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I found myself once again standing in what used to be my hallway, but was now my own private pool. Hands on my hips I sighed and while annoyed, felt at peace. I headed out to my porch and grabbed my shop vac and within ten minutes had the once-pool cleaned up.
As you can probably guess, this isn’t the first time it’s happened and luckily I was prepared. While cleaning up the mess it made me think back to young and naive me when I first moved into this house as a single homemaker. And that led to what would I tell younger me? What tools or items would I recommend for myself starting out as a homemaker?
So today, I wanted to share with you the 5 items I think every homemaker should have in her home.
1 | Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
As you know I definitely need a wet/dry shop vacuum in my home. Not only has this helped control my personal pool, but it’s super helpful in just getting some deep cleaning in. From spring/fall cleaning to semi just vacuuming the dog hair off of the dog. (Not really, but I wish!)
2 | Home Maintenance Tool Kit
One of the more surprising things I wouldn’t have thought I need as a renter was a tool kit. I figured at first that the landlord would come and fix anything the same day. At least for me, that’s not true. My landlord is often out of state and isn’t available to fix things so I find myself fixing them instead. On top of that I have found plenty of use for everyday things from re-lighting the pilot light, to hanging a cabinet, to simple everyday projects like when I built my desk. I picked this tool kit because it has the most range of tools because most generic tool kits have screwdrivers and hammers and tape measures; which are all useful, but the tools I find I’ve used the most are included in this toolkit.
3 | Steam Mop
If you have kids or pets, then you could definitely benefit from a steam mop. I have this one myself and really enjoy it because not only can I use it on my floor, but I can also use it on my upholstery in my house or car and on my clothes. (I didn’t realize, but you can also use it on windows too!) I really like the fact that steam mops use no harsh chemicals and they sanitize like everything in my home.
4 | Counter Top Scraper
When I was a nanny I used a counter top scraper more than I do now, but it’s still a super handy tool to have on hand. It’s easy to clean up dried batter on the counter top, play dough that has dried and died in your kitchen and so much more.
5 | Castile Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap is something I’ve recently discovered but have made a number of uses out of it already. Currently I use their soap to make my own hand soap (which is soooo good on my sad and cracked winter skin!) and also use it to make my own laundry soap. I know there are at least 30 ways to use this in your home. I also love that it’s organic, and fair trade and on every bottle of their liquid soap also comes the message of Christ’s love!
These are the top things I think every homemaker should have in her home but of course there are a number of other things that help me on a day to day basis. But these are definitely the items that you can use for everyday use or even for seasonal cleaning!