Published on December 19th, 2014 | by Guest


6 Ways to Automate Your Housekeeping with Smart Devices

Housework isn’t something that most people look forward to. Sure, we all want a clean house—one without germs and grossness lurking in every nook and cranny—but the actual process of cleaning the house isn’t exactly something to get excited about. Or, it wasn’t until the tech wizards started getting smart about creating tools to help automate housekeeping.

And while none of these tech companies and retailers have come up with an innovation like Rosie, the robot maid from The Jetsons, they have made it so a few simple clicks of a button help you get your house cleaned and fully stocked with necessities.

  1. The Roomba


iRobot’s newest Roomba (model 800) is a significant improvement over the original version, and it’s the perfect automated, floor-cleaning tool. It’s quiet, it quickly masters the dimensions of your room, it won’t get tangled in your area rugs and can be used on a variety of floor surfaces. Just press a button and let it go! Click here to learn more about the Roomba.

  1. The Robomow


With a Roomba, you’ve got the floor covered—but what about the ground? Robomow’s robotic lawnmower does the same thing for your lawn that Roomba does for your interior. This small robotic mower can even do your edge cutting and has an optional remote control so you can steer it into small or oddly shaped areas. Click here for more information about the Robomow.

  1. Smart Appliances

Many appliance manufacturers, including Whirlpool and GE, are introducing Smart appliances. With these, you can control operation through your Smart phone or tablet, allowing you to do a load of laundry, monitor energy consumption, and even wash dishes from anywhere in the world. Here are some smart appliances that were featured at CES 2014. (The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.)

  1. Housekeeping Apps

Not every chore can be delegated to a robotic helper, which means you’ve got to do them yourself. Apps like HomeRoutines, BrightNest and Chorma help you organize these tasks and even motivate you to get them done. With them you can create to-do lists, incentives, get cleaning tips, and even develop routines that ensure seasonal chores don’t get overlooked.

5 and 6. Managing the Home

Keeping house isn’t just about cleaning, it’s also about paying bills and minding your supplies. Here are a couple of tips to automate some of your home management duties.

  • Cut your grocery shopping time and your bill substantially by working with a subscription service for commonly used staples such as toilet paper, toothpaste, pet food and coffee. Companies like Amazon and Target offer these automated delivery services, which can save you from those awkward out-of-toilet-paper moments.
  • Set up automatic bill pay with your bank or your creditors and service providers. You’ll need to make sure you have enough in your account to cover the bills when they’re due, but you’ll never again have to worry about individual due dates. Not only will this save time, but it may also save you money through discounts and timely payments.

There are lots of things in life that you can’t automate, which makes it even more important that you learn how to automate those you can. That way, you’ve got even more time freed up to do the things you love.

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This article was written by Tim Smith. For more home automation tips check out Modernize.

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