In a re­cent Ed­i­tor’s Note, I asked how you pri­or­i­tize work­ing out with a busy sched­ule and re­ceived some great re­sponses. Go to cana­di­an­liv­ your­fit­nesstips to see what you had to say. I’ve been a skinny- jean devo­tee for years, but my cur­rent fave

Canadian Living - - Contents - Jes Wat­son, ed­i­tor-in-chief

If your so­cial me­dia news­feed is any­thing like mine, you’re in­un­dated with tips and tricks promis­ing to make your life eas­ier. The truth is, if you try them, some aren’t worth do­ing again (I’m look­ing at you, bread tag around the ca­ble cords), while oth­ers be­come main­stays in your daily rou­tine. It’s im­por­tant to know where to go for in­for­ma­tion you can trust.

Good ad­vice is what we do best at Cana­dian Liv­ing. Our Tested-till-per­fect motto ex­tends be­yond the walls of the Test Kitchen to ev­ery one of our ar­ti­cles, too. Our ed­i­tors are ex­perts in their own right (I learn new things from them all the time!) and they’re con­stantly sleuthing even more must-know info from vet­ted pros. Our fact check­ers dou­ble back to make sure ev­ery­thing is ac­cu­rate— so, just like with our recipes, you can be con­fi­dent our ad­vice will work the same for you as it does for us. In ev­ery is­sue, you’ll find use­ful hacks from the Cana­dian Liv­ing team in each sec­tion that are as clever as they are game-chang­ing.

It’s hard to pin­point the best piece of ad­vice I’ve ever re­ceived. My mom taught me to bunch up fab­ric in your palm be­fore you buy it: If it wrin­kles, skip it be­cause it’s go­ing to need reg­u­lar iron­ing to keep look­ing good. A friend once showed me how to wrap the waist of a pair of jeans around your neck to check the fit if you’re too rushed to try them on. (I don’t ques­tion why this works; it just does.) An­other mi­crowaved a dishrag as I stood com­pletely baf­fled, only to have it come out with all those icky sink smells van­quished. I now use these tricks of the trade over and over again in my daily life, and they just go to show that the best tips only get bet­ter when you share them.

I know we’re not the only ones with great ad­vice, though. What are your triedand-true time-savers and in­ge­nious tricks? Email me at jes.wat­ or let me know on Twit­ter (I’m @jeswat­son).

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