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    36 Practical Items That'll Help Make Spending Time At Home Easier

    These helpful essentials will leave you saying "home, sweet home". 🏠

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    1. An aromatherapy diffuser that'll add soothing scents to your apartment and help you relax. With seven ambient light settings and a quiet mist, you'll be unwinding even if your roommate is blasting music or there are loud car horns outside.

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    This diffuser also comes with 10 essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, orange, tea tree, lemongrass, peppermint, nutmeg, jasmine, clove, and spearmint), that'll leave your home smelling heavenly.

    Promising review: "This item is definitely worth its price. On the fist couple of uses, I followed the recommended 10 drops of oil for the water but have found that when I put a bit more, the smell really comes through. It leaves a beautiful aroma throughout my entire apartment, and the scents are soothing. Would highly recommend. Only draw back is that you can hear the water dripping but it sort of just comes with the product. Nothing too annoying and relaxing for me to hear, personally." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    2. Face mask storage baskets, so everyone will know the drill when it's time to place face masks in the laundry. These little cubbies make keeping track of what's washed and what isn't so easy and save tons of time when you all are heading out the door.

    face mask pouches that say "clean" and "dirty" hanging on wall hooks
    thelittleroosterco / Etsy

    Thelittleroosterco is a small Etsy shop based in Ohio where you'll find a bunch of practical home goods, including First Aid boxes, storage baskets, and canvas bags.

    Promising review: "Love these! At first I thought they would be too small but they are the perfect size! We have four adults at our house and tons of masks!" —Etsy Customer

    Get them from the littleroosterco on Etsy for $19.95 (available in three patterns and two styles).

    3. A Tile Mate that'll help you find your lost iPhone or keys at home, even they fell under the bed, are buried in a stack of clothes, or are right in front of you. 🤦‍♀️ This little gadget will make them ring, so you can get to their location before giving up your search.

    Hand holds makeup pouch with white Tile Mate tracker fasted onto a gold zipper
    Tile

    Promising review: This is my third year using Tile and I know that I couldn’t live without it. Tile saves me so much time as it enables me to find my keys, purse, and car by just pressing the center of the tile. It is music to my ears when I find them — that little jingle when I find my lost item." —Tile Customer

    Get it from Tile for $48+ (available in a two-pack and four-pack).

    4. A selfie ring light because your living space is way too dark when you're trying to appear on video calls and film cool TikToks. This little device will make it so dang easy to set up a home studio, even if the lighting isn't great to begin with.

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    This selfie light has three different light settings (white, warm white, and warm yellow) and each has 10 brightness settings for your photography and video needs. It also comes with an adjustable tripod stand, in case you need to sit or stand!

    Promising review: "I love how portable this light is! As a freelance makeup artist, I carry a lot. This light definitely lightens my load *and* helps in dark spaces. I was pleasantly surprised with the option to have either warm light or cool light. I also love the iPhone holder so I can even capture video as I work! Just a heads-up, you need to 'twist' each section to make the stand stay put and you need to bring a plug that a USB wire can plug into. So worth the money!" —Veronica N.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    5. 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 every room for hours on end and enjoy time indoors.

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    This set comes with the RoboVac 11S robot vacuum, a remote control (2 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 $219.99 (available in two colors).

    6. A compact Instant Pot Duo that'll basically be your personal chef if you want minimal effort meals. This gadget is an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sous vide, sauté pan, sterilizer, *and* food warmer in-one that can heat up any dish you're craving. Place your ingredients inside, choose one of the eight time settings, and ding, ding you've got an amazing dish coming right up.

    model lifts food compartment from a silver Instant Pot pressure cooker
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    Promising review: "I don't know how I lived without this. The best money I have spent for my kitchen! I use it several times a week. I've made, chicken, pork, eggs for egg salad, rice, rice, and more rice. My young adult son and I share new recipes that are tried and true for our likes. He's into fit foods, so he likes that chicken isn't dry and I make a lot in here so we have leftovers. We've made some basic things and we're starting to branch out more now. Nice to just clean up one bowl." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in a 3-quart size, a 6-quart size, and an 8-quart size).

    7. And a Takeya cold brew maker to give you amazing iced coffee without using a bulky coffee machine. It's so easy to use and will save you money (spending $5 on a cold brew every morning can seriously hurt your wallet) and precious counter space. All you need is coarse or French Press-ground beans and water to make your caffeine dreams come true. ☕

    BuzzFeed Editor Maitland Quitmeyer shows her Takeya cold brew maker next to a glass of iced coffee in her kitchen
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    You'll get a Takeya cold brew pitcher, ultra-mesh fine filter, and instructions to help you brew delicious iced coffee.

    Just pour French Press-ground beans into the fine mesh filter, screw the filter into the lid of the pitcher, pour water into the pitcher, drop the filter into the pitcher, and place the pitcher in the fridge to brew up to 36 hours. Once it's ready, you'll have fresh cold brew coffee to drink whenever you need a pick-me-up.

    BuzzFeed editor Maitland Quitmeyer swears by this coffee gadget and says: "It's so delish, it makes mornings far more bearable. It’s also great for keeping in the office when that 3 p.m. slump hits, but you don’t feel like going to a coffee shop (or spending $5 on cold brew)." Read more of her Takeya cold brew maker review.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (also available in a two-quart size and three colors).

    8. A white noise machine because footsteps, sirens, and your neighbor'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 and not feel tired the next day.

    wooden white noise machine on wooden nightstand next to bed
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    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.

    9. The Little Book of Hygge that'll help you incorporate a little hygge, aka a Danish concept rooted in comfort, togetherness, and well-being, in your day-to-day. Whether you're looking to take a break from devices or make your living space a little more homey, this volume offers great recommendations on how to do so.

    the book next to cup of tea on reviewer's bed
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    Promising review: "I love the concept of hygge because being cozy and surrounded by the people I love are my favorite things in the world. The book is informative and just a great guide for how to slow down a busy life and learn to appreciate the little things we all take for granted: having a calm day at home, candles, cozy clothing, and time spent with family and close friends. This book reminds me to think of the little things during times of great stress. I love it so much. I now own the audio book (which I listen to fairly often, especially at work when I'm trying to meet a deadline), the physical copy, and now the ebook version on my Kindle — I want to have access to hygge everywhere I go." —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in Kindle, audiobook, hardcover, and audio CD formats) or Bookshop for $18.38+ (to support local bookstores).

    10. An acupressure and pillow mat set because your bod is so dang tight after sitting in a desk chair or standing while you WFH. These gems can help reduce tension, thanks to small acupressure points that target muscles. Your neck and back will say "thank you" for this soothing duo.

    Model lies down on pink and white acupuncture mat and pillow
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    Promising review: "I have constant lower backaches and muscle pain in my neck from sitting at my computer at work. I been prescribed muscle relaxers but I hate taking them because of drowsy they make me feel, read the reviews on this and decided to try it out. This helps my pain so much! I can feel the difference after using it for 30 minutes before going to sleep, especially in my neck!" —Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 14 colors).

    11. Space-saving vacuum storage bags for the piles of seasonal gear (looking at you, sweaters and bikinis) that somehow end up stuffed in your closet or under-bed space. Spare yourself the stress of storage woes and compress 'em in these bags that'll be lifesaving when you, again, have to take out summer clothes when the weather warms up.

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    BuzzFeed editor Maitland Quitmeyer swears by these vacuum bags and said: "I chose the large size (as opposed to the biggest size, called "jumbo") because it seemed easier to move and store — jumbo is probably perfect for bedding, duvets, etc! And just one large bag was plenty to store nine or ten *very* large winter sweaters — all collapsed down to a fraction of their size. And it was surprisingly effortless, too! I didn't feel like breaking out the vacuum, so I just used the included hand pump, and it took maybe three minutes max to pump out the air and shrink the bag before replacing the cap — easy peasy! And no danger of re-inflation." Read her full vacuum storage bags review (it's #2 on the list)!

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in five sizes and variety packs).

    12. A "Do Not Disturb" sign, because you deserve some "me time" whenever you need it, even if you're sharing a small living space with your fam, roommates, or partner. Display this hanger from your door and hopefully, they'll *get the message* to give you a much-needed break.

    a "do not disturb" cutout wood sign hanging on a white door
    MadTreeWoodcrafts/Etsy

    MadTreeWoodcrafts is a small business based in Georgia that sells beautiful wooden keepsakes and door-friendly signs.

    Promising review: "The design softens the message to read more in the spirit of sorry I missed you, but I really got to say not now please. The workmanship, wood choice, and packaging makes this highly giftable for someone launching into a new season of life as a student, new mom, office, even for that kiddo staying home from school with a cold." —Etsy Customer

    Get it from MadTreeWoodcrafts on Etsy for $22 (available in three materials).

    13. A TubShroom that'll catch every dang hair in your bathtub. More than 17,000 customers love this tiny tool, which makes cleaning your drain less gross and helps prevent clogging.

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    Promising review: "I have very long hair and I’m a shedder. I usually have hair all over the shower wall because if I put it down the drain, it gets clogged. I used this today and it was amazing how much hair it caught! So far, it does what it’s supposed to and that’s all I wanted." —Kelly Sharp

    Get it from Amazon for $12.45+ (available in a two pack and six colors).

    14. A lap desk you'll want to use if your WFH spot *is* the couch and you don't feel like pulling up a table for your laptop. Even though you don't have a home office, 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
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    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 $29.40+ (available in six colors).

    15. Toilet cleaning gel stamps because your bathroom throne should be free from nasty residue and rings. Stick one of these babies inside your bowl and enjoy a clean toilet for up to *12 days.* No scrubbing, spraying, and wiping required.

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    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 perfectly. 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 $7.64.

    16. A meal planning pad so you can map out your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week and avoid the question of "what the heck am I going to eat?" when you're really busy. There's also space to write down ingredients and you can tear off a list before you go grocery shopping.

    hand writes on the white notepad with pink and green designs
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    This pad has two areas: blank weekday boxes on the left and a tearable shopping list section on the right. There are also 60 sheets included, so you'll get to meal plan for more than a year!

    Promising review: "I made a resolution to eat at home more this year. This planner is helping a lot! Everyone in the house likes knowing what's for dinner and I love that it has a built-in shopping list. Makes the week so much less stressful when I plan out every meal and have all of the ingredients to make them. It looks cute hanging on the fridge, very happy with this purchase!" —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    17. A smartphone stand because you can read a recipe while cooking or complete an Instagram-live workout without accidentally damaging your phone. Your smartphone will be propped up in a safe spot, so you won't worry about it dropping in sauce or getting drenched in sweat.

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    Promising review: "I love this phone stand. My phone loses battery easily so I find myself constantly charging it and this stand makes it easier to charge my phone while still using it. It also just looks better than having my phone lying on a table while it’s charging, now it feels like I have a 'charging station' on the table and looks more organized." —Michelle N

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in five colors).

    18. A Golden Girls dishwasher magnet that'll let everyone at home know if a load of dishes is clean or not clean. No more accidentally placing a freshly-washed plate in a dirty pile and vice versa, because this little magnet will get the message across.

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    TheRedSwanGiftShop / Etsy

    The Red Swan Gift Shop is a small shop based in Florida that sells fun pop culture-inspired greeting cards, magnets, and more keepsakes that'll brighten up anyone's day.

    Promising review: "It's a great-looking magnet and it made my boyfriend smile when he saw it. It's also just super helpful to have because now the kids don't load dirty dishes when the dishwasher is full of clean dishes. I'm really happy with it!" —Nicole

    Get it from The Red Swan Gift Shop on Etsy for $7.95.

    19. Minimal hooks for your entryway wall, so you can have a chic spot for coats, keys, and hanging succulents that's *not* the floor or your already-cluttered desk chair. Plus, it'll keep everyone's belongings in an accessible and neat place.

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    Promising review: "I am chronically cold and have a bunch of very nice knit cardigans. I usually end up leaving them laying over chair backs or recliners and cluttering things up, so I bought these to have a good place to hang them. The thick wood prevents stretching damage from the weight of the sweaters, and not using a hook prevents damage and holes in the knit. Definitely worth the upgrade." —Lynn M.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in wood beech).

    20. A smart plug Wi-Fi outlet that'll help you manage your home appliances like a pro. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice commands *and* you can control the power button from your smartphone, thanks to the Smart Life app. Plus, it won't get in the way of other electronic plugs.

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    What's cool about this outlet is that you can put your devices on a schedule, so they'll turn on and off at the right times. It works great for coffee makers, fans, lamps, and other smart home gadgets that you use everyday.

    Promising review: "I burnt out a prior smart plug after a power overload, this smart plug handles the large air conditioner unit in my living room without a problem. Also found Teckin 15A very responsive with the Google Nest. It's great to turn the AC units off with one command when I run out of the apartment or on occasions when I forgot or decided I won't come back home soon, to be able to control the appliances through the Google Home app, and to use the app to schedule the apartment to be cooled down before I arrive home from work." —Iggie

    Get a 4-pack from Amazon for $21.99.

    21. A hard water stain remover for your shower door, faucet, and toilet bowl that still look grimy, even though you've tried cleaning them a million times. This formula gets to work on tough soap scum, mineral deposits, and water spots that won't budge, so your bathroom will look sparkling again with minimal effort.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I just put it on a sponge and rubbed it on then rinsed. I don't know what is in here that makes it so amazing, but for water spots, glass, tile, and sinks it is great! I've already bought and gifted three bottles to my friends because I love it so much. I'm like a walking infomercial about it too because I will climb into their showers and show them. That's how exciting this stuff is. Worth every penny." —mel

    Get two bottles from Amazon for $34.97.

    22. Stomp stain removal pads, because you never know when your fur baby is going to make a mess indoors. They help remove stubborn stains (including pet pee and muddy tracks) from area rugs, carpets, and pet beds. Just place the pad on the spot you want to clean, stomp on it, leave it for up to 24 hours, and throw it out when you're done (you won't have to scrub the stain at all)!

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    These pads also work great if you spill coffee, juice, or wine on a carpet!

    Promising review: "These things are amazing. They are magical. If you have a pet that has accidents in the house, these are a must have. After your pet has an accident, all you need to do is open up the packet, place the pad on the accident spot, and then step on the pad to release the magic formula. Leave it there for at least a half an hour or up to 24 hours. Why the discrepancy, you might be asking? Because these pads work on dried stains. My puppy has been driving me bonkers with accidents in the house, but I don't sweat it anymore thanks to these pads. " —Lisa Koivu

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

    23. A compact, foldable treadmill so you don't have to cancel your workout on rainy days. Run with the riser up or switch it down if you want to walk. It also doesn't make a lot of noise, so your neighbors won't hear every step you take.

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    Promising review: "We received this treadmill very quickly and set it up in 30 minutes. It has a nice holder to put your phone, great Bluetooth speaker, a remote and fairly quiet. It's set up in our one-bedroom apartment and my boyfriend and I walk for about 30 minutes a day on it. It's foldable and able to fit under our sofa. Our gym is closed right now due to the coronavirus so we walk on this to stay active. The speaker sounds great, there's calorie, distance and time of workout listed at your feet. Get the treadmill if you have a small place. you'll love it!" —D. Soto

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99+ (available in seven colors).

    24. A silverware sorter that'll take up minimal space in a kitchen drawer, but still holds up to 48 pieces of cutlery. Your forks, knives, and spoons will be organized and accessible when you need them for meals, *and* you just might free up extra drawer space.

    hand slides fork out of silver silverware holder in white drawer
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    Promising review: "Love it. It really organizes all the utensils I have and saves me a lot of the space in the drawer. Instead of the regular traditional wide divider pan, it only takes less than half of my drawer space, so I can fit more things in a tiny drawer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A set of coasters so you can keep your brand new 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 virtual Happy Hour.

    Effortless Composition

    Effortless Composition is a Black woman-owned home decor brand based in California. From stoneware planters to patterned pillows, you'll find eclectic home and kitchen goods that'll help elevate your living space.

    Promising review: "These coasters are beautiful, they look just as 'expensive' as I'd hoped! I have a lot of gold and vintage pieces in my living room, and they complement the style really well while adding a modern twist. They're large enough for every glass in my cabinet, even the beer steins, and the cork on the bottom keeps them from sliding or being noisy on my glass coffee table." —Effortless Composition Customer

    Get 4-pack from Effortless Composition for $25.

    26. An air purifier that'll be a big help when your indoor allergies are making you sneeze, have a stuffy nose, and feel icky. This device has a filter that removes pesky particles (like pet hair, dust, and debris) and four purification speed settings.

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    Promising review: "I have pretty bad allergies that are their worst in the spring and fall. I noticed an immediate difference when I started using this purifier. My allergies inside the home have gotten so much better. It's amazing that I can feel the difference when I am in other rooms that don't have the filter or I'm outside. I do want to point out this is a HEPA filter, which is important for filtering out allergens. I lot of the filters out there act like they do the same thing but do not have HEPA filters. Anyways, get it! You won't regret it." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $71.49+ (available in two colors).

    27. A knitted throw blanket to wrap yourself in when you want to stay cozy at home. This soft cocoon will keep you nice and toasty while you read a book or watch TV.

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    Promising review: "It's soft, heavy, and fits perfectly on my king bed. I think this size is the perfect size to wrap up in or throw on the bed for some extra warmth or decor. You need to be somewhat gentle with it, it does have quite a bit of weight to it." —Melita

    Get it from Amazon for $51.19+ (available in 12 sizes and 17 colors).

    28. Or a wearable sherpa hooded blanket also known as The Comfy from Shark Tank. It's made with soft material that'll help keep you warm, so you won't have to grab a blanket if you're feeling chilly indoors. This gem is basically what cozy dreams are made of and you'll love lounging in it all day long.

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    Promising review: "It's a big, cozy delicious hug that makes me feel tiny and loved. I have it in a light peach and I have this dark purple one on order. My cat Stella loves anything cushy and comfy and fleecy. Leggings, Uggs, a 'Comfy,' a good book, music, coffee, and a cat on my lap, almost heaven. Five stars for this big huge crazy scrumptious thing!" —Elizabeth Flygare

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in eight colors).

    29. A eucalyptus pouch to turn your bathroom into a relaxing oasis. If you need a little relief from allergy congestion or WFH-related stress, it'll make your tub smell heavenly, thanks to soothing essential oil and fresh eucalyptus leaves.

    clear pouch of fresh eucalyptus leaves and essential oil hanging on a gold bath faucet
    EucalyptusBlooms/Etsy

    EucalyptusBlooms is a small business based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They're known for their eucalyptus and lavender bath products, including shower-friendly pouches and soothing soaps.

    Promising review: "A must-have for the shower! I could smell the eucalyptus as soon as I opened my mailbox! Cannot wait to take my bath this evening. 🙌🏼" —Etsy Customer

    Get it from EucalyptusBlooms on Etsy for $15.99+ (available in packs of three and five).

    30. A tufted chenille cushion that'll provide amazing cushioning for your tush and be a great extra seat for things like binge-watching TV or having a movie night. You can finally get comfy on the floor without sitting on a hard surface.

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    Promising review: "We bought a small one-bedroom condo and have a pullout couch for guests when they stay the night. When we have more people over, these work great as extra seating in our modest living room and stack great in the corner when we’re not using them! They are super cozy and comfy! Just the right amount of cushion!" —Keri Boyd

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in seven colors).

    31. A rotating makeup organizer to get your brushes, sponges, cleaners, and other beauty goods in order. You'll find this counter storage solution incredibly useful, especially if you share your small bathroom.

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    This makeup organizer has seven layers of adjustable trays that'll fit at least 20 skincare bottles, 30 makeup brushes, and other beauty products like lip balm, nail polish, and eyeliner pencils.

    Promising review: "I got this to help save space on my bathroom counter. My boyfriend and I live together and, unfortunately, in our rental we only have one sink to share. I have a pretty extensive skincare routine and have recently gotten him into his own little regimen, so he too, has his own little collection. This helped clear up a ton of space on our small counter and even he appreciates it!" —Katreina

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    32. 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 sessions.

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

    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.

    33. A mini file organizer so you can neatly arrange coupons and receipts and have 'em on hand when you need to do adult things, like prepare a shopping list or figure out a monthly budget.

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    Promising review: "This file organizer is perfect for budgeting and is small enough to keep in your purse! Also, if you are into couponing, this is perfect as well!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    34. A plug-in wall sconce to place on the side of your bed. It takes up half the space of a typical table lamp, doesn't require a rewiring job around your compact room, and provides plenty of light so you don't have to read in the dark.

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    Promising review: "These are perfect. They look great, work exactly like I need them to, and in our apartment, enable us to have reading lamps without a rewiring job since they just plug in. They also came with cute Edison-looking bulbs that fit in the sconce perfectly and match the look of the light very nicely. We're super pleased." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in three finishes).

    35. 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.

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    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.

    36. And a bath caddy because nothing beats spending OOO time drinking wine and reading a juicy bestseller in a warm tub. This tray is expandable and can also fit a tablet, in case you want to catch up on your fave TV show too.

    Reviewer's light wood bath caddy with a glass of white wine, a book, and candle over their bath tub
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This baby is awesome! There’s nothing quite like relaxing in the tub after an exhausting day, and having the luxury of this table to put your glass of wine and your tablet on so you can drink wine and watch your favorite TV shows in peace!" —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    That feeling when you can spend time at home *and* not deal with messes, noisy family members, or other annoyances:

    Cartoon Network

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