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50 Creative And Smart Home Products That Will Brighten Up Your Kitchen

50 Creative And Smart Home Products That Will Brighten Up Your Kitchen

You might not have thought you needed something like a wall-mounted toaster or a cake batter dispenser, but once you have it, you’ll probably be glad that you do! Check out these 50 creative items designed to make your life easier and spruce up your kitchen.

1. Oil & Vinegar Pipette Glasses

 

    Source: amazon.com

    Avoid overdoing it on the oil, vinegar, syrup, or honey by using this elegant pipette glass.

    2. Strawberry Slicer

      Source: deluxecomfort.com

      If you’re someone who loves putting sliced strawberries on your cereal or desserts, you can save yourself time by picking up a stainless steel strawberry slicer.

      3. Zombie Bottle Opener

        Source: amazon.com

        If there’s anyone in your household who loves both beer and The Walking Dead, this bottle opener might just be the perfect gift.

        4. Folding Colander

          Source: thelovelyroom.com

          When storage space is tight in your kitchen, you need to get creative. Free up some room by replacing a bulky colander with this folding, dishwasher-safe colander that can be flattened when not in use.

          5. Compact Herb Chopper

           

            Source: pressieport.ie

            You don’t need a giant workspace for chopping and dicing herbs, so why not get a nonstick cutting board and dicing knife in one? The rounded knife conveniently (and safely) fits back inside the cutting board when you’re done.

            6. Fridgepad for iPad

              Source: woodforddesign.com

              Bringing your tablet into the kitchen with you is a dangerous game… but it’s also incredibly useful if you want to refer to recipes or play music while you cook. Head off unfortunate spills or cracks by securely clipping your iPad in a magnetic fridge holder.

              7. Professional Multi-Chopper

                Source: firewireblog.com

                Love cooking but hate chopping? You’re certainly not alone. Save yourself the trouble by getting a professional multi-chopper that can handle everything from dicing onions to coring apples.

                8. Frozen Treat Maker

                  Source: yellowpoint.ae

                  You’ve probably heard that you can blend frozen fruits like bananas in order to create a healthier alternative to soft serve ice cream, but pureeing large chunks of frozen fruit in the blender can be a hassle. Luckily, there’s a machine that can consistently puree your frozen fruit for you.

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                  9. “I Could Eat a Horse” Spaghetti Measure

                    Source: reykjavikcornerstore.com

                    Estimating the right amount of spaghetti is tough… unless you own this clever “I Could Eat a Horse” spaghetti measure, which lets you portion out spaghetti for one, two, three, or more (with the family size portion being measured out in the shape of a horse).

                    10. Utensil Rest Set

                      Source: eatwell101.com

                      Avoid getting sauces and other messes on your counter by placing your stirring utensils on this simple rack with removable bowls.

                      11. Gold Scoop Clip

                        Source: hauslondon.com

                        There’s no reason you can’t keep bags of coffee or chips fresh and look classy at the same time. As a bonus, you could also use this gold scoop clip to secure papers on your desk.

                        12. Cake Batter Dispenser

                          Source: amazon.com

                          Whether you’re making pancakes or muffins, ensure that you get the perfect amount of batter without spilling. This batter dispenser even comes with measuring labels for better precision.

                          13. Over-the-Sink Strainer Board

                            Source: amazon.com

                            Anyone who is lacking counter space in their kitchen, take note. This strainer board fits neatly over your sink so that you can rinse, drain, and cut your fruits and vegetables all in one place.

                            14. Water Bottle Ice Cube Trays

                              Source: trendhunter.com

                              It’s impossible to fit normal-sized ice cubes in a water bottle with a narrow opening, so it makes sense that someone has created an ice cube mold that lets you make long, narrow ice cubes.

                              15. Cast-Iron Bacon Press

                                Source: williams-sonoma.com

                                If you’re worried about your bacon curling up in the skillet, use this sturdy, pig-shaped cast-iron press to keep it flat.

                                16. Peacock Measuring Spoons

                                  Source: swiss-miss.com

                                  Show off your measuring spoons instead of losing them at the back of your kitchen drawer—these peacock measuring spoons are great for displaying, but also fit into one another to save space when necessary.

                                  17. Scrap Trap

                                    Source: amazon.com

                                    Attach this plastic scrap trap to your counter or drawer and scrape off vegetable peelings and other scraps while you cook.

                                    18. Stacked Beverage Server

                                     

                                      Source: neimanmarcus.com

                                      Whether you’re having guests over or everyone in your household just likes to have a variety of beverages on hand, this stacked beverage server lets you dispense up to three different drinks.

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                                      19. Heart Shaped Egg Mold

                                        Source: design-3000.de

                                        Is it really necessary to have heart-shaped eggs? Maybe not, but it sure is sweet. This mold could make a great stocking stuffer or housewarming gift.

                                        20. Expandable Drawer Dividers

                                          Source: starttodownsize.com

                                          These wood dividers help keep your drawers organized and look a lot nicer than a plastic tray with dividers.

                                          21. Crispy Cereal Bowl

                                            Source: thegreenhead.com

                                            Resolve the age-old problem of cereal that gets too soggy before you can finish it—use this clever cereal bowl with a divider for the cereal and milk.

                                            22. Berry Keeper

                                              Source: zulily.com

                                              While there’s no way to stop the march of time that will inevitably cause your produce to go bad if you don’t eat it, you can extend the life of grapes, berries, and other fruit by using these containers to wash, drain, and maintain moisture levels.

                                              23. Auto Measure Spice Dispenser

                                                Source: kitchenniche.ca

                                                Being able to season your food is great, but mistakenly dumping too much of one spice into your meal is not. Avoid that problem by using a spice dispenser that you can adjust to release the exact amount of a spice that you want.

                                                24. Citrus Atomizer

                                                  Source: quirky.com

                                                  Any time a recipe calls for fresh-squeezed lime or lemon juice, just stick this atomizer into your citrus and spray the juice.

                                                  25. Individual Slice Cake Mold

                                                    Source: bienmanger.com

                                                    Whether you want to use multiple types of cake batter or just want to perfectly divide your cake slices to avoid arguments, this mold has you covered.

                                                    26. Broom Groomer

                                                      Source: quirky.com

                                                      There’s almost no greater cleaning annoyance than getting dust bunnies or debris stuck to your broom bristles and dragging the mess around the floor. The Broom Groomer solves this problem using a dustpan that has a bristle-cleaning design.

                                                      27. Onion Holder

                                                        Source: creativestuffs.info

                                                        If you don’t want your hands smelling like onions for what feels like hours on end after you cut them, use this holder to skewer your onion and guide the knife for better slices.

                                                        28. Corn Zipper

                                                          Source: williams-sonoma.com

                                                          Don’t risk losing a finger by trying to cut corn off the cob with a knife. A corn zipper removes several rows of corn at once and is safer to use than a knife.

                                                          29. Rocker Garlic Crusher

                                                            Source: socialcafemag.com

                                                            Make dicing fresh garlic easier by rocking this crusher back and forth over the garlic clove. The crushed pieces are held in the bowl in the center so that you can add it to your food when you’re ready.

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                                                            30. Calorie-Counting Wine Glass

                                                              Source: etsy.com

                                                              Unlike many other foods and drinks, you’re probably not going to find a nutrition facts label with calories and serving sizes on a bottle of wine. Luckily, you can use the lines on the side of this calorie-counting wine glass to monitor your caloric intake if you’re on a diet.

                                                              31. Fruit Slide

                                                                Source: soskdesign.com

                                                                Fruit suddenly seems a lot more fun when it’s kept in a curving metal slide.

                                                                32. Skinny Toaster

                                                                 

                                                                  Source: yankodesign.com

                                                                  Toasters don’t take up too much room, but if you’re really strapped for space in the kitchen, you can now purchase a sleek toaster that mounts directly onto your wall. Find out how it works here.

                                                                  33. Milk Tester

                                                                    Source: quirky.com

                                                                    While the gallon of milk you buy at the store may come with a sell by date, that’s not always the best measure of when your milk is and is not okay to drink. To avoid ever doing a smell test again, pour your milk into the Milkmaid jug, which has a digital readout to tell you when your milk has spoiled. It’s still in production, but will hopefully be available soon.

                                                                    34. Double Dish

                                                                      Source: gearpatrol.com

                                                                      If you’re eating anything with a pit, shell, or wrapper, keep it in this removable top bowl and drop the refuse into the larger bottom dish.

                                                                      35. Customized Wooden Cutting Board

                                                                        Source: hatch.co

                                                                        Designed to look like initials carved into a tree, this customizable cutting board could make a fun gift for a wedding or housewarming party—or it could be a nice addition to your own kitchen.

                                                                        36. Kitchen Conversion Tea Towel

                                                                          Source: etsy.com

                                                                          If you struggle to remember just how many ounces are in a cup or how many tablespoons are in an ounce, why not buy something that can both serve as a reminder and dry your dishes?

                                                                          37. Wooden Accessories

                                                                            Source: pinterest.com

                                                                            For those who want their kitchen to have a classic look, you can’t go wrong with matching wood accessories such as an egg carton, bread bowl, and mortar and pestle.

                                                                            38. Rainbow Knife Set

                                                                              Source: fab.com

                                                                              Need to bring some more color into your kitchen? Try a 10-piece multi-colored knife set.

                                                                              39. Salad Server Houseplant

                                                                                Source: fab.com

                                                                                Plants can brighten up any room, but if you struggle to remember to water them, they can be more trouble than they’re worth. Instead, why not just display these salad server tongs, which are disguised as a slim and elegant houseplant?

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                                                                                40. Colorful Pot Clip

                                                                                  Source: justaddfood.co.uk

                                                                                  Here’s another solution for dripping kitchen utensils: use a clip to attach it directly to the pot over the stove. You can find them in several bright colors, including red, yellow, and blue.

                                                                                  41. Grill Clips

                                                                                    Source: gearmoose.com

                                                                                    If you like grilling asparagus or other julienne-sliced vegetables, a grill clip is a must. It allows you to secure your vegetables so they don’t fall through the grill grates and easily flip them over using your grill tongs.

                                                                                    42. Citrus Canvas Set

                                                                                      Source: etsy.com

                                                                                      For those who want to inject warm accents into their kitchen, a set of 3 citrus design canvases may be a nice touch.

                                                                                      43. Dotted Drawer Knobs

                                                                                        Source: etsy.com

                                                                                         

                                                                                        While switching out your current kitchen drawer knobs for something like these hand-painted, dotted ones might not seem like a big change, you may be surprised by what a difference it makes.

                                                                                        44. Dip Clips

                                                                                          Source: design-bug.com

                                                                                          Attach one of these dip clips to the side of your plate or bowl the next time you’re having salsa, guacamole, or any other snack that involves dipping.

                                                                                          45. Manatea Tea Infuser

                                                                                            Source: urbanoutfitters.com

                                                                                            Rather than buying bags of tea, why not start buying loose tea and using this fun mana-tea infuser that perches on the edge of your mug.

                                                                                            46. Clip Drapery Ring

                                                                                              Source: urbanoutfitters.com

                                                                                              As long as you have a curtain rod and clip drapery rings, you can easily turn any fabric you have on hand (or that you find at a sewing store) into kitchen curtains.

                                                                                              47. 3-Jar Chandelier

                                                                                                Source: westelm.com

                                                                                                This vintage canning jar-inspired chandelier could look great in a breakfast nook that needs a little more light.

                                                                                                48. Roll-and-Store Pin

                                                                                                  Source: everythingkitchens.com

                                                                                                  This colorful rolling pin lets you easily store your cookie cutters and access them when you’re baking, saving you from searching around in the drawer.

                                                                                                  49. Kitchen Mixer Decals

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                    Source: etsy.com

                                                                                                    Dress up a boring, monochrome mixer by adding decals. You can find plenty of designs or even get a custom order on Etsy.

                                                                                                    50. Butcher Block Countertop

                                                                                                      Source: butcherblock.com

                                                                                                      Give your kitchen a rustic, cozy look by adding a butcher block countertop. Learn more about butcher block and other options for new countertops here.

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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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