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Feb 24, 2020

25 Things That We Think Will Make Your 2020 So Much Better

You deserve to live it. Literally.

1. Aromatherapy shower bombs that'll help soothe your soul on those days when you could really use a hot bath but a three-minute shower is going to have to suffice!

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You can simply place an unwrapped shower bomb on the shower floor (or a shelf) away from the stream to release aromatherapy vapors. And if one doesn't completely dissolve during one quick sesh, you can save it for another shower!

Promising review: "This was the first time I've used shower bombs, and they fizz just like a bath bomb. The scent is SUPER strong; in the box with all of the scents together, it's a little overpowering. However, in the shower, these smell great. I love how they have little pieces of dried flowers and things; it makes them look so pretty." —Bianca Partsch

Get them from Amazon for $24.99.

2. A small but mighty knife sharpener for transforming your lackluster cutters into safer, sharper instruments. So you ordered pizza last weekend — but you're still already cooking way more in 2020! Let's keep it that way and make it even safer.

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I'm one of those people who uses the kitchen knives my former roommates left behind. (Cue the gasps.) And I love this sharpener! I read the reviews, fell for it, and put it in several stories. Then I spent as much money on it as I've paid for a fancy coffee drink. It's called investing, folks. It whipped my leftover knives into shape by running them through the notches a few times, which is incredibly easy to do and way less intimidating than those sharpening rods you see in cartoons. ALSO, cutting with a dull knife is extremely dangerous! Stay safe out there, folks.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

3. Slow-cooker liners are a reminder that you love your slow-cooker and should be using it constantly. With these, cleanup is a total snap! All those easy weeknight recipes you saved are about to end up on your plate.

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Years ago, I picked up a box of these liners and have been using them since. They make cleanup SO EASY that I feel a little guilty about it. And I don’t have a dishwasher, so that’s a pretty big deal. I've used them to make chili, barbecue, and even some delicious bread (all without the plastic of the liner affecting the taste of my food).

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $2.98.

4. A powerful dish-washing spray you'll want to use to spray down that casserole dish caked with enchilada sauce. Let it sit, and you can simply wipe and rinse away that saucy mess in a few minutes.

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I live in an apartment without a dishwasher, and I honestly use that as an excuse to order takeout food instead of cooking. But, as soon as I got my hands on a bottle of this stuff (regular Dawn is my go-to dish soap, BTW), I put it to use on both a sauce pan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Like, scary well.

Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

5. A hair-finishing stick (aka, styling product on a mascara-like wand) you can use to swipe all the baby hairs back into your ponytail for those days when you didn't have time to wash your hair but still want to look ~sleek~ and pulled-together.

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My colleague Sarah Han loves this thing. Here's what she has to say about it:

"That's my hair right there! As you can see, it really picks up all of the annoyingly too-short hairs near the nape of my neck that I can't gather into a high ponytail or bun. (Don't mind the remaining front-framing wispies in the "after" photo — those are there on purpose!) There is one main caveat though: I only use it if I know I'll be washing my hair either that night or the next, since it does still ~stiffen~ the areas of hair I use it on — but it's better than hairspray, in my opinion *and* the reviewer's opinion down below. Some reviewers say that they can just brush the gel out, but I'd prefer to just wash it out."

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

6. A four-pack of dip clips that you can use to satisfy your saucy appetite without getting hounded for double-dipping in the communal dip bowl. Even if you're just eating some frozen nuggets for dinner, you can serve up some delicious dipping sauce in this to level up dinner.

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They have 1/3-cup capacity and are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "These are just wonderful. My daughter loves to have ranch with just about anything but hates it on her plate touching her food. This is perfect to put your dip or sauce in without having it run all over your plate." —Gael Fulcer

Get them from Amazon for $5.99.

7. Water bottle–cleaning tablets to rejuvenate the inside of your travel mug that currently looks like it's caked in mud thanks to your beloved coffee. These tablets fizz up and renew the look of your container so that you can keep using that tumbler and enjoy its positive impact on the environment (and your pocketbook).

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Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

8. A simple carabiner to attach onto your fave skinny-neck water bottle. You know you need to drink more H2O, but you never seem to tote around your bottle. Problem. Solved.

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Promising review: "I love my S'well flask, but it is hard to carry around, especially when I am carrying other things. This allows me to hook it to my purse or belt loop. Works perfectly." —Joyce C Speer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

9. Indoor plant-food spikes can turn your current plant bb's frown upside down...and yours too! You spent way too much on it at the farmers market anyway and are determined to help this one thrive. This is the year that we don't kill off every houseplant!

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Promising review: "I’ve been using this fertilizer for 10 days. And now I can see the plant’s deference! It’s resurrecting, isn’t it? I’m very happy!

-Third week now. Getting better and better!!! —MARY H.

Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $2.24.

10. A bidet attachment for your toilet that even YOU can install. Your family can cut down on your toilet-paper consumption, be a bit kinder on your plumbing, and come away from bathroom time feeling cleaner than ever.

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Promising review: "The bidet has been around forever, and I'm kind of lazy and like the idea of having someone or something do the wiping for me. I own a fleet of cleaning robots after all, how is this different? Let me tell you, my backside is super clean. I use TP to dry, and it comes up clean every time. That is a lovely feeling. I give it a 10 out of 10 and need another for the other bathroom." —chaas

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors).

11. A magnetic key rack you simply swap in for the screw on your light switch by the door. So where are your keys? Right where you left 'em — hanging from one of these tiny-but-powerful magnets! There, five minutes spared.

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Promising review: "How much simpler could it be?!? Take out the existing screws holding the switch plate, replace with the magnetic ones. Piece of cake! Love having my keys right by the back door without having to mount anything more on the wall." —AnewMom

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in four- and six-packs).

12. A storage shower curtain liner with mesh pockets that'll hold so much more stuff than any traditional shower caddy. Plus, you can store your five different hair masks in there without causing a tub-side avalanche. I should know — I own it, and this is my shower!

Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

Yep, I have ~five hair masks in there there at any given time. And I am the only person who uses my shower! Toiletries dry very quickly in this bb and are also very easy to spy (as you can see) when you're all bleary-eyed in the morning thanks to the mesh material.

As for cleaning, I just use the bleach spray that I use on my shower. I'm not the best at cleaning on the reg, so it may get a little grosser than if it were in the possession of a neat freak. But it's only gotten gross enough to replace ~once a year.

Get it from Amazon for $15.

13. A password log where you can put pencil to paper for keeping track of all those app logins that you definitely change every few months or so for security reasons, not because you can't remember your one login.

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(P.S. What a great place to store your dumb ex's streaming logins.)

Promising review: "I finally have all of my usernames, passwords, account numbers, service providers, etc. all in one place. No more sticky notes and little pieces of ripped paper or resetting my passwords all the time to only forget and reset them again. It offers the best layout and amount of information I can log and hasn't disappointed me yet. I love it! This little book is a perfect solution to organizing such info all in one place. You can even store internet service info for easy reference." —Elizabeth R.

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

14. And a mini reading journal you can use to help keep track of all the great tomes you're knocking off your reading list this year. *Then* you can recommend the best of the best to all your friends!

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Promising review: "Love this journal. Very cute convenient size (especially if you are someone who writes small or doesn't have too too much to say). I really love the star system for coloring in with a pen. There are also prompts throughout the journal like 'favorite author,' 'books I want to read,' 'quotes to remember,' etc. The back asks you to fill out the saddest book, funniest book, literary character you'd date, and a few others." —River

Get it from Amazon for $9.

15. A massaging scalp brush that'll work wonders by massaging your scalp as a nice lil' in-shower treat. Also, clarifying your scalp will help put those haircare products to full use.

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Believe me, you've never *really* washed your hair unless you've used a shampoo brush. The difference is astonishing. I own this beaut, and it really helps clear my scalp of dirt, oil, and five days' worth of dry shampoo when I do my ~weekly~ wash.

Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels when you're using it! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually goes down to the roots and makes sure it gets into all the spots it can to clean your hair. I can tell you right now that my hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product. I would definitely recommend this!" —Romie Patel

Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in two colors).

16. The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money, an easy-to-read and incredibly informative book from a CBS News business analyst/podcaster that doesn't dwell on Budgeting 101. But it *will* walk you through IRL scenarios that've happened where people made money mistakes, as well as tips for how to avoid them.

Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

Yep, that's my hand! I read it and can tell ya' that it's super easy to digest and entertaining at the same time. (Truly, if a book about money isn't both of those things, I would certainly not be reading/recommending it here to you fine people.)

Promising review: "Initially I didn’t know for whom this book was written. The answer is EVERYONE. From the person who doesn’t have money to 'invest' to the high-net-worth individual who has a sophisticated money manager, Schlesinger’s book is for all. She not only tells you what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it; she tells you WHY. You won’t change your behavior if you don’t change your thinking — Schlesinger guides you through the process of understanding your financial psychology. It’s an incredibly valuable book that has universal application." —Kathy G

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+

17. A Furiden hair-straightening brush that'll save you SO much styling time in the morning that you might just eke out enough extra time to take on a new hobby.

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Promising review: "Absolutely love this hair straightener. Works really well on my hair, and it straightens and combs/brushes my hair in one step. I'm sure this is better for your hair than squeezing it between two hot plates. Great quality; it heats up very fast and includes a glove, too. Definitely worth purchasing." —Dimple

Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

18. A habit calendar to help you keep track of all the wonderful new habits you've been breaking ground on this year, like reading 30 minutes a day during your lunch break. (I'm so proud of you.)

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Promising reviews: "This is perfect! I’m a visual person anyway, so every morning I see this and see the progress I’ve made, I am effectively building new habits. Or at the very least, encouraged to keep it up! Lots of good ideas to help me, too. Definitely considering another for next year! Highly recommend!!!" —EbonyButterfly

Get it on Amazon for $18.

19. A daily planner notepad you'll put to use, even if you like to take it slooooow like your fave animal.

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The notepad has 60 pages. Also, peep what BuzzFeed editor Emma McAnaw thinks of this pad!

"I have this myself, and I love these little guys. They really do motivate me once I'm actually able to list things out! I'm easily overwhelmed, but since making these new friends, I feel so much more organized and on top of things."

Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

20. A shiatsu-style heated massager with rotating nodules that you can use to loosen up your tired muscles after a long day at work — or a long Saturday of doing nothing!

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Reviewers use this for their back, shoulder, legs — all kinds of spots to relieve some tension!

Promising review: "I use it for massaging my legs. After doing yoga, my muscles hurt. I like the adequate pressure and warming function at winter. It's small and convenient to bring, so I use it in my bedroom or living room when watching Hulu. Lying down on my comfortable couch and having a massage feels like heaven. Lazy but happy." —Claire

Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

21. A deck of affirmation cards for the days when you could use a lil' pick-me-up without the cheese (OK, but actual cheese you could use).

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Get it from Amazon for $13.05.

22. Banana-shaped shoe deodorizers you'll be able to easily track down in the house when you kick off your running shoes and start to feel light-headed thanks to the odor.

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Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

23. Death Wish Coffee (yep, that's the name!) that'll make you scarily alert. Plus, the name alone will give you some major bragging rights.

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Promising review: "OK folks, words of warning...if you have heart conditions, ration out your coffee. I'm serious; heed my warning or you could end up cleaning your entire house, doing all your yard work, making love to your partner, waxing your car, building a garage, or single handedly raising the Titanic on your own; all in the first hour after drinking this wonderful coffee. You have been warned!" —ITsTheXFactor

Get it from Amazon for $19.96 (also available in whole beans, K-cups, and canned cold brew).

24. A super effective dry shampoo with a faint tropical scent that won't interfere with your favorite perfume. Plus, you're g2g if you have dark hair because I can personally vouch that this leaves no white cast.

Target

I've been using this dry shampoo and adore it!

Get it from Target for $5.49.

25. And a butt sheet mask that'll keep your tush super supple and force you to park it awhile to relax.

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Promising review: "Oh my gosh. I’m obsessed. Bought this on a whim because I love face masks. My butt has never felt so good." —Kaitlyn Hensler

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in four types).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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