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25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

These days, everybody is looking for someway to make their daily lives a little bit easier, in every aspect.  With so many different gadgets that are out there these days, the are endless possibilities of things you can get that can help you around the house, at the office, or on the go.  Whether you have heard of them, or not, these are some of the most useful products out there that you never knew you needed and you can find most of them on Amazon!

1. Baby Shower Cap

Baby Shower Cap

    This is perfect to help keep water and shampoo out of your little ones eyes, nose and mouth.  And for only a couple of bucks on Amazon, it is worth the investment.

    2. Couch Armrest Table

    Couch Armrest Table

      I love the idea of these as a space saver.  You can get many different variations of this on Amazon starting at $6, or you can even seize this as an opportunity as a DIY project.

      3. Ironing Board Mirror

      iron mirror 1

        This is another cool space saving project.  You can find it on aissalogerot.com, or even attempt your own design to save yourself a little money.

        4. Mirror Wiper

        mirror wiper

          Never again do you have to struggle with wiping down a foggy mirror with a towel.  This handy product will only cost you around $6 on Amazon and I can almost guarantee you will not regret the purchase.

          5. Pizza Scissors

          pizza scissors

            These are just ingenious.  Faster than a slicer and easier to serve up just in time for dinner!  These will run about $20 on Amazon, but are sure to pay for themselves in no time.

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            6. Rolling Bench

            rolling bench after rain

              I don’t know where you would buy this, but they would sure be a useful addition to any city or town!

              7. Toothpaste Tube Squeezer

              tooth paste squeezer

                You don’t have to worry about wasting any toothpaste anymore with this.  Starting at around $2 on Amazon, this gadget will save you money in no time.

                8. Umbrella Cup Holder

                Umbrella Cupholder

                  This is a handy gadget for those who take on a walking commute everyday.

                  9. Universal Word Search Wrapping Paper

                  wrapping paper

                    One roll for every occasion!  This is perfect for the avid gift giver. It’s trendy, too!

                    10. Rotating Sockets

                    rotating 360 degree sockets

                      With these sockets you can add, or take away outlets as you wish. Rotate them to accommodate larger plugs. Similar products run around $15 and up on Amazon.

                      11. Lego Key Holder

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                      lego key holder

                        This is a cool DIY project you can do with all of the old Lego’s that you, or your kids grew out of.

                        12. Onion Holder

                        onion holder

                          I wish I had one of these sooner!  Keep your hands stink free, and slice your onions a lot easier!  This will cost you only $10 on Amazon.

                          13. Pre-threaded Sewing Kit

                          prethreaded sewing kit

                            A $3 lifesaver.  You will never have to worry about trying to thread your needle and you can fix your wardrobe quickly and avoid an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while out as a night on the town, or in a business situation.

                            14. Hanging Gas Pumps

                            korean pumps that hang from roof.

                              These are currently used over in Korea and they should be used everywhere!  These gas pumps make it easier to just be able to pull up to the pump any way and not worry about what side your gas tank is on.

                              15. USB Stick with memory indicator

                              lexar usb

                                This USB stick has a memory indicator on it, so you can easily see how much space is on it without having to plug it in.  It only costs $10 on Amazon, so its really affordable!

                                16. TV Mirror

                                tv mirror

                                  Not very practical, but super cool!  This way you can watch the news and get ready in the morning!

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                                  17. Faucet Thermometer

                                  faucet thermometer

                                    This would certainly come in handy for parents with young children.  Help monitor temperatures so there are no burnt little hands, or make a perfectly warm bottle.

                                    18. Ice Cream Lock

                                    ice cream lock

                                      I’m not sure if this is pure genius, or just pure evil.  But it certainly would help to control ice cream consumption in your home.

                                      19. ChargeCard

                                      ChargeCard-for-iPhone-5

                                        These are nifty little devices.  A credit card sized phone charger would certainly come in handy if you are out and about all day and your battery gets low.  These run for about $35 on Amazon.

                                        20. Food Huggers

                                        food huggers

                                          These are nice for half used fruits, and vegetables.  They are better than storage bags because they are reusable and will not spoil the food as quickly and for $12 they will pay for themselves really quick.

                                          21. Iphone Lenses

                                          iphone lenses

                                            These are really cool for those into photography.  Take quality photos without having to haul a lot of expensive equipment around.

                                            22. LED House Numbers

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                                            led house numbers

                                              These are a really cool alternative to porch lights.  They make it easier for people to find your house at night, and they look really cool!

                                              23. Plug Outlet Organizer

                                              plug organizer

                                                Declutter your oulet space for only $7 with this handy little organizer.

                                                24. Lunch Pot

                                                lunch pot

                                                  Now you don’t have to lug around a big, heavy lunchbox, or thermos.  For only $25 on Amazon, this neat container will give you a stylish, compact way to take a lunch from home.

                                                  25. Handle Band

                                                  handle band

                                                    For only $5, you can use this to mount your smartphone on the handle bars of your bike.  Use it to have a GPS up, for music, or whatever you may need it for!

                                                    Most of these products can be bought right off of Amazon.com.  Happy shopping!

                                                    Featured photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/kropekk_pl-114936/ via pixabay.com

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                                                    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                    1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                    2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                    3. Upgrade yourself

                                                    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                    4. Talk to a friend.

                                                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                    7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                    8. Have a quick nap.

                                                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                    9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                    10. Find some competition.

                                                    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                    11. Go exercise.

                                                    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                    12. Take a good break.

                                                    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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