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.
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!
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
14. Shower curtain holders can keep water *inside* the shower instead of all over your bathroom floor.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
24. A nice lil' sticker that'll double as an affirmation on your bathroom mirror for those days when you're feeling pretty meh.
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.
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.")
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. A 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.
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.
41. An outlet shelf to create some storage space for an electric toothbrush or electric shaver out of thin air!
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!
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.
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!
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.*
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.
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.)
48. Stainless-steel-effect contact paper to get you the modern look of fresh appliances for chump change.
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.
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.
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!
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.
53. A corner sponge organizer to declutter your kitchen sink and fit a surprising amount of dishwashing essentials in such a tiny space.
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.
Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.