Life is crazy busy. In my perspective, that busyness gets in the way of so many truly good things. That’s why I love most anything that can simplify life even in the smallest ways. If I can find a device that shortens a process (especially one I do often) or uncomplicates an activity, I’m easily sold. Well, except when my thrifty nature wins out.
I figure the more I simplify, the more time there is for the really important endeavors. The things I’m thinking of aren’t exactly revolutionary, overly technical or costly. They’re just simply gadgets, ideas or systems that make life more efficient or less challenging. Hopefully, they shorten the not-so-fun activities to increase room for more meaningful or just plain fun things in life. Here are just a few that come to mind:
• Mini Level
I keep this little three-inch level in the kitchen cupboard. Instead of going out to the garage for the “real” thing, this one will often do the trick. I’m sure you can pick one up at any neighborhood Ace Hardware.
• Laser Level
This definitely eases the picture hanging process. And it’s kind of fun too. Really!
• Necklace Hooks
Brent will nod his head reading this one because I can’t count the number of times I’ve stared over at this little invention saying, “I love that.” I hung three simple blocks of wood with hooks on the wall as a place to hang necklaces. Got them at Target and I’m not even sure what their intended use is. No more tangled, unorganized jewelry. I’m not a big “accessory person,” but I’m a little more motivated to expand my horizons in this area.
Ok, this is rather obvious, but it really has saved immense time for someone who is, well, more than a bit directionally challenged.
• Pampered Chef Chopper
We use this device at least 4-5 times a week. So much, that I think we’ve worn it out. Much easier than chopping by hand! It’s quick to grab, use and put in the dishwasher for clean up.
• Wet Dry Vac
Seems strange to say, but I love this thing – as much as one can love a vacuum. It’s amazingly powerful and so helpful when cleaning the garage or picking up stubborn items like Christmas tree needles.
• Food Scrape Shovel
This is one of the kitchen supplies we picked up at a Cooks of Crocus Hill with a wedding gift certificate. At the time I wondered if it would just take up space in an already overflowing kitchen drawer. Boy, was I wrong. I use it quite often to scoop up food I’ve chopped. As we’ve dramatically increased our veggie intake, this tool has come in very handy and saves time and mess.
• Electric Water Kettle
Another kitchen item! Whenever I can make kitchen time more efficient, I’m all over it. We make tea every morning, so being able to quickly heat the water must save a lot of time over the course of the year.
That’s a small taste of some of the things that make my life slightly simpler. Some of the other simplifiers, of course, include the laptop and iPhone. But that’s just plain obvious, right? My MacGourmet software is also a time-saver – once the recipe is typed in. I just haven’t figured out a quick process to get the thousands of recipes I have all in there. I’m afraid it may take the rest of my life. I still love it.
Got an idea, gadget, device or some sort of time saver? I’d love to add to my list!