Heloise doesn’t work here. But we’re exposed to so many cool brands, gadgets, tips, tricks and tools that we actually do know a thing or two about how to fix some problems around the house and yard. And, with the help of some heavy-hitting “problem solving” resources like Real Simple magazine, www.problemsolvers.com, and even Sky Mall, there are almost too many options out there. (Don’t deny that after a few business flights, you’re tempted to order the lean-forward Skyrest Travel Pillow. That guy looks so comfy!)
Our goal is to shine some light on our favorite problem solvers that add some more value or are a bit more unique than the many uses for dryer sheets and vinegar… which by the way, are still worth a read.
There are a few categories to explore.
- New/Unique At-Home Services
- The world of gadgets
- Cool tricks
One of my favorite new and unique at-home service category has everything to do with, well, poop. Or, as they call it “pet waste removal.” Doody Calls is a franchised business that comes to the home to remove your pet waste. Marketed to the busy, the elderly, the pregnant woman who doesn’t want to touch her litter box, this service aims to educate about the hazards of letting your pet waste sit around your house or yard. The website even lets visitors take the “Dog Poop IQ test.” Awesome. The service has merit, as silly as it sounds initially, and is expanding franchises around the country.
The world of gadgets is a vast, vast space. The mere sight of the “handheld kitchen appliance” wall at Bed, Bath & Beyond is enough to overwhelm the average person. Add the garden, automotive, outdoor, safety, cleaning and organization categories into the mix and we can’t keep up. The gadget market is driven by need and frustration. What problem am I having, and what’s a new way to fix it?
Here are two of our recent discoveries – the avacado saver. Yes, it has a belt. Yes, you can laugh. Yes, it works. Also worth checking out – the mock rock. This rock actually looks decent and adds to the yard.
Finally, in the words of the folks on “Yo Gabba Gabba” (for those with toddlers), Cool Tricks! Cool Tricks! Here are a few interesting resources to explore:
- Householdtips.org, where topics are categorized in an easy-to-reference list, and we learned how you can save woolens that mistakenly got washed.
- Realsimple.com where you get tips and tricks along with products that are vetted and attractive. With a few clicks, we were reminded that the best time to water plants is in the morning when the temperatures are cooler and water evaporates less quickly.
- Heloise. We just couldn’t leave her out. She’s the icon.