After moving to a new home:
When we were still living in a rented house and my husband asked me what I wanted from my new home, that was first answer I gave in my heart.
Hi everyone! My name is Chang Zhenyi, I am from post-90s generation. There are two old people upstairs, a small child downstairs, and an unborn child in my stomach.
I can be considered a half-full-time housewife. I work part-time for my husband's company half time and stay at home most of time. Although there is a mother-in-law to help, she will still be tired and even irritated by piles and chores mentioned above.
2 years ago my house was being refurbished, so I decided to use my new home as an opportunity to start a "minimalist life", getting rid of life-wasting household chores. and must be done. It has now been 4 months since my house moved in. I checked and found that there are 12 household chores that I no longer have to do. Life is much easier. Let me share with you.
It may not be worth learning from everyone, but there is always one or two that can inspire you, come and have a look!1. No more folding clothes
Before, my clothes were dried on balcony, folded on sofa, and then put away in closet day after day. I spend less than ten to twenty minutes a day folding clothes, and on weekends I have to clean inside closet because folded clothes are too easy to ruin.
▲The hinged door is installed on passage of chipboard
So, in new house, we decided to abandon wardrobe and instead use shape metal hanger + cabinet door.
Install it on opposite side of bedroom door so that width of entire clothing storage area reaches 3.6m. All 3.6m is used to hang clothes that me, my husband and Xiao Guizi wear every day, which is more than enough .
So now I can finally stop folding my clothes! Current clothing collection: Take clothes from balcony back to bedroom, then hang them up. When door is closed, entire bedroom is clean and tidy.
▲Largest 20x Folding Door
For out-of-season clothing, we put them in drawer storage boxes. Across entire clothing storage area, every rack, every basket and shelf is flexible to be used in future Day by day, adjust as usage needs change.
The nursing room consists of a closet, which is also based on this idea. The hanger + storage box is also quite versatile, and there is enough space for clothes hangers, so there is no need to fold clothes.2. No more ironing
I used to often find that my clothes were too wrinkled and needed to be ironed before going to work in morning. Just one or two pieces of clothing, but you have to go through process of using clothes dryer, adding water, waiting for heat, ironing, and finally collecting. Problems aside, key is to be very restless, constantly worrying about being late to work for ironing.
▲The heat pump tumble dryer does not have an ironing function
Now all clothes are hung up, and chance of clothes wrinkling drops dramatically. In addition, new home also has a stand-alone heat pump dryer that has a no-iron function. In principle, there were no more crumpled clothes. So far, even Never had a single desire to stroke.
When we moved in, we threw away our old clothes steamer. We planned to replace it with a more useful garment steamer if needed after we moved into our new home, but now it seems unnecessary.3. No more cleaning coffee table every day
In my memory, when I lived in a rented house, I cleaned coffee table all time, but now when I think about cleaning the coffee table, my back hurts.
▲Coffee table in photos from a past life
But when I looked at previous photos today, I found that my efforts were in vain! Because,almost all photos in living room show coffee table in a mess!
So, to save your waistline and make your home cleaner, we've ditched large coffee table in our new home and replaced it with a small side table.
▲There is no coffee table here, only a living room with bedside tables
Family members don't have to mess around, which naturally saves hassle of having to bend over to put away coffee table. In terms of functionality, small tables for tea, watermelon, etc. are also sufficient.
Moreover, by removing large coffee table, Xiao Guizi can move freely; she finally stopped eating on coffee table and experienced joy of eating at dinner table.4. No more collecting multiple trash cans
We used to have a trash can in bathroom, a trash can in living room, two trash cans in kitchen (one with a hinged cabinet door and one on floor), and tabletop trash cans on floor. dining table, bedside table and coffee table. .
Counting up, there are total 7 trash cans, it takes about 10 minutes every night before bed to throw one by one and change bags. A little sluggish, it stinks!
For my new home, first thing I bought was a kitchen trash can. I bought this high sort trash can to get rid of trash cans on my closet door.
Elsewhere, I've added a bin just for Ciwei because there are women in house who want to throw around sanitary pads and such.
This may be because bin is so tall that you don't have to bend over. In principle, family members can do this: Take trash cans produced in living room and bedroom and throw them in kitchen trash can. Even my little Gweezy has developed this habit.
It wasn't as inconvenient as I had imagined, so I didn't buy any more trash cans, and there were only two trash cans at home. The accumulated garbage bags are placed at bottom of sorting trash cans, the number of dumped trash cans is reduced, and it is convenient to change trash bags, cleaning trash cans is much easier.5. No more sweeping and washing floor by hand
Each morning, when I didn't have to go to work, I would spend half an hour sweeping and mopping house to keep house clean. That's all. , "Morning" day of my plan was wasted by me doing same chores around house.
It was mostly done by Xiao Guizi, this little guy is too fond of moving around on ground.
I've heard that there are robots that can sweep and mop floors, but due to fact that rented house where I live has too many things on ground, and there are different gaps, corners and corners, I didn't start.
A new home is a new opportunity, so we took into account existence of cleaning robots after renovation.
Insist on furniture that can be hung in air, try to hang in air as much as possible, strictly control number of items on floor, and reduce sanitary cul-de-sacs. Now my sweeper works flawlessly. Every day she sweeps and drags it herself, so there is no need to manually clean ground.
Of course, dust collector and dirty water will still have to be drained. This is also my family's fault. There is no water for upper and lower reservoir, and sweeper base station location is also removed from trash can.6. Don't Use Crack Cleaners in Your Home Anymore
Thanks to the no dead corner and overhead structure mentioned above, my home doesn't need to use different cleaning products to clean various household crevices as it used to.
▲The bottom of TV stand that was previously photographed
You don't have to buy household items, you save effort and don't worry about storing items.7. No more cleaning multiple carpets
I used to have a lot of carpets and floor mats in my house. One inside and outside front door, one by bathroom door, one non-slip rug in shower, two floor mats in kitchen and climbing mats were once installed in living room and bedroom.
I have to admit that is really comfortable, but really hard to care for. Every cleaning is a big project and drying after cleaning is still a challenge.
So many times, because it's hard to wash, I endure dirty rugs and carpets.
▲An ordinary house without carpets and floor mats
When moving to a new house, I thought about whether to add rugs, carpets, etc. according to actual situation, in end it took more than 4 months, and I found that floor no mat, which does not deliver any hassle .
On contrary, house is clean and fresh. You don't have to deal with a dirty floor mat and worry about cleaning it.
The sweeper also runs smoother.8. No more removing shoes at door
In past, it would not be an exaggeration to call shoes at door of my house "a mess that exploded", although my mother-in-law and I cleaned our shoes at door every time we saw them.
But it might be because it's too hard to put in the shoe cabinet, not only can't my family members do it, but I can't put my shoes in when I get home.
▲Clean and tidy entrance
So, Xinjia did not hesitate and directly raised shoe cabinet by 20 centimeters, so that it would be convenient to stuff shoes when you go home.
Currently, porch is in a normal state, as shown in picture above, which is very pleasing.9. No more folding and washing bath towels
Towels are quick and refreshing to dry your body but need to be washed, dried and folded after each use.
It may only take 1-2 minutes, but it can't be supported by a lot of family members, frequent bathing, and emotions that people don't want to leave after taking a bath at night, so It feels like a hassle to clean bath towels .
In our new home, we simply removed bath towels and replaced them with two towels hung in bathroom on an invisible hanger.
Dries quickly, takes up no space, is easy to store and doesn't need to be stacked. Drying body is a little slow, but if you count time it takes to dry body after drying body with a bath towel, it seems to be very fast.10. No longer serve internet celebrities and green plants every day.
When it comes to green plants, my heart gets confused. On one hand, this can really piss off family, but on other hand, green plants are really hard to maintain! In the past, I have purchased various celebrity green plants online. At first they were very beautiful, but, unfortunately, they did not last long!
So we've become very careful when buying greenery in our new home. We hold back when we see beautiful hanging clocks, millennial trees, dragon blood trees, etc. because I know we can't hold them.
▲Save two lucky potted plants
It has been replaced by small potted plants that are easy to grow.Although they sometimes wither, as shown in picture above, fortunately they have a tenacious life force and energy to take care of them, and they finally came back to life.
I gradually discovered that small potted plants are not bad, they are quite elegant. Phalaenopsis above is very beautiful with foil.
I also have some green plants placed in an open closet in living room that I love.11. You no longer need to often clean up toys.
Without exaggeration, Toys were everywhere in my house, on TV stand, on refrigerator, on balcony, in living room, on dining table, even on bottom of sofa and bottom of TV cabinet.
▲He used to stand at home on TV stand and on fridge
He tethered people even to their backs.
So, in new house, we vowed to solve this problem. Although in end it cannot be said that we can completely solve problem of children's toys, but at least we can keep house clean by doing ordinary things. cleaning now.
Our measures can be roughly divided into three stages:
▲In TV cabinet drawer in living room
Today, TV cabinet drawers, as well as open wall cabinets and floor cabinets, are used to store toys. The picture is located close to living room and is easy to clean;
In addition, I bought a designer table on balcony for storing small toys and construction sets, and there are only two cars left, scooters and balancing machines, but I have not yet found a suitable place.
There are also electric cars, electric motorcycles, Trojan horses, riding cattle, go-karts, etc., and they have already planned to sell used ones.12. Stop fighting over what you take, buy or lose things
My husband and I do not want my husband's relatives to collect garbage (including cardboard boxes, bottles, irons and even barbecue sticks);
My mother-in-law can't understand us, they buy things every day and throw away a lot.
For this reason, several "hot wars" broke out in family.
▲Stacks of cardboard boxes and sundries at home
So, before we moved into our new home, we had a big discussion about this controversy (of course, scene was a little heated). But, fortunately, in end a consensus was formed:
We buy things in moderation (bottles and cans are not thrown at random), parents do not pick up junk (at least bottles and useless things).
At present, implementation is still fine, and we have enjoyed happiness of moderate consumption without worrying about feeling wasteful when throwing things away, and parents also enjoy a clean and tidy environment.
The current state is generally satisfactory, life has become much easier! (Sometimes my husband also talks about me and my relatives).