Top 10 Household Hacks to Master Before You’re 30
Though many of us pick up handy life hacks or quick skills in our teenage years, your 20’s can be a daunting time filled with a lot of change and occasionally, increased responsibilities like home ownership.
But whether you’re in a rental, a first-home buyer or about to purchase the house of your dreams, there are certain life skills it definitely pays to have in your repertoire. So, from cooking delicious and healthy meals to staying on top of cleaning, here are 10 domestic skills to master before you turn 30.
So, from cooking delicious and healthy meals to staying on top of cleaning, here are 10 domestic skills to master before you turn 30.
1. Learn How To Master A Paint Project
Choosing a colour, grabbing a paintbrush and applying a fresh coat is a great way to liven up any living space – so learning how to master any paint project, big or small, is a valuable skill you’ll take well into your 30’s. Before you start painting, do a visual inspection of the wall to spot any cracked or peeling areas. If you spot any, these will need to be sanded, scraped and rinsed before you apply fresh paint to it. Make sure you’re using high-quality brushes for the best results, and to seal out any drips or subtle mistakes you might make.
2. Make Tidying Up A Daily Habit
To save yourself a weekly or monthly deep cleaning session, adopt the habit of tidying your house up for 10 to 15 minutes every day. By doing a quick, surface-level vacuum of your floor or wipe of your bench, you’ll save yourself plenty of strain and difficulty when it becomes too dirty to manage – plus, you’ll be ready to go if last minute visitors appear.
3. Cook For Yourself
The time for takeaways or mum’s cooking is over, so it’s time to whip out your spatula and get to work. If you’re a novice chef, head online in search of some easy recipes and meal ideas to make the process a little simpler. Once you’re ready to graduate past eggs or simple noodle dishes, opt for a popular cookbook for something a little tricker.
If you’re still a chef-in-training, cooking with a gas stove is a great option for beginners, thanks to its precise dials and the greater control of cooking temperatures you’ll have.
4. Learn How To Use Basic Tools
Everyone has an old hammer lying around – but how well-stocked are you when it comes to your home’s emergency toolkit? If you’re short on equipment, head to the hardware store and add a set of screwdrivers, duct tape, a drill, an Allen key and a selection of nails and screws to your basket.
These items should all come in handy in case of any damage or things you’ll need to repair around the house.
5. Learn How To Unclog Any Drain
Unfortunately, you’re likely to face a clogged sink, drain or toilet at least once in your lifetime. To make this unpleasant experience as seamless as possible, make sure you’ve got all of the necessary equipment – including a plunger, some baking soda and other cleaning solutions – so when it happens to you, you’ll be prepared and ready to get the job done.
6. Make Meal Prepping a Weekly Ritual
Speaking of cooking, one of the most time-effective ways to prepare food is by setting yourself a ‘meal prep’ session, where you cook a batch of meals that will last you for multiple days. If you’re new to meal prepping and work on weekdays, try making Sunday your designated ‘meal prep day’, and aim to have meals for the whole working week sorted (and likely, bulk-packed in your freezer).
If you’re hoping to save a few dollars in the process, switching to a gas-powered oven to prep your meals is a great way to save on your energy bill, as natural gas is a cheaper energy source than electricity.
7. Host Events And Parties
Whether it’s a housewarming or a birthday, aim to tick ‘hosting a fancy party’ off your pre-30 bucket list. It’s the perfect excuse to whip up some delicious food, spend quality time with friends and family, and show off your handiwork and home decorating skills. Plus, with a little more cash in the bank, you’ll be able to splurge on fancier food and drinks. It’s a win-win for you, and your guests!
8. Learn How To Clean Your Dishwasher
Though the purpose of your dishwasher is to clean your dishes, it’s important to give it a clean once a month to make sure your dishes are squeaky clean every time. To clean it, shift the sprayer arms so you can pull out any stuck food or dirt.
It may seem gross, but trust us, it’ll save your poor plates from coming out dirtier than they go in.
9. Learn How To Hang A Shelf On Your Own
As well as organising books or other knick-knacks, shelves are a great way to add a layer of dimension to a room – so it’s a good idea to learn how to assemble and hang one on your own.
You’ll only need a couple of basic tools to get started (and you should be well stocked from our handy list at point #5), and if it’s new, and your flatpack shelf should come with an easy-to-follow instruction guide. Easy as that!
10. Keep Your Cleaning Cabinet Well-Stocked
Whether you’re doing a deep clean or just giving your house a quick once-over, ensuring your cleaning cabinet is well-stocked is a great way to keep yourself accountable, and make sure you’re always ready to clean mess at a moment’s notice.