I love the FIRE concept and am 100% bought into the future benefits of what we are pursuing. I can get on board with sacrifices we need to make today for a better
tomorrow Ten Years from now. Buying back 30+ extra years of doing what I want to do sounds just peachy.
I want Time now…….And Later
I am a Millennial so I get to throw tantrums about wanting things now don’t I? If Amazon can drop booze off at my door in under two hours, there has got to be a way for me to steal back some today.
Taking a look at this interesting sequence over the last 5 years of our life:
5 Years Ago………… We got a dog
“What did we do before we had a dog?”
2ish years Ago……….. I started a blog
“What did I do before I had a blog?”
8.5 Months ago………We brought home our first child (I really wanted this to rhyme, should have named our kid Krog)
“What did we do before we had a kid?”
So now with a dog, blog, and Krog I really want to know what we were doing with our time before they all entered our lives. I don’t think we had Netflix yet so I doubt we were binge-watching Friday Night Lights but we were definitely not being efficient.
Throw in a full-time job, keeping the house moderately clean, and few hobbies I refuse to give up and we find ourselves in a constant time pickle. If I want to keep doing all the shiz I like to do, we have to get more efficient. We need to open our eyes, and wallet to tack some more time onto our day.
DJ Roomba is a Time-Saving Rockstar
121 hours of Total Job Time. Just over 5 days worth of Vacuuming since he was delivered on August 15th, 2017.
Now, I am not saying I would have actually rocked the vacuum that much so it is not exactly a one to one time savings. But the amount of dog hair on our floors, carpet, and furniture has dropped dramatically. No longer do I gaze over from the couch to see the sunlight highlighting a disturbing dog hair to floor ratio.
He also gives me the ability to multi-task, I set him upstairs, hit a button and can take care of the dishes while my floors are cleaned.
It would be higher than 121 hours if he wouldn’t have gotten stuck on a few things that we forgot to pick up: Bra, Shoe, Computer Cord to name a few. It turns out items that have string like dangly parts don’t get along with him. He does at least tell me when he gets stuck on said items
Let’s say I would actually vacuum 20 Minutes/Week. That would be 17.33 Hours per year. I make $41 an hour making that 17.33 hours worth $710. DJ Roomba cost about $380. If DJ last 3-4 years I am making out like a bandit. I could buy a Roomba every year and it still makes sense.
Experimenting with a “Uniform”
I have heard of the “Uniform” concept before and have loosely put it into practice by having a rotation of clothes that I like to wear. Kinda weird, but someone did call out my rotation – I didn’t think people paid attention.
It is time to move my unorganized plan one step further and formalize it for max efficiency. I went through my closet, took everything out that I don’t wear and am putting it in a box.
I bought 5 of the same shirts (different colors – only $10 each) that I love and will be rotating through those with some old favorites mixed in (plus I live in MN so I need to keep some long sleeve options around)
Matching socks is my nightmare. Hate it.
To make it easier on myself, I have bought all black ankle socks from a few different brands. I don’t care about the logo and am in the “Close enough to matching” camp.
I also have been ordering my clothes from Amazon – Jeans, socks, and underwear. Re-ordering is a breeze, no trip to the store for most of my stuff.
Save a few minutes 5 days a week, 1 store trip a year for shirts and don’t have to make decisions before 6:30 AM……..Priceless?
Looking for other ways to steal some time in 2018
- Healthy Meal Prep – Been thinking about this one a lot lately, and I have come up with a few ideas that I want to try out. Will share anything I find that works.
- Maid – Like I mentioned before, we are good at keeping our house “Moderately Clean”. I think we would benefit from having someone come in every 2 weeks or once a month to hit the stuff we don’t want to do or have time to get to often enough. I have heard other people rave about their maid service being 100% worth the cost.
- Yard Work – We have neighbor kids that might be willing to mow the lawn for a $10 bill every week (our yard maybe takes 20 minutes to mow – not sure what the going rate is for 12-year-olds to push a mower?).
This might sound lazy, but when you give me the options of Baby, Blog or Mow the lawn…..The first two would take priority and if I can trade small amounts of cash to hit my priorities AND free up my weekends. Why not.
I haven’t done my 2018 goals yet, but one is: “Be less of a cheap ass when it comes to your time” I just need to figure out the metrics