2020 was a year where people quickly realized how chaotic their home really was. Stay-at-home orders issued around the world forced people to take a long hard look at their homes.
The constant state of disarray, the endless cleaning that never stops, and losing things left and right are enough for anyone to go a little mad. Taking on your home and the way it runs is no small task. Having some home hacks can give you the tools you need to make your home and life how you’ve always envisioned it.
Below are four great home hacks that you can use to make your home work with you instead of against you. Creating a home environment that is comfortable and what you want can drastically improve your life and wellbeing.
Automation may sound like an intimidating home hack, but it is definitely one worth the research. Automation is the process of making actions you do consistently, happen automatically.
In today’s age, automation is easier than ever as all you need for the most part is a phone and some smart home items. Smart home devices are devices that have the ability to communicate with the internet or other devices on a network. You can find a smart alternative to nearly anything in your home. A smart light bulb, smart thermostat, smart coffee maker, and even smart locks exist.
Automation isn’t just about creating a smart home, but it can also be about reducing your workload by automating repetitive tasks. Tasks like sending a weekly email, opening your browser when you turn on your computer, and even setting recurring reminders can save you time that is better spent getting the things that matter done.
Below are three different ways that you can utilize automation at home to make your life easier.
One of the best utilizations of smart devices is the ability to create a morning routine. If you aren’t a morning person, creating a morning routine automation will be your best friend and will save you massive amounts of time during a hectic morning when every minute counts.
If you stepped back and looked at every single thing you do in the morning you may be shocked. Turning on the lights, turning on your coffee maker, turning on the morning news is just the tip of the iceberg. On top of that, you will most likely need to go and turn off all of those devices in addition to turning the thermostat up to save on electricity before you leave. All of these actions add up to a sizable amount of time.
In a morning routine automation, you could automatically have all of those things done in an instant without you having to do a thing. Simply set a time for when you want things to turn on and you are set to enjoy more free time in the morning.
In addition to enjoying more time in the morning, having the lights turn on automatically is a great way to help you wake up and get out of bed. Light is a natural signal to your body that it is time to wake up and smart lights can turn your light bulbs into a light-emitting alarm clock.
While setting reminders isn’t a very time-intensive task, setting up recurring reminders can save you time in the long run.
An example would be if you set a reminder every night to take your MitoQ supplement in the morning with your breakfast. Rather than setting a reminder every night, you could set up recurring reminders which automatically will remind you when you should have your MitoQ. You could even set reminders to remind you to do your nighttime skincare routine which can help to keep your skin looking youthful.
Night-time routines are similar to morning routines but they prepare you for bed without you even needing to do anything. An automated night-time routine could dim the lights as it gets later, remind you what you have the next day, and even play soundtracks to help you fall asleep.
Having these routines set up can be a helpful reminder that you should go to bed. Over time having a consistent bedtime routine can allow you to get a better quality night’s sleep as your body will begin associating the cues with time for sleep.
2. Develop systems to stay organized
Another home hack you can utilize to make your life easier is to create systems that help your home stay organized. Systems can include having designated spots for items, following a specific way of doing something, or any other strategic method of instilling habits.
Find homes for items
One of the most frustrating aspects of being at home is when you misplace an item. These items always seem like they become lost at the most inopportune times. Losing the remote before your favorite show airs, losing your keys before you need to leave, or losing documents when you need them most.
Finding a permanent home for your items is a quick and easy way to significantly reduce the frequency that you lose an item. Getting a key hook near the front door for instance gives your car keys a home. When you leave you can quickly grab them and when you come back the hook is right by the door so you can quickly hang them back up.
This can be done with every item in your home and once you get in the habit of putting it back in its designated spot, you won’t even have to think about it and you will default to putting it back.
Creating a system when you clean is a great hack to ensure you are not doing double work. An example of a system you can utilize while cleaning is to go from top to bottom while cleaning. This means cleaning the counter tops first and then moving to cleaning the floor. This avoids double work because cleaning the counters could push dirt and grime onto the floor.
Systems can be applied to even the largest of messes. A system is simply a method that you utilize to tackle a problem. Having a solid system while cleaning will make it easier and less intimidating to tackle larger tasks.
One of the biggest contributors to at home stress is that people have too many things and items within their home. When things become in excess people tend to spend less time enjoying what they want and more time preoccupied with things.
Decluttering and minimalism are great home hacks that can help your home feel cleaner and you to feel lighter. A common problem that many people have is that when they have the space they will fill it. In young adulthood many people lack storage space and only have about a truck's worth of possessions. When those same people transition into a house, they will typically accumulate more possessions that would require at least double the room of a truck.
Decluttering is about taking the time to individually assess each item you won and determine if it adds value to your life. Items like cutlery or sentimental items will most likely add value, but those saved to-go containers most likely don’t can be disposed of.
While decluttering may be difficult at first, it becomes easier the more things you let go of. By decluttering you also gain a better understanding of who you are and what you like. This goes a long way as you can be a more conscientious shopper that only purchases items that add value rather than filling your house with meaningless objects.
4. Meal prepping
Meal prepping is a fantastic at home hack that can greatly improve your life and health. Meal prepping is about purchasing food and preparing your food for the week all at one time. While it takes time to prepare many meals, it does save you time during the week when you would otherwise order out because you simply don’t have the time to make food.
In addition to prepping the meals, you can also prep your pills and supplements for the week using a pill organizer. Since MitoQ should be taken 30 minutes before a meal, having your MitoQ pre-dosed and ready to go can allow you to quickly take it when you wake up in the morning so you have enough time to eat breakfast.
There are countless other home hacks and these four hacks only scratch the surface. By utilizing automation, organization systems, decluttering, and meal prepping you can effectively turn your home and life around for the better. Making your home work with you instead of against you will make you feel less stressed and will allow you to better enjoy your time in your space.