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    25 Upgrades That’ll Convince You To Finally Get Rid Of All The Old Junk You Inexplicably Still Have

    Very nice things that you absolutely deserve instead of say, awful wire hangers or a ratty T-shirt from 2002.

    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 silk pillowcase with a whole slew of advantages your old Lion King pillowcase lacks: It doesn't tug on your hair (less risk of bed head), doesn't absorb moisture from your skin and hair, feels cool to the touch, and is less likely leave creases on your face.

    green silk pillowcase
    Blissy

    These are made with hypoallergenic mulberry silk. I have the worst allergies and always wake up sneezing. After switching to a Blissy pillowcase, I've actually seen a big improvement! I wake up feeling refreshed and less wheezy. The silk is ultra soft, and feels nice and cool all night long. It's such a splurge but I think it's worth it — my hair is super fine and tangles easily, so the silk saves me a lot of grief in the mornings. 

    Promising review: "I can't express enough how soft, smooth, and cool to the touch these are!! I always wake up in the morning with better-looking hair than on a traditional cotton pillowcase. I sleep so well, and it feels so luxurious... Dreamy!!" —Stephanie M.

    Get it from Blissy for $79.95 (available in 24 colors). 

    2. A vibrant baking sheet made with aluminized steel and reinforced with steel rods, plus nonstick ceramic coating. In other words? An ultra-sturdy sheet pan that will finally convince you to throw away the super gross pan you've been storing under your oven.

    top: blue great jones pan that says clean as can be below: really dirty metal pan that says nasty sheet pan
    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Besides being very pretty, this pan can withstand high temperatures, cleans up easily (dishwasher-safe, baby), doesn't require a lot of oil, is scratch-resistant, and is PFOA-free.

    Promising review: "I love that the Holy Sheet pan is a bit deeper than most sheet pans with high sides that protect against spillage. Excess olive oil, for example, stays right on the pan and doesn't spill into my oven. It also cools down much quicker than other sheet pans so I can move it right into the sink and clean it immediately after cooking." —Hannah Loewentheil, BuzzFeed Staff, read the whole sheet pan review

    Get it from Great Jones for $35

    3. Allbirds tree runners that are honestly a fan-favorite of the BuzzFeed Shopping team. Anyone who has worn them has claimed that there isn't a single sneaker in existence that can beat them in sheer comfort.

    sneakers
    Allbirds

    You can also machine wash them! Just be sure to not put them in the dryer; let them air dry after washing.

    Promising review: "Why did I wait so long??? I wish I could wear these shoes all day for everything! They're so comfortable and lightweight." —Stone, C.

    Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available in whole sizes 5–11 and 17 colors).

    4. A Blueland laundry essentials kit complete with laundry tablets, booster powder, cute tins, and three wool dryer balls. The kit is free of chlorine bleach, parabens, pthalates, ammonia, and plastic packaging so you can consider this a more gentle and eco-friendly choice.

    two tins, two paper bags, and three blue wool balls
    Blueland

    This is a wonderful kit! It's really nice to be able to store the tablets and powder in cute tins that are easy to store. The balls are a lovely shade of blue and really do help cut down drying times. Also, most importantly, it makes my laundry smell sooo good. 

    Get it from Blueland for $42.

    5. A wireless bra so comfortable you'll wonder how you managed to stay together with that old, ill-fitting bra so long. Breakups are hard, but so worth it when there's someone better out there for you.

    True&Co.

    Promising review: "I am someone who (although the size of my boobs suggests I should do otherwise) prefers to never wear a bra. I don't like the feel of standard underwire, straps, cups, or hooks. I found this online and (because I am easily seduced by online ads) thought I'd give it a try. I was eager to see if there was a bra that made wearing a bra worth it. Guess what? YUP. There is. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing much of anything, but it gives my bod enough support to suggest otherwise. It's also so soft I now genuinely prefer wearing this bra to wearing nothing at all. And I mean that." —Mallory Mower, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from True&Co. for $40.07+ (available in 15 colors and sizes XS–XL).

    6. A cordless Dyson vacuum that'll revolutionize cleaning. I'm serious — I tried my friend's Dyson and it actually made cleaning fun. I somehow got Tom Sawyer'd into vacuuming their apartment for them.

    the vacuum shown as a handhold device, a stick vacuum, and a tube that can be used in corners
    Amazon

    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote about why this is a game changing product for your home (#4).

    Promising review: "After using it for a few months, I have to say, this is truly a different kind of vacuum. It has the power of a corded vacuum, but is quieter than any corded vacuum I've used, and obviously way more portable. From the unique hum that it makes, I feel like I'm in the future when I'm using it. Additionally, I really like the trigger system, so you have fine control over the energy consumption. Furthermore, I initially thought the bin emptying mechanism was a silly gimmick, but it turns out to be really genius, because it scrubs any debris from the filter interface, so you'll never have to manually clean the bin." —V.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $245.89.

    7. A snazzy electric toothbrush to take your oral care to the next level. These sleek devices alert you every 30 seconds so you know how long you've been brushing for (handy) and come with a cool holder that sticks to your mirror (very handy). Best of all, the heads are mailed to you automatically, so you don't have to worry about making a special trip to the pharmacy.

    model uses toothrush
    Quip

    I loooooove my Quip toothbrush. The vibrations are gentle and quiet, but strong enough to tackle plaque. The sleek design is gorgeous and it means there's no nook or cranny for mold to build up. The battery lasts for about three months, which is convenient. 

    Get it from Quip for $25+ (available in plastic or metal, and six colors). 

    8. A trio of beautiful satin scrunchies you should really spoil your hair with. The gentle nature of satin means less friction messing with your 'do.

    green yellow and pink scrunchies
    Grace Eleyae

    Promising review: "I love the colors, plus the silky smooth texture of the scrunches don’t pull on my hair when I take them off! I can pull it and slide right off without taking any of my hair with it! I have all the colors." —Traci J.

    Get a pack of three from Grace Eleyae for $19.

    9. Flax linen bedding in case you're looking for a luxurious and heavenly sleep. Despite being linen (which can be scratchy), these are pre-washed and super snuggly.

    purple sheets
    Benito Martin / Bed Threads

    I've VERY into linen sheets. They're super breathable and just feel very fancy. Something about them feels very "I live in a cute little cottage" although I don't think I could really explain why. They're just nice. I love Bed Threads because they come in such a wide array of colors so it's easy to mix and match with the bedding you already have. For example, I have a green Piglet duvet cover and the Bed Threads lilac sheets look AMAZING with it. This bedding set is a little splurge-y but you get two pillowcases, a duvet cover, and a fitted sheet.

    Get it from Bed Threads for $230+ (available in sizes Twin–California King and 23 colors).

    10. A citrus juicer that'll squeeze out every last drop out of the lemon or orange without even breaking a sweat. That cheap green one you got at the grocery store could never.

    light blue squeeze handle juicer
    Food52

    This one time I bought an orange squeezer from the supermarket and it literally broke in half the first time I used it. I sliced my hand open. Don't be like me — get a better quality model! 

    Promising review: "This juicer does its job very well. The cheap yellow-painted aluminum juicers available in the supermarket are flimsy, do not yield a great amount of juice, and fairly soon the paint begins to chip and flake off. This juicer is very sturdy with handles made of what appear to be an industrial polymer that will not chip. The juicer is comfortable to use and the juice yield is impressive. Another nice touch is the small ridges inside that keep the citrus half from slipping around. I am very pleased with this purchase." —Krispyecca

    Get it from Food52 for $28.

    11. An Always Pan, which is angling to become the only pan you ever reach for when cooking. It has an ultra-slippery nonstick surface, a vented top, a mesh basket for steaming, and a high-quality spoon that hooks onto the handle.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, Our Place

    I have and love this pan! It just feels really nice to hold. The nesting spoon is absolutely genius, everything cooks evenly, and food just glides right off with minimal effort. If you hate scrubbing, consider getting this! See our full review of the Always Pan.

    Our Place was founded by Shiza Shahid, along with Amir Tehrani and Zach Rosner. She's a Pakistani social entrepreneur who also cofounded the nonprofit Malala Fund, which promotes education for young girls.

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in nine colors).

    12. A chic Modern Picnic lunch bag that may look like a designer purse from the outside but check the inside and see that it's actually a cooler with insulated walls to keep your meal nice and cold.

    lined faux crocodile lunchbag with sandwich inside
    instagram.com

    Modern Picnic is a woman-owned small biz from Ali Kaminetsky. 

    Promising review: "To everyone out there — you NEED this!! You can use this chic classy tote for: lunch for work, snacks for kids, breastmilk transport from work, IVF injectables (so you can actually leave your house and not carry a cooler). I could go on and on! I want one for every season!! Thank you for making my life classier. The Luncher just makes me smile with all the possibilities it can be used for." —Heather

    Get it from Modern Picnic for $149 (available in 16 colors/styles).

    13. Girlfriend Collective high rise compression leggings made from recycled water bottles, which apparently make for excellent activewear material — everyone I know who has tried a pair is completely obsessed.

    Samantha Tomaszewski / BuzzFeed, Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    Girlfriend Collective is a favorite on our team. Check out a couple of reviews:

    "I actually have three pairs of these leggings and love them so much. They are compressive without making my legs feel like sausages and stay in place during my most intense workouts. I've been recommending them to all my friends because they leggings (and the company behind them) are great." —Abby Kass

    "Right off the bat, I was impressed by how buttery soft these leggings were. They're super stretchy (definitely squat-proof!) and supportive without being constricting. And at $68, they're a total steal given how high-quality they are. I usually wear them for low-impact workouts, like Pilates and yoga (and lounging on the couch), but they didn't let me down during high-impact HIIT cardio classes either. The material is really breathable so even though I'm sweating a lot during my workouts, the leggings don't get swampy." —Melanie Aman

    Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $68 (available in sizes XXS-6X, three lengths, and 13 colors).

    And read Melanie's full review of Girlfriend Collective's leggings here.

    14. A wicker laundry hamper that fits right into the corner, filling up otherwise unusable space. The included liner bag and handles are honestly just the cherries on top.

    The hamper with a towel inside
    Wayfair

    And if all that didn't convince you, the 1,000+ 5-star reviews and the super affordable price honestly should. 

    Promising review: "This is by far one of the most innovative ideas I have seen in a long time. No more plastic dirty clothes hampers, showing off all you haven't washed. This fits just perfect between my dresser and the door to the closet. Holds tons of clothes (they never seem to reach the top) and it is attractive to look at. Great invention! Well-made and attractive!" —Pamala

    Get it from Wayfair for $28.99.

    15. Just some really nice Zwilling flatware in case you're still working with an eclectic mix of water-stained cutlery that you've slowly acquired somehow. Ditch that weirdly ornate fork that randomly showed up in your drawer and opt for something fah-ncy.

    two sized forks, one butter knife, two sized spoon, and a steak knife around a plate
    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "My husband is very picky about his flatware. He has big hands and a lot of the flatware we have tried is too lightweight and not balanced for his hands. This design passed all his tests. My only complaint is I have not found how to buy separate pieces. Will be buying another set." —stevi49

    Get the 45-piece set from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99.99.

    16. A ribbed highball glass for nights when you want to feel like you're sipping a $20 cocktail in the fanciest bar in town. Your mason jar is trembling.

    ribbed glass
    Crate & Barrel

    Promising review: "These glasses are beautiful, modern-looking, and of great quality. They're much thicker than I thought they would be, in a good way. I'm always looking for an excuse to use one of these glasses." —Brooke

    Get it from Crate & Barrel for $6.95.

    17. An adorable double oven mitt to protect your hands and arms when pulling something hot out of the oven. The leopard design and quilted fabric place this waaaay above your old mitt.

    long fabric with two places for hands with two long leopards on it
    Anthropologie

    Get it from Anthropologie for $38

    18. Fenty Stunna Lip Paint — this will finally convince you to kick your old crumbling lipsticks to the curb. Fans love this paint for its long-lasting color and baby soft texture.

    Fenty Beauty

    Promising review: "I was in Sephora looking to try a new lipstick and came across Fenty Beauty. I always heard about how this line complements people of color. As a conservative person, I thought initially this lipstick was entirely too bright! After it settled and I caught a glimpse in the mirror moments later, I was sold! The color is perfect and doesn't wash me out. And not to mention my mouth looks so inviting! I'm looking to see what other colors I'd love!Tyvonne79

    Get it from Fenty Beauty for $25 (available in nine shades).

    19. A splurge-worthy Dusen Dusen towel ready to be the grand finale of a successful shower. Wrapping yourself in a fluffy, stylish towel is a luxury you deserve.

    striped towel
    Dusen Dusen

    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 $44.

    20. A fancy baking tool set that will have you frosting, scraping, and brushing like a seasoned pastry chef.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    The set comes with a bench scraper, two offset spatulas, and a pastry brush.

    Promising review: "I've never been anything less than floored by products from Food52's brand Five Two (lookin' at you, silicone lid set), and this baking set is no exception. I've been a hobbyist baker for a while, so this isn't my first rodeo when it comes to testing baking tools, but these are each the Cadillac of their own tool category, and all for a wildly good price, if you ask me.

    All of the tools feature silicone handles, so your hands won't slip and slide around even if they're covered in egg wash or butter (mmmmm butter). The offset spatulas are the perfect sizes for tasks large and small, and the ruler on the bench scraper is *chef's kiss* perfection. I reach for the brush, yes, for baking, but also any other kitchen tasks that require one. I've literally used this brush on chicken on the grill and it has survived.

    These tools are workhorses. Some of the sturdiest I've ever used. Food52 easily could have made these ugly as sin and still had the best products on the market. But they made them absolutely gorgeous to boot! Even after relatively heavy use, the blue silicone looks clean and the gold accents look bright and shiny as ever. And that's after many a run through the dishwasher, because OH YEAH, they're dishwasher-safe, too. Food52 you've done it again!" —Rachel Dunkel, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Food52 for $49.

    21. The beloved Wild One cushioned harness. There's a reason why every other dog in NYC is wearing this number — it's easy to secure, lightweight, and comes in a variety of stylish colors.

    Wild One

    Promising review: "My dog has sensitive skin, and other harnesses will create rashes. We LOVE this one. It’s soft in the under arms and neckline. It’s also adjustable, and super easy to put on." —Rosemary P.

    Get it from Wild One for $48 (available in sizes XS–L and nine colors).

    22. An organic cotton T-shirt that hangs on the body juuuuust right. No more pulling and adjusting, and definitely no more accessorizing to hide the moth holes in your ratty old tee from high school.

    tee with rolled up sleeves
    Everlane

    Promising review: "I have several of these T-shirts in different colors and have worn all of them all summer long. The fabric is lightweight and so cool and comfortable. I find that after laundering them a few times, they fit perfectly. This T-shirt is an excellent wardrobe staple and can be worn with almost anything...very versatile." —picky mary

    Get it from Everlane for $24 (available in sizes XXS–XL and six colors).

    Looking for a good tee in plus sizes? Try this one!

    23. An essential knife set so nice, it'll turn you into a Knife Person. Not the creepy, murder-y kind — the kind that won't shut about Japanese steel and blade angles.

    three knives
    Misen

    The three-piece set comes with a chef’s knife, serrated knife, and paring knife. The 5-piece set also comes with a santoku knife and utility knife. They're made with AICHI steel, which Misen says offers more carbon content and sharp edge retention. The slope shape and 15-degree angle helps with comfort, control, and a sharper cut.

    Promising review: "We finally decided to get some 'real' knives, and after lots of research (and input from a professional chef), chose Misen's 5-knife set. We got them promptly and they are WONDERFUL! Cooking is much more fun was very sharp knives and with having the right knife for each job." —David J. O.

    Get them from Misen for $200+ (available in three colors). 

    24. Nonslip velvet hangers designed to take up less space while expertly clinging to your clothing, so you never have to experience the irrational rage that comes whenever a dress or jacket falls off its crappy wire hanger and falls on the ground.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These hangers are amazing. They take up minimal space, are sturdy, and, best of all, the clothes don't fall down from them so it keeps everything looking neat. I have replaced all of the hangers in my closet with these hangers, and I couldn't be happier. I am pretty sure I now have double the amount of space. I love this product and would buy it again." —Vida Maars

    Get a pack of 30 on Amazon for $15.89 (available in five colors and in a 50- and 100- pack).

    25. Stila Stay All Day eyeliner I personally swear by as the best eyeliner money can buy. It's easy to control, has a precise tip, and last seriously aaaaalll day.

    instagram.com, Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This eyeliner is so easy to apply that the blind can use it! I'm legally blind and do my makeup by feel. Eyeliner is the hardest to do so I've gone without for years. I decided to give this one a shot based on the reviews and was not disappointed. It came out great and was so easy to apply! I'm so happy to be wearing eyeliner again!" —Lowe Family

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in two styles and nine shades).

    To learn more, check out "Stila Makes The Best Liquid Eyeliner, Fight Me."

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