Baked-on food dirtying your oven, your thighs chafing, can’t find your keys when you absolutely need them – if you’re plagued by any of these common annoyances, read on. Like many of us, life’s small inconveniences really add up to annoy the heck outta me and sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to be done for it. Except there is, dear reader! I found 37 handy, affordable products that solve those annoying problems we encounter on the daily so things can go much more smoothly.
Whether you suffer from dull knives, clogged drains or unorganized cabinets, I’ve got you covered. No longer will these minor bugaboos conspire to take you down when you use these products to take control of the situation and give yourself a leg up. Don’t forget about beauty, either – from minor wrinkles to an easier way to get to-die-for lashes, you’re gonna want to take a look at this list. So read on for ways to solve a myriad of everyday, annoying problems inexpensively and efficiently, saving you time and money and a whole lot of headaches!
This Mini Blender Makes Smoothies For One
I like smoothies, but no one else in my house does. It’s a pain to make a whole batch and then have most of it go to waste since I’m the only one drinking it. Problem solved with this mini blender that just makes one smoothie (or milkshake, if you’re feeling splurgey!). A “personal blender” sounds so fancy, but it’s under $20!
These Baking Mats Eliminate The Mess
Baking cookies is a lot of fun, but clean-up is not. I’ll either use parchment paper, which is not great for the environment since it’s a one-and-done product, or I’ll grease the cookie sheet and end up with something else to clean. These silicone baking mats are a much better option since you can just wipe them clean when you’re done baking, they don’t let the cookies stick, and it saves you money on disposable tin foil or parchment paper!
These Drain Cleaners Make Quick Work Of Clogged Drains
I don’t like pouring harsh chemical drain cleaners down the sink, but with frequent clogs from long-haired girls, sometimes it’s a last resort. Until now – these drain snakes snag huge clumps of hair and bring them up through the drain cover grossly but efficiently. And you can just wipe clean to use them again! They’ve made a huge difference in cutting down on chemical cleaners.
This Soap Dispenser Produces The Perfect Amount of Suds
This soap dispenser has gone viral on TikTok for a good reason – it dispenses the perfect amount of soap, so none goes to waste. It also looks great on your counter and reduces clutter because now you can store away that big, bulky bottle of dish soap since the container holds plenty. Plus, it makes your sponge smell better, too, since it has a place to drain and not get all stinky overnight. So many problems are solved with one handy little gadget!
Zap Pesky Wrinkles With This Retinol Cream
Wrinkles are a fact of life after a certain age, a much lower one than I originally thought when I was in my 20s and not using SPF religiously as I do now. Barring expensive Botox treatment, what to do? How about snag this incredibly popular retinol cream that moisturizes with hyaluronic acid while it softens wrinkles and lines. This stuff’s got over 25,000 glowing reviews because it just plain works!
Eliminate Spice Drawer Clutter With This Spice Rack
My spice drawer’s a bit of a nightmare – I can never seem to find what I want, and once I do, the bottles are too jumbled up for me to shut the drawer properly! That’s why I was super excited to find this spice rack that attaches to your cabinet door and keeps everything in perfect order. It’s got over 12,000 rave reviews for making cook’s lives so much more organized.
This Meat Thermometer Ensure Proper Cooking Temp
After a nasty bout of food poisoning, we’ve become a lot more cautious about cooking meat around here. One of the best purchases we made was this meat thermometer, which is super accurate and easy to use. Because nothing’s more annoying than giving yourself and your family a food-borne illness!
Bring The Gym To You With These Resistance Bands
It’s been a long year not being able to go to the gym, and it’s pretty much impossible to fit all the equipment you need for a full-body workout in your house. Until now – enter these resistance bands, which you can use in a myriad of ways to target all your muscle groups. Plus, when you’re done, they store away out of sight so easily, unlike a full home gym.
These Stove Gap Covers Keep Out The Mess
Without fail, every time I’m cooking, something seems to spill into the gap between the counter and the stove. This spot is impossible to clean without taking out the whole stove, which is a nightmare in itself. So I’m thankful to the genius who invented these stove gap covers, which prevent messes from getting into tight spaces in the first place! They’re super easy to install and are unobtrusive, so they won’t take away from the look of your kitchen.
This Broom Holder Organizes Your Cleaning Tools
We store our brooms and mops against the basement wall, but they’re always falling down the stairs. Very annoying. I was psyched to find this broom holder, which can hold four large cleaning tools plus has hooks for smaller ones. It’s so convenient to have a little cleaning arsenal in one place!
This Pan Rack Keeps Them Organized
Whenever I go to get a pan, I have to clatter through a bunch of other ones, all stacked haphazardly, making a huge, noisy mess. Problem solved with this pan rack that keeps them all organized and separated so you can just grab the one you want and be on your way! It easily fits in your cabinet with no installation required – smart!
These Mask Extenders Make Things More Comfortable
If you’re tired of your mask hurting your ears or slipping off, these mask extenders can help. Simply clip them onto your ear loops and you can tighten or loosen based on your comfort. These would also be great for kids who might have trouble keeping a mask on throughout the school day.
These Key Holders Mean You’ll Never Lose Your Keys Again
The most annoying thing – finally getting everyone ready to leave the house and…can’t find my keys. Good thing I found this kick-butt solution – these magnets stick securely wherever you put them – may I suggest on a light switch as shown above so that the last thing you do is shut off the lights and grab your keys? These powerful little magnets can hold up to four pounds, so you can hang your whole wallet on there as well if it’s attached to your keys as mine is.
This Bedside Organizer Holds So Much Stuff
Whether your nightstand is already crammed full or you don’t have room for one, it can be pretty annoying not to have a spot for your nightly necessities. Good news – this bedside organizer attaches right to the side of your bed and holds a TON of stuff! Keep your devices, magazines, even a water bottle close at hand.
This Back Scrubber Exfoliates And Cleans Hard To Reach Spots
Trying to reach the middle of your back is a giant pain in the shower, whether you want to exfoliate or just clean things up. Good thing I found this back scrubber that lets you get a deep clean without needing a shower partner to do it for you! Nearly 13,800 reviewers love how thoroughly it cleans and how fast it dries, so it never gets stinky.
Say Goodbye To Dull Knives With This Knife Sharpener
Dull knives are pretty much the worst – they won’t cut food but end up cutting you! My husband has and loves this knife sharpener for keeping ours razor sharp. They cut through food like butter and make meal prep so much easier!
This Picture Hanging Kit Has Everything You Need
Hanging pictures can be tough, especially when they’re not straight and then bother you every time you glance over at them. Just me? Thank goodness for this picture hanging kit that includes everything you need to get picture-perfect, straight frames every time, with multiple levels and all the hardware you could need to hang mirrors, canvases, photos, and more.
This Microwave Cleaner Works Incredibly Well
Crusty, stuck-on food in a microwave is a pain to clean up. Unless, of course, you have the right tools, like this volcano microwave cleaner. You just fill with vinegar and water to get a good steam going, then wipe up messes easily with a paper towel. It has amazing reviews for being easy to use and oh-so-effective!
This Vent Cleaning Brush Helps Stop Fires
Yes, dryer lint is annoying, but know what else is? House fires. Prevent both with this vent brush that cleans out all that flammable lint so you don’t get any nasty surprises!
This Rug Gripper Keeps Your Rug In Place
Slippy rugs are the bane of my existence, especially if they don’t come with non-slip backing like many of mine don’t. I found these rug gripper pads, and they’ve been a total game-changer. You just stick them onto the corners of the underside of the rug, then like magic, no more slipping!
This Paw Washer Is A Game Changer
It’s mud season and we have a new puppy, which means the floors are going to be a mess until…forever? Not so with this Mud Buster paw washer! Simply grab a foot, pop it into the warm, soapy water filling the container, then use the grippy top to deep-clean mud and grime from your pup’s feet.
These Clothes Storage Bags Hold A Ton
We have a huge moth problem living out in the sticks, which doesn’t bode well for my favorite cashmere sweaters. I’ve started using these clothes storage bags in the offseason to hold everything from wool blankets to sweaters, and so far, no tiny little moth-eaten holes to speak of! I love how generously sized and air-tight they are.
These Curtains Block Out All The Light
The first thing I did when we moved into our house was to install these blackout curtains in each of the kids’ rooms because nothing’s more annoying than a small creature wanting breakfast and entertainment before the sun rises. They do such an amazing job – even on the sunniest mornings, it’s still really dark in their rooms. They come in a ton of colors and are so affordable; I can’t say enough good things about them!
This Sink Strainer Is Genius
My husband does the dishes, which I am eternally grateful for, but I do not love how much gunk and food scraps are left in the sink strainer when he’s done. Which, unfortunately, he does not clean out. This strainer, which attaches to the side of the sink, is a much cleaner option – small food pieces won’t make it down the drain, potentially clogging it, and it’s easy to empty once you’re done rinsing food off the plates!
This Bug Light Brightens Things Up
My husband falls asleep earlier than I do, and I like to read a little to help myself fall asleep, but I don’t want to keep him awake with a bright light. So I found this handy little bug light that can contort into all kinds of positions to add brightness wherever you need it! This would also be really helpful for camping, trying to locate things you dropped underneath the fridge or in the bottom of a messy purse to find what you need fast.
This Car Scratch Remover Makes Your Ride Good As New
I’m the queen of dents and scratches on our car. Just once, I’d like to be able to take care of the problem myself, instead of reporting, “Honey, I dinged the car again.” Now I can with this car scratch remover kit that you just buff onto the problem spots! Reviewers love how it works “like magic” on small scratches and imperfections.
These False Lashes Are Magnetic
I have sparse lashes, so I like to enhance them with falsies from time to time. What I don’t love is the tacky eyelash glue you have to use to stick ’em on, I always get it all over my eyelid and it’s a pain to remove. My friend found these magnetic eyelashes that work like magic and I haven’t gone back to the old-fashioned kind since! Just apply the special eyeliner then “stick” the lashes on for an easy upgrade to your natural lashes.
These Oven Liners Make Short Work Of Messes
The first time my husband cooked a caramel apple pie, the filling oozed all over the bottom of the oven and immediately burnt to a hard finish. If you’ve never tried, removing burnt-on sugar (or any food) from an oven is incredibly difficult. That’s why I bought these oven liners to catch future messes. We use them to make pizza, pies, or other dishes where spillover is possible. They’re MUCH easier to clean than a whole oven!
This Pot Strainer Takes Up No Room
We cook a ton of pasta around here, so I feel like I’m always hauling the bulky colander out for draining. It takes up a lot of room and is kind of a pain to clean because pasta gets stuck in the sides. I was super excited to find this pot strainer that’s very easy to store since it’s basically flat and even easier to clean! Just hold it up to the lip of the pot and strain away!
These Wood Touch Up Pens Saved My Furniture
With two kids and a puppy, our furniture sees a lot of wear and tear. But buying new stuff would be futile because it’d be banged up again in no time. So I chose to fix up our existing furniture with this wood touchup kit that includes waxy fill-in sticks, markers in many wood shades, and even a sharpener for the sticks. It’s seriously helped keep our furniture looking good even though it’s abused on a regular basis!
This Spoon Rest Is Gigantic
Whenever I’m cooking, I never know where to put my spoon down since it’ll make a mess on the stovetop or counter. I have a (tiny) spoon rest, but it’s not big enough to actually prevent a mess, and it’s hard to clean. When I saw this oversized spoon rest that can hold up to four cooking utensils, I did a little dance of joy! And it couldn’t be easier to clean the silicone material; just rinse it off when you’re done.
This Key Light Is Great For Messy Purses
I haven’t seen the bottom of my purse in oh, forever, that is until I snagged this key light that helps me find exactly what I need. It simply attaches onto your key chain, which also makes finding keys easier, and lights up with Disco LED color-changing brightness. You can put it on anything that needs a little extra light, from camping gear to your dog’s collar like my neighbors do! It’ll glow brightly for 20 hours on two replaceable batteries.
This Dash Mount Phone Holder Keeps It In Place
I have one of those vent mount phone holders I use when needing directions, but it always falls out annoyingly. This dash mount phone holder is a much better option because the phone stays put and keeps the map easy to read so you don’t accidentally cause a crash while you’re trying to retrieve your fallen phone! It’s held in place by five grippy tabs, so your phone isn’t going anywhere even if you take corners above the speed limit or drive down a bumpy road.
These Collapsible Funnels Make Transferring Easy
We like buying in bulk and transferring to smaller bottles – shoutout Kirkland Olive Oil! These collapsible funnels make it easy to do so and don’t take up a ton of storage space. Plus, they’re fun for the kids to play with in the bath or sink so they also provide some entertainment value!
These Wine Wands Eliminate The Hangover Headache
Wine headaches are the worst, and I find myself getting them the next morning even after one or two glasses. These wine wands work by removing the sulfites in the wine that cause hangovers and headaches, so you can enjoy a glass without paying for it tomorrow. Plus, they look like cute drink stirrers!
This Body Glide Stops Chafing
Nothing fun about chafing, be it on your bra band or on the heel of new shoes that you’re trying to break in. This Body Glide comes to your rescue with a smooth anti-chafe and moisturizing balm formula that slicks onto the skin to protect hot spots anywhere. It’s kind of a big deal, too – it’s got over 14,000 stellar reviews on Amazon right now for being great on sensitive skin, soothing chafed areas and preventing chafing in the first place, and working well on hot, humid walks or runs.
This Cast Iron Scrubber Does The Dirty Work For You
Cooking in cast iron is awesome until you get some stuck-on food. God forbid you use soap to scrub it off, lest you ruin the hard-won seasoning. That’s why this cast iron scrubber is such a game-changer since it takes off cooked-on food without damaging the finish or seasoning!