There’s a few more than 5 items every household needs, but I thought I’d share some of the ones I really class as essential. I’m all about making life easier for myself. Sometimes that means planning in advance (See number 5), but sometimes it’s just about have equipment or items in my home which takes away some of the burden.
1. The Karcher Window Cleaner
Karcher are one of my favourite brands and for good reason, but even I was resistant about buying this. How lazy! NO!!! It’s amazing. This is one of the few small household appliances that I can’t imagine being without. It really does clean your windows without leaving a single streak. It’s cheaper than getting a window cleaner in. Not only that, it cleans mirrors and shower doors. No more buckets, cloths, streaks, white wine vinegar and newspapers. No need for waiting for the sun to go in either. This is a blessing if you have toddlers in the house. You can just whip out the Karcher and get rid of sticky handprints in a less than a minute.
2. The Karcher Steam Cleaner
Another amazing Karcher product. We bought one of these steam cleaners three years ago and haven’t looked back. It’s been invaluable since we had Small Boy too. Unlike many steam mops, this is powerful and doesn’t leak. It also has a range of attachments so you can use it in lots of ways. We use it for the oven, floors, carpets, tiles, bath, shower, upholstery, mattresses and just about every surface you can think of. No costly or nasty chemicals are required, just water. That means it’s safe to use on your childrens’ toys and high chairs, as well as pet beds and carriers too. It was fab for cleaning some poo out of a car seat.
3. A Slow Cooker
Every house should have a slow cooker. Pop in your veggies, rice and meat in the morning and by the time you’re home from work you’ve got dinner sorted. This is an essential time saver for anyone, but particularly families. If you know a new mum who doesn’t have one – buy one for them now!
4. Zip Lock Food Bags
Not only are these great for storing and freezing leftovers, they’re brilliant for storing snacks or dummies/ smoothers for kids when you’re out. I always keep a couple of the large sized ones in my bag as they’re good to put dirty clothes in if the little one needs a change, and certainly an essential if you have a baby with the potential of a leaky nappy.
5. A Fan
But it’s winter you cry! Seriously, buy one of these during the winter when they’re cheaper. British summer time is notoriously unpredictable and you don’t want to be one of those parents crying in the middle or Argos on a Saturday afternoon during a heatwave because your kids are too hot to sleep. Buy one now. Save yourself the pain.
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