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    1. A scrunchie holder so you can finally keep track of those things. Better on this rack than say, under the bed.

    wooden sticks with square base
    ReganDianaDesigns

    Also consider this one shaped like a cute bunny!

    Get it from ReganDianaDesigns on Etsy $9.99 (available in five wood types and three sizes).

    2. A set of drill brushes so effective, you'll be shocked how clean your bathroom used to be.

    The set comes with a 2-inch flat brush, a 4-inch flat brush, and a round brush. The drill isn't included, but you can grab a basic Black and Decker one ($34.11 on Amazon) that'll do the trick.

    Promising review: "I thought my hard water stains would never come off my shower doors, but I bought this awesome brush set, and it's amazing! I’ve tried all the hacks — drier sheets, clean erasers, lemon, vinegar — nothing works like this brush! I used Zep shower cleaner with it! In the picture, the side on the right is the part of the door I cleaned, and I still have to clean the left side." —Traci D.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors and stiffness levels).

    3. Extra mini drawers that clip onto your shelves so you can easily grab what you need instead of having to remove half the contents of your fridge just to get to the mayo.

    clear drawers in fridge

    4. A blessedly effective carpet cleaner capable of turning your brown carpet into whatever color it was when you bought it.

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful product. I have an older dog who can't always wait until I get home from work so accidents occasionally happen. I have a Hoover Rug Scrubber and this product is very easy to use with my machine. Carpet Miracle works amazingly well on stains and odors, even those that have set for a while. I did the carpet in the 'room of shame' twice just to be sure, although for normal soil and odors once should be more than enough. It leaves behind a wonderfully clean, fresh scent, and the carpet feels and looks wonderful. I plan on continuing to use this product to keep my carpets clean and my home smelling fresh." —Vicky Faurot

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes)

    5. A metal shelf with a built-in drawer for stacking your items without losing them forever to the black hole in the back of your cabinet.

    Promising review: "Pros: Fits under bathroom sink; all items fit well in the basket and on top; drawers make finding items in second self easy. Cons: the holes in the mesh drawer allow things to fall through; if items fall through, it prevents the drawer from moving freely, (line it with something, or only store large items)." —MeaganEmily

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    6. A rotating beauty organizer that neatly organizes all your skincare products, makeup, brushes, and knickknacks so you can finally see the top of your dresser again.

    white beauty organizer with four shelves
    same but in black and scalloped edges

    Promising review: "Definitely five stars for this makeup organizer. First, this is good quality for the price, it's easy to put together, it has adjustable shelves, and it spins. It comes with the rubber rings to hold the tray and partitions together. I love my makeup organizer — it's pretty stable and strong. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a makeup/cosmetics organizer." —Jessi Kimble

    Get it from Amazon for $32.45 (available in two colors and three styles).

    7. An over-the-cabinet-door holder so you can fit even more cooking sheets, cutting boards, and other flat kitchen items in your kitchen.

    Promising review: "I am so happy to have found this major space saver! I always struggle to find a place to store my cutting boards - I worry about how clean they are when I leave them on the counter. I love the fact that they are now tucked away and won't get dirty!" —madeline audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.47+ (available in two sizes)

    8. A hanging shoe organizer so you can get your shoe(s) on the door.

    9. A sectional sleeper couch with a secret storage space so you can hide all your junk at a moment's notice when your guests are early and there's no time to clean.

    couch with bottom pulled out for extra leg rests

    10. An adjustable hanging rod that hangs onto the one in your closet so you can double your closet space. You can finally get all that stuff off the floor!

    two rows of clothing in a reviewer's closet
    a clear picture of how the bottom bar hooks onto the pre-existing top bar in a closet

    Promising review: "This is the best closet organizer. I originally bought a similar item that doesn't adjust, but this is 100 times better! Not only does it adjust vertically to fit whatever length of clothes, but it also adjusts its width, making it extremely functional no matter which closet you may want to use it in within your house. This makes it possible to switch and organize basically any closet!" —Ohgr8one

    Get it from Amazon for $16.47.

    11. A car seat storage bag so everything you need is in one place instead of rolling around under the seats. Your passengers will finally have leg room AND a cold drink, because this thing has an insulated cooler pocket.

    organizer with thermal inside, plus three outer pockets and two drink holders and a tissue box
    Amazon

    It has a cooler, two side pockets, a front pocket, and a place for tissues.

    Promising review: "This is a great space-saver. I had a full-size floor version of this but when I had my second child I just didn't have the room for it. This is the next best thing — it adjusts to fit any seat, has a wipe holder, holds several bottles of water (or milk) — and keeps them cool in the summer. Holds snacks, gloves, baby books, or any number of small items in the other compartments." —Robert Weinberg

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A thin rolling shelf to slip in that weird space between your fridge and cabinets. Or between your laundry machine and the wall. Or in the garage next to your car. Wherever you have a tiny sliver of unused space.

    a thin shelf with four shelves
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Our new house was short on storage space and this really helps. It goes right between the refrigerator and the counter where the stovetop is located. I keep canned goods and other food items that will need the stovetop. It holds plenty of cans and with smaller cans, I can stack them two high. It pulls out easily." —Kathy G. Guevara

    Get it from Amazon for $34.49+ (available in three sizes).

    13. A tea bag organizer so you can finally get rid of those bulky boxes.

    an organizer with six clear buckets for tea bags
    Amazon

    It fits up to 100 standard-sized tea bags!

    Promising review: "Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That's what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!" —Sarah C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two sizes)

    14. dish rack that arches over the sink to use some vertical space instead of your very limited counter space.

    over the sink shelf with dishes
    Amazon

    Just measure your sink before buying!

    Promising review: "I bought it. Got it yesterday and I love it. Expensive, yes.....worth it? Yes yes yes!" —Ctabanca

    Get it from Amazon for $74.38.

    15. A stain remover that says, "hey it's OK, no need to cry over spilled wine."

    16. A wood polish capable of turning back time to before you invited over a guest who forgot a coaster or got a dog with scratchy nails.

    wood with lots of scratches
    same wood with virtually no scratches

    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 that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. 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. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in two sizes)

    17. A genius T-shirt roll holder for people whose drawers are full to the point of bursting. Better to get this than to decide which band shirts to toss. *clutches my ancient Interpol tee for dear life*

    BuzzFeed writer's closet door closed with several shirts hanging from a hook at the top of the door. The shirts are attached by rolling them up and putting them through stretchy loops.
    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    The Roll Keeper is a small biz based in Kelso, Washington that's run by Traci, who has over 40 years of crafting experience.

    BuzzFeed writer Mallory Mower has one and loves it. In her own words:

    "Before getting this I was driving myself up the wall with my bad folding habits. I basically shoved all my shirts into the storage drawers under my bed, because I have a teeny tiny closet (the picture above gives you a solid idea of how small it is). This has given me a massive amount of clothing storage I didn't have before. The quality is stellar and Traci is 10/10 the most thoughtful person I've purchased a product from!"

    Get it from The Roll Keeper on Amazon Handmade for $12.59+ (available in two sizes and two colors)

    18. An eco-friendly hard water strain remover that'll banish the dreaded orange glow. You deserve to get clean in something that looks clean.

    reviewer tub covered in orange rust stains
    tub looking considering whiter with no orange

    It also works on a wide variety of surfaces like granite, steel, fiberglass, marble, chrome, stone, metal, porcelain, brass, aluminum, stainless-steel, and hard vinyl.

    Promising review: "Amazing product! This is the absolute first time I have written a review for Amazon and I shop A LOT! I have been looking for something to get the hard water spots off my shower door and this did the trick! I've used it on all my bathroom fixtures and they are sparkling. It makes me want to keep cleaning; it works that well. It's a plus that there are no fumes and it's safe to use without gloves! Product actually smells really good, like toothpaste. I've already told my family about it! Will definite buy again." —loveshoes!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.77+ (available with cleaner for $30.80)

    19. A toilet cleaning wand you'll think must be a REAL magic wand, because what earthly product could possibly work so well?

    You get a caddy with a wand and six disposable sponges. Simply attach the disposable sponge to the wand, scrub around the whole toilet bowl, and pop the sponge in the trash (you never have to touch it!). You can also get more sponges when you're done with the included ones.

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above)." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $9.19+ (available in three bundles)

    20. Reusable microfiber pads that are compatible with a Swiffer WetJet. Good for the environment *and* your wallet!

    green pad on swiffer wet jet
    the pad shown to be covered in dirt from the floor

    Promising review: "I love these reusable pads for my Swifter WetJet! I feel like they pick up so much more dirt and junk than the disposable pads! They seem to stay on the mop nicer as well. And I especially love the fact that that I can throw these into the washing machine following using and I don’t have to run out and buy disposable pads constantly. Better for the environment and better for you!! Highly recommend!!" —Lynn E

    Get two from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in three sizes)

    21. A sock and underwear organizer so you can achieve Leslie Knope levels of organization.

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $15 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!" —Elizabeth L. Blackwell

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in seven colors).

    22. Goo Gone, an adhesive remover for banishing pesky label gunk from your life forever.

    bottle of yellow goo
    before: cup with sticker goo after: cup without
    Yi Yang / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Goo Gone is one of those things that I somehow had never heard of until this year (though others have apparently had it in their households for years). When I saw it in this BuzzFeed post, my life was changed forever. I couldn’t believe I had lived for so many years without this stuff. So many presents were ruined by price stickers that wouldn’t peel off properly and so many reusable glass containers thrown away/recycled because I couldn’t get the sticky label off of them.

    When I got my hands on a bottle, I immediately put it to test. A couple of days ago, I bought a really cool glass milk saucer from the MoMA store, but the product label left an ugly and sticky residue on it (why do shops allow stickers like this?!). I applied the Goo Gone, washed with soap and water, and voilà — the adhesive came right off, leaving my saucer crystal clear. Then, I cleaned off an old soy sauce container and turned it into a flower vase. And it can do so much more than just removing price stickers; the product description says it’ll work on candle wax, permanent marker, crayon, glue, gum, tape residue, adhesive, paint, tree sap, tar, etc. It’s also surface-safe and can be used on carpet and upholstery, clothing, and any hard surfaces — including glass, laminate, metal, wood, plastic, vinyl, windows, ceramic, granite, flooring, countertops, tile, and wood. And bonus: It smells nice and citrusy!

    Since purchasing Goo Gone, I’ve cleaned off several candle tins, a Trader Joe's growler, and a kimchi jar previously marred by sticky labels — they can now be reused as pen holders and food containers! In fact, now I'm constantly looking around my apartment to see what I can Goo Gone (yes, I'm using it as a verb) and reuse. Definitely one of my best household purchases EVER. —Yi Yang, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    23. A powder polish that'll practically melt away the baked-on food and grime that seems to have become a permanent feature in your kitchen. Clean stovetops are possible! 

    Reviewer's oven with years of burned food on the stovetop sparkly clean after use
    Paint-covered sink with the base cleaned using the product

    Promising review: "I got some gunk on the outside of a stainless steel pan which I was very fond of and could NOT get the crap off. It ended up in the dishwasher and the gunk turned into something like thick, permanent enamel. I did a Google search and found this was highly recommended. I used it, and it worked! I made a paste, painted it on half the pan, left it, came back, scrubbed with a no-scratch scrubber, and it came off. It’s gone. I’m definitely going to keep this stuff around." —Arlington Anne

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.22.

    24. A mini garment rack complete with tiny hangers so your chaotic pile of earrings can look like they're on a sale at a tiny retail store for mice. 

    two bars with small gold hangers and earrings hanging from them
    kogindejapon

    This comes from a Tokyo-based small business that sells fun goods made in Japan.

    Get it from kogindejapon on Etsy for $48.

    25. A pack of melamine cleaning sponges that can take on even the toughest stains (think: marker on your freshly painted walls). You just need water and a healthy dose of fear of your guests judging you!