I live in a pretty hectic house these days. While going through my daily routine of childcare, pet care, and husband care, I realized that there are a few things in my kitchen that not only make my life easier, but make me smile every time I use them. So I thought I’d share with you lovely readers the kitchen items that make my day happier and make my life run more smoothly.
First off we have the Simple Human Dish Rack
We bought this to replace the old wire-style one we had first bought when we moved into the house.
Our plumbing can’t handle an automatic dishwasher, so we have to hand wash everything. The chore doesn’t feel quite as laborious with the use of this rack to dry everything — it has an ingenious drain spout that pivots based on your needs, a pull-out shelf for glassware, and fold-down dividers to help accommodate larger items like pans. It also comes with a bamboo knife block to help keep your sharps separate and safe. All in all, it’s pretty much awesome.
Second we have my beloved Cuisinart Grind & Brew Coffee Maker
I had put this item on our wedding registry, and when we didn’t receive it, I saved up gift cards, coupons, rebates, and spare change and got it on major sale the day after Thanksgiving. It’s seriously the single most beloved kitchen item I have, besides my fridge. It grinds coffee beans right in it so you always have uber-fresh coffee (something I can’t get through a day without at this point). There’s a timer, so I can clean it at night, set it all up, and have it ready to go for my husband in the morning. And with the thermal carafe, the coffee’s still piping hot when I get to it a couple of hours post-brewing. There’s a gold filter in it, so you don’t need paper filters, which is awesome for money saving and keeping waste down. It’s really easy to clean, sleek, and pretty much a daily life saver.
Next, there’s the Boon Grass Drying Rack
I found this among baby paraphernalia, but I think it would work splendidly in any kitchen with minimal counter real estate, or if you’re just looking for a fun mod drying rack. The “grass” is a hard, yet flexible, plastic in a random pattern, meaning you can stick just about anything in it and it’ll hold it up. We use it for toddler dishes, pacifiers, sippy cups, bottles, and other such kid-related things, but I’ve caught my husband using it for wine glasses and vases as well. The “grass” is one big removable piece for easy cleaning, and at under a square foot, it’s cute and compact enough to use in conjunction with our other drying rack to keep the big kid and little kid stuff separate for easy access. Honestly, it just makes me smile whenever I see that sunny green patch next to my sink.
Another item is the Method Omop
This was another housewarming gift to myself upon moving into the house. I love that it’s basically an environmentally-friendly Swiffer, but that it doubles as a mop for just about every kind of floor. The dusting cloths are pretty cheap per package (and biodegradeable!), and depending on what mop pad and floor cleaner you buy (also reasonably priced) the mop works wonders on both my kitchen floor and my hardwoods with just a rip of the Velcro backing. The handle is super lightweight and ergonomically designed, with a very flexible head to get to those funky spaces under your cabinets or next to your fridge. And, if you don’t have a lot of space for storage, the handle can be deconstructed when not in use. I love that I can quickly clean the kitchen floor, especially since my toddler and my Chihuahua like to eat off of it more often than I should publically admit.
Lastly, my favorite kitchen gadget is my DIY Information Station.
Without this self-made gadget, I’d be lost for remembering anything even quasi-important. Also, the quick pick-me-up I get from seeing cards and photos from family members really can’t be beat. Add to that an interesting calendar (right now I have scenic photos of NYC) and I have an attractive and functional aspect to my kitchen that helps keep the chaos to the minimum.
Now, of course there are a couple of items I covet that would easily add to this list if I were to obtain them.
My first lustable item is the Fred Bubble Scrubber
C’mon, a dish brush that blows bubbles? What’s not to like about that? Especially with small children/cats/dogs/a childlike sense of humor? I also love its bright colors, because as you can tell from that first photo, my kitchen is a very bright and colorful place.
My second lustable item is the
simplehuman flip lid recycler 30L / 10 gallon brushed stainless steel
I know people who have Simple Human trash cans, and they can’t say enough good things about them. Plus, the fact that the recycling and trash are in one container is pure genius — that would allow me to better use the two separate trash cans I have haphazardly devoted to waste disposal, which never fails to confuse guests (and most of the time my husband). And fingerprint-proof exteriors? That’s the stuff moms of small kids dream of. Oh, it makes me sigh.
What’s on your list of must-have kitchen gadgets? Let us know in the comments!