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    35 Handy Things That’ll Make It Feel Like You've Got Your Life Together

    Because sometimes being organized and prepared really can *~spark joy~*.

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    1. A set of colorful bento boxes so it's super easy to meal prep, pack your lunch, and finally save some dang money...which are three things we could all use more of.


    Promising review: "These were exactly what I wanted, and I have been very pleased with them. In fact, they surpassed my expectations. Ample room and compartments for perfect work and school lunches. Very easy to pack. Very easy to clean. And they stack nicely on my storage shelf. You get enough with one order to pretty much handle an entire family's needs. I would definitely recommend them." —C. J. Balthrop

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $13.87.

    2. And! A meal plan notepad with a perforated shopping list to help you line up everything you need for a week's worth of food. No more aimlessly wandering grocery store aisles with no game plan!


    You can separate the two lists or keep them attached! It even has two magnets on the back so you can easily hang it on the fridge.

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone and then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. The fact that it's magnetic is cool, because you can hang it on the fridge. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    3. A cable box for hiding away the cord tumbleweed under your furniture because the only bowl of spaghetti we want is the one we can eat.


    Promising review: "I purchased this cable box to hide a bunch of cords for a router, mini cell phone tower, etc. I shopped around a bit because I wanted something that looked nicer than just a plastic box. This was the best solution I found, I like the faux wood top of it, I actually wish the sides were the same design but again I do like the aesthetic of this box. It fits a ton of cords and wires. This was a fast and satisfying fix to my cord problem. I will be purchasing another one of these boxes for a different area of the house. It was worth the money for me as it looked better than the other cable boxes I could find and it really did solve the problem." —Frustrated Reader

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

    4. A styling spray that'll enhance your natural hair so you can give your locks a break from the heat. Simply spray on damp hair to reduce frizziness and let your mane do its thing!

    Promising review: "I loooove this product. My natural hair is wavy and has always been unmanageable for me no matter which product I used, until I took a chance on this spray. From years of straightening I was unsure if this could really help bring out my natural curls and waves, but I was surprised when it did. I shower, put my hair up in a towel turban, do my makeup, then take my hair out and spray this evenly throughout my hair while lightly scrunching. It brings out my natural waves and helps lock in their shape all day without feeling heavy, greasy or crunchy. Highly recommend for those who love their natural waves, but want their shape to last all day!" —S2018

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    5. A cute and very helpful book to help ~grow~ your plant-raising skills because it is possible to keep your fiddle-leaf fig alive — you just need some assistance.


    This book is packed with useful information on over 50 common houseplants. This is you and your plant's year!

    Promising review: "Really great guide to houseplants. I am an experienced outdoor vegetable gardener, who has never had much success with houseplants. The only one I've ever been able to keep alive is, George, my un-killable Aspidistra (iron plant). Thanks to this book and the more detailed, but less cute, book Practical Houseplants I now have a little forest of air cleaning plants, succulents, retro 70s plants (rubber plant, and Swiss cheese plant), and even two indoor banana trees — all healthy and happy. Even George is happier than ever, with new leaves. Thank you!" —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.90.

    6. A marble-patterned dry-erase board (that's magnetic and actually cute) perfect for whatever weekly reminders you need to leave yourself.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $15.

    7. A pack of deodorant wipes you can whip out after the gym for a quick body refresher — and then head straight to happy hour.


    Promising review: "These are so much better than trying to use baby wipes to freshen up. I like the beachy scent and they are perfect for use after work or the gym." —Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $6.19 (available in three scents).

    And check out our picks for the best natural deodorant on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. A collapsible colander with extendable handles that'll conveniently catch food scraps *and* wash fruits and veggies at the same time — it'll make things a heck of a lot easier while you cook.


    Promising review: "This is awesome! Large enough for two 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 four colors).

    9. A very encouraging glass water bottle to keep track of your daily intake so you stay hydrated and feelin' healthy.


    Promising review: "This was a gift for my daughter, but I loved it so much I bought one for myself too. The glass water bottle allows the water to stay fresh and taste clean. No more metallic/tinny flavor! And it looks great too." —Jules

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $19.99.

    10. A felt purse insert for effortlessly transferring alllllll of your essentials from one bag to another. Now you can really show off your tote collection!


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this organizer. I got the medium red one, and it fits my Coach tote bag brilliantly. It even leaves a little room for when I want to use a larger wallet. I ordered about six other organizers from different companies. They differed in size and pockets, but this one won hands down. It is by far the best quality and well-made one out of all the ones I got. I’ll be returning all the rest, and ordering more sizes in this one!" —Shilin

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    11. Labeled closet dividers because nothing screams, I have my life in order (!!!) like an organized closet where you can actually find what you're looking for.


    The set comes with 12 blank dividers and 48 labels.

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    12. And since it's the year of ~organization~ (TY, Marie Kondo), an earring organizer so you never again have to rummage through knots of jewelry in search of your best studs.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in four styles).

    13. A user-friendly, monthly budget planner to help you monitor your expenses by category so you see the bigger picture of your spending habits — and where you can make cut backs.


    Promising review: "I have tried many different budget books and apps. This was exactly what I was looking for! The biggest benefit was that I could add my own categories for expenses. When budgeting, I don't like to break things down into 20 different categories, I keep them very basic. I appreciate the fact that this allows me to do so. I also like that it is also broken down by days. I'm so relieved to have finally found exactly what I have been looking for." —Charlotte

    Get it from Amazon for $7.83.

    14. And! A wildly popular book with a huge following (really, it literally has over 5,400 positive reviews) to give a read. It lays out simple, no-nonsense steps that'll help you regain control of your finances.

    Amazon /

    Promising review: "I grabbed this book because I was tired of watching our bank account drain and credit card balances rise, all the while wondering where the heck our money was going. And quite simply put, this changed everything for us within the first month. The 'makeover' is a set of seven baby steps, but before the steps comes the cornerstone of the whole program: a written budget and a cash envelope system. The book covers why you need a written budget, and boy, it was true for us. Sure, I had a mental idea of what our bills were. But writing everything out let me see ALL the little things I tend to forget about, and how quickly they add up. Then comes the cash envelope system, which helped us make an immediate 180-degree turnaround on our spending. The book covers why cash is better than plastic (debit as well as credit), as well as how to create cash envelopes for each spending category and stuff them with the budgeted amounts. No more accidental overspending!" –Janell Michaels

    Get it from Amazon for $16.19.

    15. A cloud-shaped magnetic key holder that'll basically guarantee your days are free from the stressful, frantic, and all-too-common car key search. /

    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.

    16. Heat-resistant toaster bags for reheating sandwiches, fries, and other should-be crispy foods the RIGHT way — aka, not in the microwave where they tragically turn soggy. Plus, it's a great way to make a quick grilled cheese. You are welcome.


    It will ALSO keep your toaster clean and free from a crumb takeover. Not to mention these are a great way to prevent cross-contamination when there's a gluten-free member in the home. Each bag can be washed with soap and water and used up to 100 times.

    Promising review: "I had no idea how well these would work. You can put toast, rolls, or anything that will fit in the slot even if it has jelly or spread. It doesn't hurt the toaster and the food comes out warm." —mare36

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. An eight-bin interlocking drawer organizer you can customize to fit your drawers just perfectly so every product finally has its own place.

    Promising review: "These organizer bins were just perfect for my needs. I love that I'm not stuck with one configuration, it's so easy to change out a large bin for two or three small bins or vice-versa so the number of different layout possibilities are endless. The bins are super easy to lock together so it's simple to increase the size by interlocking a few more bins or make it smaller by removing a couple bins. The bins are made of a thicker plastic and feel nice and sturdy. I use these in the utility drawer in the kitchen, the drawers in our bathroom vanity and my dressing table. This is my third set and I will be using these to organize some drawers in the garage." —Dee

    Get the eight bin set on Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A grater prep bowl with interchangeable blades that'll slice and grate cheese in the most efficient, mess-free way possible.


    This bowl set comes with a fine and coarse grater, a slicer, and a two-piece storing lid.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $42.99.

    19. A monthly vitamin subscription curated just for you to give you the nutrients and energy you need to tackle the week.


    BuzzFeeder Emmy Favilla checked these out for herself and said:

    "When you first sign up on Care/of's website, you'll be asked some basic questions (age, gender, etc.), as well as what goals you have in mind (I chose brain, energy, digestion, and skin, for example). From there, you'll answer between three to five questions for each 'goal' — everything from your sleeping, eating, and drinking habits, to questions about your mood and energy levels — so put some time aside to answer them honestly and thoughtfully. And after that, poof! A list of your recommended vitamins, supplements, minerals, herbs, and/or probiotics are will appear before your very eyes. Once ordered, they’re sent to you monthly as a box with 30 packs each containing your daily dosages (and each printed with a fun challenge, inspirational quote, fact, or question)." –Emmy Favilla

    Read her full review here.

    Get them from Care/of for $5+ a month.

    20. An easy-to-use tooth whitening pen that requires very little effort on your part, yet still delivers some pearly results.

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    This thing is so easy and convenient! Just paint your teeth with the pen four times a day and avoid food or drink for 15 minutes after application. Testers have seen visible results after just a month. In fact, BuzzFeed Reviews names this one of the best whiteners you can buy.

    Promising review: "I love this product, could instantly see a difference! Does not taste bad and does not leave my teeth feeling sensitive after using. For it’s price, it can’t be beat." —myrtlegirl

    Get it from Sephora for $22.

    21. A super handy eyeliner stamp because if you can master the infamous wing (which, now you can!), you can literally do anything.


    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out... but to my surprise, I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." —LadyMeow

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    Also, check out our picks for the best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    22. A water repellent spray that'll create a protective barrier on your best boots and prevent stains. This is the year we take better care of our nice, expensive things!

    Keep in mind this is ideal for leather, nubuck, and canvas shoes. Be sure to do a test spray on a small area to ensure the spray is suitable for the material.

    Promising review: "This product works great on our boots to keep them dry. The application lasts about a full year in South Dakota winters and then we need to reapply. One bottle thoroughly soaked all of these boots (then it was empty)." —B. Lewis

    Get it from Amazon for $17.75.

    23. And! A similar stain repellent you can use on your pricier handbags to ensure rain and denim stains never again leave their mark.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff! I have several high end purses and was struggling with dye transfer from my jeans. Now, each time I buy a purse I treat it with this first, and I have no more troubles with my purses turning blue!" —MTHealthyLiving

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    24. A productivity journal for sorting out which tasks to prioritize and complete each day. *This* is the year you don't 👏 overload 👏 yourself 👏.


    Get it from Amazon or Anthropologie for $24.95.

    25. A durable resistance band made to work out those glutes and give you the best burn of your life, all in the comfort of your own home. *Buuurn, baby, burn...*


    Promising review: "Words cannot express how pleased I am with this product! It exceeded my expectations! It is durable, has great material, and the best part, it didn’t slide down! I’ve been using it ever since I got it and I already feel the difference. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a product to use both in the gym and at home for a quick workout! Besides the fact that it’s such a fantastic quality product, it is visually appealing! Very, very pleased with my purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97 (available in two sizes).

    26. Satin pillowcases that not only look expensive as hell and feel just like silk, but are great for preventing your hair from knotting over night.


    Many reviewers mentioned the best way to extend the life of the pillowcase is by hand washing it, or washing on delicate and air drying.

    Promising review: "Couldn't afford silk so ordered these. I love them. I've heard that sleeping on cotton is like rubbing your face on steel wool all night since that's how delicate the skin there is. All I know is I shower and style my hair at night and after sleeping on these, my hair looked freshly blow dried the next morning. I'm not exaggerating, hair looked the exact same in morning as it did after I styled it the night before. So, if this material is that nurturing to my hair I can only imagine how my face is loving it. I'm hooked and will be buying more colors." —Binary Code

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three sizes and 15 colors).

    27. 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!


    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.

    28. A pack of divider sticky notes that'll conveniently summarize important chapters of the giant textbook you've been lugging around all semester, while keeping your notes super organized.


    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up of these sticky notes.

    Promising review: "I love these! I'm a college student who takes notes a lot, and these are perfect for using on rented textbooks (which you can't write in). The tabs are nice and there's just enough space on each paper to put down important information. Nice thick paper; it's sticky from one edge to about halfway to the other edge so it stays on pretty well." —maria17

    Get it from Amazon for $3.71 (available in packs of one, two, three, six, nine, and twelve).

    29. Heatless foam rods ready to give you effortless, beachy waves all while you complete other getting-ready duties. You'll *feel* more put together, even if your mornings are hectic and rushed.

    Like most things, they require a little practice, but stick with it! Once mastered, you can have gorgeous waves that took minimal effort on your part.

    Promising review: I’m a stay-at-home mom to two boys under 5. I love curly hair but having time to heat-style my hair in the morning is not realistic. The house will burn down and curly hair is just not worth that. When they arrived, I was too excited to not try them out immediately. So, I rolled my completely dry hair, misted it with water and set a timer for two hours. I sprayed my hair with hairspray and removed them – expecting mayyyybe a light wave. Needless to say I was floored. I cannot wait to see how my hair turns out with a little more prep and a little more time!" —motherfrost

    Learn more about these wondrous foam rods in, "Give Your Hair A Break From The Heat And Try These Amazing Curling Rods".

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    30. A handy gadget that'll ~gently~ tell you whether or not the doggo has been fed. Hey, the day can get crazy and those puppy dog eyes are persuasive.

    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 $9.95.

    31. A hypoallergenic makeup brush cleanser to remove all the nastiness that builds up over time and can cause breakouts. /

    Promising review: "I hate washing my brushes, I've always done it by hand and it's always caused the big fluffy powder brushes to feel rougher or become matted no matter how hard I try to reshape them. I got this solution and used it with a makeup brush spinner, and I couldn't BELIEVE how amazing my brushes were afterwards! I also have insanely sensitive skin and most any soap I put on a brush will cause me to breakout when I use it later, no matter how well I typically rinse it. But I really think that this cleaner + the brush spinner worked great and I haven't had any sensitive bumps on my skin since using them." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    32. A USB lightbulb adapter so you can finally charge your dang phone by your bed and not have a bunch of unsightly extension cords running through your room.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this charger. I originally was charging my phone rooms away. Now I can charge my phone in the living room while I'm reading or watching TV. The handy switch on the side allows me to turn off the light from the lamp and reduce TV glare while maintaining the power to charge the phone. I wish I had this sooner. Kudos to the inventor." —Carmela

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.95.

    33. A 68-piece power drill and tool kit because every household needs a simple set for basic jobs. Now you can hang those shelves! And those picture frames! And complete all those tasks where a power drill would come in handy.


    Promising review: "Perfect for a starter set of tools. I had a much smaller set without a drill about 10 years ago, but several moves and roommates had reduced it down to a pair of pliers, a hammer and a flat head screw driver. This has been perfect since moving into my new place. The drill works fine for my needs (drilling screws into drywall, assembling Ikea furniture). The carrying bag is nice, I like that it has some extra room for my other tools and some future tools. Price was also great for everything you get." —Kevin

    Get it from Amazon for $77.11.

    34. And if you need more convincing on the power drill, you can buy fun attachments — like these brush ones — for some major deep cleaning with minimal effort.

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    Promising review: "These brushes are freaking fantastic. I tried them on a portion of my shower and bathroom floor tiles and grout. I immediately had to do the rest because it made the cleaner sections look dirty, haha. I also tried it on the side of my fridge that is next to my stove top. It did a pretty good job there as well at removing grease and stains. The only downside is that it made me enjoy cleaning! Though my wife I'm sure would call that a good thing." —Eric T. Ma

    Read BuzzFeed's full review here: Stop Scrubbing Things By Hand And Use This $8 Drill Brush Already.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in six brush stiffnesses).

    35. And a stainless steel thermos that'll maybe, juuuuust maybe, sway you to start bringing your leftovers to work for lunch.


    Promising review: "I purchased this food jar for my oatmeal that I take to work every morning. I eat my oatmeal about two hours after getting to work. By the time I would eat it using my old container, it was barely warm. With my new Mira Lunch Food Jar, it tasted like I had just made it. It keeps my oatmeal very warm. I highly recommend this product." —Pet Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50 (available in ten colors).

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