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    31 Things To Help Upgrade Your Life If You're Tired Of Struggling

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    1. A Spicewalla essentials spice kit to turn your wannabe chef game up a notch. With 18 spices, you'll be able to season like a pro, making meals even tastier and therefore Seamless less attractive. Your wallet will thank you later since you will no longer be dropping major $$ on takeout., Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    One kit gets you garlic, kashmiri chili powder, crushed red pepper, cinnamon powder, smoked paprika, cumin seed, oregano, rosemary, cloves, turmeric, granulated onion, dark chili powder, ground yellow mustard, green cardamom powder, coriander seed, herbs de provence, fennel seed, and ground ginger.

    Promising review: "The variety and quality of each spice is amazing. I haven’t been able to try every one yet, but the red pepper was amazing, the smoked paprika really popped, and our oatmeal was brought to another level with the cinnamon. I'm looking forward to using all these spices and the branding is so cute." —Hamilton M.

    Get the kit from Amazon for $95.

    And check out our review on the Spicewalla essential spices kit!

    2. A stainless steel strainer so you can drain cans without making a total mess and without cutting yourself. The rust-resistant stainless steel won't trap odors and is easy to clean.


    Promising review: "This product is easy to use and easy to clean. I've used the plastic strainers before and they bend, crack and break. So when it came time to replace them, I spent a bit more and got a stainless steel strainer. This makes the chore of draining cans very easy and fast with no mess. Just put it in the dishwasher and it comes out clean and ready to use again. This strainer doesn't bend or crack, so I expect it to last a very long time, maybe a lifetime. I'm pleased with it and recommend it to everybody." —Wisconsin Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. An Athleta sports bra that'll actually hold you in place while you jump, press, run, and climb. The supportive compression will keep you secure whether training indoors or venturing outside for a longer hike. Gone are the days of *painful* workouts — you're making the effort to exercise in the first place, you should be comfortable!


    Get it from Athleta for $59 (available in two colors and women's sizes XS–XL).

    4. Or! A lightweight running pant so versatile you can wear them on a long-distance run or while on a long-distance flight. They're breathable, wrinkle-resistant, water-repellant, and super stretchy. AKA you'll never want to take them off and you may be motivated to actually wake up at 6 a.m. for that jog.

    Hill City

    Promising review: "They have been my go-to weekend pants, went for a casual bike ride, went to museums, to the playground with my son and I'm taking them running as well. I can't think of anything that performs better; I love that it feels wind proof and just the right temperature to have while doing some light exercise; I love how they come tight on the ankles which makes them perfect for biking around since the pants won't get stuck or stained with the bike chain." —gossler88

    Get them from Hill City for $98 (available in three colors and men's sizes S–XXL).

    5. A hair finishing cream to help tame those annoying little hairs that surround your face and fly around no matter the weather or how much you try to control them. It's the size of a mascara stick so you can easily keep tucked in your bag's side pocket.

    Made from natural plant extracts, the serum won't leave your hair greasy.

    Promising review: "No matter what I do or what expensive and high rated product I try, my flyaways are an annoying constant. This product has completely rid me of my daily top of head flyaway frizz! I wish I would have discovered this product years ago! It smooths my hair out and truly lasts all day. Be careful, as a tiny bit goes a long way!" —RHoffsommer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90.

    6. A Dagne Dover laptop bag so you can commute to work in style and with enough storage space for everything you tote around on a daily basis. It's made from neoprene (which will protect your goods from spills and rain) and has tons of organizing pockets, a trolley sleeve for travel, and a detachable key leash.

    @dagnedover / Via, Dagne Dover

    Promising review: "Great color and material. Very well-made. Plenty of room and pockets for my Macbook, charger, wallet, and other essentials. Overall it's been a perfect work bag. Highly recommend." —Caitlin W.

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $135+ (available in six colors and two sizes).

    7. An eyeliner stamp, because spending time in front of the mirror trying to perfectly match your wings is so darn frustrating. Those with shaky hands can finally get the sharp edge they're looking for — this stamp will provide equal wings each and every time.

    One side of the pen is the stamp while the other is a regular eyeliner pen. Plus you can feel confident through the day; the stamp is waterproof and smudge-proof.

    Promising review: "I'm a makeup junkie and extremely picky with products. I don't actually have any issues with winged liner, but I've been dealing with some shaking issues so thought this might make my routine easier. Not a lot of trial and error, it's very simple to use, and creates a lovely and slightly curved wing. Now about the formula, I'm impressed. I was thinking that I could always go over it with my regular eyeliner, but I found that unnecessary. The liner pen tip didn't drag or skip; it's a very bold and solid black that dries quickly and has amazing staying power." —SaintLee

    Get the set of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    And check out our spotlight on the eyeliner stamp here!

    8. Cable clips to keep your wires organized and easily accessible throughout the day. You can peel and stick the clips to whatever surface, like your desk, bedside table, car dashboard, or kitchen counter.,

    Promising review: "These work unbelievably well for what they're supposed to do. They have incredibly strong adhesive and will keep your cable in place. The rubber is a little harder than the competition making it harder to get the cables in but also harder to get them out. This ends up being a giant plus, making it so that all the cables stay in and don’t fall out." —Khalil

    Get six from Amazon for $6.97.

    9. Tend Skin razor bump and ingrown hair solution so you can get clear skin and nix those unsightly bumps after shaving. It'll also minimize that annoying post-wax redness and help get rid of ingrown hairs. Bless.

    It's safe to use on your bikini line or on your armpits. For picture-worthy results, use on the affected area in the morning and at night!

    Promising review: "Amazing product! I've been using this for over 10 years. I put this on a cotton ball and wipe over my entire face after shaving. It kept any bumps or ingrown hairs from forming. And if I did have a bump, I would use this and it would be gone in a day or two." —Hilfy

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $21.99.

    And check out our highlight on Tend Skin here!

    10. A silicone baking mold, because spending all that time making egg muffins or cupcakes only to have all the bottoms rip off is way too frustrating. The molds are freezer-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe, so they're super versatile., Amazon

    Since the molds bend easily, you can pop out your baked goods in about half the time. Also, they're incredibly easy to clean compared to traditional baking pans!

    Promising review: "A must-have for any baker! Hands down, this is one of the best silicone additions to my kitchen cabinet and bakeware arsenal I have. Extremely easy to clean and always makes a burn-free, stick-free finished product. The silicone prevents burning or hotspots with even temperature distribution, making each muffin as good as the last! Your treat (muffin, biscuit, or cupcake) will seamlessly pop out of the silicone mold once cool! Thus, preventing the dreaded fork and spoon removal method that results in crumbs and cracks. To clean, just wash and rinse with warm water and light soap and that's it! No scrubbing or scraping needed. Now everyone can be a five-star baker with this five-star muffin pan!" —Angel Lee Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    And check out our spotlight on the silicone baking molds here.

    11. An anti-slip solution for anyone who's constantly nagged by sliding glasses while out and about. These silicone grips are soft and flexible for everyday wear.


    Promising review: "My glasses were constantly slipping down my nose! No matter how tight my temple and hinges were adjusted, they would loosen and start to slip. In desperation I tried these! They work! I can now stand hours while teaching and do not need to push up my nose piece. I have had my glasses nearly slip off my nose during lab time, so these are a must for me. They do not put pressure behind your ears either." —carla

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).

    12. An iOttie wireless charging stand so you don't have to struggle with plugging your phone in when you wake up in the middle of the night and realize your battery is almost dead. You can simply place your phone on the stand and it will instantly start charging.


    It works with all phone types equipped with wireless charging and through phone cases!

    Promising review: "I've never liked the look of wireless chargers and had the Apple lightning stand, which was low profile and attractive. The looks of the iOttie stand changed my thinking. I actually like the look of it on my nightstand and it's far easier to place the phone on the stand in the dark. Placement isn't an issue – it charges right away. The small LED light on the side is so dim it does not interfere with my sleep. The build quality is great. I'd recommend it to anyone." —Richard

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    13. A Mighty Patch hydrocolloid acne-absorbing patch to suck out all the pus and gunk from breakouts overnight. It'll do the work while you sleep, so you can wake up to smaller, healed pimples instead of angry monsters.

    These patches are super effective and will make your morning routine of fussing over breakouts so much smoother. You can apply the patch directly to the pimple before you go to bed and remove it in the morning. What's gross is that you can really see the pus and gunk on the patch when you remove it, so maybe don't look too closely if you want to keep your breakfast down.

    Promising review: "These saved my skin. They take out all the gunk, leaving your pores looking refined with whiteheads gone. You wake up, pull them off, and there's everything there on the patch. I've never been so pleasantly surprised by a product. They actually are the answer to whiteheads and clogged pores. They bring out the stuff you see and don't see under the skin. They clear up the stubborn area I have so easily." —SamMan

    Get 36 patches from Amazon for $12.50+ (available in larger packs).

    14. A daily planner so you can successfully stay on top of each day's most important tasks and appointments — you can even make note of meals. Checking items off your list is rather therapeutic, let me tell ya.


    You can keep a log of your hourly schedule, plus top priorities for each day. In the notes section, you can keep track of daily water intake and bills that need to be paid!

    Promising review: "I’ve tried just about every type of organization system and nothing really sticks. I end up making a list on scrap paper in the morning and crossing things off as I accomplish them. This planner is perfect for me because it provides the daily structure I was looking for. At night before I go to bed I take five minutes to fill it out for the next day. I’ve been more productive with it and haven’t missed an appointment or deadline. And I just turn it over at the end of the day and use the other side as scrap paper for grocery lists and notes." —A. Elton

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50 (available in two styles).

    15. A folding board to maximize the amount of space in your closet by neatly folding and storing all of your tees, pants, and sweaters. If you fold correctly, you can essentially triple the amount of clothing you can fit into one drawer.

    Promising review: "My husband can not stop folding t-shirts! He looks forward to doing laundry now. It's a great product and so easy to store and use!" —Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in five colors).

    16. A bottle of Feed-N-Wax wood polish so you can get rid of water marks on your tables, freshen up your cabinets, and revive your floors. It'll polish and shine, adding a protective layer to the wood so future stains won't penetrate and cause dryness or fading.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs who had jumped up and scratched places, and we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemishes. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48+ (also available in packs).

    Also, check out our spotlight on the wood polish!

    17. A bottle of La Roche-Posay salicylic acid cleanser that'll rid your skin of excess oil and fight any and every type of breakout you may experience (whiteheads and blackheads included).

    This gel can be used twice a day and is said to decrease surface oil by over 40%.

    Promising review: "I've tried many, many face washes for blemish prone skin in my lifetime and this is one of my favorites. It's very mild, lathers beautifully, and leaves your face feeling extremely clean without being tight or stripped of moisture. There was a noticeable difference in the clearness of my skin within the first week of use! I like to wipe my makeup off with a microfiber cloth first, then wash my face with this cleanser to get off the first layer of makeup and gunk. I have many problems with my skin, and this seems to really work for me in terms of gently yet effectively controlling oiliness, acne, and blackheads specifically." —Shoko

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. An expandable countertop rack, because literally no one has sufficient counter space to meal prep, store appliances, and house everyday items. You're done with hoarding things in your oven just for a bit more space. It'll play home to all the things you shove in drawers and in that rando space under your sink.


    Promising review: "A total find that truly defines the word. Looking for inventive storage when living in a small urban space is not easy. But this shelf is stylish, compact and useful! The perfect trifecta!" —EMMAGIRL

    Get it from Food52 for $65 (available in two colors).

    19. A 32-ounce hydration-tracking water bottle that'll keep you on-track throughout your day if you can never seem to drink enough on a regular schedule. The bottle is leak-free, so you can throw it in your bag for all-day use without the fear of spills.


    The bottle also comes with a fruit diffuser so you can flavor your water if you get a little too bored of drinking plain water day in and day out.

    Promising review: "I do not drink enough water, especially at work. I love this thing. It has really helped me stay on-track. I use the times on the side to make sure I'm drinking water to the line level. It's a great visual. I love the hand strap so I can carry it and my laptop and whatever from meeting to meeting. The little snap makes sure the lid stays closed even if I drop it. Haven't tried the infuser yet, but it's big enough for a few strawberries (cut up) or cucumbers or whatever you want." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).

    20. A pet hair removal broom since you've got some pet fur CAKED into a rug in your home. Or all over your sofa. And this bad boy will collect that hair in just a matter of minutes. The built-in squeegee edge can also contain spills!

    Promising review: "I have two ferrets and a German Shepherd and ANY German Shepherd owner knows how much they shed. Regardless of how often I clean and vacuum my house, I ALWAYS have pet hair everywhere. I stumbled across this broom and decided to give it a shot after seeing the reviews and wow, this is the best $10 I've spent. It lifted up so much hair that was stuck in my carpet and I feel like my house is 10x cleaner. This broom is HEAVEN for people with shedding animals. I've already recommended this product to everyone." —Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

    21. A monthly budget planner so you always know how much you can allot to groceries and nighttime activities, with just enough left for rent 🙃. Can you hear your 'rents clapping in the distance??


    With separate sections for goals and bill reminders, you'll be able to track your spending against your saving. It'll keep you super aware of just how much you spend a day versus a month.

    Promising review: "Best budget planner I ever owned. Love the color! It's easy to take with you and jot down everything that was spent that day and then for the entire week. Planning what you spent, what you owe, and what you plan to pay for is so easy. Allows you to be creative regarding your spending. I can even use the different colors for what I plan to spend on different projects regarding my art, my home décor, my writing, and my overall creativity. I am addicted to Clever Fox Planners." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 14 colors).

    22. Mesh laundry bags to separate lights from darks, delicates from non-delicates, and socks. These will make doing your laundry so much easier (and faster).


    Say goodbye to the confusion of missing or torn garments! They'll also come in handy while traveling! They'll help organize your suitcase so items don't go spilling out the moment you open.

    Promising review: "This set is AMAZING! The largest of the bags is huge, think pillowcase-sized. The assortment of medium and smaller ones fit the bill for all my laundry needs. Good, sturdy material and zippers. I used the largest one to wash my queen-sized duvet cover with some other bedding. I used to wash them in separate, smaller loads to avoid the sheet tangle. These large bags cured that problem and I can wash everything together without having a big knot to pull apart. Just buy them, you'll be so glad you did." —Elizabeth

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99+ (available as a set of four, five, or seven).

    23. A John Frieda hot air brush so you can get a luscious blowout in about a third of the time without spending big bucks. The brush combines the effect of a round brush with the power of a blowdryer. If you're not a hair pro, this will do all the heavy-lifting for you!,

    I recently bought this brush and I LOVE IT!!! I wait for my hair to be 75% dry after showering, and then begin brushing through my hair. The hot air and soft bristles turn my naturally wavy and coarse hair into sleek and soft locks.

    The brush has two different heat settings and a cool setting to set your style. To use, section your hair and begin brushing like you would with any other round brush. The hot air produced will dry your hair in the process.

    Promising review: "This product is a game changer. I have thin but very curly/kinky hair that has become very damaged due to years and years of flat ironing. With this product, I can style my hair in less time and WITHOUT a flat iron. It gives me beautiful, soft curls that I've gotten tons of compliments on. I do wish the air stream were slightly stronger, but it's still an absolutely excellent product." —S.G.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two brush sizes).

    To learn more, check out our full review of the John Frieda Hot Air Brush!

    24. A Squatty Potty to make your bathroom go-time more comfortable by relaxing the muscle around your colon, allowing you to ~release~ more quickly and completely.


    Promising review: "This thing provided relief INSTANTLY! I take massive amounts of chewable gummy fiber, eat enough vegetables for my entire family, and drink water as if I were an ocean creature... at least 8–10 glasses a day (usually more... much more). If I drink coffee, I have to pee, but that's about it. This stool is the FIRST thing that made this process easier. No struggling. No squirming. No straining. No squeezing. No grimacing. No difficulty. I just GO!" —NoneYa

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    And while you're at it check out our picks for the best toilet paper on BuzzFeed Reviews! And check out our full review of the Squatty Potty!

    25. A Zipuller, because we've all strained our arm trying to grab that darn zipper that is justtt out of reach. Why waste time trying to get your clothes fully on in the morning when you could be getting extra sleep???


    Promising review: "Where has this product been for the last 15 years? I travel 50% of the time for business and often times can’t zip up my dresses myself. I have to find a housekeeper in the hotel hallway or go to the lobby (half zipped) to find some helpful soul to zip me up. This Zipuller has solved my problem!! This tool works exactly as designed. Instructions are simple. Pull string is long enough. This is now part of my must-take travel tools. I need one for home and one for business travel now!" —Joe Bowman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    26. A set of bed bands so your fitted sheet stays in place through the entire night, saving you from constantly tugging them down each and every time you climb into bed. Plus, they're adjustable to fit any and all bed sizes or sheet types.

    Promising review: "I have a pillow-top queen bed that is a little too small for king sheets and too big for queen. I struggled to keep queen sheets completely on. I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this product advertised. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. To say this is life changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets." —TinkerbellAPixie

    Get four bands from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    27. A Frywall to prevent the awful oil and grease splatter that plagues your stovetop every time you attempt to cook. You just wanna consume a BEC on a Sunday morning without creating a mess and causing a massive cleanup after.


    This Frywall will fit eight-inch pans, so make sure to check your pans before buying! I bought one for my mom who always creates a splatter mess when she cooks. It contains everything and makes cleanup afterwards so much easier.

    Promising review: "I love my Frywall! There is zero spatter on my stove, counter tops, and backsplash! I used to dread the cleanup from stir frying and skillet cooking. Now, I just put the pan and Frywall in the dishwasher and it’s clean! It rolls up and takes little to none storage space too! I bought a large (12") and a medium (10"). Told my family all about it too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in four colors).

    28. A Billie razor (and refill subscription) so you can end the shaving nightmare of missed hairs, small cuts, and uncomfortable razor burn. When you sign up, you'll receive a *incredibly pretty* razor, two blade cartridges, and a magnetic holder.

    Kayla Suazo/BuzzFeed

    Billie also offers add-on lotions and creams (all made without parabens, sulfates, and fragrances). You can subscribe to receive future blade replacements via mail, too, so you never have to use gross, overused blades on your sensitive skin when you forget to pick up refills. Oh, and it's all really freaking affordable.

    Let's see what a fellow BuzzFeeder, Emma, has to say about it: "I have VERY sensitive skin. As in, I so much as LOOK at a dull blade and suddenly I'm on a one-way trip to little red bumps. Until Billie, I had kind of just accepted that my bikini line was never going to be ~perfectly smooth~ no matter what. And yet! When I started shaving with these razors, I immediately noticed how comfortable the whole experience was. I'll be honest and say I rarely use shaving cream (very responsible for someone with sensitive skin!) and it doesn't even MATTER. The blades never nick me and I've actually seen fewer and fewer bumps, even in my ~most sensitive~ areas. I credit its charcoal shave soap that encases the five (!!!) blades so if you 'forget' cream, you'll still get super smooth results. I'm pretty confident in saying if a total klutz like me has yet to do damage with these bb's, than everyone can benefit from these." —Emma McAnaw

    Sign up for the starter kit from Billie for $9 (available in five colors).

    And read our full review of the Billie razor and subscription.

    29. A pair of blue light–blocking glasses for reducing digital eye strain. If you sit in front of a computer for hours on end, then these are for you! They can leave your eyes feeling less dry and tired by filtering out short wavelength blue light emitted by screens.

    Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed

    I use blue light-blocking glasses everyday at work, and they've significantly helped my eyes and headaches. I used to get so stressed sitting in front of a computer because I knew I'd feel terrible in about two hours flat. With the glasses, I can focus more on work and not on the mega-migraine that's (no longer) approaching.

    Promising review: "Everyone knows from previous reviews that these glasses are unique and high fashion. I wanted to add that they do indeed block blue light. I am a graduate student and look at computer screens, iPad screens, and Powerpoint presentations all day. My eyes feel less dry and tired at the end of the day. I used a blue light filtering testing kit that came with a different pair of glasses and these passed. The glasses are on the heavy side but comfortable and have a solid, un-cheap feel." —SSMax

    Get them from Privé Revaux Eyewear for $29.95 (or browse all their blue-light blocking frame styles). Or get similar blue light-blocking glasses on Amazon for $13.99+.

    Check out our review of the blue light–blocking glasses for more info!

    30. A bottle of Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go toilet spray to mask any nasty odors so you can finally poop at your S.O.'s place. Oh last minute sleepover? Yes, I'd actually love to stay over.


    Just spritz before you go, and voilà! No more stressful hangouts when you calculate in your mind how long you can stay before you've got to head home to use the bathroom.

    Promising review: "A couple of sprays on the toilet water before you sit down and everything smells like fresh lemons when you are done. Very easy to use and so far has held up very well." —Bruce B.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79+ (available in TONS of scents and sizes).

    31. A magnetic menu board that'll end the guessing game on Sunday afternoon when you look at the week ahead and begin to figure out what you've got going on and when you'll have time to cook.


    A menu board + a slow cooker = the ultimate meal prepping tools. It also features a spot to jot down groceries and notes. You'll get three different colored markers as well.

    Promising review: "I really love this menu board. It's cute, easy to see, and gets the job done at the same time. It has made menu planning, keeping a grocery list, and keeping track of upcoming appointments so much easier. A friend who saw mine has already ordered one for herself. It comes with three markers, blue, pink, and green, and you do have to 'prime' the markers first. Once you do that, they work so well and are nice and bright. The menu board is a nice, big size and has a strong magnetic hold. I had read some reviews about bubbles or wrinkles in their menu boards, but mine is nice and flat without any issues." —S. Winkeljohn

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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