Technology is supposed to make our lives simpler, right? Then why is it that nearly 30 minutes each week is spent bumbling with power-brick-weighted cords or retracing our steps to find a missing remote or a left-on light? No more! Stock up on these three tech tools to keep your day moving smoothly.
1. Short Outlet Extenders
You probably already have a box full of surge protectors and road-cone-orange extension cables out in the garage, but that's not what we're talking about here. You need to stock short (6-inch to 12-inch) grounded extension cables in easily accessible places in every room. So the next time you find yourself bumbling behind the TV, plugging and unplugging in the name of trying to find a spare spot for a new gigantic power brick, just reach for one of these and you can power up that massive adapter from any open outlet.
2. A Universal Remote
Ah, we reminisce about the days when there was only one remote to find between the couch cushions. Now, if you want to turn on the TV to catch up on your DVR'd episodes of Glee (with surround sound, of course), you'll need to hunt down 3 remotes, at minimum. Instead, sync up all your theater room devices with one hefty universal remote and cut down on your tear-the-living-room-apart time. Who knows, you might actually get it together enough to catch your shows as they start.
3. Auto-Off Light Switches
Does your morning routine always take longer than you think it will? We're perpetually 5 minutes late out the door and can pinpoint the exact reason it happens: The last few minutes in our house each morning are spent walking through every bedroom, bathroom and closet in the place, making sure we haven't accidentally left a light on. The easy fix? A manual-on, auto-off light switch. You'll get all the convenience of turning the closet lights on to dress without any of the all-day "Did I ever flip the light back off?" worry.
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