10 Unnecessary Household Chores To Stop Doing

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Housework seems to never be finished. If some household chores never got done, our whole house would be a garbage dump!

Imagine, though, if you didn’t have to do all of those chores every day. Well, you don’t. Some chores are not necessary or can be made so much easier.

Let’s check out some of the chores we’re wasting our time doing every day and see how we can adjust.

10. Ironing Out Laundry Hanger Bumps

Those hangers you get from the cleaners, send them back. They can reuse them. Have you ever noticed how they always crease your pants and leave bumps in the shoulders of your shirts? So annoying!

Who wants to be wasting time and electricity to iron what you already paid cleaners to do? One option is to exchange those flimsy, creasing hangers for more appropriate and better quality ones. Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers are a bargain choice, and they cost less than $1 each.

9. Your Moldy Bread

It is a waste of time and money to keep bread until it begins to grow mold! You get the freshest bread from the bakery, and it is best to eat it on the same day. Whatever you don’t consume can be kept frozen or in the fridge for it to last longer.

8. Washing Your Hair Daily

It does not make you any more hygienic to wash your hair every day. No more so than the person who washes their hair twice per week. It is actually bad for your hair to wash it daily.

You lose natural moisture from your scalp by washing too often, and so the scalp reproduces oil, and you need to wash again. Washing two to three times per week is enough. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair from drying out.

7. Dishwashing

There is really no need to rinse off your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. You are wasting water and your time and energy when you do that. Simply scrape off the leftovers from your plate and put them in the dishwasher.

4. Using a Top Sheet

Making your bed can involve one less step once you get rid of the top sheet. It really isn’t necessary, and you probably kick it off of you in the middle of the night anyway.

According to an article published by Readers Digest, “many Europeans sleep directly under a quilt or a duvet with a cover, as do about 30 percent of Americans.”

5. Peeling Veggies

It is a waste of time to be peeling away the nutrients from your vegetables! There is no reason to do that unless dealing with winter veggies such as squash, celery root or other foods with harder coating.

Foods you probably peel include carrots, cucumber, turnip and potatoes. Stop peeling away from your healthy fibers. It’s best to simply wash them. You’ll gain some flavor and save your time.

4. Buy Rotiserrie Chicken

It makes perfect sense to buy a rotisserie chicken instead of preparing chicken yourself. Of course, there will be some instances when you want to take the time to prepare it, but some days life needs to be made easier.

At Costco, you can purchase a rotisserie chicken for $4.99.  While at other places, they are $7 on average. A whole uncooked chicken is $8.50. Now, tell me if that isn’t a waste of time buying the uncooked product?

3. Your Heavy Key Chain

Many people are guilty of carrying around keys that no longer open any door they own. The heavy bundle of keys is just–there! It’s time to remove them and lighten the load. It’s a burden on your car ignition.

General Motors had to recall hundreds of cars that were stalling. The advice they gave was to remove extra keys from your car key chain. Such an unnecessary burden to be carrying all that around.

2. No Shoes in the House Policy

If you often clean up the dirt your house guests leave behind; it’s time to make changes. Adopting a no-shoes policy is not hard to do, and it will save you so much time in the long run.

According to the University of Houston study, dirty shoes carry Clostridioides difficile bacteria, which is the same bacteria found in the bathroom and can cause intestinal disease for humans.

1. Mowing Your Lawn

It is better to mow your lawn every two weeks instead of every week. It will be good for your garden and the environment. It will also save you time. If your yard space is less manicured, the bees will feed on your wildflowers and then go off to pollinate other plants in your garden.

Also, grass that is too short dry out quickly and turn brown, which needs extra watering. Experts at Consumer Report recommend keeping your grass to a low of three inches.

Our quality of life will improve drastically if we learn to be more efficient with time, energy and workload. The adage, time is money, still stands!

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