The unclutterer.com blog features a new product every Wednesday that it dubs a "Unitasker."
Over the years the blog has accumulated a hundreds of wild and wacky products that are made for performing only one task. The problem is, all these tasks could probably be done with other common things people already own.
By avoiding unitaskers, people can generally save money — and reduce clutter. Here are some of the best unitasker's from unclutterer.com — just heed the blog's warning: "We don't want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness."
Matt at unclutterer.com says, "Call me old fashioned, but when I take a dog for a walk, the dog should be walking too. "
Erin Doland at unclutterer.com tells about this unitasker: "I'm confused by the product makers who believe new parents can't figure out how to fan their child's rump with a clean diaper or use a dry cloth to wipe her down. Because, let's be honest, if a new parent can't figure out one of those two tricks I highly doubt they would be able to keep charged batteries in this device and have it with them every time they change their child's diaper."
Erin Doland at unclutterer.com talks about how fun playing fetch is for dogs — and cheap, since sticks are everywhere. But why get one for free when you can buy one for $11? "If your dog has a bad habit of eating sticks and suffering digestive issues afterward, I'm not sure a fake stick is a good alternative. Instead of eating bark, your dog would be eating stuffing, neoprene, neoprene fabric dye, thread — pretty much the equivalent of a SCUBA diver's suit with fluff."
Erin Doland at unclutterer.com says, "The Tiny Toe Towel reaches between the unreachable areas of your toes. No more wet socks because your toes are soaking wet because you don't own the tiny toe towel. How else does one dry off between your toes?"
Obol, the Never Soggy Cereal Bowl, elicited this comment from Katherine at unclutterer.com: "You know how you have to chase the last bite or two of cereal around the bowl, trying to capture all of it on your spoon? Now you can do that with every bite!"
Erin Doland at unclutterer.com can't comprehend the Vacu Vin Egg Pillow: "Are they bean bags? Air-filled cushions? Is the egg sleeping, is that why it needs a pillow? Do eggs sleep?"
Erin Doland at unclutterer.com says, "I had no idea room-temperature pajamas were a problem needing a solution. With this device, though, you can solve your room-temperature dilemma in 10 minutes!"
The d-Vision website that sells the dish says, "By creating an appropriate place in the dish, your fruit waste becomes an esthetic part of your meal." Matt at unclutterer.com says, "See? Admiring an apple core is esthetically pleasing to some people, and what better way to put it on display than with the small apple dish? I defy you to find a better way to present your apple."
Erin Doland at unclutterer.com confesses, "Most weeks, I feel inspired by the unitasker to write something funny about it. This week, words escape me. Words may not even be necessary. I think all the Magical Ostrich Pillow needs are pictures, as they speak a thousand words."
Erin Doland at unclutterer.com isn't impressed: "I cannot imagine that sticking each individual french fry into a little square is worth the time and effort. When they come frozen, they're all stuck together, and it means you would have to handle each and every fry. Ugh."