Hobbies enrich our lives. They allow us to be creative, which helps keep our minds sharp. Even if you don’t share any of your creations there is still a great sense of pride that comes with completing a task. Simply put, people who devote time to hobbies are a lot happier. Ready to get some of that happiness for yourself? Here are some ideas for new hobbies:
Experiment in the Kitchen
Have you tried one of those “meals in a box” services? They provide everything you need down to the precise measured out ingredients to whip up a gourmet meal. Easy to follow instructions, too. These are a terrific way to expand your culinary skills. But you don’t have to get everything in a box to experiment in the kitchen. What is a dish or baked good that you’ve never made before? You new hobby could be trying out some of those recipes.
Yoga is a hobby meant to get your mind and body into shape. It is a series of specific poses that keep you limber. Yoga takes practice. You might start in yoga classes but can soon develop the skills to practice in your own home. Yoga is one of those things you can do every day and you’ll see the results with each session.
Take Up Knitting
Knitting is one of those hobbies that is all about repetition but that’s a good thing. Once you have the basics down, you can knit while doing other things like watching TV or listening to an audio book. That takes multitasking to a whole other level because as you enjoy your favorite pastimes, you’re also making scarves, sweaters and hats. Lots of gifts covered that way!
Did you build models as a kid? Why not pick up a kit and have another go? You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many great memories those models can bring back. Once completed, they also make fun decorations to put on a shelf or mantel.
The best approach to starting new hobbies in your home is to clear some space. You don’t need a lot of room to set up a crafting stable or to do yoga but clearing out unwanted clutter can help. Junk King Chicago can lend a hand with that task. The movers assigned to your session will be able to swiftly carry out all the bulky and heavy objects you want cleared. It will only take one junk removal appointment with Junk King Chicago to free up space for all your new hobbies.
Often the hardest challenge to cleaning your home isn’t the actual cleaning work but motivating your family to pitch in. Ironically, this would be the same group that is probably responsible for the majority of the mess to begin with! As you get ready for your basement to rafters spring-cleaning project, here are some ways to motivate your family to clean:
Set a Schedule
No doubt you’ve got a busy family. Between your work schedule and all the things the kids have going on it is hard to sometimes get everyone at the dinner table at the same time let alone cleaning. That is where a schedule can be a big help. Find those windows where everyone has free time and schedule the cleaning accordingly. With a schedule written out, your family should know in advance when they have to do their assigned chores. Just be sure not to overload the schedule. You can break up the time devoted to the cleaning tasks. In other words, it doesn’t all have to be done at once.
Write Up a Chart
Now that you’ve made a schedule, you’ll want to assign the specific chores to each family member. This can be throwing picking chores out of a hat full of written out tasks or direct assignments. This chart can be printed out and put where the family can see it or you can use a dry erase board. The great thing about a chart is that you can also track the progress and mark a task completed when it is.
Use a Timer
To kids, cleaning can last an eternity; at least in their minds. For simple chores like picking up toys or making beds, you can put them on a timer. Kids will have fun playing “beat the clock.” Plus, it’s a great way to show them how fast clean up can really become.
Accept No Excuses
Kids will come up with all kinds of excuses for why they can’t clean. It’s amazing how they suddenly discover how much homework they need to do. It is important that you nip those excuses in the bud. If they put off their homework, then make that a priority but then do the cleaning. That means something else will have to be cut back like TV time. Watch how fast they get into line!
One excuse you can head off is stuff being too big to get rid of. That’s where a call to Junk King Chicago can make a huge difference. You can set up a junk removal session with Junk King to work in conjunction with the big cleaning project. The kids won’t have to haul any junk up or downstairs. The Junk King team is going to handle all that. Nothing motivates a family more to cleanup than knowing Junk King Chicago will be lending a hand.