50 Genius Solutions To Everyday Problems That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed (New Pics)
We humans have an incredible capacity to persevere. When we need to drive in a nail but don't have a hammer, we easily realize that we can use a heavy, flat object—like a rock—in its place. When our table is shaky, we quickly understand that we can put a stack of tissues under one of its legs to stabilize the darn thing.
So to celebrate our creative thinking, we at Bored Panda have an ongoing series where we post pictures of fun and smart out-of-the-box solutions that make life better. Whether it's a DIY home hack or a business product is not important, what counts is that it gets the job done.
Continue scrolling to check out our latest collection and fire up our earlier publications here and here when you're done too!
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These Tables At My College Campus Use Solar Panels As Shade, Which In Turn Provide Power For The Charging Ports On The Table
This Picnic Table With An Extension For Wheelchair Users
To learn how to look at the world from a different perspective, we contacted UK-based creative Lorna Scobie.
"There is a lot that gets in the way of creative thinking," the author of 365 Days of Creativity: Inspire Your Imagination with Art Every Day told Bored Panda. "Don't worry, we all have those barriers and you can overcome them."
"Start by identifying exactly what it is that stops you from being creative so that you can then find solutions. Many of us fear making mistakes or doing something wrong, but with creativity, it's good to remember there is no such thing! Allowing yourself to embrace mistakes can lead to learning and to new discoveries—about yourself and the way you like to express yourself."
Thailand Supermarket Ditches Plastic Packaging For Banana Leaves
I've been skipping the plastic produce bags and just grabbing them as is, or using a small, reusable bag. Not like produce doesn't get handled dozens of times by the time you grab it, anyways. Can't run from germs. They're everywhere.
My Hotel Phone In Iceland Has A Special Button That Will Wake You Up If There Are Northern Lights In The Sky
Home Office Busy Light - WiFi Enabled LED’s In Door Jam Linked To My Work Calendar, When I’m In A Meeting It Goes Red And The Kids Know They Can’t Come In
Yellow is for knock first, green for coming in for a chat/draw on my whiteboard
Scobie said it's important to remember that everyone's creative habits are different when it comes to the specifics, but we can all add more creativity into our lives. "We often naturally fall into playing it safe and sticking with a routine that we know, but breakthroughs can happen when we force ourselves out of our comfort zone."
"A great way to fuel your creativity is to be playful and to explore. New experiences can kickstart our ideas, and even the everyday can look new in different lights, so be open to looking at your world in a little more detail. Feeling like you have the freedom to play and be expressive is very important to creativity, so perhaps set aside notebooks for drawing or journalling that are just for you, where you don't feel any pressure to share what you create."
If You’re Bored At The Baltimore Airport You Can Learn CPR
This Parking Lot Has Lights Showing You The Empty Spaces. Genius
This Duck Ramp
This was only possible because of the huge strides in duck literacy
This Railing On Gazebo In Naples Has Braille Describing The View For Blind People. More Of This, Please
It may sound obvious but we often disregard what's right in front of us. "Because there are just so many hurdles we can put up, the best thing is to ignore all your obstacles and just go for it," Scobie said.
"Even if you just have 5 minutes to begin your creative project, make a start. The first word or mark can be the hardest part, so just make any mark to conquer that blank page. Remind yourself that you are creative, and you can do it!"
This Park Has A Tiny Water Fountain For Dogs
My Park Installed Outdoor Workout Equipment Facing The Playground
My workout was playing on the jungle gyms with my kid and running around with her. That was more fun than working out on stationary equipment.
Sink Area Designed For Drying
You Can Sit At The Ends Of This Picnic Table
According to Scobie, tapping into our inner potential can be really beneficial to our daily life. "Being creative makes us happier, it makes us feel good! It allows us to express and process how we are feeling," she said.
But if you don't know where to start, "It can be useful, to think about when you might be able to fit creativity into your day and plan to give yourself more opportunities to do this for yourself – a few minutes at lunch perhaps, or as a way to wind down after work. However and whenever works best for you. There are no rules."
My Eye Doctor's Office Uses Laminated Forms And A Wet Erase Marker To Cut Down On Paper Use
Seems Like A Good Time To Finally Show Off The Spice Rack I Built
My mother had a can cupboard built into the wall in the kitchen, between the studs in the wall.
These Benches That Turn Into Tables
Hey, 2 beds can turn into 4 beds for the weary folks.
This System Allows You To Know If The Package Has Been Handled Correctly
I see some package handler tilting the package in trial to get all the blue back down @_@
Popularized by positive psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura, there's this thing called the flow state. It describes a feeling where, under the right conditions, you become fully immersed in whatever you are doing.
"There’s this focus that, once it becomes intense, leads to a sense of ecstasy, a sense of clarity: you know exactly what you want to do from one moment to the other; you get immediate feedback," Csikszentmihalyi said in a 2004 TED Talk.
Traffic Light For The Jedi. In Ukraine
This is smart sometimes I can't see when behind bigger vehicles
Books-A-Million Puts A Slip Of Paper Under The Stickers On Their Books To Prevent Sticker Residue Being Left On The Covers
My Bracelet Came With A Paper Clip To Help Fasten The Clasp
This should come with every bracelet! (Edit: I was too tired and didn't notice it was just a paperclip - I thought it was some fancy tool or something)
This Shopping Cart Has A Spot For Kids To Stand On While The Parent Pushes
Since the kids are going to stand there anyway, it's good companies have made it safe!
"If we get into flow, where our mind loses track of time and our stresses disappear completely, it feels so amazing," Scobie said.
"We all have so much stress to contend with nowadays, and I would say that creativity is an essential tool to help us relax. It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you enjoy it. You don’t have to create a massive oil painting, but you can if you want. It’s all personal to the individual."
Movie Theater Tells You If There's A Scene Near The End Of The Movie
This Elevator With Foot Pedals For Floor Selection
*celebrates* OH GOD. I HIT ALL THE FLOOR PEDALS AND IM ON THE TOP. NOOOOOO. (Famous Last Words)
This Restaurant Figured Out That Face Masks Fit In The Napkin Dispenser
A Very Clever Story-Time Chair
"We are all creative creatures, regardless of our profession," Scobie said, adding that if you would try to actively notice all the times in the day when you are able to be creative, you most probably would end up pleasantly surprised.
"There may be projects that you’ve set for yourself such as sketching, journaling, or coloring, or it might be little daily decisions you make such as the flowers you choose in the shop or the way you lay your table for meals. It’s all creative, and it’s all great."
Tinder’s Warning To The LGBTQ Community
Plantable Calendar Made From Recycled Paper
New Toaster Has A Finger Pull In The Cord
Boards Installed At The Traffic Light So You Don't Have To Get Off Your Bike While Waiting
If you've got your seat at the right height, you won't have to get off anyway. I never do.
University Has A Vending Machine With All The Things You Need As A Student, From Sanitary Pads To A Power Bank
This Arthritis Relief Cream Now Comes With An Easy Open Cap For Those With Arthritis
On The Walls Of Madrid’s Metro System Is The Entire Novel Of Don Quixote, So You Can Read While You Wait And Pick Up The Next Time Where You Left Off
I like them a bit soggy. I don't know about anyone else, but crunchy cereals scratch up the roof of my mouth, especially the sweet ones.
IKEA Made Xbox And PlayStation Sized Boxes, That You Can Place And Check If It Will Fit On The Furniture You Want To Buy
Because no one thinks to take the measurements with them when they go shopping!
My Ruler Has A Raised End So It’s Easier To Pick Up
This Hotel I’m Staying At Has The Shower Shelf Accessible From Both Inside As Well As Outside
This Pickle Jar Has A Little Handle Attached To A Basket That Makes The Pickles Easier To Retrieve
These Tables Are On Railroad Tracks For Easy Moving
This Restaurant Puts A Mesh Net Over Your Lemon So When You Squeeze It, No Seeds Get In Your Food
My Plastic Wrap Just Told Me To Add It To My Grocery List
You Can Lock Up Your Skateboard By This Library
Just have to take off one of the trucks and it's gone.
An Egg Timer That Shows You How Hard Your Egg Is By Cooking It With The Egg
This Post Office Has A Helpful Size Guide If You Want To Buy A Box
Canada Post puts out samples on display you can test out to see if everything will fit.
My Microwave Has A "No Beep" Setting
Clever Decoration Idea Found At Aquarium Barcelona
My Pen Has A Built-In Periodic Table
Extra Long Scissors For Wrapping Paper
This Mall Has A “Husband Depository” With Massage Chairs And Phone Chargers
Or just leave us at home - we would just prefer that!!
This Korean Snack Has Two Notches On The Bag, So You Can Open At The Second Notch For Easier Access In The Later Stages Of Snacking
These Straws Made Out Of Pasta So They Don't Dissolve Like Paper
Wrapped up in plastic...but I still love the idea. I would stuff them with some cheese and boil.
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Not a husband but I don’t like shopping either. You can find me at the ddmaybeandor depository.
Exactly Brother! I'm always at the DDmaybeandor. Is it a place, is it a state of mind? Is it a meaningless world salad? Who cares! The important point is we is not husbands.
Me too. Although it's known as 'Starbucks' my case :D
Where's the grill? That was the one thing I wanted to show someone.
Right now it's number 58
I can't find it either. This list I see only has 50 items (?) Fun list though!
@Sczoo Scroll down to "this post originally had" and click the link. All threads get cut off after a while and you need that link to access the rest. It's dumb, but that's BP for ya.
Yep, me too.
Yeah! Me too!
) paints their stop signs red on both sides. Its so nice to immediately spot 4 way stops at intersections.
Not a husband but I don’t like shopping either. You can find me at the ddmaybeandor depository.