There are some problems that you don’t think need a solution… until there is one. These sorts of invisible issues make life a little more stressful—a little more awkward—so once someone comes up with a way to solve them, you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” From buying avocados to baking pan libraries, there have been some ingenious fixes to problems you never knew existed.
The answers to these conundrums lie in creative thinking. Often, this involves making a small tweak to an already-existing product. To get the “perfect” brownie, for instance, one cafe placed color-coded stickers on each serving that tells you what part of the pan the sweet treat came from. That way, it’s easy to spot an edge, corner, or center piece. And for shoppers who hate to be bothered by sales people, one store also uses the colored-labels trick—by simply picking up an orange or green basket, sales people will know which shoppers want help versus those who prefer to go it alone.
Check out the solutions to these problems, below. You’ll be saying “That’s a great idea!” in no time.
This highlighter has a clear section so that you can see what you're highlighting.
A playful picnic table that's tall enough for kids, adults, and baby.
A cafe makes their iced coffee with coffee ice cubes.
An ATM that lets you pick your cash denomination.
This vending machine tells you exactly how cold your beverage is.
Here's a clever way to get your stolen pens returned.
A “pet relief” station at the airport.
By installing spacers between bathroom stalls, there's no awkward cracks.
Just like a real oven, a microwave with a pull-out drawer.
Make sure you get your favorite section of brownie with this color-coded system.
Need help when shopping? Grab the orange basket.
A makeup towel that won't show all the smudges.
A bread clip doubles as button repair.
This door sign changes from “Open” to “Nope” with one quick switch.
One door has a handicap button at your feet.
Borrow baking pans like you would a library book.