Life in the digital age can often seem chaotic and stressful, but your home should always be a safe-haven. All too often, however, many of us find ways to complicate life at home, stripping away that precious sense of peace. If that sounds familiar, check out these 8 hacks to simplify your life.
Set a Weekly Plan
The first step towards simplified living is to be organized. If you want to mix this up with a bit of home decor, why not set up a chalkboard, or use chalkboard paint, to write down a weekly plan of action? You can use it to mark appointments, meal plans, to-do lists, projects that you want to dedicate time to, and more.
Learn to Detach
Many of us have dozens of items around the house that we keep because it seems impossible to throw them out, or maybe we’ll need them again some day. Or so we force ourselves to think. Make an inventory of any items in your house that you haven’t used or are unlikely to use again, and either donate or sell them. Old books, clothes, furniture, kids toys, even appliances you received as gifts and never used – all these are just waiting to go to a new home.
Store like a Pro
Once you’ve decluttered your home by getting rid of what you don’t need, it’s time to consider storing what you did keep. Even if you have all the storage in the world, your home can soon feel cluttered once more if you’re not careful. Luckily, this is easy enough to fix, and we’ve already compiled a set of tips and tricks that can help you out. And if you have a basement or attic, all the better – there’s more tips just waiting for you here.
Streamline Your Cleaning Routine
Cleaning your home can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The easiest way to streamline your cleaning routine is to break it down by days. Set a day for deep cleaning the bathroom, one for the kitchen, one for doing laundry, and so on. Vacuum cleaning and giving the floors a quick mop once every two days will help you stay on top of things. Also, don’t get into bad habits, like leaving dishes to pile up in the sink. Use it, clean it, reuse it – make this your mantra. Once you get into the swing of it, you’ll find that keeping a spotless home is easy.
Doing this is great for the environment, but also good for you. If you think about it, there’s a lot of paper that’s needlessly taking up space in your home. For starters, why not switch to email billing for your utilities instead of waiting for snail mail? You can also use this for any subscriptions to magazines – most of them have online versions anyway. And while you’re at it, you can also throw out all those old appliance manuals, especially since modern manufacturers provide the PDFs for them online.
Cut Down on TV and Social Media
Think of them as a sort of void that sucks up all your daily productivity. Staying informed and in touch with friends and family is great, but let’s face it: a lot more time is wasted just scrolling or staring at the screen. And before you know it, it’s 10 PM and you still haven’t started that new book like you planned to. Reducing screen time will add hours of valuable time to your day, which you can use to keep on top of tasks, or even focus on yourself – all of which will make your life much, much simpler.
Whether you live in a house or a flat, being on bad terms with your neighbors will cause you a lot of stress. More often than not, it comes down to something you can easily fix with a friendly chat – maybe even a homemade cake. Having neighbors you can get along with will not only simplify your life, but also put you at ease, and make you feel like you’re part of the community.
Make Your Home About You
If you feel that life at home is needlessly complicated, maybe it’s time to think about just how much of it feels like it’s truly yours. Do you have a lot of strategically placed decorations and furniture aimed to wow your guests, but in reality, they only get in your way? Perhaps it’s time to get rid of them. Do you wish you had a room for yourself and your hobbies? Why not convert an unused guest room, or simply decorate a nook to suit your needs? Simplicity breeds enjoyment, and the more enjoyment you can get from feeling that your home is your haven, the simpler your life will be.