The old adage of "work smarter, not harder" is a great one. There are many things we do around the house or need to do, that with a few simple steps can become a lot easier. This video shows five smart and simple home improvement tips you can do right now, and they probably won't cost you anything.

My two favorites from this video are the water tank and the tool magnetizing hacks.

Water is one of those things we don't think of as being all that expensive. But, if you have a family of five, there's a lot of water being used. By simply placing a water bottle or two in the tanks of your toilets, the money saved can really add up over time. I remember as a kid, we had a brick or two in our toilet tanks. I never knew why, but I know now.

The other is the simple trick to magnetize tools. I have a tool bag with all kinds of tools, some magnetized and some not. It's always a gamble if the screws are going to stick to the screwdriver or not. With the simple hack in this video, they'll all be magnetized now!

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