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    24 Things That Are Sure To Make Life A Bit Less Tedious

    These items prove being an adult doesn't have to be so bad.

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    1. A Revlon hot air brush which makes styling your own hair a cinch. I hate blow drying my hair SO much, I will go outside — no matter the temperature — with soaking wet hair instead. That was until this gadget came into my life. Now, all I need is five minutes (I *do* have a pretty short hair) and I leave with a perfect blowout!

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    I (Chelsea) recently got bangs (what can I say, quarantine got to me) and this has been particularly handy for making sure they're Zoom-presentable. I have a really stubborn cowlick — right in the middle of said bangs — and it even manages to tame that so it's a major winner in my book!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $64.96 (available in five colours).

    2. A Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure game so instead of jogging, sprinting, and high-kneeing your way through a local park, you can jog, sprint, and high-knee your way through a ✨ fantasy world ✨ where your workout helps defeat enemies.

    A screenshot of the game which shows a character running

    This is compatible with Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Ring-Con Grips. BuzzFeed editor Heather Braga loves using this as way to shake up her workout routine!

    She says: "I've also been using this game as a way to supplement my trips to the gym. This may seem like a childish adventure from Nintendo, but JEEZ within moments I'm sweating my butt off. To play, you'll place a JoyCon into both the ring con and a leg strap so your movements are monitored. To move through each level you have to physically run in place and each time you "battle" an enemy you have to do 15 reps of an exercise of your choosing. For example, each time I complete a squat the enemy receives a 'kick.' It's so fun I don't realize I'm working out until the game reminds me to take a break and have some water. It even monitors your heart rate for you. It's more intense than you'd expect!"

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $93.99.

    3. An automatic water fountain for those with picky pets who refuse to drink from a regular bowl. My cats drank solely from *my* water glasses until I picked this up and now I only have to wash/refill it once a week!

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    The fountain is super, super quiet unless it needs to be refilled in which case it gurgles. I (Kat) honestly like that, though, as it's impossible to miss so I know I won't ever let it run completely dry. It also has a soft blue light that really comes in handy at night.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99.

    4. A flexible HelloFresh subscription so you can forget about grocery shopping after a long day and just put together a delicious meal at home for less than five bucks.

    Burger and yukon gold fries

    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 four). 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. And you'll get $80 off, including free shipping, with the code HFBUZZ80!

    Get a subscription from HelloFresh for $4.82/serving (originally $11.49).

    5. An entertaining activity book that can help you take a step back from anxious thoughts by reading step-by-step instructions on how to build an underground bunker instead.

    The cover of the book which depicts a woman having anxious thoughts through word bubbles

    Other activities/readings include: Fun Facts about Aging!, Your Hotel Room Carpet: A Petri Dish of Horrors, and Soothing Facts about Hand Sanitizer (very timely).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.78.

    6. A measuring cup made specifically for semi-solid ingredients like peanut butter, honey, shortening, and brown sugar. This way, you'll get every last bit into your bowl instead of all over your fingers.

    The measuring cup filled with milk

    I (Chelsea) have one of these and I love it SO much. It makes measuring PB particularly easy and once it's all in there, you just push the bottom up and everything comes out. This way, I don't have to use three spoons and a spatula to measure a single ingredient. It can measure regular wet and dry ingredients, too, but it really comes in clutch for the sticky stuff.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.05.

    7. A teensy tiny handheld vacuum because if one thing is certain, it's way more fun to clean your desk/coffee table/counter with this than whatever non-ladybug method you had in mind.

    The desktop vacuum sucking up glitter
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    Just be sure to pick up some AA batteries while you're at it!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.98.

    8. A mini waffle maker so you can push pause on your day and treat yourself to a warm snack that's way more exciting than an Eggo.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $32.90+ (available in six colours/patterns).

    9. 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 photo of the pad with to-dos written down
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    Plus, it's broken down by priority so you can manage your time better! I (Emma) 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 Canada for $8.03.

    10. A snow broom which, as it turns out, is WAY easier than using your arm to wipe off your windshield. I cringe just at the *thought* of snow going down my sleeve. 🥶

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    Its ~telescoping~ handle (with foam grips) adjusts from 33 to 52 inches so you can easily fit it in your car. Plus, it has two built-in flashlights on the front for dark winter mornings.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.97+ (available in two colours).

    11. A flexible lighter so you don't have to risk third-degree burns by reaching your entire hand into a nearly finished candle. Bonus: it's USB rechargeable ⚡️

    The USB lighter bending to light a candle in a round candle holder
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.99+ (available in four colours).

    12. An address and password log book because look, I know the computer forgot your password but acknowledging that isn't about to solve the issue. Instead, write down all of your logins in this book and just be sure to keep it somewhere safe, huh?

    The log book which has lines for name, address, username, password, and notes

    This has a whopping 144 pages, including tabbed alphabetical pages so you'll never get locked out of HBO again!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    13. An Instant Pot that can whip up meals in 20 minutes or less! I'm not too fond of the kitchen myself but I have made pulled BBQ chicken, teriyaki chicken and rice, and mashed potatoes in one of these with little effort.

    The silver appliance which has 14 buttons/settings and a digital screen

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $129.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Learn more about the Instant Pot in "I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With."

    14. A touchless vacuum ready to suck up whatever has found its way to your floor including Cheerios, dust, cat fur, and loose change because let's be real — if it's not a quarter, you're probably not picking it up.

    A person sweeps debris underneath the touchless vacuum, which sucks all the debris up
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $195.86.

    15. A set of Miracle-Gro spikes which will revive your potted plants with all of the micronutrients they've been missing. They're safe to use with any indoor plant and work for a full two months.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "I love my plants, but sometimes I'm not the best mom to them. I forget to feed them on occasion and these little spikes give them a boost when I've been a neglectful plant parent. Using them is simple: Just dig a hole with the plastic tool, shove in a plant spike, cover it with soil, and let it work its magic." —Alice Prendergast

    Get a pack of 48 spikes on Amazon Canada for $20.99.

    16. A colour switch brush cleaner so you can switch 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.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $24.

    17. An automatic toilet bowl cleaner you can stamp into place and then forget about. Each one works for roughly two weeks and doesn't just release a fresh scent, but prevents icky toilet rings from forming.

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    "This baby will save you from getting down on your hands and knees to scrub down your toilet bowl, because it does the work with every flush. Using it is simple: load the gel cartridge into the stamper and click the button to apply the gel sticker to your toilet bowl. It's actually really satisfying to use and I'm happy to report it works, too! It keeps my toilet smelling fresh and saves me from having to scrub away gross build-up on the bowl, meaning I have one less chore to do every week. This is the definition of working smarter, not harder, people!" —Alice Prendergast

    Each stamp lasts about 12 days.

    Get a pack of 48 stamps from Amazon Canada for $35.88.

    18. A makeup-erasing towel so you can wipe away the day even if you've already climbed into bed. Trust me, your skin will thank you!

    Lynzy Billing / BuzzFeed

    To learn more, check out "We Tried The Makeup Eraser That Claims To Remove All Your Makeup With Just Water." And! See why this won best mid-priced makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.99+ (available in three colours).

    19. A self-cleaning Litter-Robot because as much as I love my cats, there are few household chores I hate more than scooping their poop. Even worse, the little devils seems to enjoy watching me do it.


    The Wi-Fi-enabled box self cleans, reduces litter usage up to 50%, manages odours with a carbon-filtered waste drawer, and settings can be controlled via an app on your smartphone. You can lock the buttons on the actual box so your cat doesn't mess with them; you can set a 3-, 7-, or 15-minute delay before the unit cycles (after your cat has used the box); and it'll notify you when the waste drawer needs to be manually emptied. Otherwise, just set it and forget it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $693 (also available in beige).

    20. A sock organizer because your socks seemingly disappear into thin air when left unattended. Mixing and matching is fun until you have a pair of low-rise sneakers that give away your secret.

    A model holding the sock organizer which keeps pairs together

    Get a pack of two from Amazon Canada for $21.

    21. A paw-cleaning device so you can quickly and easily wash off Spot's paws before he does his best Jackson Pollock impression all over your white linen couch.

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    It has gentle silicone bristles to help remove dirt and mud from your dog's paws — which is all collected in this handy little device.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $20.99+ (available in three sizes and six colours).

    22. A tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes because despite the fact that you have 17 different cleaners under your kitchen sink, it is SO much easier to reach for a one-and-done wipe.

    A model using the cleaning wipes on a stained carpet

    These work on almost any surface: leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, metal, WHEREVER. And! They'll clean up grease, oil, tar, dirt, ink, lipstick, nail polish, food, and a whole lot more.

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon Canada for $9.98 (as an add-on item).

    23. A set of extra-deep-pocket sheets that will stay on your mattress the whole night through so you don't have to start every day wrestling with your fitted sheet!

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    Get them from Amazon Canada for $54.99+ (available in sizes twin–split king and in 18 colours).

    24. And a pet hair-removal glove because your living room is starting to look like the wild, wild West — only with fur balls instead of tumbleweeds. Chances are your pet will enjoy the massage, too.

    A photo showing all the cat hair removed by the glove
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    To learn more, check out "Pet Owners Everywhere Swear This $14 Grooming Brush Is The Best Thing Ever."

    You'll get a pair: one for the right hand and one for the left hand.

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    You admiring the simplicity and efficiency of your new tools:

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