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    28 Useful Things To Help Shorten Your To-Do List

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    1. A pair of mop slippers that'll take care of dirty floors while you shuffle around looking for a clean coffee mug in the morning.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I buy mopping slippers. Yup, that's right. This isn't my first pair. So why do I like mopping slippers? I have a 2-year-old, and they're great for mopping up little splashes. Drops of water from doing dishes and the extra padding is nice. No paper towels wasted and it's immediate. Plus these are cute. You have to have a sense of whimsy for this functional novelty item. My last pair did not have this detachable mopping bottom. I enjoy washing both parts because I think it's cleaner but it's a nice feature." —G. Kim

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and 13 styles).

    2. A portable cereal cup that lets you eat your breakfast on the move, no spoon or bowl needed.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My kids always want cereal in the morning but they move slower than a snail in molasses. I bought this and loved it so much I bought a second one. They eat on the way to school so they are happy and I don’t have to yell at them quite so much to hurry up so I’m happy too. Highly recommend!!" —Megan Twiddy

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

    3. An eyeliner with a triangle-shaped stamp so you can just stamp and go. No more erasing and retrying one million times!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    You get two dual-sided pens: one each with the left and right wings. The other sides have straight eyeliner.

    Promising review: "I've tried the taping method, tried normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot... It's not like my hopes were high since nothing else has been efficient or worked as it should. But to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect aside from needing to connect it to my current liner. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES...LET ALONE THE 2 MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There was no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line." —LadyMeow

    Get the set of two pens on Amazon for $13.97

    4. A 13-pocket purse organizer that'll let you seamlessly move all your belongings from one tote to another.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I travel a lot and like to use totes rather than a handbag. The challenge is keeping that open space organized — everything falls to the bottom of the tote! This organizer is perfect. A firm felt fabric holds my phone, papers, cosmetics, pen, notebook, etc., without any issues retrieving any of them. It also has a clip-on strap that attaches to my keys, and it's long enough to reach from inside my tote to unlock the door! So clever and very handy. The center section of the organizer is a removable zippered pouch that could be used as a smaller organizer in another bag or can be removed if I have a larger item to carry in the center of the bag. The organizer also works great for moving from tote to tote. It's the right size and height. All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

    5. An egg cooker you can count on to not mess up the hard boiled eggs again.

    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 $18.55+ (available in two colors).

    6. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets possibly made out of fairy dust, because they'll totally wipe away years of grime in mere minutes.

    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.

    7. A rice cooker so you can set it and forget it — no more scraping burnt rice off the bottom of your pot!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great little rice cooker for making small portions. My first batch of rice came out too wet and the steam vent overflowed so on my second batch I added less water than recommended and the rice came out perfect." —Ivan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.02+ (available in five sizes).

    8. An effective hair catcher that'll grab loose hairs before they can slip down the drain and wreak havoc on your plumbing.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "No seriously — this is amazing. I have long hair and recently had a baby. It's a wonder I still have any hair based on the clumps I see falling out on a regular basis. This means the poor tub drain is getting clogged all the time, and we're spending ridiculous amounts of time trying to clear it out. I figured if this even worked to catch half of my hair then it would be worth its salt. Holy moly. When they say it catches every hair they aren't kidding. We clean it off about twice A WEEK! And when they say it's easy to clean, they are right again. A swipe with toilet paper and the hair blob comes right off. I've already told so many people about this product because I love it so much. Fantastic!!!" —sasamo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in six colors).

    9. A veggie chopper to make quick work of your prep work.

    youtube.com

    Think about how much time you'll be saving! So much!!!! If time is money, then this thing pays for itself.

    Promising review: " The chopper is heavy duty, and stainless steel. It's very sharp! It's easy to use by pushing products through. Everything comes out in even pieces and looks fantastic." —Chelsea H

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    10. A no-rinse soap that removes an entire step from hand-washing your clothes, making the whole process easier and faster. Maybe you'll finally remember to wash your silk pillowcase?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really like this soap. I did some research and found it is very difficult to find just the right gentle soap for hand washing small delicates in the sink. The choices are few. This Soak is great stuff. A little goes a long way and it smells nice. The BEST thing is you don't have to rinse it out. You are not standing at your sink filling it with water over and over to remove pesky soap residue. I only gave it four stars because I think it's a little expensive, but I would likely buy it again anyway." —Yankee transplant

    Get it from Amazon for $16.47.

    11. A pack of oven liners to protect the bottom of your oven from any overflow/oozing. Just take it out to wash and put off deep cleaning your oven until...forever.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I expected to be happy, but I'm thrilled! Each mat is pliable and fits the entire width of my standard oven. When the mat is against the back wall, it extends up to but not over the front lip of the floor. On first use, pizza cheese and sauce dripped onto the front edge of the mat and onto that uncovered lip. The baked-on cheese and sauce slid right off the mat! Effortlessly! After I cleaned up the lip, I layered a second mat to cover the lip. These mats are so great that I almost want food to drip on them so I can show off how wonderful they are." —Artset Outset

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

    12. A mini fabric steamer that takes way less time to set up than an iron and ironing board.

    amazon.com, BuzzFeed

    Reviewers say this thing heats up reeeally quickly.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this for a few months now and I use it all the time! It heats up so fast and steams the fabric within seconds! I have had no problems with water spitting out or being burnt at all. I love this machine so much I am bringing it with me on my international trips! So I have to say don’t think twice this is a must-buy!"—Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's review of this steamer to find out more.

    13. A windshield cover to prevent snow and ice from accumulating on your car. Just peel it off and drive!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Just think of the time you could save! This comes with four magnets to keep the cover down.

    Promising review: "I just recently bought this product and it definitely lives up to my expectations. It has been windy all day and it has stayed on no problem. I have a Chevy Sonic and it completely covers the windshield. I'd expect it to fit a much larger windshield, too. It keeps the snow off." —Shelby

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    14. A breakfast sandwich maker that cooks every part of the sandwich at once and then neatly stacks them together so you can skip the line at your local drive-through.

    Hamilton Beach

    Promising review: "I must admit I thought this seemed gimmicky — until I tried it. Super easy to use, easy to wipe up, and makes a delicious piping-hot breakfast sandwich every time. So fun to dream up new variations. Come up with your toppings as it heats, let it cook for 5 minutes, and voila, breakfast is ready! We use it almost every day now. The only con I can think of is that it doesn't fit a full-size bagel. Guess we'll get the mini bagels instead. Crumpets work fine and if you cut the corners off your bread that works great, too." —Karen Bramblet

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    15. A hanger stacker so you can finally get rid of your hanger nest. Isn't it just so annoying when you have to start a wrestling match every time you need to hang something up?

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!"—Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $18.45 (available in six packs).

    16. An electric peeler your hands and back will thank you for — no more leaning over the trash can while peeling potatoes!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have had this product now for almost a year and can say I honestly love it and use it weekly. I have a toddler so I try to do everything and anything to cut down on prep time. I usually prep my foods the night before when he is in bed. However, when I peel potatoes at night they always turn brown within hours. Therefore, this product allows me to peel the potatoes quickly to add to my stew in the morning. Cleanup is very easy as I just run the two pieces that hold the item in place under water." —Ruby

    Get it from Amazon for $17.59.

    17. A self-cleaning litter box, because if robots are gonna steal all our jobs, they might as well start with the worst ones.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live in a one-bedroom apartment and this thing is a godsend! No matter what room the litter box was in, it managed to stink up the ENTIRE apartment. Not anymore! I really like the crystal litter (it does a better job of odor control than clay litter) and I'm so happy I don't have to scoop anymore. I hated that job and after scooping, the clumps went into my wastebasket, where they just sat for days and continued to stink up the apartment. The crystal litter dries everything out, so no smell at all." —Elizabeth R

    Get it from Amazon for $139.95.

    18. A jewelry cleaning pen you can count on to add new shine to your gems, no costly trip to the jeweler needed. As someone who refuses to take off rings before washing dishes, showering, etc., I need this!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a 2.5 carat wedding ring and have a hard time really finding anything that gets that 'first day' sparkle back. With the Dazzle Stick, it shines again. Thank you so much!" —C.Skinner

    Get it from Amazon for $8.55.

    19. An undemanding journal that just requires a single line each day. It's a five-year journal so you can compare your growth over the half decade. I have nothing to report from this last decade, so maybe it's time to record this upcoming one.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "You will never regret buying this journal. I have always been a huge proponent of journaling. I journal everyday. I reread my old journals weekly. I love writing. This journal is a great way to ease yourself into journaling if it is an idea you’re exploring but are nervous to completely delve in. It is a huge commitment; I won’t lie, I occasionally go a few days without writing a few words. But being able to compare the years throughout your life is amazing. I wish I’d been doing this since I learned to write. If you’re thinking about getting this journal, do. It is my most prized material possession." —Samantha Bone

    Get it from Amazon for $10.17.

    20. A pack of Affresh tablets to make sure the thing making your dishes clean is also clean. With minimal effort, of course.

    Amazon

    Read our review of Affresh cleaning tablets!

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $3.70.

    21. A durable honeycomb drawer insert ensuring you can always find the exact pair of socks you need in record time.

    amazon.com

    The pieces just snap together for easy assembly, and the design expands to fit whatever size drawer you have.

    Promising review: "Perfect way to organize socks and make it fun to open the drawer and be like 'what socks am I gonna wear today?' And all the colors and patterns beam back at you. If you have boring socks then I would say screw it because you are boring." —Esq

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    22. A set of foam curling rods that promises to give you an amazing heads of curls while you sleep. Beauty sleep is a real thing!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these things! I had curls that lasted the entire day!! My hair dries straight, it’s thin and doesn’t typically hold curls for more than an hour or two. But when I used these, I only had them in for four hours & they still held the curls until I went to bed that night — they survived a day at Disneyland! I didn’t even use hair spray or any type of holding product for that matter. I need to keep these babies in all night and see how they hold!" —Sarah Savin

    Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    23. A car seat gap filler so you never again have to fully go spelunking to find your phone after it falls through the cracks yet again.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this." —Tessa Forbes

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    24. A robot vacuum cleaner that will happily follow you around and eat your crumbs. This is 2020 and it's time we all live like the Jetsons.

    Amazon

    The S4 is a good vacuum for smaller homes with hardwood or low-pile carpet floors. It connects to your phone so you can map out where you'd like it to clean. The handy device is great at sneaking under couches and making tight turns around corners. If you need something for higher carpets or want a mopping feature, check out the S5 model.

    Promising review: "LOVE this vacuum!! I was hesitant at first because I wasn't sure if all of the reviews were being honest about how good it was. However, after watching some YouTube reviews and hearing from a friend who bought S5 five months prior (she really likes it), I decided to give it a try. I love everything about the vacuum but the top two are noise level (so amazing how it doesn't get on my nerves like so many other brands — sometimes I can't even hear it when it's in another room!) and reliability. I can actually run a full cycle without having it caught in something. I can now run it with assurance and the little helper is docked in its place after an entire-house cleaning upon returning from work (it's been a little less than 2 months and has yet to fail). Such a relief after an exhausting day at work." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $394.99.

    25. Slow cooker liners so you don't have to yank the heavy pot out of the cooker to clean it. Bags! Gotta love 'em.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant Crockpot? Well, now you don't have to — these liners are the perfect solution for your Crockpot needs. Simply place it in your crockpot like you would a trash bag, add all of your ingredients, cook, and then when you're all done...just trash the liner! I've been using these for years and I will never go back to scrubbing the tough cooked-on food from the day's cooking. I have never once had a liner with a leak and I really feel like Reynolds has helped make kitchen cleanup so much easier with this smart product." —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.60.

    26. A Birchbox x BuzzFeed collab box filled with all our favorite goodies to save you the trouble of picking stuff out on your own.

    Birchbox

    The box has a value of $200 but costs less than half of that! It comes with items like Smashbox's Photo Finish foundation primer, Kevyn Aucoin's The Precision liquid eyeliner, Amika's Soulfood nourishing mask, and more. Click through to see all the awesome products that come in each (beautifully designed, I might add) box.

    Get it from Birchbox for $62.

    27. An under-the-desk elliptical or bike pedaler so you can get some exercise and some work done at the same dang time.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Get the elliptical from Amazon for $349+ (available in three colors) or get the pedaler from Amazon for $39.99.

    28. And bedsheet fasteners that'll keep your fitted sheet actually tucked under the mattress. You really shouldn't have to re-tuck it every morning.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I hate a messed-up bed. But these clips are amazing. By flipping the fitted corners of the sheet up onto the top of the bed, applying the clips there, and THEN pulling everything back under the mattress, you can fasten these clips quickly and easily. Once the clips are on, flip the fitted corner back down over the mattress and look at the great result. All of the excess fabric vanishes completely. I was expecting some kind of big pucker even while the sheets stayed in place, but there was nothing but tight, smooth fabric." —Steven P. Gray

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

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