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Repeat after me: “My time is precious and I will do whatever I can to preserve it.”

How much free time do you have? Something tells me that most of you reading that probably retorted with a “What’s free time?” remark. Some probably can respond with, ” I squeeze in free time when I can”. And a lucky few may be able to say they have at least a solid hour of free time daily. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those lucky few but I’m working on it.

The truth is free time is what people usually have the least of and desperately want more of. Meanwhile, we are all caught up in saving more money. And if you follow any blogs about financial freedom, debt payoff, etc, you know what I’m talking about. They all give you lists upon lists about how to spend less money, save more money, or side hustle to make more money.

While it’s important to save as much money as possible for emergencies, travel, etc., it’s also important to remember that time is the most valuable thing we have. Our time is even more valuable than our money. We should be spending as much time as possible enjoying our lives. I mean, isn’t that why we’re all hustling to save up money, pay off debt and make more? So we can eventually stop wasting time worrying about money and having enough and spend more time doing what makes us fulfilled and happy. And dare I say, have more free time?

Now I’ll be honest; the things on this list aren’t necessarily inexpensive items. Some of them do cost a decent amount of money. However, when you consider how much free time you’ll have as a result, you’ll see that many of these suggestions are worth it.

So check it out and see how much free time you’ll have when implementing some of these suggestions into your life.

15 Simple Hacks to help you save time & reclaim your life

15 Simple Hacks to help you save time & reclaim your life

1. Plan your outfits in advance

Outfit planning can be just as annoying as meal planning to me. Yet, I recognize that it can be a serious time saver. Spending 20 minutes on Sunday night picking out your clothes for the week is worth it if it means you’re not spending ten minutes every morning trying to figure out what to wear. Plus, if you’re anything like me, failure to plan usually results in clothes tossed everywhere and spending time cleaning it all.

2. Spend ten minutes a day cleaning

I know most people would rather not spend their time cleaning. I certainly don’t. But I’ve found that the tidiest people spend a little time everyday putting things in it’s place so you don’t end up spending a whole weekend doing something you can’t stand – cleaning a messy home. Wiping down the countertops at the end of the day, hanging up your coat and spraying your bathtub after each shower goes a long way when trying to find more free time.

 

3. Have your groceries delivered or utilize ShopRite from Home

So this one does cost a bit of money, but I’m always so happy when I do it. Grocery shopping is such a tedious task. It’s not enjoyable walking up and down aisles searching for food. So instead, I do my grocery shopping online and pay an additionally fee for someone to pick up my groceries for me and bring it to my car. I save time not having to walk around the aisles, and I don’t ever forget an item since I’m doing the list an shopping from the comfort of my home. Plus, sometimes I end up saving money even with the fee. It eliminates the temptation to buy things I don’t need.

4. Meal plan for the week or month ahead

I’m not gonna sugar coat it. There’s nothing fun about meal planning, but I’m learning it really can hold the key to having more free time and money. If you don’t want to do the planning yourself you can indulge in HelloFresh every now and then or follow the meal plan from Skinny Taste.

5. Stockpile necessities

I think for the most part everyone can agree that shopping can be a huge time suck. That’s why I found it beneficial to stockpile common goods to limit trips to the store. For example, holiday cards, and cleaning products are always good to have on hand and save you some free time. Check out this post to find out cost effective items to stockpile from the Dollar Tree.

6. Use a wash and fold service

I don’t usually mind doing chores, but when it comes to laundry I avoid it as much as possible. I’d just rather not spend my time putting clothes away, checking pockets, etc. When the budget allows for it, I utilize the services of a wash and fold service. I drop off whatever laundry needs to be cleaned and simply pick it up fresh and folded on the agreed upon time. Some places even pick the laundry up from your home and drop it back off for you when it’s done.

7. Hire someone to clean your home

Again, not something I do regularly, but when I do I’m happy. For about $65 I pay someone to clean dust, wipe down and cleanse my home. Normally, I go out and do something I enjoy while my home is being cleaned. Nothing is better than enjoying that rare bit of free time and coming back to a lemony fresh home I didn’t have to clean. Definitely what I call time and money well spent.

8. Unsubscribe to mailing lists

I know we all love to keep up with the latest sales and new releases of products, but combing through all those emails is a major time suck. Unsubscribe from the ones that serve no purpose for you.

9. Limit your wardrobe to jumpsuits and maxi dresses

Sorry to exclude the men on this one, but this is a suggestion I couldn’t leave out. For the last month or two I’ve limited my wardrobe to only jumpsuits and maxi dresses for the most part and it’s saved me so much time. Long gone are the days of trying to match tops and bottoms correctly. I pull out one time from the closet and I’m good to go. And it works for all seasons too. Just wear thicker dresses in the winter and rompers instead of jumpsuits in the summer. Plus, it keeps my closet more organized since I have less items in there now. If you need help finding jumpsuits and maxi dresses on a budget, try checking Zulily and ThredUp. Don’t be surprised if you find amazing $12 maxi dresses on Zulily like I often do.

10. Use a timer

Have you ever noticed how often your mind wanders or you procrastinate when doing a task? Suddenly a task that should take you fifteen minutes ends up taking a full hour. It’s a problem I’m very familiar with. What’s helped me is setting a timer. When I know I’m in a race against time, I finish quickly and therefore have more free time to do something else.

11. Stop all the DIY projects

I have a board of must-do DIY crafts on pinterest too, but the truth is the time it takes to complete many of them isn’t really worth the small amount of money saved. Most of them end up being a complete waste of time. And don’t even get me started on the Pinterest fails. If you really want more free time, say no to DIY unless it’s something you truly do enjoy doing.

12. Try subscription boxes

I can’t personally attest to it, but if you dislike spending time shopping for clothes you can try subscription boxes for clothes. Fashion subscription boxes such as Stitchfix, and Gwynnie Bee. For a personal styling fee, several clothing pieces can be mailed to you each month and you only pay for the clothes you want to keep. Saves you time and a trip to the store!

13. Hire an Accountant

So yes, paying someone to do your taxes is not cheap. It can cost a couple hundred dollars. But when you consider how hours and headaches you’re saving yourself it might be worth the extra money.

14. Use Amazon Prime

Here’s the part where I sing the praises of Amazon Prime like every other blogger, but I’m only doing it because it’s true. Amazon Prime is a HUGE time saver. It’s amazing having items you need just show up at your door in just a couple days and sometimes even hours. Amazon Prime might even make life a tad easier.

15. Employ the two minute rule

One of the easiest ways to save more time is to complete a task as soon as it’s presented. Why put off for tomorrow what can be done today? It’s not always easy. But I try to employ the two minute rule in most aspects of life. If the task at hand will take me two minutes or less to complete than I will do it as I come to it. It’s a huge time saver and helps your day run a bit smoother. Once you start putting off small tasks you end up overwhelmed as you try to find the time to do them all. Touch it once and you’ll thank yourself later when you’ve gained much needed free time.

 

How do you manage to fit more free time into your day? What time savers do you practice?

TERRIfic Quip – The bad news is that time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. – Michael Astshuler

 

 

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  1. Kate Allyson November 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm Reply

    These are great tips! Another (surprising) time saver that I use: I don’t multitask. If I’m focused on doing one thing at a time, it gets done quickly, and I can move on to the next thing. But if I’m trying to do five things at once, I can’t keep track of what I’m doing, and I spend time trying to figure out where I left off in each task.

  2. Patricia G. November 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I semi-practice number 2. While I don’t spend every day cleaning, every time I am off work, I use my free time to do some cleaning, and that usually takes care of most things. I also try to do as much as I can in the time I have, and try not to procrastinate. When I am at work, I set an “internal timer” to accomplish the tasks I need to so I can get everything done on time. For instance, if something takes me a little more than a hour to get done, I try to make sure I have at least one hour and fifteen minutes to get said task done.
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  3. Jason Butler November 27, 2018 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Solid post. I’m hiring someone to do my taxes this upcoming year. I don’t have the patience. Since I have an official business now, I’m not trying to mess up anything.
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  4. hal November 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm Reply

    these are all such great ideas… I already meal prep & lay out outfits in advance but the one thing I would love to do for the new year is hire a cleaning service!

  5. Cristine November 28, 2018 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I wish that I would remember to clean a little each day. Simple idea but totally worth it. I hate feeling overwhelmed by chores

  6. Lauren Floyd December 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm Reply

    I hear you on the grocery delivery tip. Instacart is my life! Because I can get groceries from multiple stores without leaving the house, I end up saving a bunch of money and time.

  7. kita December 1, 2018 at 11:58 pm Reply

    When my hubs died my uncle asked me what I needed for Mother’s day I said jokingly someone to clean my house and sure enough he paid for me to have someone for the entire year. It took so much off of me and didn’t cost a lot that I decided to keep the service. I don’t grocery shop anymore either

  8. nkem December 2, 2018 at 4:35 am Reply

    The one from this list that I will try is doing tasks as soon as they present themselves. Not only does it save time later (arguably) but it makes you more productive!

  9. Nadalie Bardo December 2, 2018 at 7:59 pm Reply

    It’s on my bucket list to get someone to come to the house once a week to clean! It’s such a simple yet affordable thing to outsource, but it will make me so much happier. Love this list!
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  10. Tomiko December 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm Reply

    I need to unsubscribe to emails so bad! I get so many emails it’s crazy! I’m going to do that tomorrow.

  11. Leslie December 2, 2018 at 10:34 pm Reply

    I have taught my 7 yr old how to unsubscribe my emails for me. It is so out of control and I so appreciate any help! That alone frees up time for me to do something else.

  12. ShaBree Henry December 4, 2018 at 11:02 am Reply

    Stop judging me! Lol. OMG, you’re on point with this list. I need to do a better job at planning my outfits in advance and stockpiling. Subscription boxes are giving me life right now!

  13. Shana December 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm Reply

    These are all great tips for getting your time back. I especially love the idea of having a wardrobe of jumpsuits and maxi dresses. That’s basically my summer wardrobe.
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  14. Tanay Michele December 12, 2018 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Why am I subscribed to so many mailing lists?! I have like 48291879191 emails right now of things I’ll never open lol. These are some great tips.
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