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    35 Cheap And Useful Things That’ll Help Make Your Life A Bit Easier

    Make life a tad easier without wasting oodles and oodles of $$$.

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    1. A dishwasher magnet so everyone will know not to throw the dirty dishes into a freshly cleaned load.

    dishwasher magnet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't know why it took me so long to buy this thing, but I'm glad that I finally did. Yes, to some it might be silly, but there are times when I forget or can't tell whether my dishes and glassware are clean. This $3 magnetic sign saves me from washing the 'dirty' dishes another time." —Colmac

    Get it from Amazon for $5.37.

    2. A massage cane in case your back is starting to hurt from sitting at your WFH desk and you need some muscle pain relief.

    person using massage cane on back
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Out of all my self massagers, rollers, etc., this has to be one of my favorites. It's great on leverage and hitting all those trigger points. The balls on the end are pliable hard rubber and so is the black pinpoint. I use all aspects of this device daily and always come away feeling better." —Silverclone1

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    3. A TubShroom that'll catch all the yucky hair that gets sent down the drain when you shower. Say sayonara to clogged drains.

    person pulling tub shroom out of drain
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Cleanup is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it. Best strainer I've ever had." —Lawyer For Justice

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in five colors). Also, check out the SinkShroom and the ShowerShroom.

    4. A password journal in case you forget every password under the sun. *Wait, what was my Netflix password again? It's in the book.*

    Amazon

    This is also set in alphabetical order so you don't have to run around looking high and low for that gmail password...

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I wanted. The book has a heavy plastic cover and heavy-duty wire binding. The paper is good quality, although my favorite gel pens did have some bleed-through. I'd recommend ballpoint or pencil. The entries have wide spaces, with room for website, email, username, password, and notes (which is perfect for noting the answers to those security questions... What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I don't remember what I answered a year ago!). The password section has a good number of extra lines, for those sites that make you change your password with annoying frequency." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    5. A handy device so whoever's turn it is to feed the dog will know whether they were fed yet for the day and they don't accidentally get two meals...although I'm sure your pet wouldn't complain, LOL.

    reviewer holding feeding device tracker
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us who were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+.

    6. All-natural bottle cleaning tablets for making your thermos cups look as good as gold. Those coffee stains will be gone in no-time.

    before, during, and after cleaning a cup with the tablet
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    7. Pimple stickers you can pop on during the day or wear overnight to soothe pesky breakouts that you want gone ASAP. These significantly decrease inflammation and make them more manageable.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help." —Caitlyn

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.49.

    8. A corner desk shelf that won't eat up a ton of your precious work surface and will house your binders, folders, and other WFH necessities.

    corner mesh desk shelf
    Office Depot

    Get it from Office Depot for $23.99.

    9. A silicone case so you can avoid the tangled mess that is taking your earbuds out of your bag. I personally should've bought this a longgggg time ago.

    amazon.com, youtube.com

    Promising review: "If you are looking for a clean, easy-to-find in your bag earbud case that keeps earbuds neatly packed away from all the potentially nasty, unclean junk in your backpack/purse/pockets, and keeps the cords in place, then this case reigns supreme! I personally like how the cases come in bright colors to make it easier to find." —Cherlindrea

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in seven colors).

    10. An eco glass pantry jar so you can be one step closer to organizing your ingredients and spices that are taking up space on your kitchen counter. Snag more than one so they look cohesive next to each other!

    eco glass jars with ingredients inside them
    Freshthinkingco / Etsy

    Freshthinkingco is a small business located in Chester, UK and offers several items that are perfect for organizing your kitchen!

    Promising review: "Fantastic quality product and am already finding excuses to buy some more. Finished off my new kitchen shelving perfectly! Thanks Sophie!" —Cal

    Get one from Freshthinkingco on Etsy for $7.17+ (available in five sizes).

    11. A pair of eyeliner stamps in case achieving a perfect winged liner is not your strong suit. This will simplify the process so you don't have to end up with that incredibly thick liner when you know you were going for just a "thin winged liner today."

    Amazon, amazon.com

    These come with two (one for each eye)!

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Seriously. Not only does it make PERFECT wings, but I have pretty small eyes that squinch up when I smile, laugh, etc., which is super annoying because my eyeliner is always smudged. These pens though — not a sign of smudging at all. Buy it." —Tara Doyle Robinson

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    12. Double shower curtain hooks so when it's time to replace the liner you don't have to take the entire curtain off with it.

    shower curtain hooks
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm so happy to no longer have to deal with the shower curtain or liner falling off of the hook. I love the fact that the double hook allows me to remove either the liner or shower curtain without the hassle of removing both. I don't know why I waited so long to order these." —Tanner L.

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three finishes).

    13. A clip-on sleeve since you're always losing your lip balm in the abyss that is the bottom of your bag, and you want to keep it handy at all times.

    sleeve holding chapstick
    Amazon

    Never lose your overabundance of lip balms again!

    Promising review: "Lifesaver. Hooks into work badge. Just yesterday, I actually used the entire lip balm before losing or washing it, lol. (First time ever)." —Mary

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $8.29+ (available in 12 color combos).

    14. A microfiber duster — perfect for cleaning blinds and air vents in your car so you're no longer sneezing from the dust buildup.

    person cleaning blinds with duster
    Amazon

    Duster comes with five reusable microfiber sleeves so when one gets bit too dusty, just toss it in the wash for a quick clean.

    Promising review: "We built in a new community, and the construction dust is a constant battle. I've been using the swifter duster on my blinds, but it just didn't seem to do that great of a job. You would not believe the dust and dirt I got off my blinds! It takes a little longer to do the blinds, but they are much cleaner. I also like that I'm not adding to the landfill when I use this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. Ceiling fan chain pulls that'll make turning the fan on and off less of a hassle. We all know the struggle that is accidentally pulling the light chain instead of the fan one in the middle of the night...

    reviewer image of fan pulls
    amazon.com

    Why they're great:  "Absolutely adorable! They add panache to the fan, and you never have to worry about which pull to choose. The set also makes it easier for me to reach them. They do not get in the way and are a sturdy fit into the original chain. Would highly recommend to anyone." —Scholar Mama

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two finishes).

    16. A sturdy purse hook you can take with you so wherever you go your purse has a place to sit. No more plopping it on the dirty floor.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I haven't had this purse hook long but, I've used it twice and I LOVE it. Recently went to lunch with friends and I was happy that my purse was safely hung right next to me, not stuffed in my lap, or on the floor of the restaurant by my feet. I like the storage bag it comes in too. It feels velvety and is easy to find by touch in your purse. The hook folds flat and doesn't take up much room." —Cornelia1

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 18 colors).

    17. A smart funnel so you can transfer liquids from one bottle into a new one. You know, when you have two ketchups open and one is on its last limb? This funnel will help you transport the leftover ketchup into the newer bottle with no problems.

    smart funnel attached to two water jugs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this for myself to try and then bought them as Christmas gifts. It gets every last drop of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc., out of the bottles. I've decided to buy another one for the kitchen for things like dressing, ketchup, mustard, and oils. Helps with clutter and will save money over time by not wasting the last bit in the containers." —Diane H

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four colors).

    18. A delicate eyeglass chain that isn't just a cute accessory. It'll help you stop losing them when you take them off your face.

    sunglasses with chain
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Best chain ever. I wear it every day. I no longer need to search for my glasses because they are always in place. Sturdy chain with no flaws or problems with color. Beautiful luster and just wipe clean like my glasses!" —Elainor B. Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three styles).

    19. A pet hair removal glove to keep yourself from finding your pup's hair all over your spotless hardwood floors. They'll enjoy this stimulating massage and you'll enjoy ridding them of the fur that would have eventually fallen onto your clean floors.

    gloves after collecting fur off dog
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've been looking for an alternative way to manage my pup's shedding and all I can say I wish I got these sooner. These gloves showed to be more beneficial all-around compared to the typical brushing. For one, the pup likes it (as opposed to the brush he tried to avoid at every session), so I’m not wasting time any more trying to get him to come here and stay here, etc. Now it’s wagging tails instead at the sight of these gloves. The process is much quicker now, as the gloves gather not only more easily, but I’d say at least twice if not triple the amount of hair at a time. Apparently these gloves work on his mood too, as he always ends up starting a playfight nibbling at the gloves." —BOA

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two colors).

    To learn more, check out "Pet Owners Everywhere Swear This $14 Grooming Brush Is The Best Thing Ever."

    20. A set of nonstick oven liners that'll ensure any excess drippings or crumbs from your cooked meals don't stay burning at the bottom of the oven floor.

    oven liner in oven
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a nonself-cleaning oven for the first time in decades. After having an apple pie spill over and spending more than an hour cleaning it up, I purchased these oven liners. What a time saver. The are easy to cut so they fit perfectly. Because I have a visible heating element, the liner goes right on the oven floor, under the heating element." —Kimberly Barnes-O'Connor

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

    21. Anti-chafe lace bands because wearing skirts and dresses without these can be one painful experience (relatable).

    reviewer wearing non-chafe bands in black
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable 'digging in.' They do take some fine tuning to make sure that they don't roll, but once you find that spot, they don't move! I got the lacy ones and they are sexy and soft to the touch with the silicone on the top and bottom." —A. Spencer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in eight sizes and 17 colors).

    22. A container of The Pink Stuff cleaning paste that'll clean practically anything. Scuffs on the walls? Dirty stove? Stains on your bath tub? The Pink Stuff will fix all that.

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    Promising review: "Since moving into this apartment I have gradually come to hate this tub because of the water stains I have tried every product on the market including crazy things from the internet like Coca-Cola, vinegar you name it..this stuff with a couple of swipes/scrubs and a toothbrush for the textured areas completely cleaned my tub in a way that I can only tell you excited me to the core of my being. All I can tell you is buy it and I wish you the best!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. A garbage-disposal foaming cleaner to refresh the drain and place you pour all your left over noodles that linger on your plate after dinner. Keep the garbage disposal squeaky clean so you can continue to use it in all your lazy glory.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It seems counterintuitive to put a little packet down your garbage disposal to clean it, but this does actually seem to work, at least for getting out weird smells that baking soda and vinegar don't really touch. I scrub the sink down first, especially around the garbage disposal area, rinse it down, and then just follow the directions on the package. I have used it with single, large-size sinks and with double sinks — only difference is that the double sink will have blue cleaning foam rise up the drain, which you rinse away when the disposal sounds clear again. I have tried the foaming cleaner in a can, but unfortunately it stopped coming out of the can about 10% of the way through. Went back to this tried-and-true." —KS

    Get it from Amazon for $4.10.

    24. A handy cable organizer for keeping your charging cables organized and color-coded so you never confuse the phone charger for your headphones charger again.

    Several multicolored leather cord organizers arranged in a circle
    Darrell Standing / Etsy

    Darrell Standing is a small business based in Ukraine and offers a variety of leather handmade goods such as notebook covers and keychains.

    Promising review: "Incredibly fast shipping! These leather cord holders/keepers are great. They are very soft and the snap seems sturdy. No more using twist ties to hold my charger cords. Seller included a personalized note and a couple of extra goodies." —Kim

    Get it from Darrell Standing on Etsy for $3.90+.

    25. An over-the-seat car trash bag in case you tend to stuff all those used napkins and empty chip bags in your door compartments. This will help keep your car spotless.

    TheModMobile / Etsy, TheModMobile

    TheModMobile is a small business based in Winsted, Connecticut and also has matching steering wheel covers so both your trash bag and wheel can twin!

    Promising review: "This fabulous litter bag has revolutionized my driving experience. I'm no longer drowning in a sea of toddler debris! Beautifully constructed and the perfect size. Thanks :)" —Jordana Wilson

    Get the sunflower one from TheModMobile for $20.

    26. A bin of Tide Pods featuring Febreze sport odor defense for those incredibly stinky clothes that latch onto sweat and ~stank~ after your workouts. Pop one of these in the washer with your clothes and they'll come out the other end fresh and clean.

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    Promising review: "I live a pretty active life. I cycle to get around. I walk everywhere I don't cycle, and from work, to the gym, to dancing all while living in South Florida. Sweat is almost always a constant and smelly smells aren't too far behind. Tide is never a debate with me, even when money is tight. It's always worth the extra pennies and no brand has ever gotten my clothes as clean. With these Febreze Sport Pods, everything from my running shorts to sweat soaked socks come out clean AND smelling fresh! I refuse to use anything else on my clothes :)" —Amazon reviewer

    Get them from Amazon for $17.92.

    27. An EveryPlate subscription so you don't have to think long and hard about what you're going to make for your next meal...it's already prepped for you.

    EveryPlate

    You can select from 14 different delish recipes (so you make sure you like what you're going to eat!) and everything you need to cook the meal will be delivered to your door. (Where my lazy people at!? This is your new BFF.) Make every meal in 30 minutes. Select how many people you're cooking for and how many meals per week you'd like to receive!

    Promising review: "I have been receiving weekly for six weeks now without any problems. It's always on time for either Thursday or Friday arrival. Always cold and it's an amazing deal." —Adriana Castro

    Get your first box as low as $1.99 per serving!

    28. A cute hanging basket if you can't be bothered to nail a shelf to your bathroom wall but still need a spot to house your skincare needs.

    hanging basket
    StringSchickShop / Etsy

    StringSchickShop is a small business based out of Ornbau, Germany with a wonderful selection of crocheted items in some of the most darling colors imaginable. If you particularly need a new basket this shop is for you.

    Promising review: "Super pretty basket. Use it as storage for children's hats, etc. in the cloakroom." —Jessica

    Get it from StringSchickShop on Etsy for $17.28+ (available in three sizes and 15 colors).

    29. A hanger stacker because grabbing one for that new clothing item you bought should be hassle-free. No more trying to find a needle in THAT haystack...

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We have lots of those velvet skinny hangers. I love them. But I don't love them lying around the bedroom. They're so thin that they get lost on the bed easily, and I even sometimes can't see them when they're on the floor — I've stepped on several and broken them. I wanted a way to corral them all when I found this. For the price, you really can't beat it! My hangers are organized and in one location. The stand is sturdy and practical. I'd buy another one again if I needed it!" —Auburn Sky

    Get it from Amazon for $18.54+ (also available in packs).

    30. A set of toilet bombs you can plop in the bowl before giving it a good scrubbing with a brush, or to just give off a nice aroma if it's getting a bit stinky.

    toilet bombs
    Tinatcrafts / Etsy

    Tinatcrafts is a small business that offers a variety of homemade home items like wax melts, room sprays, and bath products.

    Promising review: "Just used my mine! Unicorn dreams smells amazing! The scent itself is strong which is a bonus! Room smells amazing; I’ve just ordered another one!" —Tanisha

    Get a pack of 10 from Tinatcrafts on Etsy for $7.17 (available in 62 scents and two shapes).

    31. Clip-on mini LED strobes to keep you safe while you go on nightly runs so oncoming vehicles can see you.

    person putting strobe lights on pants
    REI

    These LED lights have both blinking and steady light modes.

    Promising review: "I bought these lights to use on my dogs' harness when running at night. Both are coal-black Labs and basically invisible at night. The flashing mode is great and there is enough lateral light that he is visible to cars, cyclists, and other pedestrians. I use the white light as a work light clipped on my radio harness for doing SAR work at night. Not blindingly bright, and if I ever wanted to make myself noticeable from the front, I would just switch to strobe mode. Very nice." —Happy Camper

    Get a two-pack from REI for $18.

    32. Microfiber cloths to help effectively remove makeup and reduce your waste that can come from throw-away makeup remover wipes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple of swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.49.

    33. A day-of-the-week pill organizer so you can keep your pills organized for every single day of the week.

    person holding pill organizer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have had this for a few months now. I don’t think I’ve missed any medicine since I started using it. I am on 10 different meds, which I take several times a day. This is perfect. I love that I can put the day in my purse or pocket, and I am set for the day. As a side note, when you pull out your new pill pod you know what day it is. Lol. Mom saw mine and ordered one. Everyone who I’ve shown it to is sold. It’s a great product. So far it is one of the few products I have rated 5 stars." —Karen R. Starken

    Get it from Amazon for $6.60+ (available in three sizes).

    34. A grippy silicone strip because no one wants their bag slipping off their arm (the worst). Add this to the strap and it'll stay in place all day.

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    Promising review: "I recently bought a high quality leather shoulder strap handbag and was having problems with it sliding off my shoulder, since the leather strap was fairly smooth. So I went online and searched to see if there were any products out there that would solve this issue...and I found the Purse Gummy! It works beautifully! No more struggling with a slipping strap. It is hardly noticeable on the strap since it is on the underside, but I wouldn't mind it if was seen because it works so well." —D. Dillon

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    35. Self-tying shoelaces you won't have to worry about tying and retying every time you pop your shoes on. Now THAT'S efficiency.

    person wearing shoes with self-tie laces
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have these sneakers that I rarely wear, and when I do, I get so annoyed because the laces come off all the time. But I do love the sneakers. These lock laces are so great — whoever invented them should be getting a humanitarian award for helping people." —Inday G.

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $14.99 (available in eight color combos).

    36. A toilet night-light so when you stop in the bathroom at night you can see where you're going and won't miss the toilet entirely.

    toilet night light in toilet
    Amazon

    This LED toilet light has 16 colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color.

    Promising review: "This seemingly silly little gadget has turned out to be great! The light level (brightness) can be dimmed down if desired, and the color can be set to whatever you want, but the bottom line is that you don't need to turn on a bright overhead light (which wakes me up and makes me angry, not a good combination) when you need to go into the bathroom at night. Cleaning it is a breeze, too; what seems like it's going to be a problem...isn't. I can't recommend this toilet night light highly enough, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Could be on the gift list this December." —Lee R. Gurr

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Let's give a round of applause to things that make life just a LITTLE bit easier.

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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