Tech Obsessed: Six Tools To Make Your Home A Happier Place This Holiday Season


By Isabel Thomson-Officer

The countdown to Christmas and New Years is on and for many of us it is a very stressful time of year. Christmas parties, shopping, looking after the kids, and finding time for friends and family is a fine balancing act that many of us struggle to master. Thankfully a new tide of tech startups are here to help keep the sanity and peace in your home this holiday season. Whether you’re thinking of renovating in the new year, have left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, or just need some help organizing your time, these six tools will ensure you get to squeeze in some much needed r&r.

Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. For the holidays, it’s basically the equivalent of taking your best friend shopping, if your best friend is an extremely organized, auto-synced mobile app that keeps track of everyone on your holiday list. This season, create a Trello board for holiday shopping, planning holiday meals and party prep, and more. It’s easy to fall off the wagon when it comes to keeping your New Years resolutions, but Trello is one way to stick to them.

Alfred is a weekly service that does the chores you have no time to do. For $99 a month, imagine coming home to fresh groceries in your fridge, dry cleaning hanging in your closet, and those shoes that didn’t fit finally returned. Alfred is the one place to manage your routine and make sure things are done the way you would do them yourself, if not better, so you can focus on living your life.

Updater is simplifying the way Americans move. Think about the last time you moved and how many hours were wasted on dreaded moving-related tasks like forwarding mail and transferring utilities. Updater’s free, easy-to-use platform saves both time and money on moving-related tasks, streamlining the entire process from hours and days, to just minutes.


Sweeten is out to make the renovation process easier by helping you craft your dream dwelling without all the stress. The first of its kind, Sweeten is a platform that acts as a matchmaker between renovation specialists and home owners to simplify the process. Think of it like the Tinder for home renovations.


Paintzen is a marketplace for home and office painting, providing customers with instant quotes and matching them to experienced paint crews. They manage all the logistics of getting the job done for both the customer and the painter, resulting in a stress free experience for both.


Kaufmann Mercantile is an online store for well-created and specially curated products spanning from homewares to accessories, gardening tools, and office and kitchen supplies. The company’s product ethos lies in choosing only the best products and creating its own when the best is unavailable, so basically they do all the hard work. Kaufmann Mercantile started as an online magazine writing and commissioning a library of essays on the history of materials, how-to guides, and Q&As with makers, artists, and designers, delving into the lifestyle behind the products on their website.

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