My husband has a new recent obsession with household efficiency and ways to make life easier. In fact, he is determined to somehow one day turn our home into a smart home. His big thing lately has been lights. From Solar powered lights for our yard to being able to turn on and off all the lights in our house, including the front porch light from his phone. He’s into it all. The benefit for me…. It makes my life simpler! I wanted to share some of my favorite household products that make life just a bit easier.
This was actually something I put on my wedding registry because I thought it would look nice. Little did I know, it is one of the best products we’ve ever gotten for the home. We have definitely saved money on dish soap due to its volume control capabilities. I also love this because it will simply dispense soap when you have your sponge under the nozzle, without it ever getting messy! We have had multiple people in our lives buy it because they loved it at our house so much.
Ok. This product is a pricey one, but totally worth every penny. Our dog (Jagger) sheds like crazy. It’s to the point where every other day we were vacuuming up “tumbleweeds” all over the house where the hair would gather together. It would drive me absolutely bonkers. Then we got the Roomba (also a very generous wedding registry gift)! We reduced the amount of vacuuming we did because this little device picks up so much stuff off the floors. I love that it can just automatically run and dock itself when full or low on charge.
We decided to jump on the Alexa bandwagon on Black Friday this year because there was a really good deal going on, on Amazon. I’m sure a lot of you have it, but for those that don’t, it is totally worth the hype! I can ask Alexa the weather, to turn on the TV, listen to whatever song I want and even get a cool fact every morning when I wake up. The Alexa can do everything!
Speaking of Alexa being able to do everything… These little smart outlets are Alexa compatible and are so cool! This year we plugged our Christmas Tree into one of them and would come home and say “Alexa. Christmas tree lights ON,” and the tree lights would come on. What else is awesome is that you can also control them from your phone, so you can turn things on and off while being away from the house.
This one may sound silly, but I LOVE our trash can. When we moved, we decided to upgrade from our old-school trash can. By waving our hand over the sensor, the trash opens up and then closes by itself. I know these have been around for a while, but I love it because it is convenient for when my hands are full and also looks great.
Our latest and greatest gadget is the ecobee Smart Thermostat. There are a couple versions of it but my husband decided to buy the one with a room sensor and a built-in Alexa…and it is SO COOL! This thermostat has some really neat features like being able to control it using your smartphone and is manages the room temperature based off a sensor that you get with the thermostat. The best part is that comes with Alexa which can answer your questions, tell you the weather and even play music for you from the thermostat itself. Set up was DIY but completely seamless.
What are your favorite home gadgets?! Share in the comments below!