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    Feb 28, 2020

    30 Practical Things I Think Your Home Is Sorely Missing

    These things are on every home's wish list.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. 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!

    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.

    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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    4. A teabag organizer that can fit up to 100 bags so you don't have to worry about a cardboard box avalanche every time you open your cabinet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is just what we needed! I love tea and have boxes all piled up and sometimes when folks come over I don't know what I have to offer. Now that's all changed! I threw away about five boxes, so well over 100 tea bags fit in the containers. I love that the containers pop out so you can rearrange your options." —frugalgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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

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    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 $20.25.

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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.

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

    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 $36.63.

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

    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.

    9. 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.

    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.

    10. 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 $18.93.

    11. 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!

    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 $5.99.

    12. 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.

    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.

    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.

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

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    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 $8.48+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A Bob's Burgers doormat that might just insult guests enough to make them turn around and go.

    ArtUncorkedDowntown

    Get it from ArtUncorkedDowntown on Etsy for $40.

    15. A charming wooden computer stand to keep your desk beautifully organized.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This shelf is super sturdy, great looking, and exactly what I needed for my 28" monitor. The custom storage cubbies are excellent for keeping my frequently used items close at hand. Couldn't be any happier with this product!" —Itsmelt

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

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

    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.

    17. 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).

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

    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.

    19. 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.

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

    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.

    21. 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.

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

    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).

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

    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 five colors).

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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).

    25. A sweet little cast iron pan for tiny meals and treats. Less to clean means more time to enjoy your pan-cooked brownie.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this tiny skillet. I am a graduate student, and pretty much live and cook by/for myself. This is the perfect size for baking, and it's also a great cast-iron skillet to learn the feel of cast-iron." —MCP

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in eight sizes).

    26. 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.

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

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    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.

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

    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 $16.95+ (available in five colors).

    29. An air purifying bag to help finally rid your home or car or wherever of that gross smell. There, now you can have guests again; you're welcome.

    Amazon

    See more things that help banish bad odors from your life.

    Promising review: "This product is a MIRACLE! Mistakenly left a package of chicken breasts from the supermarket in my brand new Audi. Subsequently went on vacation for 10 days. The chicken was left rotting in the car in the garage for 12 days! I can't begin to describe how wretched the smell was on our return. We aired out the car for days — still stunk to high hell! I tried Febreze and other so-called aerosol odor eliminators, which would temporarily help, but the acrid smell would come right back. I honestly thought my new car might be ruined. Used two bags of Moso (one small, one large). This activated charcoal really works. After one week, the smell was significantly dissipated. Now at the end of two weeks, it is virtually gone. Wow! Thank you Moso for saving my car from dead chicken hell!" —JAC ESQ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three colors).

    30. 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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