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At some point, most of us have tried to use a chore chart or wheel, or maybe just a list, to get our partners and housemates and families to do their share of the tasks that keep our homes running. But we also know the sinking feeling of seeing the dishes pile up — and then rolling up our sleeves to do it ourselves. Well, maybe the reason you're stuck doing all the chores is because you're using one chart. When really, you need two.

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"Keeping house" is something my grandmother has always excelled at. Not only does every dish, appliance and Snowbaby have a very specific place that it mustn't be moved from, but she has a very strict dusting schedule that keeps those aforementioned Snowbabies looking their best.

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Cold brewed coffee is a great way to enjoy your daily caffeine fix, but making it can be a fussy process. This technique is quick, easy and uses items you likely already have at home - no added equipment necessary.

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For years, my morning routine included one or two trips back into the house to grab stuff I'd forgotten to add to my bag. Then I realised the obvious solution, one that could also save me the dreaded walks from one end of my cosy apartment to the other: Just buy another copy of everything. While some instances of this are obvious — tissue boxes, lip balm — there's probably some extra item that you could double up on to improve your life. Here are the Lifehacker team's favourites.

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Most of us don't have a lot of time in the morning to cook a luxurious breakfast, but this technique from Epicurious delivers one of the most delicious-looking egg sandwiches I've seen in minutes, and all you need is an egg, a microwave and some sandwich fixings (you know: bread, cheese and a few condiments).

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You are walking home from work when you pass the loveliest hydrangeas. At $8 for two stems at the local shop they are a steal and impossible to pass up. You bring them home, plunk them in a vase with some water, and forget about them for a couple of hours. The next thing you know, the perfect little blue petals are curling in, the whole thing is drooping, and the perky flowers you bought just hours ago are rapidly dying.

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I'm a pretty organised person — except when it comes to my pantry. I can never remember what I have and what I've run out of, and finding things in there is a lost cause. I finally decided to get it under control, hoping I wouldn't find an embarrassing number of the same item* stuffed in the shelves. Spoiler: I did.