Everyone wants to save time, especially on household chores. With that in mind, I’ve got 10 household tips that will save you hours. Take a look and see how they can help you!
1. Pre-sort your family’s laundry, with your family’s help, of course. Give each kid a basket for colors and a basket for whites. When it’s time to wash you can just dump the basket in the washer and go. After it’s dry, put it back in the basket and hand it to the kids. If they’re old enough, they can fold it and put it away themselves.
2. Instead of making repeated trips to the garbage can while you’re cooking, put a big bowl on the counter to collect the scraps, peels, and other cast-offs, then make one trip to dump it all out when you’re done.
3. Keep a shopping list going at all times. As soon as you notice you are out of something, or running low on another, add those items to the list while you’re thinking about it. When you get ready for your next shopping trip, you won’t forget something.
4. Make a solution of one cup of water and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and store it in a spray bottle by the kitchen sink. As you dirty dishes, give them a quick spray and set them in the sink. You can wash them later and not worry about having to spend the time to scrub dried on gunk.
5. Instead of always using the regular or heavy duty cycle on your dishwasher, try the light cycle, especially if your dishes are only lightly dirty. You’ll save time and money if the lighter cycle will do the same job.
6. Make cleaning a game. Whenever you need to pick up, grab a basket and set a timer for 10 minutes. It’s amazing how much more you can accomplish when you’re on a deadline.
7. Here’s an idea that I think is genius. Make cleaning the fridge tons easier by lining your door shelves with waxed paper. Discard and change it as often as necessary. No more scrubbing at dried on, sticky gunk!
8. Make cleaning out the blender a breeze! Just fill it halfway with hot water and a drop of dishwashing liquid, then blend away until everything is loosened. It cleans all the little nooks and crannies around the blades without you risking cutting off a finger.
9. You may already do this, but if not, consider getting on the bandwagon. Leaving your shoes by the door is a good practice, just for the fact that you’ll spend less time cleaning floors. Who knows what dirt shoes bring in?
10. Designate a spot in your kitchen for the cups your family uses for a full day. That means you’ll wash one cup per person, per day, and no more. It might be an adjustment, but it’s worth the effort!