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    Sep 19, 2019

    27 Things That'll Help Simplify Your Life

    Life could be just a touch easier with these things.

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    1. A simple four-prong stand that works as the extra hand you always need in the kitchen. Pouring food into a bag for later can now be a relatively mess-free ordeal.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love the Yamazaki Home Tower. It has many uses and folds easily for storage. I have used it to dry cookie sheets and slow cooker lids, as well as water bottles. I have even used it to hold my 8"x10" recipes while baking." —Steven Doseck

    Get it from Amazon for $17 (available in black and white).

    2. A colander and bowl set so straining your food won't put a strain on your brain.

    Walmart

    Both the bowl and colander have nonslip silicone bottoms and are dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "This is a great set. I love the colors. Plus, it works great. I love that It comes with a bowl." —Meeko

    Get it from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection at Walmart for $9.97+ (available in light blue/dark blue and blue/red).

    3. A beloved 7-in-1 pressure cooker sure to replace at least three of your bulky kitchen gadgets.

    Amazon

    It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one snazzy appliance. (Check out our full review of the Instant Pot!)

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this pressure cooker. First, I got rid of several gadgets, which I love. I had two rice cookers, a slow cooker, and a food steamer. That has freed up so much room in my kitchen. Best of all, I am making some delicious dishes with this. When I cook meat on the stove top, it is hit or miss. The meat comes out tender and delicious every time I use the Instant Pot. If you are worried about the investment or about having yet another gadget, you can remedy this by selling the appliances that this makes obsolete on Craigslist and using the money towards your own Instant Pot." —mo

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

    4. An egg cooker you can count on to not mess up the hard boiled eggs again. Just set it and let it do its thing — over-easy peasy!

    Amazon

    Oh, you wanted soft boiled? It can do that too. Poached? Sure, get fancy. Scrambled? Yep!!!! Now you can have scores of deviled eggs at home instead of reluctantly overpaying $6 for one at a restaurant. It has a poaching tray, omelet tray, six egg holder, measuring cup, recipe book, and recipe database access.

    BuzzFeed actually tested it out and loved it.

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

    5. A pack of stretchy lids to keep open containers and half-eaten produce fresh, no searching for the right container needed.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are wonderful little covers for so many things. There are plenty of gadgety things in my kitchen that I barely use, but these I could use another set of. I find it really satisfying to snug these onto cut lemons and peppers and zucchini--no bulky containers in my fridge or plastic wrap to throw away. And my half-vegetables look so adorable with their colorful huggers. Just love these!" —Melissa Goldman

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.92+ (available in greens and berry color selection).

    6. A peanut butter holder that suctions to the bathroom wall so your dog can have a distraction from the horror of bath time and you can get the job done with minimal struggle.

    Amazon

    This is safe to put in the dishwasher and freezer and it's made from FDA-grade silicone. You can also grab the cool hand washer shown in the picture here.

    Promising review: "I just finished cutting toenails on my three dogs with their total cooperation, thanks to this product. I just put squirt cheese in between the nubs of the slow treater, laid it on the grooming table, and the dogs were happily licking away while I worked on their feet. No pulling away, no second person to hold the dog, just me, some cheese, and the slow treater. I’m a fan!" —D. Dipietro

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    7. A cutting board with lil' spikes to keep your food in place AND a lip to keep juices from spilling onto your counter. If only everyone could be as thoughtful as this kitchen item.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the ultimate cutting board. There isn't anything I don't like about it. The board stays put on the granite counter top, the raised edges keep my food from flying off the board and the tilt allows all the juices to stay on the board. If I'm cutting fruit that is really juicy like grapefruit I can then pour the juice out to use in the salad dressing. I liked it so much I bought three of them in different colors for different purposes. Whoever designed this board really knew what a cook needs in the kitchen. Having two sides, one with grippers for the food is brilliant. It is just the right size and the raised edges do not interfere with the knife. I would give this thing 10 stars if I could." —JMSAZ

    Get it from Amazon for $19.92+ (available in four colors).

    8. A shaving bib to catch all the little hairs before they can wreak havoc on your bathroom sink.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am so sick of finding hairs in the drain. No matter how much I cleaned I​ always found them. With this, cleanup is a breeze. It's easy to wear, easy to attach to the mirror, and it will keep your wife happy with no mess in the sink." —Klaus

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    9. A purse organizer to bring pockets and order to your chaotic tote. It's also helpful when you want to move all your stuff from one bag to another.

    amazon.com

    Measure your bag to make sure it's a good fit!

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I have a large bag I use as a carry-on when I fly by plane. Unfortunately it has very few pockets and is just like a bottomless pit. This fit in perfectly. I was able to organize all my items quite well. They were easy to retrieve in flight and in the airport. I didn't use the zipper compartment at all, but did put that piece in to use it as a divider. It is well-made and sturdy. Be sure to measure your inner bag space first!" —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in five sizes and 13 colors).

    10. A spice shelf that makes good use of vertical space so you can actually see where the heck your cinnamon is.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Product is perfect for what I need it to do. Fits just right, is more than sturdy enough, and has made my absolutely nightmarish spice cabinet look awesome. No more duplicate spices going bad in the back of the cabinet! It’s not at all difficult to assemble. Watch the assembly videos (they’re short) before you start opening the parts bags. Otherwise it’s easy to get intimidated by all of the extra pieces." —Congaree

    Get them from Amazon for $27.99 (for two shelves).

    11. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that'll do all the hard work cleaning your gross bottles. No scrubbing needed!

    amazon.com

    Just fill your dirty mug with water, add a tablet, let fizz for half an hour, and then rinse!

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. 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 pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    Check out our closer look at these Bottle Bright tablets for more incredible before and afters.

    12. A LifeStraw that allows you to drink pretty much any water you can find outdoors. Hiking trips can now be about enjoying nature instead of wondering what water is potable.

    Amazon

    Check out our closer look at the LifeStraw for more.

    Promising review: "I frequently hike and camp in the backcountry all over the United States. Carrying the amount of water that I need to survive during these trips is just not feasible due to the weight. I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. Every stream, lake, and every other water source that I came across I stopped for a drink. The one drawback to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer 'drink breaks' since you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking in mountainous terrain vastly outweigh this minor drawback." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47 (available in three styles).

    13. A to-do list notepad that separates your day into tasks, errands, correspondence, and notes. Your day looks so much less stressful when it's neatly laid out.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.58 (also available in 14 other styles.

    14. Packing cubes that will bring peace and order to your messy luggage.

    Amazon

    One set = four different packing cubes, each a different size that accommodates to different items.

    Promising review: "I am officially sold on packing cubes!! These things are amazing! I can believe I've been packing without them my whole life. The mesh lining allows you to peek inside, and I was able to pack all my clothes, shoes, and toiletries for a 10-day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was SO much more room in my luggage after packing everything in the cubes! Items I fit in the cubes and bag include two jackets, one jean vest, four pants/capris, two pairs of shorts, one romper, four dresses, one maxi skirt, seven tank tops, four shirts, three camisoles, three pajama sets, 15 undies, six pairs of socks, and four pairs of shoes. But why are you still reading?? Go buy these cubes!" —Tiffany

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (for a pack of four, available in nine colors).

    15. A liquid eyeliner with a stamp on the other end so you can just ~wing~ it when you want dramatic cat eyes without the drama of trying to draw them on yourself.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It really is smudge-proof! Living in Texas in the 100+ degree weather, you definitely need something that’s not going to be running down your face a couple minutes after going outside. This is it! It's super easy to use and doesn't irritate my eyes like other eyeliners. I love it and will repurchase when I need to." —Lacey

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87 (available in four sizes).

    16. A dishwasher magnet so you can know at a glance whether the dishes are clean or dirty. Arguments = avoided. Accidentally eating off a dirty plate = never again.

    Amazon

    Just rotate it to switch the "status."

    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 $4.60.

    17. A meal planning pad that works like a personal assistant and helps you figure out what to eat and what to buy at the store. No more wandering the grocery store for an hour before surrendering to the frozen food section.

    Amazon

    You can stick this pad on your fridge or any other metal surface.

    Promising review: "This works perfectly for planning out my weekly meals. I use it generally just for supper, as this seems to be the most challenging meal in our house to try and figure out. After a long day at work/school/daycare, it seems nobody in our family can decide on what to eat. I sit down and figure it out a couple weeks ahead at a time. It takes the stress out of figuring out supper meals! I love the detachable shopping list on the side. As I'm figuring out the menu for a particular week, I can quickly jot down the items needed for meals." —Triauna

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    18. A pair of ceiling fan charms so you know what's going to happen on the first pull.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the definition of 'product you didn't know you needed because you didn't know it existed.' I was FOREVER pulling the wrong chain on our bedroom ceiling fan. (Want the light off? Oh no...now the fan's on high. Need to change the fan speed? Eek...now you're in the dark.) They're much better quality than I expected. They're actually quite heavy-duty pull chains, and they add a bit of fun to the decor." —LHD

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two finishes).

    19. Billie, an affordable service that just sends you new razor heads so you never have to remember to put those on your shopping list ever again.

    instagram.com

    This service is great! When you sign up, you get a razor handle, two razor heads, and a magnetic mount for your shower wall that attaches with putty. In following shipments, they send you four replacement razor heads. The heads are surrounded with a layer of soap to ensure you're getting a close and safe shave. Check out this very extensive review of why we love this service.

    Get it from Billie for $9/shipment.

    20. A digital food scale with a conversion chart etched right on the surface so you can skip Googling it and getting flour all over your phone.

    Macy's

    It measures grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters and fluid ounces Read the whole review for this scale.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.59.

    21. Closet organizers that separate your clothing by type, so getting dresses in the morning can be a little easier.

    Amazon

    It comes with 46 printed labels so it's a great fit for almost any closet.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. A portable medical box so you can feel like a first responder and immediately know where the bandages are when your roommate has another knife-related accident.

    Apollo Box

    There are four compartments ready to be filled with all your bandages, gauze, pills, and whatever else you need in a low-key medical emergency.

    Get it from Apollo Box for $43.96 (available in four colors).

    23. A honeycomb drawer organizer you better bee-lieve is going to solve your sock drawer woes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but... It's totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find... Wow. I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it." —Brigette

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    24. A handy little device that lights up to remind you to drink more water. Isn't it nice when robots just tell you what to do?

    Amazon

    Seriously, half of my life problems would be solved if I drank more water. Some reviewers say this device slides off their water bottle, but you can keep it in place with some velcro.

    Promising review: "Love this. I've had it a few months now, and the battery's still working. I bring this to work to make sure I drink water throughout the day. I highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in 10 colors).

    25. A teabag organizer that can fit up to 100 bags so you don't have to worry about a cardboard box avalanche every time you open your cabinet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is just what we needed! I love tea and have boxes all piled up and sometimes when folks come over I don't know what I have to offer. Now that's all changed! I threw away about five boxes, so well over 100 tea bags fit in the containers. I love that the containers pop out so you can rearrange your options." —frugalgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    26. An Aerogarden if you want fresh herbs on hand but don't wanna deal with the trial and error of learning how to grow them.

    Macy's

    This kit includes the countertop garden, Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, and Miracle-Gro plant food. It'll alert you when the plants need more food or water, so it does all the hard gardening for you! Read the whole review for this Aerogarden.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (available in two colors).

    27. And an entire 10-step Korean skincare routine you can buy in one go, and avoid creating your own skincare routine.

    Soko Glam

    It comes with the following:

    1. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing (oil-based cleanser)

    2. Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser (water-based cleanser)

    3. Klairs Youthful Glow Sugar Mask (exfoliator)

    4. Enature Vita 8 Nutritive Sheet Mask (one sheet mask for single-use)

    5. Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner (toner)

    6. Botanic Farm Rice Ferment Micro Essence (essence)

    7. Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Serum (serum)

    8. Elensilia CPP Collagen 80% Intensive Eye Cream (eye cream)

    9. Easydew Repair Control Renewal Moisture (moisturizer)

    10. Thank You Farmer Sun Protect Light Sun Essence (sun screen)

    Promising review: "My skin feels so soft and so hydrated during the winter. I love the dual cleansing process. It's very relaxing to properly cleanse and prepare my face in the evening. I cannot believe it took me so long to to get on board. I am obsessed." —Erica L.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $199.

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