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Top 6 Life Hacks, Ranked in Levels of Laziness

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From the apathetic to those who go out of their way to avoid work (counter-intuitive, right?), life hacks help any lazy teenager looking for a way to save time and reserve any extra effort for Netflix. Here is a list of the most helpful, most slothful life hacks.


screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-43-17-pm-copy6. Mug Life

What could be more genius than cake? Cake in a mug, with less effort and almost instant results, of course.

Things you will need:

-a mug (duh)

-3 tablespoons flour

-3 tablespoons sugar

-2 tablespoons cocoa powder

-¼ teaspoon baking powder

-tiny pinch of salt

-3 tablespoons milk

-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

-splash of vanilla extract

-3 tablespoons chocolate chips



1. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients.

3. Microwave for 90 seconds then let it cool for 1 ½ to 2 minutes.

4. Extra credit: add Nutella or/and vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.


screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-40-45-pm5. Keeping it Fresh

We have all had those days. You know, when you hit the snooze button one too many times, you spill toothpaste all over yourself and your car smells like roadkill threw up. Although this life hack takes a little extra labor, it makes up for that work by keeping your car smelling clean and fresh when the rest of your car looks like, well, not clean and fresh.

Things you will need:



-essential oils/perfume of choice


-hole puncher


1. Cut the felt into any shape you want (smiley face, heart, tree, etc.).

2. Punch a circular hole in the top of it for the string/yarn.

3. Spray the felt with your essential oils/perfume of choice. (Warning: Do not put too much or your car will reek with a stench worse than roadkill throw-up)

4. Put the string/yarn through the hole in your felt shape, and and then tie it in a loop and hang it in a stinky car. (Yes, you can even put it in your friend’s car as a polite suggestion.)


pancake-dispenser4. Batter Up

Although waffles are better than pancakes, let’s be honest: one of the worst parts of making pancakes is pouring the batter into the pan. Every time, it ends up turning into one of those “As Seen On TV” ads with the batter epicly splattering everywhere, leaving you to clean up the mess. Well, the answer to your prayers is now here.

Things you will need:

-empty, clean ketchup bottle (make sure it’s clean because you don’t want tomato pancakes) -pancake batter   


 1.   Put batter into the clean/empty ketchup bottle.

 2. That’s literally it.




screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-46-01-pm-copy3. The Hot Seat

Again, you’re in the situation where you’re running late. But this time, you are struggling out the door with microwaved food of some sort. Whether it’s pizza, a bagel, pancakes or a grilled cheese sandwich, you know in your gut that the heat can’t last. You watch, heart-broken, as the time spent microwaving your food goes down the drain, along with your dreams.

Things you will need:

-microwaved/warm food

-car seat warmer


1. Kick your friend to the backseat; food takes the priority here.

2. Turn on the seat warmer on the passenger’s seat.

3. Put the food on the seat. (You’re welcome.)


screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-48-37-pm-copy2. Phone-y Business      

Let’s face it: Sometimes holding your phone while trying to brush your teeth, eating spaghetti or just sitting down can feel like the hardest thing ever.

Things you will need:

– sunglasses





1. Take sunglasses and place them upside down on a flat surface.

2. Prop the phone up by leaning it on the lenses.


screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-51-20-pm-copy1. Duct!

Occasionally, you just really want to put jam or peanut butter on your toast. There’s nothing wrong with that, but somehow the universe has conspired against you and made the jar impossible to open. You can either accept defeat at this point or use this life hack.

Things you will need:

– duct tape

-jar with jam/peanut butter/canned meat


1. Attach duct tape firmly to one side of the lid, with a little piece hanging off.

2. Use the piece hanging off to pull and lid off the container.

Now with these brilliant life hacks in mind, you can take on the world—or at least your couch.

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