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Tidy with Technology: 6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Clean and Comfy

Tidy with Technology: 6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Clean and Comfy

I’m sure that at least once you have daydreamed about having a self-cleaning home of the future that answers your every command. You could enjoy your free time you’d otherwise spend on chores doing something you like — or perhaps, doing absolutely nothing!

Well, all you lazy cats (me included) should be happy to know that we’re getting closer to that. The advancements in technology aren’t quite as quick as we might have hoped, but they are reaching impressive levels. There’s another great thing about these gadgets that we can look forward to — they actually aren’t that unreachable price-wise and they don’t cost a small fortune. I bet the following six gadgets will definitely make it on your purchase list, so check them out.

Robot Vacuums and Mops

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    Endless sweeping, cleaning, and vacuuming will soon become a thing of the past. This is unfortunate news for people who are control freaks and who actually enjoy cleaning, but I’m sure they too will get used to it in time and perhaps transfer their focus to something more useful, like helping to clean the planet.

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    Dull and repetitive chores regarding cleaning floors don’t have to be on your to-do list anymore because there are robotic mops and vacuums that can take care of that. Just picture it: you turn on your brand new robotic vacuum and, well, that’s it. It does everything by itself. The only thing you need to be worried about is recharging its battery.

    Robot Litter Box

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      Having a pet without having to clean up after them? Although taking care of your cat is an important part of the whole experience, I believe that the nastiest part can be skipped.

      Having a robot litter box means you don’t have to clean it because it does that by itself and reduces unpleasant odors to a bare minimum. Several different cats can use it, so if your life goal is to be a cat lady, this should be no issue for you.

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      Window-washing Robot

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        I find this particular chore very difficult because I can’t ever manage to get my windows spotless — there is always some kind of stain I can’t seem to get rid of no matter what I try. Besides, hanging half your body out of a window that’s several stories high doesn’t sound like a good idea.

        Another smart little gadget to add to your robot fleet is a window-washing robot. They come with automatized and manual controls, so you can go either way. They are really useful when it comes to home use, but work for offices and cars as well.

        Humidity Monitor

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          When regulating atmosphere in your home, you probably think about dimming the lights and putting on some music, and all though these two are important factors of how you feel in your home, you should also have your health in mind.

          Temperature and humidity levels are another two things you should pay attention to because they affect both your health and your mood. Monitoring and regulating them is quite simple, all you need to do is get yourself a smart gadget or a smartphone app.

          Smart Plant Pot

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            Greenery affects a home positively in many ways – your mind finds it refreshing, it takes care of your air, it looks great as an ornament, and you can even eat it. Scientists are coming up with various shapes and models of smart pots where you can grow your favorite plants, but my absolute favorite are pots you can install on your walls.

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            Imagine having fresh spices on your kitchen walls and randomly picking the ones you need while cooking, or having fresh flowers in your living room that freshen up your air — whatever room you place them in will be enriched.

            Smart Bed

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              I personally have extreme difficulties with waking up on time. No matter how many alarms I set, I somehow manage to ignore them or hit snooze for hours. This can be very frustrating, especially if you want to have a career, because enjoying late mornings isn’t really a highly desired characteristic for employees.

              Having a smart bed that takes care of your sleep by regulating temperature and measuring your sleep behavior can be a real game-changer, for me particularly, and I’m sure that all of you who have similar problems will agree with me. The best thing about smart beds is that they wake you up when your dream phase is complete and they do so slowly, so there’s no need for morning anxiety. Who needs a life partner when you can have this bed?

              This is just my short list of robots and gadgets I consider necessary, but they make a nice robotic army, don’t they? I can’t wait to see what else will available soon — we’re getting close to having a real Jetsons family home of the future.

              Featured photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/ngMtsE5r9eI via pexels.com

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              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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