Friday Five: February 18

How is it already February 18th?

First and foremost, thank you for all the love on this blog post from yesterday. It’s clear y’all like home improvement stuff, so I’ll do my best to document more as we go. We have some projects on the horizon, like finishing the little details in our kitchen, swapping out light fixtures, updating our guest bedroom and making some improvements to our guest bathroom. Should be fun (but it’s also daunting because where is all the time?).

In the spirit of home improvement, this week we are going to focus on five items I’ve purchased for our home that have made life better or easier in some way.

LED Motion Activated Lights

I said I would report back on these and I am back to report. My takeaway: They are amazing and you should absolutely get them if you are in need of a lighting situation. For only $20.99, you get three lights and they come with the 3M backing to magnet which then pops on to the light. Each light takes four AAA batteries (which is a lot, I know, but worth it) and are ready to go once you put the batteries in. Place the lights wherever you want (we put them under our kitchen cabinets) and you’re done.

Since installing them, they have not turned on during the daytime nor have they turned on when the kitchen lights are on. They are just sensitive enough where they won’t all come on if I just briefly step into one side of the kitchen but they will if I walk through. They’re bright and really nice.

Obviously I can’t speak to battery life yet I’m impressed for now. Highly recommend.

Also, the cover photo of this post is one of the lights in action. Also, ignore whatever the mark is on the cabinet. Who knows.

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Fabric Shaver & Lint Brush

Look, I never imagined I’d be out here preaching a fabric shaver to you but here I am. We have a couch that has fabric that likes to pill a bit and I’ve tried a lot of different fabric shavers. This one has been the best, no questions asked. I seriously love it.

It comes with three different edges you can use depending on the time of fabric, which is really nice. There is something also oddly therapeutic about how well this works and using it.

OXO Good Grips Stronghold Suction Sinkware Organizer

I was getting really dang tired of sponges sitting on the bottom of the sink and getting gross. I also was getting tired of moving sponges around when I needed to use the sink (I can feel the eye rolls from here, but let me live). I saw this sink organizer and thought, “OK, why not?”

After it took me an alarming amount of time to figure out how to suction it to our sink (don’t worry, it’s not actually that difficult…. I was just not being very smart), I was instantly happy. It’s been great.

Oh, and I bought these sponges at the same time. I’m not going to go as far as to give them their own spot on this list, because I already cannot get over that I’ve recommended a fabric shaver, but in case you were wondering. I like them.

Folding Step Stool

This isn’t our exact step stool, but it’s the closest I could find to it. As someone who doesn’t have height to their advantage though and a kitchen with high shelves, this is a lifesaver.

“Seriously, a step stool?” I hear you ask. OK, but this came in especially handy as we were painting and working on our back stairwell. I’m guessing most of you already have step stools, but what’s especially helpful about this particular one is how minimal space it takes when folded up. In fact, I store ours in a kitchen side cabinet that I am 99% sure is actually meant for baking sheets. However, the step stool fits really well there so that’s where it lives.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a step stool, I recommend one like this. It doesn’t have to be this exact one, but the style is what makes me happy.

OXO Good Grips Garlic Press

Will I ever stop talking about this garlic press? No, probably not.


With that, I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend. No home improvement projects on the list for us this weekend, but we’ll get back to it soon.

Thanks again for reading and being here. I really appreciate it.


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