10 Brilliant New Inventions That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier
For all of the advancements we’ve made in modern technology, we’ve got a long way to go in some areas of everyday life. Take buttered toast, for instance. How is such a menial task still so maddening in its own little way? Or cutting boards: the shape alone isn’t conducive for chopping and cooking, and they’re a total pain to clean. It’s enough to hope that someone comes up with a suite of inventions—brilliant solutions that solve everyday problems.
The answer, you might be surprised to find, is that people have come up with solutions—they just haven’t quite reached the mainstream market yet. Though they haven’t picked up steam as fast as, say, the selfie stick, you’ll find that the new inventions below are just as brilliant, and hopefully will catch on soon. So for ingenious answers to tiny problems in your day-to-day, look no further. And for more life hacks, don’t miss the 17 Genius Email Hacks That Will Improve Your Life.
1. An Easy-to-Load Toilet Paper Holder
How no one thought of this before, we aren’t sure. What we do know is that we need one of these in our bathroom ASAP. It has spring hinges on both sides so you can load and unload toilet paper without ever removing the holder. GENIUS!
2. A Scent-Based Alarm Clock
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Who wants the brutal beeping of an alarm clock waking them up every morning and starting their day off on the wrong foot? Nobody, that’s who. This revolutionary alarm clock replaces that shrill sound with a soothing melody—oh, and a pleasant odor. Think: freshly ground coffee, freshly mown grass, and the freshly rejuvenating scent of peppermint. (Spot the trend?)
3. Fanny Pack Sandals
Meet the fanny pack sandals. They might not be the most fashionable shoes on the market—okay, they definitely aren’t—but they’re certainly the most pragmatic if you’re tooling around the pool or the beach wearing something with no pockets. The slip-ons have a “zippered pocket for small item storage,” which is too brilliant for words. And if you’re more the type who prefers fashion over functionality, check out these 15 Killer Style Accessories You Never Knew You Needed.
4. A Sofa That Turns Into Bunk Beds
People who often host overnight guests will benefit from investing in this couch that conveniently turns into bunk beds with a simple spin. And your guests won’t be complaining about stiff backs the following morning: Both of the mattresses have orthopedic-slated bases. Plus, even with the bunk beds open, it takes up minimal space.
5. A Pillow With a Hole For Your Glasses
Fellow four-eyes, rejoice: There now exists a pillow with a special slot just for your glasses frame. And those of you with 20/20 vision might be thinking to yourself, “But why would you need a pillow like this if you don’t need glasses to sleep?,” to which we answer: “Because sometimes we like to lie down while watching TV!” Speaking of television, don’t miss The 30 Most Outrageous Late-Night TV Moments Ever.
6. A Knife That Warms Butter As It Spreads
Few things are as heartbreaking as watching your toast rip as you struggle to spread a cold piece of butter on it. The toast loses its puffy goodness, you lose your appetite, and all hope is lost for the breakfast you envisioned. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution—and it can live right in your utensil drawer. With this warming butter knife, your butter will soften as it spreads. As one Amazon reviewer wrote, “spreading butter is no longer a pain.”
7. A Mug with a Customizable Temperature
Scalding hot coffee is no fun—just ask the woman who sued McDonald’s for the burns she suffered after spilling a cup o’ joe on her lap. Luckily, one company has come up with a solution for liquids that are perpetually too hot. They designed a mug that allows you to choose your ideal liquid temperature, and their technology will maintain the temp as you sip leisurely. The mug is so hi-tech that you can even connect it to your phone and it will keep you updated on the status of the temperature. And for some reasons to actually drink coffee (not that you need any more), read up on the 75 Amazing Benefits of Coffee.
8. Containers That Remind You When Food Is about to Expire
Americans throw away nearly $165 billion worth of food every year, which averages out to approximately $2,200 per household, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). So what can you do about it? Well, for starters, you can invest in a set of smart containers. They track what’s in your kitchen and when it’s about to expire, and you can view the contents of your fridge from your phone at any time.
It may be easy to forget about that bag of spinach in the back of the fridge—but not when there’s a notification on your phone reminding you that you only have 24 hours left to scarf it down. And for more ways to utilize everything you have, check out these 20 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money.
9. A Strainer That Attaches to the Pot
No longer will you have to use a lid to try (and fail) to drain your pasta over the sink. This clip-on silicone colander will strain the water from your pasta straight from the pot, so you can continue to use the pot to mix in sauces and whatever else your palate desires. Plus, this lightweight gadget is much easier to store than the traditional bulky strainers we’re used to—and if you live in a small apartment or are lacking in kitchen area, every inch of cabinet space counts.
10. A Piggy Bank That Tracks Your Money
The only time one ever truly knows how much dough a piggy bank contains is when it gets emptied into a Coinstar. But if you’d rather know how much money you have as you collect it (and who wouldn’t?), just hand over the $14 for this coin bank that will count your scratch for you. It even keeps track of rare half-dollars and dollar coins. Cha-ching!