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    39 Practical Things Your Home May Be Sorely Missing

    These things are on every home's wishlist.

    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 pair of fan light pull cords so you can finally know which turns on the fan and which turns on the light. What an ~illuminating~ product!

    long chains with charms shaped like lightbulb and fan
    amazon.com

    Get them from Amazon for $6.59.

    2. A set of inexpensive microfiber sheets that feel just as silky soft as much more expensive brands. So you and your wallet can get a good night's sleep.

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    Amazon

    I slept on these sheets while at an Airbnb and was convinced they were fancy percale sheets. I had to check the label because they felt so luxurious and cuddly. I was totally shocked that you could just get 'em on Amazon.

    Get a set from Amazon for $26.84+ (available in six sizes and 14 colors).

    3. A cat-tastic magnet so you and your roommate will actually know if those dishes are clean or dirty. Such a small gadget with huge effects.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. A tea bag organizer to bring order (and space) to your packed cabinets.

    the tea organizer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This completely revamped my unorganized messy cupboard into one that is amazingly organized where I can actually find my tea without everything toppling out of the cupboard. In the past, I would angrily shove the tea boxes back up there, but now I can easily pull this out and grab my tea without any annoyance! Each cube holds about 10 bags comfortably (11 is quite the squeeze, but it will fit with force), so it will hold 120 bags total. Such a great purchase!" —Kryssy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. A prep-and-pour cutting board for anyone who gets more chopped garlic on the floor than in the pan (me).

    youtube.com, Sur La Table

    Promising Review: "This cutting board is amazing! After chopping your veggies, this board makes transferring them into a pan, pot, or mixing bowl extremely easy and efficient. Just pick up the board using the handle, and the cutting boards transforms into a funnel to effortlessly drop the contents of the cutting board into a pan. It's great and we love it!" —Tiffany J

    Get it from Sur La Table for $9.99.

    6. A sage and citrus multi-purpose cleaner that keeps your space clean and delicious-smelling.

    glass spray bottle filled with rosemary, sage, and lemon
    Honeydipped Essentials

    Honeydipped Essentials is a Black-owned business that sells all-natural cleaning products.

    Get it from Honeydipped Essentials for $16.

    7. A digital alarm clock so beautiful, you may finally use an actual clock over your phone. Best of all, it has three USB ports so you can charge said phone.

    amazon.com, @miriam. gin1 / Via tiktok.com

    Promising review: "Love love love this clock... sleek and definitely a statement piece. Alarm is subtle it will definitely wake you up however it will not scare the B-Jesus out of you. Love the extra ports on the side to charge other things with it." —Meika B.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.59+ (available in two colors).

    8. A little baby steam iron that's quick, easy-to-use, and doesn't require an ironing board so you can tackle those pesky little wrinkles in a flash.

    Reviewer using the mini iron to iron their non-medical face masks
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I recently purchased a number of handmade cloth face masks. The crafter suggested using an iron to remove wrinkles and restore pleats in the masks between washes. Since I've been washing my masks after each wear, I wanted a small handy iron that would be easy to pull out and use on a daily basis, if needed. This iron has been very effective and suits the task perfectly, especially given its size and lightweight." —Katherine C.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    9. A set of thick velvet slip covers to instantly transform your drab couch into something new and fabulous. Goodbye, stain-covered gray couch and HELLO new couch of my HGTV dreams.

    Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.
    amazon.com

    This set even comes with nonslip straps to ensure your new seats stay in place. See more colors here.

    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $47+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    10. A bidet offering a more luxurious option over that dry, wasteful, less-efficient toilet paper.

    Tushy

    Promising review: "This is the bidet I use and I 100% recommend to my friends, family, and to you, dear reader. Installation was pretty simple; from start to poop it took about 15 minutes. The sensation is truly something if you've never experienced it before, but the cool water will probably feel good once it's summer and my apartment gets nice and steamy. " —Melanie Aman, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Tushy on Amazon for $79.

    11. A natural sweater pill remover made from upcycled car windshield glass (OK, cool) capable of scraping away annoying pills from sweater, blankets, towels, and any other fabrics that need a refresh.

    Hand holding the pill remover on a sweater
    Celsious

    Celsious is a Black woman-owned laundromat in Brooklyn. The shop is energy efficient, and they also sell eco-friendly garment care products and accessories.

    Get it from Celsious for $17.

    12. A expandable, cabinet-lining, two-tier shelf that will make every bottle you own visible and easily accessible.

    u-shaped shelf with spices
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was easy to assemble and I couldn’t believe all the options I had for different configurations... the basket was an added bonus ♥️" —SafetySharon

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    13. A pair of Command broom holding wall mounts so those things can stop falling out of the closet and bopping you on the head.

    reviewer image of many brooms on wall
    amazon.com

    They can hold up to four pounds!

    Promising review: "Super simple to put up, works great, and makes organization a snap! Really happy with how well this simple project turned out!!" —Mat Snyder

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    14. A pack of butterfly-shaped sticky traps to install near your houseplants so you can finally evict all those tiny fly free-loaders.

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    Promising review: "I have a plant in my office that had terrible gnats. I ordered this product and put one in my plant. Within one hour, there were about 10 gnats stuck to it. Within four days, it was covered on both sides with gnats. Very pleased with this product! Very easy to use, no odor, and even looks cute in my plant!" —HD6774

    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. A six-port outlet that swivels so you can finally plug stuff in behind your couch.

    Amazon

    It also has two USB ports so everyone can get a charge.

    Promising review: "The swivel feature on this outlet extender is pretty cool. In addition to increasing the number of outlets (6 instead of the usual 2), the rotating sockets allow you to plug things into tight spaces. There are others just as good for that purpose for less, but this one is more versatile. I also love that it has a built-in surge protector and green and red lights let you know the status." —Cat Lady

    Get it from Amazon for $19.60.

    16. A splurgy soap and lotion dispenser for anyone looking for that "wow" piece to tie their whole bathroom together.

    three pump bottles with squiggle designs in various combinations of red, yellow, and orange
    Otherwild

    Otherwild is a queer-owned shop founded in 2021 as a multidisciplinary community of artists and designers. Their online store sells high quality goods made by individuals with care.

    Get it from Otherwild for $80 (available in three color combinations).

    17. A kid-friendly wooden knife that can chop soft foods but not fingers. Your little sous chef can finally do more than just lick the spoon.

    Two children using wooden blocks with handles to cut apples
    JUstenbois

    Get it from JUstenbois on Etsy for $14.46.

    18. A pack of sheet suspenders for the restless sleeper who always ends up in a tangled ball by morning. Keep those suckers in place!

    suspenders on sheets under mattress
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! They're the kind of thing you'll never know how you lived without before." —LinseyB

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    19. A pack of shower curtain clips, because the last thing you want to happen after watching Psycho is to have the curtain billow in and attack you.

    a curtain being put into a clip stuck to wall
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We live in a small apartment that is a converted attic space. As such we have slanted ceilings throughout different spaces. One such space was in the shower, where at the end there were six or so inches that the shower curtain did not reach. It was not a huge issue in the summer because it was hot, and I needed a little fresh air; however, as it started to cool down, I was losing precious steamy warm air out this giant gap. I saw this product in a BuzzFeed article, and it was exactly what I was looking for! The adhesive is very strong but the curtain itself is easy to remove to open. I only used one, and it was strong enough to keep the whole side of the wall blocked." —starvingcollegestudent

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    20. A washable sponge for anyone who hates having to throw away so many mostly-fine sponges just because of a little mildew smell.

    A sponge with a floral design and mesh overlay sits in a wooden bowl
    marleysmonsters

    When the sponge starts getting funky, machine wash on warm and air dry. Marley's Monsters was started by Sarah Dooley while she was on maternity leave from an interior designer job. Now the store sells a wide range of eco-friendly products like reusable "paper" towels and cloth coffee filters.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this sponge. I love that its reusable and it does a better job of cleaning pots and pans than a disposable sponge." —Kristina Babinski

    Get it from marleysmonsters on Etsy for $10 (available in three colors).

    21. A Dalmatian-inspired area rug to add some much-needed excitement to your space. Note: Zero puppies have been harmed in the making of this rug.

    white rug with black splotches
    Boutique Rugs

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $112+ (available in three sizes).

    22. A magnetic meal planning pad with a detachable shopping list for when you want to really commit to cooking at home.

    notepad on fridge
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly 'what do you want to eat,' 'what do we have,' blah blah, etc. Now, I can lay out the week's meals and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    23. A beeswax wood polish and conditioner to give your furniture an impossibly lustrous shine previously never seen in your home.

    amazon.com

    It also prevents it from drying and fading. Use it on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors, trim, and more.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs who had jumped up and scratched places, and we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemishes. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $15.48+ (available in two sizes).

    24. An all-in-one printer because it's finally time to commit to your home office. Why this particular model? It can print, copy, and scan; comes at a reasonable price; has a 2-year warranty; and tons of great reviews.

    the color printer
    Office Depot

    Promising review: "I bought this printer a couple of months ago and wish I had bought it so much sooner. I do a lot of crafting so I need lots of printing done and this delivers. I had been spending a lot of money on costly ink cartridges. At times I couldn't even find them in the store or online. This has been a money saver and it is so easy to set up and use." —kraftie

    Get it from Office Depot for $199.99.

    25. A monstera to bring life into your stuffy home. 2020 is the year you keep a plant alive. I believe in you!

    large plant with heart shaped leaves
    amazon.com

    Above is an image of the plant just five months after it arrived. They grow up so fast. :')

    Promising review: "I received a small but very healthy plant that I loving named 'Philly cheesesteak.' Phil is doing wonderfully in my home and growing larger by the day. The leaves recently started to expand in width and splits are emerging on a few leaves. I've had this plant a little over five months now! Great plant!" —NaliniR

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    26. A drain cover so you can fill your tub all the way to the tippy top. You need all the water you can get — it's cold out there!

    plastic cover over drain
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Can I give this thing 10 gold stars? I have a four foot bathtub (so small it should be illegal) so I used to bring a towel in the tub to cover myself just to keep warm because the water was so shallow. I've used this drain cover three times and now I literally bask in my Epsom salt baths. The silence is wonderful; I used to seethe at hearing the precious bath water drip-drop down the overflow drain. Buy it, hands-down a peace preserver." —M. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    27. A rotating spice rack that not only provides you with all the spices you need to start your culinary journey, but also comes with FIVE YEARS of free spice refills; that means you can sprinkle your sea salt with reckless abandon.

    spining spice rack
    Amazon

    The next time you want to make a mushroom gravy, you'll have Herbes de Provence right there! And chicken is going to taste so much better with a dash of rosemary. This tower comes with 20 jars of spices. I personally have this rack and can confirm it's legit. The construction is obviously a little flimsy, but it spins nicely and doesn't wobble. All the spices are fresh and quite nice!

    Promising review: "I'd been needing a spice rack for awhile so I could tame the conglomerate of spice jars in my pantry. Love it. Looks great, well-made, and rotates well. Plus it came with 20 filled spice jars. To be honest, there were six spices that I'd probably never use, so I just emptied those bottles and refilled them with some I'd get more use out of. Seriously good deal, as the price equates to roughly $1.40 per jar for the spices (which would cost substantially more at the supermarket) and would make this awesome rack virtually a free bonus." —Dan P. or Carol P.

    Get a rack with 20 spices from Amazon for $32.92.

    28. A journal happy to store all your increasingly complicated passwords. At least 12 characters, including a symbol, number, capital letter, ancient rune, and the fleeting details of a half-remembered dream? COME ON!

    Amazon

    It's alphabetized so you can easily find the one you need!.

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I wanted. The book has a heavy plastic cover and heavy-duty wire binding. The paper is good quality, although my favorite gel pens did have some bleed-through. I'd recommend ballpoint or pencil. The entries have wide spaces, with room for website, email, username, password, and notes (which is perfect for noting the answers to those security questions... What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I don't remember what I answered a year ago!). The password section has a good number of extra lines, for those sites that make you change your password with annoying frequency." —Amazon Customer

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

    29. A waffle stick maker for delicious, dippable waffles any time. Life is so much better when you have a waffle in each hand.

    small waffle device that makes four sticks
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I do not normally rave about kitchen appliances but I love this little guy! I impulse bought it after reading some reviews and craving waffles. It seriously is the best waffle maker I have ever used. We had a more expensive one that would flip to cook evenly, but this thing has that beat by a mile. I have used it a dozen times and the waffles come out perfect every time. I spray with vegetable oil before pouring in 1/3 cup of batter (as other reviewers have noted it does not come with a measuring cup) and then set a timer for four minutes. When I am done, I just unplug it and let it cool, then wipe it off with a cloth. I know the color and cartoonish logo may turn some people off but I seriously recommend this iron to everyone." —leahas

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    30. A pet hair remover that'll pull all the fur off your belongings. It turns out that white fur coat you own is actually a black denim jacket???

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    Promising review: "Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230-pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has cut my hair removal time in half! Thank you for this savior of a tool." —David R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    31. A massaging shower head with 30 different settings so you can make sure your precious shower time is well-spent.

    two nozzle shower head
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My family really loves this dual shower head. I especially love the mist setting on the large head — it filled my bathroom with with hot steam when I was very sick with the flu/pneumonia. The large head is great for relaxing muscles and washing your hair. I grab the small head to rinse body parts. The small hand-held shower head is also great for giving your dog a bath and washing down the shower walls and tub. Both heads have settings that are either high pressure or lower pressure, depending on how many holes have water jetting out of them as per setting selected. I bought this during a lightning deal, but I would buy it again at full price. This is a great product and easy to install." —M. Spencer

    Get it from Amazon for $47.97.

    32. An Amazon Fire Stick that lets you stream all the shows, movies, and music you could ever want.

    Amazon

    The Fire Stick is super easy to use and lets you stream all sorts of programs from Netflix to YouTube.

    Promising review: "Amazon itself is pure quality as far as I'm concerned, and the Fire Stick has made it even greater. I would feel safe in saying that 90% of all that we order comes from Amazon. The service and prices have been quality. With the Fire Stick, we have so much to choose from when it comes to movies, documentaries, weekly programs, and so much more. We've barely scratched the service that comes with it, yet we're already impressed with it. It is 100% a bargain all the way. Thanks Amazon, you are a great company." —anthony williams

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    33. A fan-favorite all-season comforter — your current one is getting a little lumpy, no?

    quilted comforter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This comforter is amazing! I was getting too warm with my down comforter, but I still wanted something soft, and this was the answer. It's very light, yet still provides enough warmth that I'm only using this with a flat sheet. It fit perfectly in my duvet cover and comes with loops on each corner and midway between the corners." —Joiseygirl

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in twin–California king and in seven colors).

    34. An unreasonably cuddly throw blanket that you should only buy if you plan on hibernating underneath it until April.

    fuzzy blanket
    Anthropologie

    I have this blanket and haven't moved from under it since I got it. It's silky soft on the bottom and thickly furry on top. I can't even begin to describe how perfectly snuggly this thing is.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $98 (available in four colors).

    35. Or a more budget-friendly fleece blanket that reviewers say has an equally impressive level of snuggliness.

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    Promising review: "Seriously, y'all...if you're looking for a soft and unique blankie, then look no further. This item ranks high up there among my favorite Amazon purchases. The 'underside' is a more traditional blanket weave while the outer is the fantastically soft and 'hair' shag job you see in the pictures. When I'm truly chilly, I tend to flip the traditional side down to cover me up all nice and snug-like. When I want to feel like I'm being draped in a decadent blanket of the gods woven in wispy, (faux) newborn baby hair...I flip that soft sucker over and bellow a sigh of passion (too much?)." —Bitcoin Zeitgeist

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98+ (available in fives sizes and 18 colors).

    36. A pack of pantry moth traps to finally rid your home of those tiny, annoying bug aviators.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "When I say these work fast, I mean it. I got these in hopes of killing my pantry moth problem once and for all. As soon as I set these traps out a SWARM of moths came out from who-knows-where. I felt like I was in The Birds — it was that intense. After my momentary panic I was shocked to find that the moths went straight to the traps and got themselves stuck, and within a few hours the kitchen was eerily free of moths. Don’t let the price scare you, this stuff works and works well. The only complaint I have is that my cat got herself stuck on one in a desperate attempt to kill some moths herself. Though that is more of a complaint with the stupidity of my cat and not the product. With a little complaining and vegetable oil she came free with only a little fur missing." —Taylor

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $15.97.

    37. A Capri Blue Volcano candle that's commonly burned in Anthropologie stores. Now your home can smell just as nice.

    hands hold candle tin
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "Best-smelling candle in the entire world. Expensive but worth it. It smells up entire bottom floor of our house, which is 1500 sq. ft." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $14.93.

    38. An egg cooker so you can stop settling for overcooked hardboiled eggs with gross gray yolks. You deserve better.

    egg device that has six eggs cooking in it
    Amazon

    Along with hardboiled eggs, this baby can make omelets and poached and scrambled eggs.

    See BuzzFeed's full write-up on the Dash egg cooker.

    Promising review: "I make a lot of eggs. I love ramen, and a nice soft-boiled egg just makes me swoon. I've tried all sorts of techniques. Boiling, baking, sous vide, pressure cooked. And I haven't found a 100% no-stuck-shells, no-explosions, no-undercooked method yet. Till this silly little thing. Worked perfectly. I'll be honest, unboxing it I thought I was duped. Felt cheap and was pretty small, but heck, let's give it a shot. So easy! And made a perfect egg. On my first go at it. The buzzer is god-awful. And the boiler plate stains immediately. Who cares. This thing is awesome. God this thing is awesome." —Mr. Mcgoo

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six colors).

    39. And a privacy window film that's easy to install and fills your home with lots of rainbows when the sun hits it just right. Now you can sing "somewheeeere over the rainbow" as you step over your dog.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Read more about this beloved rainbow window film.

    Promising review: "This window film is just STUNNING! I used it for the bottom half of my windows on my main floor for added privacy, so I don’t always have to keep my curtains closed! I wasn’t expecting all the beautiful colors the film presents throughout the day. It’s like having crystal prisms all over the house and it changes from minute to minute! Applying it is also very easy, I recommend getting the application kit that is recommended by Amazon." —Stacy M. Ambrose

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in nine sizes).

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