As someone who enjoys a pretty independent lifestyle I am always on the lookout for tips and tricks to make my life even more efficient. My home has become my office, so to speak as I left the more traditional workforce to become a freelancer. But even for those who work outside of the home, saving time to spend more time at home, and saving space to enjoy your home more are things that are very important.
Growing up, space was never an issue and neither was time, come to think of it. My mother ran a very tight ship in terms of “a place for everything and everything in its place”.
She was not one to let exhaustion or anything else get in the way of our home being tidy and showroom worthy. We got home and shoes went in the right place immediately, clothes went into everyone’s respective dirty hampers and no one’s room was ever allowed to be in disarray.
Now, I’m not saying that anyone (myself included, of course) who doesn’t keep their home as “perfectly “organized is somehow dirty or less organized because let’s face it – things have changed since the early 80’s.
The ways we live, communicate, commute and work have all changed since then and while it would be divine to keep things altogether all the time, it just isn’t possible. But there are things we can do to keep our homes functional and livable without being too over the top. Here are a couple tips you can use to make the most of your time, your space and your home:
1. Put the big things away or get rid of them altogether:
Over the years I have accumulated some household items that, at the time, I was sure I would use every day and incorporate into my life. From an antique dining room table that has turned into a clothes table to two sets of workout equipment that now serve as towel racks, I know you know what I’m talking about. If 6 months to a year has passed and you haven’t used something for the purpose it was intended, it is time to get rid of it or put it in storage. I didn’t want to part with my dining room table so I put it into storage using www.usstoragesearch.com. For the workout equipment that I honestly knew I would not have time to use, I sold them for a great price on ebay.
2. Make time to do the things that will change your life:
We can come up with every excuse as to why the takeout places know our names and orders by heart but the fact is, that isn’t healthy at all. There will always be something to do and there will always only be 24 hours in a day – we have to make those tough but necessary decisions that will make life healthier and easier at the same time. For those with traditional work weeks that begin on Monday and end on Friday, do your grocery shopping on Sunday and do food prep for the week then too. Every Sunday evening, I make a big veggie lasagna and a two roasted chickens, along with some vegetables that I just wash and clean and prepackage into individual zipper top bags. During the week for lunches, all that’s required is a little assembly and there – everyone’s fed and it too no time at all!
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