We all know how time-consuming our household chores can be, and when they add up it always seems to be at the worst of times. But over the last few decades, it’s been proven that we’re spending less and less time on our household chores than we used to, mostly because a lot of our more time-consuming tasks have been automated. So what else can we save ourselves from doing? Here’s a small list of chores than can easily be automated.
The modern-day wonders of drip irrigation and other irrigation systems mean that we no longer need to spend copious amounts of time researching plants and creating strict manual watering schedules. With the technological advancements that have graced the gardening and garden maintenance industry over the last ten years in particular, our green thumbs are able to provide better care for particular plants like berries, apple trees and other fruit-bearing trees which perform best when they have dry fruits and foliage to prevent rot, but also thrive when their roots are consistently moist. Such conditions can only be attained through the use of drip irrigation, so if you’ve got an edible garden, you’re definitely better off investing in an automated irrigation system.
It’s been a quick minute since the original Roomba first hit the market, and now automated or robot vacuum cleaners are widely available at an array of price ranges and with a great assortment of different features. For instance, a growing number of automated vacuum cleaners are now smart home compatible, meaning that you’ll be able to clean your home remotely simply by downloading an app to your phone. Gone are the days where you’ll need to factor vacuuming into your valuable off-time.
If you’re looking for another sign that robot vacs are here to stay, look no further than the Tertill robot weed whacker, a robotic weed puller that runs on solar energy and is programmed to show no mercy to your pesky garden weeds. This weed-whacking ‘outdoor Roomba’ operates with thanks to a series of software algorithms that allows it to scan your lawns for weedy structures, using its integrated nylon string weed whacker to unleash a vicious attack that not only obliterates weeds at a surface level but also covers their roots to, in order to combat weed regrowth.
4. Gutter cleaning
Gutter cleaning is still considered to be one of the trickier, more dangerous chores that we still need to do today. Not only can it be incredibly taxing on your body to climb up a ladder and dredge dying plant matter out of your clogged gutters, but the actual task is just downright dangerous too. Even if you’re in the habit of flushing out your gutters, there’s still quite a bit of work involved in the gutter cleaning process, and it really doesn’t need to be this way! There are a growing variety of gutter cleaning tools available on the market today which can greatly simplify this chore, including a smart gutter-cleaning robot that can also be controlled remotely, meaning you’ll no longer have to precariously position yourself on top of your ladder.
5. Pet care
From automatic pet feeders and ball throwers to wearable GPS devices and two-way pet camera systems to make sure your furry friend is feeling fine during working hours, the automated pet care market is booming at the moment, with a great array of products and devices to suit any pet owner’s needs. However, we’re yet to find out what pets think of this smart tech. Whilst two-way camera systems have yielded some positive results for full-time pet owners, there’s no denying that spending one-on-one time with your furbabies is the way to go, and pet care tech isn’t designed to make pet care a totally automated chore. Even so, we wouldn’t want this chore to be fully automated any time soon anyway because spending quality time with our pets is far too enriching for us, both emotionally as well as physically.
Think about what life must have been like before washing machines became widely available. The time and energy that went into doing your washing must’ve taken entire days out of your week. And for those of us who work full-time, we don’t really have that time to spare. The automation of our household chores will allow us to make the most of our personal time, minimizing the maintenance required to keep our lives afloat, and allowing us to spend our downtime doing the things that really matter, like going on spontaneous picnics, and organizing trips to the movies or and lunch dates with friends. Carpe diem!