/47 Things To Help Anyone Whose Life Could Best Be Described As “A Mess”

47 Things To Help Anyone Whose Life Could Best Be Described As “A Mess”

Including a ridiculously cute tear-off daily planner you might start calling your personal babysitter.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A mini leather wallet you can stick to the back of your phone case, sparing you from the five seconds of sheer, unadulterated panic when you can’t remember which pocket you stuck your ID in on a walk around the neighborhood.


I bought one of these for my ID and credit cards because every time I went for a “quick trip” out of the apartment, I kept dropping them all over the place like a monster. The adhesive on these babies goes on super easily and is strong as heck, and the wallet is thin enough that I can still jam my phone into my back pocket without any issue, which is important to my lazy sensibilities. I’ve had this wallet on my phone for a year now, and it still looks great and holds my cards quite snugly.

Promising review: “Has completely replaced my wallet! I pretty much only need three cards in my day to day life — my credit card, my ID, and my public transit card. This sleeve holds all three perfectly without ever losing a single one, and has held up really well despite how careless I am with my things, so I haven’t carried a wallet in months. It’s pretty tight at first but will stretch to hold your cards as needed — note that this means that if you take a card out, it will be fairly loose for the others, so be careful. I got the pink color and it’s picked up a little color around the edges from my jeans, but otherwise has remained pretty much the same color. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a stick-on wallet sleeve for your phone!” —Alexis

Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in 12 colors).


A set of Bottle Bright tablets so you can easily clear all those caked-on stains in your bottles, travel mugs, and even coffee makers without scrubbing them into eternity.


Promising review: “This stuff is amazing! Natural, biodegradable, effective and easy to use! I have multiple Hydro Flasks and reusable water bottles, the oldest ones being six years old. I use to have trouble cleaning out the lingering scents from the liquids they hold, so I have them designated for coffee/tea only, water only, wine only, etc. Got these cleaning tablets. Popped one into my horribly-stained tea/coffee Hydro Flask overnight. And it was scentless and cleaned in the morning!” —Kat

Get a set of six from Amazon for $8.


A super-soft Makeup Eraser to wipe makeup right off your face with nothing but water and a gentle scrub — I’ve been using one for two months now and it has *drastically* cut down my routine (and saved money on makeup remover!!).

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It’s got two sides — one that can wipe off all your makeup with water and a light scrubbing, and another that exfoliates your skin. Plus, all you have to do when you’re done using it is wet it and hang it up to dry! No more wasting money on icky washcloths that hurt your skin!!! I can hear your pores singing from here.

Promising review: “This did exactly what it claims to do, I use some warm water on a little part and my whole makeup comes off, even mascara! I used to always buy makeup wipes and this has saved me so much money. I just throw it in with the laundry and it’s perfect. I’ve been using it for over six months now and it hasn’t failed me at all, it’s worth the money!!” —Sharmin Rahman

Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in five colors).


A bottle of wood polish that will make your all your scuffed-up doors, hardwood floors, and furniture look so spanking new you’ll wonder if it’s not wood polish, but a time machine.


Promising review: “This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places; we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. Take a look at the pictures to see the before-and-afters. This stuff was like a Magic Eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand-new. I’m buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We’re so glad we found this product.” —Kris

Get a bottle from Amazon for $11.36.


A popular streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields to prevent them from fogging up (especially when wearing a face mask!) — if you’re gonna face all the messes in your life, you’ll want to be able to take in the ~full view~.

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A heads up that this works *super* well for some reviewers, but not all — note that this is meant for non antireflective-coated lenses, and the instructions for use are very specific. To apply, spray a small amount on both sides of your lenses, and use your fingers to rub it across the whole area. Let it sit for a full minute, then wipe with a dry soft cloth. Once they’re fully dry, you should be raring to go!

Promising review: “This stuff works great! I live in Nebraska, and winters can suck with glasses fogging over. I actually saw this on a list of 25 things you should own, so I thought why not? It’s also super awesome to use with having to wear masks all the time…if you have glasses and are wearing a mask frequently you know what I’m talking about with the fog! It’s really easy to use, and works. I mean what else can you ask for in a product? I recommend this product. I will say that if you are looking into this product there are different kinds depending on if you have anti-reflective coated lenses, so just be familiar with which one you need.” —sara

Get it from Amazon for $10.55.


A set of gold cable organizers you can stick to your desk or your nightstand to keep your charging cable locked in one convenient place — a true relief from trying to tug them out through the genuine knot of cables that’s been steadily getting more tangled under your desk.


Brighttia is a New York-based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in industrial and modern interior lighting and decor.

Promising review: “These brass cable organizers are beautiful and high quality. I’m using two of them to keep a plug-in sconce cord attached to the wall and to direct the cord to the electrical outlet. These little gold pieces add a touch of functionality and glamour to the sconces. Exactly what I was looking for.” —Amy Margolis

Get a set of two from Brighttia on Etsy for $10.98 (available in four colors).


A self-grooming cat toy so your cat can have a time ~feeling themselves~ and you can have an even better not finding hairballs all over your bedroom when you’re trying to get your life together.

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You can easily mount this toy to a flat wall or a corner using the adhesive strips included, and even comes with a little bit of catnip you can put in it to initially attract ’em.

Promising review: “My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got a hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall.” —T. Mangiacarina

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.


A set of dishwasher-cleaning tablets you can pop into a cycle with your dirty dishes to wipe out all the extra grime and that funky smell you were low-key hoping would just go away on its own.


Promising review: “We have very hard water in this area, and though my dishwasher is supposed to be self-cleaning when you use the right detergent (which I have been), it’s been getting gunkier and gunkier and a couple of months ago the rinse aid dispenser stopped filling properly. When I looked that up, the online advice said that can happen if it gets too dirty and gave advice on running the dishwasher with vinegar and other tricks. But I saw this and, being pleased with Affresh’s machine cleaners I’d used on my clothes washer, decided to try it. It worked AMAZINGLY, in ONE try. My rinse aid dispenser immediately started working good as new again, and my dishwasher is the cleanest it’s been since we got it! Love it!” —Mouriana

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.98.


An adorably encouraging daily planner you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake. It’s like you’ve got your own babysitter in a note pad, basically.


Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

Promising review: “Super cute and helpful. Exactly what I needed to help me stay on track with working at home during this quarantine.” —Arline

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


Or for more abstract task masters, a “Today’s Top Three” pad from Noted by Post-it so you can prioritize your life’s messes in a more manageable, less intimidating way.


Promising review: “These are fantastic. They are the perfect size and you can write on them just fine. They are not glossy at all. I’ve used ballpoint and ultra fine Sharpie. Would highly recommend these for organizing your day!” —Brooklesby

Get it from Target for $7.99.


A set of produce-saver storage containers designed to keep your fruits and veggies fresh way longer than usual, so you won’t be in a constant race against time to cram your produce into your mouth before the mold sets in.


Promising review: “I was skeptical at first. What kind of witchcraft could these small plastic bins be born from that would make them somehow extend the life of our otherwise short-lived produce? Well, let me tell you — if it was witchcraft that produced these containers, then call the Sanderson sisters and get them rolling on another batch! Down here in southeastern Virginia, the produce is terrible! We couldn’t get strawberries to last for more than three or four days. They’re so much cheaper to buy in the large containers, but then we had to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner just to make sure they were gone before they started to get too soft and juicy. I was beginning to dislike strawberries. And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be a crime in and of itself. But along came these wonderful containers. They more than doubled the life of our berries, allowing me to once again think to myself, Eh, maybe this meal I will have kiwi.” —Michael Territo

Read BuzzFeed’s review of these “miracle” produce containers for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $10.69.


A set of bed bands that will lock your fitted sheets neatly into place so you can stop shoving the loose corners under your duvet whenever you’re too tired to remake your whole bed in the morning.


Promising review: “I have a pillow top and pillow bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets and with queen sheets I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this product advertised on Facebook in one of those posts about the amazing products that people love. So I figured it was worth a try. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now – and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY …. SINGLE… NIGHT. To say this is life changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets.” —TinkerbellAPixie

Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99.


A charging station for anyone whose kitchen counter has become a tangled hub of family members pulling each other’s phones out of the charger — this comes with slots to organize six devices, *plus* six USB fast ports ands six short mixed USB cables so you can finally feel the sheer, unadulterated joy of organized bliss.


This is compatible with Apple products, Kindles, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, Nintendo Switch, and *sooo* much more.

Promising review: “So easy to use and doesn’t take up much space. We love the convince of charging kindles, iPhones, iPad, Fitbit, and headphones all in the same space. Our friends always comment on it and it’s easy for them to plug-in their devices if needed. Highly recommended. Charges quickly too!” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three colors).


A four-tier slim wheeled kitchen organizer for my personal favorite kind of storage: the ~sneaky~ kind. This easily navigates tight spaces and gives you some extra room to stash clutter-inducing things like condiments, ingredients for whatever baking project you’re working on, or cans and bottles of water.


Psst — lots of reviewers use this for their bathrooms and laundry spaces, too!

Promising review: “This is pretty fantastic. I had the exact amount of space needed to put this little pantry between my refrigerator and cabinets. It was easy to install and holds quite a lot of stuff. I put about 24 bottles of water and juice and some cereal and I still had space. Highly recommend it for small spaces.” —SIMARA

Get it from Amazon for $21.42 (also available in three tiers).


A set of brush and flush toilet tabs made with baking soda that’ll fizz up in your toilet for 10 minutes and make it super easy for you to brush away the gunk.

PARDO Naturals

Pardo Naturals is a Black-owned business established in 2014 that is committed to creating toxin-free products for home, cleaning, and pets, with an owner who specializes in sensitive skin issues and can customize your order based on your skin care needs or potential allergies.

Get a set of six tabs from Pardo Naturals for $8.99.


A cult-favorite Athena Club Razor Kit with blades specifically designed to handle curves *and* sensitive skin — like so well-designed that the razors are enhanced with shea butter to make shaving cream *optional*. But more importantly for those of us living that ~hot mess life~, you can get replacement blades on a personalized subscription, and the razor comes with a rust-proof magnetic hook so you don’t have to worry about adding even more clutter to your poor shower.

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Each kit comes with two five-blade cartridges, stainless-steel blades, one razor handle, and one magnetic hook.

Promising review: “Best razor EVER! This razor is amazing! Such a close shave and my legs are so silky afterward! AND it doesn’t irritate my legs like other razors. Never going back!” —Lori

Get it from Athena’s Club for $9+ (available in six handle colors and a variety of subscription plans).


A 3D mouth bracket that clips to the inside of your face mask to keeps you from breathing in fabric and getting lipstick stains all over your favorite reusable masks.


A lot of reviewers also mentioned this was great for wearing a mask in the rain, too!

Promising review: “These make it so much easier to have a conversation since your mask isn’t right on your mouth and you don’t sound all muffled. Other benefit I don’t have to speak as loudly. I’m not so sure about being cooler with this because it always feels hot when I have my mask on. There are some clips on both ends of these but I’m not sure how they are used. I find they stay in place if my mask is nice and snug which it should be. Very satisfied with this product.” —Duarte Lady

Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.41.


A pair of super popular high-waisted performance leggings that may be one of the few articles of clothing that can keep up with you — they’re comfortable, squat-proof, and most importantly, come with a *MEGA* secure pocket for your phone and a teensy *secret* pocket for your keys, so you can keep all your important belongings on your person.

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Psst — a lot of reviewers swear by these as Lululemon dupes!

Promising review: “Obsessed. Just ordered my seventh pair. To say that I love these would be an understatement. I work out in these, I sleep in these, do just about everything except shower in them. These are amazing. I would marry them if they had a pulse. I have ordered the black, maroon and mauve colored ones. I would recommend if you are L in pants, ordering a medium. Additionally, they have held up well considering how much I wear them and have washed them several times. The pocket is probably one of my favorite features. It fits my iPhone MAX perfectly during my workouts. I can also jam my car keys, wallet and phone into them when I don’t feel like carrying a purse. Pants with a built in-purse, what could be better?” —whitney

Get a pair from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in 26 colors and sizes XS-XXXL).


A bunch of Miracle-Gro “food spikes” that can bring plants as sad as the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas back from the brink of death, and will continuously feed them for 30 to 60 days while you get the rest of your life in order.


Promising review: “I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of the package for quantity), and approximately a month after I used these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This also worked wonders for my plants that don’t flower! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became greener and healthier looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again.” —Elizabeth

Get a set of 24 from Amazon for $2.98.


A mold and mildew removal gel you can leave on the offending spots for six hours, then wipe away like nothing nefarious ever grew there in the first place.



Promising review: “Wow! After YEARS of elbow grease and zero results, I tried this stuff before giving up and stripping the old caulking from the top of my shower. I’m so glad that I did, too! I mean, look at these results! Granted, it was on for about eight hours instead of six because I forgot about it, but the black mold/mildew just rinsed away — no scrubbing at all! STOKED! Super easy to use, too!” —Nice marmot!

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.


A Focused & Fabulous candle you can get in one of seven signature scents to keep you relaxed and focused even on days when you are one SURPRISE DISTRACTION away from losing your last marble.

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Dorothy B & Co. is a New York-based, Black woman-owned shop established in 2017 that specializes in hand-poured artisan soy wax candles.

You can get the candle in Raspberry Vanilla, Caribbean Teakwood, Gardenia, Green Tea, Honeysuckle Jasmine, Sea Salt & Orchid, Vanilla & Amber, Citrus & Coconut, Mango Papaya, or Peach Nectar.

Promising review: “Love them! They came super fast, are bigger than I expected, super cute decor pieces, and they smell AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much!” —Athena Holden

Get it from Dorothy B. & Co. on their website for $25 or on Etsy for $25.


A fume-free oven cleaner that’s gentle enough that you don’t need protective gloves to use it, but tough enough that it’ll erase the evidence of all your baking misadventures and that time you fell asleep while cooking pizza rolls.


Promising review: “Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. It was awesome! I am VERY pleased!” —Ksgirl

Get it from Amazon for $7.02.


A subscription to EveryPlate, an affordable, easy-to-use meal kit service that you can customize to your needs instead of overbuying groceries and ending up with a fridge full of nearly-expired food you’re throwing into mystery stews.


With the subscription, you can specify whether you want servings for two or four people, and whether you want three, four, or five meals per week. Each meal arrives with all of the fresh ingredients you need and easy-to-follow instructions. You can select your meals from the site’s Weekly Menu, which shows up to three weeks in advance and includes 13 meals, along with the list of ingredients and instructions so you can peruse them in advance.

Promising review: “Not only are the recipes easy to follow with a minimal amount of cleanup afterwards, but the food is delicious!” —David Sirota

Get it from EveryPlate for $4.99/serving.


A power scrubber brush you can attach to a DRILL (!!) that basically does all of the hard grime-busting so fast that you’ll have eons of time left to deal with all those *other* messes you’ve been putting off.


Promising review: “These brushes are freaking fantastic. I tried them on a portion of my shower and bathroom floor tiles and grout. I immediately had to do the rest because it made the cleaner sections look dirty. I also tried it on the side of my fridge that is next to my stove top. It did a pretty good job there as well at removing grease and stains. The only downside is that it made me enjoy cleaning!” —Eric T. Ma

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).


A broom for pet and human hair that can work on any type of floor, but is specifically designed to pull it up from the carpet faster and deeper than even a lot of vacuums can reach. In less than five minutes you’ll find out what color your carpet’s *actually* been the whole time!

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An embarrassing confession: I do not have a pet, but I shed like nobody’s business. My hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will — you can read my full review of the pet hair broom for more deets.

Promising review: “I have two dogs — a terrier mix and a short-hair dachshund mix. I have a navy woven couch that LOVES my dachshund’s fur. I have tried pretty much everything to get the fur out — traditional lint roller, those blue fuzzy lint rollers, special vacuum attachments, etc. The terrier’s fur comes out great with all of those options. The dachshund’s fur, much like the dachshund herself, remains stubbornly on my couch. I got this product as the new ‘let’s see if it works’ item of the month with low expectations. THE FUR ACTUALLY CAME OUT GUYS. It acts like a broom for my couch — sweeping the fur (with some elbow grease) basically onto the floor where I vacuum it up! Give this a try if my story sounds pretty similar to yours!” —JT

Get it from Amazon for $12.98.


A pair of cut-resistant gloves for anyone whose cooking style is every bit as messy as their human life — these are designed to be four times stronger (!!) than leather to keep your digits safe.


Promising review: “I bought the gloves because I had two nasty cuts in quick succession from a cheese grater. Anyone who has had injuries to their fingers knows how difficult it is to continue to do everyday activities and meal preparation while still protecting your wound. I received the gloves quickly after my order and pressed them into use immediately that evening. I am most impressed. My fingers/hands were protected from my very sharp grater and knife while I prepared dinner. I bought two pairs, one to keep and one to give as a gift. I am now going to buy a third pair in a larger size for a friend who also likes to cook but suffers from occasional run-ins with mandolines, graters, and knives. Great product!” —O’Hare

Psst — check out BuzzFeed’s full review of NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $11.49 (available in sizes S-XL and with or without reinforced fingers).


Tide Free & Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent, an unscented, hypoallergenic version that will give you the same squeaky cleanliness *without* making your skin break out or irritate allergies (because truly, the last thing you need while taking care of one mess is somehow causing another!!).


Promising review: “First time buying this brand for the free and gentle. I am allergic to dyes and perfume and any scented Items. I have washed my clothes several times, since I purchased it and all I can say is wow. I don’t itch or break out in hives. Totally recommend this product if you have skin allergies or just allergies in general.” —Arizmendi

Get a bottle of 64 loads from Amazon for $8.97 (clip the “$3 off” coupon on the product page for this price).


A set of streak-free lens wipes that are gentle on your glasses, camera lenses, and phone and laptop screens, but will also help remove bacteria and that honey buffalo dip you got a little too enthusiastic about while you were texting.

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Promising review: “My husband’s glasses had a constant film. We used the cleaning cloth from the optometrist’s office, but couldn’t get them completely clean. After reading reviews on various cleaning wipes, I bought these for him for Christmas. He LOVES them! He even said they were his favorite Christmas gift. Because they are individually wrapped, he can keep a few packets in his car for easy cleanings on the go. After cleaning his eyeglasses, he uses the other side to wipe down his cell phone or iPad so everything is sparkly clean these days. We will buy these again. Great value too!” —DeriRN

Get a set of 210 wipes from Amazon for $13.99.


A pretty pastel mug warmer to keep your tea and coffee warm for you whenever your highly distractible self emerges from a tangle of Slack DMs or emails each morning.


I got one of these for my mom for Christmas (her entire kitchen is pink, it is a Big Mood) and can confirm it is QUITE beautiful in person.

Promising review: “I researched so many coffee warmers and am so glad I decided on this one. It definitely keeps my coffee hot, no matter how long it takes me to drink it. I also like that it has three settings. As you drink down your coffee, you can lower the heat because it keeps the coffee very hot. I like it so much I ordered a second one for another part of the house.” —hottytoddy

Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in six colors).


A red wine stain-removing spray that magically erases both old and new red wine stains from fabric so even the most notorious hot messes among us can fearlessly lounge on your white duvet while sipping your deep-red pinot the way God and Olivia Pope intended.


Promising review: “This product blew my mind. We had tried everything to get rid of this wine stain including white wine and pouring salt all over it. After spraying it with wine away, it completely disappeared in less than five seconds — and it smells like oranges! It also worked when I spilled coffee on the carpet a few days later.” —Mattan Griffel

Get it from Amazon for $9.23.


An internet-beloved dry shampoo spray that will help absorb excess oil and give your roots so much oomph that you’ll shenanigan everyone into thinking your Day 3 hair is actually Day 1. One less mess to deal with two out of three days sounds like a win.


Promising review: “This literally changed my life. I was one of those people who used to complain about needing to wash my hair DAILY. I have thin, light blonde hair. I looked greasy and unkempt after one day, not even taking into consideration working out or sweating. But now?! A whole new world. I shampoo my hair in the shower on Sundays, just rinse my hair in the shower after days I do high-intensity sweaty exercise (three to five days per week), and use this in my hair every morning. It fluffs it, gives it volume, and makes it look brand-new. I honestly can’t believe how much this changed everything. Now my hair can look smooth and straight because I don’t need to wash, dry, then straighten every morning (what a time suck!). Now I just straighten and use dry shampoo. I’ve used the extra time in mornings to improve my makeup routine, take my dog on longer walks, etc. AND I look more put together at work. Get this stuff. Conserve water. Never look back.” —Eemn83

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.

Read BuzzFeed’s reviews of dry shampoos for more deets!

Pssst — Batiste also sells dry shampoos for specific hair colors and in different scents!


A smudgeproof eyeliner stamp so you can finally get the perfect cat-eye on the first go without having to ~wing it~ (read: wasting eight cotton balls, half a bottle of eye makeup remover, and all of the minutes you were setting aside to make your morning coffee).

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Psst — this tool is double-sided, so you can choose the thickness of your wing, and comes with two stamp pens — one for each eye!

Promising review: “This stamp has totally changed (and elevated) my eyeliner game! I was a little dubious at first because I have literally, tried everything in an attempt to make a flawless wing/cat-eye look. I’ve never been able to master it and therefore, had pretty much given up on trying to make that happen for me. THIS STAMP IS A GAME-CHANGER! The first couple of times you use it will be some trial and error to determine where the appropriate starting point is on your lid, but once you get that down, it’s literally SO EASY and looks perfect every time. I stamp and then fill in the rest of my eyeliner with my normal product — presto! Perfect wings in three minutes. And it DOES NOT budge. You can put this on at 6 a.m. and it still looks good at 6 p.m. It is also easy to remove with any drug store makeup remover or towelette. If it came in other colors I’d buy them all!” —J.S. Massie

Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.97 (available in two colors and four styles).


A contemporary accent mirror that’s the perfect size for the entry way to your apartment, so you can check your reflection on your way out the door to make sure you haven’t somehow, against all odds, managed to get pizza sauce in your hair again. (This also is an excellent way to give the ~illusion~ of more space in a room if you’re prone to clutter!)


Promising review: “The mirror came the next day I ordered it! It’s pretty light and was super easy to hang. I’m obsessed with it and it totally updated my space with just one simple purchase.” —Anonymous

Get it from AllModern for $50 (originally $68.99; available in two colors).


A slim organizer tray for your cutlery that will save you so much drawer space that you’ll feel like you just opened an extra pocket in the time-space-fork continuum. No more jamming the messy drawer shut and praying it stays that way, y’all!


Promising review: “I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons etc. in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!” —mialro

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


Plus a set of clear drawer organizers that will finally force you to reckon with the abyss of your “junk drawers” once and for all. Start with the makeup one, move onto the kitchen one, and then — if you dare — tackle the one in your nightstand, too.


Promising review: “I love these stacking storage organizers. They fit perfectly in the bathroom drawers, even if you stack them. I use the smaller ones for holding cotton makeup pads and other smaller cosmetic items. I store fingernail polish and items I don’t use every day in the larger square containers that fit on the bottom. The long ones are used in the top drawer for toothpaste, hairbrushes, tubes of smaller first aid items, moisture eye drops, etc. I liked them so well, I ordered a second set and threw away the thin, funky plastic organizers I had used for years. These are much classier.” —JW

Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99.


A mini contact lens case so you can always have a backup pair on hand for when you inevitably lose one of the contacts you’re already wearing (with things as inconvenient as this, it’s less a matter of if, and more a matter of when).


Promising review: “These were so cheap and very handy. They were small so they could fit into your purse, pocket, whatever. You could carry them and didn’t have to worry about big bottles of solution. I actually ordered one for my purse and one to keep at work.” —Shaylon

Get it from Amazon for $4.48 (available in three colors).


A customizable herbal sleep pillow that may help soothe your nerves before bed and give you a calmer, more restful sleep — because honestly, sometimes all we really need to un-mess up our own hot messes is some quality shut-eye.

La Aquarelle/Etsy

La Aquarelle is a UK-based Etsy shop established in 2016 that specializes in plant-dyed sleep masks, eye pillows, and herbal sachets.

Promising review: “The scent is beautiful, strong but pleasant! It’s small enough to keep at the side of my pillow for an added sleep aid. I love it, thank you!” —Hannah Doolan

Get it from La Aquarelle on Etsy for $13.23+ (available in five scents).


A ring size adjuster for loose rings, so you’re no longer *that* person crawling around the floor of your apartment building every time your ring slides off.

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As you can see, this is my own human hand pictured above. I’m obsessed with jewelry retailer Local Eclectic, but my ring finger is between two of their sizes — enter this plastic coil, which made up the size difference in the hottest second.

Promising review: “I’ve been holding off on getting my ring resized and decided to do something temporary till then. These are perfect! They came with a bunch of different sizes, and you only use a small amount of the one you need. If I end up needing it tighter again, I can swap it out for a larger coil. They are really easy to put on, and I hardly feel it at all on my finger. I’m not sure how long they will last because I haven’t had it for long, but it comes with enough extra that it would be easy to swap out if they don’t hold up.” —Charet

Get a 12-pack in two sizes from Amazon for $8.49.


A shower curtain with POCKETS, because the utter delight of extra pockets should not be limited to surprise ones in dresses. Now you can store all your extra brushes, soaps, razors, and other odds and ends at eye level, instead of letting them perilously crash into the shower from the edges you propped them on before.


Promising review: I LOVE this shower curtain. I have been buying this curtain for the past 6 years. If you have a shower that doesn’t have a lot of ledge room for all your “stuff”, this shower curtain will be your best friend. You can fit so many things inside the pockets! I honestly only use like four or five of the pockets. You can also use this as a liner and have another more decorative shower curtain on the outside but I personally use it as a shower curtain. I usually change it every six months because it does start getting a little soap scummy on the bottom. The best shower curtain/liner money can buy!” —DAtkins

Get it from Amazon for $18.67.


A Lay-n-Go cosmetic bag that fans out to become a mat, essentially letting you lean into the mess that is your life by actively encouraging you to do your favorite thing: dump a bunch of stuff into a bag and deal with it later.

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Promising review: “I was tired of fumbling around in my cosmetics case and saw this. I was skeptical, but…WOW! On my recent two-week trip to Europe, with constant laying out and packing up, this item was wonderful. I could find what I wanted quickly, right away. Packing up was just a matter of pulling the drawstring. At first I wasn’t sure about changing to this bag, but now I could not do without it.” —Mojosharkey

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 12 colors).


A jewelry-cleaning stick with cleansing solution on a brush designed specifically to get in the nooks and crannies of your jewelry, so anyone who sees the glint of your perfectly clean rings will be like, “Wow, that’s a person whose life looks like it’s probably not a mess!”

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Promising review: “This thing is a miracle-worker! I’m a little ashamed to say that getting my ring cleaned had become low priority in the past eight or so years, kids, moving, etc. took the top spots. My ring was so dirty that I was starting to worry that if I took it somewhere to clean it they’d be disgusted! I randomly saw this product mentioned by someone as a way to shine up their ring occasionally. I bought because it was pretty cheap and why not take a chance? I soaked my ring in some warm water and dish soap for about half an hour then took it out and started using the stick on it. I should’ve taken a picture of all of the gunk I got out of the crevices! I went over it thoroughly and then rinsed it off, OMG! My husband said he could see it sparkling from across the room and said maybe he needed to use it on his ring now! It’s been about a month since I’ve last done it and it’s only now starting to lose some of it’s sparkle, very long-lasting!” —Browns

Get it from Amazon for $7.83.


A faux-leather bench with ~secret storage~, because if we’re all being honest here, even the deepest of cleans will leave you with a bunch of miscellaneous objects that don’t quite have a home. Now they do, and it’s QUITE chic.


Promising review: “I bought two of these two years ago and they’re still in excellent condition. In fact they still look brand new, like the day I got them. I use one as a coffee table and I’m using one in my bedroom for storage at the foot of my bed. They look great and have plenty of room inside for storage. Very sturdy too. I sit on it when I’m playing guitar and it’s very strong and sturdy. I’m moving to a bigger place and am thinking of buying another one and thought I’d check back here to see if they’re still being sold. I’m so glad they are still on Amazon! I’m definitely getting another one!” —VRMJ

Get it from Amazon for $52.99+ (available in four colors).


A set of floating shelves that will give you some extra surfaces to hold your stuff, because shelves are a foolproof way to turn your “mess” into ~art~.


Promising review:These I have to say are super cute and trendy. I have wanted shelves like this for so long but nothing stood out, then I came across these. They are exactly what I was looking for with colors! They are made very well, for the price. Comes with all the hardware to install and easy as you have to screw on the brackets yourself. I love that you have a few different choice on how to put the bracket.” —Janna

Get a set from Amazon for $25.99.


A customizable dry erase door hanger so you can let other people in your home know that this is extremely not the time to barge in and make a cameo on your Zoom call when you are trying to play the role of Serious Business Person Whose Life Is Fully Together, Thank You.

Harrison Sign Co/Etsy

Harrison Sign Co. is a Nebraska-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in modern dry erase boards and aluminum signs.

Promising review: “My purchase is perfect, just what I asked for. Great customer service and quality product.” —Ann

Get it from Harrison Sign Co. on Etsy for $24.97+ (available with or without marker; customizable for an extra $10).

Psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping✨ !


A multilevel jewelry stand to free you from the 10 minutes you spend every morning untangling your necklace from your bracelet that is also somehow tangled in ANOTHER necklace like an endless shiny ravine.


Promising review: “I wanted to get rid of an old jewelery box I had and get something more sophisticated and grown-up. I had a hard time finding something that would be big enough for all my pieces, fit on my dresser, and look good. This does all these!!! My long necklaces fit on the tallest, back hanger and all my bracelets fit on the other two. The few rings and earrings I own display well on the bottom tray. It’s a beautiful piece and I’m so happy I bought this!!” —Embo13

Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (also available in gold).


An opaque, understated laundry hamper that’ll blend in with the decor, unlike that see-through mesh one that’s been getting steadily grosser since you banished it to the far side of your bed.


Promising review:This basket has been wonderful so far. I had a few blankets taking up space in my closet and so I purchased this in hopes of making some space for other things. It’s definitely doing its job. It’s currently holding two queen-sized fleece blankets, a queen-sized weighted blanket, and two pillows. Super spacious! It did come folded up but if you follow the instructions that come with the basket, it will easily get some shape and hold onto it without it flopping over.” —CCLP

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in two sizes).


A sunrise simulation clock to trick your human brain into thinking you’re already dappled in the light of a bright, sunshiny day when you wake up, so you can start tackling your little messes earlier in the day and with a much clearer head.


You can sync this alarm clock with an app on your phone (or with an Alexa or Google Home), and it will gradually brighten the room with red-tinted light designed to fight grogginess in the minutes leading up to your wakeup. By the time your alarm goes off, your eyes will have already adjusted to the “daylight,” so you won’t be as tempted to hit snooze. It also has customizable sounds to wake you up — the “Hawaiian Waves” one in a particular fave of mine.

Promising review: “I’ve had this alarm clock for about a month or two now. I was having issues waking up and getting motivated to get out of bed when it was early in the morning and really cold. I had low expectations, since it was so cheap. I was hoping that it would at least keep the correct time and turn on every morning, but I have been blown away by this little thing. It reliably connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled with your phone! It can get the time from the internet, so it never runs fast or slow. There are so many different settings to use, but I do 10 minutes of sunrise before the alarm (the shortest amount of time). By the time the alarm goes off, my room is bright enough for me to feel motivated to get up at 5:30 a.m.” —Emass24

Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

You walking away from the hot messes in your life entirely unscathed:

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