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By Cara Beth Lewis

Christmas is a time of comfort and joy… and stress, anticipation, and to do lists. “Life hacks” can make life much easier! We have done some research to help make your holiday easier. Keep reading for BladenOnline’s favorite holiday hacks to try this season!

What is a life hack? (according to Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Life hack: noun.

a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently

According to Michael Kozial, “‘Life hacks,’ as they are known, are all about eliminating life’s manifold frustrations in simple and deliciously clever ways. The best involve tricks that are free, efficient, and stunningly obvious in retrospect, deploying household items (like the humble toilet roll) for purposes beyond their wildest aspirations.

Our Favorite Holiday Hacks:

  • Broken glass? No problem! Instead of attempting to sweep or vacuum every little shard, use a slice of bread (yes, a slice of bread!) to pick up even the tiniest pieces of broken glass. Just press the bread over the glass for an easy clean up!


  • Lots of holiday treats include dipping and drizzling with melted chocolate. The bad part is, the melted chocolate cools and begins to harden quickly. To avoid this problem, melt your chocolate in glass jars and set them in a crockpot set to “warm.”

  • While we are on the topic of treat-making… let’s talk about an icing hack that makes decorating your cookies, cupcakes, and gingerbread houses MUCH easier! Instead of using a piping bag – which can be very difficult for us amateurs – try using a squeeze bottle instead. This gives you much more control and less of a mess every time.


  • Do you still have a bunch of candy leftover from trick-or-treating and parades? You can put that candy to use and make an adorable thought-gift for someone you love. By assembling candy canes and other candy with ribbon, you can create a festive candy sleigh.

  • If you are a parent of younger children, this can make gift-opening much easier. Instead of writing names on tags, color code your wrapping paper, giving each child their own signature wrapping paper and avoiding the confusion of reading tiny little tags!

We hope that you are able to try out a few of these helpful tips this holiday season, and we hope that it makes your life easier so you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest!

Merry Christmas!

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