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    If You Rent An Apartment, You Probably Need These 27 Products In Your Life

    Cheers to not being homeowners!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A roll of peel-and-stick tropical wallpaper that you can use to line your drawers, update your furniture, or cover up a bad paint job. It's waaaay easier to work with than regular wallpaper and won't leave behind any residue.

    The wallpaper on a wall behind a window seat
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $54.79.

    2. An ultra-slim slide-out pantry that'll turn the gap between your counter and fridge into valuable storage space. You can also use it in your laundry room to tuck away your stash of cleaning liquids and dryer sheets.

    A pull-out storage unit in the gap between a counter and fridge
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $51.20+. Available in three sizes.

    3. A handy-dandy budget planner where you can jot down and organize your expenses by category, so you're never strapped for cash when rent day rolls aorund. It will also help you see the financial impact of day-to-day spending and help you plan for the future.

    A filled out page inside the journal
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    It comes with a sticker sheet, so you can amp up your money-saving spread.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.30.

    4. A hanging compression bag that's the perfect storage solution if your place is seriously lacking in closet space. Congratulations on efficiently packing away your summer essentials until you can wear them again.

    A before and after showing jackets in and out of the compression bag
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.99. Available in five non-hanging styles, too.

    5. A cult-favourite TubShroom that’ll trap hair before it goes down the drain, keeping it clog free. This gadget will probably save you from hiring a plumber and fighting with your roommate over who's going to clean all of the gross stuff out of your bathtub (a win-win in my book).

    A person holding the Tubshroom in its package and a Tubshroom filled with hair
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    "When I spotted the TubShroom during some late-night perusing on Amazon, I ordered it. It’s so simple to install. All you do is pop it in the shower tub drain and you’re good to go. There aren’t any straggler hairs hanging around the drain anymore. All the hair is collected out of view as well, and it only takes two seconds to clean. Just remove the hair with a piece of toilet paper and toss it in the garbage. LATER, GROSS HAIR CLUMP! LOSE MY NUMBER!" —Sarah Aspler

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99. Available in five colours and in a pack of two.

    6. Or a pack of drain snakes that'll help you release clogs quickly and efficiently, so your landlord isn't left with an expensive plumbing bill. They have micro teeth and can get deep into your pipes, so you should easily be able to locate and remove the source of your problems.

    A person using one of the tools to snake a drain
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    It comes with two 60 cm snakes, two 50 cm snakes, and one super-short snake.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $7.47+. Available in three colours and in a pack of 12.

    7. A roll of stick-on window privacy covering that'll block out harmful UV rays and keep your nosy neighbours from peeping into your home. They're transparent enough to let the light in, so you won't be stuck living under the cover of darkness at all times.

    A window decorated with privacy covering
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.99+. Available in six sizes.

    8. A portable door lock that doesn't require any tools to install and will make you feel safer in your home. If your landlord won't let you install additional permanent locks or you've got a nosy roommate who won't mind their own business, this little doodad is calling your name.

    A  portable door lock wedged into a door beside the handle
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    9. A collapsible laundry backpack with faux leather accents, if your apartment doesn't have an in-unit washer and dryer. It can fit a full two loads of dirty clothes, so you won't have to bop back and forth between your home and the laundry room.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $45.84. Also available in white.

    10. A pack of Baby Yoda-inspired furniture socks that'll save your floors from getting scuffed. They also help reduce noise, so your downstairs neighbours won't hate you if you decide to do a bit of redecorating in the middle of the night.

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    Get a set of four from xx on Etsy for $10.66+. Available in five colours and eight sizes.

    11. A pack of classic Command strips that'll help you hang artwork on your walls without drilling any holes. Reviewers love that they work on almost any surface and say they don't rip off paint when you remove them, so you won't have to do any patching jobs.

    A person putting a Command strip on the back of a frame
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    It comes with four pairs of small strips and eight pairs of medium strips.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $8.98+. Available in five styles.

    12. Or a roll of weatherproof double-sided tape that'll save you from messing around with hardware the next time you want to hang anything heavy. It can hold up to 60 pounds of weight, so you can use it to mount everything from your plastic bag holder to your framed vision board for 2021.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.26.

    13. A pack of mouldable glue that can be used on aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood, and even some fabrics. Whether you need to repair a frayed cord or create a hook for your toothbrush, this stuff is bound to come in handy.

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    Get a pack of eight pieces on Amazon Canada for $23.99+. Available in seven colour variety packs.

    14. An absorbent microfibre dish mat that folds up for easy storage, meaning it won't eat up valuable prep space. It has its own mini plastic dish rack, so it can hold plates and bowls in their upright positions, too.

    The dish mat with two plates, a knife, a glass, and a pot on it
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    I have one of these and it's great for a kitchen with minimal counter space. Once my dishes are done drying, I just fold it up and pop it into a drawer. It has an elastic that wraps around it to keep everything together, so it doesn't spring open on you when it's not in use.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.97+. Available in three colours and three sizes.

    15. A cat-shaped draft stopper that'll block air from escaping your room, so you won't have to crank your heater or air conditioner. It'll keep your space at the perfect temp and it'll probably save you some serious $$$ on your hydro bill.

    The draft stopper in front of a window
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    Get it from goodzyk on Etsy for $37.40+. Available in eight colours and two lengths.

    16. A roll of faux stainless steel contact paper that'll trick people into thinking you got brand-new appliances in your kitchen. If you don't want to invest in expensive new gadgets for your rental apartment, this will give you the aesthetic upgrade you've been wanting.

    The same stove with and without the contact paper on it
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    It won't leave a residue behind when you remove it, saving you from upsetting your landlord.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.88+. Available in three sizes.

    17. These Canadian-made egg-shaped coasters that'll save your furniture from water rings (now that you actually care about it). They have felted bottoms, so they won't slide around their table or damage their furniture.

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    Get a set of four from Simons for $70.

    18. A terracotta oil-diffusing dome that'll keep your apartment smelling fresh 24/7. Unlike electronic diffusers, this one won't make any noise, so you can have your aromatherapy sesh, without bugging your partner.

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    Grab some essential oils, too.

    Get it from Simons for $40. Available in three colours.

    19. Or a pack of stick-on wall decals that'll give you the freedom to create your own design. They're easy to reposition, so you can constantly switch things up.

    The decals on a wall behind plants
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    Get a pack of 20 decals from Mounttee on Etsy for $15. Available in 22 colours and in a larger pack.

    20. A pair of stick-on motion-sensing lights that you can use to illuminate the dark corners of your home. Reviewers say they're especially great for closets and bathrooms.

    A person walking up dark stairs with the stick-on lights on them
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    They come with screws, but if you want to be kinder to your landlord, opt for the included adhesive strips (they're much easier to remove). Each light requires four AAA batteries (not included, but you can get them here).

    Get a pack of two on Amazon Canada for $23.55. Also available in a pack of six.

    21. A set of mini adhesive shelves that you can display your doodads and decorations on. They have ultra-sticky Command strips on their backs, making them easy to install, and they can support up to two pounds.

    Two Command shelves holding potted plants
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    Get a set of two on Amazon Canada for $24.99. Available in four styles and in black.

    22. A four-piece set of drill brush heads that'll transform your power tools into cleaning gadgets. From gross grout lines to fingerprint-covered window panes, your built-up dirt and grime will be no match for your new high-powered cleaning tools.

    The four brush heads on drills cleaning various areas of a bathroom
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    The set includes a soft sponge for light scrubbing, a medium scrubber for polishing, a stiff nylon round brush for all-purpose cleaning, and a medium stiffness nylon ball brush for corners and lines. Oh, and if you don't have a drill, you can grab one here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.99.

    23. A pack of transparent cat-scratching shields that'll stop your four-legged friend from destroying your furniture (especially important if that furniture actually belongs to your landlord). Reviewers say they're easy to install, super low-key looking, and even work on leather chairs and sofas.

    A cat scratching a couch with shields on it
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    They're also great if you're subletting for a short amount of time.

    Get a pack of six shields on Amazon Canada for $25.99.

    24. A pack of adhesive door bumpers that'll muffle the sound and impact of slamming drawers and doors. They can also be used as feet on appliances to protect your countertops and floors.

    A door bumper protecting a wall from a cabinet door
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    Get a pack of 12 on Amazon Canada for $12.97.

    25. A splurge-worthy smart thermostat that'll help keep the temperature balanced in your apartment, so you'll never catch a chill indoors. It'll connect directly to your phone, so you can control it from anywhere.

    A smart thermostat mounted on a colourful wall
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    It's even compatible with Alexa!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $219.

    26. A pack of peel-and-stick tile sheets that'll help you give your kitchen or bathroom a makeover, without a ton of effort. They're resistant to heat and moisture, meaning they won't budge when you're cooking up a storm or soaking in a hot tub.

    A kitchen back splash covered in the tile sheets
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    Get ten sheets on Amazon Canada for $42.99+. Available in three colours.

    27. And finally, a label maker that you can use to organize your entire home, label your circuit breaker, and mark your territory (buzz off, roommates). It also comes in super handy for labeling meal-prepped lunches, if you're into that.

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    It prints out aesthetically pleasing little labels that you can use on storage boxes, meal prep containers, and everything in between. Unlike most electronic printers, this handheld device punches the letters into the stickers, which (in my humblest of opinions) is a lot prettier than an Arial font on a plain white background.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.

    Your landlord appreciating just how awesome you and your roommates are:


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