Life is short, right? So, why not take a few shortcuts?Some of the most simple - and effective - tips to leading a more efficient life are right there in our everyday lives. Put these shortcuts into your day, and strive to eke out a few more minutes to yourself.
- Shower power. Keep a sponge and some cleaner on a shelf in the shower so they're always easily accessible. Strip off your clothes. Then, wash the shower walls and inner door while you're in it. Since you won't be dressed while you're cleaning, you can do a very thorough and quick job without worrying about getting your clothes wet. When you're done cleaning, take a shower. Afterwards, dry yourself and then dry the shower out with your bath towel.
- Use a bag cave. Always keep a paper bag on your counter while you're preparing food. Open it up and lay it on its side, so it forms a cave. As you're cutting up meats, produce, etc., immediately toss scraps into the paper bag. When you're done preparing, just grab the bag, close it and toss it in the trash--no additional cleaning necessary.
- Multi-task your exercise activities. Do at least one thing each day that involves some sort of physical activity, without taking up extra time. For instance, when you bring your kids to the park, run around with them, or do some squats while they're using the play equipment. Perhaps go for a walk with your spouse or a friend after dinner, while discussing your goals or your upcoming vacation. Do some sit ups during commercials while you're watching your favorite television programs.
- Who needs the top sheet anyway? If you have to straighten out a top bed sheet every time you have to make the bed, you may be wasting time. Just a fitted sheet, topped with a duvet cover or comforter may be all you need for a comfortable sleep in the evening. In the morning after you get up, just quickly lay the cover or comforter on top, with minimal fussing.
- Company is coming for dinner. Instead of fretting over how you're going to get the entire house cleaned up before your
dinner guests arrive, concentrate on those areas that really make a difference. Remove any clutter piles that are sure to make your house look messy--put them in a closet or your basement until your guests are gone. Wipe any really evident smudges from mirrors and stainless steel appliances, wipe down the guest bathroom with a few disposable wipes and turn the main room lights down a bit so any leftover dust goes unnoticed. As a final touch, bake some bread--even if it's the kind you get in the supermarket freezer section-- to add a wonderful aroma to your home.
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now!
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