I love twallens relativity mod, it lets you do more stuff in the day so i can actually get my sims to cook breakfast and shower before work in the mornings!
And Twallens story progression is very useful with keeping the town alive after a few generations
You have to register but Twoftmama has A LOT of great mods that tweak the little things. As an example, these are just some of the random ones I've downloaded: Gnomes don't use objects, make Sims eat what they cook, larger capacity bookshelves, always eat at the table, etc., and a ton of "no autonomous ___" mods to choose from. [: