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    56 Super Simple Home Updates You'll Wish You'd Bought Ages Ago

    Hindsight is 2020 (and you'll also wish you did these updates in 2020, if not earlier).

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    1. A slim cutlery organizer here to prove that, yes! You do have room for all your cutlery in your tiny kitchen drawer! Scoot over, forks. I FINALLY bought this for my only kitchen drawer and it's made a huge difference.

    2. A ~streamlined~ door draft stopper that'll keep seasonal gusts from coming in under the door. It'll just look like a natural part of your door so other decor design choices (like that cute welcome mat) can shine!

    3. An insulated soundproofing strip to stick on your door to help muffle your roommate's sounds as you clock lots of time together while working from home. OK this isn't revolutionary but it'll feel like it once you realize it would've improved your quality of life drastically if you bought it a year ago.

    4. Some lighted curtains you can layer with sheer curtains for an ethereal look in your indoor oasis. Your living space is about to look straight-up magical.

    5. Or a fairy light photo display with lil' clips so you can easily swap out the photos as you please. It'll create a lovely feature and help add another light source (every room needs three!), which will be especially welcome if you live in a place that has no ceiling light!

    string lights with polaroid pics clipped onto them above a bed
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are fun lights that spruced up a dull area. Once I got them untangled initially, they were super easy to put up. They are a tad bit heavy and need something strong to clip to. The clips have good springs and will stay wherever they are put. It literally took just a few minutes, including adding the photos, to put up and enjoy." —Sheila Crawford

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three lengths and in warm white or yellow).

    6. A motion-activated toilet light so you won't have to fully disrupt your sleep by turning the overhead light on during a 2 a.m. bathroom trip.

    toilet lit up with pink light

    7. 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.

    8. A three-outlet power strip will make it easier to plug up stuff behind your couch or other furniture. Congrats on getting back those couple of inches of floor space!

    9. And a sleek (but ventilated!) box that'll mask an unsightly power strip and also keep kids and pets outta there. (TBH, I need this for my place.)

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater

    10. A rainbow prism suncatcher that'll easily hang indoors or out to refract sunlight and make your living room look even cooler.

    11. Some black matte-steel cabinet pulls you can easily swap in place of your old, outdated pulls. And don't worry if you're a renter, you can swap them back out when it's time to move!

    Reviewer's bathroom shows the black cabinet pulls

    12. A velvet slipcover will give your ragged old couch a complete new look. Plus, the slipcover comes with straps to keep it in place so you don't have to fuss with it all the time.

    Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.

    13. A window film to provide some privacy and still let in SO much light. This'll be especially great if your windows face the street or you live on a road. No more people casually snooping.

    reviewer's window with holographic geometric frosted covering

    14. Shower curtain holders can keep water *inside* the shower instead of all over your bathroom floor.

    hands slipping shower curtain into a white square that's mounted on tile surround
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Thought these would be silly, but they are great. Have a lot of trouble with leakage around my tub when I shower. Tried double liners and magnets but curtain still blows enough to leak onto the floor and from there through the ceiling of the dining room downstairs thanks to an infinitesimal gap between flooring and wall. I was desperate, so I gave these a try. Problem solved. Liner stays tight against the tile and can be freed for cleaning." —D Polsky

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    If you're a renter, it's a good idea to adhere these with water-resistant removable strips instead. Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.28.

    15. Some wood scratch cover for covering up dings and discoloration on door frames and molding. Also, it requires no sanding or refinishing! Cue to you on the prowl for more wood surfaces you can fix up. Can you color? Then you can handle this.

    16. And some wood repair markers to hide smaller scratches on your fave furniture. We love a repair instead of a replacement product!

    17. A pumice stone toilet bowl cleaner can remove all sorts of stubborn rings. Just make sure you wet it first!!!

    reviewer pic with staining from hard waterin a toilet bowl
    same reviewer's pic with the toilet stains gone thanks to the pumice stone

    Promising review: "OMG!!! It works!!! After having this toilet buildup, I gave up on everything, but I saw that this product 'worked' and decided to give it a try... With a little elbow grease and some music blasting in the background I managed to remove it all!!! I can’t believe it. I’m so happy, I was so embarrassed when company came over and would see that; not no more...yay!!!" —Asdrubal Orantes

    Get it from Amazon for $11.40.

    18. A bottle of Quick N Brite Fireplace Cleaner that'll help remove soot, smoke, creosote, and ash from your fireplace — whether it's brick, stone, tile, or rock. This'll be way easier than having to paint it.

    19. Some velvet throw pillow covers for cozying up your corner on the couch and also help distract from how, TBH, you could really use a new sofa.

    couch with several velvet throw pillows on it

    20. A set of reusable dispenser bottles (with nice labels!) that are dupes for some outrageously expensive toiletries you've probably seen in a fancy restaurant bathroom.

    Reviewer's shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles are shown on the wall of a shower

    21. Or a set of stainless-steel and glass soap dispensers in case your bathroom decor store is a lil' more light and airy. 

    Promising review: "I purchased these to use as shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash dispensers. I wanted our shower to look like a spa! They are great quality and many people I know have copied our idea, so they are a hit! Very high quality, the plunger part is always the most important part. These are metal and not plastic, something that seems to be hard to find when looking for dispensers." —Rebecca Morea

    Get set of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    22. A tapestry that'll skim over any dents, unsightly utility panel doors, scuffs, or other marks on your walls that distract from your aesthetic.

    natural rope macrame wall hanging with tassels

    23. A bottle of leather conditioner to revive your leather couch! Welcome to your next project while you catch up on the latest ep of your fave true crime podcast!

    reviewer's before and after pic of red worn couch that looks drastically better after applying the leather conditioner.

    24. A nice lil' sticker that'll double as an affirmation on your bathroom mirror for those days when you're feeling pretty meh.

    circular mirror with sticker that reads "you look amazing"

    25. A USB-powered LED light strip can help improve your TV-watching experience by bringing in a bit of ambient light to your personal theater.

    26. An easy-install safety grip as an extra hand for getting in and out of the tub when you don't want to commit to a permanent grab bar.

    handle stuck to tub
    Amazon

    Can be used on tub surfaces and shower walls. Simply press the tab levers to securely attach.

    Promising review: "After slipping in the shower on several occasions, it was time to look for some sort of assistance. My initial thought on these suction cup products was, were they really going to be able to hold my 185 lbs. after grabbing them for leverage to help prevent another slip and fall? SHOCKED!! Not only was I shocked at the gripping capacity of these suction cups, but being so simple to move around is a big plus. It took a couple of adjustments to find the perfect spot for me, which would have been a mess using a permanent grab bar. Would and have recommended these to anyone needing that extra help in the shower or anywhere else there's a smooth surface for the suction cups to adhere to. Great for the grandkids too because of the ease at which they can moved at any time!" —Kokomo Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $10.85 (available in three styles).

    27. A guided gallery wall kit that comes with seven frames, a hanging template, hardware, and some pretty black-and-white prints you can use as placeholders 'til you figure out which pics will go in this place of honor.

    28. Or a hanging frame helper so you can finally get all your wall art up that you already have and make it feel like home. (You can only lean so many frames prints against the wall as a "look.")

    reviewer's pic of gallery wall of various sized framed items using the hanger

    29. A tidy wall shelf can corral "drop zone" stuff like mail, keys, and reusable grocery bags instead of dumping them on your kitchen counter.

    organizing rack on wall

    30. A set of NoNo Brackets, aka curtain rod brackets that fit onto your existing blinds so that you don't have to fool with drilling any holes for new window treatments.

    31. And some super-luxe-looking, room-darkening velvet curtains that'll look like you paid rent on them.

    32. Some self-adhesive film because a bath remodel is not in the stars but you can fake a new countertop on the cheap. All ya need is this and a bit of patience.

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

    33. Shrink wrap window insulation – it could help you keep from spending more on AC in the summer or jacking up the heat in winter so you can sit in that lovely well-appointed living room with the breezy windows that let LOTS of natural light pour in.

    reviewer pic of window before 'shrinking' it to the window
    reviewer pic of window looking normal with shrink wrap applied

    Promising review: "My husband and I put this kit on all our windows in about one hour. I was afraid it would look terrible having plastic on the windows but after you shrink and trim it is not so noticeable and it does keep out any draft and the stink bugs. I am going to try putting on the outside this summer on the cat door window to keep out the lady bugs and stink bugs which are terrible in our area." —Kat M.

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in four sizes and two styles).

    34. A grout pen that's as simple to use as coloring in the lines so you don't have to stare at the stained grout and imagine what it used to look like. Grout takes up a teeny bit of space but, as you can see from the pics, makes a huge impact!