Lifestyle & Human Interest

Woman's Genius Hack Will Change the Way You Close Your Cereal Boxes Forever


Many of us get stuck in ruts, dealing with minorly annoying problems every day until a different perspective comes along and blows us away with its ingenuity.

For Becky Holden McGhee from Blackpool, United Kingdom, that perspective entailed a different way to close cereal boxes.

Maybe you’ve never noticed your cereal boxes misbehaving — there are tabs to hold them shut — or maybe you’ve been endlessly annoyed by how often the boxes stand gaping open, making the cereal go stale more quickly and generally looking messy.

Becky has found and shared a life hack: a method of closing the boxes that only takes a few seconds and ensures the boxes stay closed.

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“Had to share this!!!” she posted on May 10. “It’s only taken me 40 years, but I now know the correct way to close a cereal box.”

“Genius. It takes seconds, no more dried up cereal and ugly torn boxes to greet me every morning.”

After posting photos of her tidy collection of cereal boxes, friends commented begging for instructions.

Will you try this method?

“I’ve now added a little video on how to do it,” Becky updated her post. “Happy folding! You know I want to see pics!”

The post has been shared 140,000 times since it was posted, shocking friends and family.

“I bet you didn’t expect this many reactions to your hack when you posted it this morning,” one person commented on the post. “[I] bet you and Dave are having a right giggle about your new found fame. Haha.”

“[W]e can’t believe it,” Becky replied. “I only added a little video after the original post, because a friend asked.”

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“[T]hat time your friend says “post a video” and its shared eight thousand times!!” Becky commented in a reply to her friend who asked for the video.

Of course, not everyone was impressed with the method, with some saying they thought everyone already did this or claiming that the extra work wasn’t worth the final product.

The boxes do look nice and tidy, and it only takes a few moments to execute, but kids who can’t even get their dishes in the dishwasher and are the main consumers of cereal are unlikely to maintain this method.

What do you think — will you give this a try?

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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