$10 to a better life

7 01 2012

Sometimes in life we become obsessed with the large problems, but it’s important to remember that the little things count and can often be fixed or improved on the cheap.  You may not be able InterDammers to afford the $30000 for a brand new car, but  $10 can improve your life more than you might think.  In fact, 5 minutes of your time and $0 can improve your life a lot wholesale jerseys more than you might think.

For example: I remember when I was a kid, it seemed like every day my dad would walk out of his room and stub his toe on the same piece of furniture.  He’d yell and curse, but never take the 10 seconds to move the furniture, or the 5 seconds to ask one of my older brothers to do it.  First In 10 seconds my dad could have MILFs fixed this near daily cheap NBA jerseys cause of pain and anger in his life.  Would he still be at a high stress job and have three sons to raise?  Yes, but at least he wouldn’t be stubbing his toe everyday.

So my challenge for you is to look for some small problem or annoyance you encounter on a normal basis and look for a small, simple, or cheap fix.  Feel free to post your success story in the comments.

A couple examples from my own life to give you some ideas:

  • I used to own an Ikea lofted bed with desk cheap mlb jerseys attached underneath.  To prevent myself from banging my head on the metal frame, I bought a $2 foam pool noodle, cut it to fit the cheap NFL jerseys bar, and zip tied it on.  Cost: Trip to Home Depot and $2.
  •  I used to hate microwaving a plate and having to use a pot holder or paper towel to grab the plate.  I didn’t want to get a plastic bowl for fear of toxins, so I turned to google to see if there was a better product.  After a little searching I discovered the Handy Gourmet Cool Touch Microwave Bowl, with a ceramic bowl in a plastic container to keep heat in the bowl and off your hand.  It also comes with a lid to stop splatter in the microwave that doubles as a Ziploc type snap cover.  I now use this thing thrice daily and it is the centerpiece of my spartan dish method, which I’ll talk about in a future post.

Need some ideas?  Here are a few small things that you might try:

  • Block the phone number of someone you don’t want calling you.
  • Move or get rid of a piece of furniture that you consistently bump into or dislike.
  • Buy some Wood Filler or spackle at a home improvement store and fill in old nail holes in your walls that you hate staring at.
  • Sell, give to your friends, or donate clothes you never wear to free up space in your closet.
  • If you drink Show, tea or make coffee with a french press, a little $15 electric kettle is awesome, it boils water in a couple of minutes and your you rarely have to clean it.

If you can’t think of a solution, try googling your problem, you might be surprised at the creative ways people have solved it and are willing to share.