Free Up Your Sched­ule With Time-Sav­ing Tips

Riverbank News - - 209 LIVING -

Sum­mer­time is all about en­joy­ment, whether that means tak­ing a va­ca­tion, spend­ing time on the beach or en­joy­ing the com­pany of fam­ily and friends at par­ties and on pa­tios.

With so many fun things to do, who wants to stay cooped up in­doors with house­work and a to-do list? Make sure you’re able to take advantage of ev­ery- thing the sea­son has to of­fer with these tips that can help you spend more time un­der the sun.

Avoid shop­ping on week­ends. If you work a typ­i­cal nine-to-five sched­ule, you prob­a­bly do your gro­cery shop­ping and home ren­o­va­tion store vis­its on the week­end be­cause it’s when you have more time on your hands. Since that’s true for most peo­ple, you’ll face longer trips and more crowded spa­ces. Try to carve out some time on a week­day evening, es­pe­cially Mon­day or Tues­day, and you’ll free up pre­cious week­end time and avoid long lines.

Sim­plify meal prep. Don’t sac­ri­fice eat­ing healthy, nu­tri­tious food when you’re pressed for time. In­stead, look for lowor no-prep meal op­tions like Mann’s Nour­ish Bowls at the gro­cery store. These ready-to-eat sin­gle-serve meals fea­ture su­per­food veg­gies like sweet potato, kohlrabi and kale. De­vel­oped by chefs, the bowls are ready in just a cou­ple of min­utes in your mi­crowave. They can be served as a stand­alone meal or as a base with your fa­vorite pro­tein.

Clean as you go. When it comes to keep­ing your home clean and or­ga­nized, it pays to do a lit­tle bit at a time rather than spend a whole day or week­end on chores. Wipe down your shower af­ter each use to avoid the build-up of mold and mildew. Dust sur­faces in your closet reg­u­larly to keep items and clothes clean longer, and wipe kitchen sur­faces while cook­ing. Reg­u­lar main­te­nance goes a long way to­wards keep­ing your home tidy and ready for spur-of-the-moment sum­mer gath­er­ings.

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