Shave Off Time When Doing Housework
We all wish that we had a little more free time. Whether you wish that you worked fewer hours through the week or didn’t have so many chores and responsibilities to take of around the home, lots of us dream of having a bit more free time. Just imagine the things you would do with it! You could spend all your extra spare time taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill. You might prefer to spend your hanging out with all of your friends and family members. Or maybe you would use your extra minutes to take part in some more fitness activities to try and improve your health and fitness.
But before you can start thinking about how you will spend your free time, you need to find some extra time in the first place. There’s no better place to start than in the home – here are some ways you can shave off the time needed to complete a lot of common chores and tasks. You might be amazed by how much time all of these great hacks help you save!
Use Professional Equipment
One reason why your housework might be taking so long is that you aren’t using the best possible tools and equipment for the job. Did you try and save some money by buying the cheapest vacuum cleaner on the market, for instance? If so, you will find that it doesn’t have great suction and vacuum your home could take a lot longer than if you had a state of the art vacuum. This is also the case with equipment in the kitchen. It’s a good idea to invest in professional food service equipment when possible as this will really speed up and improve your cooking and food preparation. You’ll then wonder why you struggled on with such poor tools for so long!
Start Batch Cooking
Lots of people really hate having to spend so long cooking each evening, especially if they have had a very busy day in the office. It really does eat into a lot of your free time and, once you’ve eaten dinner, it might be almost time to go to bed. So, there are plenty of reasons to want to speed up cooking. Of course, you might be tempted to rely on takeouts and ready meals, but these are very unhealthy and won’t do your family’s health any good. Instead, you should start practicing batch cooking. This is when you cook a large batch of food that is so big you can portion it up. These portions can then be frozen or refrigerated for later in the week. Generally speaking, many people cook their batches at the weekend so that they have meals all ready for the week. All they then have to do is reheat each portion when they are ready to use it. So, no more cooking every evening after work!
Do All Your Grocery Shopping At Once
If you do small grocery shops, you will definitely have to do more than one a week. But why not start doing just one larger shop? That way, you can get all of your weekly groceries in one go, and you only need to go out shopping once during the whole week. You will then have some spare time to do whatever else it is you want to do! If you think you might struggle to carry all of your groceries in one go, you could always start shopping online. The majority of big supermarkets now offer online shopping and they will deliver all of your groceries direct to your door.
Paperwork can frustrate the best of us. Feel like you are drowning in a sea of bills that you need to sort out? Why not automate them?! If you get in touch with your utility bill providers, they will be happy to automate all of your payments for you. First of all, you will have to agree to your bills being emailed to you. That will definitely cut down on your paperwork as you can start to save them onto your computer rather than filing paper copies away. Then, you just need to set up a direct debit so that the money for your bills leaves your account each month without you needing to do anything. It’s ever so simple and means you don’t need to waste any time on paying bills anymore!
Clean As You Go
If you leave all of your cleaning and tidying to build up, you will eventually have to spend a lot of time trying to do all your cleaning. For instance, if you leave your bathroom for the entire week, then by the time you finally get around to cleaning it, it could take quite some time. So, it’s a good idea to clean as you go along. After you’ve cooked a meal, make sure you wipe up after yourself, rather than letting any spillages and crumbs billed up to the end of the week. Similarly, wipe down the bathroom after you use it so that you aren’t faced with a mammoth amount to clean on cleaning day!
Be Smart About Making Laundry
You can very easily cut down on the amount of laundry that you need to do by not putting as many dirty clothes in your machine in the first place. Now, that doesn’t mean that you should never clean your clothes! You just have to be sensible when you decide which clothes need to go into the laundry. For example, if you wear a sweater once, then there is a good chance that it can be worn again. That is, of course, unless you end up spilling something on it. You can usually get more than one wear out of most clothes items – except underwear, though! If you end up putting clothes in the wash after wearing just once, you are making a lot of work for yourself!
Have fun with all your new free time!