How many times have you looked around your home and wondered why you bought half of the items cluttering it up? You probably have several versions of the same object taking up room when only one would do – perhaps you have three or four dresser mirrors, or a number of cabinets with no real purpose, being used as storage for junk you’d forgotten you had. A lot of it might be gifts people have given you. After all, it’s ever so easy to pass off junk in wrapping paper as a gift, instead of outing real effort and thought into giving a gift. All of these things need cleaning, too.
The next time you feel the urge to go out shopping, make a promise to yourself that you won’t bring home any junk. How will you know if it’s junk? Well, if it ends up lost in a cupboard, you forget you had it or nobody uses it a year after getting it, it’ probably junk. Don’t blow your money. Instead, spend it on something that you will get good use out of, something that will save you time and effort, something you’ll appreciate for a long time to come.
If you have a lawn, and you’ve had it for a while, the joys of mowing it every week or two may have begun to die down, especially when it’s cold or if it rains when you start. You want to have a nice lawn and so you begin to accept mowing it as a chore. It’s just another pointless task on which you continue to waste minutes and hours that you’ll never get back. If your children aren’t yet old enough to be trusted with the mower, why not invest in an intelligent mower – a robot which you can teach to mow the lawn and then let it take over mowing duties without any need for prompting from you, and requiring minimal maintenance. There are a few such robots on the market now, that can definitely make your life easier.
Another such purchase which can save you a lot of time and effort, but won’t, unfortunately, do the work entirely on its own, is a pressure washer. Perhaps you slave away washing your car with a sponge and a bucket? Or maybe you waste water by trying to wash it with a hose? Or do you throw money away by taking it down to the car wash every time a bird decides to use it for target practice? A pressure washer is a more effective and less time consuming solution. And it’s not just your car you can use it on: your fence, the exterior of your home, your grill, the garage, clearing unwanted insect nests, the patio, your deck and your boat can all be washed more thoroughly and more easily with a pressure washer. You just need to take a look at Wash Wisely to check out the range of possibilities.
The gadgets that could save you the most time are things you probably already have: a smartphone and a laptop. These two devices have eliminated the need for all other kinds of products, from maps to MP3 players, recipe books to accounting books. Access to the internet has revolutionized our daily lives, and the revolution goes on. You can save yourself time by ordering your groceries and other items online, to be delivered at a convenient time. You can save yourself the effort of holding up a newspaper and squinting at the articles, trying to find something of interest to read. Instead, you can tell your phone what kind of news you’d like to get and have it read it to you as you sip on the coffee that another machine just made for you.
You don’t have to find gadgets or ways to replace everything you do around the house, though. There are some tasks which you probably enjoy doing. You need to feel useful. Some tasks are better left unautomated so that they can be used to teach your children skills and discipline. If there is ever a Star Trek-style food replicator invented, one thing is for sure: its food will never taste as good as the home made version with that special ingredient – love.