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    35 Things For Anyone Who Lives In An Old House

    Things that'll help you feel like a genius problem solver when dealing with stuff like too-short doors, seriously lacking storage, faded wordwork, and so many other issues.

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    1. Wood polish and conditioner that'll help revive all those worn-out wood surfaces. Don't replace those kitchen cabinets or floors! Give 'em a facelift with this.

    2. A wood scratch cover to hide all those dings and scrapes on the original trim and doors that've been around longer than you, SEEN some things.

    3. A door draft stopper the least handy person in the world could handle installing to prevent cold gusts from coming in. One things that old houses suffer from is gaps beneath doors.

    4. And an insulated soundproofing strip even the LEAST handy person can stick on their door to help get some peace and quiet, even if your kid is playing video games at *peak* volume in the living room.

    5. An adjustable window screen that'll fit a variety of window widths to help facilitate a crisp breeze... without the bugs.

    reviewer pic of expandable horiztonal screen in window

    6. Interlocking Teak tiles you don't need tools to install to help cover up a hard outdoor surface that looks awful. That concrete patio slab is older than you, but it doesn't have to look that way.

    7. Shrink wrap window insulation that could help you keep from jacking up the heat so you can sit in that lovely well-appointed den with the breezy windows.

    8. A jar of the The Pink Stuff — a cleaning paste made to handle all kinds of sticky, stuck-on situations like this nasty-looking kitchen faucet.  

    Promising review: "I need this in bulk!! I have tried so many cleaning solutions to get out hard cooking stains on my stovetop and nothing worked! This stuff took it right out without a problem!!" —Micaela Gunderson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. An indoor/outdoor rug built to weather rain and more, which'll be even less effort to cover up an ugly outdoor surface.

    outdoor room with the rug pulling all the decor together

    10. A roll of self-adhesive marble film — it still won't be the breeziest project for your bathroom countertop, but will be super renter-friendly!

    on top a reviewer's plain bathroom counter, on the bottom the same counter covered in marble film

    11. Some under-cabinet lights to bring a modern touch to any outdated cabinets that you wanna replace later. But it'll be a little while. *And* this strand makes for super easy installation if you're in a rental!

    kitchen with plain white stock cabinets with lights underneath them to make it look so much better

    12. And if you want a total kitchen transformation, a kitchen cabinet painting kit that requires ZERO stripping or priming *might* make you wonder if you're in someone else's house before you've had your coffee.

    13. Floating bookshelves to get you soooo many compliments and give you an excuse to talk about your favorite recent reads. Anyone who lives in a house that seems to have slightly crooked walls (they exist!) or just oddly shaped rooms that don't play well with bookcases will find some stylish solace in these.

    14. A set of TikTok-famous adjustable mug organizers that'll help you better use your miniscule kitchen cabinet space *and* also keep your mugs safer since they fit on top of a mug, creating a setup where you can safely stack a second mug on top instead of googling replacements. 

    The round adjustable flat organizers in blue, orange, and black, plus a before and after pic of the mugs unorganized and organized
    Amazon

    Psst — if you want to see them in action, check out this viral TikTok of the mug organizers that's clocked millions of views. 

    Promising review: "I love these cup organizers. I have a small cabinet above where my coffeepot is and these have made it a pleasure to open that cabinet. All cups are organized and easy to get to. They stay right where they should be. No more stacking them inside one another and them falling over when I opened the cabinet. I also use these for some bowls in my dish set. Works great. I just ordered a couple more and I am going to use them for my china cabinet. I wondered when I first bought them because the price was a little high. Worth every penny and more. I can not say enough good about these." —ChefGirl

    Get a set of six (to organize 12 mugs) from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors). 

    15. A pumice stone that'll scrub away hard water marks and you should most definitely label as "TOILET" so people don't use it on their feet(!!!!).

    Promising review: "We rented a home and the toilets were disgusting. Someone suggested a pumice stone and let me tell you it was amazing!! The picture is after just five minutes with the stone. I tried bleach, every toilet bowl cleaner available, and countless hours of scrubbing to no avail...but this stone worked instantly! I will be buying several more!! The stone does dissolve when scrubbing so you need a couple. I was able to do almost two toilets completely that looked awful with one stone!!" —CristaCross

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

    16. And in case the situation is a bit more dire, a toilet wand cleaning system with removable heads so you'll stop regretting your decision to potty train your cats.

    Includes a wand, storage caddy, and six disinfecting wand head refills.

    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." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    17. A drill brush cleaning kit you can attach to your drill/driver for an informercial-like cleaning sesh that'll have you seeking out all the dirty surfaces you've been ignoring. This'll handle all the elbow grease.

    caked on disgusting interior of oven
    same oven completely clean

    Includes three brushes that'll attached to a standard handheld drill.

    Promising review: "I’m in love with this. I manage many apartment properties and finding people to do the cleaning has been tricky business, so I end up having to get in and clean these horrendous filth pods tenants lived in and left me to deal with when they move out. The ovens and stove tops are usually the worst, and I absolutely hate cleaning. I came across this drill attachment set, and let me tell you, it helped me tremendously! I still had to get in with a putty knife on some of them but it really cut down my elbow-grease time. If it wasn’t for this drill attachment, I think my arms would have just fallen off trying to clean it as good as I did! My only con would be that it doesn’t have any extension of any sort, so I really had my drill all up in that oven, but well worth it." —alicia haats

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors and stiffness levels).

    18. A holy grail soft cleanser to help you *easily* erase all those gray and rusty stains on household surfaces you came to terms with years ago. They aren't paying rent, so give 'em the boot!

    FYI, this is the pre-mixed version (which saves you a bit of time). But you can also try the original powder version. To understand just *how* versatile this product is, check out our review of Bar Keepers Friend and prepare to be amazed!

    Promising review: "I’m now a permanent customer. I’ve used CLR, Clorox bowl cleaners, and others but this is my favorite. I used a small broom to clean my tubs and tile (as I usually do) even though instructions said to use a sponge; it dried my hands pretty bad (please use gloves). So I used the broom instead and it worked pretty well. I would recommend. I even tried it on my stove and it worked like a charm." —Itzel A.

    Get two 13 oz. bottles from Amazon for $15.90.

    19. A incredibly powerful grout cleaner to erase years of nasty build-up that you've just come to live with over the years. 

    Promising review: "We moved into our house a year ago and I’ve been on a quest to clean the grout next to the stove ever since then. I’ve tried everything — store products, DIY solutions, Pinterest recommendations, you name it. As a last resort I got this and holy cow! I left it on for three minutes as a spot test at first and I could already see a huge difference. I then did two more rounds letting it sit for five minutes each. The scent's not bad, it was fine if I had the window open, it was just being down close to it that got me. Seriously, stop looking and buy this." —Britney Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    20. A couch clip-on table for that side where there's zero space to squeeze in a side table for your beverages and the remote. Shoutout to weird room layouts!

    table surface clipped onto an arm of a couch.

    21. A roll of cabinet and drawer liners that'll guard your kitchen essentials from any chipping or flaking from those cabinets that seem to have been around longer than your grandmother.

    22. A rust stain-removing gel to help the gross shower surround. Lots of folks have gotten clean in that bathroom but it that doesn't have to feel that way.

    23. And a shower curtain liner with storage pockets and double-hook curtain hooks for a streamlined bathing experience, especially if you're working with a clawfoot bathtub. (LUCKY YOU. I dream of one.)

    24. slim cutlery organizer here to prove that, yes! You do have room for all your cutlery in your tiny kitchen drawer! Scoot over, forks. Seriously, did people in circa 1904 only have one fork per household?!

    slim kitchen drawer with large utensil organizer and jumble of kitchen tools
    the same kitchen drawer with silverware filed into a slim organizer taking up less than half the room of the previous organizer and with plenty of room to see other tools inside
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Yes, this little utensil tray is really that good! I went from using 12 inches of horizontal space in a lovely but huge wooden utensil tray to about using about four inches (whatever the width of this godsend is). It stores my butter knives, steak knives, spoons, forks, and a slew of little teaspoons. I'd guess that the max capacity for each slot is about 10 pieces. For example, I fit four butter knives and four steak knives into the first/knife slot easily, with good wiggle room. This is such a great design. Using this tray opened up about half of my 18-inch wide drawer, which allowed me to decompress the other drawers in my kitchen a bit. I highly recommend this item. It's worth every penny." —Kathleen Cooke

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    25. A watermark-removing cloth that could also do wonders on the nail polish remover you dribbled down your bathroom vanity two years ago and you've been pretending like isn't there.

    26. An unassuming wall-mounted broom organizer to become your cleaning station with five spots for long-handed tools and six hooks to help corral product bottles. After all, you're living in these digs for the charm, not the the lacking storage space.

    27. Magnetic garage handles that'll bring some serious curb appeal to your home for an EXTREMELY small fraction of the price of getting some carriage-style doors. Your house is old but these'll make it look *historic.*

    28. A fireplace whitewashing kit for a transformation on the cheap. Don't even LOOK up how much it'll cost you for a new fireplace surround. Trust me.

    29. A silicone sink strainer will save your poor old kitchen sink pipes because it catches food scraps before they migrate down there, stink up your kitchen, and cause some major plumbing problems.

    hands holding sink strainer with knob you can toggle to help get food off of it
    Amazon

    You know what I'm talking about. I own this and have NO dishwasher, so I do a whole bunch of hand-washing at my sink. This does a fab job of catching all the food bits (including the ones I thought I'd already raked into the trash) so they won't go down the drain. And the silicone construction makes it easy to pop out and violently beat the metal part of the drainer against the side of my trash can to get out the food bits. Of course, I'm wearing dishwashing gloves when I'm doing this. But I still don't want to touch the old gross food! Even through the gloves. TL;DR, your sink could really use this. 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    30. An outlet-charging shelf that'll give ya a spot to park your phone or a speaker. It's more or less just creating a shelf out of thin air! No more balancing stuff on the edge of your envy-inducing pedestal sink.

    reviewer pic of the shelf with an Alexa speaker on it

    31. Stainless-steel-effect contact paper to get you the modern look of fresh appliances for chump change.