Efficiency is a term packed with meaning. From using your time wisely, to making an efficient use of space, to maximizing energy and effort, we run into the word all the time.
What’s more, I think we all strive to attain greater efficiency in our lives both at home and at work. I know I do!
So today I’m sharing 6 ways you can maximize home efficiency. By incorporating these methods in your daily life, you’ll not only have a smoothly running home but also a positive living environment, which provides an immediate happiness boost. It’s a win-win!
6 ways to maximize home efficiency
I’m always amazed at how much we can do to maximize storage and create more “open space” throughout the home.
My biggest piece of advice to attain this “open space,” however, might come as a bit of a surprise. Because rather than step one being “get organized,” my first tip is to “get rid of…”
When we want to maximize storage and increase organization, it’s tempting to drive straight to the container store and buy every tote, basket, and set of drawers imaginable.
But if we don’t take time to get rid of stuff we don’t need, then we’re simply packing unnecessary stuff into more stuff, which is certainly not helping the storage situation.
If you’re just starting your journey on minimizing your belongings, check out my posts on A Minimalist’s Guide to Minimalism, and Declutter Your Kitchen in 10 Easy Steps. These are great resources to get you started.
Once you weed out the excess, it’s time to make efficient use of your storage space. And this is a chance for you to get creative. How? By making use of all the hidden places in your home. Hallway storage, under the stairs, tucked away alcoves, and under the bed are all great storage options.
Other simple tricks include hanging hooks on the back of doors, or using ottomans for secret storage (This is the one I use). If you’re dealing with children’s toys, there are so many great storage options out there as well.
Another way to tackle home efficiency concerns your use of energy. While this might not seem like a happiness booster on the surface, hear me out.
First of all, energy efficiency in the home manifests itself in lower monthly bills. Since finances and budgeting are often a source of stress and worry in our daily lives, this can have a significant impact.
By making a few simple changes around the home, we’re reducing the unnecessary financial stress and we’re saving money along the way. I won’t say no to that!
In addition to saving money, increasing energy efficiency has a positive influence on the environment. As research continues pouring in about the damage we’re doing to our world, it’s so important that we make an effort to do our part. Big or small, our acts are important, especially if we all pitch in. And there are so many ways you can do this.
Investing in water-saving toilet attachments, shower heads, dishwashers, and appliances are some great energy savers. Heat is another big energy ticket, especially during the winter months. And this can vary greatly depending on how you heat your home. If you’re looking to focus the heat in a specific room, view these baseboards; they’re a great way to keep cold air at bay.
You might also consider upgrading your insulation or installing thicker windows. For a quicker fix, there are many window insulation kits out there that make a big difference.
Meanwhile, even the simplest changes like switching to LED light bulbs will bring a positive impact.
By taking the step to improve energy efficiency in your home, you’re on your way to saving money, enhancing your property value, and helping the environment. I’d that that’s three for three.
Room Function and Efficiency
In addition to maximizing storage space, it is also important to use each room efficiently. Take stock of the different locations in your home. Does each one serve a purpose? Are any rooms sitting untouched?
Your challenge with this task is to give each room a genuine purpose. Perhaps this means changing your unused guest room into a home office. Maybe it means turning your sitting room into a game room for the kids. With a little creative thinking, the options are virtually endless.
When it comes to efficiency, one of my biggest concerns is time. I often find myself asking, “how can I make better use of my time doing X.” (And that “X” is usually something related to daily chores.)
In the kitchen, I frequently find myself turning to one-pot recipes, slow cooker meals, make-ahead menus. etc. Anything that can save me time around meal prep is a major game changer. (This is one of my favorite hacks.) If you’re the same way, I recommend checking out these kitchen accessories for a great place to start.
Another game changer concerns vacuuming. Truth time: I. Hate. Vacuuming. So several years ago, I took the plunge and invested in a Roomba. And I’ve never looked back. It is such a great time saver, especially if you have kids or pets. (This is the one I have.)
By taking these few extra steps to increase your time efficiency, you’re making more time to enjoy time with those you love. And that’s definitely a happiness booster.
Something I plan to tackle this spring is planting a garden. I love the idea of feeding my family with the vegetables I’ve grown. First of all, I’m using the space in my backyard efficiently. And what’s more, growing produce reduces my grocery bills, encourages healthy eating, and gets me spending more time outside. Yes please!
So remember, increasing home efficiency is not limited to the stuff within your four walls. Looking outside and getting creative can boost your happiness, too 🙂
What are your secrets to increasing home efficiency? What will you try to incorporate going forward? I’d love to know!