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    32 Things That’ll Help Make Your Busy Life Less Hectic This Fall

    School's back in session, it's the busy season at work, and the holidays are *already* looming. These products'll help you meal prep, budget, stay organized, and more.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A tear-off planning pad if your schedule has really started filling up this fall and you need a little help keeping track of everything.

    The pad with spots for top priorities, to-do list, notes & ideas, date, important times, meals, snacks, and water, and exercise/self-care
    Amazon

    The handy labeled sections on the pad are "Top Priorities," "To-Do List," "Notes & Ideas," "Date," "Today I'm Grateful For," "Important Times," "Meals, Snacks & Water," and "Exercise/Self-Care."

    Promising review: "I use my iPhone as a calendar, but it has its limitations; I still prefer paper when it comes to planning. This daily page planner motivates me to take care of myself while I take care of the things that need to be done. I like that the 'must do today' section only has three spaces, while there's much more room below to write additional tasks for later. This keeps me from piling too many tasks on myself. It also has a place to track water intake and three square meals, and one of my favorite parts is the box in which I am asked to write what I am thankful for each day." —Donna T. Edmundson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in three colors; also available in other styles like meal planning and meeting notes).

    2. A rapid egg cooker that'll take making breakfast for the whole family off of your to-do list now that school has started back up and everyone's trying to get out of the house at the same time. This impressive lil' device can make hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, and scrambled eggs in just minutes! It can even make an omelet if you wanna feel fancy without the extra effort.

    Reviewer photo of rapid egg cooker with six eggs inside
    Reviewer photo of six eggs cooked with rapid egg cooker

    See it in action on TikTok here!

    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. Soft-boiled eggs took me about 11 minutes to make. Just have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :) 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).

    3. Or a rechargeable personal blender great for busy people or anyone with limited storage space. Just dump in your favorite ingredients, press the blend button, and enjoy a smoothie on the go! Read the review below to hear from a college student who LOVES this thing.

    reviewer holding blender with light blue base and purple smoothie inside
    reviewer holding the same blender with strawberries and blueberries inside

    This blender comes with an ice cube tray and a funnel, plus you can remove the base to turn the blender itself into a drinking cup.

    Promising review: "As a very busy college student, I find it's hard to eat healthy. Between my limited dining hall options and my busy schedule, I needed a way to both eat my veggies and get to class on time. ENTER: this amazing blender bottle. BEST purchase my limited paycheck was ever used on. Fill 'er up with wilted salad bar spinach, crappy orange juice, a grainy apple, some ice, and BOOM...a shake is born. No need to head back to my dorm to plug it into a wall-socket base like most blenders. To my amazed friends, I am now the wizard of smoothies. They all want one now!" —Adrianna Simmons

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in six colors).

    4. *Or* an Instant Pot Duo Crisp if you want a wide variety of delicious meals to basically cook themselves in very little time. You won't believe how quick and simple it is to make dishes that actually taste incredible using this 11-in-1 appliance that pressure cooks, sautés, steams, slow cooks, sous vides, warms, air fries, roasts, bakes, broil and dehydrates.

    stainless steel instant pot with an air fryer attachment. cooked meat and vegetables in a plate sitting next to it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased my Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker at the end of spring and it has made my summer cooking so easy. I did not even take out my grill this year, I have used my oven only a handful of times, and my cooktop thinks I have abandoned it. I have cooked everything from boiled eggs to country spare ribs in my Duo. I have used it to sauté, as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, to bake, broil, and air fry. I am in love with this appliance and wondering why it took me so long to get one." —Mark S.

    Get it from Amazon for $186.42.

    5. A monthly budget planner in case you spent a little more than they were hoping to this past summer and want an easy and stress-free way to keep track of your finances — especially as the holidays start looming in the distance.

    diagram showing the different sections of the monthly budget planner including monthly goals, to-do, income, and savings, a calendar, and more
    Amazon

    There are even monthly calendars so you can track when you'll get your paychecks and when bills are due.

    Promising review: "Best budget planner I ever owned. Love the color! It's easy to take with you and jot down everything that was spent that day and then for the entire week. Planning what you spent, what you owe, and what you plan to pay for is so easy. Allows you to be creative regarding your spending. I can even use the different colors for what I plan to spend on different projects regarding my art, my home decor, my writing, and my overall creativity. I am addicted to Clever Fox Planners." —VROCHELLEJ-SHORT-STORY

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 24 colors).

    6. Some Hair Dance Dry Shampoo for those mornings before work or class when you probably should've showered but simply didn't have the time. Gently rub it in to absorb excess oil and add instant volume — no one has to know! The bottle is tiny, so you can easily throw it in your bag for those *emergency* moments, but customers also note that a little goes a long way, so even a small bottle can last for months!

    omising review: "I've been using this product for almost a year now. The first bottle lasted 10 months using it two to three times per week. I have thin, fine hair that gets weighed down easily. I do not use the tip to put this in my hair (that creates patches of white that are hard to distribute). Rather, I sprinkle a little powder in my hands, turn my head upside-down, and work it into the roots. I've been able to go from washing my hair every day to washing it every fourth day because of this product. It smells wonderful and gives my hair extra body and fullness." —Waiting for Reign

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three styles, two sizes, and a combo pack).

    7. And a Revlon hot-air brush that'll simplify your routine using special vents that allow air to flow, so hair dries faster without damaging. It's much quicker and easier than using a dryer, flat iron, or curling iron, and the results will make you feel like you just came from the salon!

    Reviewer who has straightened half of their tight curly hair with the hot air brush
    a reviewer holds up the blue hair dryer brush

    Promising reviews: "I have thick curly dark Middle Eastern hair... I’m typically the roll-my-curls-into-a-bun-for-days-because-I-can’t-deal-with-it-any-other-way type gal...This thing is a work of art, so far I’ve used it four times and it’s completely blown out my hair beautifully. My hair is soft and smooth and actually manageable. I usually only get this type of relief when I get a hair trim and beg my hair stylist to blow dry afterwards. It’s about as close to salon as I can do by myself...Definitely worth a buy!" —Lewka

    "I’m really happy I bought this for myself! I have medium/thin blonde hair and it gets dry and brittle so I try not to wash and blow dry as often as other people. This hair brush blow-dryer works great for me and my hair type. The first time I tried it, I was able to finish my hair in about seven minutes which is so impressive. I didn’t even have to section off my hair! No more hair brush, clip, and blow dryer. It’s just all in one with this thing... My hair really held on to the bristles and stayed there while it was drying. My hair turned out really soft and had more fluff to it which makes it easier to move around and flip over... If your thinking about getting it — just get it!! I’m really so happy I did!" —Kaeli

    "Let me just start off with the fact that I absolutely loved this product!! I have between 3b and 3c hair with a couple of 3a strands so for anyone with similar hair type, I highly recommend...I do happen to have more fine hair which is why I don't usually get much volume when I straighten my curls but when I tried this out I kid you not I fell in love with it. All I did was wash my hair then pat off the excess water, and once you detangled my hair I basically just started brushing with it on hot air and it made my hair looks amazing with the desired volume...this was such a great find for me and totally worth the money. :)" —Drea

    Get it from Amazon for $32.49.

    BTW, Revlon's got a One-Step Styler specifically for curly hair, too for only $38.99! It has over 39,000 5-star ratings and has earned just as much love as this one!

    8. A portable monitor you can hook right up to your laptop if school or the busy season at work is giving you more than one screen can handle.

    Promising review: "I bought this so I can work from home in the pandemic, as I have three screens at work and only a laptop at home. Best decision ever! This product, packaging, and the easy instructions are the greatest! So happy with my purchase. My sister thought it was so amazing that she bought one too and thanked me a lot for suggesting it! Great product!" —Crystal Emerald Green

    Get it from Amazon for $299.98 (available in two colors).

    9. A set of drawer organizers for anyone whose sock, underwear, and other drawers are packed to the gills and rapidly devolving into chaos with everything you've been accumulating this past summer. No more digging for that one sock that you swear you just saw when you're already running late and texted "omw" like 20 minutes ago.

    They also collapse to store flat when not in use. You get four bins: a six-cell (for scarves, hankies, and ties), an eight-cell (for underwear), a seven-cell (for bras), and a 24-cell (for socks).

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $15 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!" —Elizabeth L. Blackwell

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $14.97 (available in seven colors).

    10. A Mr. Coffee mug warmer so you can stop having to reheat your life-giving bean juice every time you realize you forgot about it after taking like two sips. It's about to be hot beverage season, and you shouldn't have to settle for lukewarm coffee — no matter how long it takes you to drink it!

    Promising review: "This device is a must for me. The temperature for the last few days has been about 16 degrees where I am, and there's nothing better than warming up with a hot cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon. Normally, the coffee cools down to room temperature within a few minutes, but with the Mr. Coffee Mug warmer, my coffee stays around 118 degrees for hours (I did testing with an IR thermometer). I was pleasantly surprised considering how cheap this was. Make sure to put the mug on the warmer as soon as your drink is made to maintain the temperature and you'll be set." —Tess Stickles

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    11. A convenient steering wheel tray if waiting seemingly *forever* in the parking lot for your kids to get out of school is suddenly taking up way more of your time. Now you can catch up on emails or even squeeze in a meal while at a standstill in the pick-up line!

    tray attached to the steering wheel with a laptop computer on it
    Amazon

    Please, do not try to use this while driving. It will not work.

    Promising review: "Life-changer for a mom always on the go. I'm always on the go with my kids from one practice to the next and having a 'desk' surface for my laptop that is stable and easy to use is AMAZING! I wish I would have thought of this myself. Love that it easily fits into the seatback pockets when not in use." —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. And a set of dip clips you can attach to your vents to make on-the-go meals a lot more convenient if your busy schedule barely allows for a lunch hour.

    They'll fit onto horizontal or vertical air vents *and* can hold sauce packs from all popular fast food chains to make eating in the parking lot wayyyy easier!

    Promising review: "Love the design and functionality of it. Even if you aren't really a person who eats in the car, it's great for others to use while you drive. Got this for a co-worker's birthday, and she loved it!" —Eden

    Get two from Amazon for $10+ (available in four colors and in multipacks).

    13. *And* a handy device that keeps track of whether or not the dog has been fed, in case the busy days are starting to blur together and you can barely even remember if you fed yourself today.

    There's a version for cat owners and fish owners too!

    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 to 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 $9.95.

    14. Or a Wi-Fi-enabled automatic dog and cat feeder so you don't have to base your entire lifestyle around your pets' feeding schedule — especially if work or school keeps you out of the house for long hours. The Wi-Fi-enabled bowl links to iPhones, Androids, and Alexa so you can easily feed your pet whether you're miles and miles away or just busy in the next room.

    It links to iPhones, Androids, and Alexa so you can make sure your pets get their food whether you're miles and miles away or just busy in the next room.

    Promising review: "Works great, and I cannot recommend this enough! My cats throw up if they eat too much, so it is great being able to feed them very small amounts (1/8 cup) per feeding, up to 12 times per day. I upgraded to this WiFi model from the non-Wi-fi model and it is quite nice having the option to feed them with a click of a button on my phone. I also bought the splitter adapter that will make it work for two cats. This is a great and inexpensive alternative to buying a second feeder for almost $200. My cats used to fight over the one food bowl, but now that I can have two separate bowls there is no more fighting!" –Beachbum

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95+ (available with feeders for one or two pets).

    15. A rotating timer here to help if you got a little distracted this past summer and wanna get back on track. This tool is great for helping you practice the Pomodoro technique, which is a popular time management tool based around working in focused 25-minute chunks with timed breaks.

    A gif of a BuzzFeeder tipping the white timer
    A BuzzFeeder's photo of the white timer
    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    The timer has options for 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and 30-minute blocks. Just rotate it to your preferred option and the display will begin its countdown. The timer also has four different volumes so you'll never miss it going off, but you can also choose silence as an option.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this timer!!! I am a school counselor with ADHD. I've tried a LOT of different timers to help me keep track of when to send passes, monitor time with students who tend to stay long to avoid class, and use the alarm to remind me to take a few minutes to eat lunch. 

    It's fabulous to be able to just look at the time on the clock face, note that I need to leave for a meeting in 20 minutes, and bam! A quick turn of the clock and a timer goes off with enough time to grab my stuff and head out. I don't have to think about setting it like with most digital timers, and there's no annoying ticking like there is with a traditional kitchen timer." —Laura M.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in 30- and 60-minute configurations and six colors).

    16. An easy-to-use, fast-acting fruit fly trapper so you can stop spending so much time engaged in a battle of wits with those tiny obnoxious insects that love to take over your home, especially during fall. Simply place this trap where the flies love to hang out, empty half of the nonstaining lure bottle into the trap and say goodbye to your uninvited flying roommates — they won't be sticking around.

    reviewer photo of an apple shaped fruit fly trap sitting on a ledge
    reviewer photo of the inside of a fruit fly trapper with dozens of fruit flies stuck in a sticky substance at the bottom

    Each trap lasts up to 45 days. 

    Promising review: "Our home was infested with fruit flies. As a household of minimal fresh produce and a mostly nitrate rich menu, we were confused and horrified when these tiny, evil bugs took over our house. These apple traps are LEGIT. Within an hour or less, they had captured a good amount of flies. I just bought more." —MotherofChaos

    Get two traps from Amazon for $5.89 (also available in packs of four and twelve).

    17. Some Leaf Scoops gloves — they make quick, easy, and actually kinda fun work of transporting leaves, compost, and mulch so you won't dread dealing with it. (Check out the review below to hear from someone who owns a lawn care company and SWEARS BY these!)

    a model using the oversized plastic gloves to pick up massive piles of leaves without a rake
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a lawn care company, so to say I have tried everything almost seems redundant. Also, I typically do not get excited about a product because I feel it should do its job. However, these are seriously amazing. Ergonomically, they're wonderful because the hand part is like a baseball glove. It uses your arm to help support the load allowing a balanced feel to what is being picked up. 

    Another great feature is when I am trimming shrubs, I can use a leaf blower to move the clippings out and rake them up. Then using these and a bag stand, will make child's play out of what would otherwise be a rough task. 

    Picking up leaves is also great in that you can get a great amount, but you can also smash them straight down to compact them in the bag without the worry of hitting a stick and cutting your hands up. If you pass up a chance to get a pair of these just know us lawn care guys are driving by and just dying to show you how much easier that chore can be for you by using this product." —J. Bradburn

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95.

    18. A set of car hooks so your bags and fall jackets don't have to spend the entire trip rolling around on the floor, dumping out their contents everywhere, and winding up covered in whatever grime has been hiding under your seats since the beginning of time.

    the hooks attached to the back of a seat and holding bags
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Everyone who has gone into my car loves these hangers. So useful to hold purses, plastic bags, jackets, 40-ounce water containers, etc.! They have remained where I hooked them no matter." —L. H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A reviewer-beloved pet hair remover with over 95,000 5-star ratings (!) for anyone who can never seem to get all of their pet's fur off of their clothes and furniture — especially if fall is their heavy shedding season. Just roll it over your fuzz-covered item of choice, and watch it lift the fur RIGHT OFF.

    A gif showing how to use the roller to clean your furniture
    A hairy dirty pilowcase
    A now clean case

    Promising review: "If I could give this product 6 stars, I would. My husband and I use it almost every day. We have three furry dogs and six fluffy cats, which makes for A LOT of hair. We were using a lint roller before we bought our ChomChom Roller. The lint roller didn't work very well and had to be replaced. We have had our ChomChom Roller for months and it still works just as well as it did when we first got it. We can actually invite our friends over now without worrying about all the pet hair." —Morgan Willis

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    20. And a powerful but gentle silicone paw cleaner here to make cleaning your pet's cute lil' feets a lot less of a hassle this fall. Just add water, insert filthy paws, give 'em a little twist, and dab till dry! No scrubbing, no pain, and no more dirt, mud, sand, leaves, snow, ice melt, and other grime getting tracked around your otherwise spotless home. Sounds like a win-win!

    Reviewer dipping their dog's paw in the cleaner
    Reviewer's before and after showing the portable cleaner removed all the red clay on their white dog's paw

    Promising review: "This product is great. My puppy is a digger, and we have red clay type dirt. It gets her paws clean fast and easily. So much better than having to get a bath every time she digs." —Mandi Bultman

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19+ (available in three sizes, eight colors, and with or without a lid).

    21. A set of Wad-Free pads brilliantly designed to help prevent your sheets from getting all tangled, twisted, and balled up every time you wash them. It'll also help them dry faster with fewer wrinkles! Now that the cold weather is creeping in, and you're going through more and more layers of blankets and bedding, this'll help cut down on the time you spend doing laundry.

    Wad-Free is a woman-owned small business! After wasting time and energy on wadding problems, Cyndi Bray invented Wad-Free for bedsheets.

    Promising reviews: "It's a miracle product! Oh my gosh, I only had to run the dryer one time to dry the sheets instead of my usual four times. They looked cleaner too!" —Bonnie

    "I was mildly skeptical, but it works exactly as promoted! I've used it five times and each time there's been no twisting of the sheets and no pillowcases balled up and still wet when the dryer goes off. Super helpful that it comes with two units, one for the top sheet and one for the fitted sheet so I don't have to split them into separate loads. I no longer dread washing sheets and plan to buy some of these as gifts. LOVE it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A set of self-tying shoelaces to turn your favorite pair of shoes into slip-ons so you can get out the door faster, especially when you're already running late.

    brown shoes with brown self-tying shoelaces
    Amazon

    Hello, these have over 56,000 5-star ratings. That's a lot of happy feet!

    Promising review: "In 10 years, this is only my second review. These have blown me away to the point that I had to share an unexpected benefit. After getting a new pair of boots, I was having issues with the ease of getting my feet in/out without drastically adjusting the entire boot's lace tension each time. The Lock Laces looked like they could save me some time, if not saving time to adjust the tension, at least saving time on tying. Well the results are better than I imagined. I can easily squeeze my feet in/out when needed, and I never have to adjust the tightness. The Lock Laces are stretchy enough to both hold my feet snugly, AND have enough stretch to allow my feet out when I try to get them off. Another added benefit is that they make walking and simply wearing my boots more comfortable." —John C

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 13 colors).