9 Must-Have Household Items List for Busy Moms
I don’t know about you, but I find myself at the verge of exhaustion from time to time. Had it not been for some ingenious must-have household items that make my day-to-day mom life so much easier, I would be in some serious trouble.
Truth is, whatever saves me time, makes my life easier, and isn’t too complicated to operate, that’s what I want in my life.
After all, with a feisty toddler who rolls her eyes at me like a teenager, a five-year-old who flies off the couch mimicking Super Mario, and running an online business… I need all the help I can get around here.
Sure, a live-in nanny that cooks and cleans would be nice… but while I save up for one of those, here are a list of amazing household items I couldn’t do without as a stay-at-home mom.
NOTE: This household items list also make great gifts for moms.
9 Household Items List For Moms
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1. Coffee Maker
Ok, let’s face it! Sometimes coffee is more of a necessity than a luxury.
On those hard mornings when you’ve had little to no sleep because of a teething baby or a coughing toddler, a fresh cup of coffee is everything.
Specially, having a coffee maker that is easy to use and clean.
You don’t need anything fancy as long as your ingredients are the best you can find.
As for me, organic Colombian coffee and organic coconut creamer are my favorite go-to’s.
Here is the perfect example of an inexpensive, versatile, and best-seller coffee maker.
The Black and Decker Coffee Maker come with these sanity saving features:
- Quick Touch Programming: you program the 24-hour auto brew feature so you can wake up to a fresh pot of coffee (What??? Sold!)
- Sneak a Cup Feature: temporarily stops the flow of coffee so you can pour your first cup before brewing ends without making a mess.
- 2-Hour Auto Shutoff: for added safety and peace of mind (I am guilty of forgetting to turn off the coffee machine when leaving the house, so this is a great feature)
- Beautiful Design
Now you tell me… worth it? I’d say so.
2. Electric Pressure Cooker
If you cook often, an electric pressure cooker is the way to go.
You are telling me that I can throw a few ingredients together that take me 10 minutes to prep, press a button, and have a cooked meal in minutes?
YESSS… Sign me up for that one.
Electric pressure cookers are a lifesaver for busy moms. Many moms opt to meal prep and freeze which makes it even more time-saving.
As opposed to slow cookers that take hours to make a meal, the pressure cooker makes most meals in seconds.
The best value for your money is the Amazon Best-Seller Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker (6 Qt).
It has almost 6,000 Amazon reviews with a nearly perfect score of 5-star rating.
In addition, the cooking pot is made of stainless steel which is one of the safest cooking material surfaces.
Oh, my dear friend the vacuum!
When you are a mom, everyday messes are just part of the agenda. Therefore, anything that makes the clean up process easier is a household item must.
However, not all vacuums are created equal. Although most do the same basic functions, some are also clunky, heavy, hard to clean, and loud.
Remember what I said in the beginning, “whatever saves me time, makes my life easier, and isn’t too complicated to operate”… that specially applies to vacuums.
The Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is s great choice because it is lightweight and it has a washable filter (bye-bye vacuum bags).
It is budget friendly, Amazon’s Choice product, and nearly a perfect 5-star review from 2,000+ customers. It is also used on bare floors, carpet, sealed hard floors, low pile carpet, stairs, and upholstery.
4. Clothing Steamer
Hate ironing? Me too. And despite my efforts to take out every single item of clothing out of the drying wrinkle-free, that isn’t the case.
Having a clothing steamer is a lifesaver. Specially on days that we are on a time crunch (e.g. church Sunday mornings).
The Beautural Steamer for Clothes pre-heats in only 30 seconds and has a large water tank which hold enough liquid for 15 minutes of continuous steaming.
This steamer is an Amazon’s Choice household item and holds an almost perfect 5-star review of 1,000 happy customers.
5. Electric Tea Pot
This is another time-saver household item if you love tea.
I usually start my school morning routines with a hot cup of organic tea.
My sister-in-law gifted my husband and I with this handy household item a few years ago.
Using the standard stove top tea-pot takes longer that I have time for most days, so I just use the electric one. Water boils in a few short minutes with the push of a button.
The AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Electric Kettle is a great option taking price and performance into consideration.
It also comes with a removable filter. You can infuse whatever you want in the pot itself, and when you are ready to serve it only the delicious infused tea pours in your cup.
6. Durable and Non-Toxic Cookware
Listen, here! Nothing irritates me more than having to scrape a kitchen pan.
However, when choosing cookware is important to note that nonstick cookware pretty much always contains a man-made chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA.
These chemicals are notoriously persistent in the environment and the human body, and some have been linked to serious health hazards. (Source)
After all, what good is it to cook healthy food when we are cooking in harmful cookware.
To avoid these harmful toxins, it is recommended you stick to cast iron, stainless-steel, and glass cookware instead.
Do you have mixed and matched pots and pans everywhere? Do you wonder what kind of materials they are made of and if they are hazardous to your health? That was me a few years ago.
Well, if you have been looking for a complete cookware set but have felt indecisive about what you should buy… here is set you will not go wrong with.
The 13-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set by T-fal (Pots and Pans with Copper-Bottom), is an incredible investment as you will be able to tell by the almost 5,000 costumer reviews.
It is made of stainless steel construction which makes it durable and safe ( PTFE, PFOA, lead, and cadmium-free).
For more safer cookware options, check out “5 harmful Things You Use Daily (Plus Safer Alternatives).”
7. The Tumbler
This might seem like a small and insignificant item to some. But as a mom of two who runs around all days in between multiple tasks keeping my cold beverages cold and my warm beverages warm, is a must.
Don’t you hate it when you are so busy that your coffee gets cold?
I know I do… and let me tell you, I am not a fan of microwaved coffee.
It used to happened all the time until we came across the Double Wall Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler by Built NY as a gift my husband received for Christmas last year (although my husband received a fancier version, which was the Yeti Tumblr).
So, after discovering how incredibly amazing these are… I bought one for the entire family.
Even the kids have their own Tumbler and I don’t have to serve water a million times a day because the water stays cold all day long.
Plus, it’s PVC, BPA, latex and phthalate-free which is the kind of products you want to be using anyway.
Besides being great for personal use, they are also great gifts ideas for:
8. Blender and Food Processor Combo
Kitchen blenders today are not just for making smoothies.
They are now very multi-functional and come in handy for making everything from soups, sauces, and grounding nuts and spices. Specially when you have a blender and food processor combo.
For this combo, I like a glass blender and a plastic food processor. Because I often put warm food in my blender to liquefy, I rather it be glass versus plastic.
The BFP-703BC Smart Power Duet Blender/Food Processor by Cuisinart is a great and affordable choice for this household item must.
9. All-Natural and Non-toxic Cleaning Products
This must-have household items list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our day-to-day handy cleaning products:
- Dish soap
- All-purpose cleaner
- .. and more
They are all indispensable when it comes to making our life easier and well… cleaner.
However, there are many harmful toxins that lurk in our day-to-day cleaning products.
It is extremely important for the health of our entire family, that we do our research and opt for natural cleaning products the have the lowest risk of harm (if any) to ourselves and the environment.
Get the full list of the best natural cleaning products here.
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Motherhood is hard!
Despite our many efforts do it all ourselves and keep it all together all the time, we simply need help.
Whether you are a full-time working mom or a stay-at-home mom, the struggles to keep everything staying afloat applies to all of us.
Therefore, any household item that makes our job easier is what we need.
What is in your household items list that makes your mom life much easier?
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What a great list! Definite must-haves for busy moms! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Kristine. I hope it was helpful to you.