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22 Products That’ll Save You Time and Energy

products that'll save you time and energy
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Amazon, Uncommon Goods
Aug 15, 2022

This post was originally published in May 2021 and has been updated.

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If your basic state of being is tired...we get it. Life can be a series of twists and turns. And let’s just say the past few years have been one wild ride. Well, we’re here to make things a bit easier.

Now we aren’t saying these products will solve all your problems. But they will save you some time and energy in your day-to-day. And you should never underestimate the power of a small victory.

Silicone air fryer liners that’ll make cleanup easy…

Using your beloved air fryer just got even faster. These can protect up to 5 quart air fryers from any food residue, grease, and grime. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe, nontoxic, and can withstand heat up to 450 degrees. And because you’ll be using a reusable liner instead of the paper ones, you’ll be helping the planet too. What a win. ($19.99+, Amazon)

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An electric pour over kettle for your tea addiction…

You know how the saying goes — a watched pot never boils. Which is why you need this aesthetically pleasing appliance that gets water boiling ASAP (no major waiting time, here). The pointed spout is ultra-precise and its sleek LCD screen displays the water’s real-time temperature. There’s also a 60 minute hold option, so it’ll maintain your desired temp for a whole hour. Plus, there’s a built-in stopwatch option so you can get the perfect brew. Refills, please. ($158.30+, Amazon)

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A kale and herb razor that’ll strip ’em in seconds…

Whether you’re making a salad or want fresh ingredients to season meat with, this stainless steel razor can shear and strip faster than your hands can. The different-sized holes work for various stems, from rosemary to parsley. ($15, Uncommon Goods)

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A dishwasher magnet so you’ll never have to ask if the latest load is clean or dirty…

Holding up your glass to the light to check if it’s time to unload? Over it. This handy little sign sticks to any dishwasher thanks to an adhesive metal piece. Just place it on your machine and you’ll be ready to party. Plus, the font is super cute. ($9.49, Amazon)

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Handheld rakes to keep your yard effortlessly clean…

Start scooping. These claws will help you get the job done in half the time. You’ll be able to pick up more...without actually touching any dirty, wet leaves. Bless. ($29.95, Amazon)

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A peppermint essential oil roller that’ll provide some headache relief...

Stop an afternoon-ruiner in its tracks. Roll it on the back of your neck and ears when you feel the beginning of a headache coming on. Because of the menthol, the oil can help relax muscles and decrease pain. So you can get back to your to-do list. ($11.99, Amazon)

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Something that’ll stop you from wiping down your phone 100 times a day…

Germs, be gone. Phonesoap kills bacteria other disinfectants can’t. And you can even charge your phone during the process. It works via UV light to reach every corner so you get 360-degrees of clean. No more sprays or wipes. ($79.95, Phonesoap)

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A lint remover that’ll get pesky debris off your clothes fast…

With just a few sweeps, this can rid your space of pet hair, random fuzz, and more. You can use it over and over again without batteries or a power source. And it works on sheets, blankets, and carpets. Squeaky clean. ($28.95, Amazon)

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A cool device that’ll open (or vacuum seal) a bottle of wine…

Upgrade your happy hour with this cordless wine opener that can uncork 80 bottles in a single charge. And no — it won’t break corks in the process. If you don’t finish your bottle, just use the vacuum sealer option to preserve freshness and flavor. Nothing to wine about here. ($39.95, Amazon)

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A two-in-one hair tool that’ll give you salon-like results in no time…

This Revlon dryer does it all. And no, you don’t have to be an expert. Consider this a brush and blow-dryer in one. It features three heat and speed settings, plus a cool option for styling. The oval design helps to smooth your locks and create volume. Hello, good hair days. ($32.49+, Amazon)

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A gadget so you can easily open jars without asking for help…

Install this opener underneath a cabinet to help you open jars and bottles of all sizes. Consider it a solution for anyone with limited use of their hands. The magic lies in the metal teeth. Miss Independent, who? ($13.49, Amazon)

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A menstrual cup so you don’t have to keep running to the bathroom…

Toss the tampons. And save yourself the trouble of doing the mental math of when you last changed yours. This convenient alternative is a sustainable option that provides 12-hour protection. And works for overnight wear. Phew. ($21.99, The Honey Pot Company)

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Kitchen scissors for all the little cooking tasks you’ve got to complete…

Introducing a shear that can peel and cut vegetables, crack nuts, and open jars. They come apart for cleaning and can slice through packaging like a dream. Just a note: we recommend getting two (one for food only). ($18.95, Food52)

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An egg cooker for when you want a nutritious breakfast with minimal effort…

Choose your preferred style (hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, or omelet) and set the timer. Then jump in the shower while your breakfast is cooking. The device will switch off when it’s all done. Eggcellent. ($16.99+, Amazon)

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A hair brush that’ll quickly glide through knots…

This gentle detangler is built to last. It’s got soft ballpoint tips to massage your scalp and multi-layered bristles to get out knots. Plus, you can use it on all hair types. Win. ($28, Briogeo)

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A drawer organizer set so you can easily find what you’re looking for…

These inserts will keep items separated and folded. Aka no more smushed-together bras or underwear and no more shirts bunched in the back of your dresser. Voilà. ($18.57/set of 4, Amazon)

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Sliders that’ll help your rearranging obsession…

Save the workout for later. Pop these pads underneath your furniture for a smooth trip — sans any aches or pains. They’ll prevent floor scratches and make moving things around so much easier. Your downstairs neighbor will thank you. ($14.29, Amazon)

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A healthy meal plan for little ones…

Run out of ideas on what to feed your kiddo? No problem. Take out the guesswork and add in this delivery plan that’s filled with delicious and nutritious options. It’s simple: pick the ones that work for your kid and get them sent weekly to your doorstep. The meals come fully cooked and ready to heat. There’s pizza pockets and broccoli parm, chicken mac and cheese, and veggie bowls. Dig in. (Plans start at $6.99/meal, Yumble)

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Bed clips to keep your sheets in place…

These latch onto the corner of your sheets so they stay put. No more pulling the corners down multiple times. Solutions, solutions. ($12.99+, Amazon)

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A vegetable chopper to help you save time while meal prepping...

Put the knife down. This can chop, slice, grate, and spiralize. It’s got 12 blades total, a peeler, cleaning brush, and bin so your ingredients won’t be all over your kitchen countertop. More time to binge Netflix. ($20.94, Amazon)

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A spray that’ll prevent your glasses from fogging up when you wear a face mask…

This anti-fog mist works on all types of glasses, and doesn’t call for constant application. A few spritzes and you’re good for the day. Sigh of relief sold separately. ($8.99, Amazon)

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A fabric defuzzer for when your sheets, sweaters, and towels look a bit old…

Goodbye, little pill balls. You can run this tiny, battery-powered device over furniture, too. It’ll eat up those annoying tiny fuzzies and loose threads. So you can freshen up what you already have, instead of buying brand-new sheets and sweaters. Win. ($14.99, Amazon)

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