Another home-related post on the blog and I hope you’ll enjoy this as much. It doesn’t have to be your own home you’re shopping for but having purchased a few of these and having been home for such a long period, I thought I’d share some of my favourite purchases for the home.
Most of these were purchased through Amazon (thank you to my sister’s Amazon Prime delivery!) and if not, many substitutes are readily available at Costco, and other general stores!
1. Air Purifier
Pandemic, wildfire smoke, smell from smoking / pets / cooking – the air purifier doesn’t just naturally take care of odour in the house but also filtering dust / particles / droplets to keep your house smelling great and you, safe and healthy. The air purifier works exactly as the name implies – it takes air, runs it through several filters (the one I have has 3 filters: pre-filter, HEPA and carbon) and circulates clean, fresh air as a result.
Although pricey (starting price for one that goes in the living room is around CAD$150-200), this has been one of those purchases that paid itself over many times. There are smaller options available, for the bedroom and the office but since my office is in the living room and the kitchen is not separated from the living room, I got one that sufficiently covers the square footage of the living room + kitchen + office.
I bought an air purifier mostly because I moved into a condo that had recently been renovated and where the previous owner cooked very fragrant foods, leaving lingering smells that couldn’t be taken care of by Febreeze or similar products. This air purifier has been a staple for my condo since; it’s taken care of the fine dust from the renovation / smell and when COVID-19 landed, the air purifier with HEPA filters became one of the most-sought after products.
I got the Large Room size which works for my living room/kitchen area. I’m planning to repurchase during Black Friday (cheaper) for my bedroom. In the 1.5 years I’ve owned this, I’ve only had to replace the filter once during the year!
A few options to consider include:
- Levoit Air Purifier for Home Office
- Levoit Air Purifier for Large Room
- Levoit Air Purifier Replacement Filter
I highly recommend getting an air purifier – it’s one of the household items that not only can make indoor spaces safer during COVID-19 but so useful for everyday use. This is a handy product for pet owners, those with allergies and generally want to keep the home air circulation clean any time of the year (especially during Cold/Flu season).
The one I purchased is from Amazon – it’s the Levoit Air Purifier for Large Room LV-PUR131 (Retails for $239.99 but often goes on sale to $179.99-199.99) and the replacement filter is $47.99. My sister, who lives in a different city has had to replace hers twice in a year as she has pets, so it’s the frequency of replacement is highly dependent on what kind particles the filter is filtering out. Costco also carries a different brand and I’ve seen it at the warehouse for anywhere from $189.99 – $250; check your store’s availabilities before heading out!
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2. Air Fryer
I don’t actually have an air fryer but my sister does and every time I visit her, I’m always bringing things to cook in it because it is so much healthier, quicker, and cleaner than deep-frying things in hot oil! Air fryers have come a long way since the originals with features like tendercrisp technology (locks in juices while crisping up the outside) in addition to the standard pressure cooking (that crisps up food without much prep), this has been on my wishlist for almost a year!
I missed the Amazon Black Friday sale, where my sister scored the said air fryer for $150 as opposed to the $220 standard price at Costco and $300 at Amazon at the time of writing. It’s one of her most used kitchen appliance and I can imagine how convenient it must be to pop everything into the cooking tray, press a button and wait 10-20 minutes for everything to cook up!
The one I have my eye on is the Ninja® Foodi™ 6.5-QT Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer which has recently made its way to Costco’s online store and I’m hoping, we’ll see a sale on Amazon in a month!
3. Organizer tools: labels, empty jars, dividers
One of the biggest things about the lockdown and being home for much longer than most of us expected, is finding the need to update / clean / re-jig parts of the house. I’ve big on being organized (though I admit my organization aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing all the time). Seeing a few Instagram reels/stories recently gave me the idea to update my pantry.
I’m not the biggest fan of keeping spices, seasoning, pantry essentials in their original packaging mostly because I hate the disorganized/cluttered look about it. When I lived with roommates, that was the standard operating procedure, and you tend to forget quickly what you have. I use spice and pantry jars from Dollarama ($1.25 for a pack of 3 spice jars, and the pantry goods one range from $1.25-$4 for various sizes!) and I love the “custom” look that it gives. The glass jars are easy to clean (pop them in the dishwasher) and because they’re clear, you can see and monitor what you need to repurchase easily.
To give them a minimalist update, I’ve seen a couple of Instagram reels featuring these labels from this Etsy store. Although they sound very high quality (the labels are water and oil resistant) shipping to Canada is $16 and I was not too keen about paying upwards to $50 for pantry labels (That still need customizations too!)
Well, Amazon and Staples to the rescue! Amazon has these square labels for less than $10 (for a pack of 300, way more than needed!) and can be used on laser printers as well. I ordered one, downloaded the template and $10 + 2 hours of Photoshop editing, I made my own custom pantry minimalist labels, customized to everything I need and have at home!
The labels are also available in other sizes, including in a kraft brown paper colour. While these are meant for office use and may wear a bit quicker than your standard label, they seem to have hold up a lot better than expected after 2 weeks’ of application.
4. Cooking tools
I invested in a set of ceramic cookware set from Canadian Tire a while ago and have been obsessed with cooking with it! The 10-piece Heritage The Rock Forged Non-Stick Cookware Set which I had been obsessing for some time. The $150 sale price may be a little steep for some but it was worth the price considering it was a complete set for any cooking needs.
Not only are they dishwasher safe, but in addition to the set, you can also add to your collection with a variety of pans / cookware options including these double-sided grill, crepe pans, knife sets among a few options. There’s just something decidedly to adult when you have a proper cookware set for the kitchen.
What are your must-have products for the home?