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    Updated on Jun 25, 2020. Posted on Jun 19, 2020

    31 Things To Help Free Up Some Time In Your Day

    Save a few extra minutes in your beauty routine, meal prep, and more.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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 set of clothing dividers that'll save you time and energy on digging through your entire closet just to find one jacket.

    Clothing rack organized with the dividers, which are labeled for jackets, skirts, dress shirts, and T-shirts
    Amazon

    The set comes with 12 blank dividers and 46 printed sorting labels and two blank ones so you can customize your closet how you like.

    Promising review: "Every time I look in my closet at these guys separating my black cardigans from my black T-shirts from my black suits... (you get the point), it sparks joy! People may think you’re a weird OCD freak, but they are just secretly jealous and will want some." —Kensington

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.99 (available in nine styles).

    2. A Home Chef meal subscription so you can have oven-ready meals (they also offer protein packs) to take the thought out of dinner when you're strapped for time. This allows you to have a filling, home cooked meal without having to look up the recipe, go to the store, prep the food, etc.

    A Home Chef dish of meatballs, potatoes, and peas
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    Each shipment includes portioned and labeled ingredients with estimated cooking and prep times. They currently ship to 98% of the U.S. and you can check availability by entering your zip code.

    Get it from HomeChef for $6.99+ per serving.

    Use our exclusive promo code BUZZFEEDHC30 for $30 off your order!

    3. Tarte Shape Tape concealer for the ultimate one-and-done beauty product to make any pimples, under-eye bags, or scars go bye-bye in seconds. No more digging through your makeup bag to find four different products, this is all you need!

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    This is my holy grail concealer! I love it so much that I'm always buying it before I run out because I seriously use it every time I put on makeup. Under eye bags? A pimple? Hyperpigmentation? I DON'T KNOW HER! This stuff seriously covers all my blemishes and it's super easy to apply. The formula is on the thicker side, but it blends wonderfully. It doesn't make you look cakey or leave creases. Plus, it's super convenient to carry around and apply on-the-go. This product is honestly worth the hype.

    Promising review: "I love everything about this product. It's soft and creamy and easy to blend into my skin. It lasts all day and doesn't crease!! It also makes it easier for me to wear just concealer on my more lazy days without looking like an incomplete face. LOVE IT." —Trent U.

    Get it from Tarte for $19 (originally $27; available in 30 shades).

    4. A Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer hot air brush to assist you in getting the perfect blowout in *half* the time.

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    The brush is designed with nylon pin and tufted bristles to help with detangling, improving volume and control, while also smoothing the hair. The 1,100-watt power heat can be placed closer to the scalp than your typical hair dryer, helping you get those roots. And this handy device has three heat/speed settings to adjust to your needs.

    Promising review: "I have very thick, wavy hair. I can never blow out my hair because it's too hard to hold the round brush and hair dryer in the right spots. THIS!! It is everything all in one and the oval shape makes it so easy to use. It gets really hot. It is a little loud on high, but I've found if my hair is already a little dry then I can just use it on low. I used a blow dry primer spray to accelerate the drying time and protect my hair. I'm in love! The flat iron always flattens my hair and makes it look dry. This straightens and retains the volume and gives it a soft, nondamaged look." —SAHM2011

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99+ (available in three colors).

    5. A daily tear-off planner pad for an easy and aesthetically pleasing way to lay out everything from your daily water intake to appointments and tasks, that way you don't have to waste time figuring out what needs to be done next. You can just simply plan your day in the morning and get to work.

    The planner pad
    Amazon

    The undated daily planning sheets help you organize your daily appointments and tasks, track your water intake, health and fitness goals, and daily meals. It also features a gratitude and achievements section.

    Promising review: "You can stop scrolling around looking for the perfect planner because this one is absolutely PERFECT. Really helps manage my time and keep track of things all across the board. I also appreciate the positivity it exudes. Starts my day off just right!! I'll definitely be ordering more." —Brit

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (pad contains 50 pages).

    6. And a meal-planning and grocery list pad so you're not walking aimlessly down the store aisles or rushing to throw together a list as you head out the door. Keeping a running list of what you need will make grocery shopping and meal prep a lot quicker.

    Amazon

    This pad is also magnetic so you can put it on your fridge. And the shopping list section is perforated so you can easily tear it off, take it to the store with you, and start writing down things for next week's meals.

    Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly "what do you want to eat" "what do we have" blah blah etc. Now, I can lay out the weeks meals, and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good, and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A sunrise simulation alarm clock that'll get you out of bed in a more pleasant way than your phone, which will probably make you less tempted to press snooze over and over again. An earlier start means more time to accomplish your goals for the day.

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    This alarm clock allows you to set multiple alarms (one for weekdays and another for weekends or one for you and another for your spouse). You can choose from seven natural sounds and the wake up light has seven different colors and 20 levels of warm light. Basically, it can be customized just how you want it!

    Promising review: "LBell Wake Up Light helped tremendously with waking up and feeling energized. Waking up slowly to natural sounds like waves or birds chirping has made getting up easier. I love how the light begins to increase like the sunrise. It feels much less stressful waking up gradually vs the harsh shrill of my cell phone alarm. My favorite feature is the night-light. It is a warm orange glow that I enjoy falling asleep to. It is very calming. The setup was quick and easy enough that I could have done it with my eyes closed. It has a cool sleek modern look and fits right into my bedroom without looking out of place. I love it!" —justin hildreth

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    8. A pack of divider sticky notes so you can easily find what you're looking for in your text book, notebook, or planner. No more wasting time shuffling through everything and skimming every page.

    The divider sticky notes being used to separate a notebook into sections
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I use these dividers in my bullet journal in lieu of a key or index. They work perfectly. I actually laminated them and attached them with decorative washi tape because I literally use it everyday and didn't want the paper to wear out. I'm sure they would work without doing this, but I'm a little lamination-obsessed. LOL." —PDiddy

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69 (also available in packs of two, three, four, six, eight, nine, 12, and 72)

    9. A tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes to help you quickly and easily clean up grease, oil, dirt, ink, makeup, food, and more on pretty much any surface. No need to take a chunk of time out of what you're doing to hunt down the mop, broom, cleaning sprays, etc.

    A model cleaning a stain off a carpet using the wipes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $11.94.

    10. A single-serve coffee maker so you can save some time and money on Starbucks runs.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This coffee maker features two button options that allow you to easily choose between brewing ground coffee or K-cups. You can also remove the tray to place a larger cup, like a travel mug. PLUS, it only takes about three minutes to brew!

    Promising review: "I purchases this because I really wanted to stop buying expensive K-cups and just use a refillable cup. This coffee maker is perfect for that. I love the fact the I can switch between K-cups and fresh brewed coffee. It's very easy to use (much easier than a Keurig). The coffee comes out perfect every time!" —Brittney Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $58.59.

    11. A pack of three-compartment food containers guaranteed to make meal prepping so much easier. After you cook and fill them up, you won't have to take the time to prepare your meals for days.

    Reviewer photo of 12 containers of full meals
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "As a meal-prepper, this size is perfect for prepping larger meals and portion control. And they fit in my husbands lunch box perfectly. He works a 13-hour shift and I send him stocked with healthy meals. The lids fit tight, no worries of spillage. My food keeps for five days and is as fresh on day five as day one. I love the split compartments and the lid keeps them split. I wish I would have had these back when the kids were little for lunches! They are great value for the price." —RA & CO

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $11.30 (also available in packs of 21, 30, or 150).

    12. An Echo Dot so Alexa can tell you when your next appointment is, play some motivational music for you, set alarms, and more. No need to search through your phone trying to pull up calendars and set reminders.

    Amazon

    This compact smart speaker can play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying the Dot). The sound quality is really good, especially considering it’s small size and relatively 'budget friendly' price. I definitely recommend to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. Don’t even 'add to cart' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (originally $49.99; available in six colors).

    13. A hair-finishing stick made of natural plant ingredients that can help turn that slept-in bun into a perfectly presentable hairstyle in seconds.

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    Promising review: "I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hairspray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    14. A waterproof eyeliner stamp so you can create the perfect cat eye without having to redo your entire eye look about five times before finally getting those wings even.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    When you purchase the stamp, you'll get two pens (one wing for each eye) and they're double-sided with a regular eyeliner pen on the other end. This way you can still line the rest of your eye and make any touchups without having to switch between products.

    Promising review: "Okay, so I am as shaky as shaky gets when it comes to putting eyeliner on... But this is a miracle sent from above! It honestly is the most amazing eye makeup product I own at the moment. It is as easy as it sounds. Literally. I like that it is double-ended as well! You have two pens, one for the left eye, and one for the right. The opposite end on both is just every day liquid liner pen. But honestly, it goes on soooo much smoother than any other liquid liner I've tried, or owned. I will use this every chance I get!! It also appears to be long-lasting." —.ˑMerkuryˑVolkanicˑ.

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two sizes).

    15. A bottle of Jergens wet skin lotion, because you can apply it while your skin is still wet, before you even step out of the shower. It saves a few minutes and will lock in the hydration your skin needs.

    A hand holding the bottle of lotion over a relaxing-looking bath
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It'd give it 10 stars if I could. Let me start off by saying I am LAAAAAZY. I also hate the way my skin feels after I moisturize. It takes forever to dry and even still there is a gooey, sticky feeling with every moisturizer I use. This eliminates ALL OF THAT. You just have to put it on after you turn off the shower, let it rest on your skin for a couple of minutes and then pat off with your towel. It absorbs super quickly and my legs feel as silky as a dolphin's fin. Jergens you have a customer for life!" —MZ

    Get it from Amazon for $6.13.

    16. A set of six cable clips so you can keep your charger cords organized and in sight; that way you won't have to fuss around digging behind your bed or on the side of your desk to find them.

    The small half-circle cable clip with a peel-and-stick bottom, stuck to the surface of a table with a phone charger securely placed in it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These seem to work very well. Other brands had comments about them not sticking well so I went with this brand and am very happy with them. I am using them on my desk at work as well as on the back of my night table at home to keep my charger cords from slipping behind the furniture. Sure works better than Scotch taping the cords to my desk." —bigmag

    Get them from Amazon for $6.97.

    17. A super absorbent, anti-frizz microfiber hair towel to cut your hair drying time in half, without adding extra heat damage.

    A reviewer's hair wrapped up in a microfiber towel
    amazon.com

    Ever since I started using a microfiber hair towel, I hardly ever use a blow-dryer anymore. I'd rather not add heat to my curly hair unless totally necessary, so I'll wash my hair at night, wrap it in a microfiber towel and let it dry on it's own. It helps my curls feel much healthier — and it keeps my hair out of the way while I'm doing my skincare routine.

    Promising Review: "If you have naturally curly hair, you need this towel! I don't know what is at work but it definitely reduces frizz and my curls come out much nicer after using this towel. It would be even better if the towel was a smidge larger so it would feel more secure while wrapped around my head. Even so, it's a great product and I recommend it to my curly-haired friends." —KShats

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A dishwasher magnet so you don't have to spend time staring at the dishes and pulling them out, trying to determine if they're clean or not.

    The dishwasher magnet reads "clean" on one side and when rotated to the other side, it reads "dirty"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A stylish, functional little magnet. Eliminates the need to wonder if that cup looks dirty or is it just hard water etc. Also just looks cute on the dishwasher. I do not run mine daily as I have a small household and when it does get filled, more often than I'd like to admit, the clean dishes live in the dishwasher, getting picked off as needed. This makes that process much simpler." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    19. A microwave pasta maker that'll make it super easy to enjoy a yummy pasta dinner when you just don't have the energy to boil the water, stir the pasta, and do all those extra steps.

    A person dumping water out of the container and into the sink while the pasta stays securely inside
    Amazon

    It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot, then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    20. A backseat purse-holder so your bag doesn't spill all over the car floor, forcing you to have to dig under the seats and shove everything back in.

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    Plus, the hooks have a side-opening attachment for easy installation, so they won't damage your seats!

    Promising review: "I love these! I recently purchased a smaller car and don't have room for my purse in the front seat anymore. These books are awesome and sturdy." —Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in two colors).

    21. A bracelet fastening tool that'll help you adorn yourself in your fave accessories without having to run around the house trying to find someone to help you.

    The bracelet fastening tool being held in someone's hand while holding one end of a bracelet in place while the person clasps it together
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't believe I've waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they are slip on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again." —Cat Mom

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

    22. A convenient bedside caddy to prevent you from spending forever in search of the remote that's lost in your blankets for the hundredth day in a row. You can easily attach it to the side of any bed or table with two pairs of hook and loop fasteners. It can also help you keep your glasses, phone, book, and more nearby.

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    Promising Review: "This caddy works very well when you're trying to keep items off of your nightstand or if you don't have a nightstand! There's a flap that sits under the mattress and it has hook and loop squares on the pocket side to keep it in place. It's perfect for a few books and a magazine or an iPad, remote controls, phones, pens, etc. I liked mine so much that I ordered one for my husband's side of the bed!" —K. Purs

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in five colors).

    23. A makeup-erasing cloth so you don't have to spend forever scrubbing your face off and and irritating your skin at night.

    A BuzzFeed Shopping writer using the cloth to easily wipe off her makeup
    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I was so ready to write a review about what a piece of crap this is; boy was I wrong! This actually works! I usually use the Neutrogena cleansing cloths, which work OK, but this MakeUp Eraser blows them out of the water. I can't believe how great it is. I went to a show last night and got the dreaded hand stamp. Of course, because they use ink developed by NASA, I couldn't wash it off. I can't show up to work with a giant robot stamped on the back of my hand so I scrubbed and scrubbed. When my skin was gone but the stamp wasn't, I tried the Makeup Eraser as a last resort. That sucker damn near got the whole thing off!!! I'm so impressed by this thing I'm going to get another one just in case they stop making them!" —Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    Read our MakeUp Eraser review as well as BuzzFeed Review's deep dive into the best makeup remover (the MakeUp Eraser won as our mid-price pick).

    24. A honeycomb drawer organizer that'll organize your socks and underwear and make it MUCH easier to find what you need in the morning, as opposed to digging through drawers and hampers to find a matching sock.

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    Promising review: "Marie Kondo would be proud. Fit nicely into my dresser drawer, was super easy to assemble, and nicely constructed. Using this to help organize my drawers so I can actually find stuff and so far so good! The honeycombs are a bit larger than I thought so you can fit big fuzzy socks in them. Definitely happy with the purchase." —TamTam

    Get it on Amazon for $11.99.

    25. A Rapid Slicer tool to make food prep wayyyy faster — it helps to hold all those awkwardly shaped foods in place (like tomatoes, grapes, etc.) so you can swiftly chop 'em up.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I love this slicer! I rarely write reviews, but this literally changed my life. I have fibromyalgia and have trouble gripping things. I also have a host of tiny scars on my hands from cutting myself instead of the vegetables. I am stunned by how easy this is to use, and the protection it gives my hands! And it's low-tech! And it cleans easily! I'm still having trouble believing that a $13 product is doing so much to make my life easier and more painless." —Theresa

    Get it from The Grommet or Amazon for $12.95.

    26. A detangling brush that'll glide through hair and remove knots gently and easily so you're not spending twice as long ripping the tangles out of your hair.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    27. The StayFocused Chrome extension, which restricts the amount of time you spend on certain websites (aka procrastinating). You can choose which websites to block and how long the block lasts. Then, after you use up your allotted time, those websites become inaccessible for the rest of the day!

    A screenshot from the extension, showing how you can select a website and set a time limit for it
    Chrome Store

    Get it from the Chrome Webstore for free. Check out a similar option here.

    28. A pair of dusting slippers so you can conveniently clean up the floor while you shuffle around your home completing other tasks.

    The dusting slippers in pink on feet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my second pair of slippers. I use them at home on my laminate flooring. They help to keep the floors clean, work great for quick spot cleaning, and are durable if you wash them frequently. They are also quiet, which was my main motivator. Plus you can do the 'Risky Business' slide." —DanielDJr.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.24 (available in three sizes and three colors).

    29. Cee Cee's Closet head wraps in funky fab prints that'll brighten up your look and also save you on those days when you don't feel like doing your hair. You can wrap all of your hair in it, use it as a headband or even as a hair tie for a quick updo.

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed, Cee Cee's Closet

    Cee Cee's Closet is a Black woman-owned business. The accessories are designed by founders Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudoand and then handmade by artisans in Nigeria.

    I have a head wrap and it is so sturdy, yet super comfortable. It does an amazing job of staying in place and keeping my curly hair out of my face. They are 100% cotton and lightweight so you can wrap with ease. I love playing with the different ways to wear it. You can knot it, fold it up, tie it in a bow, etc. — there are so many fun ways to rock these!

    Get them from Cee Cee's Closet for $15+ (available in three styles and TONS of prints).

    30. A Cuisinart blender and food processor to assist you in making delicious smoothies or yummy chopped salads in the blink of an eye.

    The Cuisinart blender and food processor
    Macy's

    To get into some of the details, it has a 3-cup cup food processor with a feed tube, slicer shredder disc and chopper blade, as well as full-sized 56 ounce blender jar with four-prong blades, to turn anything you desire into a liquid pulp in a blink of an eye.

    Promising review: "Best way to make a healthy smoothie. I can use the food processor to chop the vegetables and fruits. The blender does great chopping up the ice and blending. Love the way they are able to interchange." —Lovereviews

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (originally $189.99).

    31. Some Batiste cleansing foam, because it instantly refreshes hair between washes for a quick way to make your hair look "done" without having to bother with water, brushing, or leftover residue.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Amazing! I've used their dry shampoo before, but this stuff leaves no residue! I love it. It's especially great because I have colored hair, and it lasts so much longer when I can get a couple of extra days between washes with this stuff! Also, it smells really fresh and takes away the oily look!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.58+ (available in four scents).

    When you crush your to-do list and have an extra hour to watch Netflix and drink wine.

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