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    37 Problem-Solving Things For Annoying Apartment Issues That Pop Up

    Compact storage carts, removable wall decals, and more products that'll be very helpful for irritating apartment issues.

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    1. Iridescent privacy film that'll fill your bathroom with mini rainbows when sunlight trickles in and give you some privacy. Your window will look like an iridescent piece of art *and* prevent your neighbors from peeping in while you shower or sit on the toilet.

    Iridescent privacy film on reviewer's window above Himalayan Salt Lamp and cat plant pot
    Little rainbows bouncing off walls from iridescent privacy film on bathroom window

    Promising review: "I love this product! I live in an apartment complex and my bedroom window happens to be along one of the main walkways for the whole complex. This product looks so cute and it gives me me the privacy I needed. It was pretty easy to install and it can easily be removed if I need to relocate." —Melina

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 10 sizes).

    2. A compact garment rack so you can arrange your seasonal clothes, shoes, and accessories in an Insta-worthy, space-saving display. You can easily access wardrobe essentials *and* creatively show off your style at the same time, even if you don't have a big closet (or any closet at all).

    Reviewer's light wood garment rack with pink blouses, a red dress, and storage shelves displaying a camera, sculptures, and succulents
    Reviewer uses same garment rack to display wardrobe essentials, including colorful jackets, dresses, and shoes, in their small bedroom

    Promising review: "I’m a college student living in a room with a small closet and a lot of clothes. This rack provides a convenient storage option for smaller spaces. The rack gives me plenty of space for my clothes and the wood shelving is a nice touch to store things or decorate! The quality is great for the price! I enjoy how it makes my simple, minimal room look very stylish. In short, I do recommend this item for those on a budget that need a nice organizing piece or enjoy the minimalistic style." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $75.99+ (available in two colors and four styles).

    3. A row of cut-up books because with them, you won't have a view of your wifi router, tangled wires, and charging cords when you're sitting at your tiny desk. This piece of decor will cleverly hide all your e-clutter, so you can answer emails and hop on video calls in a neater space. 

    before: a home office with a pile of routers, Amazon Alexas, and other cords next to the computer; after: the same space, except all you see is a row of colorful book spines
    Covogoods / Etsy

    Here's how it's made: The spines of the books are attached together and have all the pages and covers cut out of them, except two covers on the ends. You can customize how long you would like it to be and choose a color scheme.

    Covogoods is a small business based in Utah that specializes in hidden storage and home decor goods.

    Promising review: "Wonderful!! We spent the past month remodeling our living room, but we didn't account for how AWFUL the cable boxes and modem were going to look on our beautiful new shelves. Saw this, and had to have it! Covogoods not only communicated quickly with me, but were EXTREMELY accommodating in my requests. Turned out exactly how I envisioned it, and dimensions were spot on! No more ugly cable boxes and wires!" —Lindsey Martinez

    Get one from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+ (available in 14 different lengths and 16 colors schemes).

    4. A set of thick velvet slip covers to instantly turn any dull sofa into a beautiful seating area. If your couch is covered in stains or looks a little worn, just place a couple of these on top for a jaw-dropping transformation that requires minimal effort. 😲

    This set also comes with nonslip straps that'll prevent your "seats" from shifting out of place. It's also available in a bunch of colors, in case you want to do a total makeover, as shown in the review picture above.

    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. 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 $45.49+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).

    5. A disposer foaming cleanser because there's lingering buildup in your kitchen disposer that's smelly and needs to be cleaned ASAP. Your stinky drain will thank you for this foamy treatment, which will give your sink a very fresh scent (and keep funky scents at bay) during the warmer months.

    Reviewer's kitchen disposer erupting like a blue volcano from the sink
    Reviewer's kitchen disposer erupting like a blue volcano from the sink
    Reviewer's kitchen disposer erupting like a blue volcano from the sink

    Promising review: "This product works! I followed the directions, which are super easy, and was very satisfied to see the gross slime and muck that was removed. You put the entire packet down your disposal, and the magic happens quickly! Very powerful and successful cleaning! The scent was not what I would call overpowering, but the inside of the disposal is super clean, confirmed. These will definitely be a cleaning staple for me. The garbage disposal runs much easier and more quietly now. When things fall into the disposal, my hands are not covered in gross slimy stuff anymore." —JSullivanJ

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $3.98+ (also available in a 24-pack).

    6. A Simple Human drying rack for your dinnerware, AKA the random assortment of mugs, wine glasses, and small plates that you're always washing by hand. If you don't have a dishwasher, this hub is helpful because it has a hanging rack, drip tray, and gets everything dry without leaving a giant puddle on your counter.

    the simplehuman drying rack on a kitchen counter

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dish rack. It fits so many dishes in it, including a huge cookie sheet, and it drains well. It’s a beast. Sometimes I use the wine rack to hang dish towels or silicon place mats out to dry. Couldn’t be happier with it." —whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $79.98 (also available in a compact size). 

    7. A white noise machine because footsteps, sirens, and your roommate's late-night convos shouldn't get in the way of a good night's sleep. This compact device comes with 24 soothing sounds that'll help you catch up on ZZZs.

    This gadget has 24 different sounds: seven fan sounds, seven white noise sounds, and 10 classical sounds. You can relax in bed listening to anything from ocean waves to a clock ticking, even if your apartment faces another building or a busy street.

    There is also a sleep timer you can set to 30, 60, or 90 minutes if you want to take short naps or get ready for bed a little earlier. Plug it in, set the timer, and you can *finally* tune out annoying noise. The sound machine also remembers your last timer, sound, and volume settings when you turn it on again.

    Promising review: "This little white noise machine has been perfect! I live in an apartment, above a family with a newborn, and it blocks out all sound. Great for blocking out street noise too! I use the 'ocean wave' sound to help me fall asleep, just because of how peaceful it is. The settings are super simple and easy to use." —Katherine Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $33.95.

    8. A hand-held vacuum cleaner with strong suction and a crevice tool for super tight spaces around your apartment or studio. It not only picks up debris from hard-to-reach areas, but it's also cordless. You can finally ~pull the plug~ on that clunky vacuum you dread using for cleaning.

    model holds white and gray handheld vacuum to clean up colorful cereal on floor

    If you're always tidying up after a pet or making a mess in the kitchen, this small vacuum has a wide mouth design for large debris and strong suction for litter, fur, cereal, and dust. A crevice tool makes clearing up nooks and crannies around your apartment a breeze, while an upholstery brush gets to work on dirty carpets.

    Promising review: "This vacuum may be my favorite home item. We moved into a small apartment with hardwood floors (from a large apartment with carpet), and the cat was spreading litter all over the bathroom. This handheld vacuum makes it so easy to clean up daily and keep the floors litter-free! I would buy this a hundred times over." —Erin Gleeson

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

    9. And a robot vacuum cleaner to suck up pet hair, food crumbs, dirt, and bigger messes you don't want to deal with. Let this high-tech gem clean your dirty floors, so you can avoid sweeping your small living space for hours.

    Reviewer's black robot vacuum cleans around a chocolate Lab
    Reviewer's Corgie watches them open the robot vacuum compartment, which is filled with fur and debris

    This set comes with the RoboVac 11S robot vacuum, a remote control (two AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of filters, four side brushes, five cable ties, a welcome guide, and a one-year warranty.

    Promising review: "When I ordered Eufy all those weeks ago, I thought I was getting a vacuum robot. Little did I know that this adorable electronic isopod would snuffle his way across the floor and right into our hearts. Twice a day, we set him loose and he diligently munches up all the dust and cat hair our tiny city apartment can produce (and it can produce a sickening amount). He beeps happily and gets right to it." —L.Komar

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A lift-top coffee table with a concealed storage compartment for junk mail, magazines, blankets, remotes, and anything else that's an eyesore in your living room. It also makes a great spot for eating and working if you don't have room for a desk.

    The brown coffee table with a shelf at the bottom and thick inner area with the top lifted up, with a laptop on top, showing how you can use it as a workstation

    Promising review: "This table was exactly what I was looking for! I just moved into a very small apartment and this was the perfect combination of a coffee table/ desk/ dinner table for one and a little storage space. I can open it up every evening to have dinner and use my laptop and while I have guests over, I can put away my laptop and other small unnecessary items away and it looks great! I did assemble this by myself which was a little difficult but possible if you have someone to help do it." —Janet Santiesteban

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    11. And a set of coasters so you can keep your coffee table in pristine condition and avoid gross drink stains. If you're done wiping off wine rings, it might be time to stock up on these gorgeous circles for your next Happy Hour.

    12. Command Picture Hanging Strips to help you create a dreamy gallery wall. Four of these damage-free strips can hold frames up to 4 pounds (max. frame sizes is 8 inches x 10 inches) and they won't leave holes, marks, or a sticky residue behind. Yes to decorating *and* getting your full security deposit back when it's time to move out. 👏

    Reviewer's gallery wall of black frames hung using Command Strips
    Command Strips in reviewer's hand

    No tools are required for these strips: Just prep the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol, click a pair together to lock them in place, stick them on the frame, press the frame on the wall, and that's it. When it's time for removal, just gently slide the frame down and the strips will easily come off!

    Note: Even though these strips are great for hanging up picture frames, wall art, and mirrors, they're not recommended for mounting shadow boxes, shelves, or tapestry.

    Promising reviews: "Hung an entire gallery wall with these and the medium sized ones. Easy to remove and reposition with the Velcro and they're also easy to completely remove with no marks left on walls." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 18-pack from Amazon for $7.43+ (available in three styles and also in packs of 34 and 36).

    14. A Ninja Foodi that'll be like your personal chef if you need a meal on the fly and don't have a spacious stovetop to use: It comes with two cooking lids — a pressure one (for pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, and sautéing) and a crisping one (for air frying, baking, broiling, and roasting). You can make anything from a roasted chicken to crispy eggrolls to dessert with this multi-tasking gem.

    Mitts lift roasted chicken out of Ninja Foodi
    Hand lifts pressure lid from Ninja Foodi
    Hand holds tongs flipping pieces of steak in Ninja Foodi

    In addition to the two lids, this unit also comes with a 5-quart ceramic-coated pot (that's non-stick and PTFE/PFOA-free), a 4-quart ceramic-coated air frying basket (also non-stick and can hold up to a five-pound chicken or three pounds of French fries), a stainless steel reversible rack, and a recipe book that'll solve the dilemma of "I don't know what I'm having to eat."

    Promising review: "I freaking love my Ninja. I cook for two in my household and I get very annoyed using a full oven or even dealing with the stove. In the last month, I have made 90% of my meals using the Ninja Foodi. It's efficient, easy to clean, convenient, and makes all my food yummier. Some of the things I love to make, yummy weekend brunch, chicken wings, the french fries are perfectly crispy and soo much more and this past weekend I even made homemade pop tarts. What a universal machine." —Roobss

    Get it from Amazon for $165.99+ (available in three sizes).

    15. A rechargeable lighter for all the candles on your window sill, dresser, and bathroom ledge that you want to light. It's easy to use, can be stored in a drawer, and comes with a safety lock switch. No more clouds of smoke from matches (or setting off the smoke alarm) in your apartment.

    GIF of BuzzFeed editor Heather Braga lighting a candle with a black rechargeable lighter
    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Heather Braga swears by this helpful gadget and said: "I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget for Christmas. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! I'll never have to buy another lighter again." Read more of her rechargeable lighter review (it's number one).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. Toilet cleaning gel stamps because your bathroom throne should be free from gross residue and rings left by previous renters. Stick one of these babies inside your bowl and enjoy a clean toilet for up to *12 days.* You're welcome.

    Toilet gel stamper cleaner on side of toilet
    Toilet gel stamper cleaner on side of toilet

    Promising review: "We had a smelly toilet in our rented apartment, no matter how much I sanitized it still smelled! This gel stamp has worked perfect. I like the smell, it’s a little strong but honestly that is what we needed. It lasts a lot longer than I was anticipating too, so the price is a really good value. It’s very easy to use too." —Taylor

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.34.

    17. A surface cover that'll make your boring countertops look *way better* than they did before. Everyone will be asking, "did you redo part of your kitchen?!" when IRL, you just stuck on this marble-print adhesive and didn't get expensive renovations.

    before picture of black kitchen counters
    picture of same countertops with the white marble adhesive surface cover
    Amazon / Via

    This marble-print surface cover is so easy to use: measure your kitchen countertop, cut the amount you'll need, peel off the adhesive liner, and stick it on! That's it! Some reviewers also recommend using a credit card to gently smooth out any bubbles that may pop up in the process.

    If you want to spruce up other areas around home, this cover also works great for cabinets and other pieces of furniture (bookcases, desks, dressers, and more).

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this contact paper. I used it in my kitchen to turn my counter from black marble to white marble and they came out amazing. I wanted to do my whole house! I love that it's so easy to clean also, anything and everything has been spilled on the counter after application and everything has come off with no residue left behind! Will for sure be ordering again for further home projects!" —Ari M. Esparza

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    18. reversible outdoor rug, because it's vibrant, UV-resistant, and will give your outdoor space the pretty glow-up it deserves. If your balcony or patio floor has scratches from heavy foot traffic, this rug will easily conceal them. Plus, you can finally place your feet down on something soft while you relax al fresco. 

    Promising review: "It's perfect for pool areas! It wasn't what I expected but i actually like it better. If I had to describe it...I'd describe very soft straws (like drinking straws) woven into a carpet. It doesn't stay wet and it doesn't get hot so it is perfect for our pool patio. It is light weight though, so if you don't have something set on it or put it away during a storm it will blow around." —Andrea Malcolm

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in five sizes and four designs; or see all available designs on the Fab Habitat store page). 

    19. And artificial decorative leaves that'll help transform your balcony or patio into a soothing, "green" haven with plenty of privacy. You'll get 94X39 inches of this faux material, which is water-resistant and easily wraps around railings. You can *finally* lounge outside and enjoy some alone time, even if you're right next to a parking lot, street, or your neighbor's windows.

    A reviewer's tiny balcony wrapped in the green faux leaves
    same faux decorative leaves wrapped around a house porch
    Amazon / Via, Amazon / Via

    Don't have zip ties on hand? No worries, because you can order a 100-pack that'll help keep the faux leaves in place.

    Promising review: "I am on the third floor and I wanted privacy on my parking lot facing balcony while sungazing. This fit the bill perfectly for me, the zip ties only took a few minutes to attach from the inside I did not attach to the outside." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in three sizes).

    20. A lap desk you'll want to use if your WFH office *is* the couch and you don't feel like pulling up a table for your laptop. Even though you don't have room for a full desk setup, you can still stay comfy while you Slack coworkers and type emails.

    Model uses gray lap desk to work on laptop while sitting on a gray couch

    Promising review: "So, I don't have space, or equipment for a real home office. This lap desk is perfect for my ergonomic keyboard, and while the felt rectangle area for the mouse is too small for my large ergonomic mouse, I manage OK. Most importantly, it places my hands and arms in an ergonomically neutral position, versus trying to type at the wrong height on the dinning room table, and prevents the muscle spasms I would get otherwise. The bean bag cushions keep the lap desk from pressing uncomfortably and I can work the long hours I need to with no issues." —M.Ellington

    Get it from Amazon for $28.70+ (available in six colors).

    21. Dot wall hooks that'll hold up your hoodies, hats, and bags on the back of a door (and help you avoid piling 'em on a chair). What's cool about these little circles is that they're made from broken skateboards and they're super sturdy for everyday essentials. 

    Colorful circle-shaped recycled hooks holding up a zip-up fleece and shopping bag

    SkateOrDesign is a small businesses based in Philadelphia that specializes in recycled skateboard goods, including furniture, coasters, and wall hooks. 

    Promising review: "These hooks are *so cool*. They look amazing and are quite sturdy. Bonus is that each hook came with an anchor and instructions on what size hole to drill — you could not have made things easier on top of the beauty!" —Etsy Customer

    Get it from SkateOrDesign on Etsy for $17.50+ (available in sets of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and 15 colors).

    22. A slide-out storage tower for that awkward corner between your stove and kitchen wall you never use. Save precious cabinet space and use this compact storage solution for condiments, oils, and spices. You'll appreciate having ingredients on hand while you're whipping up something delicious.

    Promising review: "This storage tower is awesome and such a space-saver. I live in a small apartment with little cabinet space, so I used this tower for my spices right in between my stove and refrigerator. It was also the easiest thing to assemble (no tools required)!" —S.J.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in black and white).

    23. And an expandable rack so your skillets, pans, and glass lids will be organized and easily accessible when you need 'em. Gone are the days of rummaging through your cramped kitchen cabinets to find your favorite pot.

    reviewer's cluttered pots and pans cabinet before using the expandable rack
    reviewer's same cabinet all organized with a white expandable rack
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "Awesome product! I always disliked my Jenga pantry storage for skillets and griddles that I have been living with for over 20 years in our small kitchen and I stumbled across this organizer and it is fabulous! I can pull out a pan with one hand and not have to unstick and move pans all over to get to the one I need which is usually on the bottom. The other bonus is that this is sturdy, yet no drilling is required so you can move it around and take it with you to your next home." —KSwan

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.