Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

Top Ten Household Innovations


stole borrowed this idea from  Jolene Philo at Down the Gravel Road. You can find her post here  I know I could come up with more, but here are 10 things (in no particular order) I LOVE that generations past were not blessed with.

1. Pick-a-Size Paper Towels – These are awesome. Some spills require a dozen of them, but other times a 1/2 a paper towel will get the job done. I love my Brawny Pick-a-Size.

2.  Mini-Van DVD Player. If you have kids you know why this is on my list.

3. Dishwasher. Anything that shortens the time I have to spend in my kitchen is tops in my book. I love my dishwasher. (I also love my after- supper-dishwasher-loaders. Their names are Carter and Owen.)

4. Universal Remote. If your husband was as in love with electronics as mine, you would totally understand this one. All I have to do is push one button and everything I need to get a movie started turns on.

5. Velcro Shoes. My boys (excluding Lewis) know how to tie their shoes, but there were many mornings in their early years of school that I thanked God for that amazing invention.

6. Tissues with Lotion. Totally worth the extra pennies for these. Bye- Bye red ouchie nose.

7. Pre-Grated Cheese. See number 3. I am like the anti-homemaker. The kitchen is not my favorite place.

8. Heated Tile. This seemed like such a frivolous thing when Corey decided to install it in our bathroom, but my feet love it so very much on cold winter mornings.

9. Laser Level.  Corey’s level has saved my walls from many extra holes.

10.  Netflix Streaming – Yes Netflix. Technically, this may not be a “household innovation,” but TV without commercials is awesome! Pretty much the only thing our family actually watches on TV is the NFL and college basketball. I remember when I started college at ISU in 1994 and was told I had to get an email address. I had NO IDEA what that was. Oh how the world has changed since then.

So tell me – Are there any household innovations you’d hate to live without? I’d like to hear about them. Especially the ones that would save me some time and effort in the kitchen!


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Household Innovations

  1. The best “household gadget” ever is a very helpful daughter. I lost mine many years ago when she decided to leave home and go to college and then get married. I had to relearn to do my own cleaning, dishes and laundry. I haven’t been able to find any gadget that works near as well as she did.

    • Lucky for me that I never became so dependent on my household helpers. They were so busy running here and there that I didn’t get so much of the benefit of their household assistance. I’ve had to train my permanent housemate – my honey 🙂 He is a great veggie chopper.

  2. I love your list, Kim. Heated tile, Velcro shoes, and the remote were all ones I considered, too. Thanks for the shout out for my blog.

  3. My new favorite kitchen tool is my computer. It is my family calendar, communicator and recipe resource. My Recipe book is on my “desktop” and I google for recipes all the time. It’s a great helper.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s