Efficient equipment allows you to get more done in less time, with less risk of injury.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Minimally Viable Housekeeping, says “something like vacuuming can cost a lot in time and effort if you have an old, heavy machine that you have to lift in and out of a cupboard, carry around the house plugging and unplugging it. A lightweight cordless machine will make the job quicker and easier.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for purchasing efficient equipment:
- Plan purchases: Technology progresses in leaps and bounds. Every year or two, make time before the sales season to review the latest models and decide whether the time and effort you would save are worth the purchase price of an upgrade.
- Look for double-duty: Prioritise equipment that can fulfil more than one need, for example, a food processor that can blend, mix and chop instead of three separate appliances.
- Take it easy: You will never use an appliance if it takes longer to clean and store than it does to use. Buy something that makes your life easier.
- Be selfish: Most appliances are designed by men who will never use them. Test them out to see if YOU can easily manoeuvre them with a minimum of difficulty. Whether the knobs and handles are conveniently located and comfortable to use.
- Don’t buy seconds: Yes they’re cheaper, but if they aren’t good enough to sell full price, they are going to cost you in time and effort.
Alexandria’s tips for purchasing efficient equipment will help you save time and energy for other, more important things.
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