Since we’ve been spending so much time at home, we’ve had a lot of opportunities to figure out what works, what makes life easier and what may not be so practical for everyday living. If you’re ready to make your days a little simpler, we’ve got you. Here are five everyday items to help you out.
Stop Cleaning Your Table
We love a beautiful tablescape, but when your reality is homeschooling and dinner at home every single day, elaborate table settings are just not practical. Instead, it’s time to embrace the everyday placemat.
They may not be as beautiful as the “guests are coming” linens, but these will save you hours of cleanup. And they’ll also save your table. Look for plastic or rubber mats that will catch spills and messes and are easy to wipe off. Additionally, try to avoid woven varieties since crumbs can fall through and leave your table a mess.
Make Meals Easier
Summer is hot and days are busy, and the last thing you want is to stand over a hot stove. Whether you prefer a slow cooker or a pressure cooker, a meal-in-a-pot cooker will be your new best friend. All you have to do is put the ingredients in the pot, set the timer and go. The hardest part will be choosing which of the many delicious recipes to try out!
If you like the idea of coming home to a fully cooked meal, a slow cooker is for you. But if you don’t want to plan that far in advance, a pressure cooker can have a full meal ready in just 20 minutes.
Get Food Splatter Under Control
Tired of cleaning the microwave oven so often? A simple and inexpensive little kitchen gadget will save you tons of time cleaning and will also help reduce waste. Similar to the silver covers they use to keep room service orders warm but made of plastic, a microwave cover fits over a plate and ensures all splatter is kept inside. You just have to give it a quick wipe or throw it in the dishwasher once it gets dirty.
Moreover, if you store it in the microwave, it will encourage everyone to use it since they have to pick it up to put their food in anyway.
While they aren’t always the most attractive, a magnetic notepad/whiteboard/chalkboard on the fridge makes grocery shopping so much simpler. Many of us use our phones as a shopping list, but that means only one person can add to the list. And that also means if someone else finishes the milk, you might not know about it.
A central list the whole family can add to will help reduce the number of times someone finishes something and doesn’t put it on the list.
Make Your Home Smarter
This is kind of a no-brainer, but smart home products really can make your life easier. You can now have everything from your thermostat to your lighting to your window coverings run by smart systems. If you’ve never used smart home products, you might not realize just how much they can do for you.
For instance, a smart thermostat can help reduce heating and cooling costs, making your home more comfortable and saving you money. They can also learn your habits, making them more efficient than a regular programmable thermostat. Additionally, a smart lock eliminates the need for house keys, and it can even unlock the door when it senses your phone. Imagine never having to fumble for keys with an armful of groceries again!
Smart lighting might just be the most helpful of all the smart products. You can set it to come on when you get home and never have to enter a dark house again. Or, you can have hallway lights come on very dimly when someone moves around at night instead of using nightlights. You could even program different lighting for specific tasks and have it all voice-activated.
Why not give all five of these simple items a try? We could all use a little easier in our days right about now.