Want life to be easier? Here are 54 wildly clever things that can help you with that

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You know that feeling when you find exactly the right product to solve a pesky problem? Well, Amazon is full of clever items that make life easier — whether you're cooking, cleaning, getting organized, or just enjoying some much-needed down time — and once you see them, you'll wonder where these products have been all your life.

From innovative kitchen utensils to helpful storage solutions, these items are designed to make any task a breeze. Think: a splatter guard for your frying pan that prevents hot oil messes while you're cooking, or an under-shelf storage rack that makes the most of your kitchen cupboard space. There are also ways to make annoying chores easier, like an easy-to-grip pumice stone for cleaning the toilet without a ton of effort. And if spending time on self care sounds more stressful than relaxing, there are items to help with that too; case in point: a hair-cutting tool for neat DIY trims or a water bottle that actually reminds you to stay hydrated by lighting up on the hour. (Oh, technology.)

No matter what part of your home life you want to optimize, there's sure to be a clever solution on this list. Best of all, these products can be at your door in no time with just the click of a button. It doesn't get much easier than this.

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A weather-resistant smart plug for outdoor lighting & more

With this outdoor smart plug, controlling seasonal decorations, sprinklers, pool pumps, and more is a breeze. The two-outlet smart plug is IP64 weather-resistant and has a Wi-Fi range of up to 300 feet, so you can easily connect to Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control, or manage devices from anywhere using the Kasa app.


An adjustable stand for books & devices

This adjustable book stand is so versatile — use it to hold cookbooks, textbooks, phones, tablets, and laptops for easy viewing. The frame is made from heavy-duty aluminum and offers multiple heights and angles, so you can find the best position, and there are two clips to hold books open. Plus, the stand is lightweight and collapsible for easy portability, and comes in two colors: black and white.


This computer privacy screen that keeps eyes off your laptop

Want to keep prying eyes off your laptop screen? This computer privacy screen makes the display look black from the sides, but leaves you with a clear view. Plus, the filter reduces sleep-disrupting blue light and glare, and it's easy to install using the included 3M strips or slide mount tabs. Choose from 15 screen sizes.


A cast iron press for restaurant-worthy tortillas at home

Make restaurant-worthy tortillas at home with this cast iron tortilla press. The sturdy press has a diameter of 7.5 inches and an ergonomic handle, so you'll get evenly pressed tortillas every time, and it's also great for making shells and wrappers for empanadas, tamales, arepas, dumplings, and more.


This callus remover gel that smooths feet in minutes

If your feet need some TLC, this callus remover gel can get rid of dry, rough skin in no time. Just soak your feet in warm water, apply the gel and let it sit for three to seven minutes, then scrub and rinse away the dead skin. With thousands of five-star Amazon reviews, this gel is a clear favorite for getting smooth feet with minimal effort.


A microscope keychain that's great for getting an up-close look at things

Get a closer look at the world with this handy pocket microscope keychain that offers 20x magnification and an easy-to-use focusing dial — great for curious adults and kids alike. It also has built-in UV and LED lights, so you can get a clearer view of just about any minuscule object. Batteries are included, and you can choose from orange, green, and blue.


This pumice stone that quickly cleans the toilet bowl

Cleaning the bathroom is a whole lot easier with these toilet bowl cleaning stones. With easy-to-grip handles, the eco-friendly, 100% pumice stones can quickly remove hard water stains from the toilet bowl and other ceramic fixtures, and they're also great for cleaning swimming pool tiles, grills, and more.


A keyhole light that turns on when motion is detected

If you need extra light at your front door or other dark areas, this LED keyhole light is easy to install anywhere with the included double-sided tape. The energy-saving light has four LED bulbs and automatically turns on in the dark when motion is detected — so you can see exactly where to insert the key. It runs on one AA battery, which is not included.


A mini vacuum cleaner for your keyboard

Get pesky crumbs and dirt off your work area with this keyboard vacuum cleaner. The mini handheld vacuum is powered by two AA batteries (not included) and offers powerful suction with a high-speed centrifugal fan, and it has nylon bristles to help lift debris. There's also a simple on/off switch and button to open the dustbin. Choose from mint green and black.


This natural wax that protects your pup's paws

Protect your pup's paws with this dog paw wax that creates a shield against hot pavement, sand, snow, salt, and more. Made with natural ingredients like vitamin E and beeswax, the formulas is non-toxic, fast-drying, and non-staining, so you don't have to worry about your dog tracking it around the house.


These padded clips that secure your comforter to the duvet

If you're tired of your comforter shifting around inside the duvet cover at night, you can keep it in place with these padded comforter clips. Sold in a four-pack, the clips attach each corner of the comforter to your duvet to prevent bunching — and they're so small, you won't even know they're there.


This LED rope light you can use for everything from biking to camping to working

This genius rope light is designed so you can use it to light anything. Hang it from a tree when you are camping. Wrap it around your body when you ride a bike so motorists can see you. String it inside the hood of your car when you are working in low light. Or stuff it into its bag and set it on a table to use as a lantern. The LED rope light is battery operated, comes in two sizes, and is available in white or with color.


This 3-pack of heavy-duty tongs that make every kitchen task easier

Whether you are frying chicken, air-frying potatoes, serving salad, or getting a pickle out of a jar, this set of three heavy-duty tongs will be the tool you reach for most often. With grippy silicone tips and an easy locking mechanism, so they store in a closed position, they are versatile and useful. The three sizes here — seven-inch, nine-inch, and 11-inch — will cover all your needs.


This space-saving, portable ice cube tray

If you want fresh ice for picnics or just want to save space in your freezer, pick up this BPA-free silicone ice cube tray. To use, fill with water and freeze, then apply pressure to break up the ice, and expand the mold to get a portable container of ice cubes. The tray is watertight, odor-resistant, and designed for stacking, so you may want to pick up a few to stay fully stocked with ice. Choose from water blue and sapphire blue colors.


This shaving template that helps you get a neat neckline trim

This neckline shaving template takes the guesswork out of DIY hair trimming. Just slide the template into place, adjust the straps to get the right fit, and get an even trim with a razor, trimmer, or scissors. The template is made from silicone for great comfort and stability.


This mug warmer that keeps your coffee hot

If you like to leisurely enjoy a hot beverage, this coffee mug warmer can keep your java hot while you sip at your own pace. The electric mug warmer has three temperature settings and automatically turns off after four hours, and since the metal plate is waterproof, you don't have to worry about spills. It's available in six colors, including blue, black, and wood grain.


An electric hot pot that cooks & sautés without a stove

With this electric hot pot, you can cook and sauté food without having to use a stove — just plug in, and you're ready to go. The 1.5-liter mini hot pot has an easy-to-clean non-stick coating and two temperature settings, and it comes with a silicone spatula and an egg rack. Use it for eggs, ramen, pasta, soups, and more.


A pan splatter guard that prevents oil messes & food spillover

To prevent oil splatter and food spillover, use this BPA-free silicone splatter guard on your frying pan. The 10-inch guard — which comes in red, orange, green, and black — blocks splatter while allowing steam to escape, and even better — still gives you full access to stir and flip your food to perfection.


A running belt that holds your phone & other essentials

Runners: Keep your phone, keys, and other essentials secure with this waistband running belt. The stretchy pocket has room for larger cell phones like the iPhone XS Max, and there's a zipper to keep items contained. The belt is adjustable to fit waist sizes between 26 and 43 inches, there's a reflective logo for nighttime running. Choose from six colors.


These microfiber lens cleaners you can add to your keychain

These microfiber eyeglass cleaners are easy to stash in your bag or attach to your keychain, so you'll always have a handy way to get smudges off your eyewear. The plastic cleaners have soft microfiber pads that clean both sides of your eyeglass lenses at the same time, and they're sold in a colorful 12-pack.


A food scale that folds up for compact storage

Short on kitchen space but like to get exact measurements for your recipes? This foldable food scale is a great solution. It toggles between ounces, grams, fluid ounces, and milliliters and resets at the touch of a button. When you're done, the arms fold up for compact storage.


A versatile meat chopper & vegetable masher

This versatile meat chopper not only works to break up ground meat, but it's also great for mashing potatoes, avocados, and more. The handy kitchen utensil is durable and heat-resistant, with four easy-to-clean blades that won't trap food. It's available in nine colors, including classic black and bright chili red.


A water bottle that lights up to remind you to drink

If you want helpful reminders to stay hydrated, pick up this three-in-one water bottle that lights up every hour to signal you to drink. And because it's the 21st century, the BPA-free bottle also has Bluetooth speakers and dancing lights, so you can listen to music while you sip. Choose from blue, black, and red.


This slim compost bin with an adjustable air vent

This slim 1-gallon compost bin takes up minimal counter space, and it can also be mounted to a cabinet door if you want it out of the way. There's a wide opening that makes it easy to place food waste inside, and the air vent is adjustable — leave it open to reduce odors and moisture, or close it to keep bugs away. Mounting hardware is included, and it's available in stone, sky blue, and graphite.


A steamer basket with adjustable sides

This clever folding basket steamer has sides that self-adjust to fit pots and pans of varying diameters, making it easy to steam as much (or as little) food as you want. The dishwasher-safe, BPA-free steamer features a fork hook for burn-free lifting and it folds neatly for compact storage.


These under-shelf containers that maximize storage space

Make the most of your cupboard space with these under-shelf food storage containers that are great for cereal, pasta, and other dry goods. The adhesive storage rail can be mounted inside or underneath your cabinets with no tools required, and the set includes three 1.3-quart airtight containers with easy-pull tabs, so you can slide each one out when you need it.


This flexible dish brush that's gentle on non-stick cookware

To clean non-stick cookware and other items without scratching, this quick-drying dish brush is so helpful. Made with 100% recyclable materials, the flexible polymer bristles clean gently and are easy to rinse off when you're done. The bacteria-resistant brush is available in blue and green and comes with an extra brush head.


These insulated steel wine glasses that look amazing and solve everything about drinking wine

If you tend to break wine glasses, hate it when your chilled wine gets warm before you get to the end of the glass, and dream of a future where every drink holder could be easily used on a spaceship, this pair of stainless steel, double-wall insulated, brushed metal wine glasses are for you. They come in 10 colors and are also perfect for the beach and picnics on this planet.


A food scrap trap that keeps countertops clean

Keep your countertop clean with this food scrap trap, which fits over cabinets or drawers to rest at the edge of the counter. The plastic bin holds up to 2 quarts of food scraps, and it comes with a scraper, so you can easily sweep debris into the bin while you cook. When you're done, just lift the bin and empty into the trash or compost bin.


These stretchy silicone lids to cover leftovers

For an eco-friendly way to store leftovers, reach for these handy silicone stretch lids. The durable, BPA-free lids are sold in a colorful 12-pack and can be stretched to cover small items like cans, bowls, and jars without using plastic wrap. They're safe to use in the microwave or freezer, and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning, too.


These sturdy magnetic hooks for instant storage

These sturdy magnetic hooks couldn't be easier to use — just stick them on any metal surface (refrigerator, washing machine, filing cabinet) for instant organization. The steel hooks hold up to 25 pounds, and work for indoor and outdoor use. Choose from a pack of 12, 28, or 45 hooks.


A cable sleeve that wrangles all your cords

Keep messy cords contained with this flexible cable management sleeve. The 60-inch sleeves come in two diameters, and they're easy to trim to your desired length. They're durable, flexible, and have breakout points to accommodate both longer and shorter cords. The sleeves are available in black and gray, as well as in a 240-inch option.


A floating waterproof bag that keeps your gear dry

When you're boating, surfing, or just lounging at the beach, you can keep your gear dry in this floating waterproof bag. The lightweight bag is made from durable ripstop tarpaulin with a watertight roll-top closure, and after being rolled and buckled, it can float in water. It's available in sizes ranging from 5 to 40 liters and comes in 15 colors, including black, bright green, and orange.


A tray that makes crispy bacon in the microwave

Make delicious, crispy bacon in minutes with this microwave bacon cooker. Just hang bacon strips on the tray and cook for one minute per slice. And since the fat drips from the bacon onto the tray, you end up with a less greasy breakfast. Plus, the tray is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.


A mesh pocket organizer for your shower essentials

This mesh pocket shower organizer keeps your bath essentials tidy and within easy reach. It's made from durable and quick-drying nylon mesh with rustproof metal grommets, and the eight pockets (four small, four large) give you plenty of room for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and more. Three metal hooks are included, and you can hang it in tandem with your regular shower curtain.


This hammock that lightens your camping load to almost nothing

You can eliminate most of the gear you pack when you go camping by tucking this light, camping hammock into your pack instead. All you need is a couple of trees to sling it between and you will sleep like a baby because the ground won’t be hard under you. This thing is comfy! It also only weighs 16 ounces and packs into a tiny — attached — bag. When set up, there’s even a side pocket for your phone or water bottle.


A kitchen knife with a built-in chopping block

Prepping ingredients is quick and easy with this food slicer, that features a stainless steel blade and a small, built-in chopping block. Just squeeze the durable handles to slice food without having to pull out a bulky cutting board. Plus, the knife detaches from the cutting board if you want to use it separately. It's dishwasher-safe and there's a locking hinge for safety.


A sleep mask with built-in Bluetooth headphones

If you like to doze off while listening to soothing sounds or a podcast, slip on this comfortable Bluetooth sleep headphone mask. The memory foam sleep mask has a smooth, breathable lining and thin, rechargeable headphones that connect to Bluetooth-enabled devices, so you can lie down comfortably without bulky earbuds getting in way. Choose from black, light gray, and dark gray.


These gloves that protect your hands while chopping food

Wear these grippy, cut-resistant gloves while chopping food or grating cheese, and your fingers will be safe from nicks and cuts. The durable gloves are lightweight and offer a snug fit, so they won't add bulk to your hands, and both gloves can be used on either hand. Available in gray and green, they're machine-washable for easy cleaning.

  • Available sizes: Small - Extra-Large


A notched push/pull tool for hot pans & oven racks

Use this handy oven rack push/pull tool to move a pan or wire rack without using a bulky oven mitt. Made with heat-proof beech wood, the 12-inch tool features notches that easily hook over the rack, so you can easily move hot cookware in and out of the oven. Even better — it's dishwasher-safe in case you get any sauce or melted cheese on it.


These reusable produce bags that reduce plastic waste

These reusable drawstring produce bags make it easy to tote fresh fruits and veggies home while reducing plastic waste. Sold in a set of five, the roomy bags are made from durable but lightweight nylon mesh, so it's easy for the checker to see what's inside, and each one has a different pop of color at the top.


A bug trap that keeps fruit flies, mosquitos, and gnats out of your house

If your habit of stocking your kitchen with fresh fruit brought with it a pesky fruit fly problem, your houseplants are growing soil gnats, or other small flying insects have moved in with you, plug in Katchy and watch as their number diminish. It lures them close with a tantalizing UV light, pulls them inside with a fan, and sticks them to a mat in the base. It also looks cute on the counter and makes almost no noise.


A toilet paper dispenser with room for extra rolls

Replacing the toilet paper roll is hassle-free, thanks to this toilet paper holder stand. The free-standing holder is made from sturdy stainless steel and has storage space for up to three extra rolls, and there's a shelf on top for small items. Choose from matte black, brown, silver, and nickel finishes.


These outlet covers with built-in night lights

Not only are these outlet covers with built-in night lights super easy to install (they just snap on), but they also leave both outlets free for plugging in devices or appliances. The softly diffused LED lights turn on automatically when it gets dark, and they require no batteries, so you can just snap them on and forget them.


A bamboo charging station for up to 8 devices

Keep devices organized while they charge with this charging station made from 100% natural bamboo. There's enough room for up to eight devices, including phones, tablets, and a smart watch, and the cutouts on the side let you connect to a neatly concealed charging hub (sold separately).


These knives for spreading cold butter

Cold butter is no match for these butter knives that feature serrated edges and small holes that create easy-to-spread butter curls. The durable stainless steel knives also works well for slicing bread, so you can use one utensil for for both tasks.


A can colander for dumping unwanted liquid

This can colander makes it easy to dump unwanted liquid without dealing with sharp metal lids — just snap it onto an open can and pour out the liquid. The colander fits most standard-sized cans and is dishwasher-safe for quick cleanup. Use it with tuna, beans, olives, and more.


These highly absorbent & reusable cleaning cloths

Tired of buying paper towels? This six-pack of reusable cleaning cloths are an eco-friendly, affordable solution. The thick but flexible cloths are highly absorbent, so they're perfect for wiping down surfaces of all kinds (counters, sinks, stoves, outdoor furniture), and they can be machine-washed and reused up to 100 times.


An aromatherapy balm that can help you de-stress

A few swipes of this aromatherapy balm on your pulse points can help reduce feelings of stress, no matter where you are. The non-greasy balm is made with a blend of soothing, therapeutic-grade essential oils, like chamomile, mandarin, and neroli, but you can also choose from five other blends, including one to promote restful sleep and another to help you focus.


A scrubber that soothes your feet while you shower

With hundreds of flexible bristles, this shower foot massager makes it easy to give your feet the TLC they deserve. The massager has non-slip rubber backing that sticks to your shower or tub floor, and you can use it to scrub and soothe your achy feet every time you bathe. Choose from blue, clear, gray, and pink.


This set of 6 stainless steel mixing bowls so you always have one handy

When you want to make a batch of brownies and whip some cream to go with them, do you have to wash the bowl from one task before you can start another? Invest in this set of six stainless steel mixing bowls and make life easier. They nest into each other so storing them takes up very little space. They clean easily. And there is one in every size you need.


A solar power bank that's great for camping trips

This solar power bank is great for when you're going off the grid — just charge it before leaving home, and use the solar panel for backup power while you're away from outlets. Plus, it's IPX4 water-resistant and Qi-enabled for wireless charging. The portable power bank also features a dual flashlight and compass kit for outdoor exploring.


This magnetic pickup tool that finds screws & bolts on the floor

When you drop a screw or bolt while assembling something, just reach for this magnetic pickup tool. The extendable tool features a flexible neck and is outfitted with powerful magnets and a built-in flashlight, so you can locate and pick up any metal pieces that have rolled out of sight on the floor. Batteries are included.


A flexible phone holder for your bike

With this bike phone holder, you'll have easy access to your phone while still protecting it it from bumps while you're cycling. The holder is made from shock-absorbing silicone with a non-slip base, and because it's stretchy, it's compatible with most phone sizes. Plus, it doesn't block the front camera or home button, so you can still use Face ID and Touch ID. It's available in black, bright green, and red.

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