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    29 Things To Help Solve The Apartment Problems You Might Encounter

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    1. A leather recoloring balm that'll magically repair faded and scratched color on furniture. It'll come in handy if you purchase used chairs or sofas to affordably furnish your apartment.

    A before and after of a leather chair showing it looking refreshed after using the balm
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    It can also be used on shoes, handbags, or anything else that's absorbent leather. To test to see if your surface is absorbent leather, just add a drop of water on the item — if it soaks in, then it counts. Here's a video you can check out that demonstrates this.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing!! I've tried different leather cleaners and conditioners to try to restore my faded and cracked leather loveseat chair, but nothing worked. I was ready to just donate them to charity, but decided to try one last attempt to fix them up. I'm so glad I found this re-coloring balm!" —Casey B

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in 12 colors).

    2. This squeegee broom because the previous renter left the carpet full of fur from their long-haired pet and you don't want to spend too much time trying to erase all traces of their sheepdog.

    A reviewer showing a huge pile of dog hair that has been swept up
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    It works on a variety of surfaces, including tile.

    Promising review: "1,000% worth it y'all! I read about this on BuzzFeed and had it on my wish list for a few weeks. When our 9-month-old black lab came back from the trainer, I knew it was time to get something to help the mountains of hair. I got this in today and tried it out. I didn't think it would get much. I swept last night. Oh my lawrd. The hair it picked up was ridiculous! If you have pets and hardwood floors, you need this. Life changing! So glad I bought this!" —Katherine Burch

    Get it from Amazon for $15.10+ (available in two styles and as an option with a brush).

    3. A folding step stool to help you easily store and reach items on the highest of shelves in your unit.

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    Promising review: "Are you so short you can't reach the cabinets? This is the answer. This stool is lightweight, folds easily for storage, and the rust-free plastic construction allows me to use it in the shower while giving my kid a bath." —H3H8M3

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two colors).

    4. This critter catcher so you can safely trap any spiders and insects that might make their way into your new pad.

    A person using the catcher, which has a long handle and grips to close around a bug
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    Promising review: "I was skeptical when I ordered this, but I have a husband who makes bug splats on my walls and I needed something to stop that. This thing actually works!! I have always been a catch-and-release person when it comes to indoor bugs but this makes it so much easier. I love it." —Island Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in four colors).

    5. A scent-free, biodegradable odor eliminator because your space is basically perfect EXCEPT for some stinky odors in the bathroom and closet — you don't know what the heck happened in your apartment before you rented it... Thankfully, this'll get rid of bad smells without leaving behind any perfume-y scents.

    A reviewer showing the product in three differently sized bottles
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    Reviewers say this has worked on dead mice, skunk smells, pet messes, and years of cigarette smoke.

    Promising review: "I have seen the commercials for others with claims of removing odors (and tried them too) but I have used this for years and will continue too use it. Zero Odor works where all others have failed. The first time I used it we were clean out an apartment to prepare it for new people and the prior tenants had cats...what a strong, offensive odor they left behind. I thought nothing would work and we would have to completely refinish the entire area and that would have cost a fortune, well Zero Odor was a last ditch effort because we had tried about seven or eight other things already, from chemical cleaners (hours of labor) to every type of spray I could find and none of them even put a dent in it, a few masked it for about an hour but that was all they did. I purchased Zero Odor specifically for this problem area, I sprayed everything, walls, floor, ceiling and the closet too. We came back the next day and it was totally free of any odors at all, it was 100% clear and clean. Keep mind the placed smelled so bad before that we had to keep the windows open, well Zero Odor became a part of my cleaning kit from that day on and I will never go without it. This one works, plain and simple. I have no idea how but when everything else failed Zero Odor did it and continues to time after time. Let the others claim whatever they want but this product does exactly what it says with no compromise, not even a hint of the old odor is left behind. No way around this one, it's great stuff." —Stonington

    Get a pack of three bottle sizes from Amazon for $19.95.

    6. This garbage guard that'll kill insects that congregate around your trash can and prevent infestations by emitting an odorless vapor.

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    Promising review: "Got an outdoor can, the kind the mechanical arm on the garbage truck picks up and tips over, with the lid opening by gravity. Placed this on the inside of the lid, near the hinge to lessen the chances of it being scraped off during emptying and no flies/maggots! No apparent odor, just seems to put a big hurt on the fly party that used to be my trash can (litter box contents, remnants of meat, etc.) " —Michael E. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.53.

    7. A double extension cord because I don't know which landlords need to hear this but just three outlets in a unit are not enough!!!

    a white double power cord
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    Each cord is 6 feet long and has three available plugs.

    Promising review: "I have no idea why these are not sold everywhere. PERFECT for my room! I ended up getting this due to my king size bed being against a wall with only one outlet. I needed a way to connect my two lamps on my nightstand and this is absolutely, without a doubt, the very best solution to connecting my lamps and also not having all my outlets taken up. I recommend this to everyone! Also perfect for outlets connected to a switch to turn on and off both lights at the same time." —Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. This Rubbermaid power scrubbing brush so you can give the grout in the bathroom a much-needed cleaning if it has been in less-than-tolerable condition since you first moved in.

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    Promising review: "Last night I was reborn. What is the cause of this renewed zest for life, you might ask? It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda-and-water solution to alchemical proportions. My pink-tiled shower, the one that came with my scummy apartment, the one that never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, and full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. TL;DR: This this is absolutely incredible." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.25.

    To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out "We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here's What Actually Worked."

    9. A hard water stain-remover because the current condition of some of the surfaces in your bathroom make you want to shudder every time you see them.

    Reviewer's before-and-after picture of their shower faucet with hard water stains and then totally clean
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    It can also work on toilets, tiles, and shower doors.

    Promising review: "I’m impressed. I thought the container was small for the price, but a little bit goes a long way. It takes a lot for me to review, but this is worth it. Five years in the hardest calcium-filled water and this is the first cleaner to remove it. I’ve tried scrubbing, only to scratch the surface. Every time I fill the water and ice at the fridge, I’m impressed by the result. I could see this working best, right at first." —Joshua N. Dufek

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    10. These oven liners to protect the bottom of your oven from any overflowing or dripping dishes you throw in to bake. This'll give you much less to clean and leave the oven looking not-so-terrible for the next person who rents your unit.

    an apple pie inside the oven that has dripped liquid onto a mat below it
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    Promising review: "I expected to be happy, but I'm thrilled! Each mat is pliable and fits the entire width of my standard oven. When the mat is against the back wall, it extends up to but not over the front lip of the floor. On first use, pizza cheese and sauce dripped onto the front edge of the mat and onto that uncovered lip. The baked-on cheese and sauce slid right off the mat! Effortlessly! After I cleaned up the lip, I layered a second mat to cover the lip. These mats are so great that I almost want food to drip on them so I can show off how wonderful they are." —Artset Outset

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

    11. A set of blackout curtains in case your bedroom includes an east-facing window and you don't want to awake to harsh sunlight hitting your face every morning.

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    Promising review: "I loved that these curtains made our master bedroom darker. Perfect for sleeping in and for afternoon naps! It felt a little cooler, but I don't know if that's just because it was dark and my brain was playing tricks on me. These do not do any noise canceling so you'll still have to get earplugs for that. All in all I think they're great!" —Nicole

    Get them from Amazon for $23.93+ (available in six sizes and 15 colors)

    12. This sofa arm table that'll give you way to safely rest a beverage or plate of food somewhere while you kick back in your couch. It's especially useful if you haven't yet (or won't be able to) get yourself a side table for your living room.

    the hexagon-shaped table attached to the couch arm
    Amazon

    It just requires an armrest that's at least 7 inches wide.

    Promising review: "I love this!!! It is extremely sturdy, and I can use it to place my drink on it with confidence that it won't fall! It's the perfect solution to not having enough space for an end table!!!" —Michelle B

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A stainless-steel cleaner to breathe new life into the stainless-steel fridge, oven, and dishwasher and make them appear as if you're the first person to have rented the unit.

    a model cleaning their microwave with the product
    Amazon

    This plant-based cleaner will remove streaks, smudges, and fingerprints from all stainless steel surfaces.

    Promising review: "I bought this to keep our new stainless fridge clean. I'd tried 409 and Windex, but they both left streaks. This stuff is great! Not only does it clean and polish, it removed the sticker residue from the price tag and leaves NO streaks! I also purchased the pre-moistened wipes, but those do not work nearly as well. I was worried keeping a stainless fridge looking new would be difficult, but this makes it so easy. Spray on and use the microfiber towel to wipe with the 'grain' of the metal, or even just use small circular movements, it doesn't matter either way comes up shiny. It doesn't leave any residue and resists fingerprints. So happy I found this product." —Amber Morales

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    14. This lightweight mover's dolly that can carry up to 1,000 pounds. It's perfect for helping move heavy furniture into your space.

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    Promising review: "This dolly is the best. It arrived in a box assembled. That's right ASSEMBLED! I didn't need a tool, especially maybe one I didn't have. Big surprise, it's made well moves furniture easily. Even odd-sized furniture. I only bought one but I'm ready to own a pair." —Skip

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in six sizes).

    15. An inflatable bed if you don't want to buy a whole new mattress to move into your room but also don't want to sleep on the floor for the first months. It comes with an internal electric pump for fast inflation (under five minutes) and deflation.

    A reviewer showing the mattress in their room
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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this air mattress. It feels more like a good bed instead of something you can store away so easily. It's so easy to put this in the play room while my grandsons are here visiting. When they have to go back home, I can store away in closet. It only takes a couple of minutes to inflate and deflate. Ten-star rating here. Oh, the comfort is amazing, as I have napped several times myself on it." —Juanita Tucker

    Get it from Amazon for $94.95 (available in three sizes and two colors).

    16. These vacuum storage bags that'll come in handy for storing extra clothing if your closet space is virtually nonexistent.

    A before and after of a pile of clothes on the floor versus the same pile that fits into a vacuum bag and takes up less space
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    Promising review: "I’ve just downsized from a large home in the suburbs to condo living in downtown. Purging and getting rid of so much stuff that I’ve accumulated throughout the years was life-changing! I had quite a bit of really nice bedding that I wanted to keep but had very little storage space. I decided to order these jumbo bags for King down duvets, thick blankets, and king-sized pillows. I was amazed at how much these held, how easy they were to pack/vacuum, and how much I could fit in such a small space!" —Raquel Moss

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four sizes).

    17. A mini video projector if you don't have enough space in your studio for a TV but still want a way to watch your favorite movies on a bigger screen.

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    Promising review: "Long story short. I’m in love. I’ve always loved the idea of a projector now I finally have my own and for my first purchase I can say this one is perfect and fits all my needs. I recently sold my TV which was less than 32 inches and I don’t feel like spending money on a new TV. I bought this specifically for me and my Xbox — streaming and gaming. This one right here is amazing, aesthetically pleasing, saves space, and it’s super affordable." —Des Simone

    Get it from Amazon for $128.99 (available in two colors).

    18. This wake-up light that simulates a sunrise to help you wake up gradually and peacefully instead of in a jarring fashion. It'll totally make up for a lack of windows in your bedroom so you can still feel as if the sun is waking you up.

    A wakeup light turning on on bedside table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this alarm clock because currently I'm sleeping in a basement room with no windows (I promise it's not as depressing as it sounds) and was having a rough time waking up in the morning without the sun to give me an extra nudge toward consciousness. I was also dealing with some noisy upstairs neighbors and figured having a light-based alarm would allow me to sleep with earplugs and still get up on time, though I was nervous that I might not respond to the light. Turns out I'm super light-sensitive, and this works great as a wake-up device. Even my dog (who also shares my windowless basement room) has learned what the light means." —Ladybug

    Get it from Amazon for $119.

    19. A slide-out storage tower if your kitchen doesn't have too much extra space to offer but you still need a way to make your pantry essentials accessible.

    Reviewer pic of the three-tier skinny storage tower with assorted kitchen products in between a stove and fridge
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    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 $32.46+ (available in two sizes).

    20. This four-bar behind-the-door towel rack so you and all your roommates can have enough space to conveniently hang towels and any clothing items that need to be air-dried.

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    Promising review: "This towel rack is perfect for small apartment bathrooms. It installs easily and takes up basically no extra room as it sits discreetly behind the door. Holds up to four heavy bath towels leaving the wall bar for floor mats or washcloths. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for space-saver ideas." —M McVicker

    Get it from Amazon for $23.45 (available in two colors).

    21. An air purifier to help alleviate your allergies and get rid of the nasty smells lingering around the apartment from the previous renters.

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    Promising review: "Wow, this air filter really works. I'm truly amazed and can literally breathe easier now. Prior to purchasing this, I was having to use my emergency inhaler three to four times per day and night since allergy season began. From the moment it was plugged in, I haven't had to use my inhaler at all, and I didn't even realize it until about a week of use. No more running nose, itchy eyes, wheezing, and sneezing 50 times in a row. I live in a pine forest in high altitude and it works that well. I highly recommend this to anyone who suffers from allergies and asthma. It has made my quality of life improve greatly." —calcrnflakegirl

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99).

    Read our full write-up of the Germ Guardian AC4825 here.

    22. This high-rise organizer that's perfect for organizing and maximizing the small amount of space in your medicine cabinet so you can keep all your morning essentials in one place.

    Three organizers sitting on the shelves of a medicine cabinet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My medicine cabinet looks so neat with these organizers! The quality of plastic is good; the compartment size is convenient. I bought a few different sizes and found use for all of them. Highly recommended." —ZK

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    23. A pull string so you'll never accidentally tug the fan string when you meant to pull on the light string.

    A string with a lightbulb on one side and little fan on the other side hanging from a ceiling fan.
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    Promising review: "This is pretty much the cutest thing I've ever not needed but HAD TO HAVE! I love these and they look great. I was surprised with the quality and expected it to not quite match the picture (glass-half-empty type, I guess) but they really are adorable and look nice." —Jamie L. Landuyt

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    24. This kitchen cart that'll help you add some extra storage space to a tiny kitchen — now your appliances won't have to crowd your countertop.

    A three-shelf metal kitchen cart with wheels on the bottom
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered this rack for my daughter whose over-crowded kitchen counter was limiting her food preparation space. This three-shelf rack with wheels was the perfect solution for her situation. The rack easily held her Instant Pot, Vitamix blender and Hamilton Beach food processor. The rack rolls easily underneath her counter without issue." —illustratedman

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes, two colors, and three styles).

    25. A bottle of Goo Gone for banishing all the mysterious residue you may find smeared across some surfaces in your home. This includes soap residue and tough stains.

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    Reviewers also say this is great for removing stickers from new products.

    Promising review: "I have been using Goo Gone since it was first introduced and every year I find new uses for it. I keep a large bottle in the garage for cleaning tools and removing adhesives, and nothing works better. I've only recently started using it as an all-purpose kitchen cleaner, and it has taken over most of my kitchen and bathroom jobs. Newest use — quickly and easily cuts through the soapy residue left behind in the bathroom sink and shower." —24karats

    Get it from Amazon for $7.88.

    26. This waterproof under-the-sink kitchen mat that'll catch any water leaking from sink pipes so you don't have to worry about the plumbing ruining the cabinets.

    A model cleaning the grooves of the mat under a sink
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I rarely look really closely under the sink between the multiple bottles and items, so small leaks, drops or spills can go unseen until they become damage that needs to be repaired. Recently had to clean out under the sink for a faucet repair when I noticed the beginnings of a problem. This wasn't the first time this has occurred in my homes over the years. Quick google search led me to this product. It is Really key to look at the top and bottom dimensions of the mat as the size they are listed at didn't seem to be correct for my needs, but looking at the actual top dimensions it was a very good fit. Barley any 'lost' usable space under the sink. Beige color matched the original color of the cabinet very well so you hardly notice it. Now I don't worry about water or chemical damage at all." —Scott M Rabe

    Get it from Amazon for $47.97+ (available in four sizes and two colors).

    27. A cold brew maker if the nearest coffee shop from your apartment is a little too far out of the way. This'll let you get your caffeine fix right when you need it and it's soooo easy to use. Just add coffee to the filter, fill with water, and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

    A graphic instructing to fill the filter with coffee, let it sit, and drink it
    Amazon

    I got this about a month ago and there's not a single day that goes by that I don't use my cold brew maker!! I love iced coffee and don't want to always venture out when I want a cold brew in the morning so this really comes in handy. I just add my favorite ground coffee inside the filter, fill up the pitcher with water, and insert the filter. I put it in the fridge and the next morning, I have a full pitcher of iced coffee! One pitcher gives me four servings.

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I bought this for a gift for my husband who drinks iced coffee all year long. He says it makes such a smooth-tasting and strong iced coffee. He gets two drinks out of each batch that he makes. It's easy to clean and can go in the dishwasher. It's durable — I know as I'm clumsy and have dropped it several times without an issue. We are considering getting a second one!" —rnnichole

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    For another glowing review of this baby, check out "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker."

    28. Or a classic 12-cup Mr. Coffee, if you prefer a piping hot cup of coffee on the daily.

    A reviewer showing the coffee maker with an attached kettle and a cup of coffee and a cake
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    The coffee maker also has a grab-a-cup feature that stops the flow of brewing coffee so you can fill up before the entire pot is done. The future is now!

    Promising review: "Anyone can use this. Befuddled uncle? Yes. Old guy in your office? Yes. Mom who hates programming 'the computer?' Yes. Hip young dad? Yes. Environmentalist that hates wasteful single-serve cups? Yes. Me? Surprisingly, yes." —Garrett Grey

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two colors and with the option including a filter).

    29. And this TubShroom because your roommate never cleans the hair they've shed in the shower and you're always left to glove-up and use your hands to pull the stuck strains from the drain. This TubShroom expedites the process and makes it feel a little less gross.

    A reviewer holding the product, which has hair wrapped around it
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    Promising review: "No seriously, this is amazing. I have long hair and recently had a baby. It's a wonder I still have any hair based on the clumps I see falling out on a regular basis. This means the poor tub drain is getting clogged every time we turn around, and we're spending ridiculous amounts of time with that spiky stick thing you shove down there and then pull out over and over. I figured if this even worked to catch half of my hair then it would be worth its salt. Holy moly. When they say it catches every hair they aren't kidding. We clean it off about twice A WEEK! And when they say it's easy to clean, they are right again. A swipe with toilet paper and the hair blob comes right off to be flushed down the toilet. I've already told so many people about this product because I love it so much. Fantastic!!!" —sasamo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

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