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    35 Things To Make Your Life Seem Put-Together On The *Surface*

    Sometimes you have to make being a hot mess work for you.

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    1. A refreshening spray that's basically like dry shampoo for clothes. It'll make your worn garments smell like they just came out of the laundry and even get rid of any unsightly wrinkles.


    Promising review: "Great product. First time user, I travel alot for work. Wearing casual dress pants and sport jackets, dress shirt etc. I can spray and hang for 15 to 20 mins and the clothing looks great. The smell is nice and mild, and the wrinkle resistance lasts most of the day. Very impressed and will recommend in future." —Tech Guy1987

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in a pack of four).

    2. A box of individually wrapped Shout wipes to make the mustard and wine stains on your shirt magically disappear in just a few swipes.


    Promising review: "These little towelettes work amazingly well! I was first introduced to them when I was buying a beautiful white dress at a department store and I noticed that makeup line around the neck from other ladies trying it on. When I told the sales girl she said she'd get it out and whipped out one of these. Naturally, I wasn't very optimistic that it would work and boy was I wrong! She pulled out the towelette and started lightly rubbing and the foundation marks were gone!! Not only that, but it smells good and it didn't ruin the fabric she used it on! I have NEVER had a product like this work but THIS ONE DOES. I'll never be without it now!" —Erin L

    Get two boxes of 12 wipes from Amazon for $8.10.

    3. A pack of body wipes so you can easily freshen up and wipe away dirt and sweat after you hit the gym and have absolutely no time to take a shower. They're infused with a calming lavender scent, so you'll probably smell better than you did before the workout!

    Model using body wipe on upper arm

    Promising review: "I LOVE these things! I like to work out over my lunch hour to break up the day but don't have time to get lost in my thoughts in a post-shower, so I throw one of these bad-boys in my gym bag and swipe right (then left, then little circular motions). The scent is just right that no one knows I got my sweat on at the gym but not overpowering like the Margaret who works in accounts payable and has been with the company forever's perfume. I love them so much I fully plan on stocking my camper and boat with them come spring. Recommend to anyone." —Molly B

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in a pack of two).

    4. An instant de-frizzing spray from Living Proof that'll make you look like you spent hours styling your hair. We won't tell anyone you actually just sprayed it on five minutes before leaving your apartment.

    Living Proof

    Promising review: "I have super curly, thick, frizzy hair and nothing has worked. I would get Brazilian Blowouts at $300.00 a pop just to try to tame my frizz. I used this product for the first time today and I am stunned. It works and my hair is shiny, manageable, and most importantly frizz-free. I have found the holy grail!!!!!!!" —Jane

    Get it from Living Proof for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A pair of Huarache sandals made of handwoven leather that are easy to slip on when you need to run out the door. It also has a shock-absorbing foam midsole, so you'll feel comfortable power walking when you're running late.


    Promising review: "I expected the break in period to take longer, but they were quite comfortable even right out the box. Beautiful leather color and quality is top notch. Runs true to size." —Jade T.

    Get it from Nisolo for $120 (available in sizes 5-11 and seven colors).

    6. A cord managing box to cover the unsightly, tangled mess of cords under your desk and make you feel like the productive professional you pretend to be.

    Promising review: "This is the third box I have ordered and I am still happy with this product. It keeps the cats from turning off my power strip when they zoom behind the couch. The first two I ordered were all white, which was fine for where I placed them. With this purchase I went with the wood grain top which blends in more easily with the surrounding area. I would, obviously, purchase this item again." —Susan Beattie

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in five colors).

    7. A pack of oil absorbing sheets that will tackle the shiniest of foreheads and have you looking instantly matte without ruining your makeup. These are a must on the days when you're already running late and have no time to wash your face.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these oil-absorbing sheets! I tried them out a few years ago but haven't gotten around to writing a review until now. I've tried other blotting sheets and they've either broken me out or just did not absorb all the oil. Every time I come back to these I realize they are truly the best. I have SUPER oily skin (and cystic acne which I have the scars to show for) and this makes me feel sooo fresh and even calms down active pimples/acne." —Noopur D.

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.95 (available in two formulas and various pack sizes).

    8. An organic linen spray you can mist right onto your towels and sheets to create the illusion that you didn't skip laundry day this week.

    Bottle of Herbabotanicals organic linen spray

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this product. This is the only home spray I use now and my home smells wonderful. As long as its available I will continue to purchase it." —krainvil

    Herbabotanicals is a small Etsy shop based in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Get it from herbabotanicals on Etsy for $2+ (available in three scents and two sizes).

    9. A laundry kit that lets you freshen up your dry clean only items at home — because honestly, has anyone been to the dry cleaners in the last year? Simply pop your garments and one of the sheets in the dryer for 20 minutes — then get excited that your A-list clothes are back in the game!

    Box of Woolite Dry Care Cleaner placed on top of clothes

    Promising review: "Recently I purchased a gorgeous peacock blue, knee-length winter coat from a thrift store. I was not eager to take it to a dry cleaner due to the high charges in our area. My dear friend recommended Woolite At Home Dry Cleaner. I purchase this item from Amazon and was so very pleased with the outcome. It is fresh, clean and substantially less expensive than a commercial dry cleaner. This product did an awesome job and will recommend to all in the future!" —Nina

    Get a box of six from Amazon for $8.88 (also available in packs of 14, 24, and 42).

    10. A pack of highly rated facial cleaning wipes for the days when you simply can't be bothered to use an actual cleanser. You'll look clean and refreshed enough to fool everyone into thinking you did your full skin care routine.


    Promising review: "I purchased these wipes so I could quicken refresh my skin at work from wearing a face mask all day. My skin has been breaking out all along my cheeks and I know it’s due to having to wear the mask. These smell lovely, fresh and clean without being overpowering. The wipes are a good size and they don’t leave behind any sticky or oily residue like some makeup wipes. I bought these specifically because it said ‘cleansing cloth’ as opposed to ‘makeup remover’ and I enjoy them immensely. My husband even enjoys these!" —KTorrente

    Get three packs of 30 from Amazon for $14.02.

    11. A reusable pad that fits on your Swiffer so you can quickly sweep or mop your floors when you have last-minute company. Or if you're just too lazy for an actual mop and bucket.

    PNW Busy Bobbin/Etsy

    Promising review: "Started my process of cutting my waste down this January and I have three cats so I use my Swiffer A LOT. I was spending so much on Swiffer pads because of it. They arrived and the quality was way better than expected! So easy to use with my floor cleaner and I’m in love! I’ll be placing another order soon for a different pattern!" —emmamiccicke

    PNW Busy Bobbin is a small Etsy shop based in Nooksack, Washington.

    Get it from PNW Busy Bobbin on Etsy for $12.99 (also available in a pack of two).

    12. And a reusable and machine-washable duster that fits onto the Swiffer duster handle so you can stop wasting money on the flimsy disposable refills. These will quickly get rid of the layer of dust that's been accumulating since you moved in. No judgment.

    Set of reusable Swiffer dusters in various colors
    TS Designs US/Etsy

    Promising review: "LOVE the washable duster attachments. These are SO soft and such great quality. The stitching is strong and I don’t worry about anything coming apart. We use ours with our swifter duster wand and it fits perfectly. If you’re looking for a more sustainable item, this is one for you." —Cassie Couch

    TS Designs US is a small Etsy shop based in West Leroy, Michigan.

    Get it from TS Designs US on Etsy for $5 (available in 10 colors).

    13. A super cute rolling cart you can throw all your stuff on top of to magically turn your clutter into purposely placed décor.

    Rolling cart with various books and other items on top

    Get it from Novogratz for $79 (available in four colors).

    14. A bestselling area rug you can place over any scratches or stains on your floor and pretend they simply don't exist. Plus, a whopping 1,078 people have left a glowing 5-star review.

    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: "If the other 1000+ reviews weren't enough, I'll add that this indeed a beautiful rug. There are many geometric design rugs but the framed pattern on this one is especially nice. The cream/gray palette was perfect for us." —Adrienne L.

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $34.12+ (originally $85.29+, available in 16 colors).

    15. A lightweight yet impressively moisturizing eye cream with caffeine and kojic acid to perk you up and fool everyone into thinking you got a full night's sleep, when in reality you were just rewatching Bridgerton for the hundredth time.


    Promising review: "Before using this every night I would wake up in the morning with dark circles and eye bags that looked like they needed to be checked into the overhead bin. But after using this in combination with a good night's sleep and proper hydration, my bags are no longer the size of a carry-on and the dark circles have greatly receded." —Caleb W.

    Get it from Geologie for $45.

    16. A fashionable 100% vegan faux-crocodile phone case that'll help your phone look chic and stylish — even if it's covered in cracks and scuff marks from dropping it every five seconds.

    Model holding emerald green phone case
    Chic Geeks

    Promising review: "Beautiful case. Top quality, slimline, phone-hugging, easy to grip. The emerald is beautiful! Love it!" —Lisa

    Chic Geek is a Black woman-owned business that sells stylish tech accessories.

    Get it from Chic Geeks for $50 (available in 13 sizes).

    17. A super easy meal kit so you can fool everyone into thinking you grocery shop on a regular basis. In reality, Green Chef just sends you pre-measured ingredients every week that you can throw on the stove without having to think about it.


    Get a subscription from Green Chef for $5.99+ per serving (originally $11.99+ per serving, available for three or four meals a week and servings for two to six people).

    18. A pack of bleach-free disinfecting wipes so you can give your sink and toilet a quick wipe down in between deep cleanings. These are truly every lazy cleaner's best friend.,

    Promising review: "I love, love these wipes. I love the clean scent they have, I love how sturdy they are and every wipe is moistened. I can do almost an entire kitchen (large kitchen) with one wipe. These are a must have and I love the packaging, they are more convenient than the standard 'tub' of wipes." —Nicolletta

    Get a three-pack of 75-count pouches from Amazon for $11.97+.

    19. A bag of flower-shaped fizzers that are basically like bath bombs for your toilet. If your toilet is looking embarrassingly dingy, just pop one of these colorful cuties in the bowl and let the fizzy action break down all the nastiness that's accumulated throughout the week.

    Model holding yellow flower-shaped toilet bomb
    Blue Poppy Bath/Etsy

    You can also throw one in your garbage disposal to freshen things up!

    Promising review: "Made my toilet fresh and sparkling clean with just ONE bomb- ordered the lemon as well as the eucalyptus- loved both scents!! I will be ordering again!" —Lori

    Blue Poppy Bath is a small Etsy shop based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

    Get a bag of 10 from Blue Poppy Bath on Etsy for $8.50 (available in five scents).

    20. A dry shampoo foam — yes, I said foam — that's basically a shower in a bottle. It will give your hair a clean slate and stop you from throwing your brush out of the window when your curls just won't cooperate.


    Promising review: "I have very very fine and fragile hair. It’s wavy (2b to 2c with some 3a curls mixed in) My ends are dry and my scalp gets very oily quickly.

    When the product arrived I was on second-day hair. I worked the foam through my roots and the sides on my head. The most oily places for me. It was easy to work through and it smells so fresh and clean. My results were amazing! My roots looked clean, no residue or build up like powder dry shampoos. My scalp does not itch and it gives my fine flat hair a ton of volume. Also, my hair looks thicker when I use it. I usually can’t go more than a day or two without washing my hair. With this product I was able to go four days without washing my hair." —Amelia Tilton

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48+ (available in four formulas).

    21. A genius brush and squeegee combo so you can just swipe all your countertop messes directly into the sink. It even has a built-in ledge so you can hang it when not in use.


    Promising review: "LOVE THIS PRODUCT! Saves me so many paper towels, easily washed in the dishwasher, and the small size saves space! Will always have one of these on hand for sure!" —Prime Time Review

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    22. A wrinkle releaser and fabric freshening spray that over 9,000 Amazon reviewers swear by. It'll help you get rid of all those creases and crinkles with just a few simple sprays, so it's perfect for when you can't be bothered to pull out the iron.

    Promising review: "This is literally like an iron in a bottle. It's fantastic. This morning my shirt had a crease from being folded but i didn't have time to change, so i misted just one spray on the shirt, shook it out while i was wearing it, and the crease was gone. I cannot express how much i love this! I spray it over my shirts and shake them out a couple times then hang them up and they are completely wrinkle free, and it smells like everything just came right out of the laundry, which is also a plus." —Kayla

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.94.

    23. A weekly shower cleaner that lets you wet it and forget it — which is the only type of cleaning I'm interested in. Simply give your entire shower a quick spray, then walk away and give it a quick rinse the next day — no scrubbing required.


    Promising review: "I had a horrible gray ring in the bottom of my shower that was impossible to remove. I had tried the Dawn Dish Soap method (with a lot of scrubbing) and had even used toilet bowl cleaner to try to remove the soap scum. My next step was to tear out and replace the shower pan and tile. I figured this was my last chance. I ordered the Wet and Forget Shower Spray and really coated the shower walls and floor pan and walked away. I CANNOT begin to tell you how happy I was to rinse down the walls sometime later and watch all that crud roll right down the drain!! This is the best product I have ever used in my life!! Works great and no toxic fumes!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 64 oz. bottle from Amazon for $17.97 (also available in packs of two, three, and four).

    24. A mini bottle of touch-up paint to mask any scratches or scuffs on your walls and furniture... and to make sure you get that security deposit back.


    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free.

    This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a lifesaver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in nine shades).

    25. This genius cardigan that has the work-friendly look of a blazer but the couch-friendly feel of your favorite sweater. It'll dress up literally anything you throw it on, even that Chipotle-stained T-shirt you've been working from bed in.,

    Promising review: "This is like a fusion between a jacket and a cardigan, it's definitely more structured and the material is more fitted. To me it's the perfect balance because it looks like a jacket and brings your outfit up a notch, but it's super comfortable and way softer than an actual jacket." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $21.19+ (available in sizes 4-22 and 22 colors).

    26. A pair of fluffy slippers with microfiber mops on the soles so you can get some cleaning done while you make your way from the couch to the kitchen and back to couch again. No one will know you haven't touched your mop in weeks.


    Promising review: "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." —G. Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes and 15 styles).

    27. A pack of cooling, hydrating eye gels with hyaluronic acid and collagen you can put on 15 minutes before that early morning weekly meeting, then toss off right before you click on the Google Meet link.,

    Promising review: "First of all, amazing deal for the price! Secondly, they work amazing!! I have issues with tired eyes and I used the patches for about 30 minutes after I washed my face, while I was in the shower, then took them off when I did my makeup and my under-eye was so moisturized and rejuvenated!" —Tiara Baker

    Get a pack of 20 pairs from Amazon for $16.75.

    28. A pack of stainless steel wipes to quickly tackle any pesky fingerprints and practically transform your refrigerator doors into shiny mirrors.


    Promising review: "I love this product! It is so easy and convenient to use. I can get by using only one or two of the wipes for all the appliances and stainless steel items in my kitchen. It removes all smudges and leaves a nice even shine everywhere." —Gloria S.

    Get a two-pack of 30-count tubs from Amazon for $14.18.

    29. A tub of cooktop wipes so you can easily swipe up any mess before it has time to become caked-on grime. It also works on microwaves if that's the only kind of oven you use on a regular basis.


    Promising review: "This product is amazing. I can't stand when after I am cooking how I always have oil stains and grease on my cooktop! But with one wipe I am able to now get everything off the stove. It is very convenient to be able to just use one wipe for everything!" —Debra E.

    Get a pack of 30 wipes and a large microfiber cloth from Amazon for $9.97 (also available in a pack of 60).

    30. A set of stove covers – you can plop right over your burners to disguise the caked-on pasta sauce and grease splatters you haven't gotten around to cleaning up yet.

    Promising review: "These look great on a stainless cooktop! I purchased to keep my un-used burners clean while cooking on another burner. They do a great job of keeping splatters off the unused burner coils and drip pans and they are much easier to wash. They clean up nicely and blend in with the cooktop." —Cardie

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $15.39.

    31. A pet hair remover that will pick up each and every stray hair your fur baby leaves in its wake. It's perfect for restoring your couch back to its former glory or making your car's seats look presentable again.,

    Promising review: "I was cautiously optimistic, but this tool is as effective as everyone is saying. My couches, and especially my recliner, look brand new. It takes little to no effort to use. Just use it in a 'scrubbing' type motion and it catches and traps the fur (and other small debris, such as crumbs...) in the little compartment. Pop it open, empty it out. Done." —Ian K.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    32. A set of storage cubes so you can contain your clutter instead of displaying it for all the world to see. It'll make it seem like there's a method to your messy madness.

    Reviewer photo of four storage cubes on closet shelf

    I personally love me some storage cubes and they've become a must-have for my closet shelves. I mean, if I can't see my unorganized mess, it doesn't really exist, right?! These are by far the best cubes I've found for the price. They're super sturdy and tall enough to store tons of stuff without anything spilling out over the sides.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six colors).

    33. A grout ink pen that will take the space between your tiles from grimy to shiny in a few simple swipes. It's like a more productive version of an adult coloring book!

    This won't clean your grout but it'll make it look brand-new.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. Very happy with this product!" —Jenelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    34. A bamboo toilet topper tray so you'll have a perfect place to store extra toilet paper rolls or anything else you've run out of room for under the sink. It'll make it seem like the random pile of stuff is there for a reason.

    Reviewer photo of tray on top of toilet

    Promising review: "This is a great tray for the back of a standard toilet! I used mine as a decorative piece, but I plan to order a second for my master bathroom to hold Q-tips, an extra roll of toilet paper, etc. I love the way it looks!" —A. Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    35. And a refreshing room spray made with essential oils so you can make your home smell like you've been cleaning all day when you've really just been scrolling through TikTok.

    Five bottles of The Sassy Alpaca Linen and Room Spray in various scents

    Promising review: "Makes my room and bed smell fresh. Even put a few drops in my potpourri pot made the scent last longer. Love the variety of scents." —Sharon

    TheSassyAlpacaLLC is a small Etsy shop based in Macon, Georgia.

    Get it from TheSassyAlpacaLLC on Etsy for $6 (available in eight scents and custom requests).

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