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    26 Things You Need If You're Ready To Get It Together In 2021

    With this post, you'll be ready to take the year on.

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    1. An oh-so-stylish large woven storage basket because it'll clear the mess on your floor and look aesthetically pleasing due to its cotton rope design.


    Follow the directions and keep the basket full for two days after receiving so it stays fluffed up and maintains its shape after shipping.

    Promising review: "I was very pleased with this purchase. It's made well and quite sturdy. I have two pillows, a blanket, and small quilt inside. It's currently in my living room, holding those items for cold weather; once spring and summer return, I'll use it in my guest room. I'm happy to know that's it's machine-washable, although I've had no need to clean it. It's a fine addition to my home!" —pksommer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    2. A weekly desk pad to keep yourself on track for everything you need to do throughout the week. You'll see everything at a glance, which may help you stress less and actually go about your days with some kind of routine that won't exhaust you. Plus, it's too gorgeous to leave blank anyway!

    the floral desk pad
    Rifle Paper Co.

    Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $12 (available in five designs).

    3. Or a funny sloth to-do list notepad to become more organized without feeling like you're stretching yourself thin. Sloths are the best!

    the green sloth notepad
    Little Otsu

    This notepad is designed by Susie Ghahremani, a San Diego-based illustrator who handcrafts objects featuring original artwork inspired by animals and nature and runs her business on her own! It's sold by Little Otsu, an Oregon-based small shop and an independent publisher and retailer of paper goods. They focus on goods made in the US, Europe, and Japan that use materials like soy-based inks and tree-free papers. So you're supporting two small businesses!

    Get it from Little Otsu for $9.50.

    4. A set of grocery organizers so the next time you open your fridge, you won't scream in horror, wondering how on earth you'll find your eggs.

    A customer's fridge filled with several labeled pantry organizers

    Promising review: "These are so helpful if your fridge is cluttered. I bought these for my mom who is an extremely cluttered person. I love her to death, but she is not an organized person. Her fridge used to look wild. There would be food piled on top of food, and small jars and containers EVERYWHERE. I bought her these to help her organize everything. Now she can see what she has and everything has a place. Thank you for making something like this to help those that are so cluttered." —MioRioZio

    Get six bins from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. A pack of hanging vacuum bags — these will save your closet from being the bulky overcrowded mess I know it is right now.

    Promising review: "Bought these storage bags two weeks ago to pack my winter clothes for summer, and they did the job perfectly. They are large and sturdy. I like its five-hook design. I can store five women's jackets or four big men's jackets in ONE bag. The long bags also fit my dresses. The biggest reason I bought these bags is that I do not need to fold my seasonal clothes; just hang, zip, vacuum, done! Super convenient. Extremely happy with this space bags. I will definitely order more!" —Jia Yan

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in three colors).

    6. A reusable exfoliating Japanese towel to upgrade your shower experience and truly take care of your skin. These really scrub that dead skin off your bod (reviewers with eczema swear by it!) to unveil clean, super soft skin. Reviewers love how it's easy to reach your back with this too!

    You can use this daily or weekly depending on how you feel about its abrasiveness.

    Promising review: "This is a holy grail to my sensitive skin and germaphobic personality! It does take time to get used to due to its rough feel, but once you start to use it daily, it's hard to use anything else! Nothing else gives me such a clean feeling on my skin during my showers. I use to have very bad skin conditions all over my body: eczema, body acne, dry patches, and dark spots. This helped clear basically everything, and now I'm more confident in showing my skin in public than I have ever been. It soaks up very nicely, and you can feel all of the dirt that's on your skin from day-to-day activities getting scrubbed off. The long length is great for reaching in hard to reach spots, such as your back. Since it's extremely rough, I would advise against using it on your face." —Jay G.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in five colors).

    7. A cooling gel adaptive foam pillow that supports your head, neck, and shoulders, and remains cool so you don't have to keep flipping the pillow over. Enjoy a comfortable night of sleep every night like you deserve! One reviewer even described it as feeling like sleeping on "clouds of comfort!" Well, shucks, I'm sold.

    the pillow

    Reviewers warn that the pillow will smell a little plasticky upon first opening — just let it air out for a day!

    Promising review: "I bought this because I went on a long vacation and forgot my pillow. After trying this, I don’t think I will ever want another pillow. All neck and jaw pain is gone! I have fibromyalgia so I hurt quite a bit at night and always have a hard time getting comfortable. I’m so glad to have found this pillow. I would highly recommend!" —Kristin Dahlberg

    Get it from Tuft & Needle on Amazon for $67.50+ (available in two sizes).

    8. A selfie ring light so during your next Zoom meetings, your coworkers won't be looking at a shadowy blob. Plus, you can trick them into thinking you live in a professionally-lit Insta-worthy space!

    A lit selfie ring on a tripod pointing at a reviewer's desk set up

    You can either use this with your phone mounted just under the light for FaceTime, or if you're calling or filming from a laptop, you can set up the tripod or the light on your desk behind the screen.

    Promising review: "I’ve been having to work from home. During this time, I’m in front of my computer doing WebEx calls and Teams having to present and talk in front of 20-50+ people. This light is AWESOME! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!" —Anna Chouinard

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    9. An epilator to remove both thick and fine hair at the root so you can go for several weeks without reaching for a razor. It has massage rollers and two speed settings for customizable comfort!

    Promising review: "It hurts but it works :) I haven't shaved my legs in months and used to have to every three to four days. I've seen the best results on my armpits; I used to shave them every other day but since I epilated two weeks ago, I've seen no hair growth and no hair shadow. Way more convenient than waxing, too, because you can target individual shorter hairs as they grow in rather than waiting for everything to grow back a certain length. Also IDK if this is true, but my grandma told me that after she used an epilator for five-ish years she pretty much stopped growing hair. It also hurts less every time you do it, so don't get discouraged by the very painful first session." —k3upikachu

    Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

    10. A pack of five desk drawer organizers that'll probably be one of your most useful purchases this year because if you're anything like me, your drawers are always a mess. Organizers like these come in handy all the time!


    Promising review: "I needed an organizer for a new desk that has very shallow drawers. This fit perfectly and I liked how I could arrange them in different configurations to suit my needs." —Quinny

    Get it from Amazon for $15.84.

    11. A soft silicone brush if this is the year you're ready to commit to a real skincare routine. This'll really get into your pores and deeply cleanse, massage, and exfoliate without irritating. It foams up nicely and the cute funny jellyfish shape will make your routine even more fun!


    After each use, just separate the brush and the sponge from inside and dry.

    Promising review: "I was looking for a soft scrubbie for my face and when I saw this cute little guy, I knew it'd be perfect — and it is! The top is scrubby but not too abrasive, so I can scrub pretty hard without it scratching the bejeezus out of my face. There is a sponge inside that fills up with whatever soap I'm using so I don't have to worry about running dry. I use a stick cleanser, rub it on my face, scrub away with this thing, and rinse it out under the water. The inside sponge is removable so if you don't like it for some reason, you can just take it out. I bought this thing months ago and it is still in perfect condition with daily use and its adorable little face is still intact. I mean, just look at it. How could anyone not want it in their life immediately?" —TF

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    12. A fresh eucalyptus shower bunch to have a spa-like shower experience when you need to unwind from the day. The aromas not only refresh but also help you destress, and provides relief for colds and allergies.

    the plant in a running shower
    EucalyptusBlooms / Etsy

    The bunch also comes with a stainless steel adhesive shower hook and the bunch is tied with a loop, all for easy hanging!

    EucalyptusBlooms is a woman-owned small biz based in North Carolina and specializing in selling farm-fresh blooms and eucalyptus.

    Get it from EucalyptusBlooms for $14.44+ (available in three sizes and different quantities).

    13. A vintage-looking five-year journal for some self-therapy — you can jot down your thoughts, clear your head, and have a little something to look back on when you're reminiscing five years from now — all before bed!

    the cover

    Promising review: "I used to journal and I've been wanting to get back into it. I just don't have the time. And it intimidates me, writing so much every day. This eliminates both problems. I write only a couple of sentences per day. It forces me to be creative and concise. I really have to think about what was most important for the day to write down. What will I want to look back and remember in the coming years? I find it thought provoking. This is just a great system. The book is quite small. It's very attractive looking. I love the ribbon bookmark, which is very functional." —Boxman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.44.

    14. A body brush to gently massage, exfoliate, and improve blood circulation. It has rounded nodules and can be used in both wet and dry brushing. Reviewers say it helps for cellulite, dry skin, and stretch marks! Plus, it's durable so it'll last you.

    the brush

    Promising review: "Great exfoliator. I had itchy skin and realized it was from dry skin that needed to be exfoliated. This did the trick! My skin feels so smooth and I'm not having to resist scratching in public like some dirty bird any more LOL. Love this product. And it's lasting. Others have said it is flimsy or that bristles come out easily, that has NOT been my experience at all. I am not gentle with mine at all and all my my brush is still intact and as strong as ever. I'm happy with my purchase." —Lateisha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A super elegant handmade letter opener so you're not tearing your envelopes apart like a monster trying to reach every letter.

    the blade letter openers
    DCHCreations / Etsy

    DCHCreations is a small shop run by husband and wife David and Charis, who make handmade paper art and wood art that's perfect as a gift or accessory for your home.

    Get it from DCHCreations on Etsy for $18 (available in a variety of colors).

    16. A nonslip memory foam lap desk with a built-in light and foam wrist pad for when you work late into the night or early mornings — plus, it helps keep your laptop from overheating!

    The lap desk

    Promising review: "I work from home so it's used a lot. Great stuff about this: The top has a really pretty wood look and feel (though I think it's actually plastic). The plastic makes my PC no longer overheat and the texture makes the PC not slip around like the many awful other ones. Seriously, I can tip this almost sideways before the PC starts to move at all. The bottom cushion and wrist pad is thick and comfy. The wrist pad helps lock the PC in place too. The light is awesome! The actual light slips into the bottom cushion when not wanted (you don't even know it's there), but comes in super handy when extra light is needed. And if you're out of batteries or don't feel like buying any...the light can stick in your PC's USB port! My laptop is pretty big, and I still have room for a mouse or small notepad. It's simple and classy (not tacky)." —Nathan D.

    Get it from Amazon for $42.78+ (also available in red).

    17. These toilet-cleaning fizzing bombs because cleaning toilets is not a task you're jumping up and down to do. These freshen the bathroom and leave the toilet sparkling. You can use them for sinks, tubs, and garbage disposals too!

    the white bombs
    JuniperseedMerc / Etsy

    JuniperseedMerc is a small business based in Colorado and run by a science teacher with an interest in chemistry, green living, herbal lore and great skincare. They make all-natural bath and body products, home cleaning solutions, and alternatives to everyday disposables.

    Get it from JuniperseedMerc for $2.50+ (available in two amounts).

    18. A TonyMoly mayo hair pack because getting it together also means taking care of your hair! This nourishes with egg yolk and macadamia seed, targets split ends, and hits your strands with an intense dose of vitamins and nutrient-enriched oils. It also smells like vanilla and macadamia nuts — and would you just look at that packaging?!

    the bottle

    Promising review: "Bought this on a whim, after reading all of the five-star reviews. My hair is really wavy. It can sometimes get really frizzy, and my ends are really dry. I tried this for longer than the suggested amount (20 minutes instead of 3) and I loved the result. Instantly, my hair was less frizzy and shinier than before. It leaves your hair feeling really soft but not greasy at all. Also, I love the way it smells! Which is just a plus. I've only been using it for a couple of weeks and I'm almost out! I definitely recommend this for anyone who has dry or frizzy hair." —Sylina Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    19. A derma roller to transform your skin and wake up a new person. This micro-needling treatment is painless and weekly use helps diminish wrinkles, large pores, and dark circles, smoothing to reveal vibrant skin. With professional sessions costing hundreds of dollars, this alternative is both effective and affordable!

    reviewer's skin red and bumpy in before picture, then smoother, calmer, and with diminished pimples in second picture after using product

    Add a hydrating serum to serve as a primer over your skin as you derma roll. The derma-rolling will allow the serum to sink into your skin even deeper, allowing you to reap its benefits. Make sure you learn how to derma-roll properly before going at it!

    Promising review: "My derma roller arrived very quickly and was packaged to perfection. I've only used it less than a week and can already see a difference in my skin. I primarily purchased this to help my hyperpigmentation serums sink into my skin deeper, which it's totally doing! My dark spots have already started to lighten with only three uses (I use the roller every other day). I was worried about the pain this would cause, but it's really not that bad — kind of just feels like a sunburn for a couple of minutes afterwards, but my serums help to soothe it quickly. If you're on the fence about purchasing this...just do it! You won't regret it." —lmarvin

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    20. A set of sweetgrass bath bombs for a luxurious and rejuvenating bath experience (which tbh everyone needs). Olive oil and herbs moisturize, sweetgrass soothes, and Epsom salts loosen stiff joints. It's time to take care of yourself!

    the green bath bomb
    Sister Sky

    Sister Sky is a certified Native American woman-owned and family-owned company that makes body and hair care products inspired by ancient herbal wisdom with value of family, giving, and home. Started by Native American sisters, the company also donates a portion of sales to Native American nonprofits.

    Get a set of four from Sister Sky for $16 (also available in a white willow and chamomile scent).

    21. An Instant Pot so you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen trying to cook up something edible. This will help you whip up yummy meals in no time at all, making cooking simple and saving you time.

    An Instant Pot surrounded by food

    Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "I’ve used it almost every single day since I’ve gotten it! It’s my new favorite cooking device! It takes so little time to prepare just about anything!" —bayleaw2

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes and styles).

    22. An Innisfree hand cream that smells like you've entered a fresh laundry guesthouse! You need to keep your hands moisturized, especially when we're washing them more than often now, and these long-lasting scents are so unique and pleasant you'll want to keep applying. Whether you want your hands to smell like autumn rain, a wedding bouquet, or the above-mentioned laundry, there's a scent for you!

    the lotions

    Each scent corresponds to a month of the year, and each one has different botanical ingredients like magnolia, sandalwood, peach, eucalyptus, and more. Reviewers especially love that the cream doesn't leave any greasiness behind. And yes, if you haven't guessed by now, my favorite scent is the guesthouse laundry one.

    Promising review: "BEST hand cream ever! The November 'Autumn Leaves' scent is quite possibly the best lotion fragrance ever. It's really fresh and almost musky, and it's not overpoweringly sweet. As for the formula, it sinks in immediately and leaves my hands feeling soft, and it doesn't leave a greasy finish whatsoever. This is my all-time favorite hand cream, and I will keep re-buying!" —Diana

    Get one from Innisfree for $5 (available in eight scents).

    23. A jetted tub cleaner because it's about time you stop wallowing in dirty water.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I am relentless about cleaning my tub because I use it so often and always get grossed out if I don’t. Before I purchased this, I used the typical homemade recipe of bleach and powdered dishwashing soap. I’d have to run two or three cycles to get it crystal clear. One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing! The first photo (above) is with my tub running with the solution. Then I drained it (second photo) and wiped it down with a sponge. When I refilled the tub up, and reran the jets, I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR! See for yourself in the last photo! I’m so impressed!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    24. A sonic toothbrush because it'll quite possibly give you the cleanest teeth you've ever had. With charcoal bristles that remove stains, a timer that lets you know how long to brush and when to move to another part of your mouth, and multiple brushing modes for different needs, this is one super toothbrush that'll actually make you look forward to brushing your teeth.

    Burst Oral Care, @burstoralcare / Via

    Promising review: "Worth every single penny! I love my new Sonic toothbrush! I've had it for three weeks and my teeth have never felt so clean! This brush is absolutely worth every single penny. I love how it has multiple settings and pauses to let you know when you should move on to the next section! I love brushing my teeth! It's so easy and enjoyable!" —Terry

    Get it from Burst Oral Care for $69.99 (available in three colors).

    25. A bottle of hard water booster powder to restore your precious mugs and dishes with hard water stains. Throw 'em in the dishwasher with this, and bam — you're done!

    reviewer photo of stained mug next to a clean mug after using powder

    Promising review: "I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!" —Susan A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    26. A storage box for all those pesky cables, cords, and loose wires that make your room look ugly. This doubles as a charging station for your devices too (and of course, looks nice in your room)!

    Promising review: "I'm so happy with this organizer box. I can't stand a heap of tangled cords going every which way. I've got two AC adapter boxes in there. Also in the box is a small power supply, the cord for the iMac I use, and a long USB cord plugged into my charging station. It's awesome." —Ben

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors).

    You, waking up knowing you've got it together:

    Red Chillies Entertainment

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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