The pandemic has changed, perhaps permanently, many of the ways we live, work, play, exercise, and rest. We were forced to maneuver our way in a world of remote work, stay-at-home orders, and strict social distancing guidelines. Experts project this may be our normal for the foreseeable future, so we need all the help we can get to make our daily lives a bit easier.
Thankfully, countless lifestyle innovations are discovered every day. These alternatives can provide a level of comfort and convenience we never knew we needed. Here are some trendy lifestyle innovations you need to try in 2020.
Mini-dishwasher that sterilizes small items
Some research suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted through fomites, which are virus-infected items or surfaces that we touch. While there’s still some debate over the odds of fomite transmission, it’s not impossible, and it can’t hurt to make sure our possessions are properly disinfected since many of these items can carry a lot of other harmful bacteria.
The item’s name itself is self-explanatory—it’s like a dishwasher but smaller and portable, and can clean various small items like our keys, cash, and coins via UV light. It uses low-water and low-energy technology, which makes it environmentally-friendly too.
Waste management services
At the heart of fighting this infection is social distancing. Avoiding face-to-face contact with others is still the most effective way to prevent getting infected by and spreading COVID-19. One way to reduce contact with others is by outsourcing garbage removal. The dumpster delivery and pick-up can all be organized without having contact with each other. Simply give these garbage bin rental services a call, and they’ll be able to haul all your trash on the same day. It doesn’t matter how much junk you have; they have 5, 10, 15, and 20-yard dumpsters, depending on the amount of the junk you want to get rid of.
Some materials they can take include old and unwanted furniture, debris from renovation, construction junk and waste, defective appliances, scrap metal, old electronics, and e-waste. These services are also committed to preserving our environment as best they can, so they donate or recycle up to 60% of all junk disposals. They also work with non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill, which repurposes and extends the life of your rejected items. It’s convenient, and it saves the planet!
Grocery shopping reservation
You ever think about grocery shopping but end up worrying about how many people will be there? There’s an app for that! OpenTable, which used to be an app for restaurant reservations, has now pivoted to allowing users to reserve slots for grocery shopping. They have partnered with supermarkets and grocery stores to limit the number of people entering the stores.
Adjustable furniture for kids
In an age when our entire family is spending more time at home than ever before, we need to find ways to entertain our children. An example is designer Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte’s adaptable kid furniture, a double-decker bed that allows the first bunk to be a homework station or playpen. It was designed to make space for kids growing up and to allow them to build happy memories even while stuck at home. Find pieces that can provide function and fun, and help your kids have an enjoyable childhood even in a post-pandemic world.
Some fashion brands capitalize on the pandemic by creating outfits that can also function as personal protective equipment (PPE). Some dresses now come with built-in face masks, and some gowns come with built-in gloves. There are even antibacterial t-shirts and multi-layer designer face masks. At the rate the pandemic is going, it may not be long until we see this trend on the runway and into retail.
Professional styling for Zoom meetings
In these unprecedented times, it seems like every meeting, every transaction, every class is held online now. Not all of us were prepared for this—not all of us are natural when it comes to knowing what looks best on us, especially when people can only see us from the waist up.
Here is a job no one saw coming: Professional stylists for Zoom meetings. There are now designers who specialize in styling you from the waist up. They can send you a box filled with curated accessories and fashion items that look good on you. If you find yourself not knowing what to wear for an important Zoom meeting or appointment, enlist the help of these stylists to help give you an idea of what looks best on you.
Nowadays, more and more products and services are created or invented to help society navigate the pandemic. Keep your eyes peeled for these lifestyle innovations to make your life a tad bit easier.