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7 Simple Hacks for Creating a More Efficient Home + Get A FREE Water Analysis

7 Simple Hacks for Creating a More Efficient Home + Get A FREE Water Analysis

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7 Simple Hacks for Creating a More Efficient Home

We all have things that keep us from doing what we love. And, recently I was with a bunch of my mom friends and we got to complaining a little bit, but really, we were venting! Really! Venting because we realized we waste a lot of time on small things. It is hard to admit, but we can easily become side-tracked from things we enjoy because our homes just don’t flow right. It is your home, make it yours, streamline it, and realize that you aren’t alone. In speaking with my friends, I realized that others probably want to know ways to keep their homes more efficient, so here I am helping you out with 7 simple hacks for creating a more efficient home.

7 Simple Hacks for Creating a More Efficient Home

Let’s talk about real ways to help improve life. By having a more efficient home, we not only save time, but we can also worry less.

1. Utilize the one in, one out rule. If you buy a new shirt, send one to the donate pile. If this happens for each person in the house, things will not accumulate (admit it, you have a collection of something: Magazines perhaps? Yes, when the new issue arrives in the mail, please recycle the old!) Believe me, you can find things easier with less clutter.

2. Utilize a calendar app for the entire family. By using a family calendar, you can schedule when someone has a meeting that can’t be changed, or when someone has to be at a medical appointment, and there’s no guess work over whether or not someone knows what’s happening. Make it a habit to keep the calendar updated, and always check the calendar the night before, this way you’ll know if you need to be up early and there are no “good morning” surprises that someone has a science report due!

3. Stop the worrying over the basic things like water. Personally, I am confident that the improved drinking water from Hellenbrand takes away any concerns over water and brings me peace of mind. The Millennium Reverse Osmosis system helps to take the worry over whether or not the water your family has is safe.

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There have been various news sources telling us that Flint isn’t alone and it isn’t just lead that we have to worry about. Recently I saw that a town in Wisconsin has major issues with radium in their ground water! According to the state of Illinois, RO can remove around 90% of radium, helping to make water safer. There are major things to be concerned about and water is one of the most basic necessities. I’ve taken to ensure that I keep my family healthy with clean, fresh water, and have recommended iron removal ala the Promate 6 Storm to a family member who has to deal with some really hard water, which comes from her well. Hard water is another worry for many families and it is something that almost everyone will have experienced at some point. When it comes to hard water, it may not be a health risk but it is certainly a nuisance because of limescale. When this builds up in pipes and appliances like kettles, it can cause damage – which is obviously a concern. I know a lot of businesses use water softeners like this industrial water sofener here, but a smaller household one should be sufficient if you are dealing with particularly hard water.

4. Keep a first aid kit in each bathroom in the home, especially if you have multiple levels. It helps you take care of an injury quicker, AND prevents someone from limping up the stairs to find a BandAid!

5. At the beginning of the school year, buy your kids all the same socks, except for one special pair if they want them. It helps sorting and there’s no leftover socks, at least you won’t know if any are missing. Make the child (if they’re school aged or above) responsible for their special pair. Most socks can be hand washed or soaked and dried in the bathroom without issue, so for one pair, there’s no reason to not give them that responsibility. This hack can definitely can be a time saver for the person folding socks!

6. Meal prep on your slow day. That means cutting veggies in advance and storing them in the refrigerator until you need them. If you don’t like it, then you can pay a few extra dollars per week for pre sliced onions or cubed squash. It is your choice. From your shopping you can make your meal plan and ensure that you have everything, so there’s no last minute “I don’t have everything for dinner, so that means we don’t have anything for dinner” panics! Note: If you can, pack all lunches on Sunday night before the school/work week. There are a few items that won’t “keep” until Friday, but most items will. Also, by packing everyone almost the same lunch, you save time and money.

7. Vinegar and baking soda. Have these two items around all the time. If you run out of your regular cleaning supplies, one of these two will almost always do the trick.

Your Family’s Hacks

What hacks do you have that help keep things moving smoothly at home? What are things that overwhelm you and keep you from being at peace and enjoying your life?

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Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. Elizabeth O
    July 27, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    As we pack up our home and get things sorted for sale or giveaway, we are making sure that our next space will be supremely efficient. We all need that change.

  2. July 22, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    We meal plan and love it. I try to buy kids their each color of socks. That way since they have all differerent sizes they aren’t confused!

  3. parpar de real
    July 22, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    These are absolutely a great tips to all the parents. My wife should know this

  4. July 21, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    I have never utilized the one in, one out rule. I have way too many shirts, so this is a good one to make my closet more efficient. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Jennifer Henry-Novich
    July 21, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    I really need to utilize the one in and one out method. yes, I have those notorious stacks of magazines.

  6. Robin Rue
    July 21, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    I love the idea of the socks! I am always hating finding that some don’t have mates anymore.

  7. July 21, 2016 / 1:37 am

    What a brilliant ideas! Simple hacks makes our daily lives easier and wise. So glad that I found your blog about these simple hacks. Thank you so much.

  8. July 20, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    I do not know what I would do without my calendar app. I would not be able to keep the family straight.

  9. kristin
    July 20, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Great tips! My husband does all of the home stuff, just emailed him this link!

  10. July 20, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    The one in one out is something I need to work on! It would help to make space now and avoid piling up.

  11. Ann Bacciaglia
    July 20, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    These are great tips. Meal planning is a great way to save money and time.

  12. July 20, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I love all these suggestions, they’re easy to maintain and you can make sure that the whole family can use them too. I think it’s a great idea to have a first aid kit in every room, in case something happens.

  13. July 20, 2016 / 11:58 am

    I love these tips! I’ve been following #1 a lot this summer and getting new items for school and wardrobe basics and getting rid of the old, beat up stuff!

  14. Nikki Wayne
    July 20, 2016 / 5:30 am

    I like the hacks that I can do with vinegar and baking soda! These are nice tips!

  15. July 20, 2016 / 3:57 am

    That sock thing saved me this year! Because I have three kids who have similarly sized feet, I put initials on the toe with a Sharpie. That made it simple to figure out whose were whose.

  16. July 20, 2016 / 3:52 am

    These are great tips! I don’t know about the sock idea though.. my kids’ feet are pretty nasty and they know it. They’d be grossed out to know that they might be wearing a sock that their sibling wore.

  17. July 20, 2016 / 2:34 am

    Meal prep is the best!! And I love the one in, one out rule but I need to use it better!

  18. July 20, 2016 / 1:51 am

    Thanks for the tips, I could definitely use a more organized home!!

  19. July 20, 2016 / 1:32 am

    This is definitely some good advice. I wouldn’t mind having a safer, cleaner water system for sure.

  20. July 20, 2016 / 12:47 am

    Super great hacks for creating a more efficient home. I am glad that you shared these because they will be quite useful around here.

  21. July 19, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I love #1, I need to get rid of some clutter! We don’t use half of it anyway!

  22. Jeanine
    July 19, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    This is great! These are some very wonderful tips! Anything to make our house more efficient in any way we can we are all for.

  23. July 19, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    My husband and I have been attempting to make our home more efficient as well. These are some great tips!

  24. July 19, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Great, great tips! We have a family calendar and the whole family gets involved in weekly food prep on Saturdays. It saves a ton of time and my sanity.

  25. July 19, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    This is so helpful! We’ve been trying to really focus on the letting go of things -especially when something new comes in! I really need to get on a calendar app. Excellent tips

  26. July 19, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    These are some great tips and hacks! My husband and I keep talking about getting our water tested!

  27. July 19, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Great tips! I try to meal plan, but that happens in the mornings! I like the buy one thing, donate the other, that would certainly help with the piles of stuff around my home!

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