One of my New Years resolutions is to cut down on my workload. Make housework easier and cheaper to do.
Trouble is, we all say and think these things but actually putting them into practice and sticking to them is a lot harder. Sometimes we feel it is all too hard to make the effort and make life easier. How strange is that?
We do need to work harder at making life easier as once we are conditioned, is when it starts working. So, look around you. Walk around the home from room to room and look closely. Sometimes, the problems are staring you in the face.
Clutter. Yes clutter. Why not minimize your home and make it simple and low key. Do you really want that china ornament you won at the fair? Or those old magazines on the floor? They all store dust and mean extra work. It is a bit like deleting all those cookies and rubbish on your computer. Once done, it works a lot faster.
Walk round the rooms and take away one thing from each of them. Look again. Can you live without it? Probably. If so, walk around again and remove another item and so on.
Have a boot sale with it all and earn yourself extra money.
I promise you, your home will start to look tidier even at this stage. The less clutter around, the less work for you to do.
Try to do a chore before it really needs doing. Such as defrosting the fridge and freezer. It will be so much faster to defrost if it does not have three inches of ice layering the freezer.
De-scaling the kettle will be much easier if you do it once a month. Just before you go to bed, mix a solution of half water and half vinegar and cover the element in the kettle with it.
Bring this to the boil and leave overnight. Rinse well the next morning before using.
Storage solutions. They are out there if you look. Make the most of corners, as we tend to neglect them. If you have an unused corner in the bathroom buy a tiered unit for all those bottles of shampoo and things or a corner washing bin.
Look into a cupboard and assess if you could put more into it. If it has a low shelf then fit more. Fit a rail on the inside wardrobe doors to hang ties, belts and scarves.
The kitchen cupboard, next to the sink, is where space cannot be reached easily. Get some revolving baskets fitted here for all your tinned food for example?
Fit hooks into spare cupboard space for hanging cups and mugs.
I hate ironing so straight after Christmas I bought a new iron (as my old one had blown up) and a new ironing board cover. With everything so new and efficient at least it made the ironing easier. Keep the bottom of the iron clean and make sure you unplug the iron before you clean it.
Try rubbing toothpaste or Bicarbonate of soda and water paste over scorch marks and stains and wipe with a clean damp cloth. De-scale the iron regularly with an equal mix of white vinegar and water or buy a shop brand. Always empty the water from the iron when you have finished ironing.
There are thousands of tips out there to make our lives simpler and easier. Make it a better new year for yourself and have more time with loved ones or just have fun.