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    65 Practical Things For The Homeowner Who Wants To Feel More Prepared In 2023

    Don't sleep on the greatness that is a storage ottoman.

    1. A jar of The Pink Stuff paste, which is an all-purpose cleaning paste that'll help you tackle all of your messes but make it *~pretty in pink~* at the same time.

    Reviewer using it to clear up hard water stains in tub
    A customer review before and after photo showing the results of using The Pink Stuff on their stovetop

    Promising review: "Found this product on TikTok. I don’t think I’ve ever seen value like I do with this product! Literally use it on EVERYTHING!! Kids and teens have dirt, grime, and grease on their walls? This will make it look like a new paint job. Baseboards need some love? A pea-size amount of this makes them look brand new. Need a shoe cleaner? PERFECT for sneakers. I could name a million more uses, but I can ASSURE you this is worth every penny. What’s more? You need such LITTLE of this product; it will last a VERY long time. Thank you, TikTok!!!" —Rachel in CLT

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    2. A SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher you'll likely want to buy for every single switch in your home (apologies) as you'll be able to use it to transform *any* device into a smart one! Once you set it up you'll be able to use Google, Alexa, or an app on your phone to control it. Technology, man.

    the white square shaped SwitchBot on a lightswitch, fan, and computer
    The black version on a coffee machine button

    Reviewers love this because it doesn't require you to "smart enable" other parts of your home. I need to get one of these for my husband who drags himself out of bed every morning to turn on his espresso machine.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for and had no idea it existed until I saw someone mention it on TikTok! Our front walkway gets pretty dark at night, and I was frustrated with trying to remember to turn on the light every evening and off every morning. I looked into those light sensors you can plug in, but our front porch light is under an awning with enough shade that it would have kept the light on 24/7. This little Switchbot solved the problem. I applied it to the indoor light switch and set the time on my phone. It has worked perfectly ever since." —Alecia McLochlin

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

    3. A duo of absorptive ball-shaped towels you can use to dry your hands super fast and add a little bit of fun to your bathroom at the same time.

    a white and a grey fuzzy towel ball on a bathroom wall

    Promising review: "They are surprisingly amazing at drying your hands! They definitely look cool. I have to tell guests that they are the hand towels though. I love them!" —Kelly

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. A set of heat-safe microwave bowl holders your partner will never have to hear you exclaiming "ow, ow, ow!" while taking your leftover pasta out of the microwave.

    Bonus — the insulation of these also keeps cold food like ice cream colder for longer (and helps prevent your fingers from freezing!). 

    Promising review: "These bowl huggers were larger than expected and do a great job of protecting your hands from the heat so you can place the bowl on the table. Very colorful and a great addition to your kitchen. Plan on getting a set for my daughter and son for Christmas gifts!" —Ljoy20

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $27.95.

    5. A smiley-faced Scrub Daddy sponge that'll make doing the dishes a bit more enjoyable — how could anyone resist smiling back at this lil' guy???

    Four round, 1-inch thick smiley-faces sponges with two holes for eyes and a crescent-shaped hole for a mouth
    reviewer's blue smiley face sponge drying on a drying rack

    Promising review: "I cannot speak highly enough of this amazing scrubber! It cleans absolutely everything, doesn't scratch nonstick surfaces, has a fun texture, doesn't smell bad over time, and actually speeds up my dish cleaning time. Seriously, this is the best scrubber I have encountered in years. I bought one for several friends and family members for Christmas after seeing it on Shark Tank, and I've already replaced one for myself. This makes a wonderful and practical gift.

    My son liked it so much he just purchased two more packages to clean their new stainless-steel sink. This product is a great value compared to every other scrubber I have tried, and I have A LOT of them. Finally, it looks great sitting on the counter or in the sink with its smiley face and fun colors. Great value: you can't go wrong with this one!" —Carla

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A set of nonslip anti-fatigue kitchen mats designed to leave them feeling supported even after they've spent over an hour cooking dinner for their entire family while also helping their kitchen decor to look nicely coordinated.

    two gray kitchen mats with a white design on them

    Promising review: "These mats are truly incredible! They help immensely with back and joint pain relief, are durable and spill-proof, and beautiful! I have tried other fluffy or foam mats to ease the burdens of constantly standing on hard floors, but nothing was as functional as these. I love that they are spill-proof and easy to wipe clean (no tossing in the washer!). They are not completely smooth, so they aren’t slippery when wet either. We have three children and three dogs, so durability is a huge requirement, and these mats have held up extremely well in just the month that we have had them." —Sierra H

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in two sizes and six styles).

    7. Airtight food storage containers that'll quickly become one of your favorite kitchen accessories — they'll keep a variety of items like beans, cookies, candies, and dried pasta fresh and organized.

    The set also comes with labels so you can easily see what's inside each container.

    Promising review: "I’m not sure how necessary these are…but I LOVE them! I store uncooked noodles, snacks, cereal, uncooked rice, croutons, etc. in these. I feel like my pantry is more aesthetically pleasing and definitely more organized. These stack well with each other and save me space from oddly shaped boxes and bags I would have in my pantry without them. I don’t really know the benefit of having 'airtight containers' but I love the organization it offers and the food I store never tastes stale. For foods that need to be cooked (noodles, rice, etc.), I wrote the basic directions on the black stickers. I also used the stickers for the expiration dates of the food I store. I throw the containers in the dishwasher and clean the lids by hand. I’ll definitely be getting more in the future!" —Jess

    Get a set of seven from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    8. And organizer drawers you can use to transform your very own fridge into one that would bring Marie Kondo to tears.

    Promising review: "I love these things so much. I just got my first apartment with my boyfriend and it looked so messy in our little fridge and now it looks really appealing and everything is easy to get to. The quality is so good, I’m honestly impressed; they’re very sturdy and the egg holder is so cute and holds 14 eggs!" —Faith Sperry

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two quantities and five colors).

    9. A set of flameless LED candles to bring a calming ambiance to your home without the added worry of "OMG, did I leave that candle on?"

    These have a 10-key remote that allows you to control the brightness, flicker, *and* choose between a 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour timer. PS, get some batteries!

    Promising review: "Love these! I don't like to burn real candles because I can't handle scents, but I like the look of candles as part of decor and candlelight. I hate those cheep faux wax looking ones. These are much more sleek and fashionable. You can't immediately tell they aren't real. It's not glass but a very sturdy hard plastic which I prefer with a toddler running around. My only small complaint is the remote sensor can be weird. The candles can be right next to each other, and sometimes, not all three will turn on, so I have to hit the button three to four times. There's also a flicker light option which helps make them more realistic. Buying more!" —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in four colors).

    10. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker you can clip onto your shower curtain rod and pump in soothing nature sounds to truly give your bathroom a spa-like aesthetic.

    a reviewer's speaker in their shower attached to their faucet

    11. Or a waterproof shower phone holder, because why buy an extra music-playing device when you already have your Spotify linked to your phone? Stow your phone away in this for safe keeping, then proceed to sing and dance your heart out to The Best of Taylor Swift while washing your hair.

    a reviewer hand touching the outside of the shower phone holder with a phon inside
    a reviewer rotating the shower phone holder

    Check out a TikTok of the shower phone holder in action. 

    Promising review: "This waterproof phone case makes listening to music and watching Netflix in the shower so easy!! It’s super easy to put your phone in, fog proof, and easily rotatable. The only thing is sometimes touching the screen through the plastic can be a little difficult, but worked most of the time! It comes with three different backs so you can move it around to many different spots in the house. I got the white so it would match my shower." —Brittney Steele

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

    12. A mini Keurig machine for anyone who has been looking for a fun, but affordable, way to add a delightful pop of color to their kitchen counter. 

    I have this machine in evergreen, and it flawlessly matches my kitchen — which absolutely sparks joy. I was admittedly a little confused at first on how to use it (surprisingly), but once I figured it out, it was smooth sailing. Since it's a single-serve machine, you'll need to add your pod, close the hatch, pour the exact amount of water you'd like to be dispensed in the top, then click the button once, and wait for the water to heat and pour out. Don't hit the button over and over like I thought I had to...oops. Anyways, it's a fabulous lil' machine and looks super cute on my counter!

    Promising review: "I love the convenience of this machine, and the color makes me so happy! Such an attractive design that doesn’t take up too much space on my counter. It even matches my favorite coffee mug!" —Jen F.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in nine colors).

    13. An oil mister to help you perfectly coat all of your ingredients without getting your hands covered in grease.

    reviewer spraying vegetables with the oil spray

    14. A wireless charger that'll open up to reveal an array of cords to ensure you'll be able to charge any device anywhere at anytime. Welcome to the future, my friends.

    the inside of the card with different wires and adaptors

    15. A Samsung TV that'll disguise itself as an elegant picture frame when it's not in use. A magical marvel in home decor and technology if you ask me.

    16. A splurge-worthy Dyson vacuum to help you attempt to tackle the never-ending influx of hair, fuzz, and dust that threatens to take over every crevice of your home.

    17. AeroGarden's Indoor Hydroponic Garden for anyone who always wanted to grow their own herbs but lives in an apartment and therefore has close to *zero* outdoor space.

    a reviewer's indoor aerogarden filled with grown plants

    18. A wireless remote kit that'll make turning on your twinkle lights (or anything else you hook up to 'em!) a breeze.

    a model holding the remote

    19. A sleek mirrored digital alarm clock with USB ports that'll charge your devices and ensure you have *no reason whatsoever* to be late again.

    the alarm clock on a reviewer's nightstand

    20. A 64-piece iFixit kit for when your most-used gadget gives out and you'd rather try to repair it yourself than buy a new one.

    a reviewer holding a fix it kit

    21. A sleek utensil that'll act as a slotted spoon, spatula, turner, and a slicer and dicer (just use the edge!). Who knew one lil' kitchen tool could be used for so many things.