By the time we have reached our 50’s we have learned a lot of stuff both useful and not.
We have discovered tricks that simplify our lives and tricks to make complicated tasks easier.
Sometimes I get the feeling that I am really am a “know-it-all”.
But then something as simple as putting leftovers from dinner away becomes a technical nightmare and I am brought back to intellectual reality.
I reach into the kitchen drawer and take out a small box of clear wrap to save my uneaten chicken breast.
But pulling out a small sheet of plastic wrap becomes a momentous task because the roll keeps pulling out of the box and the plastic won’t unroll and it sticks to itself and I begin screaming and I wind up with bloodied knuckles and strips of shredded plastic wrap all over the kitchen.
It’s at a moment like that I realize I really and truly don’t know poop!
I think because I offer you, my fellow Baby Boomers, through my own disjointed and slightly twisted experiences, helpful tips, hints and pointers that make your lives simpler and more productive.
I am positive that is a good thing.
But I have to tell you that the 10 tips I am offering below really piss me off.
They are so simple and have been staring me in the face for so long that I can’t believe, after 56 years of existence on this planet, that I didn't already know these.
Odds on, you are a smarter human being than I, so you probably know a few of these tips already.
To that I say:
“Good For You.”
To those of you that are in the same boat as me and didn't know any of these tips I say:
“You Are Welcome.”
Didn’t Know After 50 Years
1. Aluminum Foil Guides
Dammit, this first tip is sooooo easy.
My brother-in-law Tom actually pointed it out to me.
Most aluminum foil boxes as well as plastic wrap boxes have press-in tabs already cut into the sides of the cardboard box that secure the roll in place when spinning them.
If you poke them in when you buy a new box you will never have to worry about cutting your hands again or having the entire roll come flying out of the box every time you need a sheet.
Everyone knows Tic Tacs right?
The brand was launched in the US in 1969 by the Italian confection manufacturer Ferrero.
Tic Tac has been a leading breath mint brand for 40 years.
Tic Tac is sold worldwide.
But, have you figured out how to get your Tic-Tacs out of the little plastic container and into your hand one at a time?
No, madly shaking the pill box doesn’t help.
Avoid the stress by turning the container over and letting a mint gently glide into the built in lid indentation.
If you get good enough at this move you can make this look real sexy in front of your date.
There is even a video on YouTube.
Everyone knows that they should be eating natural peanut butter because it’s better for you.
When peanuts are made into commercial peanut butter (such as Skippy or Jif), some of the oil gets converted into a harder, saturated fat.
This keeps the oil from separating to the top.
The hardened oil, called trans-fat, is far less healthful.
But it’s such a hassle to keep natural peanut butter in the refrigerator.
You have to stir it up every time you want to use it.
Why not store it upside down in the refrigerator so the oils distribute evenly?
In fact, if you eat it every day you don’t even have to put the jar in the refrigerator.
Picture yourself in your favorite McDonald's and you want some ketchup for your fries.
Instead of grabbing multiple cups of ketchup to dip your French fries in why not simply pull apart the little paper cups that the restaurant supplies at the edges for twice the space.
Most Baby Boomers probably grew up with a flat plunger next to the toilet in their house.
You know the one.......a cheap brown plastic cup on a wood handle.
But, did you know it’s only meant to be used to unclog sinks?
Make sure to have a flange or bowl plunger on hand to unclog those unruly toilet stoppages.
The flange plunger has a similar cup shaped top but with a flange on the end that slides into the toilet drain trap to create maximum suction.
Who wants to deal with more sh*t than they have to in life?
We always knew that the Oriental race was very creative.
Thanks to them we have fireworks and alcoholic drinks and paper currency.
But did you know that the containers you order your Sweet and Sour Chicken or Moo Goo Gai Pan in are actually meant to unfold into a makeshift plate, which you can easily reassemble into a box for storing leftovers.
"Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto."
Dentists and Dental Hygienists recommend that you only need to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for effective cleaning if you have to use toothpaste at all.
Brushing your teeth with just a wet brush is basically more effective than using a giant blob of toothpaste because it allows you to see your gum line and trapped particles better.
The only benefit of toothpaste comes from the whiteners or fluoride that the paste dispenses.
Think of it this way:
"If you can't pronounce an ingredient, you probably don't want it in your mouth."
There is a huge popularity rise in the sale of Greek Yogurts and most come with the fruit or honey or syrup in a separate bowl area of the container.
Chances are you've been scooping the toppings with your spoon onto the yogurt.
But, have you realized, the topping holder folds over, so you can pour the toppings directly on top?
No muss, no fuss !!!
You know what I’m talking about right?
I’m referring to “Ass Gaskets” those wisp-thin, slightly waxy paper toilet seat covers offered in public toilets to protect your “behind” from coming in contact with whatever the previous user “left behind.”
The flap is actually meant to be placed toward the front.
This prevents the agony of sitting down on a toilet seat, only to realize you’ve dragged the cover down into the bowl.
What good are the soda can tabs once you use them to open your pop?
They just kind of lie there and get caught in your nose hair or facial hair (if you have any - I guess this wouldn't affect women, I guess?) or you play with them and make tinny clicking noises with them.
No, you can't make snifty ring curtains anymore because there are no tab pulls to connect to each other.
If you have some facial hair then get yourself a straw to drink with.
Did you know that when you open your soda can you should turn the tab around so that it acts as holder that can stop the straw from rising out of the can as the soda fizzes.
Pretty darn handy I say.
So you head on into your favorite Circle K, fast food restaurant or local burger shop to get an afternoon pick-me-up.
Then someone bumps your table and your well deserved refreshment winds up as a puddle on the floor.
Did you know that, in most cases, you can take the plastic lid that is used to close your drink cup and use it as a perfectly sized coaster?
With it attached the drink it is also less likely to fall over if bumped.
Sorry folks, I just went out to check and this does not apply to the hot lids on the coffee at Starbucks.
Take note Starbucks, let's get with the program.
I can’t believe I didn't know this stuff.
Many Thanks to Gabby Noone over at the BuzzFeed Staff for the inspiration for this blog.
She put together a great article back in August 2013 that started me researching these tips.
As ingenious as some of these are, I am definitely going to be looking at things in a different way and definitely more closely from now on.
If you didn't know some of these, then pass this information forward to your fellow Baby Boomers would you?
Are there any other tips, like these 10 (11 whatever?) tips, you have found that makes your life much simpler?
Please share them with the world in my comments section.
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The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!
Thanks for joining me………………………………