There are few things more satisfying than a truly well-designed product -- especially one that makes life easier. From a simple shoe-horn to a wildly complicated smartphone, we're surrounded on all sides in life by simple machines that make life better, and hopefully, easier.
There's perhaps no better place to find life-easing inventions than our favorite online retailer, Amazon. From the brand-new inventions released on Amazon Launchpad, to tried-and-true classics with tens of thousands of reviews, the world's biggest online retailer simply cannot be matched for selection, pricing, and ease-of-use.
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So it wasn't much of a chore to pore through Amazon and pick out 33 of the most brilliantly simple gadgets on the market. From clip-on cupholders to stools that help you poo, these 33 products all share one very important quality: they'll help you do stuff better. Whatever stuff you do, that's up to you.
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The Hang-O-Matic Makes Hanging Pictures Easier Than It's Ever Been Before
via: AmazonHanging pictures and other artwork is the best way to make your house (or apartment) feel like Home. Unfortunately, it's also always more complicated than you expect it to be. Unless you happen to have an extra hand or two to hold the level and the artwork and the pencil. With this tool, you can measure, level, and mark all in one fell swoop without having to switch between three different implements. The Hang-O-Matic extends up to 6 feet for even the biggest jobs.
These Velvet Hangers Will Transform Your Closet
via: AmazonYou may think that all hangers are created equally. Well, I'm here to tell you they're definitely not. These ones are covered with velvet which holds onto any type of clothing from a heavy sweater to the lightest silk tank top. I actually have these exact hangers in my own closet (in black) right now, and I wouldn't use any other kind. They're also much thinner than standard hangers, meaning you can fit way more clothes in the same amount of space.
This Magnetic Screen Door Is Like Having an Extra Hand to Get the Door
via: AmazonImagine this: You're hosting a BBQ for all your friends when you realize that you left the fruit salad inside. Going into the house is no problem, but getting back outside? How are you going to balance that giant bowl of fruit salad while also opening the door? It might be tricky. Unless you have one of these things. Easily exit your home while your hands are full simply by walking through the magnetic closure — the door will close right behind you! This is also a great option for pet owners!
This Laundry Folder Makes Your Chores Go Way FasterIf you're anything like me, you have no problem doing the laundry...until it comes time to actually fold it and put it away. (In fact, no joke — I'm procrastinating on folding a load right now by writing this.) This folder makes quick work of shirts, towels, pants...pretty much everything except socks. And since it's flat, you can easily store it right next to your washer and dryer — or even on top of them!
Everyone Should Have a Handheld Steamer
via: AmazonGently and effectively remove the wrinkles from your garments with nothing but water and this handy steamer. This one heats up in about 60 seconds and can also be used to clean and sanitize just about everything in your home from baby toys to windows to carpets and drapes. And it's compact, making it super portable and ideal for travelers and homebodies alike.
These Fruit Fly Traps Will Save Your Kitchen from Winged Beasts
via: AmazonAn infestation of fruit flies is pretty much the worst. Every time you think you've killed them all, you see another little bugger whizzing around your fruit bowl. Curses! Each one of these traps protects your home against fruit flies for 30 days. All you have to do is fill it with the non-toxic Lure Solution and place near problem areas.
This Foldable Drying Rack Is Another Must-Have for Your Laundry Room
via: AmazonReduce your electricity bill, save your "lay flat to dry" garments, and save space? This thing basically does it all. It's also ultra-light and easy to move from room to room (in case you don't have a designated spot to dry laundry in your home). Once you're done with it, you can fold it flat for easy storage under your bed or beside your washer and dryer.
A Rug Mat Will Keep Your Rugs Right Where You Want Them
via: AmazonWe've all dealt with a rug slip-sliding all over the floor. It's annoying and a huge waste of time to fix it every single time you walk by. These rug mats can be cut to whatever size you need and are guaranteed to keep your rug in place. And they're non-adhesive, meaning you can easily lift them up and move them around when it comes time to switch up your rug situation.
Take up a New Hobby with This Calligraphy Workbook
via: AmazonIt's never too late to improve your handwriting and this workbook might be just the thing you've been looking for in order to achieve that. It's filled with a bunch of exercises to do in order to improve your handwriting and modern calligraphy technique — all you need is a brush pen! Soon, you'll be leaving fancy notes all over the place!
Brew a Perfect Cup of Tea with This Tea Maker
via: AmazonSimply add your loose leaf tea, pour in the hot water, and let it steep. When it comes time to serve the tea, place the tea maker on top of your mug. It will automatically strain right into your cup, leaving the tea leaves behind. Never suffer through another mug of leafy bits again!
This Pasta Server Is Just Fun
via: AmazonOK, so this one technically won't make you serve pasta better, but it will make your day better. How could it not? It's shaped like a dinosaur! You can even give it a name if you really want to. Looks kinda like a Bruce to me. Bruce here is also dishwasher-safe — just make sure to put him on the top rack to avoid any extinction events.
This Universal Knife Block Is the Countertop Solution You've Been Looking For
via: AmazonA traditional knife block is a great asset to any chef, but everyone ends up with a few extra knives that don't fit in the block (and some knives in the block they never use). Switch to a universal knife block and you'll have a place to put your favorite knives without having to worry about getting them in the correct slot.
This Meal Prep Notepad Makes Grocery Shopping a Breeze
via: AmazonI actually have this exact same notepad at my house, and I wouldn't go back to meal planning without it. You can use one side to plan your meals and the other to make your grocery list — it's perforated so you can bring the list to the store with you. And, of course, the whole thing is magnetic so you can stick it right on your fridge. They've thought of everything.
This Studfinder Requires Zero Batteries
via: AmazonIt works with the power of magnets! Strong magnets embedded in the device quickly find the nails in the studs of your home, making it easier than ever to make sure you're working in the right spot. I actually have this, too! I've found it's helpful to attach a piece of string to the loop and use it as a (sort of) plumb bob. The magnets automatically guide it straight to the stud.
These Pie Birds Are Both Cute and Functional
via: AmazonIf you ever make pies at home, you'll want to a couple pie birds to your inventory. You place them in the center of a double-crust pie. The holes in the birds allow steam to escape through the crust to that the filling doesn't end up boiling over. They also prevent the crusts from cracking. Are you wondering whether they're dishwasher-safe? 'Cause they totally are.
These Swedish Dishcloths Are Also Lovely and Useful
via: AmazonThey're made from cotton and plant-based cellulose fibers, meaning they're 100 percent natural and compostable. If you're looking for a sustainable alternative to sponges and paper towels, I can't recommend these highly enough. When they dry out, they're stiff, but just add water and they become as soft as any other dishcloth. They also come in such fun and cheerful designs!
And This Dishcloth Holder Is the Perfect Thing to Hold Them!
via: AmazonRather than using suction cups like many other similar products (which can randomly fall off), this dishcloth rack attaches to your sink with waterproof (and completely removable) adhesive. It has a slim profile, too, which I think looks nice. It's nice to have a place to hang your dishcloth other than on the middle of your sink (where it inevitably falls off from, anyway).
These Silicone Baking Cups Eliminate the Need for Cooking Spray
via: AmazonBeing made from silicone, they're naturally non-stick. And they come in a bunch of fun colors, which is just a bonus. In addition to using them for baking cupcakes or muffins, you could also use them to organize jewelry in a bathroom drawer, line your car's cupholders for easier cleanup, or use them to hold snacks and lunch items for your kids.
These HandyGlasses Cleaners Have a Brilliant Design
via: AmazonEasily clean both sides of your lenses at once with a simple pinching motion. It's basically like using your T-shirt to wipe your lenses, except your optometrist won't get mad at you for scratching the lenses up. This listing is for a pack of five cleaners so you can keep them all over the place. (Or share a couple with your friends.)
The Squatty Potty Will Make Your Poops Better
via: AmazonWe said this list would make you do things better — turns out, that includes pooping! If you haven't tried a Squatty Potty yet, it's time to catch up with the rest of the world. Humans are meant to squat while pooping. Once you do, well, you'll never want to go back to the old way. The Squatty Potty is a plastic stepstool made expressly for the purpose of propping your legs up into a squat while you take care of business.
The Buttermate Is Just Plain Cool
via: AmazonMeasure and dispense pats of butter — small slivers or several tablespoons at a time. Just place a stick of butter inside, move the knob to your desired butter amount, and press down on the slicer. Pretty smart, right? Think of how nice it'll be not to have to deal with those measurements printed on the paper! You don't even need a butter knife to cut through the stick of butter! It's all-around brilliant.
This Bluetooth Speaker Is Suuuuuper Tiny
via: AmazonThat means you can easily slip it into your pocket and bring it wherever you want. But don't let its tiny profile trick you — that lil speaker packs a big punch. You can also use it to take phone calls or even as a remote shutter for your phone's camera! All this for less than 20 bucks! I think this would also make a great gift for any college student in your life!
These Leaf Scoops Will Save Plenty of Time in the Yard
via: AmazonSome inventions just make a whole lot of sense. Rather than trying to grab all the leaves from a pile with a rake and one hand, put these giant shovels onto your hands and grab a whole pile at once! Admit it: You want to wear these and pretend you're a leaf-grabbing dinosaur. I don't blame you. I totally do, too.
This DeFogger Sponge Does Exactly What It Says It Does
via: AmazonThe absorbent sponge is covered in a chamois fabric which causes condensation to roll right off the window, mirror, or other smooth surface. Keep one in your car and get another for your bathroom mirror — if you have a boat, you can use it there, too! The DeFogger Sponge can be used either wet or dry and is also machine-washable.
This Smart Scale Pairs with Your Phone
via: AmazonDownload the accompanying app and every time step onto the scale, your data will be sent directly to your phone. It tracks a bunch of stats including weight (obviously), BMI, muscle mass, protein, and metabolic age. It has a slim profile so it will fit neatly under your bathroom sink or wherever else you choose to store it. It also looks like it costs much more than 30 bucks — but it doesn't!
With This Milk Frother, You Can Make Fancy Lattes Right at Home
via: AmazonGetting a latte doesn't have to cost you $4 every morning — you can make your own at home with the help of this handy frother. It costs less than 7 bucks! With a little bit of practice, you'll be making fancy, foamy lattes and cappuccinos for you and your friends — maybe you could even start charging them 4 bucks a pop.
This Avocado Slicer Is the Only Tool You Really Need for Avocados
via: AmazonIt's a 3-in-1 genius tool. Use the blade to slice the avocado open, the teeth to grab the pit, and the slicer to get even slices for every piece of toast you ever eat. I didn't realize I needed a knife made especially for avocados in my life, but then I learned that one existed and found out that I actually do.
A Portable Clothesline Is a Great Option for Travelers
via: AmazonOf course, you could also put it up in your backyard! Nothing smells quite as nice as clean clothes that have been air dried in the great outdoors. This one includes a bunch of clips which keep clothes and towels from scooching together in the middle and weighing the whole thing down. The elastic rope can be stretched up to 10 feet long, which should work just about anywhere.
This Three-Sided Splatte Shield Makes Cooking Safer and Cleanup Easier
via: AmazonWe all know the dangers of frying foods on your stovetop. Not only can messy oil get splashed all over the place, it can also get splashed onto you. And it's hot! Protect yourself (and your stovetop) from errant oil splashes with this genius gadget that creates three walls around your pots and pans. Or, use it to provide some privacy for your shy foods. ;)
The Handy Scraper Is...Well, Just That
via: AmazonDo you ever find yourself trying to clean some grime out of a tiny crevice and wishing you had a tool made just for the job? That's exactly what led to the Handy Scraper's existence. Its unique design makes it the perfect tool for scraping off adhesives, cleaning tight spaces, prying open cans, or any number of other tasks around the house. This listing is for a pack of three so you can keep them wherever you might need 'em.
This Clip-On Cupholder Is Just Straight-Up Genius
via: AmazonYou know what they say: You can never have too many cupholders. Just clip this one onto any table, desk, or other surface and voila! Your cupholder awaits. All you need now is a cup for it to hold. Add space to your desk or tabletop and ensure that any gadgets you're working with are totally safe from spills.
This Table Runner Is Also a Trivet
via: AmazonIt's time for dinner! Rather than bringing a bunch of potholders to the table to hold your various cooked items, you can actually place them directly onto this table runner instead! It can withstand temperatures up to 300ºF and runs the entire length of your table so there's no need to scramble around to make sure your tabletop is safe from heat damage.
A Skinny Trashcan Like This One Fits Perfectly in Small Spaces
via: AmazonIf you don't have a lot of space between your toilet and bathroom vanity (or elsewhere in your home), this skinny trashcan is an excellent solution. It has a built-in handle which makes it easy to change out whenever you need to. And it's made from very smooth plastic, meaning it's easy to wipe down if you ever need to.