At eieihome, we know it’s not easy for homeowners to remain on top of things 100% of the time. That’s why we’re here to give you the information you need when you need it. This time, we’re letting interior design expert Lisa Canning share her advice on the top tools that will bring order and sanity to busy families, big or small, no matter where you are.With 4 kids 5 years of age and under – with a 5th on the way! – I have to be really organized at home if I don’t want to completely lose my sanity. Luckily, there are some great products that do most of the work for me. Here are my top 5 products to help streamline your life.
Limit your counter appliances and use integrated accessories
Visual clutter is a huge pain point for me. In my own home, I keep counter appliances to a minimum. If they are out on display, they better look beautiful! I like the modern design of the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew series. What’s really great about it is it works hard for you – you can brew your coffee and have boiled water in the same unit (limiting the need for an additional appliance) and the best part for me is the integrated accessories. Some models come with matching travel mugs, which means if you leave it out it will still look streamlined and visually appealing, and there’s no fumbling with missing lids or drawers full of different sized items if you stick to using the matching travel mugs. And let’s face it- busy people need coffee on the go fast. This is a sanity-saver for me!
A secret weapon for busy parents
Whether you choose to use formula for your baby either for choice, health, or nutritional supplement reasons, making formula when you are a busy parent can be an annoying task. The Baby Breeza Formula Pro makes making a bottle so easy- perfect temperature water, perfect consistency, and what’s perfect for me is it’s done in seconds. Small enough of a footprint with a sleek design to not create a ton of visual clutter, this product is a pretty cool one to streamline life for busy parents.
Load & go laundry that is ok to forget
Even the laundry room can be beautiful – and the process of doing laundry beautiful too! The Whirlpool® Duet Steam Front Load Washer really helps to streamline things for busy families. Firstly, no more running out of detergent – it holds enough for up to 12 loads and it warns you when you are running low. Leave the wash overnight? No worries about having to run it again – a built-in fan activates after the wash cycle is over, tumbling clothes so you can wash and dry all in one step. It’s perfect for those who need their beauty sleep for the long day ahead! Upgrade to the storage pedestals and you can keep all your large detergent containers hidden and within reach.
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Finally finish those neglected windows
A big reason I get hired to lend my interior design skills to clients is that they realize they cannot do it alone. I too, can’t function without my team, and that includes Budget Blinds. I like working with budget blinds, as they really streamline the process of selecting gorgeous drapery options for me. And with lots of options that are cordless and PVC free, you can be assured you’re making healthy choices that look great. The streamlined process of having someone come to you with all the samples you need, all the measuring you need, all the guesswork taken out- so convenient.
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Shop online with a trusted guide
Shopping online can be a really convenient, but also very daunting experience. With so many options available, you really need a guide to navigate it all. This is what I like about new Canadian company Mirens. They curate a product assortment that is modern and edgy, and fairly reasonably priced across the board. Nervous about buying online? Don’t be. A reasonable return policy allows you to try things out without risk. My current obsession is a modular TV unit in walnut and glass that has a movable top that can slide and swing out, allowing you to increase or decrease its footprint.
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Lisa Canning runs Lisa Canning Interiors, specializing in 2-hour in-home interior design consultations in the GTA and beyond. She writes a lifestyle blog called Lisa Canning: Blueprints for a Beautiful Life. offering practical strategies for families to live lives that are as beautiful as they are organized.