5 household hacks to make your family life easier in 2023
Life with children can feel non-stop, so it pays to have a few time- and energy-saving tricks up your sleeve
While being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, it’s also one of the busiest. When you’re not keeping everybody fed and watered, you’re probably taking care of the school run or tackling your ever-mounting washing pile – and that’s before you’ve even had time to ensure the house is in a half-decent state. There’s no sugar coating it, sometimes it can feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Luckily, there are a few hacks you can try that will hopefully take some pressure off and buy you a little time back.
Simplify your wardrobes
Less can be more when it comes to the number of clothes in your wardrobe. Sure, it’s nice to have a range of garments that allow you to prepare for any eventuality – after all, parenthood brings with it a lot of unexpected surprises! But sometimes, having too much choice can actually make life more difficult. The same goes for your child’s wardrobe. With children growing so quickly, it’s easy to amass lots of clothes that no longer fit or no longer suit their style. So, set aside a day to totally declutter. Grab three boxes and assign one to the items you want to keep, one to what needs to be thrown away, and one to the clothing you’ll donate to charity.
Make printing at home easy
Whether it’s for homework, important travel documents or that handy fridge meal planner, a printer is a staple in most households. And you probably don’t realise just how important it is until you’ve run out of ink. When you choose a HP printer, you can set up an HP Instant Ink subscription, which detects when you’re running low on ink and automatically delivers more to your door before it’s gone. Unlike other subscriptions, it only delivers when you need it – so you don’t have to worry about stockpiling. You also get your first six months completely free when you buy a new HP+ printer and activate HP+.
Invest in multiuse items that reduce clutter
Save yourself time and space with multipurpose products. Instead of racking up a cupboard full of cleaning products for example, choose items more mindfully and opt for all-purpose or multi-surface cleaners. With kitchen appliances, look for ones that work harder, like food processors that also blend and mix, or vegetable choppers that act as a peeler, mandolin, grater, knife and juicer as well!
Reduce time spent on chores with smart devices
From robotic vacuums and lawnmowers to multifunctional air fryers and app-operated washing machines, nowadays there’s plenty of tech that can make ticking jobs off your never-ending to-do list that bit more achievable. And you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune, as the increasing popularity of these smart gadgets means you can now find them at a range of reasonable price points.
Get ahead with meal prep
With so many different things to take into consideration, feeding the family may feel like a bit of a minefield. Is it healthy enough? Will you have enough time to make it? And, of course, will everyone eat it? Subscription meal boxes are super-convenient and you can choose from a range of recipes, so you’re sure to find something to please the whole family. Better still, everything is delivered straight to your door, and you’ll usually be able to benefit from a special introductory offer when you first sign up. If you feel meal boxes are too pricey, you could always try batch cooking family favourites and freezing portions ahead of time or filling in a meal planner and sticking it on the fridge, so you know exactly what you’re cooking and when. And if you follow the second tip and get yourself an HP Instant Ink subscription, then printing your meal plans will never be an issue!
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