Tips for Making Things More Convenient Around the House

Hanging Blankets on the WallI’m all about making things more convenient and functional around the house. My philosophy is this: If it isn’t close enough, functional or useful, get rid of it or fix it so it is.

For example, for the longest time we had a section of chain link fence run from the front yard to about 3/4 of the way to the back fence. The only thing it did was section off our small fruit orchard, well, at least until the fence ended 3/4 of the way to the back fence. So, we took a section out which ran along the side of our house, connected the fence to the house, and added the rest to the back to connect it to the back fence. It allowed us to keep our dogs away from our nicely landscaped backyard and pool while still having access to shelter and water next to the house. And regardless of how hard you may think it is to move a fence, it isn’t hard at all.

Another example, I hate, and I mean despise blankets on the back of couches. If you sit on a couch with a blanket on the back, 9 times out of 10, it falls onto your neck. Plus, you’re wasting your valuable time having to fix it every time you sit on the couch. Don’t do it. The solution is to get some coat hangers, preferably some decorative ones, and hang your blankets on the wall close to your couch. We have a whole slew of blankets hanging in our TV. They’re strategically placed so that the kids can just hang up their blanket as they leave the room at bedtime.

Lift off hinges, like the ones at should be incorporated more in different applications around the home. Refrigerator doors should all have lift off hinges, which most do to an extent. If you’ve ever tried moving a fridge into a door that’s just too small, you know how much of a pain it is to get the doors off, if need be.

The last thing I’ll say is this, if you’re still watering your yard by moving a hose from one spot to the next, stop. Just stop. You’re wasting your life away.  Invest some sweat and a few hundred bucks for a trenching shovel, some PVC pipe, glue, sprinkler heads and sprinkler control system and rid yourself of that burden. You’ll be so glad you did.

So that’s my rant for the day. I’m sure you’ve rigged things around your place to make things feel more like the comfortable home it should be, and I’d like to hear about it. Tell me what you did in the comments below.

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