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    32 Affordable Essentials For Every Room In Your House

    Get ready for an extreme home makeover without the extreme budget.

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    1. A set of Swedish dishcloths that can absorb over 20x their weight and are gritty enough to tackle tough messes. They're essentially the perfect reusable alternative to paper towels and sponges, so you can go ahead and cross those off your grocery list forever.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. For quite a while I have been frustrated with kitchen/dish towels. I find most to be not nearly absorbent enough, too large and awkward, and needing frequent disinfecting to avoid smelling funky.

    These towel sponges are exactly what I needed in a dish cloth. They are absorbent, just the right size, antimicrobial, and easy to clean! Add in that they are sourced from a small family business and I'm thrilled." —Nathaniel Rider

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in seven colors and a variety pack).

    2. A popular sheet set made of 100% microfiber to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. The only downside? It'll make getting out of bed even more difficult.


    Promising review: "I'm purchasing my third and fourth sets of these sheets today. One will be a gift for my mom and dad. Over a year later, I've had no issues at all. They continue to wash and fit perfectly, and are easily adaptable for weather changes. I add a flannel top sheet or blanket when chilly. Can't be beat for under $20 a set." —nativepeach

    Get it from Amazon for $14.12+ (available in seven sizes and 44 colors and patterns).

    3. A set of wool dryer balls that help soak up excess water and create extra space in between your clothes, meaning you won't have to run two cycles just to get your jeans completely dry.

    Towels By Gus

    Promising review: "These are awesome! I'm all about being eco-friendly, so I love using these. They work great, I definitely recommend them." —Dan

    Towels By Gus is a family-owned business based in California.

    Get a set of three from Towels By Gus for $24.

    4. A set of bathroom organizing accessories so you can stop scattering everything all over your sink — and because nothing ruins a bathroom's aesthetic like the label on a generic bottle of soap.


    Promising review: "These were the perfect accents for our bathroom. Classy and easy to clean!" —Sarah Sandoval

    Get it from Amazon for $11+ (available in 10 colors).

    5. A reusable and machine-washable duster that fits onto the Swiffer duster handle so you can stop wasting money on the flimsy disposable refills. These will quickly get rid of the layer of dust that's been accumulating since you moved in. No judgment.

    Set of reusable Swiffer dusters in various colors
    TS Designs US/Etsy

    Promising review: "LOVE the washable duster attachments. These are SO soft and such great quality. The stitching is strong and I don’t worry about anything coming apart. We use ours with our swifter duster wand and it fits perfectly. If you’re looking for a more sustainable item, this is one for you." —Cassie Couch

    TS Designs US is a small Etsy shop based in West Leroy, Michigan.

    Get it from TS Designs US on Etsy for $5.49 (available in 10 colors).

    6. A pack of sanitizing wipes with 65% ethyl alcohol and a lavender fragrance so soothing you'll want to wipe down basically everything in your home.

    Bottle of Public Goods Sanitizing lavender wipes
    Public Goods

    Promising review: "We love the sanitizer wipes a lot! They smell really good and clean perfectly." —Joanna M.

    Public Goods is a New York-based business specializing in home essentials.

    Get it from Public Goods for $6.50 (originally $9; requires signing up for a yearly subscription with a two week free trial).

    7. A pair of heat-resistant silicone oven mitts, because those cloth ones you've been using barely work and you know it. They're also waterproof and extremely easy to clean, so you won't have to worry about these getting all funky in between washes.


    Promising review: "These oven mitts have been holding up and keeping my hands protected for a couple years now. They're protective while still allowing some flexibility for grabbing pans/pots/trays out of the oven or off the stove. Plus, they're large enough to double as a quick pot holder on the kitchen counter. I also like the little fabric loop as I hang them on a hook in the kitchen for easy access." —AMG de Wet

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in two sizes and six colors).

    8. A set of five desk organizers in a stunning shade of gold to keep your home office looking tidy and Instagram-ready at all times.

    Five gold desk organizers filled with supplies and placed on desk

    Promising review: "I moved into a new office space because of quarantine, and I needed something to help personalize the space, and these did the trick! Just what I needed to help me stay organized and bring some color into the space without being overbearing." —Brittany

    BluMonaco is an Etsy shop that specializes in organization and decor.

    Get it from BluMonaco on Etsy for $45.

    9. A toothbrush holder with extra space for toothpaste, hand soap, hair products, lotion, cotton rounds, or anything else you want to keep handy.

    Wire toothbrush holder with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and razors placed inside

    Promising review: "This product is exactly what I needed by my bathroom sink! It holds a couple of toothbrushes, the tooth paste and the hand soap (which I ordered separately). I threw out the one I had that ended up getting yucky moldy stuff at the bottom. Now I have no worries. It's the simple things in life." —ChangingLeaves

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87 (available in two colors and two styles).

    10. And a pack of bamboo toothbrushes that are biodegradable and way more eco-friendly than the plastic one you're currently using. And let's face it — they also just look way cooler.


    Promising review: "I'm in love with these toothbrushes. I know it's a little silly to feel so strongly about a toothbrush, but as they are 100% sustainable AND they clean my teeth better than ANY TOOTHBRUSH I'VE EVER USED, I'm pretty excited about this find! And the bristles are SO SOFT. Wonderful." —J. Lee

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    11. A hanging handbag organizer so you can finally get your purses out of that messy pile and maybe even rediscover a few old favorites you totally forgot you even bought.

    Two handbag organizers with handbags placed inside

    Promising review: "Definitely gets the job done, I had my purses tossed in a box and they were beginning to warp; this has literally saved them from any more of my negligent behavior." —keishila

    LeSacBag is a small Etsy shop specializing in handbags and accessories.

    Get it from LeSacBag on Etsy for $9.99 (Originally $19.99; available in two colors).

    12. An eight-pack of hand towels — they're soft, lightweight, and super absorbent. And you know how some skin care products and acne creams leave behind those weird discolored splotches on your towels? These are made of a "cosmetic friendly" fabric that's designed to resist those stains!

    Hand towel in the shade Lavender Bloom hanging on towel hook in a bathroom

    Promising review: "These towels were the perfect thickness, weight, and color for my kitchen. I feel like standard kitchen towels are too thin and not very absorbent, while bath towels are usually too thick. These were perfect and great for the price." —Tommy's Mimi

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $16.31 (available in eight colors).

    13. A two-pack of durable pillows designed to provide support for any sleeping position, so you can turn to the side or toss over on your stomach and still get a good night's sleep.


    Promising review: "Fantastic deal. Been having headaches from neck issues for months. Tried four different types of pillows to no avail. Within one week of using this my sleep had completely changed. No more tweaked neck, or headaches at all. I sleep much better. Am still amazed after one month of how much it changed my sleep for the better. Highly recommended." —Joe B.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    14. A compact and sturdy shoe rack with a surprising amount of versatility. It would work just as well in your entryway as it would in your closet, and you can even use it in the kitchen to stack dishes and random utensils. The storage possibilities are endless.


    Promising review: "LOVE THIS PRODUCT! It fits perfectly underneath the clothing in my closet and stores tons of shoes! It seems plenty study for the heels and other shoes I have on there." —aflaute

    Get it from Amazon for $29.44+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    15. A set of tables with a compact nesting design that would work perfectly as a nightstand or next to the couch as an expandable coffee table.


    Promising review: "Perfect side table for living room! Sturdy materials and so easy to assemble (instructions provided but not necessary). I assembled both in under 10 minutes! I am able to place a laptop, coffee mug, and bottled water on small side table. The larger table can fit all of the above and my 5 year old even used it to do her homework and have a snack with room to spare. Great buy for the price!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $35.35+ (available in three colors).

    16. A set of storage cubes so you can contain your clutter instead of displaying it for all the world to see. Whether you slide them under your bed or place them on shelves, it'll make it seem like there's a method to your messy madness.

    Two gray storage cubes placed underneath bed

    I personally love me some storage cubes and they've become a must-have for my closet shelves. I mean, if I can't see my unorganized mess, it doesn't really exist, right?! These are by far the best cubes I've found for the price. They're super sturdy and tall enough to store tons of stuff without anything spilling out over the sides.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six colors).

    17. These magical heavy-duty cleaning wipes that remove everything from grease to ink stains with zero water required. It's also formulated with aloe and vitamin E so it's gentle on your skin.

    The canister of wipes sitting next to a messy microwave

    These wipes are nonabrasive so they're safe to use on smooth surfaces like car exteriors.

    Promising review: "I have a small kitchen, and everything tends to get an oily, greasy film on it very quickly. I don't have a tile back splash or a range hood, and my fridge is right next to my stove, so the paint on the wall and the textured fridge get pretty disgusting. The tiniest little oil splatter seems to cover my whole kitchen. When these wipes arrived yesterday, I attacked my kitchen with them. They worked amazingly well! I didn't realize how much grease was really sticking to everything until I saw how disgusting the wipes were getting. Luckily, they're huge, so I was able to cover a lot before a needed a new one.

    I have very sensitive skin, and these didn't dry my hands out at all. I also get severe migraines, which are easily triggered by chemical smells, and these have a nice, lemony scent that didn't trigger me at all. I give 10 stars!" —Michele West

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $13.94 (available in two sizes and multipacks).

    18. A sleek kitchen scale so you can finally stop eyeballing everything and start following recipes to a T.

    A cup of flour placed on a gray kitchen scale reading "8.4"

    Promising review: "Great little scale for food! I bought this scale nine months ago, but wanted to wait to write a review. I saw other reviews when ordering, and some said the battery life wasn't good, but I have yet to change the battery after using this three times a day to weigh food for meals over the past nine months. It is lightweight and easy to store. It is pretty sensitive. I can measure 5 grams of chia seeds, e.g. Personally, I use this scale to measure in fluid ounces, grams, and ounces." —Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $10.94+ (available in eight colors).

    19. A sleek utensil that looks like a simple spatula, but it's actually so much more. You can use it as a slotted spoon, spatula, turner and it even features an edge that's perfect for light slicing and dicing.

    Joseph Joseph

    Promising review: "Give it a cap and a costume, this is the only thing I need in the kitchen! I am often looking for tools that can replace the 30 others I have collected in my kitchen. I have used this to flip grilled cheese, stir red beans and rice, strain Brussel's sprouts, and taste sauce. I used the flat edge to cut onions that were too large once in the pot and scrape the bottom of the pan. The uni-tool feels nice in my hand, has held up fine in multiple dishwashings, and has allowed me to toss a few kitchen tools that have become obsolete." —Hiawhatha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85.

    20. A pack of thin velvet hangers to basically double your closet space and provide a much better grip on your clothes.

    A photo of a full closet using plastic hangers next to a photo of the same closet with more space when using the velvet hangers

    Promising review: "The difference in my closet because of the hangers alone is striking. I can finally shift clothes to the side to actually see what I have. While some may think that saving their money and dealing with a tight closet is worth it, I am completely sold on making the change. So happy I pulled the trigger. I've purchased 100 more just now so that I can do the same for my boyfriend's closet." —ChristineSD

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors and various pack sizes).

    21. A best-selling cast-iron skillet that will make you wonder why you haven't bought one before.

    A black cast iron skillet with two pieces of meat inside

    Looking to impress your guests (or yourself) with a restaurant-quality steak? A cast-iron skillet is a must.

    Promising review: "What can I say, I love my cast-iron skillet! This thing gives a nice charred flavor to meat, and is super easy to clean. I even baked a stuffed pizza in this last night with my wife. If you are not familiar with the cast-iron ways then let me tell you, you are missing out. This thing cooks better than a Teflon pan, is easier to clean, and doesn't release harmful chemicals into your food." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A spray gel for when you want to get rid of rust stains but don't feel like scrubbing. Simply spray it on, wait a few minutes for the rust to dissolve and then lightly wipe it away.

    Promising review: "We bought a house and there was iron stains in the showers, sinks and toilets. I tried bleach and other types of cleaners at different times to try and remove the stains. Nothing worked and I was so disappointed as I usually use bleach on tough stains and it removes them with no problems.....but it failed. I saw this on amazon and was skeptical if it would work. To my surprise it worked and fast. Just a few min after spraying it on it melted the rust stain away." —S. Peterson

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    23. A cleaning kit that will break down burnt-on food and make your ceramic cooktop look as shiny and flawless as the day you moved in.

    A before-and-after photo showing a dirty stovetop and a clean stovetop

    The kit comes with a bottle of cleaner, a cleaning pad and a heavy-duty scraper that are all designed to break down burnt-on foods and tough stains.

    Promising review: "As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn't believe it! We had a new stove that I didn't clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand-new." —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $11.55.

    24. A disposable cleaning wand to make scrubbing the toilet less of a chore. The kit comes with 16 refill heads to get you started, so you can immediately say goodbye to that dirty toilet wand in your bathroom!

    A dirty toilet next to a completely clean toilet after using the disposable cleaning wands

    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 $15.94.

    25. A seriously chic drying mat that rolls up to a compact size so you can easily store it when not in use. It can also come in handy if you need a place to dry large pots and pans that won't fit in a standard drying rack.


    Promising review: "So excited! I got new white countertops and I love them! However, what I didn't know (because the old tops were dark gray) was that when my Keurig dispenses coffee into the cups it tends to leave splash/spatter marks on the counter. This is exactly what I wanted to hide the small coffee spatter marks. It's thick, absorbent and the perfect size for the machine, the refill pitcher and a few cups!" —Allison Piatt

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 32 colors).

    26. A set of airtight food storage containers with reusable chalkboard labels to have your cabinets looking so immaculate that even Khloé Kardashian would be jealous.

    Amazon reviewer photo of cabinet filled with airtight storage containers

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these containers from Chef’s Path!! Have been searching for a good set for quite some time and am happy I stumbled upon these. I feel these containers are of a higher quality than others and the price is much more affordable. I really like the fact that the lid handles are made up of durable plastic. The assortment of sizes is a plus, they’re easy to stack one on another and are rather durable. The locking mechanism works well to seal but not difficult like others I’ve tried to open. The pen, chalkboard labels, and measuring spoon set are a great addition to the set. Everything you might need for pantry organization has been provided." —Manzi

    Get a set of 14 from Amazon for $44.97.

    27. A storage strip to keep your brooms and mops off the floor and free up some much-needed space in your utility closet. It might even convince you to clean more, but no promises.

    Reviewer photo of various cleaning tools placed in storage holder

    Promising review: "I have had sticky hooks hanging on my laundry room wall to hold my cleaning devices but they keep falling down. This holder is much better. It anchors right into the studs and not only holds all my mops and brooms and such but also has some hooks to hold my cleaning cloths. It’s a great organizational item and is sturdy along with being a great space-saver. Great purchase." —Kcuret

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two colors).

    28. A sliding drawer that will not only add some organization to your cabinets, but also glides right out so you can actually see what you put in there in the first place.

    Sliding drawer placed in cabinet with various pots and pans inside
    The Container Store

    Promising review: "I installed one of these in a very narrow kitchen cabinet and it has made everything so much more accessible, I can't believe I ever managed without it. Installation took a total of 20 minutes, and I could probably have shaved five minutes off that time if I'd had more space to maneuver my power drill." —Squeezle

    Get it from The Container Store for $33+ (available in nine sizes).

    29. A hanging laundry hamper to get your clothes off the floor and create space for more cute décor. It even has a zippered bottom so you can easily dump everything into a hamper without taking it down.

    Laundry hamper hanging over top of door filled with laundry

    I've personally used this for about a year now and WOW, where has this been all my life?! Every little bit of space counts in New York City apartments, and this miracle hamper helped me clear up enough space to fit a new shelving unit in my room. I've been using the adhesive hooks it comes with and they have held up surprisingly well, even when my hamper gets a bit more full than I'd like to admit.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96+ (available in three colors and various two-pack options).

    30. An organizer tray that will keep all of your silverware in its proper place, because not every drawer should be a junk drawer. The slanted, stacked design will also add so much extra space.

    The tray with slanted slots to separate the utensils

    Promising review: "I loved this so much I bought one for the bestie who just bought a new house. My silverware drawer is organized for the first time in forever!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    31. An absolutely massive 32-piece cookware set that comes with everything from pots and pans to utensils and measuring cups.

    The 32-piece cookware set laid out on table
    Ashley Home Store

    The set comes with a saucepan with lid, Dutch oven with lid, fry pan with lid, four forks, four dinner knives, four teaspoons, a serving spoon, slotted serving spoon, turner, slotted turner, ladle, pasta server, chef knife, bread knife, boning knife, utility knife, pairing knife, kitchen scissors, wooden storage block, measuring cup and bottle opener.

    Get it from Ashley Homestore for $72.99 (originally $144.99).

    32. And a sprayable hand sanitizer that's so easy to use you'll want it in literally every single room of your home. It features 62% alcohol and a relaxing blend of bergamot and vanilla, so you'll probably be smelling your hands all day.

    Model holding Credo Hand Sanitizer Spray

    Promising review: "I struggle with eczema flareups on my hands, and constant hand-washing and harsh hand sanitizers wreak havoc on my skin.

    This spray is effective, and it doesn't wreck my skin. I've been pleased." —Amanda S.

    Get it from Credo Beauty for $8.

    When all your new household necessities arrive:


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