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    Dec 3, 2019

    32 Things That'll Help You Be So Much Better At Life

    Take that, life.

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    1. A 60-minute visual timer for anyone who has trouble focusing and needs a visual reminder that time is passing by while performing daily tasks at home, school, or work. Just set a time, and get back to work!


    I have ADHD and have used various tools throughout my education to keep me organized and on-task. This is one of the best. I personally set 30 minute increments for any given task, an hour becomes too much time and I get side-tracked. It’s not that I must finish my task in 30 minutes, but rather I am kept aware of time passing in the first place and that helps me stay focused. The red film that disappears is a necessary visual representation of time that really makes this clock better than just a timer on my phone. I keep it within view and whenever I feel my mind trailing off I can quickly glance up and say, “oh wow that was 10 minutes of distraction, better get back into it."

    Get it from Amazon for $28.76 (available in two sizes).

    2. A bottle of Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser because it'll glide onto your skin like silk as it dissolves into your pores, cleansing them of any dirt that built up throughout the day. A simple skincare routine you can depend on really makes a huge difference day to day.


    Promising review: "This cleanser feels amazing on the skin. When use it at night and it feels amazing and feels like the dirt is just melting away, and in the morning. it's so rejuvenating. Favorite part of my routine! "—GlossierCustomer

    Check out this post on 9 Glossier Products We Really Love! (#2 should look familiar!)

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in full size and mini).

    3. A water bottle with a spill-proof lid and removable straw that'll track the amount you drink in a day with colorful movable rings. It'll have you saying, "H2Omg I drank so much water today!"

    Promising review: "Best $11 I’ve ever spent. I used to hate drinking water throughout the day and could never remember to do it, but this bottle turns water intake into a game. I have increased my daily water intake by over five times without even thinking about it, and I feel so much happier and healthier. Don’t even think twice about this purchase. It is SO worth it!!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    4. A five-quart grater prep bowl from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection so your precious cheese or anything else you grate doesn't get all over the counter. Just pop in one of discs (it includes regular grater, coarse, and slicer) and grate *into* the bowl.


    Promising review: "I love just about anything if it's versatile. This bowl definitely fits that description. Space-saving, multi-function bowl. Base has a non-slip surface. Slice, grate, beat, store.....this bowl is very useful!." —SpaceJunky

    Get it from Macy's for $29.99 (originally $42.99).

    5. A sea sickness wristband so you can finally be better at existing out on the ocean. Now you can go deep sea fishing, sail off the coast of Greece, and take a Disney cruise without throwing up every time.

    The white dot forms a ball on the inside of the bracelet, which puts pressure on the nerve in your wrist that communicates to your brain that you're nauseous. It disrupts that message!

    Promising review: "I have bought this for the third time. Not only is it a great idea, I wear them 24 hours a day seven days a week. I suffer from extreme vertigo and having these on I have no vertigo whatsoever. They say not to wear them all the time but I say screw them if it works, do it!" —C51

    Get four wristbands from Amazon for $15.99.

    6. A set of four packing cubes for any last-minute trips you might have this year. With these, you can fit everything you'll need so you don't feel panicked and unorganized.

    I recently bought these for myself and I cannot stress enough how much SPACE I SAVED by using them. I was able to pack, I kid you not, DOUBLE the amount of clothing for my trip. Should I have? Probably not. Did I take full advantage of it? Yes, I did. I truly feel like I won against life on this one!

    Promising review: "I am officially sold on packing cubes!! These things are amazing! I can't believe I've been packing without them my whole life. I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10-day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes!" —Tiffany

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in eight colors).

    7. A BuzzFeed Tasty by Cuisinart Immersion Hand Blender that'll make cooking all your more complicated recipes feel like a ~piece of cake~ because you can finally hand blend like never before!


    Get it from HSN by Tasty & Cuisinart for $39.99 (available in three colors).

    8. A cascading file wall to keep all the important bills, receipts, photographs, and mail you have strewn about the house organized and in one place — and easy to find later on.


    Promising review: "It was time to declutter the office work room counters, looking for replacements for the standard wire desktop file folder sorter that we were using to hold various forms. After endless days of looking at wall file folder pockets that were hideously expensive, I stumbled across this and instantly knew my search was over! This item is beautiful on the wall; it lays virtually flat vs. standard wall pockets that protrude. I wish I had more empty walls so I could buy more. And the price can't be beat." —MamaK

    Check out our deep dive into the Smead cascading wall organizer for more info on how it will basically get your life together.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

    9. A neck scarf travel pillow with built-in support for taking comfortable naps literally anywhere, because if you need anything in life right now it's probably sleep. It's designed so you sleep upright and at the proper angle so your neck doesn't cramp while traveling., Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is the greatest thing invented since chicken and biscuits. It's like a nice scarf with just enough support to keep your neck in the right position. I highly recommend it. Works great with big headphones too." —Deana Hero

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

    Check out our picks for best travel pillow on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    10. A handy-dandy mop perfect for cleaning your dirty kitchen floors just in time to order in for the third time this week. One life improvement at a time, people!


    This mop is safe to use on all floor types and the microfiber material is 50% better at picking up dust than traditional mops. If that wasn't great enough, the 22oz refillable bottle is perfect for anyone who likes to make their own cleaning solution. The microfiber pads are also reusable and machine washable up to 100 times, which saves you so much $$$ in the long run!

    Promising review: "I'm a professional cleaner and purchased this mop along with a dry mop attachment (sold separately) for myself to try it out for my cleaning business. I've worked with a ton of commercial floor-cleaning equipment and this is the BEST I've ever used. Saves from having to tote around extra equipment and tools, uses up less storage space and provides more economical use of cleaners AND the mop heads (scrubby, dry and wet) are washable! I sweep and mop my kitchen, hallway and bathroom in five minutes! I love this mop!" —Cynthia

    Get it from Amazon for $44.15

    11. A Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean electric toothbrush with a charging cup, three heads, and a charging case so you're prepared to become your dentist's easiest patient. The next time you go in for a cavity check, you'll be thanking your past self for investing in this guy!


    Bonus! There are different modes available such as, clean, white, deep clean, sensitive and gum care!

    Promising review: "I bought this tooth brush to replace another from the Sonicare line that had finally quit holding a charge after many years of reliable service. The Diamond Clean is simply better than my previous Sonicare or any other electric tooth brush I’ve owned over most of my lifetime. Expensive but, as part of total home dental care, from this reviewer’s perspective, worth the money."—Hrevieweer

    Get it from Amazon for $149.95 (available in two styles and five colors).

    Also check out the best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    12. An EZ Off jar opener for anyone (like me) who spends wayyyy too much time trying to open a can of pickles.


    Comes with a peel-and-stick adhesive and the three screws needed to install!

    Promising review: "My mother has one hand that is virtually useless and the other is weak. She has several prescriptions that have child-proof lids that you have to push down and turn and it's really hard for her to grip or put pressure enough to open. Jam, gravy, Ensure, sauces all have lids that it's hard for ME to open, forget someone with bad hands! This was exactly the type of tool we were looking for. She had no trouble opening little liquid medicine bottles with child-proof caps, Ensure bottles, or a jar of gravy with ease and no discomfort."" —jodi

    Get it from Amazon for $13.65

    13. An efficient slicing device that'll get you the finely chopped vegetables you desire without the culinary arts degree. Plus, all parts are dishwasher safe!

    The set includes the stainless steel discs, four-cup container, cleaning brush, and a recipe e-book.

    Promising review: "This is definitely a lifesaver! I really like onions, but I usually can't see by the time I am done dicing them. In comes this dicer to save my teary eyes. The plastic is not cheap looking or feeling, the parts are easy to clean, and the dicer works well. Just place your vegetable and apply a bit of pressure and that's it!" —MTN

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    14. A Squatty Potty for a cool tool to help with your stool! But really, if you want to be better at life, be better at pooping.


    It works because the angle it helps you sit (aka squatting) is more conducive to an effortless bowel movement. Check out our full review of the Squatty Potty for all the deets!

    Promising review: "I was hesitant about how much Squatty would impact my GI conditions but this is amazing. Although the stance is a bit awkward to experience at first, the results are immediate. After finishing, my lower abdomen is SO much more relaxed than a bowel movement without the Squatty. There is NONE of the strain/tightness/cramping I usually feel in my lower abdomen." —s. levine

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    15. A handy hook so all those multiple trips from the store to your kitchen counter can be a thing of the past.


    Promising review: "These have been an absolute dream to own — my wife and I never go shopping without them. They're very well made and help us make fewer trips with more bags. It says they will handle up to 50 pounds per handle; I never bothered to weigh what I put on them, but they have held up under pretty heavy loads that I thought for sure would make them bend or break. So far not a warp, crack, or bend in sight!" —Maverick

    Get two from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A touchless vacuum that'll work waaaay better than a simple dustpan. Upgrade your life with #science.

    Promising review: "I couldn't decide whether I wanted the home or professional version of this, but ended up going with the professional model because I have two long-haired dogs, a cat, and my boyfriend and I both have long hair. This vacuum FAR exceeds my expectations. My husky is blowing her coat right now, meaning I'm sweeping the house twice a day. As a test, I brushed her inside and collected the fur from half of her body in one pile." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $129 (available in two colors).

    17. A mini fabric steamer so you can trick the world into thinking your clothes never get wrinkly because you are responsible and hang them up after doing laundry. (Lol, can't relate).


    I personally own this steamer and I love how compact and effortless it is! Pop off the top spout, pour in water from the sink, plug it in and within SECONDS it's steaming and ready to go.

    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.

    18. A 15-pack of meal prep containers to help prevent another day at work with a rumble in your stomach and no food to soothe it. Portion out your lunch and dinner at the beginning of the week and you won't have to scrape together a mediocre meal.

    These are microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe!

    Promising review: "These containers have been a life saver for me. I recently am doing the keto diet and prep is a huge part of success, not only for me but my husband as well for packed lunches for work. The size is perfect to fit in lunch boxes and store in the ice box. Isn't too tall, making wasted space. I cook and freeze as well and they hold up great. All around this was a great buy! Storage containers are expensive with most not holding up in the microwave very long and leaving stains; not the case with these at all." —Paula

    Get a 15-pack from Amazon for $18.56 (available in three bulk sizes).

    19. A Tubshroom that'll catch all your hair before it clogs the drain, so you can take showers without wading in three inches of water.,

    Btw, this thing has 8,034 five-star reviews by seriously ecstatic people — that's a lot of clean drains (and hair, ew). Also, check out our full review!

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this product. I have a family of four, and would frequently have to snake our shower drain. It appears I won't be having that problem ever again. I even give my dog baths, and this collects the hair. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —aaron

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    20. A flippable pan so you can evenly cook your food *and* save yourself from embarrassing pancake mishaps.

    This dishwasher-safe pan locks in heat and can be easily flipped over, right on the stove. It's also nonstick, so your food masterpiece will glide right off the pan.

    Promising review: "I'm completely satisfied. It cooks fish really well. You can even put frozen fish and it will be cooked well evenly." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $51.

    Need a new skillet? Check out
    BuzzFeed Reviews for our winner of the best cast-iron skillets out there (that we tested ourselves)!

    21. A set of bottle stands that'll let you flip all your condiments and lotions upside-down, so you can use every last ounce without having to balance or bang unstable bottles on your counter., Amazon

    Promising reviews: "I love that I can get all the lotion out of a bottle without any hassle. This kit comes with adapters for several sizes of lids, so I can use it on just about any bottle."—Fmaxwell

    Get a two pack from Amazon for $13.99.

    22. A shaper insert so your boots stand tall (to prevent creasing and to create more space on your closet floor).


    They're also customizable for ankle, calf, and knee-high boots with guides to trim them to fit your shoes.

    Promising review: "Finally my closet looks tidy again. My self-indulgent boot collection was constantly falling over and flopping around in my closet. I bought several of these adjustable boot forms and now they are military neat on the shelf. They are easy to work with. If you are like me and like to admire your own collection as much as you like wearing it, this is a inexpensive solution."—EDH

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two and four pairs).

    23. A produce-saving storage container that'll save you money by keeping your food fresh for up to two weeks longer than average. The interior tray helps keep moisture away from produce and the vent technology regulates flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide for the ideal produce environment.

    Amazon, BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This produce box is helping me cut food waste in a serious way. Normally, my strawberries begin to wilt within five days but the box has kept them fresh for up to two weeks! It also kept my leafy herbs lively for nearly a month. Skeptics beware, this product may convert you." —molly

    Get it from Amazon for $9.40 (available in three sizes, or sets of three, four, or five).

    Learn more about how they saved a BuzzFeed writer's strawberries, and prepare to be impressed.

    24. A beard stencil for getting perfectly shaped facial hair, no matter how clumsy you are. It can be used with a long or short beard, with clippers or a razor over the tapered edge.

    Promising review: "This little guy makes it easy to bring a good shape to your beard. Its inexpensive, durable, and quick to use. I also like the fact that it's durable, hard plastic, unlike some metal ones that I've seen out there." —Gustavo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A drain millipede so you can take care of slow-flowing drains with just a few minutes of work, no need to call the plumber. Just make sure you do this after lunch, ok? 😬


    Promising review: "I bought one of these because of the testimonial reviews and I thought, with six kids I know we have slow drains. So I break it out on a Saturday night and started with my bathroom sink. OH MY GOSH! Disgustingly amazing. In two seconds I pulled out a massive hair/soap clog. It was truly amazing and so gross! I went to work on the other bathroom drains and they weren't nearly as amazing or as quick but I pulled a bunch of dried hair out of the kids' tub. So after five drains, I had my fun. I've spent a small fortune on Drano-type products that never seem to work. I won't buy them again. I was even so amazed I shared the nasty pic on Facebook and didn't think twice about somebody judging me. Get this. And be prepared to throw it away as you're not going to want to clean it." —Jennifer R. Little

    Get it on Amazon for $5.28.

    26. A waterproof notebook, because shower thoughts are some of your best and you don't want to lose them. Who knows, maybe you'll invent a product that belongs on this list.

    Aqua Notes

    Promising review: "I can't recommend this handy writing tool highly enough. I'm back to buy my second one! I never realized how many great ideas I come up with in the shower — but now I can see because I can write them all down! And I take a lot more showers now!" —LynnL

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50 .

    27. A dog ball thrower to not only be better, but arguably the BEST when it comes to playing fetch with your furry friend.

    Promising review: "One of the best fetch toys out there because it exercises your dog without you running out of breath. It launches the ball far effortlessly. It allows you to pick up the slimy ball without touching it! And the launcher extends the arm so the dog sees better when the ball has actually been thrown." —Rintje

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    28. A pack of moldable glue so you can easily repair the damaged things around your home for better use.,

    Fun facts: It's waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, durable, flexible, shock-resistant and electrically insulating (up to 24 volts). It sets strong and in place by turning into a durable, tactile silicone rubber overnight!

    Promising review: "This thing has so many uses! I keep buying this over and over. I've used this moldable glue to mount things, organize wiring in stereo cabinets, stop rattles (my license plate rattled when closing the trunk and two little balls of Sugru to the back of plate did the trick), and I've even made tool hangers in the garage with it." —fastrnu

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

    29. A pair of amber-tinted glasses for anyone who spends hours in front of a computer. These'll rescue your tired eyes by minimizing eye strain caused by blue light emitted from digital screens and fluorescent lighting.,

    Promising review: "These glasses are great. They look sharp, and they're not tinted so much that they alter color perception. I work in an office setting and after just one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed an improvement in my eye health. My eyes no longer hurt, water, itch, or feel bleached out after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Highly recommended!" —Ariele Monzo

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99 (available in seven sizes).

    30. A pack of nine Affresh garbage disposal tablets to get rid of stinky odors once and for all.


    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. My disposal has smelled awful for the past six months, and I tried everything — vinegar, baking soda, lemons, bleach, and ice cubes. I’d get rid of the smell, and a day later it would be back. I used one pack of Affresh and so far the smell hasn’t returned. I’m thrilled because that smell was awful." —amy

    Get a pack of nine tablets from Amazon for $10.15

    31. A catch-all beauty bag perfect for last-minute travel because let's face it, your makeup isn't going to get much more organized than this!

    Promising review: "This is genius! It's a great size and holds a whole fancy face's worth of makeup AND brushes. I dig the fact that the center features a huge pocket. Easy to use, no drawstring issues, and shuts tight! This is wonderful for small bathroom counters because you can adjust the drawstring so that it opens halfway into a bowl shape. I thought it would be really cheap-looking/feeling but it's not!" —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.49.

    32. A windshield cover so you can be better at taking care of your car. Not only is this product going to make you a better car owner, it'll also make you a better person because you won't have to scrape away at three inches of ice before you even start your day.


    It wraps around your wheels so it won't come off or let snow underneath!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing I could have ever bought! I bought one for myself, my mom, and my sister. New England just got slammed with a Nor'easter, and let me tell you...this thing works! It only took about five minutes to put on my car, and like five seconds to get it off this morning. No snow or ice anywhere on the wiper well or windshield. I highly recommend this!" —Shelley

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in three sizes and two colors).

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