There are certainly more difficult tasks, but few are as annoying as prying apart a key ring clip. The metal circle is designed to keep keys and keychains secureā€”so secure that you may find it impossible to add new items or take them off. Though personal experience may tell you otherwise, there is a way to open your key ring without breaking a nail. All you need is a tool you may already have in your desk at home.

According to Lifehacker, a staple remover is the perfect instrument for conquering key rings. The sharp "teeth" are slimmer than your fingertips and stronger than your nails, making them perfect for wedging between the ring's coils.

Once you've inserted the tip of the teeth, squeeze down on the staple remover. This will force the wider part of the metal between the rings and create an opening big enough for you to slide something in there. You can complete the process in a few seconds without sacrificing your fingers or your sanity. Watch how it's done in the video below.

A staple remover isn't the only item in your house with a hidden purpose. From amplifying iPhones with bowls to de-scratching discs with bananas, here are more brilliant life hacks to try.

[h/t Lifehacker]