Remember when you couldn't wait to be an adult? You'd get to stay up late, go wherever you want ( whenever you want), and eat ice cream for dinner. Didn't quite turn out that way, did it? (Except for that ice cream part, you can still totally do that.) Instead, it's a run-yourself-ragged, pay-all-the-bills, why-is-your-back-hurting? rat race that ends each night with an I-get-to-do-this-again-tomorrow outlook. Sigh. Don't get me wrong; parts of adulthood are wonderful. But, I often find myself longing for simpler days and a carefree childhood do-over.
The easiest way to manage adulting is to have the right tools in your arsenal to make it easier. Who has time to stir that sauce when there's a gadget that'll do it for you? Why would you turn on your lights manually when you can do it with just your voice? How many times have you tried — in vain — to capture the perfect selfie with your dog? These are serious life issues here. I've compiled a list of 37 products I think will simplify your life. Whether you need to step up your meal-prep game, stop killing your house plants or get gentle reminders to drink more water (Hydrate!), this list was made for those of us who sometimes eat ice cream for dinner instead of cooking ... just because.
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A Rainbow Pack of Meal Prep Containers
Are you meal prepping? You should be. Put in a couple of hours of work on the weekend and you can save yourself considerable time during a hectic workweek. Why would you do this, you ask? Well, if you've ever found yourself exhausted at 6 p.m. on Wednesday eating cereal for dinner because nothing else is ready ... there's your answer. These colorful meal prep containers are a delightful addition to your refrigerator and if you're really on the ball, you can color-code your week so you know that blue is for Monday — because, Mondays.
This Auto Stirrer That Wil Become Your Sous Chef
Who has time to stir? I know I don't. But, I had no idea I could relieve myself of this task until I found this automatic stirrer. It has three speeds and self-rotates to do the heavy lifting on sauces, soups and other stir-heavy recipes. With this kitchen tool in your arsenal, you can turn your attention to more important matters, like throwing away that mystery meat in the back of your fridge.
Get Smart With These Wifi Outlets
I bought my parents smart lightbulbs last Christmas so these smart home wifi outlets seem like the next logical step. Pop one of these bad boys (they come in a set of two) into an existing outlet and control things around your home with just your voice. Lights, fans, televisions, the possibilities are endless. A coordinating app lets you have complete reign over these outlets whether you're at home, at work or on vacation.
Put Your Plants On Auto-Feed
Green things and I don't get along. Don't get me wrong; I love them. They just don't love me in return. I can never seem to get the not-enough-water/too-much-water, not-enough-food/too-much-food ratio just right. With these indoor plant food spikes, just hide them in the soil and forget about them. Seriously. Your plant will "eat" well for up to two months without your interference.
A Key Finder That'll Stop The Hide-And-Seek
What are the top three things you grab when you head out the door? For me, it's my keys, my wallet and my phone. And, usually, I have to hunt at least one of those down before I can officially make my exit. This key finder is not new technology, but it is highly-reviewed by more than 2,400 people and significantly cheaper than other options on the market. Attach them to your keys, your remote, even your dog and keep track of where your stuff is at a moment's notice.
A Water Bottle That Reminds You To Hydrate
I don't drink nearly the volume of water I should in a day ... although I never seem to have a problem inhaling coffee ... hmm ... What I really need is someone to stand beside me and remind me to chug my H20 on the regular. This smart water bottle is the next best thing. It lights up to remind you it's time to hydrate and — score! — even has a built-in wireless Bluetooth speaker. You can achieve the 8x8 rule (that eight 8-oz. glasses per day) while rockin' out at the same time.
Stop The Contortions With This Razor Extension Handle
There's no easy way to shave in the shower, am I right ladies? Too many spots, from ankles to armpits, to be able to do it comfortably. You most likely won't need this razor extension handle for above the waist, but it can come in handy when you're trying to trim up your legs without posing like a pretzel. It's perfect for people with limited mobility or, ahem, guys who need a bit of help with their backs. I'm not naming any names.
The more pockets, the merrier, I say. And, this unisex infinity scarf is definitely bringing the "merry." With two hidden zipper pockets, you can go sans purse, bag or tote and stick just the essentials — literally — right under your nose. It comes in 17 different colors and would be especially useful for attending sporting events or concerts or even hoofing it through the airport.
Trolley Bags That Transform Your Grocery Store Trips
If you're a part of the reusable shopping bag tribe, kudos to you. But, even if you're not, you'll find these reusable trolley bags nothing short of amazing. They fit down into a shopping cart with an accordion-style opening that allows you to toss your items directly in. When you're finished shopping, check out and put the items right back in the bags, which you can lift out and carry right on home. I have had multiple versions of these bags for the past 15 or so years and wouldn't go to the store without them.