Life is complicated. You may not be $53 million in debt like our friend Kanye West, but we've all experienced problems in life that can ruin our day, whether it's something minor like having a price-match rejected or something unfathomably terrible like McDonald's giving you five McNuggets when you ordered six.
Luckily, we live in an age where there are some nifty solutions to many trivial problems. You've probably heard or used the term "first world problems" at some point in the past few years and we've compiled a list with a few of our personal #FirstWorldProblems along with crafty solutions on how to solve them.
Problem: You’re ready to sleep but the lights are on
Solution: Philips HUE Smart LED Dimmer Kit
There are easier ways to turn off your lights.
Problem: Your friends or co-workers are jerks
Picture this -- you’re comfortably in bed and ready to dream about dating celebrities, the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup and other fantasies. You realize that you forgot to turn off your lights, so you have to get out of bed, walk to the switch, turn it off and crawl back into bed. It’s a struggle. You could buy The Clapper, but we suggest the Philips HUE Smart LED Dimmer Kit. The kit comprises of an 800 lumen LED light bulb and a wireless switch that you can place anywhere (like your headboard), giving you quick and effortless control of your lights.
Rogue messages are one of the cheesiest office pranks.
Problem: Your pets are jerks
Solution: Programmable pet feeders
If you work or study in an office environment and regularly use a computer, you’ll know that office warfare is serious business. You’re safe as long as you’re near your computer, but should you need to step away, you could be opening yourself up to unwanted wallpaper changes, rogue Skype messages and other pranks. You could just lock your computer, but that’s extraneous mouse movements and clicks that you don’t want to do. The GateKeeper is a small device that you put on your keychain and it works by automatically locking your computer whenever you walk away from it and unlocking it when you return.
Who needs an alarm clock?
Problem: Cables are annoying
Solution: IKEA furniture with integrated wireless charging
If you're a dog or cat owner, you likely know the feeling of having your face pawed at in the morning. In many cases, your pet may just be seeking attention, but it could also be because they're hungry. Programmable food and drink dispensers are not only great for pet owners on vacation, but they're also a handy tool for owners who want to get some extra minutes of rest instead of getting out of bed to scoop a few cups of kibble.
IKEA is saving us from cable nightmares, one nightstand at a time.
Problem: You need background music while in the shower
Solution: UE Roll Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Cables are the trolls of the technology world -- they tangle on their own, you can never find one when you need it, they’re too short when you want them long and too long when you want them short. IKEA is one of RFD’s favourite stores and they’re here to rescue us from cable hell with their line of stylish furniture with integrated wireless chargers. Affordable and minimalist, the furniture uses the Qi wireless charging standard so some devices that feature Qi don’t even need adapters, though IKEA also sells cases for phones that don’t support Qi.
Ditch the headphones and precariously-placed music player and use a waterproof Bluetooth speaker.
Problem: You won’t let a shower stop your Netflix binge
Solution: Waterproof phone/tablet cases
Unless you’re an incredible vocalist like Beyoncé, Adele or DJ Khaled, your singing ability likely won’t win you any awards. That shouldn’t stop you from belting out "Single Ladies," "Hello," or "All I Do Is Win" when you’re in the shower, but it can be a little awkward to sing without music to back you up. Headphone wires are cumbersome and you risk ruining your music player with a wrong tug of the cable, so use a waterproof Bluetooth speaker like the UE Roll so you can keep your phone or music player at a safe distance and stream your favourite tunes while in the shower.
Designed for underwater use, waterproof phone cases are great if you use your phone in the tub.
Problem: Using your phone while wearing gloves
Solution: Touchscreen-compatible gloves
Whether you’re binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix or don’t want to miss any action during a live sports game, don’t let a shower get in the way of your entertainment by using a waterproof case that you can take with you in the bath, shower or hot tub without worrying about damaging your gadget. The example that we provided also includes a strap that you can hang onto a shower hook so you don’t even have to hold your device.
An alternate solution to use your phone while wearing gloves.
Problem: Your bed sheets easily get loose
Solution: Sheet Straps
Forget about talking to your phone using voice commands -- half the time your phone will misunderstand and you don’t want to look like a weirdo. Touchscreen-compatible gloves are the type of product that you initially laugh off because you never think you’d need them (like a selfie stick or ShamWow), but once you own a pair, you’ll wonder how you lived without them. Never struggle to expose a thumb again by owning your own pair or go the DIY route by sewing some conductive thread onto the fingertips of any pair of gloves.
The only thing more uncomfortable than recent Adam Sandler movies are unkempt bed sheets.
Solution: Taco holders
Whether you move around a lot in your sleep, have rambunctious kids or your dryer has gradually shrunk your bed sheets, it’s annoying to sleep with the feeling of loose bed sheets. This cheap solution includes four elastic straps that you can secure to the corners of your sheets, letting them remain taut and eliminating the need to constantly fiddle with your sheets to tuck them under your mattress.
Taco 'bout an annoying food!
Problem: Using your tablet while on the toilet
Solution: CTA Digital Tablet Wall Mount Bathroom Stand
Tacos aren’t a problem, per se. They’re delicious, but holding them upright is a pain. You can splurge and buy taco shells that stand on their own, but if you get the weight distribution slightly off, they topple. Or what if you’re a fan of soft tacos? These cheap holders allow you to hold two tacos upright if you need to free your hands for other taco-related activities.
One way to avoid an unsanitary disaster.
Problem: Using your tablet while in bed
Solution: Clampable phone/tablet holders
We’ve all done it -- we've all taken a tablet or phone into the bathroom to pass the time, but one slip or ill-advised fidget and your expensive gadget could quickly become a bio-hazard. Never worry about that disastrous scenario by using one of these unique tablet stands, complete with integrated toilet paper holder for maximum convenience and efficiency.
Avoid smartphone-related face contusions with a stand that clamps to your bed.
Forget Pilates, P90X, CrossFit and other workouts. Have you ever tried using a phone or tablet upright in the air for more than five minutes? It takes an extreme amount of endurance not to get fatigued and drop it onto your face. You could rest it sideways on a pillow, but then you'll have to lay on your side and balance it. Instead, get yourself a tablet holder that you can clamp onto your bed frame or a breakfast-in-bed style stand so you can comfortably lay in bed while enjoying those Paul Blart: Mall Cop marathons.
Have any first world problems of you own? Have you ever bought or MacGyver'd a solution to a trivial problem in your life? Have you ever felt the outrage of being stiffed one McNugget in a McDonald's McNugget combo? Let us know in the comments (we do read them!) and be sure to share this with anyone who may suffer from these dilemmas!