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    Mar 25, 2020

    30 Things That May Help You Feel Like Less Of A Mess

    Like Marie Kondo, "I like mess," but only the manageable type. That's where these things come into play.

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    1. O'Keeffe's hand cream for soothing your raw-looking hands after you've washed them for the 100th time today (and 20 seconds each round, no less!). It works quickly and effectively to repair cracked skin and blisters, while also ~sealing~ that much-needed moisture for as long as possible.

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    Promising review: "I spent over 30 years in nursing and therefore had my hands in water all the time. This is one of the first products I have found that really works." —Nurse

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $6.99.

    2. A one-step Revlon hair dryer and volumizer brush because even if you're working from home, you deserve the feeling of freshly blown-out hair! And this handy tool lets you dry and style at the ~same dang time~, so you can go from frizzy to fab in a flash!

    @revlonhairtools / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I am super surprised that this works as well as it does. I have thick, fuzzy, curly hair and this got the job done in about 15-20 minutes! Usually takes me about an hour to blow dry and style (straightener or curling iron). I was super leery since I have curly hair but it made it nice and smooth and full! Different techniques can give you different outcomes so it's fun to play around with and definitely cuts down the heat damage that would normally happen!" —Krun

    Get it from Ulta for $59.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A pair of blue-light blocking glasses that'll alleviate eye strain and headaches caused by blue light emitting from your laptop, TV, and phone — especially now that our work and free time (hello, Netflix marathons and lots of FaceTime sessions) are blending together and limited to one space, let's make sure to take care of those peepers!

    EyeBuyDirect

    I personally own and wear reading glasses from them, and I can't recommend them enough — yay for affordability and being able to filter by glasses *with* nose bridges! I'm sure their blue-light glasses are no exception in terms of quality. There's a virtual try-on feature, 14-day return/replacement policy, tons of helpful tips and guides, and even a buy one, give one donation program!

    Get a pair from EyeBuyDirect for $49.95+ (comes with prescription or non-prescription lenses).

    4. A cooling, pillow-like eye compression mask with the ability to conform to the shape of your face/eyes to mitigate headaches (especially light-induced ones!), sinus pain, eye puffiness, and eye strain. Time to get the deep sleep you deserve, stress be darned!

    Amazon

    Just don't heat it up!

    Promising review: "As a migraine sufferer, I've tried many ways to both keep light out as well as cool my eyes during a migraine. This is by far the best mask I've used, providing cool and amp; dark relief while being comfortable, as well. I'm impressed with the stitched X's over each eye, creating a slight indentation for the eyes. I use it nightly and travel with an extra one, just in case. I've also given one to an aunt and another to a niece that suffer from migraines, and they love them now, too. Highly recommended!" —AlfaGradu8

    Get it from Walgreens for $13.54.

    5. A well-loved cold brew maker to satisfy your intense iced coffee cravings sans expensive coffee shop runs (your wallet thanks you, even if it's involuntary on your part) or your office's free supply (miss you dearly!).

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    Promising review: "I have been looking for a simple way to make cold brew. This hits everything I was looking for. It makes really great cold brew and all you need to do is grind beans and fill it up. It's easy to clean and makes me look forward to using it. I'm definitely going to get a lot of use out of this, especially as the weather heats up." —Dylank

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $24.99+ (available in 32 and 64 oz sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of the Takeya cold brew maker to see why it's so easy and rewarding to use!

    6. A cute 'n' casual Everlane T-shirt dress so you feel a little more ~put together~ than, say, wearing your college sweatshirt and sweatpants every day. You'll still feel just as comfy but you add in a lil' cute factor — which never hurts. And it might even help your productivity!

    Everlane

    I've heard from multiple coworkers (and people who've worked from home for years) that actually getting dressed like they would normally would to go out ~in the world~ helps immensely, and sets them up for the work day ahead. Otherwise, you're kinda just rolling out of bed straight into work, and it doesn't feel like there's separation.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect tee dress. Trust me, you need it in every color. The fabric is thicker than your average T-shirt dress and the cut and fit are both perfect. I wore this all day while sightseeing* and was so comfortable, even while carrying a little one." —MJRan

    *another perk for when it's safe to go outside!

    Get it from Everlane for $30 (available in sizes XXS–XL and four colors).

    7. A gel-enhanced memory foam seat cushion for extra, much-needed support so your back/tailbone pain doesn't dare mess with you as the day drags on, because we're all basically glued to our flimsy chairs indefinitely. *sigh* The least we can do is make sure our posture doesn't suffer!

    Overstock

    As you can see, it has a non-slip bottom and the lining is machine-washable for extra ease!

    Get it from Overstock for $32.99 or Staples for $44.99.

    8. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for some much-needed separation between you and your Internet-enabled devices and the hectic-ness of the news (sigh), and to kickstart (or re-kickstart) your love for reading. You can instantly buy and download books, it's thin and lightweight, and the glare-free display reads like real paper even when you're perched right next to a window on a sunny day.

    @amazonkindle / Via instagram.com

    P.S. If you want to save a little $$, you can download the Libby app and borrow/place holds on books, just like a virtual library! I've done this with my own Kindle, and it's fab. Especially since I won't be physically going to a library anytime soon.

    Get it from Staples for $84.99 (8 GB capacity).

    9. A mouse pad weekly planner so you can literally see all of your tasks at a glance, rather than shuffling through your scattered notes (phone reminders, Google Docs, etc.) or relying on your own fuzzy memory — I'm speaking from very personal experience, so I need this ASAP.

    Knock Knock, The Container Store

    And if you didn't have a *real* workspace before the lockdown, this obviously doubles as a mouse pad, so that's one less little thing to buy! The notepad itself is broken down into sections so you can organize their level of importance and timeliness, from "do or die" to "oughta do," and it even has a designated space for your pen!

    Promising review (for "Let's Do This): "It actually works nicely as a mousepad, and you actually know where your pen is! I am using it slowly, but it's theperfect size to bring to a meeting if you have action items that seems to disappear in your regular notebook, where everything else is written." —Naoko Gorsuch

    Get "Let's Do This" from Knock Knock for $12 or "Information Central" from The Container Store for $9.59.

    10. Or an undated and guided habit tracker to create a schedule that'll hopefully make things feel a little more ~normal~ during these very not-normal times, and gently remind you to keep up the self-care habits that help you stay centered.

    Free Period Press

    It has 12 categories to focus on for each of the 12 months of the year (but honestly, you can tackle it however you want!), including creativity, reflection, finances, and sleep. And there's also a habit brainstorm guide if you need some help getting started!

    Get it on Free Period Press for $18.

    11. If you're an anxious person who deals with insomnia and has a super hard time falling asleep, I personally swear by Olly Restful Sleep gummies to help signal to my anxious brain that it's time to shut down, thanks to a very reasonable dose of melatonin and l-theanine, lemon balm, and chamomile. Now more than ever, it's important to keep a consistent sleep schedule!

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    In fact, I just ordered a second container because I can't risk not having these on hand. Each serving (two gummies) contains three mg of melatonin, so you shouldn't feel any side effects right after taking them or the next day. I personally usually take one gummy, and that's almost always enough!

    Promising review: "This product has been helpful for my sleep and it has a blend of synergistic ingredients for relaxation." —Karen A.

    Get a container of 50 (25 servings) from VitaminShoppe for $14.99.

    Read another BuzzFeeder's full review on the Olly Restful Sleep gummies (#5) to find out just how effective they are!

    12. Rael Acne Healing Patches that'll stop you from being your own worst enemy and picking at breakouts, worsening the healing process, and causing scars!! All you have to do is pop one on and let it ~do its thing~ over a few hours or overnight. *waves goodbye to stubborn zits*

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    As you can see, they're barely noticeable once on! So go ahead — wear one during a video call! It'll be your little secret.

    Get a pack of 24 from Revolve for $6.

    13. A pet hair remover for anyone who has seen an uptick in fur left literally everywhere in your home, which can definitely be attributed to your fur babies being (rightfully) excited and more rambunctious 'cause you're suddenly at home way more than before.

    Chewy

    Promising review: "I'm SO happy I found this! I have been googling ways to try and get dog hair off of furniture, and we have tried everything. Vacuuming the couch, using rubber scrapers, and we even make it a point to brush the dogs with a deshedding blade once a week. But nothing I found actually kept the insane amounts of dog hair off of the couches and furniture. My wardrobe is basically all black and that just wasn't working out well with a light-haired dog in the house! I finally found this on chewy and bought it and it has been a lifesaver! I roll the couch with it every day, so people can actually sit on it. So so so happy with it!" —KMau

    Get it from Chewy for $24.95.

    14. A Mediheal x BTS sheet mask set to infuse the all-encompassing, chart-topping powers of the global pop sensations into your skin, so it becomes more dewy, plump, and even-toned than you thought was possible! This is the all-star treatment your face deserves, and now your schedule allows for it.

    Soko Glam, @medihealus / Via instagram.com

    This set includes five N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Masks, which contains hyaluronic acid, amino acids and water-binding sugars to nourish dry and flaky skin and five Tea Tree Essential Blemish Masks, which has tea tree oil and centella asiatica to calm inflammation and minimize the appearance of pores, and *drumroll please* 14 limited-edition BTS photocards that are exclusive to this set! ARMY, snatch 'em up!

    Promising review: "These are honestly the best sheet masks I've ever used. I live in a pretty severe climate (winters are extremely cold and dry) and my skin changes drastically between seasons. I noticed immediate improvement after using these masks and I'll continue to buy them likely for the rest of my life because they're that good. Also the BTS photocards were great." —Madison S.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $21.

    P.S. Check out all of the other Mediheal masks!

    15. A cult-favorite Verb hair oil that'll revitalize dry, coarse hair without weighing it down one bit, because you don't deserve to deal with bothersome frizz even you're chilling at home all the time. Plus, you'll look on-point for all of your Zoom meetings!

    @verbproducts / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I love this oil. I actually use it as a detangler when I get out of the shower and then I comb through my hair and head to bed. In the morning, my hair is so soft and so easy to mange. No frizz. I have medium length, thin, and curly hair. It's a great product for my hair type." —alisonj7

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    16. A handy microwaveable pasta cooker so you can make al dente pasta with minimal effort — just heat it up, pop on the lid (which acts as a strainer) to drain, add your fave pasta sauce and whatever else you'd like (if you're feeling fancy), and your lunch/dinner/midnight snack is served.

    Fasta Pasta

    No more waiting for boiling water. Or wandering off and forgetting about your pot until it overflows (I'm not saying I'm not guilty of this).

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this microwave pasta cooker. But I read the reviews, watched a few Youtube Videos, and decided to give it a try. It works as promised and couldn't be easier to use. I'm a household of one, and heating up a big pan of water for just a serving or two of pasta is a hassle. With this pasta cooker, I can easily cook pasta any time I want, no muss or fuss, and no heavy pan of water to drain. Great product!" —DK58

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $14.99. Or if you want a fancier-looking version, try this one from Uncommon Goods.

    17. If you find yourself consuming more wine at home (this absolutely applies to me), BPA-free Yeti wine tumbler cups might just save you from your clumsy self, since they're shatterproof and made out of stainless steel, unlike regular wineglasses. Plus, the double-walled vacuum insulation keeps your drink cold for hours, so you can slowly sip to your liking.

    @yeti / Via instagram.com

    They're also dishwasher-safe! And if you need extra security, you can buy a sliding lid, so there's even less chances for spillage. And once we *can* safely lounge outside, they'll also help keep bugs 'n' other nonsense away from your drinks!

    Get a 10 oz. tumbler from REI for $25 each (available in five colors).

    18. But if any tipsy spills do happen, no sweat! Wine Away stain remover will magically erase stains from last night (or even a month ago!) in less than five minutes. There's no bleach required, and it even smells like fresh citrus! Win-win.

    World Market

    It claims to also work on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even pet accidents!

    Promising review: "Got a huge stain of Cabernet out of my light pink couch. This stuff is magical." —anonymous

    Get it from World Market for $5.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A nifty Rapid Slicer tool, since you're trying to get the hang of this whole cooking thing and definitely don't trust yourself too much around knives (for the time being). It makes awkwardly small fruits and veggies a total breeze to slice, and it also works well on hard-to-cut, textured food like chicken breasts. Bravo!

    The Grommet

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

    Get it from The Grommet for $12.95.

    20. Or, if you want to avoid knives altogether and the recipe calls for it, an as-seen-on-TV food chopper to expertly dice, mince, peel, slice, and grate your way to a delicious meal. Plus, no onion tears. 'Nuff said.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    It's dishwasher-safe and it doubles as a two-cup measuring cup if you stand it up on its side!

    Promising review: "Once you use the Vidalia Chop Wizard, you will never chop vegetables with a knife again. Whack, whack, whack, and you're done. Best kitchen tool around. I buy them as gifts for cook friends, and they are amazed and eternally grateful." —Arlene

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

    21. A chic insulated Welly water bottle for staying properly hydrated all day, especially because you're probably parked at your desk or couch workin' away and don't take your usual refill breaks around the office. And it has a filter you can use for tea or infusing fruit into your water to ~mix it up~.

    Urban Outfitters

    It also has a handy handle for easy carrying when you do have to refill it. You can only hand-wash this bottle, but thankfully there are very useful cleaning tablets that do the deep-reaching work for you!

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $33 (available in three colors).

    22. An Olive & June cuticle serum because your nails deserve to look hydrated and healthy, even if they're residing in the capital of Obsessive Hand-Washing Town. And there's no time like now to perfect your at-home mani (hint: see next product)!

    Olive & June

    I personally own this and I've never been good about nail care, but this is seriously the easiest cuticle treatment ever. Just twist and dab! Your best bet would be applying every night before bed, since you're probably washing your hands super often during the day.

    Promising review: "Very easy to use — not greasy at all but still nourishing. I see a difference when I don’t use it. It's really useful especially now since I'm washing my hands all the time, which is so drying." —Emma M.

    Get two from Olive & June for $30, or get it in a larger tool/nail care kit for $42.

    23. An instant-drying Sally Hansen nail polish so you're not inclined to ruin your nails (no biting, even if we're in very anxiety-inducing times!) *and* you get a lovely mani that you won't mess up in approx. 0.5 seconds after you've finished.

    @sally_hansen / Via instagram.com, @sally_hansen / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I have gone through a lot of nail polishes looking for one that applies easily, covers in one coat, and dries smoothly. This is the only one I have found that does all that." —Paula

    Get the regular colors from Ulta for $5.59 (available in sooo many colors) or the special Jelly Belly collection for $2.50+ (available in nine colors).

    24. A Glossier skincare mini set that'll be the perfect starter skincare routine for people who've been curious, but haven't ~delved~ into it quite yet. This comes with all of the basics: cleanser, serum, moisturizer, oil, and salves/balms. It's time to finally achieve healthy, dewy skin!

    Glossier

    This set includes: Milky Jelly Cleanser, Super Bounce Serum, Priming Moisturizer Rich, Futuredew, Balm Dotcom in Original and Rose, and a limited-edition, nylon-spandex Glossier G logo headband.

    Promising review: "Ok, so I quit makeup entirely for a full year and I am just now easing back into it and ordered this kit as a way to try all these skincare products (I've already purchased most of the makeup by Glossier). I tried the full routine this morning and just feel like my face is shining in the best way. It all smells so good, feels so good, and looks so good on my skin. After the skincare routine, I added the mascara, Boy Brow, lip balm, and lipstick. I feel like a rock star! Thank you Glossier for making easy, affordable and 'barely there' skincare and makeup products." —Michelle

    Get it from Glossier for $50. And right now, you can get a free deluxe sample of Glossier You with your order of a $50 or more!

    25. Drawer organizers because all this time spent at home means avoiding chores (i.e. putting clothes away) is much harder...especially when it's staring you in the face all the time. And this is a big helper, so you don't have to start from scratch.

    The Container Store

    Promising review (for the ones on the left): "I bought these and the square stackers to use in my sock drawer. My drawer is deep, so I had room to stack them on top of each other. I have more room in my drawer and all of my socks are neatly organized by type and color now. This is the best this drawer has ever looked." —bomblady

    Get them from The Container Store: first type of organizers for $11.24+ (available in four styles) or the honeycomb-like organizer for $11.99.

    26. Mario Badescu facial sprays to add some much-needed hydration to your dry, tight, and social distancing face in a matter of seconds — and because we all need to look away from our computer, even if it's only for a few seconds.

    @mariobadescu / Via instagram.com

    Here are the three different sprays and what they do:

    Aloe, cucumber, and green tea: wakes up dull tired, skin, hydrate, tone, and reduces redness in irritated complexions. Also popular for treating breakouts throughout the day

    Aloe, chamomile, and lavender: comforts irritated, dry skin, hydrates, and overall de-stresses both you and your complexion

    Aloe, herbs, and rosewater: hydrates and treats dry, uncomfortable skin throughout the day. Also great for refreshing makeup.

    Aloe, sage, and orange blossom: helps tone, balance, and preserve clarity of skin

    Promising review: "My husband and I are both obsessed with these sprays! The rosewater is great to set your makeup and refresh throughout the day, green tea is great to spray on your face first thing in the morning to help wake you up, and I love using the lavender at night to wind down!" —NoleChick97

    Get them from Nordstrom for $7+ (available in two sizes and four scents/varieties: rosewater, chamomile and lavender, cucumber and green tea, and sage and orange blossom).

    27. A sous vide cooker that'll do all of the heavy lifting and ensure that your meats, vegetables, fish, rice pudding, egg cups, and even infused-liquor cocktails are cooked to utter perfection (no overcooking ever again!) — it controls and tracks the temperature and time very precisely, which leaves you free to do other things.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "This circulator has worked well for me in a number of both small volume and large volume vessels. I’ve cooked accurately perfect temperature steaks to 10-hour pork belly. It’s been easy to use and reliable after over 10 uses so far. I would recommend this product over more expensive sous vide circulators unless you just really need the chilling function for some reason." —Jzabica

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $79.99.

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of a similar sous vide cooker for more info on how it works!

    28. A surge protector with multiple, PIVOTING outlets (because giant plugs don't really play nicely with others), so you can stay totally plugged in without blowing a circuit *and* don't end up in a fight with your roommate over limited outlets in your old apartment.

    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "This product allowed me to plug in our 75 inch TV and sound system into a surge protector, with the swivel outlets allowing me to push the TV stand close to the wall so as to hide the wiring." —Jules

    Get it from The Home Depot for $15.98.

    29. A customized Care/of vitamins subscription, so you can stay accountable while doing the least, especially if you're currently subsisting on frozen meals that might not be the most nutritious options (....me). After you take a quiz, Care/of takes care of the rest and delivers a custom mix of vitamins straight to your door.

    Care/of

    They personalize your daily vitamin pack according to your health concerns, diet, and lifestyle — just fill out the quiz and they'll come up with a suggested vitamin regimen. They even include information as to what the benefit of each supplement is and what studies there are to back it up!

    Subscriptions start at $5 per month.

    Check out our full review of the Care/of subscription to learn more about how the service works!

    30. Then I Met You Cleansing Balm, because we're all about sanitizing and cleaning right now, but even if you're at home all day, you can't forget about the residue on your face! And I guarantee you that this is the most relaxing method of cleaning because you get to ~massage~ it in and truly slow/wind down for the day.

    @thenimetyou / Via instagram.com

    This is my personal holy grail oil-based cleanser. It's super satisfying to work it in and it never, ever leaves my skin feeling stripped or tight, even after my water-based cleanser. Oh, and it gets everything (even waterproof mascara) off. Boom. Even if I'm only wearing sunscreen (which still needs to be taken off your face!), using this balm really signifies the end of the day for me — and that's priceless.

    Promising review: "Holy grail! I simply cannot use any other cleansing balm ever again. This balm instantly feels luxurious as it touches your skin. I am able to have a mindful moment when I use this balm because of how soft and smooth it is. I prefer this over any other oil cleanser because it is extremely effective at removing makeup and impurities from the city and it actually feels warmer and more soothing than any other balm that I've tried. This oil cleanser demands you to slow down and pay attention to the texture and your skin! I love it so much.” —Rae R.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $38.

    With the help of these products you can be (genuinely) chill:

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    Make your life even tidier. Check out the best all-natural cleaning products for your home, the best bathroom cleaning products, organization products perfect for neat freaks, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

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