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    45 Practical Things For The Homeowner Who Likes To Feel Prepared

    Cleaning products, furniture, and a Mickey-shaped K-cup holder you'll likely be glad you invested in.

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    1. A vintage-inspired storage ottoman you can use to stow away things like throw blankets, shoes, books — whatever your heart desires! All that matters is that your home is about to look a lot more organized.

    A gold hairpin legged blush pink velvet ottoman with a removable lid
    BuzzFeed editor flipping the top of the ottoman to show the storage and the table top underneath
    Amazon, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord has and looooves this ottoman:

    "If you flip the lid over, it has a wooden base, so you can *also* use this as a teensy snack table. I recently got one of these for my new apartment to stash my candles and ~candle accessories~ in and it's pretty much become my favorite piece of furniture?? I use it to prop up my feet during work hours and sometimes if I want to eat on my couch I'll use it as a tray. It's also sturdy enough to sit on, if I ever wanted to have guests over and needed an extra chair. It was RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up — I had it done in less than ten minutes, and probably didn't even need the directions. It also just looks so darn cute (and comes in so many colors that I'm tempted to buy another!)."

    Promising review: "I was using a small foldable step stool in my bedroom to reach the top shelves of my wardrobe. But you know, those things aren’t pretty. It wasn’t be bringing me joy, just begrudging utility. This ottoman brings me joy. It’s pretty, it’s lightweight so I can move it easily to use it as a step stool, and the storage capacity is perfect for things like my nightly moisturizers, my kindle and journals, and other little miscellaneous things." —Monica N.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in nine colors).

    2. A bamboo burner cover that'll magically add an extra space for chopping up veggies in your kitchen — it'll feel like you *poof* doubled your counter space!

    a kitchen stove with the bamboo burner cover on top creating more counter space
    a hand lifting the cover showing the stove-top underneath
    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed writer Jennifer Tonti credits this burner cover for helping her cook with ease:

    "OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there."

    Promising review: "This is so perfect for extra space. It covers the top of my apartment-sized stove so I can then use my stove space for my Instant Pot and food prep. The best space-saving and cosmetic thing I have ever gotten for this tiny apartment." —Talyn Amber Skye

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in four styles).

    3. A 3D-printed key holder/envelope keeper so you'll always know whether you've sent your mom's birthday card out or not and ideally won't spend hours searching your house for your car keys. We love a two-for-one product!

    A white plastic cover for the lightswitch with three hooks for keys and a small shelf at the top for mail and a tiny notebook
    Crossover Designs/Etsy

    Crossover Designs is a Florida-based small business that was established in 2018 and specializes in 3D-printed home products.

    Each of these fits a standard double gang (toggle/rocker) light switch cover, and can be installed easily without drilling, nails, or glue.

    Promising review: "Love it! Simple, sleek, space-saving, smart... who knew I’d be so stoked for a switch plate cover! Not to mention the customer service was very personal and attentive." —Kelsey Johnson

    Get it from Crossover Designs on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in six colors and two finishes).

    4. A trio of Bar Keeper's Friend products you can count on to help you clean any and every surface of your new living space — trust me on this.

    the three different bar keeper's friends products
    to the left: a tile floor with a stain on it, to the right: the same floor cleaned
    Amazon, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    My husband and I recently moved into our first — when I tell you I have used some form of Bar Keeper's Friend to tackle every crevice of this house please know that I'm not exaggerating. I've used it to revive the floor of our bathroom (see above), the shower, the tub, the entire kitchen sink, the outside of the washing machine and dryer....the list goes on. It's incredible how effective this product is in just a few moments!

    Promising review: "This stuff is magic. It took a stain out of my sink with ease. It also made my stainless steel appliances look brand new! I also have a gas stove that had baked crap on it that I couldn’t get off. I tried every trick in the book. I used this stuff with a little elbow grease and it finally came off. We are listing our house and this product is essential." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    5. A zippered sleeve to keep all of those pesky wires and plugs under control and out of your way so when you finally get around to hanging your fabulous new TV on the wall it won't look like a hot mess.

    a before and after photo showing the cords neatly stowed away

    6. A garbage guard you can use to keep pesky flies and other insects from congregating around your can.

    7. side table that'll pop up to reveal it's *gasp* actually a cooler! All you have to do is fill the base with ice and your favorite drinks to transform your outdoor space into a resort.

    Promising review: "What a cool use of space and it a great match for our outdoor set. I store sunscreen and other items when not entertaining. There’s a reason thousands of people purchase this. It’s a functional cool piece." —Mamma 4

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in two styles).

    8. An 8-in-1 kitchen gadget tool complete with a funnel, a juicer, a grater, an egg cracker, a shredder, a can opener, an egg separator, and a measuring cup. You'll never be without a must-have tool again!

    a measuring cup with other gadgets stacked on top of it as well as a bottle top that's actually a funnel, making the entire product look like a colorful plastic bottle

    9. A Clorox ToiletWand you can use then toss away — say SEE YA' to that gross toilet brush hiding in the corner of your bathroom.

    10. A garbage-disposal foaming cleaner to scrub away the stinky grime that builds up on the blades and in the pipes.

    11. A solar-powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can sing "and at last I see the light," like Rapunzel in Tangled each time you step into your yard.

    12. Solar-powered LED garden lights you'll love because it can change colors and create the illusion of rising bubbles to make your yard feel like an escape to a more magical world.

    Solar powered bubble lights in different colors lighting up a pathway
    YoungBlossomPlace / Etsy

    YoungBlossomPlace is a small business based in Irvine, California that sells an array of lights and home goods.

    Promising review: "I actually got these for my visually-impaired daughter, and they work wonderfully! Beautiful, bright, and entertaining! Best part is that they are solar-powered, so there's no need to buy a ton of batteries!" —Michelle MacIntosh

    Get it from YoungBlossomPlace on Etsy for $24.29.

    13. A remote organizer perfect for keeping your various remotes, clickers, channel changers (whatever you call it in your house) in check while looking chic.

    A white and light wood rectangle-shaped holder with two compartments for remotes to rest in upright
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It's light but sturdy. The color is perfect and it's bigger than I expected. It holds my four remotes and still have room to put my phone so it's not just on the nightstand. Love that it looks modern and keeps the nightstand nice and organized. I recommend this product." —Liudelis Compagines

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    14. A double extension cord so you can run an endless amount of power throughout your home without trying to track down another outlet.

    a white double power cord

    15. An ultra thin electrical cover so you can finally enjoy full access to the outlet behind your dresser — plug this bad boy in and *poof* you'll have not one, not two, but SIX new outlets at your disposal.

    reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
    reviewer holding the power strip

    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in five styles).

    16. A rechargeable lighter to light every candle in your house to create the *perfect* ambience without concern you'll run out of lighter fluid.

    17. A NordVPN security system that'll protect your data and privacy by encrypting your internet connection, so you can watch *all* the cat videos you want without being exposed.

    a graphic of an astronaut in a bubble headed towards a laptop

    18. A red wine stain remover, so you'll forever be prepared when you inevitably spill vino all over your favorite white shirt when something shocking happens on The Real Housewives.

    19. A Honeywell Home Thermostat for anyone who likes to think they're actually a meteorologist or likes to plan their hairstyle around what the humidity might be.

    20. A pet stain and odor remover, so when your furry friend gets a little too excited that you just got home and decides to pee all over your shoes, it's sort of OK.

    21. A hybrid mattress to basically provide you with *two* mattresses instead of one — with a single flip you can go from an extra firm feel to a softer one without splurging on a new bed.

    an idle sleep mattress on a bed frame

    22. Rubbermaid's power scrubbing brush, for when you want to give your grout an all-inclusive spa treatment and bring it back to its squeaky-clean glory.

    23. A Mickey K-Cup holder that'll make you feel like you're enjoying breakfast with Chef Mickey and his pals every time you make your morning coffee and easily alert you when you're running low on your K-Cup stash.

    a silver mickey-shaped k-cup holder next to a keurig machine
    PKDecor / Etsy

    PKDecor is a small business based out of Oakwood, Georgia that sells primarily metal yard decor.

    Promising review: "The best finishing touch to my Disney kitchen. I absolutely love it. Material is great and it’s the perfect size. Also it shipped and got here immediately! Thank you!!!" —yaddyliese

    Get it from PKDecor on Etsy for $36.97 (available in four styles)

    24. A table lamp with a speaker as the base to wow all of your guests the next time you have a dinner party. They'll all be wondering "where is the music coming from?"

    a table lamp with a built-in speaker

    25. A hard water stain-remover because you shouldn't want to shudder each time you reach to turn on your shower.

    Reviewer's before-and-after picture of their shower faucet with hard water stains and then totally clean

    26. And an all-natural tile and tub cleaner you can count on to effectively remove mold, mildew, and rust — just think of *how* satisfying your "before" and "after" photos will be.

    27. An electric standing desk that'll quickly become your favorite product if you've shifted to mostly working from home.

    28. An 8-piece screwdriver set you'll be happy to have have on-hand (literally) when you encounter all kinds of unpredictable homeowner problems — trust me.

    the screw driver set with black and red  handles

    29. A pack of oven liners to protect the bottom of your oven from any overflow/oozing and let you continue on pretending you're competing on The Great British Baking Show worry-free.

    an apple pie inside the oven that has dripped liquid onto a mat below it

    30. A natural oven scrub cleaner you can rely on to remove any grease or leftover sauces from inside your most-used appliance. You're welcome.

    tub of oven scrub natural cleaner
    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    This comes with the jar of oven scrub as well as a professional-grade metallic scrubber. You can use this to clean your enamel oven, racks, the oven door's interior glass panel. Cleaning Studio is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut that sells 100% natural cleaning products and microfiber cloths. 

    Promising review: "I am in absolute shock over how well this works. I really wish I took a before picture. WOW! My oven door window had grime on it for years that i couldn't get off from the previous owners so I'm estimating it's been like that for 4+ years. Nothing helped to cut through it and finally this oven cleaner made it look brand new. Still in shock!! Would highly recommend. Also, the smell of the product is sooo delightful." —Vanessa

    Get it from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in two jar styles).

    31. A rustic wooden stand that'll hold your cookbook or tablet so you'll be able to follow along with any recipe hands-free.

    the wooden cookbook holder that is somewhat shaped like a cutting board

    32. Blackout curtains to ensure not a single ounce of sunlight gets into your room before your alarm goes off.