Garden hoses - with the extraordinarily dry weather this spring it looks as if they will be much used until confined to quarters by the ban that everybody (at least down here in the South-East) is expecting.
The question is, what are those quarters? Where, or rather how, do you keep your hose? Pile it up in a loose arrangement and it soon becomes damaged, the walls folding against each other, twisting and gradually springing a leak. I used to leave the hose trailed carefully around the garden paths, straight and untwisted, but another member of the family found that unfathomable and kept piling it up.
Hose reels are not, in my opinion, much cop as they can be fiddly; you have to bend down to them and they can be awkward and heavy. The best way to store a hose is looped on the wall, high enough so that you don't have to bend to loop it round, making it easy to lift off and unhitch to the required length, taking only moments to put back.
You could get something fancy like this cast-iron hose tidy from Harrod Horticultural, but hey, it's a hose, so a no-nonsense, neat-and-tidy storage hook from Wickes is serving me very well. And at just over a fiver, it's a lot cheaper too!