When you’ve got tasks to do at home and things to get done around the house, sometimes what you’ve got on hand matters more than your willpower to get it done. Because even if you really, really want to be productive and you’re mentally ready to get work done, it doesn’t matter much if you don’t have the right tools to accomplish those tasks. But sometimes people don’t know what is essential around the house, and they only later find out once they’ve done a task only to notice they’re missing something vital to the project at hand. And that’s when it sucks to find out you don’t have the right stuff.
That’s why being ready and prepared with the right tools truly is key when getting jobs done, taking care of chores, and building things for your home. What sorts of tools and items you actually need to ensure that your productivity doesn’t find itself slacking when you need to carry out tasks the most are following.
Whether you’re using brand new shipping boxes boxes you bought from the local shipping store or you keep older shipping boxes handy for projects, cardboard is super useful when broken down so that you can use it for anything from kindling to mulch. Heck, these boxes will even suffice as makeshift trash cans if ever you’re in a pinch or don’t have a trash bin handy. You definitely need to consider cardboard as something useful and handy.
Hammers are key
No matter if you’re using this for actually hammering in nails or you’re prying something up with the crow bar end, hammers are absolutely essential to have in your place, even if it’s just your apartment.
Keep a drill on hand
Much like hammers, a drill is one of those things you cannot afford to live without. While hammers handle the nails, drills handle the screws. And both of these are essential to have in a home. You can definitely opt for the higher end drills out there for you to go out and buy, but you can also opt to save some money by purchasing a cheaper drill that’s more budget friendly. Whether you go asking around for a drill twice a year which could potentially annoy your friends or family, go out and get a drill for the sake of just having one handy when you’ll inevitably need it. It’s amazing and super useful.
I have recently taken a turn for the better in my lives, deciding to eat in accordance with a vegan diet (and lifestyle!). It’s been one heck of a disruption to my friend circles and families, but for me, I truly think it was inevitable that it would happen at some point in the near future. So when I decided to commit to the lifestyle, one that will likely never be undone, I realized “Wow, this isn’t hard whatsoever.”
Truthfully, the toughest thing we face on a daily basis is meal planning and wasting time staring at food labels when at the grocery store. I mean, I really did not scrutinize food labels like this at any point in my life, even when I was trying to be healthier regarding nutrition. Because when you’re vegan, you’re constantly on the look out for ingredients like milk powder, egg, whey, and fish oil. Those four things inevitably show up in foods you never would expect them to, like potato chips, protein bars, frozen foods, and even things like bread where you would least expect them to be.
So, we’ve chosen to start up a subscription with Imperfect Produce. This company essentially sends a couple of shipping boxes to your front door every single month packed to the brim with “imperfect” produce. It’s a funny concept, really. You’re getting produce at the same price (or cheaper) than you would at the grocery, and yet it’s delivered right to your door. All for some potatoes and fruits and other veggies that don’t look perfect? I’m sold.
I mean, when you think at how laughable perfect or imperfect vegetables are, it truly puts into perspective what people seem to value in our era. They like how things look, how people look, how clothes and food look. But when you break down what’s happening, it’s kind of a sad take on things. When all you care about is looks, you’re actively denying yourself of comfort, respect, and happiness in other realms of life. While I’m over here ordering shipping boxes filled to the brim with healthy (and cheap) produce, 100 other people are also ordering cardboard boxes of stuff online that happen to be the exact opposite of my goods: expensive clothes, pointless gadgets, and other things that are all about surface-level desires.
I truly hope that anyone under the spell of current media narratives can finally break free. And that’s because I wish happiness on everyone, not just those close to me. But if you buy into the hype of how things look, you’re already far behind anyone who sees through that . . . tactic, if you will.
Oftentimes when I glance around my apartment I see that there’s quite a bit of clutter that’s probably not conducive to a happier, healthier mindset when I’m just hanging around the house. But when I get to thinking about it, that’s just a sign of my apartment showing it’s lived in. To me, perfect little houses and “perfect” little lives are actually not perfect at all.
Still, I do see things piling up on the kitchen table, on the entryway bench, at the foot of our bed, and even in the basement. And when I see this stuff, I realize all the clutter, the dog hair, and the empty shipping boxes needs cleaned up some.
The bad thing is that it’s incredibly easy to let things get out of hand if you don’t stay on top of it. What’s good is you can change that in a hurry if needed, as evidenced by our productive weekend. All it really takes is determination, willpower, and some helpful tools for keeping the place tidy. Most of those tools come in the form of containers, both of which are cheap enough to warrant buying so that you can keep your place nice and tidy.
So, let’s look a little bit more in depth about what you can use to organize your thoughts, your days, and your lives. It’s much simpler than you would expect.
Whether it’s a nice printed label or sticky notes, it’s always helpful to keep things named and labeled. That way you don’t lose anything or mislocate where something was put. And while they can seem tacky and “extra” at first, it’s a way to mentally train yourself to put things back where they belong, to keep things in places you can easily find, and to just keep other aspects of your life in order.
Put things in containers
As I mentioned, supplies like shipping boxes and other plastic bins are perfect for keeping your place in shape. All you need to do is put similar items in these containers and label the box (like mentioned above!) so that you know what goes in there and what doesn’t. We suggest using containers simply so that things don’t get dusty or lost in crooks and crannies within your home.