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    31 Things That'll Let You Work Smarter, Not Harder

    A sauce clip for your car vent that lets you easily dip your fries? Yes, you need that.

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    1. Clever adjustable plastic bag holders that, you guessed it, props bags up to make meal prepping and cooking beyond simple. Use these to get your week's worth of meals packaged, or to even hold up things like flour bags to make scooping hassle free.

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    Promising review: "Many of the flours and similar products I use come in plastic bags (see photo showing Bob’s Red Mill rice flour and Schar bread crumbs). The bags are frequently unstable if you try to stand them up. These cleverly designed stands make it much easier to scoop out whatever is needed without spilling. I was surprised and pleased by how sturdy and adjustable they are." —Skyhawk

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.35.

    2. A car vent dip clip so you can dip 👏 those 👏 fries 👏 without fumbling with the barbecue sauce and spilling it all over your car. May your commutes home be tolerable and filled with endless chicken nuggets.

    Two reviewer images of the clip, with one photo showing the clip attached to the car vent and a reviewer dipping fried chicken into barbecue sauce
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    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.05 (available in three colors).

    3. A cleaning putty that will use its oh-so sticky powers to get in every nook and cranny of your ride to remove dust, dirt, and every McDonald's french fry crumb.

    Model using the putty to clean out an air vent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product, but it worked really well! Especially on the little crevices around the emergency break and gear shifter. I’d recommend this cleaning gel to everyone." —Panda H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. Cook Once, Eat All Week — a cookbook featuring 26 gluten free recipes that, you guessed it, will get you through an entire week with only cooking once. Busy weeks stand no chance with this in your cookbook arsenal.

    Reviewer image of the cookbook with a bunch of ingredients
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I really like this cookbook and I am no cook, but this book makes me feel like I am! Step-by-step instructions that don’t overwhelm. It’s so practical for me as a mom of three boys! My husband was able to help with the meal prep on the weekend and then during the busy week, boom, I have fresh DELICIOUS dinner cooking IN THE OVEN in about five mins. I’ve had time to clean up kitchen, set table and enjoy my family without slaving away everyday in the kitchen for dinner! I’m going to start doubling the recipes so we can all have lunch the next day too. My boys have loved all the recipes! Fed and Fit delivers AGAIN! Life hack cook book for sure!" —Candace

    Get it from Amazon for $21.49.

    5. And! a sous vide precision cooker so you can get perfectly done meats, veggies, and even cheesecake every single time. No guess work, no stress, just perfection on the first try. What is better than that?!

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    Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention — without worry of overcooking.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh I love this thing. I cook tons of stuff with this since I have discovered sous vide. I’ve taken it to friends houses for events or dinners to show them how it works and everyone is always amazed at how juicy and delicious everything is. I consider myself a great cook and this is just another tool in the arsenal. There have been a few occasions where I've not been paying attention and accidentally overcooked my steaks on the grill (alcohol may have been involved) but I’m telling you this thing makes cooking a perfect steak absolutely impossible to mess up. I won’t cook one any other way than this. It is perfection every time." —Sean

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    6. An electric bottle opener because those wine bottles aren't going to open themselves. With this speedy thing, you can quickly remove a cork with minimal effort. Now that you love to see.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My goodness...I have FINALLY found a wine bottle opener that works perfectly!!! This grammy doesn't always have the strength to use other wine bottle openers and this Oster bottle opener is that LAST wine bottle opener I'll ever have!!! Thank you, Oster!!! You know what you're doing...AWESOME! Thank YOU!!!" —QV

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    7. A set of bed bands for locking in your fitted sheets so you wake up on nice, neat sheets and not tangled up in them.

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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 product advertised on Facebook in one of those posts about the amazing products that people love. So I figured it was worth a try. 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 set of four from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. An "Always Pan" — aka a pan that, spoiler alert, does it all so *you* don't have to do it all for dinner. It's made to replace eight pieces of cookware so you can saute, fry, boil, sear, literally do it all, with just one pan.

    Our Place "Always Pan" showing all of the different components, like the nesting basket, stay-cool handle, spatula, and lid
    Our Place

    Comes with a beechwood spatula, custom stainless-steel steamer basket, modular lid, and of course, the pan.

    "I love my Our Place pan. It's a beautiful sage color that isn't an eyesore on my stovetop. I also really love the steamer basket, which is great for frozen dumplings, and the nesting spatula. No more sauce and grease dripping from the spoon all over the counter!" —Melanie Aman, BuzzFeed Shopping editor

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in four colors).

    9. A wrinkle release spray for *you* on the mornings when you just don't have the time to break out the ironing board and iron, and give your shirts a nice press. Who has the time for that?!

    Reviewer before/after image showing a super wrinkled shirt, and a much less wrinkled shirt in the after pic after only 10 seconds
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "HOLY SMOKES. I wasn't expecting this product to work so well. Literally 10 seconds after spraying and gently stretching as the directions suggested, this was the difference! I let it hang for another 15 minutes with a subtle improvement, but the first few seconds after were mind-blowing." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $14.38.

    10. EveryPlate — a meal subscription service that'll send ya everything you need for some stress-feel dinners. Don't stress about going to the store, wasting food, or wondering what the heck to make, because this budget-friendly service does all the work for you.

    Two plates of spaghetti on a table with two hands twirling the noodles off one plate
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    You can select meal options for two or four people, and choose how many meals a week you want (three, four or five). Each box includes recipe cards with instructions on creating your meals, so there is zero guessing.

    Meals start at $4.99 at EveryPlate.

    11. "The Cut Buddy" — your foolproof way to get clean, precise grooming lines that are totally barber-worthy.

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    Promising review: "This thing is amazing. Holds well in the hand, has many different outline sides, and the chalk pencil it comes with does a good job of helping me keep my line when I shave with a straight razor. I have tried other beard templates but they were too big, left outlines that looked subpar, and didn't have a barber pencil. This is worth every penny." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A plastic bag holder featuring a convenient dispenser so you can finally get the tumbleweed of plastic bags under your sink under control, and then give 'em a home that's easy for *you*.

    Hand pulling out a plastic baggy from the holder that is hung up on the wall
    Amazon

    Promising revew: "These are really cute and they can hold a ton of plastic bags! I had an entire cabinet where we would throw bags every time we came home from shopping. I stuffed all of those bags into these and now I have a free cabinet to use! I love these little things!" —Maquillaje by Mollie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. A waffle iron with a built-in overflow channel to catch any oozing batter and make for a mess-free breakfast. What's better than that AND waffles?!

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    "I love waffles but there’s so much more you can use a waffle iron for. I’ve made paninis, quesadillas, grilled cheese, cake, brownies, fritters. The best is cinnamon rolls. You can cook them in half the time and the indentations from the iron keep the icing from falling onto the plate. I use mine multiple times a week." —aestainback

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    14. A splurge-worthy pressure cooker that also doubles as an air fryer so you get both of your favorite appliances in one awesome powerhouse. Dinner is at your place!

    Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer
    Amazon

    "I know everyone says Instant Pot, but if you are going to spend the money, spend a little more and get the Ninja Foodi. One appliance that pressure cooks, air fries, dehydrates, and more. You save in the long run not having to buy multiple appliances or accessories, and you save counter/cabinet space by only having that one appliance. I bought the Instant Pot first, and now only use the Foodi." —jenaer2

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99+ (available in three sizes).

    15. A ~bloody~ adorable garlic chopper even Dracula himself would approve of. This little cutie chops, minces, and dices to do all of the dirty work for ya. Thank you, Gracula!

    BuzzFeed Community user photo of the garlic chopper that looks like a little Dracula
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    "I love fresh garlic but I HATE chopping it! I got this little vampire garlic crushed to do the job for me and he looks super cute sitting on my stove when not in use!" —mandy_mercury33

    Get it from Amazon for $17.20.

    16. A double-sided eyeliner stamp that — are you ready for this — creates the perfect wing in mere minutes. Oof, these are not even close to being even, is a sentence you will never hear yourself say again.

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    One side is the actual stamp, while the other end is a fine-point pen perfect for touchups.

    Promising review: "I do winged eyeliner pretty much every morning before work, and it's always the most time consuming part of my makeup routine. The first time I used this product, it took me about a minute, no joke, to put on my eyeliner. I would highly recommend this product. It doesn't smudge, but it also isn't hard to get off when you're ready to remove your makeup. Very pleased. Will be ordering again once my current supply runs out!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    17. A 3-in-1 avocado tool for splitting, pitting, and slicing with total ease. Avocado! On! Everything!

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    "The avocado tool from OXO. I was always so afraid I was going to slip and slice my hand trying to get the pit out, but this tools makes it so easy! The top part is a knife to cut the avocado and the bottom helps to scoop out the avocado into nice slices. Even my mom who is totally against kitchen gadgets with only one purpose loves this tool!" —kg73

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A collapsible trunk crate with different compartments that'll work double time to keep everything neat and organized, and then prevent it all from rolling around the trunk.

    Reviewer image of the blue organizer in trunk holding various groceries
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I use one section to hold a bottle of windshield washer fluid, another to hold all my reusable grocery bags, and the biggest one to hold anything from a bag of groceries, or smaller packages — the things that typically would slide around all over back there while driving. The quality is great, super sturdy! I know it's going to hold up for a long while! I'm glad I paid a bit extra in this category of items for the quality." —Daivd A

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98 (available in two sizes and four colors).

    19. An herb stripper designed to easily pluck your favorite greens that can otherwise be extremely time consuming to do by hand. Making dinner after a long day doesn't seem so daunting now!

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    Promising review: "I love cilantro but don't use it as much as I'd like because it is a bit time-consuming to get the leaves off all the stems. This little gadget was an amazing time saver. It was neat, too. The leaves separated from the stems easily and quickly. In less than one minute, I had plenty of cilantro leaves for my salad. I don't like to keep too many little kitchen gadgets because they all add up and take over cabinets and drawers. This one, however, is a must-have." —j3nnz

    Get it from Amazon for $12.19.

    20. A collapsible colander with extendable handles to conveniently catch food scraps, wash fruits and veggies, and save room in jam-packed cabinets. A space-and-time-saving product? Sign me up.

    Colander with expandable arms hooked onto the edge of both sides of the sink to easily wash veggies
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is awesome! Large enough for 2 pounds of pasta and lots of veggies. It's easy to clean and easy to fold. Spend a few extra bucks to get this vs. other colanders. The shape makes it easier to return contents to pots without mess on stove! Trust me! And it prevents pasta coming in contact with sink germs." —Kath B

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

    21. A sun visor pocket organizer that OPENS UP!!! to reveal even more storage. Look at this organization — your car is so ready for this:

    Amazon

    Promising review: "When I purchased I thought it may be one of the things I purchased that I would never use. HOW WRONG I WAS. I love this thing. Keep my rewards gas card in slot so it is easy to find. Since we are all having to wear masks now I keep my spares stored inside the zipper area so I can find them when I need them. This is probably one of the best things I have purchased in a LONG time." —Sammi's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three colors).

    22. A delightful AeroGarden so you can finally grow your very own fresh herbs (and actually keep them alive) in the comfort of your own home. This smarty gadget waters, feeds, and emits lights on schedule so there's not forgetting to water here, folks.

    Reviewer's AeroGarden on their counter with tons of fresh herbs that have grown
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We like to use fresh herbs in our cooking but when we buy them at the store, we usually end up using half the package and the rest go bad. This product has added a nice green element to our kitchen and a good amount of herbs to use. The plants sprouted and grew exactly as described in the instructions. We follow the directions and prune often and water and feed when the lights tell us to. It is really easy. We cut per the instructions and store the cuttings in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It has also been fun to watch the process." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $121.04+ (available in three colors).

    Read our full review on the AeroGarden!

    23. A pineapple corer that'll make it an actual fuss-free process to cut up a pineapple...and then use it as a piña colada glass, naturally.

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    "A pineapple corer. I love pineapple but cutting them up is a pain. I have MS and my hands have tremors so knife work is difficult. The corer manages to cut a pineapple up in a few seconds. Generally I'm against buying a kitchen utensil that only has one purpose but the pineapple corer is the exception. It cuts the pineapple into a giant spiral and you can easily slice into smaller pieces." —tuffylrue

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    24. A spring-loaded coin organizer to take care of the change that's always flyin' around your car. Paying for drive-thru meals just became incredibly efficient! Now...if I could only figure something out for my purse.

    Reviewer image of coin organizer in cup holder holding different change
    amazon.com

    It can easily slip into your cup holder or console!

    Promising review: "I cannot say how much to this day I absolutely love this product. As far as products I would never give up in my life, this is 100% one of them. I couldn't live without this anymore and have recommended it to so many people. It eliminates loose change in your car, helps you start to save your change a little better, helps with drive thru's or places you could use exact change to save a buck (or $20), and has helped me in so many more situations. Over two years, four different cars, and more then a thousand dollars thru it it still functions exactly like day #1. The springs still work great despite how much change has been through it, being carried and dropped, moving between houses and dorms, and just general abuse like any object in your car. It's a great gift or something to help someone with a messy car. Absolutely recommend!" —NickDeMartin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. An automatic pan stirrer your arms will be forever thankful for when a recipe calls for continuous stirring.

    The pan stirrer with three leg-type stirrers propped up in pan to stir ingredients
    UncommonGoods

    Promising review: "I am a gadget queen and usually don't like the product after I waste my money on it. But this is a keeper that I love to use and to give as gifts." —Christy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25 (ships on January 28th).

    26. A rechargeable, waterproof cooler light to illuminate your cooler and help you find the beverage you WANT (none of that root beer nonsense*) without freezing your hands off, juggling your phone's flashlight, and dropping your fresh drink on the ground in the complete dark.

    Amazon

    *Root beer is just not good! Sorry.

    You can choose between a white or red light, with battery life lasting up to 60 hours off one charge.

    Promising review: "Such a neat item! I purchased this for my husband’s hunting trip and he’s truly enjoyed the handiness of the light. He said it provided extra light in the dark wilderness. The light is compact and easy-to-charge. It lasted multiple days from one charge. Also, the different light modes are fun and one can even have a party with the blinking effect!" —Elena

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    27. A paw cleaner with soft silicone brushes to quickly and efficiently clean your very bad dog's* muddy feetsies.

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    *I AM KIDDING, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD DOG.

    Promising review: "This product is LIFE-CHANGING. Before I got this product, I would have to put my shepherd in the tub two to five times a day. Took about 15 minutes. each time. Mud would be in my tub (obviously), walls, floors. EVERYWHERE. This product made it possible to clean my three dogs, so 12 paws LOL, very quickly; maybe five minutes. I laid down a beach towel, which is for the dogs and dried each paw after cleaning. I only regret not getting it sooner." —Karina Hernandez

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    28. A convenient tray you 1,000% need if you practically live in your car. It hooks onto your steering wheel so you can eat or get some work done while you're out and about. Your white shirt is so happy.

    Tray hooked onto the steering wheel to create a flat surface for eating or working
    Amazon

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

    Promising review: "As an outside sales rep, I sometimes feel like I live in my car. This dual-purpose tray is a must-have if you need a well-positioned mobile desk or a less awkward way to eat (and avoid wearing) your lunch. It's nice that both sides are functional...a food tray complete with cup holder on one side, and a smooth, flat writing surface on the other. You won't have to worry about getting grease or food residue on your paperwork! It also works well with small laptops or your iPad. It's made of high-impact plastic, so it won't melt or warp if you leave it sitting in your hot car; it's virtually indestructible. I can't imagine how I lived without one of these for so many years!" —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    29. A set of cutie watering stakes for completely taking out the guesswork of, "did I water this plant this week, I can't remember?" This little birdy might not tell you, but it definitely watered for you.

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    Promising review: "I don't necessarily kill my plants, but they never look that great. I am notoriously bad at forgetting to water them. With this graceful contraptions, the two plants I put them in perked right up and are doing much better. The birds look great. They are fragile things, but they came packaged well. Great value for the price!" —jcq

    Get two from Amazon for $8.90.

    30. 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!

    Person using the tool with on hand to pull a button through a shirt loop
    Amazon

    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 $6.99.

    31. A Cardalloon — a card *and* literal balloon that inflates upon opening so you can go big for a birthday with minimal effort and stress on your part. No idea what to get the pickiest person? Cardalloon!

    Cardalloon

    Get it from Cardalloon starting at $39.95.

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