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    28 Small Things That'll Make A Big Difference In Your Home

    A TV cord cover, door draft stopper, sneaky insect traps, and more useful products for your home that are tiny yet mighty.

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    1. A set of floating shelves you can use in basically every room of your home — from your living room to the bathroom — to declutter your surfaces and add some (practical) decor to the walls.,

    Promising review: "These were the first shelves I've ever put up, and a year later, I still love them. They're actually surprisingly sturdy and I never think twice about loading them up with however much I can fit (they never show any sign of strain or move at all). They are pretty small, so check the dimensions, but they are absolutely perfect for displaying photos, art, plants, etc. I've moved them around to three different walls in the past year, and I'm constantly switching out the displayed items yet they show almost no wear or tear." —zebrye

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four colors).

    2. A smartplug that works with an Amazon device with Alexa so you're able to use your voice to turn off the light — no longer will you get all comfy in bed only to realize you left a light on and have to use all your remaining energy for the day to get back up and turn it off. It will feel like you've got a personal assistant there, helping you turn the lights on and off whenever you need them.

    A white rectangle plug in a wall outlet

    Promising review: "I was sick and tired of my old TP-link plug being 'unresponsive' more often than not, so I sprung for the pricier Amazon smartplug. I was sure that I'd be wasting my evening trying to connect it as I did with my old one. I plugged the unit in, and before I could even open the Alexa app, I got a notification on my Fire tablet that the plug was set up and ready to use! Yes, you read correctly: It. Set. Itself. Up. This is how home automation should work. All I had to do was rename it. Thank you, Amazon!" —MacGuyver

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    3. Some abstract watercolor wall decals to give your walls some life and let you get your security deposit back at the end of your lease. If you live in an apartment that could use a coat or two of paint, this is a great way to revive it and give your home more of a personality.

    reviewer image of several abstract watercolor decals on a wall

    Promising review: "I love the design, and the look has really brightened my home office. I ordered two packs and ended up only needing one, but I also only put them up on two of my four walls. This was a great buy!!" —tictoc82 

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. An easily washable drip catcher made to fit around your faucet to stop water from pooling around it every time you do the dishes. You'll be surprised at how this little thing can make such a difference in your life.

    Two Lilacs Studio / Etsy

    BTW —Two Lilacs Studio is a small biz based in Saint Helens, Oregon.

    Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care." —Alina

    Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $12+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    5. A set of negative-space vases you can place around your home for an added bit of depth and decor that will make it feel fancier than it actually is. Stick one or two flowers in each vase, and you'll have eye-catching decor everyone will be complimenting you on.


    Promising review: "These are much better quality than I expected. The vases are very sturdy as well as the glass vases that come with them. I'm thinking of buying more." —Amazon Customer

    Get three from Amazon for $20.96+ (available in three set sizes and two colors).

    6. A toilet night-light designed with a sensor so it will turn on as soon as you stumble into the bathroom, eyes closed. You won't have to turn on the light, which always wakes you up, causing it to take longer for you to fall back asleep.

    toilet night light in toilet

    It is an LED light and has 16 colors that can either be solid or rotate between all of them. 

    Promising review: "This seemingly silly little gadget has turned out to be great! The light level (brightness) can be dimmed down if desired, and the color can be set to whatever you want, but the bottom line is that you don't need to turn on a bright overhead light (which wakes me up and makes me angry, not a good combination) when you need to go into the bathroom at night. Cleaning it is a breeze, too; what seems like it's going to be a problem...isn't. I can't recommend this toilet night-light highly enough, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Could be on the gift list this December." —Wandergurrlee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A remote control caddy made to fit perfectly over the arm of your couch so you always know *exactly* where the remote is and don't have to spend five minutes searching for it when Netflix autoplays the next episode and you have to scramble to turn it off before it sucks you in...again.

    the beige caddy on the arm of a couch
    D&L Awesome Living / Etsy

    BTW — D&L Awesome Living is small biz based in Vancouver, Canada, that creates pretty items including aprons, flatware, and more for your home.

    Promising review: "This is the best! It's such great quality, finally a cute and functional place for remote/phone/hiding little things from our baby and toddler :) arrived in a few days. Thanks so much!" —Emily Hildebrand

    Get it from D&L Awesome Living on Etsy for $14.03 (available in three colors).

    8. Some Miracle-Gro spikes here to make everyone think you're the best plant parent around when in reality you can't remember the last time you watered your plant babies. Was it last Wednesday? No, maybe Tuesday? What are days anymore??? These discreet sticks go into the dirt of your plant and feed them micronutrients for up to two months, leaving them looking beautiful and adding life to your home.

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of the package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violet plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a set of 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.79 (available in five size varieties).

    9. An outlet shelf to give your bathroom products ~a lift~ off your oh so precious counter space while still keeping them easily accessible when you need them.


    Promising review: "I have been looking for a small shelf for my bathroom to put my mini speaker on, and this is the BEST! The size is perfect; I love it." —KMAC

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    10. Some Sheet Keepers, which are elastic bands with labels on them so you can keep your extra sheets neat and organized and also know which ones are full size and which ones are queen size (because it's always SO hard to tell).

    The elastic bands on sets of sheets
    Sheet Keeper / Etsy

    BTW — Sheet Keeper is a small business based in Los Angeles!

    Promising review: "Great product. Came quickly and they work great! Such a great idea to keep sheets organized and together while being able to tell what size bedding it is. Will order again for sure!" —devonhansen1

    Get two from Sheet Keeper on Etsy for $15.99 (available in four sizes).

    11. A door draft stopper reviewers swear is a great way to stop cold air from getting into your home during the winter months. Not only will you save money on your energy bill, but you'll also stop tiny critters from crawling their way into your home. And now that's a win-win.,

    Promising review: "The circulation in our house had a constant breeze coming in from below our back door. This product took about 10 minutes to install (cut to size, removal/replacement of our door stopper), and we have no more cold air blowing in from outside! The magic of the product is its rigidity. It is hard enough to block the strong draft we have, but it's soft enough to bend over our rug. If the stopper were very hard, it would push away the rug or force the rug to roll up or buckle. For us, this product is a perfect solution to our draft issue." —Wuzaaap

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    12. A color-changing LED light string you can string around your room so it actually glows and gives off the coolest ambience. These lights are not only easy to install, but they have six brightness levels, 32 color options, and a remote to help you easily customize the look. How cool is that?!?,

    The lights also come with some 3M adhesive you can cut to fit the length of your room.

    Promising review: "These lights were so much easier to install than I thought they'd be! The tape on the back is really strong and the lights themselves are brighter than the main light in my room. Everything was really dark and bland before, but these really made everything feel prettier than it was." —Shayna

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three lengths).

    13. A TV cord cover to disguise the cables that are visible under your wall-mounted TV. The cover will blend in with the wall and make it seem like the cords aren't there at all. And that, my friends, is practically magic.

    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This is the perfect solution for hiding a cord! It looks like it is just a part of the baseboard. Mine is covering a cable wire only, but I think they are big enough to hide more than one cord if needed. I didn’t cut mine, and I bought two. You can tell where the two meet if you look closely. However, I do not think anyone would notice. I can’t believe I let our cable cord sit across the floor for this long. I wish I would have found these sooner!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

    14. An under-shelf spice organizer that sneakily clips to the shelf and then gives you space to hold up to seven standard spice jars — clearing up space in your cabinet and ensuring you don't encounter an avalanche when you open it to grab the cumin.

    reviewer image of two of the spice racks in a cabinet — one that's folded down showing seven spices in it and the other folded up, showing how compact it can get

    Promising review: "I have been looking for a storage solution FOREVER! After seeing these on Tiktok, I bought two. They have made all the difference in the world! I now have control over the entire cupboard!" —Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.91

    15. Or a wooden spice rack for a stylish option that you can attach to the wall and take the spices out of your cabinets altogether. Plus, it comes with 18 labeled jars and free spice refills for the next five years, which means you won't have to pick up any whenever you're at the grocery store — unless you're at Trader Joe's, and then you must get some of the Everything But the Bagel seasoning.

    A criss cross wooden spice rack with 18 labeled jars

    Promising review: "I was so excited when my spice rack came, it is very well made and has a wonderful variety of spices. And there’s even an order form where you sign up and you get free spices for five whole years. That is so amazing. I’ve never had anything like that, so being able to get free spices is really a wonderful surprise bonus." —Rhonda

    Get it from Wayfair for $36.14 (originally $39.99).

    16. A soundproofing strip to help block out all the surrounding noise so your coworkers can actually hear what you have to say about those reports and you won't have to apologize for the sounds of the garbage truck outside.

    PLUS: This also makes sure that your air-conditioning and heat doesn't escape under your doors, thus saving you energy and money!

    Promising review: "This product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (available in four colors).

    17. A set of bed bands that'll work super hard to keep the corners of your fitted sheet in place so they don't pop off and try to escape every chance they get. Pretty sure it's a sign that you're an adult when your fitted sheet stays around your bed.

    The underside of a mattress with a fitted sheet being held on by a bed band

    Promising review: "I have a pillow-top and pillow-bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets, and with queen sheets, I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now — and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY...SINGLE...NIGHT. To say this is life changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets." —TinkerbellAPixie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four pack sizes and five colors).

    18. A set of silicone stove-counter gap covers I'm really upset I haven't had in my home for years now because these stop all those tiny crumbs from falling down the crack, and that is so so so impossible to clean up! *shakes fists in the air*

    Reviewer's picture of the gap cover placed between their stove and counter

    Promising review: "I've been using these for about a week on my new freestanding range. When they removed my old range, I was really surprised to see how much stuff had slipped through! Now when I cook, I can see the splatters and seasonings left on the silicone that would have fallen between the stove and the counter. These gap fillers really do clean up easily, too. Although they are that extra thing to clean, I prefer that to knowing there's a mess hiding in the cracks." —JMom

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    19. A set of gold cable organizers here to — once and for all — keep your cords exactly where you want them and look good while doing it. No need for eyesores in your home when you can add pretty *and* useful things such as these.

    A set of two gold finished round cable organizers installed on a desk with a charger wire running through them

    BTW — Brighttia is a New York–based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in industrial and modern interior lighting and decor!

    Promising review: "These brass cable organizers are beautiful and high quality. I’m using two of them to keep a plug-in sconce cord attached to the wall and to direct the cord to the electrical outlet. These little gold pieces add a touch of functionality and glamour to the sconces. Exactly what I was looking for." —Amy Margolis

    Get a set of two from Brighttia on Etsy for $11.98+ (available in four colors).

    20. Some Command Hooks you can use for just about everything around your home — from creating an entryway storage area, hanging measuring utensils on a cabinet door, or even hanging a piece of art. You'll be so thankful to have these small but mighty hooks nearby, helping you craft the perfect home.,,

    Promising review: "I just moved into a brand-new apartment and didn't want to put holes in the walls. I have purchased quite a variety of the 3M Command mini hooks, wire hooks, cord bundlers, picture hangers, photo bars, display shelves, extra-adhesive tabs in different sizes, etc. It will be a long time before I go back to using nails. These Command products are the greatest! I recently found one of the unused adhesive tabs in the pocket of something that had gone through the washer and dryer and it STILL worked!!! Thanks for a terrific, easy-to-use product." —LJE

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors and multiple sizes).

    21. A set of tote hangers to give you a way to actually store your handbags instead of just piling them in your closet and hoping for the best. These hangers are specifically designed to keep your handbag collection so neat and organized you may think you were on an episode of The Home Edit after using them.

    Six silver small hooks holding purses in a closet
    Tote Hanger / Etsy

    BTW — The Tote Hanger is a woman-owned small business that created these hooks to hold handbags in closets.

    Promising review: "These hooks are perfect for organizing purses and even some jewelry. Ordering was easy and the delivery was quick. The quality of items I have ordered from Etsy is always excellent so I never hesitate to order." —Linda

    Get a set of six from Tote Hanger on Etsy for $9.99.

    22. A Luminoodle, which is an LED lighting strip you place around the back of your TV to brighten up the whole viewing experience by creating a sharper image, increasing color contrast, *and* reducing eye strain.

    Reviewer before/after: the TV without backlighting looking harsh with less defined colors on the bottom and the TV with backlighting with more vibrant colors, making it easier to look at

    This can be great, especially if you're staring at the TV for hours on end. It has 15 color and 10 brightness levels, plus three fade modes.

    Promising reviews: "Don’t mess around with the other lights with complicated remotes and colors, just get a warm 6500 white, and plug it in. Easy. Some people say one strip across the back is fine...maybe if you have a small TV; if you have 55" or bigger get one that is long enough for at least three sides. This light is a serious game changer, reduces eye stress, makes the contrast and blacks appear better, and the wow factor when people see it. You don’t have to tell anyone it was only $10!! Again, don’t waste money on colors and another remote to clutter your room, spend it on length. And get this light!!" —kristian suson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight sizes).

    23. A flat outlet plug to help you eliminate the clutter and eyesores of the mess of cords around your plugs and give your space a sleek and clean look.

    reviewer showing a before and after of a plug coming out from behind a dresser and then being hidden with the flat outlet plug

    Promising review: "This was very easy to install to hide all the messy wires. This is life changing to create a nice, sleek space." —Martha Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in five different lengths/configurations).

    24. A two-tier standing rack reviewers say makes even a random collection of grooming products look chic. Just set this on your counter, and you'll have so much more space to keep all your things without taking up the whole area.

    reviewer image of the two-tier black shelves on a bathroom counter

    Promising review: "I purchased one of these to hold my skincare products on my vanity/bathroom countertop. As soon as I had it filled and organized, I turned around and bought a second one for the other side of my sink to hold hair products and other odds and ends. My vanity now looks streamlined, organized, and chic. The bottom level is tall enough to hold tall bottles, which is crucial. I would highly recommend for anything you need to corral in an aesthetically pleasing way!" —E. B. Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99

    25. Sticky Stake insect traps you place in your plants to attract flies, gnats, midges, and other insects and keep them from flying around your house and annoying you so very much.,

    Promising review: "Holy cow these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time, I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. Unfortunately, I added a new houseplant, plus repotted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    26. A brass hook you can use to replace cheap plastic hooks, dingy towel rings, or any other unsightly hooks you've got around your house. These minimalist hooks are so functional, you might want to grab a bunch ASAP.

    The brass hook

    Promising review: "I purchased this in black. It definitely looks nice; it's sturdy and perfect in my kitchen. I added it next to my sink on the wall to hang our dish towel. Minimalist style perfection." —Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $4.99 (available in two colors). 

    27. A four-bar behind-the-door towel rack great for anyone with a large family (or roommates) and not nearly enough space to hang things in the bathroom. With this slim design, you can fit all your towels behind the door and not clutter up the entire bathroom.

    Promising review: "This towel rack is perfect for small apartment bathrooms. It installs easily and takes up basically no extra room as it sits discreetly behind the door. Holds up to four heavy bath towels leaving the wall bar for floor mats or washcloths. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for space-saver ideas." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $25.43+ (available in chrome and white).

    28. Light-dimming stickers to put an end to that annoying light coming from your TV, Wi-Fi router, or whatever else you have in your home giving off a not so aesthetically pleasing light.

    You get a set of 100 stickers made to fit all sorts of electronics, so you can find the ones that will work perfectly for you.

    Promising review: "Ingenious little idea. I suffer from migraines, so I know how a little LED light can irritate you in an otherwise pitch-black room. This product does a great job of dimming those harsh LED indicators that EVERYTHING seems to have nowadays. They are neat, not unsightly." —Jarom A. Daszko

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $4.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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