When it comes to household tasks, easier is almost always better. I would much rather be able to simplify and streamline chores and errands instead of extend them — unless, of course, I’m listening to a really good podcast. Most of the time, however, I’m all for anything that makes adulting just a bit smoother, which is why I’m glad to be sharing this list of clever things you’ll wish you heard about years ago, because each of them will make your life easier in one way or another. Some will do it in big ways (like smart outlets that make your home more technologically advanced) and some will do it in small ways (like reading lights with settings that are gentle on your eyes), but everything here has the potential to make a change for the better in at least one area of your life. Personally, I’m here for the kitchen gadgets that streamline cooking and cleaning tasks.
Plus, everything here is readily available on Amazon, which means you’re not more than a few clicks away from a life of luxury. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration — but there are some really clever products here, so the sky’s the limit on how you use all the time and effort and energy you’ll save.
1. This wondrous gadget that allows you to carry drinks around without spilling
Carry your coffee with confidence with this SpillNot drink carrier. Mugs rest on the silicone base, while you hold the loop handle, and thanks to the wonders of centripetal force, liquid doesn’t slosh out — even when your cup is full. As the brand says, it’s simply “science, not magic.”
2. A Bluetooth speaker you can use in the shower
Take your bathroom singing to the next level with a Bluetooth shower speaker. It easily connects to your smartphone or tablet, and safely plays your music of choice thanks to the water-resistant and splash-proof exterior. A detachable suction cup makes it easy to hang and position, too.
3. These rug grippers that don’t leave residue on your floor
Once you’ve adhered these rug grippers to your floor mat or rug of choice, the grips use a suction-like technology to keep that flooring in place, so you won’t have to worry about unsightly (or dangerous) wrinkles or shifts. They’re easy to use, subtle, and you don’t have to remove them when you wash rugs, either.
4. A portable laptop stand so you can customize your workspace
One of the joys of owning a laptop is that you can use it almost anywhere. This portable laptop stand allows you to set your device at the ideal angle no matter where you’re working, and it folds down for easy transport so you can pop it in a backpack or bag. It’s made of durable aluminum and fits laptops up to 17 inches.
5. This splatter screen guard that protects you & prevents messes
This splatter screen guard fits over the top of pots and pans to prevent oil and other foods from popping or splashing out — all while still allowing steam to escape. The mesh screen is stainless steel, with a plastic handle for comfort and protection. The dishwasher-safe screen comes in four sizes.
6. A sleek & shiny odor absorber that doubles as a conversation starter
You use this stainless steel odor absorber like a bar of soap, rubbing it between your hands to rid them of smells (with or without water is fine, according to the brand). Keep it by your prep area so you can use it after slicing onions, garlic, or any other aromatic food. It’s available in multiple shapes and sizes.
7. A fun & functional lazy Susan turntable
Warning: You may never has as much fun passing the salt as you do when you spin it over to someone with this lazy Susan turntable. This round bamboo board rests on subtle rotators, so you can use it on your table for serving, in cupboards for accessible storage, or even for crafts and projects.
8. This clip-on strainer that lets you drain foods right out of the pot
Save dishes, cut out extra cooking steps, and keep your hot food steaming until it reaches plates? Yes, please. This silicone snap-on pot strainer attaches right to the edge of pots and pans so you can drain liquid directly from them. Plus, it takes up less room than traditional colanders, saving you space in the kitchen cabinets.
9. An outlet extender & charging station in one
Finally, your phone doesn’t have to become clutter when it’s on the charger. This outlet extender and charging station creates space for you out of thin air, providing the perfect place to set your phone to keep it out of the way — or in view as it charges, if you prefer. It includes a whopping eight electrical outlets and three USB ports.
10. A spatula that gets every drop of product out of jars and bottles
This nifty beauty spatula is lengthy enough to get out every drop of product from your skincare bottle, peanut butter jar (and a number of other items). The popular Shark Tank-approved mini spatula costs just $5 and can save you so much money in the long run. It boasts more than 5,000 reviews.
11. A cold-brew maker that holds 47 ounces of coffee
No more dragging yourself to a coffee shop when the mood for iced coffee strikes, since this cold brew maker brews right in your fridge. It comes with the carafe, a scoop, a funnel, and a filter. And, with a 47-ounce capacity, you’ll be able to make drinks for days.
12. A cable management box that hides the cord chaos
Can you see some messy cords from where you’re sitting? If the answer is yes, you might want to give a cable management box a shot. It holds and conceals a standard-sized power strip, keeping cords and wires at bay. Two sizes are available, and it’s offered in both black and white.
13. A set of vacuum storage bags for properly sealing seasonal items
If you cringe a little every time you unpack seasonal items like blankets and sweaters only to find they have accumulated odors and maybe even mold over time, these reusable vacuum storage bags will prove a winner. Each set comes with two medium, two large, and two jumbo bags that can fit plenty but will then condense into small packets with the help of your vacuum. The bags seal out air and keep items in amazing shape, year after year.
14. These space-saving closet hangers that keep you organized
Each of these space-saving hangers has room for up to six regular hangers, but take up a fraction of the space when used vertically. They’re made with eco-friendly beech wood, plus they have a swivel hook that makes it easy to reach your shirt or garment of choice.
15. A trusty WiFi extender for expanded coverage
Whether you want to cover a bigger distance, or connect more devices, this WiFi extender will do the trick. It works with up to 20 devices, and promises a range of up to 1,200 square feet (or opt for a version that can handle 25 devices and 1,500 square feet). Best of all, it’s easy to use and plugs right into a standard outlet.
16. This curved wine decanter that’s pretty & practical
For wine aficionados and novices alike, this wine decanter aerates and enhances wine flavor, and provides an easy spout for pouring. It makes a great conversation piece since it’s elegant and artistic, and it can be used as a pitcher for water, juice, and other beverages, too.
17. A gooseneck tablet holder that you can angle any way you need
When you have this gooseneck tablet holder, you’ll never have to worry about your tablet tipping over or falling from its perch. The bendable arm is flexible and adjustable, and the clamp can be quickly and easily applied to your surface of choice. And no worries when you’re without a tablet; it works with smartphones, too.
18. An egg cooker that’s clever, colorful & compact
Pop this egg cooker onto your countertop, and use it to cook up to seven eggs at once, to poach two eggs at a time, or even to make omelettes. It’s super easy to use, includes an indicator light so you know exactly when eggs are done, and the best part? Most parts are removable and dishwasher-safe, so clean-up is a breeze.
19. An electric hot pot for warming & cooking a variety of different meals
Whether you want to save space, or time, or a combination of the two, this electric hot pot has you covered. It’s an easy and efficient way to cook without a full stove top, and can easily handle everything from rice and noodles to steak, chicken, or veggies. A spatula and egg turner are included too.
20. These grocery bag holders that allow you to carry more bags, more comfortably
Why aren’t these shopping bag holders available at every checkout? Bag handles sling onto their dual hooks so you can carry more bags, more easily. Plus, they have soft grips, so they’re gentle on hands, and they carry up to 80 pounds apiece. But the best part? You’ll be able to get all your groceries inside in just one trip.
21. A soft scrubber that elevates your shower routine
This microfiber shower scrubber has a soft side and an exfoliating side, plus two loop-style handles for easy holding and washing. At roughly 30 inches, you can use it on your back, upper arms, feet, or anywhere that’s hard to reach. Plus, you can hang it dry in between uses. It’s offered in three colors.
22. These glasses to block blue light from your devices & screens
If you’re looking for a way to filter out blue light from your phone or screen or choice, take a look (pun intended) at these blue light blocking glasses. Each set offers two pairs with unique frames in a stylish design like tortoiseshell, matte black, clear pink, and you can opt for clear lenses, or tints meant for gaming or night vision.
23. These smart plugs that let you customize & control electronics from your phone
Have you ever wanted to turn off your bedside lamp from another room? What about another country? Smart outlets allow you to turn electronics and appliances in and off with your phone, or a digital assistant like Alexa if you have one. They also allow you to set schedules and timers, and ultimately better manage energy consumption, too.
24. A rainfall showerhead that basically transforms your bathroom into a spa
What’s better than a long, hot shower? A long hot shower that feels like a tropical rain shower, thanks to this rainfall shower head. This sleek choice is available in three sizes between 8 and 12 inches, and three colors (chrome, nickel, and matte black), so you can find the perfect upgrade for your bathroom.
25. A fabric shaver to keep clothes & upholstery looking like new
Never again set aside a favorite shirt because of lint or pilling, thanks to this compact fabric shaver. It has an adjustable trimming height and can run on batteries or the included 6-foot USB cable. Even better, it not only works on clothes, it can handle upholstery, furniture, and even certain stuffed animals.
26. A draft stopper that slides under your door & helps maintain temperature control
This adjustable door draft stopper keeps outside air out (and inside air in), helping not only with temperature control but energy consumption, noise proofing, and even odor blocking. It comes in four colors so you can pick the most subtle choice for your space, and it suits doors 32 to 38 inches wide.
27. These eco-friendly wool dryer balls that help make your dryer more efficient
A set of wool dryer balls can provide many of the same benefits as dryer sheets, only with less waste and without extra perfumes and additives. Plus, they also promise to dry your laundry faster since they help circulate it in the dryer. Each ball can last up to three years, or 1,000 washes.
28. A set of stackable produce savers that help keep food fresher for longer
No more throwing away wilted herbs or mushy berries. These stackable produce savers hold and store delicate produce away from moisture, so it lasts longer for you. Each saver in this set of three is a unique size, and the lids have silicone seals to keep them airtight.
29. These silicone & felt furniture covers that protect your floors
Why don’t furniture leg covers just come with all furniture? These silicone and felt covers slip over the bottom of chair legs, table legs, and more, so you can scoot and shift without damaging floors. Even better, they’re offered in a variety of colors and sizes so you can find one that blends right in.
30. An oversized cutting board for all your cooking & prepping needs
If you’ve ever tried to use a cutting board only to have pieces of food and juices leak onto your counters, then you know how handy a large-sized cutting board actually is. The surface of this Thirteen Chefs version is 18 inches by 12 inches, giving you lots of room to work, and it’s dishwasher-safe, too (as long as you have the room for it!).
31. A sleek & sophisticated shaker set for leveled-up cocktails
Whether you’re a seasoned bartender, an avid host, an aspiring mixologist, or something in between, you’ll find plenty of uses for this cocktail shaker set. It’s made of durable and versatile stainless steel, and includes a drink shaker, strainer, and jigger. Plus, it’s all dishwasher-safe, so clean-up is a cinch.
32. A wireless doorbell with tons of customization options
This wireless doorbell set gives you more functions and flexibility than standard installed versions. One doorbell transmitter and one receiver come in each set, and they work up to 1,000 feet apart — just stick the doorbell on where you want it, and plug in the receiver. There are more than 50 chimes and four volume settings to choose from, and they’re weatherproof.
33. A tried & true travel charger you can slip into your pocket
Few things are more frustrating than a dead phone that you need to use. This set of two portable chargers allows you to bring extra charge when you’re on the go, extending the life of your phone by hours. Each set also comes with two USB cables, and they’re compatible with a variety of smartphones.
34. These magnetic phone holders that connect to your air vents
This two-pack of magnetic phone holders comes with two mounts, four metal plates that adhere to the back of your devices (or slip inside your case), and four protective film covers. The mounts take just seconds to install, plus they allow for swiveling and adjusting your phone for the perfect position.
35. A wearable electric blanket that’s as soft as it is warm
Take your coziness game to the next level with a plush electric blanket that you can wear over your neck and shoulders. Keep it on the couch, or pack it for tailgating, spectating, and more. It features three heat levels, plus auto-shutoff. But the best part? Matching socks are included, too. Coziness to the hilt. There are seven colors and patterns to choose from.
36. A sophisticated serving tray made with versatile bamboo
Few household items are as versatile as a trusty bamboo serving tray. In seconds, it can go from a comfy workstation to a snack display to a drink holder to a craft surface. The bamboo material promises to be water-resistant and lightweight, and goes with most decor styles. Handles make it easy to carry from room to room, too.
37. A salt & pepper grinder that churns with the press of a button
It’s hard not to feel fancy when using an electric salt and pepper grinder. It works with just the press of a button, and it’s battery-operated with an adjustable ceramic grinder and stainless steel exterior. But, the best feature may be the LED light that lets you see how much seasoning you’re adding, even during a candlelit affair.
38. A durable & sleek pitcher made for infused drinks
Imagine how excited you (or your guests) will be when you pull out this fruit infusion pitcher on a hot day. It features a removable holder that keeps fruit in the mix without overpowering your drinks. Made of durable, translucent acrylic material, it can hold up to 93 ounces of liquid (though smaller shapes and sizes are available if you prefer).
39. This dish soap dispenser set that makes the kitchen sink area feel clean & contemporary
This dish soap dispenser set will take your kitchen clean-up to the next level. It has a sponge holder (with a soap dispenser), plus a hand soap dispenser, and both pieces fit perfectly on the matching silicone tray. Everything coordinates, and can be easily cleaned, too.
40. These practical & polished shoehorns to help you (& your guests) with shoes
These metal shoe horns help protect the shape of your shoes and simplify your getting-ready routine, making it easy to slide feet in without crunching or bending the heels. Each pair comes with a 16.5-inch version that’s great for home use, and a 7.5-inch one that’s perfect for travel.
41. An instant-read meat thermometer to take the guesswork out of cooking
At best, undercooked food is unpleasant to eat and at worst, it can make you sick. A reliable meat thermometer gives you a number reading that tells you if your food is done, saving you time and trouble in the kitchen. Different colors and features are available too, including a talking readout or a bottle opener.
42. A bidet attachment for your toilet that’s eco-friendlier & efficient
Save money on toilet paper and help the environment? Yes, please. Not only that, but this bidet toilet attachment keeps you comfortable and clean, too. It’s highly-rated, easy to install, and offers adjustable spray settings. It’ll fit on most household toilets, and includes all necessary pieces for installation.
43. A water filter attachment that goes right on your faucet
Finally, enjoy filtered water at home without extra pitchers or extras steps. This faucet filtration system includes natural minerals that promise to filter out up to 70 contaminants. It works with a wide range of sink styles, and can be installed without even using tools.
44. These book lights that offer a warm glow & come with rechargeable batteries
These clip-on book lights come with rechargeable batteries, so you can read to your heart’s content, recharge them, and then read even more. They have an adjustable arm so you can shine them in any direction, and they offer different lighting modes: white, amber, and daylight. Your eyes will thank you.
45. An electric mug warmer so you’ll never have to abandon your coffee or tea again
Keep hot drinks hot for as long as you’re sipping with an electric mug warmer. Roughly the size of a coaster, it has a hot plate that’s perfect for keeping mugs and cups toasty warm. There are two temperature settings to choose from, plus an auto-shutoff feature as an extra safety precaution.
This article was originally published on