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    Updated on Aug 23, 2019. Posted on Aug 16, 2019

    34 Ingenious Products To Keep Around The House

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    1. A dual-blade package opener for *safely* (safely being the key word here) opening up boxes, bottles, and mail. You know, 'cause it's not the best idea to use a giant butcher knife to slice through boxes!

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    Promising review: "This is a must around the house! We have one on each level of the house and it is used everywhere! This is the perfect stocking stuffer gift and we have given 20 or so of these — someone always asks where we got them! The slice-it blade works for zipping through packaging and the button-extended blade is sharp but small. This is a fabulous tool that is perfect for all the stupid hard plastic packaging with the crimped sides! Also excellent for opening taped boxes, cutting the ribbon on gifts, cutting foam board, cardboard, or chipboard." —T. C.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    2. Super strong magnetic strips designed to hang beer bottles and keep them off your shelf so there is more room in your fridge. I mean, this is the kind of six pack I'm striving for in 2019.

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    Promising review: "Of all the things I have bought that I didn't need, this is one of my favorites. Beer is hard to get out of the cardboard carrier in the top of my fridge. While just taking them out and sitting them on the shelf would have solved this problem as well, this solution is more fun. They float and technically it does make a tiny bit of extra space under the beer for small thinks like cheese or something." —AbbyValentine

    Get two magnet strips (holds a six pack) from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. A double-sided, dressing aid tool with one side for assisting with buttoning, and the other for zipping up jackets. You know, because the last thing you want on sluggish mornings is to get into a war with your clothes!

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    One reviewer mentioned this gadget was perfect for buttoning up a wedding dress with tons of lil' buttons.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mother who has arthritis and wears blouses with small buttons. She says it's the best ting since sliced bread! It works very efficiently to both button and unbutton, making her much less frustrated." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    4. A manual scalp massager brush that can not only help you relax on hectic days, but reduce flakiness and oily build-up from regular use of hair products. Dandruff has no room in your house!

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    Promising review: "If you have stubborn dandruff, TRY THIS before you give up! I have seborrheic dermatitis, which causes a greasy build up of dandruff on my scalp. When I use this product to rub the shampoo through my hair while in the shower, it cleanses my scalp and removes the build up. My dandruff has significantly decreased and is almost gone. I have tried a variety of other products to get rid of my dandruff, including high-powered dandruff shampoo. None had worked before this. Side note: I have found this product works best on shorter hair, anything longer than shoulder length makes it a bit harder to pull through your hair. Overall I am incredibly pleased with this product." —Marilyn

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

    5. A silicone place mat that'll suction to the table so your kiddo has no chance of throwing their food as you turn your head away for a nanosecond.

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    Promising review: "It sticks to a table or hard surface very well, as long as it's placed over a solid piece. Easy to clean and harder for my kid to throw! Certainly not impossible as he figured out to peel the corner up, but it at least buys us another couple seconds when he's going to dump something." —Erin Emery

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    6. A teensy vacuum...made for your PORES. Seriously, all that ~pore~ dirt, grease, and dead skin doesn't stand a chance. Say it with me: It's time to move on out, you pesky blackheads!

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    It's designed for all skin types, thanks to its five different levels. Level one is for sensitive and dry skin, levels two and three are for neutral skin, and levels four and five are for mixed and oily skin. The set comes with four suction heads: for blackheads, removing dirt/grease, reducing dead skin buildup and fine lines, and tightening your skin. It's also rechargeable and they really thought of everything!

    Promising review: "I honestly can't run out of great things to say about this! This blackhead remover works WONDERS I use it about once or twice a week & absolutely love it. It works very well, and I have seen a size reduction in my pores since using it for the past few weeks. I highly recommend this blackhead remover!" —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    7. A digital measuring tape you'll be ~inching~ to get your hands on so you can quit squinting at those extremely tiny lines.

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    Promising review: "I'm doing home remodeling and need to take a lot of measurements. This feels a *lot* more accurate than my current tape because I'm not having to squint or crane my head around things to take a reading, bold and clear display with feet, inches, fractions. Instant conversion between units is handy. I like the centering function too — one button gives you the 'half' distance of the measurement — very useful feature for picture hanging. Every home contractor I've had over that sees this in action wants one like it." —Mark Terrano

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. A ~handy~ glove that'll remove tons (and I mean TONS) of pet hair as you shower them with all the pets and snuggles. They'll think you're just givin' 'em some love, when really, you're giving yourself a more hair-free home.

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    Promising review: "Love this! The picture is from just one use. It's easy to use on sensitive areas like the tail and belly that a brush couldn't. I got way more hair out from my double-coated Russian blue cat than a brush ever did." —mariya spencer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    9. And! A rubber broom created to easily sweep up the piles of pet hair embedded in your carpet — hair you didn't even realize was there!

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    Sir! Look at all that hair!

    Promising review: "I bought this broom two years ago and it is still going strong! I have four large dogs and we have fur EVERYWHERE! This works so, so well! I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum. If you remove the head from the handle you can use the head to do in all the crevices along baseboards where fur gets trapped on the carpets. I also use it that way to do the carpet corners on the stairs. Lastly, I use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool." —Roseann

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    10. A taco holder for perfectly cradling your masterpieces and stopping any ingredients from tragically falling out. And besides, don't we all need more reasons to eat more tacos???

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    They're dishwasher (top shelf) and oven safe (up to 500 degrees).

    Promising review: "My kids love the double-decker tacos I make, but they fall apart when I put them on a plate. These holders keep everything in place. They making assembling the tacos much easier too. When you're making 12 tacos at once, you can set these up like an assembly line. I definitely recommend them." —AlphaPepper

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.95+.

    11. A teeny bottle of touchup paint to restore furniture back to its original glory days. Scratches, chips, and stains, WHO?

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    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free. This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a life saver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in nine shades).

    12. Slow-cooker liners that I personally consider a miracle in a box. Simply remove after cooking, and you won't have to fight to get off any baked-on residue!

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    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant crockpot? Well, now you don't have to — these liners are the perfect solution for your crockpot needs. Simply place it in your crockpot like you would a trash bag, add all of your ingredients, cook, and then when you're all done...just trash the liner! I've been using these for years and I will never go back to scrubbing the tough cooked on food from the day's cooking. I have never once had a liner with a leak and I really feel like Reynolds has helped make kitchen cleanup so much easier with this smart product." —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98+.

    13. A slow feed bowl for pets who legitimately inhale their food the second it's placed in front of them. This bowl is designed to make mealtime up to 10 times slower, helping with digestion and bloating.

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    The non-slip base holds the bowl in place while your pet forages for food.

    Promising review: "This bowl worked so well for our one dog, that we ended up getting two more for the other two dogs. It has worked wonderfully for all three, who have different snouts/jaws – including a short, thick pit bull's mouth. They all figure out a way to get every single piece of kibble out and all three seem to really enjoy the time spent. The built-in, non-skid phalanges make the bowl extremely stable, whether on wood or tile floor. They lie flat and are part of the molded base. Even the clumsy and overly-vigorous eaters can't knock the bowl around." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.75.

    14. A clever dip clip so you can enjoy a mess-free snack session and keep your sauces from touching *everything* on the plate. There are just some days when I don't want my syrup leaking onto my eggs, ok?!

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    This lil' guy has a 1/3-cup capacity and is 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 a set of four from Amazon for $6.78.

    15. A microwave plate cover featuring a genius magnetic hover function — and I *dare* that spaghetti sauce to try and splatter all over your freshly cleaned zap box NOW! Your long week doesn't deserve it, ok?

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    This clever and clean kitchen tool is dishwasher safe and simply attaches to the top of your microwave.

    Promising review: "We've had regular microwave splatter covers before and they are a hassle, get misplaced, take up space, and clutter up the kitchen. This microwave splatter cover, however, is really nice. The enclosed magnets make it possible to keep the cover inside the microwave at all times, whether in use or not. You're don't constantly have to remove the cover when putting something into the microwave. It's a very nifty, convenient way to keep your microwave clean! I love it!" —Olivia358

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    16. Color-coded envelopes you fill with a certain amount of cash and designate for different expense categories. When the envelope is empty, you stop spending money for that category.

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    Think of it as an easy way for you to keep track of your expenses throughout the week!

    Promising review: "I have a pretty packed budget — almost all of the money I receive is allocated to various categories. Still, I have been able to put some into savings by spending less than expected. Just seeing the cash in the pocket helps me restrain myself, especially at the grocery store. I have saved a third of my monthly budget in two months simply by handling the money I was spending. The envelopes are so much better than paperweight envelopes and I get asked about them all the time. I am ready to give them away to every graduate I know for their graduation gift. It's a must-have in the journey to save money and keep yourself debt free OR pay off debts. Even when you make a lot of money, they are perfect for making all your spending well thought out. They go in and out of my purse constantly, and the register PDF you can request makes it super easy to use for months on end, even with your most active category. I can not recommend them enough." —Angrybears

    Get it from Amazon $11.99.

    17. Anti-mold pads for extending the life of allllll the fruit and veggies you just optimistically bought at the store. These will give you a chance to actually eat them before they go bad!

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    These foam liners help cut down mold by absorbing excess water and providing your fruits/veggies better air circulation.

    Promising review: "These are my favorite new kitchen items. Cut into the shape of your fridge crisper drawer and you can place your veggies directly on top, they will last days longer without getting spoiled. It saves money in the long run because your vegetables will stay fresh. I loved them. I use the yellow for fruits and green for vegetables. They do their job, absorb excess water thus preventing mold and keeping things crisp." —California-Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. And! Reusable produce storage bags that'll keep your freshly bought fruits and veggies actually fresh, so you have a real chance at eating them this time. Hello! Look at these results!

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    Promising review: "We decided to do a little test. One banana in a bag and one out, same location in the kitchen. This was after nine days you can see that’s there’s a distinct difference in the bananas. Amazing product!" —Trio Mum

    Get a 20 pack from Amazon for $9.88.

    19. A set of nonstick oven liners, because nobody *wants* to waste their time scraping up burnt-on food at the bottom of the oven after every meal cooked. It slips into any oven size and removes just as easily for cleaning. Lazy cleaners, rejoice!

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    The liners are non-stick, reusable, dishwasher safe, and heat resistant up to 500 degrees. You can even use these in toaster ovens and on the grill like this reviewer:

    Promising review: "These liners are life changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love that I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, as he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Melissa

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    20. LED-dimming stickers so you can sleep in complete peace (and darkness!) and not be bothered by obnoxiously flashing router and console lights.

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    They dim 50-80% of the light, so you can still tell that your devices are still actually *on* and functioning. You can always double them up to completely block out the light source if you'd like (many reviewers do this) or buy the stronger full black-out edition!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! The product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $5.59.

    21. Labeled closet dividers, because your morning time is valuable and should not be wasted on looking for specific pieces of clothing. After all, you have some sleeping in to do.

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    The set comes with 12 blank dividers and 48 labels.

    Promising review: "This is one of those products you don't know you need until you have it. I love how organized my closet is. It also helps you know what you have. It makes it easy to see the items you may be hoarding. I didn't even realize I had capri pants until I started organizing with these. I could have been wearing them all summer. I have large closet rods made from heavy piping and this product fit. I am ordering a set for my mom. She loved mine." —Michelle

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. A zipper puller for zipping up your favorite dress *all the way*, even when there's no one around to give you a hand. This is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant — genius, I say!

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    Promising review: "I was skeptical that this puller would actually work. I wear dresses Monday through Friday for work. I buy ones that have long, hidden zippers. I am breaking about one zipper every two weeks, trying to zip them up by myself. It was costing me about $50 to replace the zippers. Finally, I broke down and bought this. I am so happy that I did. It takes a couple times to get it on right, but once you get the zipper puller on the zipper, it zips right up. This is perfect! Great for single moms like me!!!" —M. Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. A magnetic washer/dryer guard to prevent your socks and tiny garments from tragically slipping behind. I mean, who knows what lurks beneath those appliances...

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    Promising review: "Oh, how I love this laundry guard! I have very little counter space in my laundry room and this allows me to use all that space on top of the washer and dryer for folding clothes. No more fishing socks and underwear from behind the machines! I love it and so does everyone else that visits and sees it for the first time. The magnets hold it in place very well. There is not a lot of shifting unless I throw something large and heavy up there but it's an easy adjustment to get it back in place. Good quality, not flimsy at all. I highly recommend this product." —Christa

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    24. And while were on the topic of laundry (so exciting!), a laundry board that makes it incredibly easy to fold all of your clothes with precision, ensuring that everything looks tidy in your drawers and closet. It's like you took it all to the laundromat. 😍

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    This board is super easy to use! Just lay the board flat (with a tee, towel, pants, whatever, on top) and simply flip the left side, then the right, and that's it! You're done! Plus, this works perfectly for not just clothes, but also linens and towels.

    Promising review: "My first reaction was 'Why did I buy this?' Then I gave this a try with a couple shirts I had just washed and next thing you know, I simply had to do my entire drawer! Everything folds so neatly and easily with this thing. I still couldn't believe it, so I ended up organizing our bedsheets and towels. I am amazed at how much of a game changer this is. Must try! Am in love on how beautiful it left my clothes." —Jesus Antonio Vedia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four colors).

    25. A double-ended extension cord, because sometimes you need two but only have one outlet to spare. Go ahead, plug that lamp in! And that charger! And that router!

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    Cords are six feet long and have three plugs each.

    Promising review: "I have no idea why these are not sold everywhere. PERFECT for my room! I ended up getting this due to my king size bed being against a wall with only one outlet. I needed a way to connect my two lamps on my nightstand and this is absolutely, without a doubt, the very best solution to connecting my lamps and also not having all my outlets taken up. I recommend this to everyone! Also perfect for outlets connected to a switch to turn on and off both lights at the same time." —Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    26. A silicone freezer tray that'll freeze perfectly portioned leftovers until you're ready to 'em again. Soup, pasta, and your favorite meals are just a microwave zap away.

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    Some customers even used it to prep smoothies for the entire week by freezing and then adding a bit of warm water to thaw! It comes with a lid to help maintain freshness and keep out odors. It's made of food-safe silicone that's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and...wait for it...SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let's face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher safe??? Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can't wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift." —jane s. catalano

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    27. A long, bristled brush to reach in your dryer and remove the lint (the very lint that can cause lint fires!) buried at the bottom.

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    Promising review: "I saw lint in bottom of the lent vent when I removed the screen but couldn't get to it. This guy does the trick. Love that the brush is long, perfect to get down deep and pull out years of lint. At first glance I didn't think this brush would fit into the lint trap but the bristles are quite flexible and the brush slipped right in. This is also great for cleaning under the refrigerator." —budgetshopper

    Get it from Amazon for $11.28.

    28. A snack fork you can literally attach to your favorite jar of pickles. No more dirtying dishes, no more trying to reach the last little guy waaaay down at the bottom of the jar — just pop out the teeny fork, and snack away.

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    Promising review: "What a great little invention! Who knew that we needed one of these things, but what a handy little gadget to have. This comes with two rings, one that will fit a large jar of pickles and one for a small jar like the size those little sweet gherkins come in. The pickle fork thingy is easy to remove from the holder, and if you want to put it back in the holder after fishing out your pickles without rinsing it, no worries. The little pocket and the bottom can hold a lot of errant pickle juice. It works equally well on jars of olives. It makes removing an olive or two so much more...civilized!" —PT Cruiser

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    29. Bed bands for keeping your fitted sheet in its dang place for once, because we don't have time nor the patience to fight with our bedding.

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    Promising review: "I have a pillow-top and pillow-bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets, and with queen sheets I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now — and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY....SINGLE...NIGHT. To say this is life-changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets." —TinkerbellAPixie

    Get a pack of four bands from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    30. A sushi kit to assist you in making easy (easy being the key word here) delicious rolls right at home. Oh, just think of the money you'll save.

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    Promising review: "Made sushi for the first time last night and it was awesome!!! This thing is so easy!! I was able to make rolls with rice on the outside with no problem, just added a little water to the roll mat and voila! My guests and husband were all amazed!" —Beach Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    31. The Tidy Cup, a handy little invention that catches all those excess little drips your mega-sized laundry detergent + softener bottles like to leave mounds of for you to discover on your shelves later.

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    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite items ever! I don’t know how I did laundry without it. Actually I do and remember but now it’s one less thing I have to worry about. No more messy detergent dripping over night onto the floor or hangers. It’s all in the cup! And it’s easy to pour out the amount that I need!!!! I love love love this product." —Shannonmk

    Get it on Amazon for $9.15.

    32. A microwave bacon cooker so you can indulge your bacon cravings without turning on the stove, frying bacon, turning the bacon, de-greasing the bacon, soaking the pan, etc., etc., etc.

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    Promising review: "This is the best little gadget I have tried in a long time. I lay a paper towel on top and fold to drape over the edges to catch the splatters, program for one minute per slice of bacon, and that is it. If you have a full rack, 12 slices, you will take the rack out, remove the ones that are done, put back in, cook for additional one minutes until all are to your satisfaction. You can put the gadget into the dishwasher or wash in good soapy water and have it ready for the next use." —G. Carver

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    33. A handy gadget that'll keep track of whether or not the doggo has been fed. Hey, the day can get crazy and we could all use extra friendly reminders.

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    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 has fed them every morning. Now I just 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 $9.94.

    34. And a cloud-shaped magnetic key holder to make certain your days are free from the stressful, frantic, and all-too-common car key search.

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    It has an adhesive backing that'll stick to your walls and doors. If you're a renter or are worried about the stickiness, you can always add Command Strips to the back — get some for $2.99.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

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