8 Time-Saving Household Hacks

Chores need not be a chore with these tips that will halve the time you need to complete them

Issue: Nov 2015

Take the work out of housework with time-saving tips that will let you keep your home clean and still have enough time to rest
Take the work out of housework with time-saving tips that will let you keep your home clean and still have enough time to rest

Few things are more repetitive, mundane yet necessary than household chores. With these genius hacks, you can keep your house spotless with time left to relax.

1. A Wet Wipe Down

A handy bottle of wet wipes will remind you to wipe down as you go along
A handy bottle of wet wipes will remind you to wipe down as you go along

Wiping as you go along makes cleaning easier and faster because dirt has not had time to accumulate and stubborn stains have not set in. Keep a bottle of wet wipes handy. Spare a minute to wipe down counters, sinks and table tops every other day. This way, an afternoon of scouring and scrubbing gets reduced to no more than minute-long wipe downs.

2. Rely on the Roller

Apart from keeping clothes fluff-free, lint rollers can be used to get rid of dust on lamp shades, fabric sofas and cushions
Apart from keeping clothes fluff-free, lint rollers can be used to get rid of dust on lamp shades, fabric sofas and cushions

Dust off lamp shades, fabric sofas and cushions with a lint roller during television commercial breaks and your dusting will not seem like such a chore.

3. Sauce It Up

Make sauces and gravy in bulk and freeze them for future use
Make sauces and gravy in bulk and freeze them for future use

Make sauces and gravy in bulk. Then, portion them out and freeze them for use in the future. The sauces can be thawed for quick pasta dishes, stir-fry, or baking throughout the week or even the month.

4. Multi-Purpose Meals

Make a large pot of stew and save seconds for making pies, baking with rice or pasta, or as pizza toppings, sandwich or wrap fillings
Make a large pot of stew and save seconds for making pies, baking with rice or pasta, or as pizza toppings, sandwich or wrap fillings

One-pot meals and stews are extremely versatile. Make a large portion and save seconds to prepare the next meal like a pie, baked rice or pasta, or a sandwich. Transform a stew into a variety of dishes in a jiffy because the ground work has already been done.

5. Contain It All

Get containers that can go from the freezer to the microwave or stove to save on dish-washing
Get containers that can go from the freezer to the microwave or stove to save on dish-washing

Hate doing dishes? Then minimise. Get containers that can go from the freezer to the microwave or stove, so leftovers need not be transferred to another container to be heated up. This will save both thawing and transfer time as well.

6. Two in One

Cook two dishes in a single device at the same time. One of the most tried and tested methods is to steam food by putting it in the rice cooker while the rice is being cooked. Most cookers come with a steamer that lets you place a plate over the rice. Minced pork, bean curd, eggs, fish, ribs and vegetables can all be steamed simultaneously.

A multi-tier food steamer steams many dishes at once, saving time
A multi-tier food steamer steams many dishes at once, saving time

A multi-tier food steamer can do the same thing too. This way, you can prepare more than one steamed dish in the same amount of time.

7. Sort It Out

Get different laundry baskets so you can sort your clothes as you send them off for wash
Get different laundry baskets so you can sort your clothes as you send them off for wash

Invest in several laundry baskets so you can sort your clothes as you are done with using them, instead of right before you do the wash. Sort as you toss your dirty clothes in the basket and save yourself the extra step.

8. Keep It Straight

Get clothes like this Men Super Non Iron Striped Long Sleeve Shirt available in selected stores.
Get clothes like this Men Super Non Iron Striped Long Sleeve Shirt available in selected stores. It is made of 100% soft cotton that is wrinkle-resistant, and you can drastically reduce ironing time
Photo credit: UNIQLO

Stock your wardrobe with clothes that do not wrinkle easily. Try lyocell, a semi-synthetic form of rayon which is sometimes called by its brand name, Tencel. It is soft, drapes well yet does not wrinkle. Rayon itself is also quite resilient. Other synthetic, wrinkle-resistant fabrics include polyester and nylon, while cashmere, which comes from goat hair, is a wrinkle-free natural fabric. While cotton has had a bad reputation when it comes to wrinkles, more stores are offering cotton apparel that has been treated so the material does not crease as easily.

A dust-free home, clean laundry, convenient home-cooked meals – all the comforts of a well-kept home can be yours without the hassle if you adopt these handy household tips. Find some time to give them a try.

Where to buy:

Lint roller

Home-Fix
www.home-fix.com
Bukit Panjang Plaza #01-32
IMM Building #02-08/09
Lot One Shoppers’ Mall #B1-07
ION Orchard #B4-01
Bedok Mall #B2-17/18


Freezer-to-oven containers

Courts
www.courts.com.sg
Funan DigitaLife Mall #03-10/12/13
The Star Vista #01-14/15/16
Lot One Shoppers’ Mall #03-01
Tampines Mall #03-25


Food steamer

Best Denki
www.bestdenki.com.sg
Junction 8 #03-02
IMM Building #02-01/07
Plaza Singapura #04-12B


Courts
www.courts.com.sg
Funan DigitaLife Mall #03-10/12/13
The Star Vista #01-14/15/16
Lot One Shoppers’ Mall #03-01
Tampines Mall #03-25

Harvey Norman
www.harveynorman.com.sg
Raffles City #03-22/23
Funan DigitaLife Mall #B1-01

Laundry hampers

Howards Storage World
www.hsw.com.sg
Plaza Singapura #04-43
The Star Vista #B1-29

Wrinkle-free clothes

UNIQLO
www.uniqlo.com.sg
Bedok Mall #B1-26/27/28
Plaza Singapura #03-53 to 62
ION Orchard #B2-38/#B3-51/52
Bugis+ #01-15/16 and #02-15/16/17

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