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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.

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    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 $11.24.

    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!

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    Promising review: "So easy to set up! All you do is peel tape and adhere to a CLEAN and DRY door. Also looks great, I don't even notice it. I had a huge gap under my door. I could smell and hear everything from the hallway. Smells, drafts, and sound all are less of an issue now." —Brit B.

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

    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.

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    It *also* keeps cool air in your room!

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation, I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in four colors).

    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.

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    Some reviewers note that they're way easier to hang up if you leave the strings tied, then untie them once you have the lights mounted where you want them.

    Promising review: "It's been a couple of years since I've had these but THEY ARE GREAT. I bought the curtain and lights separately and used it to create an accent wall in my teeny tiny NYC apartment. I got tons of compliments on them and it was SO easy to set up. I just used thumbtacks to place it into the wall (probably not the best idea but hey, it worked)." —katrinaforreal

    Get them from Amazon: 300 LED light curtain for $18.99 and sheer curtains for $10.99+ (available in several colors and lengths).

    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
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    It fits on any toilet bowl, and has 16 colors, five brightness levels, and a 170 degree radius.

    Promising review: "At first I thought that the idea of an illuminated toilet bowl was funny. However, given the choice of an illuminated toilet bowl, turning on the light, or missing, an illuminated toilet bowl is a great idea. This unit is much better than the first I used because there are no suction cups (which never stay attached) and it use AA batteries instead of AAA, and it has a five-level dimmer for middle-of-the-night eye comfort." —William D.

    Get two from Amazon for $19.99.

    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.

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    Enhances the natural beauty and depth of grain on finished *and* unfinished wood. For use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors and trim, etc.

    Promising review: "I'm not able to sand and stain my floors until spring but they are so dry and worn. I bought this hoping to keep them moisturized until we can refinish and I am amazed with this product." —nicole feather

    Get it from Amazon for $11.11.

    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!

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    Promising review: "Did y’all know they made these?!? OK, I was moving some furniture around in the guest room and my beautiful bride just wasn’t happy with how far the dresser stood out from the wall because of the TV plug. She said there has to be some way to fix that in this day and time. Know what? She was right! I did some searching on the old internet and found these. I put it on the outlet behind the dresser and shoved it into place. Just so y’all know, the wall plug is indeed flat and it’s designed to cover the whole plug when you use it. Please don’t ask me how thin or thick it is, cause I already put it behind the dresser and I dang shore ain’t about to pull it out to measure it for someone’s question. Just know that it’s flatter’n a bug in a windscreen and works great!" —James P.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in three sizes and with or without surge).

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This box does the trick. I'm able to place a few cords in here and the only thing I would change is to make it so the top stays on; maybe a groove it has to slide through so it can't fall off. It looks nice and it works well." —Gigi

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

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

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    Promising review: "This might be the best thing I’ve ever purchased. My room looks magical on sunny afternoons. If you love yourself buy these crystals. Not only are the rainbows pretty but the crystals are too." —Tiffany Tyree

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.98.

    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
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    Promising review: "Perfect! They were exactly what I was going for! Great quality, very durable, and actually have some weight to them. Great purchase for replacing all of the hardware in my kitchen and bathroom for the camper I am remodeling. Definitely would recommend, especially at such an amazing price. Great value for great quality!" —Summertime

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in quantities one through 60 and in black, gold, or silver).

    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.
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    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and love seat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $42.49+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).

    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
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    I did this to my bathroom window and congratulate myself for it every day. It does take a little patience, but no hammering or drilling! I'm glad I did it every time I see it.

    Promising review: "I have a weird skinny window in my house where no normal window covering works. People walking on our community trail can see up into our upstairs bathroom when the light is on and it's dark outside. Not a good plan at all. So I used this window film and cut different-sized circles and placed then on this window to interrupt the view into the house. Worked perfectly! Very easy to use." —Marsgard

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in six sizes).

    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.

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    Promising review: "I can't believe how well Old English works! I recently purchased a home where a dog previously lived and had horribly scratched the woodwork. I thought I may have to sand and refinish the woodwork around two doors. Old English saved me a lot of work! " —Behold Behold!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82 (also available for light woods).

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

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    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home interior painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake-wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended well. I love that it appears to have some clear coat in it too as it dries with a slight shine that makes it look more like wood stain rather than marker. I also used them to stain wood filler in two spots in my maple kitchen cabinets where a previous homeowner had hung a paper towel holder and I really struggle to see the hole! It looks fantastic. I highly recommend this set. It’s a good value and works very well." —Shane

    Get a set of 13 from Amazon for $9.99.

    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.

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    Promising review: "Unbelievable! My daughter just moved into her first home. She thought she would have to paint her brick fireplace because of the heavy soot stains that had been there for years. We applied the product twice and put in a whole lot of elbow grease, but what a difference! It’s a messy process, but well worth the time and energy." —MM

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    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
    Amazon

    Plus, you can size down throw pillowcase covers for a super-stuffed, luxe look...even if you've been using that same pillow insert since you were in the dorm.

    Promising review: "Simple and elegant cushion covers! They feel so soft. I purchased the jam color which is like a rose gold and black. Worth every penny. I’m going to order more for my bedroom. Great buy!" —Janelle

    Get two from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in seven sizes and styles, and 31 colors; also available in single pillow covers).

    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
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    Promising review: "I love these bottles. They make everything uniform and high-end looking for a fraction of the price. They hold up amazing. I bought another set for my second bathroom." —Cindy

    Get it from Amazon for $27.20+ (available with or without the wall mounts).

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Nice size for a wall hanging. It's easy to hang, I use small hooks to hold it up. Looks great in my boho guest room." —Caleb

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three styles).

    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.
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    Reviewers note that using this may darken the leather, so keep that in mind!

    Promising review: "Excellent product! So happy I tried it! I wore kitchen gloves and smoothed a thin layer of the product all over the couch instead of using of the cloth. Went way faster and I didn’t waste product soaked up by the cloth." —Kristie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    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"
    YangYang Design / Amazon Handmade

    YangYang Design is a Hengshan, China-based shop that sells a variety of decals. 

    Get it from YangYang Design on Amazon Handmade for $9.90.

    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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Easy to install. Lights provide ample lighting; USB allows lights to be a standalone fixture without tying up another wall socket. The USB interface also acts to turn the lights on and off with the TV. Backlighting also seems to make the screen seem sharper." —Shaun

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL).

    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.

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    Promising review: "I love this set! It was delivered quickly, all of the frames and glass came in perfect condition. My favorite part of the entire thing was the guide it came with. After putting the pictures in the frames, I hung the guide, made sure it was level, and drilled the holes right into the paper. Everything came out level, the frames and pictures look great. Definitely happy with this purchase." —Cristina C Sanchez

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in three finishes).

    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
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    We all have that stack of leaning framed art we just haven't gotten around to hanging just yet. This tools helps you measure your wall art that needs hanging and then measure out the perfect place to install hardware.

    Promising review: "This makes picture-hanging a breeze. I would have paid twice what I paid for it. Look at what I was able to hang. The tops, bottoms, and sides align." —Scott Sheppard

    Get it from Amazon for $19.77+ (available in five sizes).

    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
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    Promising review: "This is a really nice and simple walk shelf. We use it for wallets, keys, sunglasses, and our checkbook. It doesn’t take up a lot of room and is very attractive." —SP

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    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.

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    Promising review: "This bracket is awesome and was extremely easy to install. We were able to hang curtains over our vertical blinds in just a few minutes and didn't even need any tools. Great product!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.95 (also available in brown).

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

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    Promising review: "Purchased these for my studio, which is in an old mill. I wanted them for their insulating properties more than to block out the light because my studio loses a lot of heat at night due to its enormous windows. The curtains/drapes work great for both — I am especially pleased with how well they help keep the space from losing heat! Before having the curtains the space would lose about 8 degrees in temperature overnight (which in the winter is a significant amount, especially in the Northeast). Now, with the curtains, the space no longer loses heat overnight! It is now so nice to go into my studio in the morning and find it still toasty warm!" —Noname

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ a panel (available in four sizes and nine colors).

    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
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    Promising review: "I used this adhesive film to turn two cheap Ikea tables into less-cheap-looking Ikea tables because I'm not made of money, but I would like others to believe I am. Super simple to use and you get a ton of it for the price. I was really pleased overall. The pattern actually looks like marble, not a weird pixely repetitive pattern, so that's great as well. Also it was delivered same day which was miraculous as my DIY initiative tends to fade approximately 48 hours after I discover a project I want to do." —Spencer House

    Get it from Amazon for $12.06.

    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!

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    I've used this on my own bathroom floor, which has a more complicated hexagon pattern so it took a bit of time. But I just listened to an episode or two of a podcast and got to work! I recommend doing two coats.

    Promising review: "We moved into our new home, and the shower had a really yellow grout. Cleaning didn’t do anything, and I saw this grout pen online. What a saver! Otherwise, I would have just hired someone to replace my shower. I used this grout pen, and my husband was so impressed :D The tip loses its shape fast, but just pull out the TIP AND FLIPPED IT OVER, and you’ll have a new tip." —jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    35. An over-the-door towel rack built with some hooks too so you can put your robe and clothes somewhere that isn't the floor or on top of the toilet.

    back of bathroom door with a towel rack that has three tiers of racks for towels
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $20.01+ (available in three finishes).

    36. Or a wall-mounted towel rack can hold six rolled-up towels in case the back of your bathroom door has no space for hooks or you're looking to fill up an expanse of empty wall with something useful.

    reviewer's towel rack holding six grey towels
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    Promising review: "Perfect for our bathroom! We recently moved and the new master bath doesn't have a linen closet, so we had to get creative with how to store everyday items like towels. Since they were going to be out in the open, I wanted something that was functional yet decorative. This fit the bill perfectly! We have towels from Ikea, and even tightly rolled, the rack was a bit tight, so I just used my hands and gently pulled each hook out a bit and now the towels fit perfectly. I am very happy with this purchase!" —Faye_Bon_Fury

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 10 colors).

    37. A shower curtain liner with mesh storage pockets I love and will buy for as long as it's a thing I can buy. Maybe you'll feel the same way too once you realize you can stash SO MANY things in it.

    writer's pic of inside a shower with the mesh shower curtain pockets visible
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Yep, you're looking at my shower! I upgraded from a corner tension rod caddy and never want to go back. The mesh pockets drain water so your liner won't get all icky. And they make it easy to tell the difference between the minimalist packaging for your face wash and shave cream when it's way too early in the morning. Read my ~full review~ (#2) to learn more about why I'm in love with an object that can't love me back.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    38. And double shower curtain hooks for the simplest of switches to make you wonder how the heck you weren't using these before! Now you can throw back that shower curtain in the morning with zero snags.

    closeup of double hook shower curtain hook
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    That was me. I detest loop shower rings because they're such a hassle when you're swapping out a shower liner or taking down your shower curtain to wash it. Yep, these are my shower hooks and they're sturdy enough to stay balanced when you switch out the liner or shower curtain.

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    39. bidet attachment that'll make you rue the day you started buying wet wipes in the pursuit of cleanliness instead of installing one of these babes.

    the white bidet with wood knob on a toilet, installed under the seat
    model sitting on toilet with bidet
    Tushy

    Check out BuzzFeed's full Tushy bidet review.

    Promising review: "Life changer. No more clogged toilets, plumber visits due to wipes creating issues, endless 'paperwork' sessions...just an all around upgrade that has increased my confidence in my cleanliness no matter how formal or intimate the rest of the day may be!" —Nick S.

    Get it from Tushy for $99 (available in 10 color comboss).

    40. An adjustable window screen can fit a variety of window widths to help facilitate a crisp breeze... without the bugs.

    reviewer pic of expandable horiztonal screen in window
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    Promising review: "Adjustable, portable, and lightweight, this window screen is well made. You can paint the wood to match your window. Now I can have nice cool air circulating in the house during the fall and winter months in South Carolina." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $4.93++ (available in 10 adjustable sizes).

    41. An outlet shelf to create some storage space for an electric toothbrush or electric shaver out of thin air!

    three pics of shelf that fits behind the outlet covers shown both with the shelf on top or at the bottom
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this thing! I have much less clutter on my sink thanks to this. If there's anyone not sure if it will fit due to an object, all you need is 1.25 inches of space between the edge of your existing outlet plate and the piece of furniture. I have a GFCI with a standard wall plate." —Amazon Customer

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

    42. 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
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    Promising review: "I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I'd give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom's as her halogen transformer which is buried in a wall, fried and I drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can't wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!" —pauly

    Get a 10' strand with 60 lights from Amazon for $21.98.

    43. And a nightlight for your bed that'll make you feel like you're staying at a fancy hotel as you step around that pile of clothes that fell off "the chair" in the middle of the night.

    person on bed with light shining faintly out from underneath it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great light strip. The motion sensor has a good range and then controls for time on and brightness are wonderful. The 3M tape on the back could be stronger, but for the price and motion sensor it is a great buy. Also we have this plugged into a smart outlet so that it only turns on during certain hours of the day. That plus the feature that is there is enough ambient light, the motion sensor doesn't trigger makes this on par with systems that are far more expensive. Works great with Google home as well because of the linked smart plug. Very happy with the purchase. Would be 4.5 stars just because of the tape not being sticky enough, but they do provide a second roll in the box, which helps." —AC

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    44. 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.
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three wood finishes).

    45. Magnetic garage handles for bringing 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.*

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    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to upgrade our garage door for a long time and now I have no idea why I waited! The magnets are super strong. Purchased two sets but only used one set of 'handles,' I wasn’t a fan of how close I had to place each set next to each other with the narrow spacing on the door itself. Paired with the magnetic 'windows,' it looks like a brand-new door!" —MrsPirate

    Get them from Amazon for $11.68+ (available in several sets and variations).

    46. 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.

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    Promising review: "Perfect! Exactly what I needed to organize my mop, broom, scoop, etc. Efficient and easy to use. A little hard to get my scoop into it but that’s cause it’s thicker than the rest of items. Love that there are hooks. Spray bottles and cleaning product bottles hang perfectly on there too." —Kavita Chandanie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    47. A set of measurement decals you can glance at rather than googling "how many teaspoons in a tablespoon" for the millionth time. (BTW, the answer is three.)

    inside of a kitchen cabinet with the decals and measuring cups hanging.
    Amazon

    Note that this kit includes just the decals and measurement labels, not the horizontal holders or hooks for the measuring cups and spoons. 

    Promising review: "Bought these for my mom. I applied them inside her baking cupboard and it makes doing conversions for recipes a breeze. So convenient." —Kelly C.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

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

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    And when you move or change your mind, you can easily remove or reposition it!

    Promising review: "Amazing job at updating my wall oven. I searched for months trying to see what would be an alternative replacement to my dated wall oven (25 years old). The thing is, my old oven has always worked very well, so I couldn't really justify paying $2,000 to replace my working double wall oven only because of cosmetic reasons. Then it dawned on me that maybe if I updated the oven with this metal covering it would look like real stainless steel. So for literally the cost of $10 I updated my oven. The update is virtually unnoticeable unless you tell someone, and what's the best thing of all, it leaves no fingerprints. Best $10 I ever spent." —B. Lenj

    Get an 18-inch x 6-foot roll from Amazon for $14.22.

    49. A genius T-shirt roll holder can create some storage out of seemingly thin air and let you put even MORE clothing under your bed.

    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.
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    The Roll Keeper is owned by Kelso, Washington's resident crafter, Traci. Traci has been crafting for over 40 years and created her storage design to help organize vinyl, soon realizing that it was the perfect organization solution for much more. Her shop has versions for bottles, wrapping paper, pens, and more. My colleague Mallory Mower owns this and loves it. Here's what she has to say:

    "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 an Etsy product from!"

    Get it from The Roll Keeper on Amazon for $20.99 (available in black or white).

    50. A fridge wall organizer for yogurt cups so you can better see their expiration dates and don't have to dig to unearth your breakfast.

    open fridge with wall mounted storage for yogurt cups
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    Storage Theory is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based shop with tons of problem-solving products. 

    Promising review: "Easy to install and it cleared up a ton of space in my fridge." —Tara Ann

    Get it from Storage Theory on Etsy for $10.99.

    51. Stove burner covers that'll help you catch the mess right away on gas stovetops. As a person who has one in my own rental apartment, I can say that it gets dirty SO fast there. And you can even run them through the dishwasher!

    reviewer's stove top with the liners
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    Promising review: "I've been using the foil ones and while they do the job, they're not so nice to look at. I like that this is black so it matches the original color of the appliances, but more importantly I like that this has a larger surface area to catch the drips that the foil ones never could before. They're also trim to fit, so they get right up into each burner without leaving gaps where drips can burn where it's hardest to clean. Time will tell if they're as durable/reusable as they claim. If they are, then I'll try to trim two of the spares to fit the center large burner. Overall recommended." —Michael

    Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $14.49+ (also available in gray).

    52. Mounted wine racks for a storage solution that'll free up some kitchen cabinet space and be a super easy way to display any especially decorative glasses.

    under-cabinet wine glass holder with throw rows and enough for nine glasses
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    I lucked out with some similar racks already mounted in my apartment (like these!) and I adore them. I love seeing the ornate vintage pink wine glasses I picked up from a church tag sale on mine when I walk through my kitchen or am washing dishes. 

    Get three rows (enough for nine glasses) from Amazon for $17.99.

    53. A corner sponge organizer to declutter your kitchen sink and fit a surprising amount of dishwashing essentials in such a tiny space.

    kitchen sink with triangle shaped sponge and soap holder on the corner of a sink
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    This is also a better option than an organizer that hangs over your faucet because the weight of those can mess with your water flow!

    Promising review: "This fits our sink perfectly! It's not too big and holds a sponge and two bottles of soap. We have a standard apartment sink and it fits perfectly, it also holds very well. We have it suctioned on the sink not the counter." —Erin Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (also available in gray).

    54. A bookish disguise as a decorative touch that'll also hide a modem-y (or other) mess.

    before pic of modems out in the open and then after pic of row of faux books hiding the modem
    Covogoods / Etsy

    Covogoods is a Salt Lake, Utah-based shop specializing in storage solutions that'll cover stuff you don't want out in the open. 

    Get it from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+ (available in a variety of colors and sizes).

    55. An adjustable closet doubler does exactly what its name says to help fill that dead space below your hanging tops. The doubler just hooks right onto your closet rod. 

    Promising review: "This product has been one of my favorite Amazon finds, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. It has doubled my closet space in my apartment where I can’t make any damage in terms of adding another permanent shelf — so this has been a perfect solution. It was easy to assemble and is sturdy. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now with no issue. Your closet has to be pretty high for this to work or else your shirts above are going to get caught on the hangers below and for my case, some of my shirts are dragging on the floor — just keep this in mind when you’re thinking about purchasing." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    56. A charming fruit hammock can clear up some counter space and put your farmers market haul on display.

    kitchen with a fruit hammock hanging down from the bottom of a cabinet
    macraYAYmacrame / Etsy

    macraYAYmacrame is an Indianapolis, Indiana-based shop that makes a variety of cool macrame accessories. 

    Promising review: "Beautiful and functional! This is the perfect addition to our beachy kitchen. We spray painted the hooks matte black to match our other hardware. It’s so cute!" —Melissa Wilkes

    Get it from macraYAYmacrame on Etsy for $30.

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