks; ways to use everyday items that will simply change your world. It appears to make so much sense. “And you thought bread ties should be thrown away – look at the magnificent ways to use the bread ties instead!” I feel like these ideas fall dangerously into the Pinterest zone. Pinterest encourages average people to do non-average things. It makes non-crafty people think they can be crafty. You can’t. You’re either the type of person who can make art out of melted crayons or you’re not. That’s all there is to it. Believe me, I feel the pain. Deep in my heart, a wannabe crafty soccer mom resides; one who believes that she can turn string into art projects, who can quickly and easily make paper-mache* holiday decorations without covering the cats in glue and ruining the kitchen table. ‘Tisn’t true. Pinterest lies.
*Any option spellcheck gave me to spell this correctly made it look French and capitalized the second word. Sorry. I’m not fixing it.
The problem with these life hack lists is that they have an infomercial-like quality to them. You know what I mean? If you watch an infomercial long enough, it makes perfect sense. “You know, it looked stupid at first, but hot damn, I certainly WOULD like perfect pancakes every time! Where’s my credit card?” Same with these everyday product uses. On the surface, it looks great. In reality? Not so much.
First of all, anyone who uses the term “bagel tote” should probably get punched. Second, last I checked, bagels can be transported pretty easily in plastic baggies, which are a little easier to find than CD spindles, being that it isn’t 1998.
Not Shown: Average American trying to wrestle a rubber band around an open fucking paint can. This ends in tears. Trust.
Okay, sometimes they work. This makes a lot more sense than dumping a bottle of rum in giant bottle of grapefruit juice. Touche, life hacks.
You know that the fitted sheet isn’t like a magic sheet right? Just because things are under it don’t mean they don’t move. Ask my cats. They’ve been accidentally made into the bed many a time.
Yeah, I want to be friends with this guy. Don’t worry, dude, I’ll bring back “Memento.” You fucking douchebox.
This? Is amazing. Tried and true, no joke. Google it.
For all of the effort it would take to try and unroll your paper ketchup receptacle, wouldn’t it be easier just to fill another? Also? Have you ever used those ketchup containers? You can easily carry two of them with one hand. This method makes that impossible and requires a tray.
No mess experience.
1. Trying to clean a ketchup bottle enough that it is fit for other foodstuffs. Seriously, I don’t know about you guys but a bottle of ketchup in this house may stick around for a year or so before it’s done. I don’t really want to think about trying to clean it out.
2. Pouring pancake batter into a fucking ketchup bottle. When I think no-mess, I don’t think trying to pour thick liquid from one container with a small opening into another container with a smaller opening.
I love this so hard. You know why? This was born of resourcefulness. “Well, we’re out of matches and a lighter won’t work. Get the spaghetti, Betty, I’ve got it figured out!!”