There is an old proverb that goes something like, ‘Feed a man a fish and he eats for a day but teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.’ But there is also the old proverb that says, ‘Give a man $100 and 30 minutes at Kmart and he’ll have completely redesigned his living room, have bought himself a fishing rod and still have $20 left over to buy two salmon steaks when he realizes no one has taught him how to fish.’
The big question is: how do you avoid buying things that you won’t use or that will be broken in a week? The answer: don’t buy things that will suffer from use. Let’s be honest, they aren’t built to last a lifetime so it’s best to look for items with less moving parts, that look great, and won’t have stitching coming out or screws loose after a week of use. Avoid those white things, those wire things, those stitched things and those delicate things. Go solid, go brown, go wood and go steel and whatever you do, never go faux.
Nothing suggests durability and utility more like the word, industrial, while nothing suggests a better place to put your indoor cactus than the words, side table. It’s simple, it’s sturdy and it’s stylish. Oh, and it’s cheap.
- Tapered Wooden Box $12.00
The world is your oyster but only if you have a tapered wooden box. Use it as a planter box (maybe not for edibles as the wood may be treated), laundry box, vinyl holder, kayak, storage for industrial quantities of green tea (maybe not green tea as the wood may be treated). Literally anything (maybe not anything as the wood may be treated). Your imagination and whether the wood has been treated are your only limitations.
If you’re not on board with mindfulness, then you are not on board with Kmart. Kmart is mindfulness and never so much as when a Square Wax Melt Burner is involved. It is like television but better, it’s smellovision: watch the flame but smell the oil.
One of the more expensive items on the list, this simple table caters as a coffee table, TV shelf or even a dining table for those who have something against chairs. It’s stylish and solid so might even last you into your twilight years.
It isn’t quite explained how this normal wall shelf is an angled wall shelf, apart from the fact that there is an image of it on an angle. But if you happen to live in a house of mirrors with 45° walls, then this could just work. Or just use it as a regular shelf to add some texture and wood to your home décor.
- Soffitta Vases $10
While you could certainly just fill a water glass with some of your favourite leaves or create a terrarium, these vases have their own little wooden home and they’re nice and wide and not expensive so if an earthquake causes these to fall to the ground it’s no biggie.
Jamie Oliver, eat your heart out. Not much needs to be said here, it’s a no brainer. Stainless steel is easy to clean and quick to heat up and there is everything you’ll ever need in the kitchen within this set. The perfect solution for stocking up a share-house.
- 5L Slow Cooker $39
If you haven’t got a slow cooker you haven’t lived. Five minutes before you leave for work you can throw a leg of lamb into it, a few sprigs of rosemary and some seasoning and that’s it. You’ll walk home to a slow cooked meal waiting for you. Surely this isn’t the first time you have had this advice? It’s Life 101: buy a slow cooker.
- Milo Throw $20
There is something powerful about what a throw can do to a room. People walk into a room and just know it’s there, they can feel its presence even if they can’t see it. Well, maybe that’s a lie but a throw can definitely soften up a space and add some texture to your interior design efforts.
You will become bored by how excited guests are when they ask for a glass of water, or some punch, and you direct them to this beauty. Gone will be nights out at the club. Instead, Saturday nights will be spent seated around this dispenser, taking turns to fill your glass.
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