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Maria Vilhena



Our most precious asset is time.


It has always been, of course, but nowadays, men and women, adults and kids, count their time very carefully.


Activities increase, careers are increasingly demanding and free time on our agenda becomes scarcer day by day.

Our generation asks for practicality. But we also demand quality. We want fast but tasty food, we choose beautiful yet comfortable clothes and we want to waste little time on our daily chores, but still, we need to succeed in everything we do.

So, if we are like this in everything, even in human relations, if we feel that quality time is a good that is both precious and difficult to reach, it is time to start transforming our lives in order to save time in it to be able to dedicate ourselves to what is truly important for us. If you start to change some things in your home and in your decor, you will begin to realize that after all, you do not have to carry the hourglass on your arms every day and you still have time to relax at the end of the day.


But, after all, what is having a functional house?


Functional interior design is to have a practical home that works perfectly for your daily life and that still brings you comfort.

In a practical house all objects must fulfill a function and all of them are used. Tip number 1 is to have nothing you do not use in your home.


Take a piece of paper and a pen and start writing it down. Evaluate your daily routine well: what do you do in the morning, which areas and objects do you use? What works and what may be missing?

If you go to lunch at home, think and write down all the things you do as soon as you arrive. At the end of the day, do exactly the same thing. What is the first thing you do when you enter the house? Do you have a specific place to put your keys, your bag, your shoes? Or do you spread everything wherever you go?


As you write, you will realize that you use the same things every day, in much the same way. Is there something missing? What can be lefting over? Get rid of everything you do not need and put everything you use regularly into view. For example, do you really need so many cutlery and utensils in the kitchen drawer when you search every day for the same kitchen knife and spoon? And in the bedroom, do you need so much of those pants that you have in the drawer and have not worn in over a year?


Step number 2 goes through making a new list. Make a list of activities you usually have at home with your family. For example, do you eat breakfast together every morning? At where? Do you use the living room to have friends over? How regularly?


Now write down all the furniture and accessories you use to perform these activities. What’s lefting over? And where could these things be, in order to save time?


Imagine that you usually prepare breakfast on the kitchen counter, always at that place, every day. Arrange your kitchen so you have the things you use closest to that space and always be careful to pack them up as you use them, putting them in the same place. The idea is to waste as little time as possible on your daily tasks and for that the ideal is that, in addition to a few things that hinder routine tasks, always keep them in the same place.


Another important advice is to choose simple, lightweight furniture that is easy to move around and clean. Also choose multifunctional furniture. Living room cabinets with folding tables that can serve as a desk is a good example. There are many options on the market and are not only functional but are great options for small spaces.

Don’t buy furniture thinking of the lifestyle you would like to have one day, but rather in your current life. If you dont dine at home, why do you need a large dining table?

Earlier, in another article, we gave you a few tricks to make your workplace more functional, making you more productive.
Now, I challenge you to walk around your house and look around and notice the things you use most and things that definitely have no use (and functionality). The things you don’t use, donate. What you use regularly, make them easy and quick to reach. They seem like little things, but it’s these little changes that will make you start to gain time and quality of life. Try it.


If you know some functional tricks you would like to share with us, leave us your comment.

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