What small, inexpensive things make your life easier? | Cup of Jo

What is a random item that makes your life easier? I once asked this question to the poet Kate Baerand her answer came immediately: “This phone holder for my car. It sticks to the vent. You probably don’t need it if you have a fancy car, but mine isn’t fancy and lacks a place to view the map safely! Thanks, car thing!”

Inspired, I bought a car thing for our trusty Volkswagen, and it really makes driving easier. Now we even take it with us on trips when we know we’re going to rent a car.

Here’s our team’s answer to the question, and I’d love to hear your…

Joanna Goddardeditor
Lifeguard: Light dimmers

“My closest friends tease me because after coming into their apartments and handing them a bottle of wine or stinky cheese, I’ll sometimes do a quiet sweep, dim a few lights and turn off the overheads. (I only do this with bffs , of course!) But then we can really relax. For our house, I added dimmer wires to all table and floor lamps, and now the whole place lights up.”


Jannelle Sanchezassociate editor
Lifeguard: Tortilla warmer

“I am convinced that everyone should have a tortilla warmer. Even if you only eat them a few times a year, it’s a must. After heating the tortillas in a pan, place them in the warmer and they will stay perfectly warm and moist for at least 30 minutes. If they’re just left out on a plate, though, they’ll be hard and cold and dry within five minutes, which is worst.”


Jenny Rosenstrachfood columnist
Lifeguard: Extra measuring cup

“I realized that recently when I was looking for my workhorse measuring cup, it would inevitably be in the dishwasher and I would have to take it out and hand wash it. Not a tragedy, of course, but when I had the aha moment that I could use three bucks and always have a clean one at my disposal, I couldn’t believe how happy it made me. (My ‘double strategy’ has also worked with scissors and tape.)”


Maureen Heffernanpartnerships and growth director
Lifeguard: 10 foot phone charger cable

“My phone was always on the verge of dying because I needed it near me during working hours. With a 10 foot charging cableI can keep it plugged in at all times, no matter where I am in the room, and it’s long enough that it doesn’t get stuck behind the sofa.”


Kaitlyn Teercontributing editor
Lifeguard: Smart connector

“I love the ritual of pouring coffee, but I missed the convenience of a programmable coffee maker. Connect our kettle to a smart socket that turns on 15 minutes before my alarm goes off, has been a total game-changer. I wake up early to write in the quiet hours before my kids start their day. It is so nice to get out of bed knowing that there is already hot water waiting for me in the kitchen.”

What little things make your life easier? Feel free to share below…

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