We’re avoiding the obvious here… So while most of us accept that we wouldn’t be able to cope without our mobile phone, social media, other hi-tech gadgets, and obviously Teddy, the following are day-to-day stuff we’d hate to be devoid of…
1. Cash Machines
We can’t believe we used to have to queue up in banks to get money out. Nowadays, so many people pay with cards and use contactless when they buy stuff. However, we still like to deal in dosh where possible, which is why the hole-in-the-wall cash machines are invaluable to us.
We’ve loved listening to music for as long as we can remember. Can still recall the first single and album we bought with record vouchers our relatives bought us. The way we access our favourite tunes has varied over the years… we’ve experienced vinyl, tape recordings, CDs, downloads and, yes, full circle back to vinyl…
Although they’re supposed to be worn when doing sporty activities, we pull on our trainers when we go for a stroll in the park because they’re just so comfortable. They may not look dressy, and can get a bit whiffy but, to be honest, we don’t care!
We all know the British weather leaves a lot to be desired, so you’d be mad to brave the outside without your trusty brolly. We also like the fact that we get a chance to stand out in the crowd with our lovely, rainbow statement umbrella.
Ping! Dinner’s ready! Microwaves are brilliant. Our microwave hasn’t replaced the oven, as we do still cook. However, occasionally, it’s handy to pop in a ready-meal. We also find them really useful for making fluffy, scrambled eggs and frothy coffee.
Making toast used to be such a faff. You had to wait for the grill to heat up, then cook one side of your bread at a time. Luckily, somebody invented the pop-up toaster and you can have perfect toast in minutes. Now you have the ideal accompaniment for that lovely scrambled egg you just made in your microwave!
7. Electric Kettle
Sticking with kitchen equipment, an electric kettle is a godsend. We don’t know why we even bothered making hot drinks when we had to boil up water on the stove. It took forever! If we were really thirsty, we’d drink a glass of water while we waited – making the hot beverage pointless.
8. Big Fridge-Freezer
Talking of H2O, we love our big, double-fronted fridge-freezer with its cold-water and ice dispenser! It’s so groovy and you can get so much in it. How did we ever manage with the tiny one we used to have? And those awful, plastic ice-cube trays, which were almost impossible to get ice out of.
9. Eyeliner Pencil
We like to wear make-up. A full face of the stuff! But if we were pushed, like when you have to pick which one item you’d take to a desert island, we’d have to choose our eyeliner pencil. It takes up very little space, but is so effective at making our eyes stand out instantly. It can also be used to emphasise brows, so is dual purpose (although we’d had to take a sharpener, too)!
10. Cosy Socks
Heading into the comfort zone, now… When it’s chilly, it’s so lovely to pull on a pair of cosy socks. Nestling in the snuggly softness is such a treat for our feet!
Another of our favourite items of clothing is the onesie. So simple and warm to wear and they feel lovely against our skin. We’ve got loads in all different colours and styles. They’re perfect for pulling on to enjoy a fun night in with a mate.
12. Push-Up Bra
We’ve got a bit up top, although not as much as we’d like. But rather than go under the knife, you’ve opted for the push-up bra. It does the job perfectly and is also temporary. So if you change your mind about your bigger bangers, you can easily go back to foundation garments that give you a less-in-your-face cleavage.
13. Central Heating
Although it’s now an essential part of everyday life, central heating hasn’t always been. We remember staying with our grandparents and they’d put hot-water bottles in the bed to try and warm it up before we turned in. It was so cold in their homes, that in the winter, we could sometimes see our breath. We’d hate to stay in a non-centrally heated house now.
14. A Shower
We still enjoy a soak in a bubble bath, if we want to unwind. But a shower is our first choice. There isn’t time every day to run a bath and wash our hair using a jug to rinse away shampoo. It’s quicker and easier to jump under the instant, constant flow of water and your ablutions will be over in minutes.
15. The Cat
We’ve had pet pusses for years, and it wouldn’t seem like home without a cat. We love everything about them. They’re easy to look after and give us hours of pleasure, without being too demanding. Moggies don’t need taking for walks, and they do their business in the garden without involving us, thank goodness! (We couldn’t cope with poop scooping)!
Hard to imagine a time when you had to make a bed using flat sheets, blankets and eiderdowns to get the required warmth. Plus, you had to remake the bed every day by straightening and tucking the whole lot in. We were so happy when fitted bottom sheets and duvets came along making it all so much simpler.
17. Our Boyfriend
And last but not least, we’re talking about ’im indoors! You’d miss your boyfriend like mad if he wasn’t around. You probably don’t tell him enough that you’re happy the two of you share a home. To be honest, you’re probably too busy nagging him about not leaving damp towels on the floor! From now on, you’ll intercept the criticism with comments about how much you appreciate all the good things he does.
What can’t you live without? Let us know below…