We all lead busy lives. Between work, school, family obligations and general needs like running errands on the weekend, it can seem like the chance to sit down and take a breather isn’t going to happen anytime soon. When you’re looking to make your life a little easier, consider trying some of the following suggestions.
1. Skip the supermarket
Signing up for a service like grocery delivery can make your life a lot easier. Rather than having to stop at the store on the way home from work – or getting yourself going on the weekend when you’re already tired – sit at your laptop, place an order, and have your favorite foods delivered at your convenience. You’ll still be able to get everything you need – you just won’t have to shop the physical shelves to do so.
2. Dust on the dash
When you’re busy, housecleaning can get shoved to the back burner. Rather than facing down an army of dust bunnies when you’d rather be spending time with friends, do a 10-minute clean-up every day to keep your home in tip-top shape. You might be surprised what you can do in just a few minutes. While a messy room probably isn’t going to be spic and span after one pass-through, you’ll begin to see noticeable changes. Run a bag of trash out to the alley, do the few dishes sitting in the sink, or wipe down the bathroom counters. Little measures will make a big difference by the end of the week.
3. Make a plan for plastic
Signing up for a recycling pick-up service can make the process of gathering aluminum, plastic, cardboard and other recyclables you have around the home a little easier. Rather than needing to find the time to lug everything to a recycling center, you can set your bins by the curb and have them whisked away by professionals. If recycling pick-up isn’t available where you live, consider using color-coded bins to make the sorting process easier, especially when it comes to plastic and its many variations. Make a plan to drop off recycling on a semimonthly or monthly basis (depending on your need) to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed.
4. Exercise with ease
Finding time to get to the gym can be difficult or more than you want to think about at the end of a long day. Give some thought to setting up a home gym to make your workouts more accessible. You don’t need to invest in the Cadillac of home fitness machines to succeed. Start with a set of hand weights, a yoga mat, and a stability ball and you’ll be able to get in a good workout. Add a weight bench, elliptical or treadmill as your budget allows and never again have to pay a hefty gym membership fee, wait in line for a machine, or wear flip flops into the shower. Best of all, you can exercise in old, comfortable clothes that you wouldn’t dare wear outside the house.
Hopefully, these tips can help you feel a little less overwhelmed in the midst of a busy life. Tasks that have previously seemed daunting can be delegated or broken into manageable activities. Now you can get your groceries, do your daily sit-ups and sort soda cans without succumbing to exhaustion.