If you're anything like me, you have a terrible habit of buying any product that has a particularly clever design, a variety of handy features, or seems like it would make my life easier. Of course, more often than not, once the product arrives it turns out to be nothing like it was described online and does not, in fact, make my life any easier. I'm then left with less money in the bank and more useless junk to get rid of. As someone verging into hoarder territory, this is a habit that I really need to break.
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The following 36 products, however, are completely unique for one very good reason: They actually do what they say they'll do. And yes, they all make your life much easier. Trust me on this one. I've ordered enough useless products to know the difference.
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This Bluelounge Portiko 6-foot Extension Cord That Sticks To The Wall
via: AmazonMy house has a seriously annoying lack of outlets. I'm constantly having to rearrange furniture in order to free up an outlet, and even though power strips help, they can still be extremely difficult to access. That's what makes this Bluelounge Portiko 6-foot extension cord such a perfect product. Not only does it have a variety of outlets, it also sticks directly onto the wall or a table. No more rearranging! Unfortunately, this item is temporarily out of stock but we found a similar mountable extension cord which does the same job that we think you will like.
This PARWIN PRO Straightening Iron That Lets You Go From Wet To Dry In Seconds
via: AmazonI'm very lazy when it comes to styling my hair. In fact, most days I just stick it up into a messy bun after a shower without even bothering to brush it. But there are times when I'm forced to make an effort, and on those days I couldn't be more thankful for this straightening iron.
This Good Cook Shrimp Deveiner and Cleaner That's A Must For Seafood Lovers
via: AmazonIf I could eat one food and one food only for the rest of my life, it would be shrimp. Although I love it more than pretty much anything else in the world, I've never made it at home, since the thought of having to prepare it myself has always been daunting. That's where this Good Cook Shrimp Deveiner and Cleaner comes in. It allows for one-step deveining and easily removes shells with the cerated blade.
This ZYLISS FastCut Herb Mincer That Adds Major Flavor To Meals
via: AmazonI've recently become super into cooking, and have finally started feeling more comfortable in the kitchen. I actually follow recipes now instead of just boiling pasta and heating up sauce every night and take great joy in selecting the perfect herbs and spices for each dish. This ZYLISS FastCut Herb Mincer makes it insanely easy to chop up my favorite herbs so my meals have added flavor without the added calories.
This Magnetic Paper Towel Holder That Adds Smart Storage
via: AmazonNeed more room for your kitchen essentials? Looking for the perfect spot to store your paper towel roll? Have I got the product for you. This Magnetic Paper Towel Holder for Refrigerator with Storage Shelf is one of those products that's so simple yet so ingenious that I can't believe I didn't invent it myself. Just stick it to the side of your fridge and-BAM! Instant storage.
This Dr. Frederick's Foot Arch Support Brace That Provides Relief and Support
via: AmazonIf you suffer from chronic foot pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It can be hard to even stand up, let alone go about your daily activities, and most products on the market today don't do anything other than temporarily mask the pain. This Dr. Frederick's Foot Arch Support Brace makes a huge difference and offers the support you need to get you through the day pain-free.
This Kohler Bluetooth Fixed Shower Head That Has A Built-In Speaker
via: AmazonWhen I shower I like to listen to music or my favorite podcast, which tends to make my water bills go through the roof. The only problem with that (other than the water bill) is that there's not really a good place to put my phone where I can still hear it while showering. So when a friend told me about this Kohler Bluetooth Fixed Shower Head with Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, I bought it immediately. I may never get out of the shower again.
These Stainless Steel Reusable Drinking Straws That Will Help You Save the Environment
via: AmazonThe sad truth is that plastic straws are terrible for the environment. But if you love drinking out of straws (like we do), all hope is not lost! These stainless steel straws are perfect replacements. And they come with their very own cleaner brush!
This Easy Eco Life Bedside Shelf Accessories Organizer That's Crazy Convenient
via: AmazonOkay, this one was basically designed for me. My husband and I don't have room in our bedroom for two bedside tables, so until I found out about this Easy Eco Life Bedside Shelf Accessories Organizer, I was forced to put my bedtime essentials on his table and was constantly reaching over him to grab my reading glasses, lotion, etc. Not anymore!
This Miracle Foot Brush with Pumice Stone That Transforms Your Feet
via: AmazonEven when you're not 8 months pregnant (as I currently am), washing your feet can be a pain. You're forced to bend down in a slippery tub and risk a back-breaking fall just to get your tootsies clean. This New Product Solutions TOE094 Miracle Foot Brush with Pumice Stone is a (literal) lifesaver. I've used it all throughout my pregnancy, and my husband loves it, too!
This Wyze Cam Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera That Gives You Peace of Mind
via: AmazonEver since my pregnancy began, I've been on a mission to make our house safer for my growing family. That includes getting new locks for all the doors, a floodlight on the side of the house, and buying this Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision. It streams video directly to my smartphone, day or night. Talk about added peace of mind!
This 6 in 1 Screwdriver Tool Pen That Has Endless Features
via: AmazonLife is complicated enough already, so why not find a product that does it all so you don't have to constantly be switching between things and searching all over your house for the tools you need? This 6 in 1 Screwdriver Tool Pen is a stylus, flat and Phillips screwdriver bit, bubble level and inch cm ruler and a pen all in one.
This Compact Plug-in Air Sanitizer Cleans Your Air With Zero Footprint
via: AmazonIt kills germs, mold, freshens air and wipes out odors, all while staying nice and small on your wall.
This The Wand by PureWine That Eliminates Wine Headaches
via: AmazonBefore I was pregnant, a glass of red wine was my go-to drink after work to wind down. The only downside was the horrible headache I'd get roughly an hour later. If only I'd known about these The Wand by PureWine wine filters years ago. They remove the histamines and sulfates that cause those dreaded headaches and also prevent other side effects like congestion, upset stomach, and hangovers.
This SMARTRO Digital Meat Thermometer That Lets You Cook With Confidence
via: AmazonEven though I've become more confident in the kitchen, I still get nervous about cooking meat. I'd rather not give my guests food poisoning, and that fear usually causes me to completely overcook things in an effort to kill all trace of bacteria. This SMARTRO ST59 Digital Meat Thermometer gives me an accurate reading of the internal temperature of my meat so I can cook without fear.
This Tiny Gadget Not Only Charges Your Devices, But Also Adds Bluetooth Functionality To Your Car
via: AmazonFeel like taking that 20th century car into the 21st? Bluetooth amazingness is a ROAV adapter away.
This Etekcity Water Filter Straw That Gives You Access To Clean Water Anywhere
via: AmazonOkay, I'll admit it: I'm not really much of an "outdoorsy" type person. But when I do venture out into the wilderness, I like to be as prepared as humanly possible. That includes packing one of these Etekcity Water Filter Straws. It turns even the grossest of waters into fresh, pure drinking water, meaning it could be the difference between life and death.
The Magnogrip Keeps Screws And Nails Right Where You Need Them
via: AmazonWith around 10,000 positive reviews, the MagGrip is hands-down the most-loved (and best-selling) phone holder on Amazon. Just add a thin magnet to the back of your phone, and it'll stick like glue to the MagGrip mount. Seriously, people are obsessed with this thing.
This Bed Band That Prevent The Dreaded Sheet Slip
via: AmazonWho can get any sleep when your sheets are constantly slipping off?\"Find"}"> These brilliant "bed bands" eliminate that problem so you can finally catch some Z's.
This Cooks Innovations Fridge Monkey Mat That Stores Your Drinks The Smart Way
via: AmazonIs it just me, or does storing drinks in your fridge always take up WAY too much room? The geniuses who invented this Cooks Innovations Fridge Monkey Mat Refrigerator Organizer came up with the perfect solution. It allows you to stack your cans and bottles in a way that's secure while also taking up much less space. Bring on the beverages!
This Gourmia Automatic Healthy Frozen Dessert Maker That Turns Frozen Fruit Into A Delish Dessert
via: AmazonI try to eat as healthy as possible, but I also have a weakness for pretty much any type of dessert. Cakes, cookies, pies, and, most importantly, ice cream are pretty much my favorite foods on earth. This Gourmia GSI180 Automatic Healthy Frozen Dessert Maker allows me to indulge my sweet tooth without totally ruining my diet. I can't picture my life without it.
Using These Dirt Cheap Drain Snakes Will Both Disgust And Fascinate YouWhen you first snake your drain, you might gag. Then you're gonna wonder where all that hair came from. Then you're gonna be so happy you spent $5 instead of calling in a plumber. Then you still might gag. Then you'll move right on to the next drain.
This Smart Light Switch That's A Total Game-Changer
via: AmazonThis Smart Light Switch Gosund 15A Smart Wifi Light Switch with Remote Control and Timer really does make your life easier. In fact, now that I've become so used to controlling my lights with my smartphone, the thought of actually having to get up to switch on or off a light is too much for me to handle. I can never go back.
People Swear By This Wildly Popular Acupressure Mat
via: AmazonAccording to 3000 reviewers, it hurts at first, but after a day or two, it starts to work its magic.
This S&T Microfiber Dish Drying Mat That's Ridiculously Absorbant
via: AmazonThe other day I was complaining to my husband about how wet our countertops get when we're drying dishes on the drying rack, and he suggested I look for some kind of a solution on Amazon. Boy, did I find it. This S&T XL Microfiber Dish Drying Mat is not only insanely absorbent, but it also looks pretty and comes in a variety of colors and designs. Problem solved!
With This Gap Cleaning Brush You'll Have The Cleanest Window Tracks On The Block
via: AmazonThere is literally decades of dust living in the crevices of my windows right now, awaiting attack by the Trycooling Brush.
This Fruit Slicer Set Creative Kitchen Tools Gadget That Does It All
via: AmazonI may or may not be just a tad obsessed with this Fruit Slicer Set Creative Kitchen Tools Gadgets Fruit Cutter. Not only does it look ridiculously cute, but it also has about a million different functions in one: It's an apple slicer, citrus peeler, citrus juicer, and fruit grater in one versatile product. Plus, it looks amazing on your countertop.
This Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror That Has A Built-In USB Charger
via: AmazonI'm one of those people who tends to carry their entire makeup with them wherever they go, just in case I get caught in a sudden torrential downpour and need to freshen up my look. This Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror is super compact so it won't take up a lot of room in your purse, but offers 3X magnification and a lighten rim so you always have the perfect amount of light for touch-ups.
These Wildly Popular Baking Mats Will Keep You From Scrubbing Stuck-On Messes
via: AmazonUse these handy silicone liners to create a nonstick layer on your baking sheets. They're great for cookies, candies, cakes, biscuits — anything you want to bake in the oven. And they're dishwasher-safe!
This KitchenArt Select-A-Spice Auto-Measure Carousel That Upgrades Your Kitchen
via: AmazonIf you like to keep things spicy in the kitchen but have nowhere to store your hundreds upon hundreds of bottles of herbs and spices, this KitchenArt 25000 Select-A-Spice Auto-Measure Carousel Professional Series was made for you. The carousel design makes it easy to access your favorites, and the dispensers give you a perfectly portioned amount every time. So brilliant!
This Outlite A100 Portable Ultra Bright Handheld LED Flashlight That's A Camping Essential
via: AmazonYou can never be too prepared for disaster nowadays, and this outlite A100 Portable Ultra Bright Handheld LED Flashlight with Adjustable Focus and 5 Light Modes is something that everyone should have in their emergency arsenal. It features a super strong LED light and is water resistant so it won't leave you in the dark, no matter how stormy it is outside.
Stop Resenting Your Pets: Clean Up Their Hair From Anywhere For Under $20
via: AmazonThe all-rubber construction of the FURremover Broom not only lends to its long-term durability, but also its multi-use utility as a fur-gathering sweeper, and a pee-pushing squeegee. It'll keep your carpets fur-free and your hardwood unstained, so you can love your pets in all their messy glory without (too much) resentment.
This Sport-Brella Super-Brella That The Whole Team Can Fit Underneath
via: AmazonSummer is almost here, folks, and with it comes the ability to finally step outside and being able to feel your extremities. (I'm from the midwest, though, so I assume this is not the norm for most other parts of the country.) Protect yourself and your family from the harsh sun while enjoying the beautiful weather with this Sport-Brella Super-Brella SPF 50+ Sun and Rain Canopy Umbrella.
This Nyce Power LampCharger Light Bulb Socket Adapter That Gives You An Outlet Where You Need It Most
via: AmazonRemember what I said about never having an outlet where I need it most? This Nyce Power LampCharger Light Bulb Socket Adapter is yet another solution to this annoying problem. It has built-in USB ports so you can keep your devices charged without having to rearrange your entire house to do so. I want one for every lamp in my house!
These Non Stick Toaster Bags That Make Your Toasted Snacks Extra Crispie
via: AmazonIs there anything more delicious than a grilled cheese sandwich? It has all the essentials: Bread, cheese, butter...what else do you need, really? These Non Stick Reusable and Heat Resistant Toaster Bags take all the work out of making your favorite toasted sandwiches. Simply throw them in one of these clever bags, pop them in the toaster, and-Voila! A perfectly crisp, deliciously gooey grilled cheese!
This $8 Invention Adds An Invaluable Footrest To Your Shower
via: AmazonMuch like cupholders, I don't understand why more everyday things don't have built-in footrests.
This Portable Dog Paw Cleaner That Keeps Your Pup's Paws Fresh
via: AmazonMy dog's favorite activity is to get as dirty as physically possible on every walk and trip to the dog park. She purposely jumps into mud pits and digs in the dirt until her paws are completely filthy, and until I found out about this Portable Dog Paw Cleaner, I was forced to give her a bath every time. Not anymore!
This Cutequeen Laptop Steering Wheel Desk That Turns Your Car Into An Office
via: AmazonBefore you jump to any conclusions, this Cutequeen Trading car 1pcs Eating/Laptop Steering Wheel Desk does not mean you should be eating or using your laptop while driving. It does, however, provide the perfect spot to eat your lunch or get some work done. It connects directly onto the steering wheel for major convenience. Just make sure you're in park first.
This Yoozon Selfie Stick That Has A Remote Feature
via: AmazonSure, selfie sticks are a lot of fun and allow you to take pictures of a large group of people or capture a particularly stunning backdrop, but you're still forced to hold it out in front of you to get the perfect shot. This Yoozon Selfie Stick Tripod with Bluetooth lets you snap a stunning photo with a remote control so you have more freedom to nab the shot you really want.
This Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller That Gives You 12 Hours Of Bug-Free Bliss
via: AmazonThe weather is finally getting nicer, and while it's nice to be able to be outside more, it also means having to deal with a less-than-nice aspect of summer: mosquitoes. This Thermacell MR300 Portable Mosquito Repeller gives you up to 12 hours without having to deal with these annoying pests without having to load up on bug spray. Bring it on, summer!
This OXO Good Grips Wipes Dispenser That Allows You To Take Just One Wipe At A Time
via: AmazonThis OXO Good Grips Wipes Dispenser for Face Wipes, Hand Wipes and Flushable Wipes solves a problem that may not seem like a huge deal but one we've all found annoying. It has a weighted plate in the bottom that actually allows you to grab one wipe at a time instead of the usual 20, meaning you can grab one with just one hand. Amazing, right?
This OXO Good Grips Hideaway Toilet Plunger and Canister That Hides Your Gross Plunger
via: AmazonPlungers are gross. There's really no getting around it. So why force yourself and your guests to look at it when you don't have to? This OXO Good Grips Hideaway Toilet Plunger and Canister is not only a high-quality plunger that takes care of even the toughest of clogs, it also comes with a canister that hides it perfectly, resulting in a sleek and not-at-all-gross addition to your bathroom.
This Teslasz Fitness Tracker That Helps You Meet Your Fitness Goals
via: AmazonWe could all use a little motivation to be more active, right? This Teslasz Fitness Tracker, Sleep Monitor Calorie Counter Pedometer Sport Activity Tracker not only looks chic on your wrist, it also makes you actually look forward to working out and eating right. I know, I know...that sounds pretty far-fetched. But it's the truth. Plus, it's a total bargain at only $27.99!
This mDesign Over The Tank Toilet Tissue Paper Roll Holder That Means You'll Never Be Left Without TP
via: AmazonThere are few things in life more horrifying that going to the bathroom only to realize far too late that you're out of toilet paper. This mDesign Metal Compact Hanging Over The Tank Toilet Tissue Paper Roll Holder and Dispenser prevents this tragedy from ever happening again. It's something that should come standard in all bathrooms, in my humble opinion.
This Cutting Board with Tray That Makes Meal Prep WAY Easier
via: AmazonMeal prep just got about 10 times easier. This Cutting Board with Tray and Strainer not only comes with a built-in tray to store your chopped goodies in after cutting, but it also comes with a strainer so you can go straight from washing produce to chopping it up and serving it. Why hasn't anyone thought of this thing before now?!
This Ideaworks Slide Out Storage Tower That Gives You Sneaky Storage Space
via: AmazonOur house has a severe lack of storage space, and I'm always trying to think up clever ways to store out junk without making our house look like it's constantly cluttered. This Ideaworks JB6032 Slide Out Storage Tower is an insanely smart way to stow your household essentials. I load mine up with laundry must-haves like detergent, stain spray, fabric softener, and dryer sheets and slide it between my washer and dryer, then roll it out when I need it. So handy!
This KitchenArt Scrap Trap With Scraper That Takes Care Of Cooking Messes In A Snap
via: AmazonI don't know about you, but whenever I'm cleaning up my kitchen scraps I always end up dropping half of them on the floor before I can make it to my garbage can. This KitchenArt 18530 Scrap Trap With Scraper is seriously so handy that I've been telling pretty much everyone I know about. It attaches right to your countertop and comes with an awesome little scraper so your countertops and floor stay mess-free.
These Moso Purifying Bags Apparently Have Odor-Killing Superpowers
via: AmazonThousands of reviewers tout the powers of these bags of activated charcoal, specifically highlighting their abilities to freshen truly nasty old shoes, or even drink up the odorrific remnants of spoiled milk inside a minivan.
These Harperton Nail Clippers Will Be The Last Ones You Ever Buy
via: AmazonIf you haven't tried a REAL pair of nail clippers, trust me, you need to. It's a completely different (and far superior) experience from those $2 clippers.
These Big Wool Balls Will Replace Dryer Sheets
via: AmazonThrow out those dryer sheets and fabric softener. These solid wool balls are a wildly popular solution for soft and static-free clothes.
This ECHOGEAR Outlet Shelf That You'll Want In Every Room
via: AmazonWhy don't all outlets have shelves?
This Handy Tool That Helps You Buckle And Unbuckle Your Seatbelt
via: AmazonNo matter what age or how mobile your hands are, getting your seatbelt buckled can be a total pain at times — so grab this handy little tool. Just attach it to your seatbelt (so that you don't risk losing it), then press down on the lever whenever you're ready to go. Only one slight limitation — it's designed to work with only push-style buckles.