I love my job. Being a professional organizer means I get to spend a lot of time solving puzzles and coming up with solutions. Every now and I then, I have a spark of inspiration for a new product that I believe might be useful. Some are organizing related, others are just products that would make life easier. This week, I thought I would share a few of my brainstorms. To help you out, I’ve drawn little sketches of each idea.
If you are a manufacturer, perhaps you might like to give these a try. If not, I hope these at least make you smile.
Seana’s Top 10 Products We Need
#1 Apartment Picture Frames
Hanging pictures on the wall is never fun, but when you live in an apartment, where you are not permitted to hammer into the walls, it can be even tougher. Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy frames that had built-in Command™ strips on the back? You could just peel and stick. Dorm room decorating would be a breeze.
#2 Label-ready Cords
In our technological era, all of us are managing multiple cords. Who doesn’t have that tangle on the counter or in a drawer? It is easy to lose track of which cord goes with which device. Sure, there are products you can buy to label cords, or you can make simple labels with masking tape, but it seems to me that all cords should come with a small space built-in for labeling. A fine-point Sharpie and the job is done.
#3 Better Car Console
Who hasn’t lost things in that giant black hole called the car console? If I were designing the console, I would add a few things: a cup holder with buttons to keep the drink hot or cold, a space for a box of tissues, a coin jar and then some general storage with dividers. I would then attach a trash can with a removable/washable insert to the back of the console where it could be reached by all passengers.
#4 Baking Peanut Butter
I love baking with peanut butter, but it is a huge hassle to measure it out of the jar. I’ve always wondered why they don’t sell peanut butter in bricks, as they do with shortening. Wrap up a brick in foil with tablespoon markings so we can grab a knife, cut off what we need and pop it into the bowl. Seems so simple, right?
#5 Resealable Cereal Bags
I find it both cumbersome and ineffective to roll the cereal bags down inside of a box. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a zip-top on the bag? Not only would this be easier to use, but it would probably do a better job keeping the cereal fresh.
#6 Sock Labels
Perhaps I am the only one, but I find it difficult to sort men’s socks by color. I am always walking up to the window to try and see which ones are blue and which ones are black. Wouldn’t it be nice if the color were just stitched into the toes?
#7 Silencer for Leaf Blowers
I love the functionality of leaf blowers, but they sure are loud. At any given moment, it seems like someone is blowing grass or leaves nearby. Seems like it shouldn’t be that difficult to make a little device that snaps onto the leaf blower to make it quieter. If anyone figures this out, I would love an adapter that would work on lawn mowers as well.
#8 Food Storage Containers with Washable Label Space
Are you starting to see a theme? I sure do love a label. Unfortunately, food storage containers can be difficult to write on. I think they should come with a built-in special “label surface.” This area could be written on with a Sharpie that would last until it was washed with soap or popped into the dishwasher.
#9 Adjustable Glass
This one may be a bit more far fetched, but I think it would be a big seller. This is a glass that can be either opaque or transparent. It would be perfect for shower doors, windows in bathrooms and office windows. Tap it once to make it opaque when you need privacy, tap it twice when you want the glass to return to clear. Do you have a place where this would be helpful?
#10 Decomposable Golf Balls
This one is for my husband. If you’ve ever been on a golf course, you know that a lot of balls end up in the water hazards. Seems a bit environmentally unfriendly to me. How about a ball that starts to decompose after being submerged in water for more than 30 days? This way you can golf in the rain, but once the ball is lost, it simply disappears. Extra bonus points for someone who figures out how to fill it with fish food.
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These are my top ten, but the list is always growing. Have you ever had a great idea? I’d love to hear about it!