37 Genius Inventions That Are SO HELPFUL in Grown-Up Life

I'm sitting on my couch with my laptop, coffee, and a mission: Make your life a little bit easier. While I'd love to grant a wish in the shape of a trust fund or an Oprah-style new car, you'll have to settle for what I can offer: product recommendations! Today, I'm sharing 37 of the smartest, most useful inventions that truly help daily life as a grown woman.

Some of these products are designed for work, like this classy laptop bag that looks way more expensive than it is. I also found new gadgets for the home, including something called a laundry guard (don't you want to know what that is?). I didn't forget the fun--this list includes a universally flattering lipstick that costs under five bucks!

We hope you find these products as awesome as we do. Just an FYI: We are a participant in the Amazon affiliate program, and may receive a share of sales from links on this page. Prices on Amazon fluctuate so anything mentioned below might change as soon we publish it!
We hope you find these handy products as awesome as we do. Just an FYI: we participate in affiliate programs, and may receive a share of sales from links on this page.


This Accessory Organizer Holds All the Little Stuff in Your Bag

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The Grid-It Organization System is designed with versatility in mind. The sturdy base has a zippered pocked on one side, but the real genius is the stretchy woven straps that  can corral every little thing you need to keep handy. Slip it into a suitcase, backpack, or purse, and you'll be ready for just about anything.

This Silicone Bottle Brush Is Way More Hygienic Than Other Dishbrushes

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I have a phobia about kitchen sponges and brushes--no matter how much I rinse them or run them through the dishwasher, I'm suspicious of lurking germs. That's why I prefer silicone scrubbers like this bottle brush. With no holes or nylon bristles to harbor bacteria, this scrubber stays cleaner while it cleans!

This Shower Caddy Holds It All, Including Your Phone

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Tiny bathrooms need big solutions! This adhesive shower caddy holds an impressive array of bottles, tools, and accessories, but the best part is a specially designed spot to prop up your phone.

This 2-in-1 Portable Charger Plugs In and Stores Power for On-the-Go Charging

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Gadgets that can do more than one thing are always helpful! This portable charger plugs in to provide dual charging ports (handy if you need to charge your phone and another device overnight). Then, take the charger with you for a portable battery pack--it holds enough electricity to fully charge three phones.

This Ponycap Has an Opening for a High Ponytail or Messy Bun

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If you have long, thick hair, it's can be tricky to style it with a baseball cap. The ponycap may just be the answer, with a specially designed opening high on the back of the hat so you can pull hair through into a ponytail or bun. Check out the user reviews for photos of what other customers have done with it!

These Pet Cords Prevent Pets From Chewing Through Cords

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Keep pets safe and prevent expensive damage. Pet Cords are made of thick, flexible, clear plastic that slips over cords to make a protective barrier. They're unscented (no bad plastic smell!) and can be cut with scissors to the length needed.

This Pantry Organizer Hangs Over the Door for Extra Storage

via: Amazon / Lorraine

I'm not sure which I like better--the price (low!) or the design (smart!). This two-pack of hanging organizers adds storage space to the inside of a door or large cabinet. Measuring 52 x 18 inches, each organizer includes 15 clear pockets to hold whatever you need. Amazon reviewers find them useful in kitchens, bathrooms, and the garage.

These Onion Goggles Protect Your Sensitive Eyes

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My eyes are super sensitive to onion fumes. For years, I used a pair of swim goggles, but then I found these vastly superior onion goggles. They slip on like regular glasses, and the comfortable foam lining prevents fumes from hitting my eyes.

This Seat Cushion Set Relieves Back Pain at Work

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I suspect that office chairs were designed for typical men's bodies, which means women end up more fatigued and sore from prolonged sitting. These seat cushions can help. They're made of memory foam and are designed to hold your body in proper alignment, giving both tailbone and lumbar support.

This Minimalist Toothbrush Holder Is a Sleek Solution for Tight Spaces

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Sometimes, you need something simple yet perfect for the job, like this set of two minimalist toothbrush holders. The teeny-tiny ceramic pots hold your toothbrush dry and ready on the counter. Bonus tip: Some Amazon customers use them to hold pencils or pens on their desks.

This Magnifying Mirror Attaches with Suction Cups to a Mirror or Shower Door

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With 15X magnification, this 6-inch mirror is a necessity in the bathroom. It includes three suction cups on the back so it will stick securely to your mirror, window, shower door, or other smooth surface.

This Magnetic Cup Holds Pencils on the Fridge or Filing Cabinet

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Keep pens, pencils, and scissors handy with this magnetic cup. Made of smooth, lightweight metal, it comes in five shades and has a fully magnetized back so it will stay securely attached to any metal surface.

This Universally Flattering Lipstick Was Tested on 50 Skin Tones

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Maybelline's "Made for All" line of lipstick was painstakingly tested on 50 diverse skin tones to develop shades that are universally flattering. At this price--less than $5 each--it's worth trying!

These Popular Leggings Have Tummy Control, Pockets, and 9,000 Reviews

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I work from home, so I know how important it is to find comfortable, durable leggings! This pair is not only a great value, but has two of the features I absolutely insist on: a high waist for tummy control, and a pocket that fits my phone.

This Laundry Guard Prevents Lost Socks

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If you use the top of your washer/dryer to fold clothes or for storage, you need the laundry guard yesterday. It's basically a magnetic, modular, hinged fence that sits on top of the appliances and prevents items from falling behind.

This Koala Kloth Uses Premium Microfiber to Safely Clean Glasses and Screens

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There are a zillion microfiber cloths out there, including the ones you get for free with glasses. But the Koala Kloth is different. The microfiber is more dense than typical, with 25,700 cm of filament surface area versus 8,500 cm on comparable cloths, resulting in a sturdier cloth that cleans more effectively.

This Hairbrush Rake Removes Hair, Lint, Dust, and Product Residue

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You've already invested in your hairstyle, products, and tools. Don't skimp on maintenance! This hairbrush rake is designed to thoroughly clean brushes of all hair, lint, dust, and product residue, leaving your brushes fresher and extending their lifespan.

This Gooseneck iPad Holder Lets You Watch Your Tablet Hands-Free

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Need a better way to watch TV on your tablet? This gooseneck holder clamps onto a table or other furniture to provide a secure base for the long, flexible viewing arm. Works with any phone or table, including the Pro sizes.

These Glass Bottles Are an Elegant Way to Store and Serve Drinks

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I've been trying to reduce my plastic use, so I'm really enjoying this set of six 18-ounce glass bottles. They're perfect for keeping water or juice cold and ready in the fridge. They're a lot nicer to drink out of than plastic bottles, and they make any beverage look more appealing.

These Claw Gloves Make You the Wolverine of the Garden

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I've bought a lot of gardening gloves in my time, but this is the first pair that made me feel like a superhero! The sturdy plastic claws help you dig, pull weeds, loosen soil, and carry out other dirty jobs in the yard.

This Floating Wine Glass Lets You Live Your Best Life

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Picture it: You're relaxing in the pool, enjoying the warm air and cool water. The only thing missing is an adult beverage at your fingertips. Complete that image with this floating wine glass, which has an 18-ounce capacity, so you can fill it about halfway and let it safely bob in the water at your side.

This Dry Texture Spray Gives Volume Like Dry Shampoo, but Without the Powdery Residue

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I love dry shampoo for absorbing oil and adding volume, but when my hair is freshly washed, I need a different product. This dry texture spray adds targeted volume just like dry shampoo, but without the powdery residue I don't need when my hair's clean. Plus, this stuff smells amazing (seriously--whenever I use it, someone always mentions how good my hair smells).

This Door Stop Alarm Gives You Peace of Mind

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Affordable and easy to use, this door stop alarm gives you added security wherever you need it. Simply place under any door, and if that door is nudged, a loud alarm will blast out.

This Digital Tape Measure Displays and Records Measurements

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I recently bought a bunch of new furniture for a guest bedroom, and I must have measured and remeasured the space a million times while choosing what to buy. I really could have used this digital tape measure, which not only displays measurements in big, easy-to-read numbers, but also stores measurements in short-term or long-term memory.

These Cold Therapy Socks Relieve Hot, Sore, Swollen Feet

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I can't be the only one who gets "hot foot," which is what I call it when my feet get really hot at night and keep me from sleeping. These cold therapy socks provide instant cooling relief, as well as reduce pain and swelling.

This Coffee Bean Eye Cream Wakes Up Your Face With the Power of Caffeine

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Treat your delicate under-eye skin with this genius coffee bean eye cream. Natural caffeine reduces puffiness and dark circles, while the other ingredients (like Vitamin C, aloe, and rose hips) brighten and moisturize.

This Citrus Zinger Bottle Infuses Water or Tea with Fresh Fruit

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This citrus zinger is a smart innovation on water  bottles.  Press half of a small lemon, lime, orange, or tangerine into the ream built into the bottom, then add water on top. The juice flows into the water while the built-in strainer prevents pulp and seeds from mixing in.

This Avoseedo Kit Helps Your Sprout Your Own Li'l Avocado Tree

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This is a fun gift for kids, guac-lovers, and people who think they can't grow anything. The Avoseedo kit helps you sprout a real, live, tiny avocado tree from any fresh avocado pit. One reviewer wrote, "My very first try with the Avoseedo and I have two baby trees to call my own."

This Arctic Flex Ice Pack Stays Flexible Even When Frozen to Provide Contoured Relief

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Hours at the computer means I often end the day with a sore neck. The Arctic Flex Ice Pack is my newest solution for pain relief.  The key is that it stays very flexible even when frozen, so it's easy to wrap it just where you need it.

This Airtight Cold Brew Maker Keeps Coffee Fresh for Days

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This airtight cold brew maker might be the best solution for making your own cold brew coffee at home. Not only is it beautiful to look at and easy to use, but it also has an airtight seal that keeps your coffee fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

This Affordable Tote Bag Holds Your Laptop and Everything Else You Need

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When you need to look like a grown-up, you need a stylish and roomy bag. This tote bag is not only a great value, but it's also designed with interior pockets to organize your computer, tablet, paperwork, wallet, and whatever else you need.

This Acupressure Tool Relieves Headache and Tension Naturally

via: Amazon / Becki

If it's a placebo, don't tell me.  All I know is that this acupressure relief tool really does seem to reduce headaches and shoulder aches (especially ones triggered by stress). Check out the user reviews on Amazon for more testimonials.

These Wristbands Keep You Dry While You Wash Your Face

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Have you heard this tip yet? Wear absorbent wristbands while you wash your face! The excess water soaks into the bands instead of running down your arms, soaking your shirt, or leaving a lake on your countertop.

This Umbrella Has a Built-In Cup Holder

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Is this new invention ridiculous or genius? I can't decide! This inverted umbrella has a cupholder built into the handle so you have a spot for your coffee or water while walking in the rain.

This Cocktail Recipe Book Teaches You to Make Delicious Drinks With Only Three Ingredients

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I enjoy fancy cocktails, but the ingredient lists can be intimidating. I prefer the refreshing simplicity of this book, 3-Ingredient Cocktails, by Robert Simonson. This James Beard Book Award finalist includes recipes, historic tidbits, and beautiful photographs.

This Tea Timer Is Equal Parts Charming and Functional

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I brew a big mug of black tea every morning, and I always set the microwave timer to prevent over-steeping. Now that I've found this tea timer, though, I'll be timing my tea with a lot more style! Three old-fashioned sand-filled hourglasses are set into the sturdy frame, marked with the timing of each hourglass.

These Squeezable Dressing Containers Upgrade Your Lunch Salads

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If you pack salads for lunch, you definitely need this set of three squeezable dressing containers. Easy to fill (and not too tortuous to clean), each holds 2 ounces of dressing or other condiments or sauces.