What's the best thing you've bought for your home that made your life easier?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 61
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

pinkprincess88 :  the dog door!!!! No more wanting out, then in, then out, then in. THey can do all that on their own. Oh and the pooper scooper lol. I also really love my silverwareorganizer. We’ve always had one, but we splurged on a big fancy one and its like the best thing that has ever happened to my kitchen. Oh AND probably the most used item in the house, the slow cooker!!! If I don’t want to make dinner later I just dump a bunch of stuff in the crockpot and let it cook dinner for me. Love it!

Post # 62
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1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

This is going to make me sound so lazy, but Fiance installed a system where we can turn on/off each individual light in our house with one remote. That’s been amazing.

Post # 64
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5113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

pinkprincess88 :  Three dogs and a roomba. They hate it and follow it around to bark at it. It has a scheduling feature so I have it vacuum at 2 am when we’re upstairs sleeping. I bring it upstairs and run it while we’re downstairs. It’s amazing how much hair it picks up every single day. 

Post # 65
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81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Rome

Enough storage to keep things tidied away! IKEA trip for bookshelves/drawers/TV stand etc as we didn’t have quite enough before and its changed everything! 

DVD cases that hold 100 or so DVDs and throw out the DVD cases (we have 700+ DVDs….) That saved a lot of space. 

A microwave rice cooker. Put the rice and water in – put it on for 12 minutes – perfect fluffy rice! One less thing to think about when cooking and only £15! 

 

Post # 66
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2499 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Vitamix – for our morning smoothies

Dyson – for our two Siberian Huskies who shed year-round (but I really really really want a Roomba)

Dutch Oven – fast & even cooking, great infusion of flavor, and very versatile (great for one-pot meals)

Post # 68
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

pinkprincess88 :  It would probably be too loud if it was actually in the room with you or bumping up against your bedroom door while you were trying to sleep, but I can’t hear it at all on a different floor. It sounds more like a remote controlled car than a normal vacuum to me. 

Post # 69
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I know everyone is talking appliances… but…

American Home Shield insurance. Seriously. Every fall our heat is out, every summer our air is out and we’ve had a few plumbing issues. They come out for a $75 co-pay, then everything else is covered. When we bought our home it came with a 1 year subscription, and it’s so useful we just keep renewing it.

Post # 70
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

1. Dyson Cordless Absolute V8.

Now that I have one, I don’t know why I spent so much time dealing with the central vac/stair vac/regular old corded push-vac. Oddly enough given the input from this thread…I am one of those who did not fall in love with my Roomba (and gave it away to a family member). But a lot of this is because the layout of our house made it more of a PITA, and my biggest vaccuming pet peeve is stairs anyway of which we have too many. Maybe in a different place I will change my mind – I could see it being very useful if I only had 1-2 stories to deal with. The Dyson handles everything like a boss and is so nice and light.

2. An amazing mattress/bed (& pillow)

A good, comfortable sleep makes dealing with the rest of life easier. Does not matter what one I have as what is amazing for me won’t be for someone else (mattresses & pillows are very personal to how you sleep, your body type, and so on), but I always recommend putting some money into a great mattress that will help you have a sound, comfortable sleep.

Post # 71
Hostess
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

nfran :  totally agree on the sous vide. We use it every week and it’s amazing!  We have 72 hour short ribs going right now. They’ll be ready for dinner tomorrow and I’m drooling just thinking about them. 

eta: we have two dogs and neither of them are bothered by the roomba. Our basset mix actually will turn it on sometimes on his own. When it’s on, he just follows it around. Our other dog mostly ignores it, but if it gets close to her ball, she growls at it. 

Post # 72
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634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Our Roomba for sure!

Post # 73
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2419 posts
Buzzing bee

A roomba.  We have long-haired cats (Persians) and they shed a lot.  We run the roomba 1-2x daily to keep the fur under control. (We still have to pull out the Dyson animal a few times a week, but this keeps the floor relatively fur-free so we’re not embarassed if someone drops in unexpectedly.)

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