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    32 Things Sure To Keep You Calm, Cool, And Collected When A Busy Week Inevitably Strikes

    :::takes a deep breath and checks my sloth-themed to-do list:::

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    1. A handy weekly cleaning checklist that divides household chores by day making them much more manageable. A 10-minute tidy here, and a five-minute tidy there and your house will be in tip-top shape. 

    A printable of a cleaning checklist with tasks like
    Creative Type Store / Etsy

    Creative Type Store is a woman-owned, Canada-based Etsy shop that specializes in designer printables to make life easier. 

    Promising review: "Great for what I needed! I had started my own schedule, but felt like I was forgetting things, too much in a day, etc. This is super helpful!" —Erin Brie

    Get it from Creative Type Store on Etsy for $4.51

    2. A two-in-one robotic Bissell vacuum and wet mop so you don't have to attend to tracked-in leaves, muddy footprints (or pawprints), and other debris. Instead, switch this baby on and hit the couch while it works.

    the robovac mopping cement flooring
    the robovac sucking up dog food from a carpet

    The robotic vacuum/mop is powered by a lithium ion battery that can run for up to 130 minutes. It's suitable for use on wood, tile, linoleum, and other sealed hard floors.

    Promising review: "I love this, it works so well! Super easy to use and figure out the different attachments. We have a dog who is constantly throwing grass and soil from her indoor potty all over the rug and we are also doing some home improvement projects so we have sawdust on the floor as well and this vacuum picks it all up super easily. I love that it’s so easy to change the wet and dry attachments and this thing has a surprisingly long battery life even on high power. I run this almost every day and I would say it’s well worth the price. My dog was a little scared of it at first but she has gotten used to it. Works great on our hardwood floors as well as on the rug." —Julia V.

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

    3. A Wet & Forget weekly cleaner you can spritz on your shower walls and tub after you're done cleaning yourself. Leave it on overnight — no scrubbing necessary — and just wash it off the next time you're in the shower!

    Promising review: "I really like the fact that this product is true to its description! I highly recommend you do a thorough and very good job of cleaning before you apply this product or it will not make the product as effective as it should be! I highly recommend this because really who wants to clean their shower every day? This also keeps away mold and mildew how cool is that." —Stephanie Parker

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89

    4. An absorbent microfiber towel that wicks water so well, your hair will dry in 50% less time than usual! If you've got thick/long/curly hair, you know what a time suck it can be every morning. 

    BuzzFeed editor Natalie Brown with the towel wrapped around her wet hair and the words
    An illustration of how to twist the towel around your hair and wait until it's damp
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed, Aquis

    Promising review: "I’m surprised by how well this actually works! I truly have coarse, un-tame-able hair that I must half air-dry and then blow-dry — it’s a science. But this towel really helps the texture of my hair and helps it dry more quickly. Now I can put the towel on when I get out of the shower, then be blow-drying in 15 minutes. Cuts down 'handling' time when it comes to drying!" —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    And read one BuzzFeed Shopping editor's full review of the Aquis Hair Towel here!

    5. A pair of elasticized shoelaces so when you're running out the door at 7:59 am and need to be at work at 8:00 am sharp, you don't have to waste any time with bunny ears or looping, swooping, and pulling. 

    reviewer image of sneakers with no tie shoelaces in them
    reviewer showing close up of how the elastic shoelaces are secured

    The shoelaces can be used on both adult and kid shoes! Reviewers also say these are great for making it easy to remove shoes while going through airport security. 

    Promising review: "At first I was skeptical that these laces wouldn't hold my shoes on tightly enough, but I decided to give them a try in my Converse Chucks. They're fantastic! I like the way the "hidden" fasteners sit inside the shoes below the eyelets, but on top of the tongue, and I can't feel the fastener at all with my foot in the shoe. I've had them in for around eight months, and they're still just as elastic as ever. They haven't stretched at all and show no signs of wearing out. I loved them so much that I bought five more sets to put in all of my shoes! No more triple knotting my shoes so they don't become untied. I tie knots pretty slowly so these laces have honestly saved me tons of time. I couldn't be happier with them." —lucidity

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 38 colors). 

    6. An adjustable cap with a magnetic closure meant to work *with* instead of *against* your ponytails and buns. This way, you don't have to spend 10 minutes adjusting buckles or straps and trying not to pull out any hair in the process.

    side view of a model wearing a white hat with a bun
    a model showing how the back of the hat has magnets that allows it to open and close

    Ponyback is a small biz from Stacey Keller. When she couldn't find a hat that worked well with all hairstyles, she set out to make her own. 

    Promising review: "I can't believe how perfect this hat is — I wear my long curly hair up 90% of the time and this works for ponytails, messy buns, braids, or any combo. It's SO comfy I don't even realize I am wearing it until my kids say to me 'no hats at the table' haha. This hat will be my summer lifesaver." —Nancy K.

    Get it from Ponyback for $49.99 (available in four colors; available in sizes XS/S–L/XL and in four colors).

    7. A simply genius beard bib you can throw on and suction cup to your bathroom mirror when it's time for a trim because no matter how good of a clean you give your vanity after, you WILL find sharp lil' hairs on your bar soap, in your toothbrush, and all up in the drain, too. 

    A model trimming their beard over a plastic

    Promising review: "Finally bought this for my husband and I’m not sure why I waited so long. He would always shave over a towel, ball the towel up to 'clean it up when he got home from work,' forget to tell me, and then I’d see it on the bathroom floor or counter, pick it up to throw it in the washer (unaware of what surprise was inside), and beard hair would go EVERYWHERE. My husband can fully shave and then he basically has a full beard again three days later, so this happened more times than I’d like to admit. PEOPLE, DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR AND BUY THIS NOW!" —Ashley Flaga

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    8. A flexible EveryPlate subscription so you can forget about cooking after a long day at work and enjoy a homestyle meal for less than five bucks a plate!

    Moo Shu beef bowls

    When signing up, you can choose how many people you're looking to feed (two or four) and how many meals you want per week (three to five). Each week, you'll have 16 meals to choose from. Recent options have included crispy Caesar chicken with roasted carrots and garlic mashed potatoes, Cuban-style bean and rice bowls, and thyme-seasoned steak with garlic ciabatta and roasted green beans.

    If you're going away for a week or know you won't have time to cook anything, you can always skip a week or cancel your subscription altogether. It's truly that flexible.

    Promising review: "It takes all the work out of having to meal plan and grocery shop. It not only saves me so much time, but it also saves me so much money!" —Kelsey Brackett

    Get a subscription from EveryPlate for $4.99/serving + shipping.

    9. Or a Daily Harvest subscription to make eating easy with fruit- and veggie-based smoothies, harvest bowls, flatbreads, soups, chia bowls, lattes, and even ice cream!! Basically, if you have five minutes and the ability to work a microwave and blender, you're in business, baby.

    someone holding an acai smoothie bowl
    a model holding a mint smoothie

    When you sign up, you'll choose if you want your meals delivered weekly or monthly and nine, 12, or 24 at once. You'll always have more than 80 options to choose from and you can swap your selections, skip a week, or cancel your subscription at any time — there are no hoops to jump through.

    Get it from Daily Harvest for $5.99+/per item.

    10. An auto-shutoff outlet so you don't have to take a handful of photos (from different angles, obvs) to prove to yourself that you *did* indeed unplug your curling iron before leaving the house. 

    The white three-pronged outlet with a panel that says
    A photo of a black cord plugged into the time outlet with a small illuminated red light next to the words

    Promising review: "Great product!! Now I never have to worry about leaving my curling iron plugged in!! I also bought one for my mom!!" —Sandra R. 

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59.

    11. A drawstring makeup organizer that opens to reveal every cosmetic you own so you don't have to spend countless minutes emptying out every item just to *not* find your concealer. (Turns out it was in your purse all along 🤷‍♀️)

    A model opening the bag so it lays flat with all the makeup in it
    Lay-n-Go / YouTube / Via

    Promising review: "I was tired of fumbling around in my cosmetics case and saw this. I was skeptical, but...WOW! On my recent two-week trip to Europe, with constant laying out and packing up, this item was wonderful. I could find what I wanted quickly, right away. Packing up was just a matter of pulling the drawstring. At first I wasn’t sure about changing to this bag, but now I could not do without it." —Mojosharkey

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in three sizes and 26 colors/patterns).

    12. An automatic pan stirrer because you can only be in so many places at once and the doorbell just rang and you're *not* about to miss your Amazon delivery.

    three pronged stirrer in pan
    gif of the stirrer automatically spinning in a pan

    The arm spins in the pan, disrupting whatever's in it and effectively stirring for you. The future is now!

    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    13. A wad preventer to ensure your sheets don't tangle themselves up into a Boy Scout badgeworthy knot *and* not even get clean in the process. 

    a model showing a pair of sheets with the wad preventer

    Wad-Free is a small biz from Cyndi Bray. Their products are made in the USA. Just pop the corners of your flat or fitted sheet into the device and you'll never have to deal with tangling and twisting again! Believe it or not (I mean believe it...the reviews are there) the manufacturer even says that your sheets will dry 75% faster and with fewer wrinkles.

    Promising review: "I don’t know what kind of magic makes these things work, and I don’t care as long as it keeps my sheets from tangling up in the washer and dryer. This saves me so much time in the laundry room. I have King-size sheets that always end up in a twisted cocoon of wetness in both my front load washer and my dryer. Before, I always had to stop the dryer and untangle everything, now I just toss them in with no worries. I admit when I first purchased it I expected it wouldn’t work, but was willing to try if there was a slim chance it might. After washing and drying three separate loads of sheets with Wad-Free, I purchased two more sets for my parents. Friends and family are definitely getting this for the holidays come December." —ZombieQT

    Get it from Amazon or Wad-Free for $18.99.

    14. A microwave pasta cooker that makes it even easier to whip up your go-to meal: noodles with butter and, if you're feeling ~saucy,~ a lil' sprinkle of Parmesan.

    a hand holding spaghetti over the container

    Measure your amount of pasta using the holes in the cover (like the model is doing above), then fill with water and heat in the microwave. The container won't boil over like a pot on the stove, so you don't even have to watch it as your noods cook.

    Promising review: "I love to make pasta, but hate boiling a giant pot of water on the stove just to cook it. Now, I prepare it all the time; this makes it so fast and easy! It is great for making pasta salad in the summer, when I don't want to have to turn on the stove, and is great for camping as well. I love this so much, I actually purchased one for my stepdaughter and my best friend as well. Well-made and dishwasher-safe, I have used mine for well over a year and it is still in perfect condition. Never want to be without this again!" —SpikeysMommy

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    15. A sloth to-do pad so you can keep track of errands, appointments, and those tiny little tasks you can't convince yourself do unless it's written down on a piece of paper and you get to highlight it after. (Man, do I love highlighting.)

    A BuzzFeed editor's pad with to-dos written down
    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    Plus, it's broken down by priority so you can manage your time better! 

    Promising review: "I can no longer live without this planner. It keeps it all sorted for me so that I can focus on one area at a time and get things done faster." —Terri Boyd

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    16. A set of clip-in hair extensions to add instant volume to any do. No more burning yourself on a curling iron or leaving the house only to question if you turned off said curling iron 30 minutes later!

    a reviewer holding the blonde extensions
    the same reviewer with the extensions in

    Promising review: "This was the best $9 I've spent in a long time! The color is a perfect match to my hair. The hair is very long — I cut at least 12 inches off. It stays in place very well. This is a fun addition to my going out look." —SBonert

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six lengths and 14 colors).

    Find out more in my colleague's Reecho hair extensions deep dive!

    17. A rapid egg cooker that's simple, quick, and consistent when it comes to making soft, medium, and hard-boiled eggs. Let's be real, if I had to go through the trouble of making them the old-fashioned way, I'd probably just pull out a Toaster Strudel instead.

    the green egg cooker which has a clear domed lid

    The 1-pound appliance has room for six eggs and an auto-shutoff function which prevents overcooking.

    Promising review: "I love hard-boiled eggs for protein, especially when I’m on the go as a student/worker, but it’s hard to wait for the water to boil then put In the eggs and get ready all at the same time. This cooker is amazing!! Saves me time, it’s quick and I don’t have to watch it while it cooks — I can go get ready and then I hear a loud buzzer notifying me when the eggs are done! (The buzzer is really loud; sounds like a basketball game buzzer.) I was surprised how fast the eggs cooked." —OnAJourney

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

    Want to know a lil' more? Read through our full review of the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker.

    18. A set of magnetic air fryer cheat sheets you can affix to your fridge and then quickly crosscheck when you're in the middle of making chicken fingers. That way, you don't have to wash all the eggs and breadcrumbs off your hands and fumble with your phone to pull up Google.

    Promising review: "So glad that I came across these. I love having this information handy and easy to use. The magnetic sheets are strong and stay in place well, even with the fridge door opening and closing a lot. It's handy having them right in view for quick reference. It helps us to use the air fryer more, as it's easy to glance over and time things correctly. I like that it is a dark color so it doesn't get messy as easily, and it has all the things we are most likely to use the air fryer for. The envelope the magnetic sheets come in is cute and would make a nice gift, perhaps in a basket or bag of related items. Happy to have these!" —Small~Town~Girl

    Get them from Amazon for $11.29+ (also available in white).

    19. Or a pack of slow cooker liners if you love yourself a one-pot meal but don't love having to scrape away baked-on food when you're finished.

    a slow cooker with two liners inside each filled with a different dish

    PS: They also come in handy with dishes going into a water bath (think: cheesecakes, custards, and puddings). 

    Promising review: "These bags are so wonderful. They are thick enough to deal with a few scrapings with spoon while stirring. And the cleanup takes seconds instead of an hour of soaking and five more minutes of cleaning. Very impressed with this project." —Taoswaan

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $3.18 or a pack of eight from Walmart for $4.24. 

    20. An Alleyoop Pen Pal which is ‼️ four ‼️ products in one and packed into a super nostalgic applicator that resembles a Bic ballpoint. The tiny but mighty gadget has everything you need to touch up your eyes, lips, brows, and high points so you can carry just a quarter of what you'd normally need to get the job done.

    GIF of Jasmin pushing down the lip liner function of the  pen
    a model wearing the pen pal in rouge
    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed, Alleyoop

    My BuzzFeed shopping colleague Jasmin Sandal has this and loves it. She says:

    "I didn't realize I'd ever use a makeup product in my 20s that had the ability to transport me back to something I used in sixth grade, but here we are; and here I am using a multitool pen... for my face. I gotta say, I love the concept of the Pen Pal from Alleyoop! After using all of the functions (eyeliner, highlighter, lip liner, eyebrow pencil) and as someone who LOVES makeup but was applying as little as humanly possible during lockdown, I think it’s a great tool for anyone looking to streamline their routine. It's ideal to use for touch-ups come the end of the work day, or a subtle, minimalist way to apply makeup in the a.m. The brow pencil is particularly soft and pigmented, and filled in my eyebrows quickly. I just adore the ease of application of each product, and appreciate the universal, does-it-all-for-you concept. Plus, it saves me so much room in my already overflowing makeup bag!"

    Promising review: "Such a time saver to have this 4-in-1 tool! I use it daily and love that it is so compact." —Lauren F.

    Get it from Alleyoop for $25 (available in three shades).

    21. A handy "did you feed the dog?" sliding system so you'll be able to keep track of Sparky's meals. Look, the dog is a master manipulator and without it, he will take advantage of your tiredness and con you into feeding him a second dinner.

    The sliding system mounted on the wall; it's roughly the size of an outlet

    Whether you have the memory of a dog or split feeding duties with an S.O./roommate/family member, this nifty little tracker will prove indispensable. The gadget tracks a.m. and p.m. feedings Sunday through Saturday and the sliders "click" into place when moved, so you don't have to worry about bumping them if you brush them on accident when reaching for the light switch.

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that 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 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 $11.95 (also available in a cat version).

    22. A habit-tracking calendar that can help you nail down a routine and see what makes you feel your emotional and physical best, be it cooking three+ times a week or getting a reliable eight hours of shut-eye. That way, you know how to best handle your next busy week. 

    the habit tracker which has rows for daily, weekly, and monthly entries

    The 12-month habit tracker is customizable with twelve lines where you can write in your own goals and then track your progress.

    Promising review: "I wanted to reduce stress and nail down some habits, and I've always done better when I can see progress tangibly. I'd been eyeing this calendar for some time, but was unsure if it was worth the money. I decided to go for it. SO glad I did. It has some 'homework' pages at the beginning to help you focus in on your goals. It has helped me be more disciplined AND narrow my focus, so I'm not worrying about doing everything under the sun each day." —Flight of Stars

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    23. A color switch brush cleaner so you can jump between eye shadow palettes without having to pull out a new brush. Just take the one you're using and give it a little swipe on the sponge to remove any leftover pigment.

    The product tin which has a black sponge inside

    The dry brush cleaner is completely reusable — just wash it with warm soap and water once you're done and give it a quick spritz with makeup brush cleaner.

    Promising review: "This is a time-saver! I really love how I can use one brush and just quickly remove the pigment with this sponge. I do think this is overpriced, however, it does get the job done. This has made me able to deep clean my brushes more often and alternate them since I use one or two brushes for an eyeshadow look. Highly recommend. This is kinda bulky but still well sized to take on trips. I plan to do so when I can actually travel again. At least I can look pretty while I mow the lawn or watch Netflix." —Dantinia

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    24. A genius medication tracker you can stick to the side of any prescription you regularly forget to take. Now there'll be noooo question as to whether that headache you have is from existing solely on iced coffee or the fact that you've gone three days without your Prozac.  

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? I love it. This is a lifesaver! I’ve been looking for something like this for years. I always forget 10 minutes later if I actually took my medicine or just put it down. I’ve tried so many different ways, making marks on the bottle, making stickers, and other pill containers. None ever work. And pill containers are so bulky when I only need one pill." —Niki

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $19.99.