Squeeze More… Toothpaste from the Tube
According to tests by Consumer Reports, what seems like an empty tube may still hold up to 13 percent of its contents. To get to the rest, run the tube under hot water for a minute or two. It will soften, enabling you to roll it up tighter to get a few more brushfuls. Then use scissors to cut one side of the tube open lengthwise so you can rub your brush around inside. Or you can make the job even easier. Squeeze Ease Tube Squeezers ($3, containerstore.com) slide up the toothpaste tube and flatten it for you.
Squeeze More… Repetitions out of a set
Instead of counting up to your goal, count down from it. According to fitness trainer Joe Vennare of thehybrid athlete.com, counting up while exercising reminds you of how many repetitions you’ve done (tiring!), while counting down emphasizes how few you have left (inspiring!). “If I’m doing 20 reps, I’ll count down from ten and then down from ten again,” says Vennare. The tip can be used for just about anything that involves counting, whether it’s frosting 100 cupcakes or signing 100 letters.