Can’t Live Without?

There have been so many books published over the last few years on reorganising your home — and your life.

Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, The Home Organising Workbook, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning… the list goes on and on.

I’m a sucker for them too. Although, just as soon as I’ve been drawn in, I realise that it’s just another fad and the book ends up gathering dust on the shelf.

Oh the irony.

I think it’s been made worse as we’re a generation of gadget lovers — the shops are saturated with ‘must-haves’ that make our lives easier.

Research conducted by Breville* has shown that we Brits are a nation of kitchen gadget hoarders; with 75% of us owning cupboards full of items we never use.

That amounts to a whopping £2.4billion (!!!) wasted on unused utensils.

Half the time these unused items are also cluttering up vital kitchen storage space.

On average, just one British household owns around 18 kitchen gadgets with a shocking 81% of people using some only once or twice.

Here are the top 10 offenders.

The UK’s Top Ten Most Useless Gadgets

(in no particular order)

The UK's Top Ten Most Useless Gadgets

1. Banana Holder |  2. Banana Slicer | 3. Square Egg Maker | 4. Egg Cracker | 5. Pizza Scissors | 6. Microwave Omelette Maker | 7.  A cereal bowl that keeps the milk and cereal separate — so the cereal doesn’t go soggy — yes really!! | 8. Twirling Spaghetti Fork | 9. Fizzy Pop Maker | 10. Strawberry Slicer.

I must admit — I don’t actually own any of the above.

Our kitchen is really tight on storage space and every single cupboard or drawer is already bursting to the gunnels with proper must have items.

Funnily enough the same research also hailed the humble kettle as the most ‘can’t live without item’. I definitely concur with this finding — love my kettle — it’s definitely the most used item in our kitchen. Although my mini multi-purpose blender is a close second— and is used on an almost daily basis too.

Be it for pancakes or cheesecakes my little Blend Active gets used for all sorts of things. It chops, whips, grinds and juices — and it’s compact design means that it takes up very little cupboard space.

According to the research, 20% of us Brits purchase kitchen gadgets and appliances in a bid to encourage ourselves to make more homemade meals (one in four hope it will encourage healthier eating) and nearly half hope that it will save time.

But to be honest, health and time aside, when you’re short on cupboard space, you want multi-functional gadgets that don’t take up too much room.

The Blend Active blender — together with the matching accessory pack — tick all these boxes. It’s the perfect tool to help create diverse and healthy recipes,  saves time by providing a one-stop solution for all our food prep needs, and best of all it doesn’t take up too much space.

Leaving plenty of room for all those other ‘can’t live without’ items.

Square egg maker anyone?

Pop and have a look at the Breville website for more details of the Blend Active and to see the other accessories in the Blend Active collection. It’s a fantastic little kitchen essential — definitely more than just a smoothie maker!

 Although this is a collaborative post with Breville, all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.

*Research conducted by Onepoll in October 2017 amongst a total of 2,000 respondents.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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