28 Things That’ll Help Busy People Get Stuff Done Around The House

Table of Contents 1. A set of four super-durable food shopping bags you can set

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Products that’ll help you tackle that to-do list.

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.

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A set of four super-durable food shopping bags you can set up in your shopping cart to keep grocery trips as efficient and mess free as possible.


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Promising review: “Perfect way to grocery shop! This system right here has changed the game. They are environmentally responsible and were even complimented in the store. The rods help you set these up with any cart, there is room for $200 worth of groceries, and they help organize and keep your cold items cold (even if your at the store for two-plus hours like I always seem to be). When the trip is over, you don’t have to worry about looking like the multi-bag monster, climbing the stairs, ringing out your hands with the heavy pounds of groceries. These bad boys sit on your shoulders and your hands are free to hold your keys when you get to your house, close and open car doors, handle your toddler, whatever you need!” —Tristan Emminger

Get them from Amazon for $36.99 (available in two colors). 

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A stainless steel cleaner ready to make your fridge, dishwasher, and oven shine like new. It’ll get rid of fingerprints and give you a streak-free finish.


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Promising review: “I finally purchased a beautiful stainless-steel refrigerator. Unfortunately, after the delivery guys left, I noticed marks on the front doors left by packing tape. I was unable to wash off the marks. In addition, I noticed fingerprint marks almost every time I opened the refrigerator which, for the most part, would not come off. I used this on the refrigerator as soon as it arrived and was amazed at how easily the marks came off. Extra bonus: No new fingerprints since my first application a week ago! It really works!” —Tinkerbell

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.


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A heavy-duty laundry sorter cart that’ll hold tons of clothes and help you create the most organized laundry system ever known.


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Promising review: “So I purchased this to organize and create a laundry system. Up until this point, I used one basket for everything. Wow. What a time saver this has been. I now do wash when any baby (2) or adult (2) are running low on their clothes. My husband is size L or XL and just one of the bags held one week’s worth of clothes. This most definitely simplified my laundry.” —Mackenzie

Get it from Amazon for $38.87 (available in three colors, fabric letters sold separately). 


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Promising review: “This coming school year I will have three kids in high school, one kid in middle school, and my youngest will be in preschool. The older kids all play sports, three of them play more than one sport, and all of the sports are happening at the same time. To say that my schedule is busy is an understatement. That doesn’t include my husband’s two jobs and our community and service clubs we have joined.

“I had a smaller dry-erase calendar, but it simply did not hold enough information. It was very hard to keep everything on the calendar and know where and when I needed to be somewhere. This calendar is perfect. Truly, it will make my life easier. Yes, it is big. Yes, you will need a place to put it. Thankfully, I have the perfect wall in the hallway outside of my kitchen. There is plenty of room to add all of the activities for everyone. I have decided to color-code everyone this year so then I can be hyper-organized. My dream come true. Some call me obsessively organized. Well, I have no other choice with all that happens in this house.” —Kate

Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in two sizes).


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A wake-up light alarm clock that’ll have you waking up feeling more refreshed than ever by waking you up gradually — the light will grow increasingly brighter in the half hour leading up to your alarm — and you can kiss grogginess goodbye!


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Promising review: “This clock is a miracle worker. I dreaded all my early morning classes and going to work during the winter darkness. Now, my entire room is bright by the time my alarm goes off in the morning. The best part is that my body actually wakes itself up before my alarm ever rings.” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

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A closet shelf I seriously need to invest in for my room, as will you — if you’ve got little to no closet space to work with, this gem will help you transition into your fall wardrobe with ease.


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JT Industrial Designs is a Texas-based Etsy shop specializing in custom industrial furnishings such as shelves, bar tables, and shoe racks. 

Promising review: “I love my shelves! JT did an awesome job, customized the colors exactly as I wanted and the quality is outstanding. I will definitely utilize these shelves for future projects 👏🏻👏🏻👌🏻♥️.” —Alxs McTaylor 

Get it from JT Industrial Designs on Etsy for $89+ (available in 14 sizes and 11 stains). 

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A three-in-one smart–water bottle with features designed to keep you hydrated as you go about your busy day. It comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker and it will light up to remind you to drink water!


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Promising review: “What an exciting, helpful item. It reminds me to hydrate and I use the Bluetooth speaker to follow my workout DVD. It sounds like the instructor is in the room with me! It makes the workout fun with bright lighting. I love this product! I purchased blue and black. A must-have!! It does not leak. Great weight and quality.” —Audra

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).


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Cable clips that you can stick nearly anywhere, so you can untangle all your chargers and stay on top of your devices.


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Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.96.

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And a simple and clear cable organizer that’s ideal for anyone in need of a desk or work space organization system.


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A pack of extra-large divider tabs to help you keep track of important dates and appointments. You can also use them to jot down notes and grocery lists.


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Promising review: “These allow more writing space than usual page tab markers, which is really useful for my college studies as well as my case note prep for legal work. If you are a fanatic note-taker like me, these are superb for helping you stay organized and focused on important information. They can be used for other things, like calendar and agenda notes, too.” —Danielle H.

Get a set of 60 from Amazon $4.79.


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Promising review: “These have great color saturation, glide easily on paper, and don’t bleed through to the next page! I can’t recommend them enough. The shape is also amazing — they are beautifully crafted all the way to the cap. 10/10 will be buying more in the future.” —mfin

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $4.49.


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A shower curtain with quick-dry mesh pockets because you deserve to watch re-runs of your favorite show while you shower (by placing an iPad in one of the pockets), especially if you can’t make time otherwise.


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Promising review: “This liner may be the most useful product I’ve ever purchased! It allows you to organize all your various bath products in conveniently sized mesh pockets. The pockets are strong enough to hold full shampoo and conditioner bottles without tearing away from the liner. No more worries about cluttered edges causing things to fall off the sides of the bathtub. No more nasty soap scum from bars of soap resting on the edge of the tub. No more rust circles from cans of shaving cream. It’s brilliant!” —G. Allen

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

13.

An investment-worthy AeroGarden that’ll grow herbs, salads, tomatoes, and peppers in a neat and orderly fashion. This is a hydroponic growing system with no soil and will grow your plants in ~no thyme~ even if you have little to no sunlight to work with!


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Promising review: “Love this new garden! It’s my fourth AeroGarden and they just keep getting better. This one has a very sleek design and takes up less space than I thought it would without sacrificing grow space or water capacity. Setup was a breeze with the display walking me through the steps. I love that on their larger gardens you can set the time on the garden, plus this one is Wi-Fi enabled so I can keep track of my garden’s needs on my phone! My favorite new feature though is vacation mode, which will slow down the light and water use so I don’t have to worry about my plants so much when I’m out of town. I can’t wait for my plants to grow. I recommend it!!” —Ted

Get it from Amazon for $199.97+ (available in two colors and sizes).

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A collapsible kitchen colander that tucks away easily for storage. It’ll remain steady in nearly any-sized sink thanks to the expandable arms. Straining pasta and washing produce just got way easier!


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Promising review: “Saw this at a friend’s house and had to get one. As much as I appreciate it can collapse for storage, the telescoping arms are what got me to actually buy it. The arms extend far enough for even a farmhouse sink and are strong enough to hold a pot of potatoes. This frees up both my hands for holding a heavy pot (no scalding) and keeps the food from sitting in the water. It was shipped quickly and was packed well.” —Bast

Get it from Amazon $14.99 (available in three colors).

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A simple and sturdy kitchen rack so you have plenty of space for your Instant Pot, air fryer, and all the other appliances you love, plus room for food prep on top of the rack!


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Promising review: “I love my kitchen appliances, to a detriment. This stand saved the day. Now my rice cooker, slow cooker, and stand mixer never have to be moved to be used. The tray is the perfect height for holding my teas and, under that, I have an electric kettle and burr grinder. Assembly took one person and about 30 minutes. The picture instructions are easy to follow and include both a wall tether (to prevent it from tipping over if a child climbed it) and spare parts!” —CarolinaTechFoodie

Get it from Amazon for $102.24.

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A sturdy magnetic dish that’ll come in handy in all sorts of scenarios. It can hold small parts and tools while you’re tuning up your car, hold sewing needles while you work, pick up stray nails when you’re ripping up carpet, and pick up nearly any metal object you drop on the floor!


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Promising review: “I like to build Metal Earth photoetched models and many of them are done in sections. This is great for not only holding individual parts, but those sections so you don’t bump one and have it go flying to the floor. It also works well for catching parts as you snip them from the PE sheet. And should one escape to the floor, the bottom is magnetized, too, so you can pass it close over the floor and pick up anything magnetic. I work on a resin-topped metal table in my hobby room, so this stays put on the table unless I lift it off.” —Robert Bolin

Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

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A makeup organizer designed to save you tons of counter space and keep all your makeup sponges in impeccable order? Add to cart!


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Promising review: “Absolutely perfect!!! I saved a ton of space on my vanity as I was able to put so much in it. I have all of my foundations on the shelves, and skincare and hair products with smaller items such as glitters and pigments on the top. Shelves are fully customizable and assembly is a breeze. No tools needed! Great, sturdy quality. I received this as a Christmas gift from my husband and I are truly impressed.” —Mrs D

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


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A set of drawer dividers ready to take organizing your underwear drawer to the next level.

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A tea bag organizer that’ll free up lots of counter space and make your tea time a stress-free experience.


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This organizer can hold approximately 100 tea bags.

Promising review: “I love tea. In fact, I don’t drink coffee, so I buy a lot of varieties of tea and then put it in my cabinet and promptly forget them. I finally saw this product and bought it to help organize them. Who knew I had so many different teas! I totally forgot I had most of them. Now I have a neat display of my teas and can easily choose what tea I am in the mood for without taking things out of my cupboard. It looks great on my countertop near my fridge and doesn’t take a lot of room. Love it. It’s my new favorite thing. Worth every penny. Now I think I need another one.” —Kasia K

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.


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A squeegee broom for ridding your home of pet hair once and for all. It works just as well on carpet as it does on tile!


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Promising review: “This is 1,000% worth it, y’all! I read about this on BuzzFeed and had it on my wish list for a few weeks. When our 9-month-old black lab came back from the trainer, I knew it was time to get something to help the mountains of hair. I got this in today and tried it out. I didn’t think it would get much. I swept last night. Oh my lawd. The hair it picked up was ridiculous! If you have pets and hardwood floors, you need this. Life changing! So glad I bought this!” —Katherine Burch

My coworker swears by this broom for removing all her hairs that are embedded in the carpet. Read her Evriholder FURemover broom review to see all the hair it unearthed from her rug.

Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

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A clever corner shelf on wheels you’ll count on for storing cleaning supplies, products, spices, or whatever else you’ve got going on in your busy kitchen.


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Vandue is a San Diego–based small business offering homemade decor items and home goods, such as makeup brush holders, raised garden beds, and coasters. 

Promising review: “A great little organizer for small spaces. It was shipped very quickly. I use it in my apartment bathroom which has no under the sink cabinet. I grew tired of the large rack over the toilet. I now have a more spacious look and can store toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, spray bottles of cleaning supplies — all have a nice, neat space. I love that I could put it together easily and it has wheels! I am ordering another one for to put behind my recliner to hold miscellaneous items like the TV remote, small books, medicine bottles, and lotion. Order one and just let your imagination go free. You will find this has many uses.” —Pamela Harris

Get it from Vandue on Etsy for $24.95.

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A pumice cleaning stone that’ll get rid of hard-water stains so the toilet actually comes out clean the next time you scrub it.


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Fret not, its material is specially made to avoid scratching. Plus the heavy-duty plastic handle protects your hands while you clean because…yuck.

Promising review: “I’m so embarrassed to show how disgusting my toilets have been, but it’s worth it for me to help anyone who has suffered as I have. We built our house and have lived in it 33 years. We dug a well and the water was beautiful, until air hit it. The copper, iron, and lime are all so high the chart doesn’t even go that high. We have spent thousands on a huge filter that filters all the water coming into the house from the well. My toilets have been disgusting to me, though clean (as clean as I can get them). This pumice stone — HOLY MOLY — my toilets are clean!!!!! I am totally amazed. It took about 30 minutes on each one. The stains are gone. THEY ARE GONE!!!!!!” —Libby Nance

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.99.

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A nail polish bin with storage space for up to 48 colors — so now you’ve got more reason than ever to make time for that mani-pedi 💅.


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This organizer has over 5,000 5-star reviews. 

Promising review: “Wish I had bought this years ago! It has greatly improved my nail polish organization. It makes it very obvious if I have too many similar colors and it snaps on both sides — great design and execution.” —K. Richardson

Get it from Amazon for $27.89 (available in two colors).

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Vacuum storage bags to seriously improve your closet space. These bad boys will take extra bedding/clothes from big fluffy mess to organized and compressed.


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These storage bags have over 31,000 5-star reviews. 

Promising review: “We got these bags to replace large paper art boxes with clothing and school memorabilia stored in them. The boxes gave out due to humidity and rodent nibbling. These bags are a big improvement and my kids even helped as they were fun to watch as they vacuumed the air out! They offer Great protection for attic storage.” —Kecia N. Anderson

Get a six-pack (jumbo size) from Amazon for $39.99.

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A set of two satin pillowcases reviewers say help keep their skin soft and their hair looking freshly done in the morning. These have over 140,000 5-star reviews and will likely shorten your morning routine!


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Promising review: “I love these. I’ve heard that sleeping on cotton is like rubbing your face on steel wool all night since that’s how delicate the skin there is. All I know is I shower and style my hair at night and after sleeping on these, and my hair looked freshly blown dry the next morning. I’m not exaggerating, my hair looked the exact same in the morning as it did after I styled it the night before. So, if this material is that nurturing to my hair I can only imagine how my face is loving it. I’m hooked and will be buying more colors.” —BinaryCode

Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 23 colors). 

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A cute and handy mini folding crate you can use as a desk organizer, coaster, snack container, and more — the possibilities are truly endless.


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The Social Home Body is a California-based small business specializing in cute DIY candles, storage solutions, hair clips, mugs, purses, and much more!

Get it from The Social Home Body on Etsy for $3 (available in four colors). 

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A handheld steamer boasting over 33,000 5-star reviews, because who doesn’t love blasting the wrinkles out of collared shirts, sheets, cotton T-shirts, and more in just a few minutes? You’ll want to keep one of these in your room for sure.


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Promising review: “I cannot express how much I love it. This steamer is super easy and convenient to use and it does a great job. It works particularly well on cotton clothes. I used it for shirts and suits; those results are pretty good, too.” —Royiyi

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


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And an easy-to-use stud finder that’ll make it super clear (with an LCD screen) when there is a metal or wood stud or electrical wiring behind your wall before you go to hang stuff. Reviewers say this stud finder is better than any other they’ve tried!


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That means more time interior decorating and less time worrying for you! And it has over 20,000 5-star reviews.

Promising review: “I purchased a cheap-model stud finder a few years ago. I always fought with it, trying to make sure it was actually reading a stud. Many times it would give me a false reading or just wouldn’t be consistent with locating studs. I purchased this stud finder a few days ago. I popped in a 9-volt battery, (it doesn’t come with one) and began to check walls around my house. It worked flawlessly! I compared it with my other one. The Nabini was finding studs consistently while my other was having trouble. I cycled through the different modes and again, I was confirming electrical wires hiding behind walls. This was a feature my old stud finder did not have. I worked around a few light switches and the Nabini found the wires effortlessly. I tried the deep mode and metal mode and was happy to say they both worked great! I would highly recommend this product. I would def purchase this again. Easy to use and a great buy.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.


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