21 genius products to help you create (and keep) your stay at home routine
Don't let a 'stay at home' order prevent you from changing your life for the better
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Are you spending your morning’s horizontal, and constantly pressing the “snooze” button? Even with “stay at home” orders in place, there’s still so much to do!
We’ll get to what you could be filling your day with, but we thought we’d begin with how you start your day. Say “goodbye” to your old alarm and wake up to this beautiful and energizing light.
Notable review: “Im terrible about sleeping through my alarm and between the lights and the sounds this clock gets me actually awake and ready for the day. I like the white noise features too as they are very relaxing and tou can adjust all volume settings and all of the brightness settings as well, even turn them all off if you feel so inclined. It has so many features and choices.” – MM
This daily Productivity Planner works on a simple, yet effective, principle. By taking the time each day to write out your top priorities, you can plan your work around the tasks and projects that are most important to you.
Often times, with more time on our hands, structure becomes a problem, and this Productivity Planner is a great tool to combat the threat of inactivity.
Notable review: “I’ve been following the Pomodoro technique for a few years and 100% adopted the complete Productivity Planner method for work about 6 mons ago. The system truly does help with personal productivity and realistic goal setting for projects. Over time, you learn how much time it takes to complete tasks and how much you time you realistically have in a given day or week. I just bought my second planner and I have no intentions of going in any other direction. Love it!” – eversteph
With more time on your hands, you have a much better opportunity to get a new habit to stick. This habit calendar gives you an extra motivational push by giving you a visual way to track your progress.
If checking a box or crossing an item off a list gives you a feeling of satisfaction, you’re going to be addicted to this calendar.
Notable review: “I wanted to reduce stress and nail down some habits, and I’ve always done better when I can see progress tangibly. I’d been eyeing this calendar for some time, but was unsure if it was worth the money. I decided to go for it. SO glad I did. It has some “homework” pages at the beginning to help you focus in on your goals, but most the its the cleanness and ready-to-go nature of the monthly calendar pages that have worked for me.” – Flight of Stars
If sitting is the new smoking, then that makes your current desk your ash tray. Maybe that’s a little overkill, but get on your feet and beat the mid-afternoon slump with a Standing Desk Converter.
Transition easily from sitting to standing, and enjoy the extra energy and health benefits in the process.
Notable review: “Sitting 8 hours a day are just killing my hips. I’m loving this desk because I can alternate sitting and standing while working. It was extremely easy to assemble and set up. The spring system makes it a breeze to raise and lower into place. It’s very sturdy too. I was concerned that my monitors would shake around and move when raising/lowering it but nope, not at all!” – Linds
If you’re sharing your home with a roommate, partner, family, or kids, then you already know how distracting (and loud!) everyone can be. Block out distractions and get your best work done with these babies on.
Notable review: “Wow. These are absolutely phenomenal headphones. I bought them about a year and a half ago and I use them all the time. I had a pair of on ear headphones from a no-name brand a few years ago and, while they served their purpose, they were not impressively loud and became a little aggravating on the ears after a while.” – Lucas Jon
No matter how diligent you are about turning off the lights when you leave a room, odds are you still have room to save on your power bill. With more time being spent at home, it’s one of the few bills where you’re bound to see a rise.
This genius Energy Conserving Surge Protector allows you to turn off outlets with a remote when you’re not using them, saving you money when the utility bill comes. You can also set outlets to turn off on a timer.
Notable review: “The outlet is slimmer than I thought and the ports are spaced even better than I thought – I have the whole thing full and none of the plugs are blocking others. It doesn’t take up too much room and the USB outlets charge decently quick!” – S. Blazek
Nobody wants to waste food, especially now, and keeping leftovers handy for lunch or repurposed dinners is a must.
Keep meat and fish fresh for longer with this FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer. The vacuum bags are freezer safe, so you can save on food costs by buying in bulk and thawing food out later. No more throwing money away when food goes bad in the fridge or gets burned by the freezer!
Notable review: “Love this thing! We grow our own meat and the ziplock freezer bags barely keep frost off the food for a week. This will allow us to extend the life of our food and is fun to use as well! I love the resealable bags with the pocket vaccume attachment. I also bought the mason jar sealer.” – Jared Williams
Your favorite local coffee shop might be closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through quarantine sipping on bitter, black coffee.
This Delonghi Espresso Maker is fun to use, produces delicious coffee, and will probably pay for itself in a matter of weeks!
Notable review: “I have had my machine for about 2 months now and have been nothing but pleased. I have used it every day since I received it and I pull on average at least 4 shots a day and it always runs smoothly. I should add I was a barista at a coffee shop for 3 years so I am very critical of my coffee/espresso and wanted perfection every time; I am glad to say that’s what I receive. The machine is very simple to operate and clean.” – Amazon Customer
If you don’t have a Crock-Pot yet, you need one right away. The Crock-Pot uses the magic of slow-cooking to help you passively turn fresh ingredients into healthy, delicious, low-effort meals.
This Instant Pot gets special marks, as it’s a Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer all-in-one.
Notable review: “The Instant Pot Has Seriously Changed My Life. It has no doubt cut down my food expenses (cutting down take-out and product waste) but has also renewed my passion for cooking! I was tired of dry over cooked meat and hours of standing in the kitchen trying to simmer cook meals for flavour.” – Help Me, Help You!
Just because you’re not as active doesn’t mean you can forgo nutrition, and in fact, keeping your health up is more important than ever.
Using a NutriBullet makes getting your five fruits and veggies a day as easy as blend and go. This super powerful blender comes with to-go cups so you can take your super healthy smoothie with you for whatever your day holds.
Notable review: “I’ve had it for 3 days and made a smoothie each day and I am so pleased with this. I made frozen banana with raw oats, flax, peanut butter, and oat milk and it blends like a champ. Yesterday was frozen banana, frozen tropical fruits (papaya, pineapple, strawberry mango), oat milk, water, some romaine lettuce (I know it sounds weird but I could barely taste it) and a few spoons of overnight oats with flax. It was fantastic and again, more frozen stuff but blended beautifully. In today’s smoothie I added walnuts and again, there was no blending issue.” – wms
We’ll save you the trouble and sum up your daily consumption of news: It’s bad. Sharpen your attention span and get your mind chugging again by reading a book.
Lots of people want to read more, and with a Kindle Paperwhite you’ve got all the books in the world at your fingertips. The screen really looks like paper and won’t hurt your sensitive eyes at night. It’s super portable, and it’s definitely helped me read more great books!
Notable review: “This Kindle is thin and light. It doesn’t fatigue your hand at all. The fonts are adjustable for size. The light is adjustable for brightness. The color of the light is somewhat grayish. My older Paperwhite had the blueish hue which I found a little unnatural. I bought the Amazon case and when you close the cover the Kindle automatically sleeps and when you open the cover it automatically wakes up. I find this Kindle to be a little faster than the previous version. If this is your first Paperwhite there is only reason to be content with your purchase” – Rustic
Staying at home means that your humble abode can turn into your unofficial classroom.
There’s a reason why Rosetta Stone is known as the best software for learning languages. Using the power of language immersion and live feedback on pronunciation, Rosetta Stone provides a holistic approach to learning a new tongue. They’re now offering all 24 languages, and a lifetime of access!
Notable review: “This is a great product and a great way to learn a new language. Although I took Spanish in high school, decades ago, this came back to me almost naturally as that the way this is taught is through association of pictures and situations. I appreciate the lessons and find it very engaging and easy to follow. You have to have the latest Adobe flash in order to get this working properly on your device but it is worth it. It works better in Chrome rather than in Safari.” – Linda Lou
If you haven’t taken steps to get your home organized and in order during the stay at home order, then now is the time.
Get pantry clutter under control with these OXO Pop Containers. Say “so long” to open bags of sugar, flour, and rice. Instead, use these easy stackable containers to keep food organized and fresh.
Notable review: “This size is great for a five pound bag of flour or sugar or box of Bisquick. They come with a 1/2 cup measuring scoop which fits snugly under the lid. The containers have a great seal! They stack beautifully. And because I’m a total geek I got out my label maker so one will never confuse flour and Bisquick.” – Sara
If you’re looking for cheap ways to organize your home and make it more zen, then cleaning those clothes off the floor and organizing your closet is a great way to do that.
Save space and keep your clothes hanging with these genius Pants Hangers. The curving shape lets you hang several pairs of pants on one hanger, or you can use these nifty hangers to keep your scarves, ties, or stockings in order.
Notable review: “I am a minimalist (except with books), so I have no dresser. All of my pants / jeans / leggings hang in one small closet. Until these heavy duty hangers arrived, I was going through several plastic hangers a year because, in order to save space, I would hang more than one pair of pants / jeans / leggings on a hanger. These hangers have reduced the bulk and slimmed down my closet considerably, and they are molded out of a single piece of very tough metal. I predict they will last the rest of my life.” – This is Not Tom Brokaw
Tired of opening your sock drawer to find a sloppy mess every single day? These amazing Drawer Organizers will help you sort out your socks, underwear, shirts, and whatever else you’ve got stuffed into your dresser drawers.
Notable review: “No matter how neatly I fold my bras and underwear, they always seem to become a big jumble in the drawer. These organizers are perfect for keeping everything in place, and you won’t forget about those items you own that end up buried at the back. For reference, my dresser drawers measure 26.5″W x 13″D (inside dimensions) and the two larger ones fit well with about an inch to spare. I used the third in my sock drawer for ankle socks. I love them.” – M. Hanson
Even in the best of times mail and key holders are highly functional. In these times, keeping your dirty keys and mail off of counter surfaces is borderline essential.
Quit leaving piles of mail everywhere and stop losing your keys for good. Hang this smart Mail and Key Holder by your door to cut down on clutter and get back a little sanity.
Notable review: “This is perfect for my needs. I used command strips to attach it to the side of the nightstand in my bedroom. It’s the ideal size to fit my TV remotes and my cellphone, I can hang my phone charger cord from the key hooks along with loose hair ties and not clutter up my nightstand.” – Miss Cris
Quick, look under your kitchen or bathroom sink. Odds are, things are looking a little untidy down there. Given how EVERYONE is stocking up on cleaning supplies, it may have gotten out of control.
This shelf and drawer combo can help you organize your cleaning products, toilet paper, shopping bags, and whatever else you’ve got down under.
Notable review: “I tried them underneath my bathroom sink and they fit perfectly! After organizing everything, I was so surprised I had so much more room that I grabbed more items out of the linen closet to fill it up. I still have a lot of room left. I also bought these based off the high ratings and they hold true.” – Brad J. Leahy
Hello, it’s your bucket list calling, and just trying to make you aware that “learning a musical instrument” is still an unchecked box.
This Fender Learn to Play Bundle makes it easy to get started with guitar by supplying everything you need to play your first chords. It includes a guitar, a tuner, strap, extra strings, access to online guitar lessons, and an instructional DVD.
Notable review: “I’ve never played a guitar thinking it was way too hard to try. This bundle came with a great little tuner, a case, picks, replacement strings, a strap, a polishing towel, and a DVD. The quality of the DVD isn’t great but the content is SUPER helpful. I’m learning a little more every day and I’m finding it easier and more fun than I expected. The packaging was really good – no damage whatsoever. I’m not even slightly disappointed with this kit. Excellent value!” – Rooster
The stay at home order just had to come during winter. Well, if missing the sun has you feeling cranky and stressed, then a light therapy lamp might be just what the doctor ordered.
This UV-free LED light simulates the sweet feeling of sunshine, giving you a mood and energy boost.
Notable review: “My office is very dimly lit without much sunlight coming into the one small window. It was suggested that I should get out and get more sunshine, especially during the winter months and on those cloudy days that are so frequent lately. This light is like bringing a bit of sunshine into a gloomy room. I wasn’t sure how helpful it would be but it has made quite a difference in my mood since I put this light on the shelf next to my desk. It is small and lightweight, and the brightness can be adjusted to suit your needs. I would recommend it to anyone who suffers from seasonal depression.” – ZJ
Dr. Kristin Neff is a self-compassion researcher, and her work has helped thousands of people develop better ways of coping with difficult emotions.
If you’re feeling a little stressed through this crisis, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Dr. Neff’s Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook is full of strategies that can help you gain confidence, stop beating yourself up, and deal with tough feelings in productive ways.
Notable review: “As soon as I found out that this workbook would be coming out over five months ago, I eagerly pre-ordered it. I have Dr. Neff’s book and audio program and Dr. Germer’s book, and have found them to be incredibly useful in developing self-compassion skills. This workbook is a wonderful addition to any mindfulness library since it includes guided exercises and meditations to reinforce the skills you’ll learn in this book.” – Leanne
We’re willing to bet that this stay at home order has messed with your routine a little bit, and for many folks, that can mean trouble sleeping.
White noise can be super soothing and helpful if your mind tends to wander when you’re trying to get a little shut-eye. We chose this model because it’s not catered to babies, as adults find it exceptionally useful.
Notable review: “Picked this up because my girlfriend is an insanely light sleeper — every single thing wakes her up in the middle of the night — the click of the thermostat in the livingroom, the ice-cube maker (inside the fridge!) refilling. I’d suggested a white noise machine in the past, and she always thought the noise itself would keep her from sleeping. It turns out the SNOOZ has DRAMATICALLY improved her sleep. Even on the lowest or second-to-lowest setting, she no longer hears me sneak into the bathroom in the middle of the night, or when I get up early to get ready for work. When I tip-toe in to wake her up, she is still sound asleep.” – Amazon Customer