Some of these items will help you clean your house a lot faster and get dinner done quicker as well. lol Awesome costs a lot less, though. Swiffer dusters for dusting & for floors.In an emergency use a used fabric-softener sheet – use 2 (one on each side of the mop). YOu would be amazed at the things you can measure in stores before you bring them home. I absolutely love my Hoover. We asked Kim France, Lucky founding editor, Girl of a Certain Age–helmer, and writer, which items she can’t live without. I’ll refer back to this post for when it croaks to get the name of the machine you found that’s a good one. I’m still using it. I put the newer bagless fancier Hoover (Windtunnel?) Awesome…your washer is still running, too! Plus it would wash, rinse, pause, pause, PAUSE a lot (while it’s computer brain contemplated the universe lol) and basically take forever to do a load which would be annoying but okay if the laundry came out sparkling… but the longer I used them the more dissatisfied I became with the results. So, here’s my list…items I use every day in my home that I’d sorely miss if they weren’t available: Floor Protector/Furniture Leg Pads:  Since all the rooms in my home (except two) have hardwood flooring, I use these under pretty much every piece of furniture. We use the 3m hanging thingies, but can't find them to use with heavy items. LOVE these! I hate still air. Carmex (dozens of them). !– for that baby. Although I am not a cat person, many of my friends are, and I always try to respect their love for their companions and always enjoy their stories as felines of all shapes and sizes seem to be very clever and smart. oh and another thing… THE. The other thing I could not live without is FANS, ceiling fans and stand fans in every bedroom and ceiling fans in the sun room and family room. ; 6 zone warming mattress pad from Frontgate; LaRoche Posay Anthelios liquid melt in SPF 60 sunscreen – instantly dries and not greasy, available at CVS Pharmacy and Amazon; Fallene Cotz tinted sunscreen – wear it as foundation make up from Amazon; Biz powder laundry detergent for soaking out bad food stains in linens; Garden Botanika custom gardenia scented bubble bath – makes best and long lasting bubbles, any scent will do; Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth for my cell for hands free car talking, attaches to the visor, from Costco or Amazon. lol I just must post a comment and then I am off to bed. Here's MY trick with the gloves: I have two pairs. Plus if I’m honest when I bake I bake way more than I need. The hooks for cords….great idea! Everyone has specific things that they can’t live without on a day to day basis. Whether you're moving in to a new home, or stocking up for an emergency, this list of household items will keep you outfitted with everything you could ever need. It’s the only kind of shampoo I use. Thanks for your list! magic pet hair eraser sponge (bought at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10 years ago and it is a miracle worker!). The only thing I love more than. No kidding! Hand-Wash Basket:   Okay, you’re going to think I’m nuts, but I’ve been using the same General Electric washer for 32 years. Awww, thanks, Carolyn! You can see it here if you want to see some funny pictures of Mr. Max. Weiman Glass Stove Top Cleaner. The water here in GA is really good…not hard and easy on the plumbing…but hate the chlorine that they put in it. Tape measure. I have my pen and paper ready…I’m going to jot some down to try. My favorite lip balm is Ecolips. I think it does a better job than the other popular vacuum. Hey Yall!! I know you can order it online…just google it and it will pop up. Great for a quick touch-up so it doesn't become a huge chore each time. Magic Eraser is incredible for removing marks on walls!! She brought out the Hagerty's pre-treated GLOVES. " Microfiber cloth for glass — used with plain water or a spritz of vinegar water — no more streaks on bathroom mirrors! It has a rating of 4.7 (out of 5) after 187 reviews on this site and 5 (out of 5) after 57 reviews here. My cell phone. My son is telling me wait since iPad 3 may be released soon. Hope you have a great weekend! That means it’s 35 years old! Please let me know if there are household items I left off here that you absolutely love! And I just used Ooks to hang a shoe organizer on my closet door. I just ordered some. It works fine going from carpet to tile and is low-profile enough to get under my counters. ), Kernel Season's popcorn seasoning (of course our favorite is white cheddar). I've had a central vac in my last two homes and wouldn't live without one. Then, using a twist tie or rubber band, gather the long cord and hang it from the hook or push-pin. I went with this vacuum shown below, Panasonic Upright Vacuum, because it has bags (I hate dumping a nasty, dirty canister) and because it has a retractable cord…no winding up a long cord. Our builder loved your pictures when I showed him. At certain times, I have seen great deals on Dyson at Target and Costco – possibly clearance? Bissell calls it “Pet Hair Eraser® Tool.” Susan, I book-marked this post when I read thru from the beginning of your blog. I only have carpeting in two rooms, so I don't think I can justify the expense of buying a Dyson. I still can’t believe they were discontinued (there’s a lot of complaining online if you do a Google search), I’ll keep my eyes peeled and hopefully find one at a yard or garage sale 🙂, Susan, I am so sorry to hear that Max passed on to kitty heaven. But what conditioner do you pair it with? I'm loving your faves! So, we bought it in 1980. Thanks, Catalyn…I’ll check those out! I'm so glad the Udder Cream is helping…that's awesome! I’ve never shared one I didn’t stand behind, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say … On days where I know exactly what we are going to have I throw all the ingredients into the crock-pot and when I come home after a long day at work it’s ready for me to eat!! I'm a cord hater from way back and learned the cup hook trick too. Loved your photography lessons – I copied and saved every word….many of your favorite products are also mine – would love to see more posts like this. He thinks it is helping esp the Udder Cream. A knitting or crocheting project close at hand.Something great to read. Keeps my house looking presentable.Shop vac wall mounted vacuum…in my garage…keeps my car lint and animal hair free.Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner…stays on all day and absolutely no smudges.Olay Pro X wrinkle reducer cream….really does work and firms my skin.Leaf blower…keeps my garage presentable. The washer finally gave out and it was going to cost a few hundred to fix it so we thought maybe it was time for a new set with modern technology etc…. Love your hide a cord with a small hook idea and will use that today! ), 1. I think I had one of those that I had never even opened. Bissell now offers the exact same thing only this time you can use as is or attach it to your vacuum hose! With my HE set that would be 2 possibly 3 loads depending on how many towels and it was all computerized and automated front loading with no way of tossing in an additional hand towel or facecloth if I noticed it after the load started. Headlights…a flashlight on a head band, hands free light! 2. This is the perfect tool for anyone who loves that Southern cooking! Can’t wait to hear! You can find these in hardware stores. Living without electricity isn’t as hard as you’d think. it was the first thing I bought once the renovations were done. . Yankee candles. 9 Household Items That Can Double as Sex Toys. So fun Susan! Your comments have me chuckling…always a nice way to start the day. Beckie. They make ’em that will support up to 160 lbs and even over 200 lbs. When you can't afford toys or the real thing's … I will be fixing that lamp cord with a hook today. It makes the winter months so much happier with the house lit up when I get home at the end of the day. When I use this, I wear a mask, spray the item and then walk away for a minute while it works. Working on a couple of projects that have been taking up a lot of time. Great post. Streamline your household with products that save time, energy, and cash. Not greasy, and you can remove a photo from an album without harming the picture, re-open a sealed envelope, remove a stamp, store label, etc. So many uses. It’s hanging from an ook that looks something like this. A Compact Chopper That Will Dramatically Cut Down On Your Food Prep Time. Susan, It also gives it a better taste, in my opinion. =) Linked up my favorite foodie products that I stock up on in bulk! Hope that is ok. 1) Dyson Animal2) Rowenta Iron3) Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, What a fun post! And, Susan, a great list ~ reminded me I need another tape measure:). Rubber gloves. SheaTerra Organics hand & body lotion, my body just "sighs" with relief when I use it! So I carefully took mine apart and emptied it several times for a year or more until it literally fell apart and the little rollers were completely wrecked. Goof Off is a staple around here. I am absolutely bleary-eyed from reading these posts, the linked posts and all of the comments. I just washed a load in it yesterday. I'm getting so many good ideas! Don't subscribe You may need to do a follow-up. Guess if they have electric coffee pots, we can have electric kettles, too. It takes too long or it’s just boring. Level:  I guess I could do a whole post on “tools.”  A level isn’t something you need often but it’s a must for hanging some things, especially large items like mirrors or craft/paper organizers that are not easy to move once hung. I bought mine on-line, but they also have stores. You'll find contact information for Susan. I have been searching for a good mascara. Oh…make that the second thing. Wish the price hadn't gone up so much back when I was finishing in the basement. It’s perfect for 2-3 shirts or a couple of thick sweaters, or a bunch of socks/underwear. Thanks, Sue! ), my assortment of flavored tea bags, under cabinet radio in my kitchen, kitchen scissors, the blues all over our home, built-in bookcases, cute decor accessories, Marshall's and TJ Maxx (they're building a Homegoods here but it's not open yet! I must have missed your post about him. Thanks, Denise! I hope they never quit making either the shampoo or the conditioner. Great idea! But with the Swiffer 360 duster and extender, it makes it so easy for me to reach every nook and cranny of my house. I actually use this to make the dough for my, I have been using Air Wick Plug-Ins for as long as I can remember. Put it on my hardware store shopping list. What is a slicker brush…I gotta google that. Enter your email below: March Favorites & a Genius Life Hack When You’ve Forgotten Your Readers, April Favorites, Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day and Some New Purchases, Nancy’s April Favorites and The Ones I’m Buying for Myself. Great post! I use it daily on my hands, especially during the winter! That table in your foyer? I’ve been working on this post in my head for months. From essential cleaning supplies to must-have kitchen equipment and beyond, here are 104 items … Keeps from losing one sock of a pair to the washing machine sock eating monster. 🙂. I guess I should have known it was too good to be true… that a few cups of water could do the same job as a tub full of hot water and suds. I will so miss that handwash basket, though! Swiffer9. Blue painters tape – used for marking freezer packages. Great list! Flashlight by the bed, in the kitchen and in the office:  A flashlight is another item I keep in several places of my home:  kitchen, office and bedroom are key rooms. So I have three cast irons by Lodge. I don’t know what I did before I got my Ninja Mega Kitchen. Catalynn, I didn’t know the new washers did such an awful job, now I’m really hoping this machine keeps going. Great tips. One thing I am not sure I have seen (but I did say I was bleary-eyed) is YOUR BLOG! Oh, and I could make it without Pinterest. Love the post and all the comments! They scent and disinfect the air. Just leave a comment with your “have-to-have” products/items. in my previous house which was much larger. The basket looks just a little different but it all works great. Kitchen Aid mixer. They last a long time! Enjoyed your post and your recommendations. It is a pleasure to use and even better, the warranty is for 5 years and their customer service is a dream to work with…no questions asked, eager to please. I have the same one! Those are all nine of my favorite household items! So nice to tuck away those long cords when we can. Oh, and my wood floors love the Roomba robot vacuum. Things you can't live without: Camping, hiking, etc. Will you be doing this again and if so when, as I was not prepared for this one? Tombo rolling adhesive (Michaels scrapbooking)…no more licking Christmas card envelopes…much faster. One day I was in Nordstom's gift department, they had a large display of hotel silver on sale. So what used to take me about 40 – 45 minutes total was now taking hours to accomplish and the articles weren’t as clean. Company fosters small businesswomen in Africa as well as the environment). Your contact lenses aren’t the only things that require special care and cleaning. There are a few staple items I notice myself using all the time. Nine household items I can’t live without **Post contains links to amazon. It’s great for so many things where you want to temporarily tape something and not ruin the surface underneath. Haha. I use them for almost everything I hang. I think it was about this time last year that Target had Dyson marked down at some stores – I know their prices can vary on some items. I have a GE washer from Sept 79! I tape paint chips to walls or tape painted poster board when I’m trying out wall paint, before I commit and paint the room. Okay, I have the more professional style KitchenAid and it is my best friend. In 2009 I moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. ♥ You'll love the Ooks. But I have found one that is perfect for me. 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