Unitasker Wednesday: Snap-on bedding labels

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Today’s unitasker is Snap-on bedding labels. These simple to attach, snap-on labels that tell you the size of bed sheets. For about $16 USD, you get four labels. I’m assuming one for each of the flat sheet, fitted sheet and both pillow cases.

You do not need spend $16 USD on this item if:

  • You buy different colours of sheet sets for different sizes of beds in your home and put a colour-code chart in your linen closet to remind people which colour of sheets are which size.
  • You only have one size of bed. All of the sheets would be the same size regardless of colour.
  • You use the same colour of sheets for all the beds but launder the sets of sheets on different days and store the sheets for the bed in the room in which the bed is located so they don’t get mixed up in the linen closet.
  • You use the same colour of sheets for all the beds but you own a Sharpie permanent marker and decide to write a small letter in the corner of each sheet/pillowcase indicating what size it is.

If you do not do any of the above, and have not read our article on how to best store your sheets, feel free to purchase the Snap-on bedding labels.

We’d like to thank reader Ann J. for alerting us to this unitasker!

Unitasker Wednesday: The Prepdeck

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Reader Pete brought today’s product, The Prepdeck to our attention.

The Prepdeck is designed to organize and unclutter your kitchen work surfaces. It includes a fold-out cutting board, 15 containers in four sizes, a storage compartment for knives and utensils, an accessory drawer with prep tools (grater, slicer, juicer, etc.) and a removable trash compartment for collecting scraps.

The Prepdeck is large and cleaning all those little parts would be a challenge! As Reader Pete put it, “I shudder to think of the potential for cross-contamination, especially if you’re a meat-eater.”

In other words, Prepdeck duplicates everything that your kitchen already has, all of which can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Not to mention the fact that the little containers have to be stored in the fridge individually while the Prepdeck remains unused taking up almost all of your counter space.

Here is the thing though…

I just finish setting up my youngest kid at college. The Prepdeck would be very helpful. The cutting board would be easier to clean and sanitize than the chipped and stained countertops in the dorm kitchen. Having a small compartment for collecting scraps means they wouldn’t fall on the floor and attract pests. The Prepdeck’s little containers hold just enough for one person and are small enough to be stored in the fridge in her room. She could fill up the containers at home on the weekends and have enough fresh fruits and veggies for the week. Being able to store all of her own kitchen tools in one spot would be beneficial as well.

Actually, for anyone living in a dorm, small apartment, or RV, and doesn’t already have kitchen tools, the Prepdeck would be the way to go.

Should we call it a large, cumbersome, multi-tasking unitasker? I’ll leave it to our readers to decide.

Unitasker Wednesday: Robot Eating Lollipop Holder

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All of us who eat lollipops have had the same conundrum — what do we do with the half-eaten ones? We can’t just set them down on the arm of the sofa or on the kitchen counter. What are we to do?

robot shaped lollipop holderIntroducing… The Robot Eating Lollipop Holder!

Just place your half-eaten lolly in the hands of this large plastic robot-looking device, push the button and the hands put the lolly inside the robot’s head. The lolly stays fresh and clean. There is a note from the manufacturer to say that the lid may not open if lollipops are stuck to it so you may need to rinse the device with hot water. That is just fine because after each lolly, you’ll have to wash the device anyway.

I’m sure many people would find it challenging to get a small piece of plastic wrap and cover the lolly to keep it fresh even though it would be easier, and better for the environment to keep a small piece of plastic wrap in your pocket rather than this large device.

Thanks to reader Roxanne wrote in to share this week’s unitasker with the comment, “Seriously, who thinks up these things?”

Well, Roxanne, we don’t know who thinks them up, but an idea is one thing, so seriously, who agreed that this was worthy of production?

Unitasker Wednesday: Cutlery Cleaner

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Safety has always been of paramount importance in my life. One precaution we take is to always hold kitchen knives by their handles and wash them one by one then place them in the drying rack them with handles up. We never pile sharp knives into the sink or dishpan due to the high risk of cutting yourself.

It doesn’t take very much time to carefully and thoroughly clean a knife as demonstrated by a chef in this video. You need soapy water and a soft bristle brush that you probably already have to clean all your dishes. That’s why I think the BladeBrush Knife Cleaner is a unitasker.

Although it does allow you to clean your knife blades safely, it won’t allow you to clean anything else. I suppose you could use it to clean all your cutlery but you would still have to have a brush, dishcloth, or sponge to clean the rest of your dishes. Also, for the price of this one unitasker, you could buy two packages of three multi-tasker regular brushes.

The problem with cleaning sharp knives (and other cutlery) is that it takes two hands to do — one to hold the knife by the handle, the other to scrub the blade. If you have reduced mobility in one, or both hands, consider a cutlery cleaner that mounts on the side of the sink.

Thanks reader Carol for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

Unitasker Wednesday: Bulb Nest

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In every home we’ve rented all of the light fixtures contain the least expensive and least energy efficient light bulbs. In order to reduce our electric bill, we replace the cheap bulbs energy with energy efficient LED ones. Consequently, we store quite a few light bulbs because we switch them all back before we move out, taking the LED ones with us.

We have gone through this process 12 times in the past 25 years and never once did we consider buying or using a unitasker like bulbNEST — a cardboard box that holds up to 6 standard light bulbs and 2 spotlight light bulbs.

I suppose some people may find it useful but I think paying $16.99 USD for a cardboard box, even if it is custom designed, is a little expensive.

We store light bulbs in a small Rubbermaid tote, either in the original packaging so it is easy to see what the bulb is, or we wrap the bulbs in fruit net wrap that the local grocery store was going to throw in the garbage anyway.

Sometimes custom organizing solutions are necessary. However, with a little thought and items you already own, you can save money by creating your own storage solution.

Thank you to reader Ano Nymous for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

Unitasker Wednesday: Handheld dishwashing machine

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When I first saw the photo of the handheld dishwashing machine, I thought it might possibly be useful for those who had limited use of their hands and did not have a dishwasher. It is referred to as a “robotic arm” after all.

I was wrong. You need two hands to get the dishes in the device and one hand to hold the thing while it washes.

The description on this device says you don’t have to get your hands dirty but you need both hands to put the dirty plate in it — unless you enjoy washing clean dishes like they do in the video (which makes my highly suspicious of its efficacy).

The site also states, “Environmental protection, beauty, simple, good cleaning effect.” But I fail to see how a plastic, robot-arm filled with electronics and a rechargeable battery protects the environment. The gadget reminds me of an extra-terrestrial insect from a sci-fi movie so maybe it is only beautiful to entomologists.

If you have enough space for the handheld dishwashing machine, why not just buy a countertop dishwasher? It would work better and your hands would stay cleaner.

Save your money. Save the environment. Avoid nightmares about green insects from outer space. Pass on this unitasker.

Unitasker Wednesday: Body odour detector

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We all know that bad body odour is bad manners — especially if you are living or working in crowded quarters. To cope with this, the company Tanita is marketing a gadget that detects how bad your body odour is.

The Tanita-ES100 costs about $125 USD and is about the size of an antique pocket pager. It works on the same principles as a breathalyzer for detecting blood alcohol content based on a breath sample. The ES100’s replaceable sensor is good for 2000 uses, or about a year for the average person.

The device is easy to use, simply turn it on, flip out the sensor and point it to a part of your body you think might be emitting too much odour. After about 10 seconds, the display will show your smell level on a scale of 0 (no smell) to 10 (extremely smelly). The device suggests that anything above Level 5 requires “smell care.”

The nice thing about the device is that it will also tell you if you have applied too much aftershave or perfume. However, there are a few unpleasant odours that it is not programmed to detect.

I can see this device as being helpful for those who may have lost their sense of smell due to injury or illness. I’m not too sure if it would be useful for anyone else though. Perhaps if I lived in a crowded city in a hot climate I’d think differently. I’ll leave it up to Unclutterer readers to decide.

Unitasker Wednesday: SockSync laundry sorter

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In a previous article, we discussed having only one or two types of sock per person. Each person would have six pairs of the same sport sock and six pairs of the same dress sock. This saves time getting dressed because you only have to pull two socks out of the drawer and instantly you have a match! You could also be a fashionista and have no matching socks whatsoever. Either way, this solves the laundry sorting problem because all the sports socks match each other, all the dress socks match each other, or you have no matches at all and it doesn’t matter.

However, if you have an extremely complicated wardrobe with dozens of different types and styles of socks, you may need the SockSync sock sorter. The SockSync comes with its own custom fit laundry basket too so you’ll have an extra one under foot (pardon the pun) all the time.

To use the SockSync, just put one sock on each SockSync cup, find a sock that matches what is on the SockSync, spin it around, and push it through (see the video). Your socks still come out of the laundry in a jumbled mess and you still have to rummage through the pile to find matches. All the socks end up paired but are in the same laundry basket so you’ve got to separate out each family member’s socks.

It would be easier to give each family member a lingerie bag to put dirty socks in. Each person’s socks would stay together in the wash and you would just simply give family members their lingerie bag back, full of clean socks at the end of the day. It would take up much less space too — not to mention the savings of about $50 USD.

A big shout out and thank you to professional organizer and friend, Stephanie Deakin for one of the biggest unitasker eye-rolls I’ve had in quite some time.

Unitasker Wednesday: Canadian Breath Spray

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G’day eh? I sees this ‘ere product, Canadian Breath Spray, and I wonders if it’ll make anyone sound Canadian if they use it, eh? Lard tunderin’ if it did b’y we’d have youse all pronouncing Newfoundland (noo-fn-LAND) correctly.

I’d bet you a Loonie or a Toonie that you’d be drinking double-doubles at Timmies while wearing toques. Of course, you could stay at the cottage and mix your mickey with pop while sitting on the chesterfield eating ketchup chips.

We know the keeners will give’er by calling the last letter of the alphabet ZED. Any Americans using this product will put the letter U in words like favour, colour, and labour while the British will have to spell words like organize, patronize, and itemize with a Z not an S.

Nous avons deux langues officielles au Canada. C’est possible, en utilisant ce produit vous parlerez français.

There is no need to put on your runners and queue up for this product. It doesn’t really work — SORRY!

Unitasker Wednesday: S’mores caddy

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Summer is here and with it comes camping, camp fires, and of course, s’mores. Over the years, we’ve featured various s’more makers in our unitasker series including a barbeque s’mores maker, an old fashioned s’mores maker, a microwaveable s’mores maker, and even s’more s’more makers.

This summer is no exception. A big thank-you to reader Gabrielle who sent us a link to the Hershey’s S’mores Caddy. It is a plastic box designed to hold all the ingredients to make s’mores.

IT IS AN EMPTY BOX!

That’s right. For $10 USD, you get a plastic box. You have to buy the ingredients separately. And, it is designed to hold only a specific size of Hershey chocolate bar and a specific size of graham cracker. I guess if these are your favourite brands, that would be fine but if not, you’ve just wasted your money.

However, if wasting money is your goal, you can spend $16 USD and get the SUMPRI Smores Caddy because it has a place to store extra candy and SUMPRI roasting sticks neither of which are included.

Unitasker Wednesday: Half and half cupcake maker

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Although it is highly rated, I do not see the usefulness of this half and half cupcake maker.

It has dividers for all twelve cupcake cups in one unit. It is large and difficult to store. You would not want it to get bent or warped because then it wouldn’t fit into the pan correctly. Since it comes with its own cupcake pan, I suspect they work together as one unit and the divider portion may not work in other cupcake pans.

I’m still not sure why people want two flavours in one cupcake. Personally, if I want two different flavours, I’d eat two different cupcakes (not necessarily the same day — it is cake after all).

If you really feel you need a unitasker to make half and half cupcakes. Batter Babies cupcake dividers take up much less space and are likely easier to clean. You could also make your own using cardboard covered in waxed paper.

 

Unitasker Wednesday: Cooler Brightz

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Do you want to show off your decorating skills to your picnic and barbeque guests? Cooler Brightz can help! Your guests will be able to find their drinks at night when your cooler is lit with a string of waterproof 30 micro-LED lights. Available in six different colours, Cooler Brightz will stay illuminated for more than 24 hours using just three AA batteries (not included).

The Amazon reviews of Cooler Brightz are not very favourable and my first impression was that it should fall into the unitasker category.

But…

I’ve been camping. Trying to hold a flashlight in one hand while rummaging in a cooler filled with ice water is not easy — especially when you want to keep the lid closed as much as possible. Why not consider using lights that will also serve another purpose?

These remote-controlled, submersible lights could light up your cooler or be used in an aquarium, bathtub, vase of flowers, or even outdoors in the rain. For the same function but a more romantic look, check out these waterproof, flameless tea lights.

If you really want a cooler light, opt for this higher quality Coleman Cold Glow Cooler Light which is much brighter, lasts longer, and the batteries are included.