On a day to day basis your life can be pretty hectic; there are so many chores to be done and mouths to feed you can totally lose track of what day it is sometimes. When it comes to home improvements you love delving into a challenge and you are always looking for new ways to make your household run like clockwork. You don’t want any unnecessary bumps in the road that could slow down your daily routine. As soon as everything is just right you will be able to feel more relaxed and content with your home. You realize that it is almost impossible to have a perfectly smooth running household, but you want to get as close as possible so that your life can become easier. Over the summer you have a little extra time to make extra preparations and start planning for the year ahead. From pest control to cool kitchen ideas, you are ready to take your organization to the next level. There isn’t anything you won’t try and you are looking forward to the challenge. Take some inspiration from here and see how smooth and slick you can make you household this year.
Bye Bye Pests
There is nothing more irritating than finding little droppings, hearing strange noises or noticing unwanted nests in and around your home. If you think your household or garden is being infested with pests such as squirrels, mice or even badgers, you will need to take immediate action. Perhaps you have noticed those pesky squirrels near your bird feeder or you are hearing funny noises coming from the attic. Write down all of the signs and let the animal control specialists handle your issue. Your home will be free of vermin sooner than you think and you will be able to learn new techniques on how to warn them off.
Your kitchen is arguably the place you spend most of your time. Whether you are cooking up a delicious dinner or relaxing with a cup of tea after a long, hard day, you will always need to be prepared in your kitchen. Invest in some of the latest kitchen gadgets to make your daily life flow without a hitch. A slow cooker is the perfect example of a handy kitchen hack; you can simply throw all of your ingredients into the pot, turn it on for the day and a few hours later you will come home to a delicious soup, stew or sauce ready to be devoured by the whole family.
Whilst we’re on the topic of delicious kitchen hacks, you might also want to consider growing your own ingredients. You know how irritating it is when you run out of tomatoes, herbs or any other vegetable you had planned to cook for dinner. Imagine waltzing out into your backyard and picking a fresh sprig of rosemary or picking a freshly grown potato from the dirt. This is not only a more eco-friendly way of sourcing your vegetables and fresh herbs, but it may also work out a lot cheaper in the long run. In addition, you will know that the fresh food has been grown naturally without any nasty chemicals or pesticides.
Growing your own food is one amazing way to go greener at home, but why stop there? It has become abundantly clear over the years that our planet and oceans are suffering from a mass overload of discarded plastic. Try and cut down your household’s consumption on plastic little by little each week and you will be making a huge difference to the environment. A couple of ideas that you could adopt right now include, investing in a water filter for the fridge so you don’t have to buy plastic bottles, buying a keep cup so your morning coffee isn’t always from a disposable cup with a plastic lid and buying your own canvas bag to take to the food market instead of bringing home a tonne of plastic sacks. All of these small changes will soon add up and make a huge difference.
You want your home to be as eco-friendly as possible, so why do we use toxic chemicals to clean our home? Try switching out your usual day to day products for more natural alternative. Ingredients such as fresh lemon, white wine vinegar and baking soda will all work wonders for your kitchen, bathroom and other surfaces around the home.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
If you are looking to cut down your monthly bills and be kinder to the environment, then it’s time to start reducing your energy consumption. If you don’t already have a smart meter in place, then this will prove extremely useful when trying to track your energy usage. Look only for ways to save water around the home on a daily basis too.
Always Be Prepared
You know what it’s like to have kids running around the house all day; there is barely enough time to think straight. If you can ever get a quiet moment to yourself, then use it wisely to get prepared. Never put anything off to the last minute, such as making school lunches, ironing uniforms and helping out with school projects. Being prepared and getting ahead of the game will set you up well for busy weeks ahead.
Happiness is Key
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to run a ‘perfect’ household. The truth is that nobody is perfect, so you carry on spreading the love at home; you are already doing an amazing job.
Your home is sooner going to be like a well-oiled machine. There will be very few things that can go wrong, if you make sure you are fully prepared ahead of time. Often it is these small things that can send you over the edge on a bad day. If you can eliminate these smaller stresses you will have a more carefree and trouble free life altogether. So spend some time getting super prepared and you won’t regret it for the months to come. Your household will be happier, healthier and running like clockwork!