Household chores are, to put it mildly, a chore. They take up so much of your time, preventing you from doing the things that you really want to do. However, they must be done or, else, you would not have clean clothes to wear or plates to use.
But, as they say, it is better to work smarter than harder. You can reduce the effort it takes to do your laundry and clean the clutter in your home by following these simple but effective household chore hacks.
Freshly-Steamed Clothes Right Out of the Shower
Hit two birds with one stone by hanging your clothes in the bathroom every time you shower. The resulting steam will straighten out any wrinkles on your work shirt and pants without an ironing board or a dedicated steamer.
This one actually works. No one at the office will know that you did not take the time to sit down and tidy your clothes.
Important tip: This might be better if you have shower enclosures or curtains. Otherwise, keep your clothing far away from the showerhead. You do not want to end up with a soaked shirt and pants when you are getting late for work.
Hang Your Clothes
You would need an entire afternoon to do your laundry but you would save so much of your time by deciding to hang all your clothes instead of folding them. You would need to get a new closet, but it will be so worth it knowing that you would not have to fold every shirt, shorts, pants, skirt in your wardrobe.
Looking for something to wear would be a breeze, too. When your clothes are folded, you do not exactly see everything that you own. You have to rummage through the drawer to find a specific shirt to wear. When everything is hanging in your closet, deciding which outfit to wear for a particular event becomes faster and so much easier.
Get Drawers, Plastic Bins, Etc.
Clutter can become a habit and, once there are too many items lying on the floor, on the table, on couches and chairs, cleaning up will seem very tiring.
Get a drawer or any storage solution. Their existence will automatically train your brain to avoid creating clutter. There is a reason why clothes pile up in a corner of your room or a random chair. It has already been worn once which means that you cannot put it back in your closet, but it is still clean and you want to wear it again sometime soon which means you cannot throw it into the laundry hamper, either. Installing hooks behind your door for clothes that you still want to wear will solve the problem.
The same principle applies to everything around the house. A dedicated drawer, basket, or plastic bin will reduce clutter.
Do not forget to reserve one storage solution where anything could go. Stuff that you use all the time or do not have a specific drawer or basket yet would go into that storage solution. If you are feeling too lazy to put back a pair of scissors or your address book where it should go, chuck it in there.
Better yet, go minimalist and own less stuff.
Invest in Technology
Technology has always been about making life easier for people. In this case, there are a number of devices that are meant to make the task of maintaining a clean home less of a drag.
You have already heard about robot vacuums which, although can be quite expensive, will take the task of cleaning your house for you. The only thing you need to do is to empty it out every once in a while. Otherwise, you can command it to go around the house, picking up dust and dirt from the floor, every day.
Air purifiers, which ensures that the air you are breathing is fresh and free of allergens, also help reduce the amount of dust in the air which will otherwise settle on surfaces around the house.
There are now dozens of smart devices that make any task easier. If you need to buy a certain food item, you can just verbally instruct Alexa or Google Assistant to order it online for you. If you want to adjust the thermostat, you can do it right on your smartphone. You do not need to stand up to see who is on the door; all you need is to tap on an app and you will get a live video feed from your porch.
Doing your household chores does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. As long as you follow these hacks, you can free up your weekends to do anything except clean.