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    30 Items To Shop For Making Your Mornings More Efficient

    I never knew I needed a lock box for my cell phone until now.

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    1. A bedside clock with wheels that actually *jumps* off your nightstand so that you can't hit the snooze button again and again. Say so long to oversleeping!

    Promising review: "This is the most amazing ALARM clock EVER. I have had trouble for years waking up on time. Not anymore with this alarm clock. You can't help but jump out of bed to the alien sounds and runaway movements of the clock. It's annoying at 5 a.m. BUT it does what's it's supposed to do — WAKE YOU UP! I will never live without this clock." —MC Florida

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in six colors and two-packs).

    2. A sunrise alarm clock complete with seven natural sounds and an FM radio. This smart light simulates sunlight to ease your wakeup, and simulates sunset for a smooth transition to sleep. 

    Promising review: "This is our first sunrise clock. Getting up in the mornings in Seattle in the winter is rough, as it's so dark outside and you just want to roll over and go back to sleep. This has helped a lot, we still use our regular alarm (we don't wake up from the light alone), but by then the (artificial) sun is up and it is much easier to wake up completely and hit the shower." —Brian of Kenya

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98 (available in two options).

    3. A variety pack of MUSH — ready to eat oats you can grab n' go for a no muss no fuss nutritious breakfast. 

    a product shot of the coffee coconut flavor oats
    @mush / Via www.instagram.com

    Promising review: "I ordered a sample pack of 12. Two of each flavor. I loved every flavor. They taste delicious, and are so easy. I just grab one in the morning to take to work for breakfast. They taste so natural, and have no aftertaste. I will definitely be purchasing again!" —Jill F.

    Get six-pack from MUSH for $39.99 (available in 12 pack, too). 

    4. A phone lock box so you won't get distracted by all of your social media notifications that your friends sent you while you were sleeping. Yes, those videos are probably really funny, but you have to focus on getting up and ready to start the day. Those videos can wait, and this lock box will ensure that they do. 

    a product shot of a cell phone inside the lock box
    Amazon

    Don't worry, you can still answer the phone or make a call in case of emergency. It's designed to help you stay focused by making it harder to get into those games and apps that get you distracted. 

    Promising review: "As a person who resisted getting a cell phone until 2004 I never dreamed I could be addicted to an electronic advice but as I got into the world of Apple the phone really took over my life. It’s still a battle but this box really helps. I’m still figuring out how long and when exactly I want to lock it up but it’s amazing how much more productive I am when virtually all distractions are eliminated as I don’t own a TV. I wish I knew about this years ago. I’m slowly working my way up to locking it up for eight hours a day as I work for myself from my home and I don’t need a phone for my work. One positive thing I noticed so far is when the phone is not in the lock box I’m forced to consolidate the time I spend texting, sending emails and especially the time spent on social media. This thing is a real godsend. Highly recommend!" —Jessel Harry

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99

    5. A Revlon hot air brush that'll shave major minutes off the amount of time it takes to transform your wet hair into a salon-approved style.

    Reviewer photo of messy hair before using the brush
    Reviewer photo of shiny, straight hair after using the brush

    Unlike other hairdryers, this one can be held closer to the roots and scalp for a higher volume and lift, and helps you curl hair at the end while it dries. It comes with three heat settings and is designed to work on all hair textures — reviewers with 2a through 4c hair mentioned it working for them, and especially noted that it helps cut down on drying time!

    Promising review: "Just wow! I was skeptical at first. I wish I would have bought this sooner! After showering I get all the moisture I can out of my hair. And leave it to kind of air dry while I’m getting ready, having coffee, or whatever I’m doing that morning. It takes me about seven minutes to dry my hair if that! I have very thick naturally curly hair. It’s is a fabulous tool to have in your arsenal! May be the only one I have to use. No flat iron needed as of yet! Would buy again in a heartbeat!" —D.K

    Get it from Amazon for $32.49.

    6. A five minute journal to ensure you squeeze in some time to reflect and center yourself before starting your day. In only five minutes you can incorporate mindfulness in your morning routine. 

    the journal in blue
    the inside of the journal that shows the guided prompts
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love the blue color and the quality of the book itself. Has helped me start the day positively and end it on a good note. Sometimes I forget in the morning and do the whole thing at night and still benefit completely." —Emma G.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in six colors). 

    7. A rapid egg cooker so you can boil, poach, scramble, or even make an omelet super quick. Now, you can finally fit breakfast into your morning routine. Picture perfect eggs every time, just look at the picture below. 👇🏽

    Reviewer showing boiled eggs after using product
    Reviewer showing cooked eggs after using product

    The rapid egg cooker allows you to make hard-boiled, poached, and scrambled eggs. It comes with a base, lid, measuring cup, poaching tray (for poached eggs), six slot boiling tray (for hard-boiled eggs), an omelet bowl, and a recipe/instruction booklet. Add eggs and water (depending on the type of eggs you're making) and your meal will be done in minutes.

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. If you're particular about egg yolks like me and like them soft but not runny or raw, I've attached an image of a perfectly soft-boiled egg that was cooked as directed (I timed it, this one was 11 minutes. You don't have to time it at all as the buzzer will go off, just for reference). Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!?" —rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight colors).

    8. A pill organizer perfect for people who take daily medications or other vitamins and supplements. The organizer has 14 slots and have a compartment for morning and night meds.

    Promising review: "For grandmom, this pill case has already been so useful in an entirely different way than pure storage capacity. We've started out by using simply the day of the week we're on instead of the whole pack. In the morning, this reminds her of what day of the week it is, as we've found that one of her main struggles. The easy open function allows her to maintain her independence without struggling or hurting her fingers. She's proud to tell me 'I took my medicine this morning!' Pretty, undaunting in use, and practically perfect in every way!" —Emily Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. Or, a discreet pill organizer in case you also need to take your medicine with you on-the-go. 

    someone taking pills out of the pill organizer and the pills for the day are in a little tray
    Noka Supply

    Noka Supply is the small business that made this pill organizer as part of their efforts to fuse health management with a stylish on-the-go lifestyle.

    Promising review: "This sleek, unassuming, and functional box is everything I didn’t know I wanted in a pill organizer. I love that Noka took something as bland and ubiquitous as the plastic pill holder and came at it from a fresh, aesthetically pleasing angle. I’ve only had it for about a month, but the materials seem quality and the construction seems sturdy. Looking forward to getting many years’ worth of use out of the lil guy. Planning on gifting a few this year as well." —Theo D.

    Get it from The Grommet for $49 (available in four colors).

    10. A compact cold brew maker perfect for people still working from home. You can prepare the night before to wake up to a delicious cup of ice cold coffee.

    Promising review: "I’m new to the cold brew world, but this made my life a lot easier. It makes enough coffee for me to have a 6-oz. coffee every day for about a week. Don’t forget you don’t need that much cold coffee to begin with since it’s a pretty strong flavor so this pitcher will last you a long time in the fridge. Stayed tasty for two weeks in my fridge." —A. Hizam

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    11. A milk frother so you can make an Instaworthy cup of coffee that'll put your local barista to shame. You may never buy a cup of coffee again. Who am I kidding? You definitely will, but on days when you don't have time to make it to the local shop, you can get close to your favorite latte at home.

    a reviewer's coffee with foam on top
    a reviewer's ombre frother thats purple and blue

    Promising review: "OMG, this milk frother makes my homemade latte taste like it was made by a barista. It was perfect. So perfect that I bought a second one for my brother who loves coffee to use. I've already recommended it to some coworkers. It has changed my coffee-drinking life. This comes highly recommended." —Michelle Pirestani

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 38 colors).

    12. A divided skillet with three sections to save time by cooking all your morning faves at once. Less time cooking and less cleanup with only one pan to wash at the end. (Totally fine to leave it in the sink to wash later, too 😂.) 

    Reviewer using pan on stove to cook breakfast
    Reviewer using pan on stove to cook breakfast

    Promising review: "I use this pan every morning to make breakfast (egg, toast, and bacon). It has three separate compartment so I can cook all at the same time. It works fine for me and I like it." —mrs tjeng

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49 (also available as a non-divided pan in two sizes and with tongs).

    13. A car clip sauce holder for eating on the go. It's hard to eat a hash brown without a little ketchup right? Now you can dip while you drive, safely.  

    Clip sauce holder in use in car
    3D Printed by Brian / Etsy

    3D Printed by Brian is a small business based in Fate, Texas that sells 3D printed products.

    Promising review: "My husband rolled his eyes at me that I bought it but I have no regrets! Never again will I spill sauce on myself in the car. Has an even nicer cleaner look than the picture in my opinion." —MadisonElaine98

    Get it from 3D Printed by Brian on Etsy for $4.67+ (available as a single or double).

    14. A microwave pasta cooker in case you forget to meal prep the night before. You can quickly cook pasta in the microwave, toss it with some sauce, and voila! Lunch is served. 

    pasta being strained
    reviewer bowl of pasta

    Promising review: "This is an excellent, easy way to make pasta, taking just 12 minutes in the microwave for a serving. It's true that 12 minutes seems longer on microwave time than it does when you're busy making the pasta the traditional way, but in reality, the time is cut in at least half when you take into account waiting for the water to boil. It's important to follow the instructions though and not use the lid in the microwave. Doing so won't hurt the product; it's simply that the container and lid will be just a bit too hot to handle when draining the pasta after you remove it. I found this out the hard way when I dropped my serving while trying to drain :). The cold lid, however, lets you pick up the container and it drains extremely well, pour into a bowl and it's perfect-cooked pasta every time. The measuring holes also keep me from eating too much, or wasting it. A serving is perfect, and lets me know exactly how much I'm eating." —Paul W.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    15. A pair of no-drip cleansing cuffs which allows you to wash your face without getting your entire arm wet or leaving puddles on your counter or bathroom floor. 

    Model wearing a pink cleansing cuff
    LA Beautyologist

    LA Beautyologist is a Black- and woman-owned small business from esthetician Nai Roberts-Smith. She also owns her own studio — The Golden Rx Skin Studio — in LA where she offers skincare and body treatments. 

    Get a pair from LA Beautyologist for $27 (available in five colors).

    16. A 10-pack of Wonder Hangers to create more room in your closet so you can see your clothes more easily when piecing together your outfit of the day. 

    Product in use in closet
    Product in use in closet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these and I noticed a difference (see the before and after picture). You have to be gentle with them but I got the hang of them pretty quickly. I organized my clothes by type (shirt, tank top, pants, dresses, etc). and by purpose (office clothes, going out clothes, everyday wear, etc). I even bought another set because I liked the first one so much (but in white so I can color code office clothes/non office clothes for quicker mornings getting dressed)." —Ariel F.

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three colors and four pack sizes).

    17. A daily planner that'll help you stay on task. You can keep track of assignments due, upcoming bills, or make sure you don't forget the premiere for House of the Dragon

    the outside of the planner
    the inside of the planner with stickers
    Amazon

    The best thing about this planner is that it goes from 2022 to 2023, so you can start using it right away. 

    Promising review: "I have been buying The Happy Planner for years and have always been happy with my purchase. I splurged this year and got the hole punch and it makes a world of difference. I can add in all the things I need with me without staples and paper clips." —The Book Booth

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in six options). 

    18. A Dozen Cousins Variety six-pack of ready-to-eat beans because you didn't meal prep like you said you would and instead binged through the final season of Locke and Key. Throws a pack of these beans in your go bag with some rice and you're set.  

    A dinner laid out on a table including A Dozen Cousins ready to eat seasoned beans.
    Five bags of A Dozen Cousins ready to eat seasoned beans.
    Amazon

    A Dozen Cousins is a small Black- and Latino-owned business that creates delicious healthy premade food. Their dishes are a fusion of Caribbean, Creole, and Latin cuisine. The brand name is adorably inspired by the owner's daughter, who has 11 cousins whom she loves to share these mouthwatering meals with!

    They offer a variety of flavors including Cuban black beans, Trini chickpea curry, refried beans, refried black beans, and Creole red beans.

    Promising review: "Who writes a review about beans? Somebody who loves beans but had given up on them, until now. This is a great product. Canned beans from my local supermarket are always a disappointment so I stopped getting them. I don't have time to cook beans myself, but A Dozen Cousins beans are fresh and taste terrific. I am trying to eat healthier and these are a great way to do that. I've been trying to avoid packaged, processed foods but the natural ingredients make these different. I can feel good about eating them. The beans are whole and not mashed up like in cans. All of the varieties are seasoned well and versatile. I've had them on their own, in salads, and in wrap sandwiches. I'm really happy to have found these and hope they continue to add new flavors and products. Do yourself a favor and order some. You won't regret it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $27.99 (available in 10 different packs).

    19. A two-pack silicone soup cube tray to make meal prep that much easier by helping you separate your soups or pasta sauces in perfect 1-cup compartments.

    Frozen soup in souper cube next to bowl of hot soup
    Amazon

    Souper Cubes are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. Each set comes with two extra large silicone freezing trays with lids.

    Promising review: "I purchased these Souper Cubes two years ago for myself, and recently purchased them for my mom as well. I LOVE THEM! I've been making my own chicken stock for over a decade, and have stored/frozen it in both glass Mason jars as well as plastic storage bags. I can't tell you how many jars have broken when I've been in a hurry to defrost the broth, or how many bags have leaked when I've defrosted those in hot water (I don't like using plastic in the microwave). Gallons of homemade stock, lost. :( These cubes completely changed how I freeze and store stock and leftover soups or sauce. These require less space in the freezer than glass Mason jars (they stack on top of each other), and the frozen cubes pop right out of the molds very easily. Defrosting a single cube or four at once is also so much faster. I can go from a frozen cube to hot broth in three minutes in my microwave if I forget to pull it out ahead of time when cooking. I haven't had any staining from tomato-based products, and these wash/store easily when I'm not using them. I would absolutely buy again." —Heather

    Get the set from Amazon for $36.99.

    20. A magnetic key holder in the shape of an adorable cloud that'll ensure you never have to wonder where your keys are. Losing things really has a way of raining on your parade.

    Promising review: "One of the most useful purchases I've ever made on Amazon. I use it every single day to hang my keys. I've had it for at least half a year now. Hasn't lost any magnetism." —Makenah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    21. An erasable wall organizer because busy households means busy mornings. With everyone running around in the morning, this organizer can serve as a beacon for key information before heading out the door. It's perfect for kids, too. Now, you don't have to hear them call your name a million times to ask what's for lunch. "Check the board kiddos!"

    the susan family planner organizer
    Kit Stone / BuzzFeed

    The "Susan" organizer (photo above) is really great. It has plenty of room for the calendar, reminders, file folders, pens, and a place to hang keys. It's a one-stop for all pertinent info. Perfect! 

    1Thrive is small business that sells organization products and prints.

    Promising review: "This is perfect for anyone who likes to stay organized! Super cute and practical." —Tera Fuller

    Get it from 1Thrive for $199 (add-ons like folders, pens, hooks, markets etc. available).

    22. Flexible curling rods you can use to curl your hair while you toss and turn at night. Just wake up, unroll them, and your hair is ready to go in minutes. You can use them on short or long hair! 

    Reviewer showing hair before using rods
    Reviewer showing hair after using rods

    Each set comes with a 42-pack 7" flexible curling rods.

    Promising review: "After I wash my hair, I dry it to about 95%. I add a tiny bit of mousse or styling serum, rub it between my palms and then into my hair along the areas I want to curl. I add the rollers (I only need four to six, depending on my style of the day — it it only takes a minute or two) and then go about the rest of my morning routine. After about a half hour or so, I take out the rollers and style my hair. A whisper of alcohol-free hairspray and I am good to go!" —Gail N.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. An exercise workstation bike because you've been trying to work in a morning workout routine but sometimes it's just not doable. This makes it easy to get moving and helps to break up the day if you work from home. 

    Promising review: "As a health provider, I was beginning to really struggle with work/life balance. I am a new provider and I only had time to exercise in the morning, but then that time was taken up by catching up with my medical charts. One night while feeling especially disheartened I thought about exercise desks but thought they would be cost-prohibitive. I was ecstatic when I found FlexiDesk. The product was very reasonably priced. It is easy to move and isn’t overly bulky. The desk is easily adjustable for a perfect fit. Now I can work and exercise at the same time. This is the best self purchase I have made for myself. Wonderful product. So pleased." —Jocelyn G.

    Get it from Amazon for $390.99+ (available in two colors).

    24. Lovoir Winged Eyeliner Stamp that'll easily shave a good 45 minutes off your makeup routine by — brace yourself — stamping your eyeliner so that it's picture-perfect every time. No more spending all that time wiping off the mistake and trying again.

    BuzzFeed editor gif showing how to apply Eyeliner Stamp
    BuzzFeed editor photo showing results of using Eyeliner Stamp
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I just want to make my morning routine as easy as possible. I love winged liner but I don’t have the steady hand for it without mistakes. This makes the perfect and consistent wing every time. Love it! I ordered the 10mm and now I’ll have to try the 12mm!" —Julie B

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98 (available in three sizes).