Whether you’re a struggling college student or just trying to save some money by reusing and recycling, here are some lifehacks from Japan that have proven to be very popular on Twitter. They may look silly, but you will thank these ingenious users for their clever ideas as you wonder why you never thought of these before. Here are 10 ways to upgrade your life according to Japanese Twitter users.
1. Speakers for your smartphone
見取り図 盛山 (@morishimc) August 17, 2014
Keep your wallet happy and heavy by saving some money when you create your own speakers. This easy setup requires two small paper cups and a toilet paper roll. Cut holes in the cups that align with the TP roll, add a little tape for stability and you’re finished! Not only will the tunes be bumping from your amazing setup, but it also works as a phone holder!
2. Tablet holder/sound amplification party station
蛇蔵 (@nyorozo) June 04, 2014
A rice cooker might be an excellent way to cook rice, but it’s also perfectly shaped to hold a tablet and blast some tunes. The type of rice cooker doesn’t make a difference, as long as the tablet is able to fit in it. The curved nature of the rice bowl is perfect for amplifying the sound. Now you can work in the kitchen and listen to music as well. Life hacked? Life certainly made more musical.
3. Laundry clip makes a perfect smartphone holder
西村ヒロチョ (@ChoChoHirocho) September 15, 2015
Most smartphones are designed so that they can’t be propped up against anything without sliding down again. It makes them look sleek and futuristic, but makes it difficult to set it up so you can watch something. This is why you will see a bunch of solutions in electronic stores that will prop up your phone, but cost you a bit of money. But, fear not! Take one of those insanely cheap clothes line clips and clip it around your phone! It works not only when you clip it horizontally (which is perfect for watching Netflix), but to stand your phone vertically as well!
4. Keep your children or significant other from playing games all night
親戚宅のゲーム制限 #発想の勝利 http://t.co/zSVmwVCJoV—
クロスケ@E7甲ラスダン失敗 (@kurosuke_g) January 02, 2014
We’ve all got that person in our life that plays video games for a little too long. For those people, look no further than a little lock that fits perfectly through the prong holes of a power cord. With this little lock trick, it leaves the power cord out in the open, mocking the non-game playing gamer and letting them know you were the one who did that. What are they going to do about it? Forget their woes by escaping into a video game? Don’t think so!
5. Chocolate box or 3DS cartridge holder?
ワト (@WatsonStrong00) January 03, 2015
For those who get chocolate for special occasions, (realizing that you’re craving chocolate is a special occasion, right?) and have a surplus of 3DS games, have you ever thought that the square containers for the chocolate might be a perfect case for the games? This Twitter user found out that they fit perfectly. Why didn’t we think of this before?
6. Keep your mosquito repellent in a CD case
ちん (@nirinbenri) August 31, 2014
Those of you who like camping already know the scourge of bugs that bite and their hovering hunger. Mosquito repellent coils are just one of the ways to keep the bugs at bay, but if you’re not careful, their fragile nature will break from a bump on the road while heading to your destination. Keep that from happening with a spare CD case; we imagine people have a lot of those lying around. Or maybe not, because who buys CDs anymore?
7. Ice cream lid for your camera lens cover
ハーゲンダッツの蓋、72mm径のレンズにはぴったり嵌った(笑) レンズキットでご購入の方、お試しあれ。 http://t.co/3HRnnGr7YB—
ugm (@2991219) November 16, 2014
Anyone with a DSLR camera knows just how easy it is to put the lens cap cover down and never find it again. Other times it just randomly falls off when you are out and about. When that happens, be sure to attend to your sorrows with a small cup of ice cream and then use the lid as a replacement cover! You’re definitely killing two birds with one stone with this hack. Just make sure to lick any residual ice cream from the lid first. The lens in the picture above happens to be a 72-millimeter lens.
8. Prevent your iPhone charger cable from doing that really annoying thing
恍惚のタコヤキ4empires (@takoyaki_ogre) October 31, 2014
If you’ve ever owned an iPhone or iPad, then you have likely experienced this problem. The cord right below the bit of plastic that plugs into the phone always seems to fray and the wires get exposed. To prevent that from happening, after purchasing your new Apple product, immediately take the spring from a ball point pen and fit it over that weak area. You will never suffer from that problem again!
9. Use your smartphone and a plastic bottle for ambient light
Wataru ONO (@wataru132) September 17, 2014
When you suddenly enter a dark area, the handy-dandy convenience of smartphones makes it so you can immediately illuminate the room with the touch of a button. But if you want to create more of an atmosphere, take a plastic bottle full of water and project your smartphone light through it. To make the light even softer, add a bit of milk to the bottle. Can you feel the difference tonight?
10. A Japan-specific hack for foldable umbrellas
林あや (@Hayashi_AYA) July 15, 2015
Stores in Japan often have a holder outside of stores where people can conveniently keep their wet umbrellas while they shop. But they are ultimately designed for long, tall umbrellas and not the ones that fit in your purse or backpack. But by taking a 1.5 liter plastic bottle, cutting it in half and fitting it upside down into the original umbrella holder, you now have the perfect place for both styles of umbrellas. To whoever thought of this, we are eternally grateful!
There you have it, 10 popular hacks from Japan for a number of areas of your life. Let us know which ones you might benefit from or some of your favorites in the comments below!