18 ingenious products that will save clumsy people from themselves
Expect all things anti-spill, anti slip, and anti-destruction
As a child, I would wake up every morning, stumble out of my room, still groggy, walk right into the coffee table and stub my toe, then head to the bathroom for a shower. For a klutz like me, walking into walls, stubbing toes on a table that’s been in the exact same spot since the day you were born and tripping over my own feet is just how life is.
People around me have also grown accustomed to my accident-prone behaviour. Other people have designated drivers on drunken nights out, I have a designated minder during the monsoon. The job description includes ensuring I don’t slip down steps lined with murky water, or trip over potholes.
But as long as you’re a student, being clumsy is just a quirky aspect of your personality. It doesn’t come in the way of regular functioning. For clumsy adults, it stops being cute and starts to incur serious damages.
With each glass I accidentally break, I feel my wallet becoming lighter. Every yellow stain on a new white shirt feels like stepping on a LEGO piece when you least expect to. And cuts and bruises that appear out of nowhere becomes scarier when you have a wild imagination and live alone.
Even though being clumsy became increasingly annoying as I grew up, I also chanced upon more people like me. Our Tweak Editor for instance, who knocked a bottle out of the window while animatedly describing something to us on a Zoom call.
Why am I telling you about my Editor slapping her bottle dead? Because you need to know that you are not alone. Sheetal, tum cheezein todo, hum tumhare saath hain.
And not only do we know exactly know how you feel, we’ve also hunted down solutions for all the absurd problems us clumsy folk have to face and compiled them to form the ultimate clumsy person’s shopping list – from kitchen fails that lead to raging kadhais splattering us with oil and the curious case of smudged nail polish to the extreme sport that is filling an ice tray and transporting it to the freezer without spilling any water.
Scroll down, we promise life will never be the same. Also, investing in these products is going to help you save up on a whole lot in the long run – fingers, money, embarrassment…
18 ingenious products to add to your clumsy person’s shopping list
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Hand guard to ensure you’re only chopping veggies and not your fingers
So your post-Masterchef binge-watching spree doesn’t turn into a blood bath. Use this hand guard to keep your guests from devouring literal finger food, and your kitchen from resembling a crime scene.
The hand guard is made with high quality stainless steel, and is rust-proof, and anti-corrosion.
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Don’t let your clumsiness come in the way of a perfect manicure
Colouring within the lines wasn’t your strength as a child, and nothing has changed when it comes to painting your nails as an adult. You also forget that you had nail polish on in the first place, and land up with nails that resemble a dog’s chew toy.
Nail polish is not a klutz’s best friend, but can be now with the No More Mistakes manicure clean-up pen by Sally Hansen. It removes smudges and excess nail polish around the cuticles, corrects polish errors without ruining the rest of your manicure, and is even dermatologically tested. Nykaa.com, ₹809
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A spray to keep you from waking the house up during your midnight water run
You might’ve lived in the same house all your life, and you might wake up at night to head to the kitchen for a sip of water every other day, but neither the familiarity nor the time has been able to mend the relationship between your toe and the dining table – the mandatory toe stub always makes an appearance, equally painful every single time.
But we might’ve found a solution. Use this glow in the dark spray to spray switchboards so you don’t go about poking your fingers in the socket in the dark, and spray it on furniture to make your nightly obstacle course a little bit simpler. The spray can be applied to wood, metal, drywall, and plastic, and works best when applied to a white or cream coloured surface. Amazon.in, ₹1,994
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An anti-slip mat to disaster-proof your bathtub concerts
Wouldn’t the shampoo sing-alongs be so much better if you weren’t constantly worrying about falling flat on your face while channeling your inner Katy Perry?
This bathtub mat with suction cups ensures that the mat stays in place while you break into song and dance in the shower. Ikea.com,₹399
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Cheater chopsticks perfect for the messy eater
While everyone else devours sushi at lightening speed, all you’ve managed to do is break down one lone California roll. Well, here’s the perfect purchase to prevent your coordination skills from interrupting your favourite cheat day meal.
These cheater chopsticks are ideal for beginners, kids, and clumsy Kimmi who can’t seem to find their way around the real deal. Flipkart.com, ₹199
A mattress protector to help survive the spills
Eating on my bed was something I was never allowed to do as a child. In hindsight, for good reason. Because now, as an adult who loves eating in bed, I have proof of all my oops moments preserved for posterity – the bottom left corner has a trail of Tang, right in the centre is the schezwan chutney massacre, and the top left corner reminds me of the day I changed the bedsheet without noticing the unscrewed bottle of nail polish that I’d decided to balance on a pillow.
This mattress protector has a waterproof layer that prevents liquid from passing through and is perfect to keep your spills under wraps. Ikea.com, ₹1,390
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Tide pens for days when the achaar decides to personally target your white shirt
It’s time to stop trying to make the white shirt with haldi stain lewk happen.
Instead, stock up on tide pens, that you can easily carry around, and whip out every time a stubborn stain presents itself to you. Amazon.in, ₹ 1,399 for 6
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An anti-slip tray to up your hostess game
You might whip up the best cocktails, but is that any good if no one gets to try them? Despite all your efforts of turning at snail speed and walking as steadily as you can, a slight tilt of the tray and down come your leaning towers of margaritas.
This anti-slip tray has a rubber base that keeps things from sliding and deep sides that prevent objects from rolling off. Shopfreelance.com, ₹459
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No-tie laces to keep your tripping count low
My special skill is to trip on completely flat ground, and when laces are thrown into the mix, it’s just a series of intimate interactions between my face and the floor.
Given that dental care costs all your life’s savings put together and a little more, us disaster queens really can’t afford losing our teeth to another completely avoidable fall.
The solution? Swapping out regular laces for this no-tie alternative. Amazon.in, ₹ 249
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Easy fill ice trays to help you keep it cool
A clumsy person is more likely to spot a unicorn waiting for the traffic light to turn green while heading to work, than successfully manage to fill an ice tray and transport it to the freezer without spilling a single drop.
And that’s why this ice tray must top your clumsy person’s shopping list. The unique filling system prevents spills, while the silicon base helps pop ice cubes out hassle free. Signoraware.com, ₹210
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This insulated mug to keep the coffee hot and beer chilled
It might be a tad bit expensive, but its spill-free feature keeps you from having to replace your keyboard because you spilt your beverage on it, again. Or having to reheat your coffee because you forgot it on the kitchen counter while you watched 6 episodes of Schitt’s Creek.
It’s the ideal work from home companion — well-insulated, rust-free, sweat-proof and with a two-year warranty that really tests your clumsiness. Headwaymade.com, ₹ 1,699 for 600ml