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    May 22, 2020

    31 Somewhat Random Things To Buy For Your Home That'll Benefit You In The Long Run

    These will all come in handy, especially when you need them most.

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    1. A mover's dolly that weighs about 10 pounds but can carry up to 1,000. Whether you're rearranging heavy furniture or disposing of dead weight, this carpeted, four-wheeler will become a better friend to you than those actual friends who bailed on helping you move your stuff in the first place.


    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 $39.99.

    2. A Wi-Fi-connected smart plug for scheduling lights and appliances to turn on automatically or turning them off remotely in case you kept them running. Team the plug with Alexa for added voice control and setting routines and schedules.

    A white smart plug in a wall electrical outlet

    Promising review: "I bought some other smart plugs last year and tried to use them for turning on lamps in my kids' rooms, but they were never very reliable, so they only worked sometimes. It was frustrating and I eventually just unplugged them. When I saw these by Amazon, I tried them and the setup was super easy and I haven't had any issues with them not working! Since this was already synced to my account, setup was as easy as plugging it in and pressing the ON button on the side of the plug. It connected instantly with my Wi-Fi network and all I had to do was rename the plug in my Alexa app. I would definitely recommend these over any off-brand if you're looking to use them with Alexa." —D Kerr

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    3. A 13-piece, stainless-steel knife set with six steak knives, kitchen scissors, and a peeler, so you'll never have to wonder, "How am I gonna cut that?" ever again. And with the included blade sharpener you'll be able to prolong the life of nearly all the knives.


    Promising review: "This is one good-looking knife set, and the knives work very well. The thin design of the holder doesn't take up a lot of space, yet keeps your knives very handy. If you're short on counter space, but don't want to rummage through a drawer to find a knife, this set is perfect. It looks great on our predominantly black granite counters against the tan stone backsplash. I would definitely buy this product again!" —Cheryl

    Get it from Amazon for $52.99.

    4. A can of fire-extinguishing aerosol spray for when you might not have space for a proper fire extinguisher. The nozzle sprays a wide area for 32 seconds of discharge putting out small household fires as quickly as possible. Plus its biodegradable formula won't leave a mess even after you've wiped it up.,

    Promising review: "Of course you never want to use something like this but I knew that we needed one in our new condo just in case. I was right! I was toasting taco shells in our large toaster and looked away for a moment. Smoke billowed first and then it caught fire fast. My husband grabbed the device, aimed and sprayed for about five seconds. He stopped and I barked for him to do it again because it caught one more time. There’s no way I would have been able to toss a blanket up there and a real extinguisher would have left the biggest mess. This was easy to clean up!" —Mamercs6

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. A nylon-coated 12-foot tape measure that you'll use for almost every home-related project, be it finding a new couch or hanging picture frames and will serve as a constant reminder to always measure twice, cut once.

    A bright yellow tape measure with an extended portion showing the actual tape measurements

    Promising review: "Wow. You might think, 'what can be so amazing about a measuring tape.' Well, I have been a professional carpenter for years, and I just bought this little guy to have on hand for those quick little household projects where I don't want to drag out my whole tool belt. I wasn't expecting much for the price I paid. But here's why it's amazing: 1) lightweight 2) nylon-coated blade so it has a super-smooth motion 3) even though it is only 3/4 inch wide blade, the extra curvature makes it able to extend surprisingly far without support. So that's why it gets a 'Wow' rating - way more than I expected for the price — truly a superior product." —Travel Consultant

    Get it from Amazon for $7.00.

    6. A two-pack of compact, collapsible, lightweight LED lanterns that are water-resistant and tough enough to withstand a 10-foot drop while keeping you illuminated in your darkest hours (up to 30 of them, in fact).


    In early January of this year, I was on holiday in Puerto Rico and early in the morning of our last full day there, my wife and I were awoken to a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. The power went out immediately but luckily our Airbnb host stocked the house with these powerful (and collapsable) lanterns. Who knows what we would have done without them but they were a lifesaver for getting through one last, very dark night before returning home. This is a reminder to purchase a few for my home. Plus they're kind of fun to play with because they look and feel like props from a sci-fi film.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    7. A 16-gallon, Craftsman heavy-duty wet/dry vacuum, because sometimes a mop and a handful of paper towels won't be enough to handle major leaks and your regular vacuum just isn't built to inhale mounds of dirt.


    Promising review: "I live on a farm and have owned or used just about every type of shop vacuum made. Craftsman has always been the best. The motors on Craftsman shop vacuums are higher amperage which means they are more powerful and suck up material way better. You can suck up water with these vacuums, you can suck up heavy debris, and you can use them as a blower to blow leaves and grass off of your porch." —Larry McCullen

    Get it from Amazon for $111.49.

    8. A massive Pyrex measuring cup (8 cups to be exact) to rule them all. Seriously, this microwave-safe, tempered glass marvel will be able to handle all of your mixing and measuring needs for a long, long time to come.

    A clear glass Pyrex measuring cup with red measurements in cups and ounces on the side

    Promising review: "Good old fashioned Pyrex: sturdy, hard-working and durable. I expect this piece will last for years, as my other Pyrex pieces have. I needed this to be used as a pitcher for brewing iced tea. Works perfectly. It would also be perfect as a very large measuring cup as the markings on the side are very clear." —Jennscom

    Get it from Amazon for $16.12.

    9. A Rubbermaid folding, three-step, steel frame stool that safely solves the problem of having to precariously balance on a wobbly chair every time you want to reach the top shelf (and potentially save you a trip to the hospital).


    Promising review: "I tell everyone this is one is the best purchases we've ever made! I actually use it daily. It's light, easy to use, and it fits snuggly behind the laundry room door. I can reach everything easily. No more climbing on the counters for this girl!" —L. Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $47.27.

    10. A non-electric, mechanical bidet toilet attachment for you to take that final step in sanitary cleanliness while saving money on toilet paper. Comes with an 18-month warranty just in case your think your bum is getting a bum deal.


    Promising review: "Speaking as a hirsute gentleman, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower. The unit took me all of about 10 minutes to install on my existing toilet with only a wrench. The easy-to-control flow valve allows you to provide just the right amount of water pressure for a full range of cleaning, from 'gentle trickling stream' to 'full-on 'Silkwood' decontamination,' ensuring the end of your bowel movement leaves you feeling cleaner and more refreshed than using just toilet paper alone." —Mercury

    Get it from Amazon for 49.95+.

    11. An easy-to-assemble ten-tier shoe rack, which can hold up to 50 pairs of footwear (depending on style) and is a lot better than throwing your kicks in a pile on the floor so they won't get scuffed up or damaged.


    And for those boots or high heels, you can remove a shelf for some extra height giving them the display space they so rightly deserve.

    Promising review: "Love this shoe rack! Easy to assemble, sturdy, and does the job. Fiancé is a sneaker collector, wears a size 10.5 and it fits four pairs of sneakers per row. I am able to fit five per row with my size 8 in women's. I ended up buying three of these racks and have recommended them to many people. Amazing price and product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99.

    12. A high-def, indoor/outdoor wireless home security system that’s ridiculously easy to install, even easier to monitor, and oh, did we mention the 365-day battery life from a single charge?


    I was in dire need of a home security camera system for some elderly family members requiring 24/7 care and I need the ability to check in from time to time and see what’s going on. Setting up the EufyCam2 (one camera for indoor, one camera for outdoor) could not have been easier or quicker (I think I spent more time grabbing and putting away the tools and step ladder). Now I’ve got a live-stream in HD (1080p) straight to the app on my phone (that doesn’t require any additional subscription fee). The cameras are weatherproof, offer legit night vision streaming, and since I’m not constantly checking in, the battery should last up to 365 days on its single initial charge. I even sleep a little better knowing my little old aunties are safe and sound.

    Get it from Amazon for $349.99.

    13. A six-piece set of dishwasher-safe stainless-steel mixing bowls with colorful lids so you won't get all mixed up about what you put in them. For those really intense mixing-types, the non-slip silicone bottoms will ensure these bowls won't go flying whenever you start to whip things up.


    Promising review: "Great selection of sizes to fit whatever I need, the lids work well, and they just work very well. They are easy to clean, the rubber bottoms prevent the bowls from sliding, but also make them easier to hold. They have a good shape, for mixing items or storing them in the refrigerator, or just to stack them together for storing the bowls empty. The lids fit tightly and don’t come off. Also, the lids go inside the bowl, and not on the outside, so you can not fill the bowls to the very top if you want to also use the lids.Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    14. A Rachel area rug because, whether you rent or own, those hardwood floors are going to take a serious beating (even if you live in a "no shoes" household). Plus a good rug will make things just a bit quieter around the house.

    A neutral-color rug on a hardwood floor in front of a matching couch
    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: "This rug turned out even prettier in person. The pattern is perfect and the gray is very soft. I got it for the living room and it makes the room look bigger. Even my husband took notice of the quality!" —Nicole S

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $37.29+ (available in 15 sizes).

    15. A 90-piece first aid kit (with antiseptic towels, butterfly closures, safety pins, fingertip strips, first-aid tape, eye pads, multiple band-aid sizes, and more) so that all minor household boo-boos and owies can be properly tended to.

    A red first aid bag with its contents neatly arranged around it including bandages and rubber gloves

    Promising review: "I got this First Aid Kit because I wanted something that came together. I was tired of always buying everything separately. I expected it to be a little bigger but when I opened it it was filled with all kinds of quality First Aid stuff! I was surprised at how much fit in there." —Christina Mullins

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A Brother P-Touch portable label maker with three fonts, 14 frames, and more than 250 symbols, to organize random boxes so they aren't random anymore and save you time digging through them for whatever it is you're looking for.


    Promising review: "Inserting the provided sample print cartridge is like putting in a cassette tape, it felt very nostalgic. Definitely read the instructions but it's really intuitive after that. I like the size and width options. Like others have said, you can save tape by selecting the smallest margin, typing out all your words with a space between, then printing it as one long strip, and cutting the labels apart with scissors. Don't forget to feed the tape after you've printed before using the cutter or you'll cut off the end of the last word." —El

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    17. A rechargeable Black+Decker cordless driver that won't screw you over when you're drilling into wood, metal, or plastic (thanks to its 11-position clutch and two-year warranty).


    Promising review: "Very powerful little drill. Have used this to build a large deck. I've driven over 2,000 screws with it. Surprisingly it drove SureLOK 6-inch bolts with no problem, even though my old corded drill didn't have enough torque. It lasts over a half-hour of continuous use on a single battery. It does get a little hot when using it that long. I thought for sure I would've burned it up by now, but it's still working great." —Timm Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $39.00.

    18. An enameled, cast-iron, Le Creuset Dutch oven (the name is French though) that you'll most likely be cooking meals with for the rest of your life. It's even easy to clean and won't chip or crack even after years of use.

    A lime green colored Dutch oven with its lid on sitting on a countertop

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about these... just love them. They are pricey, but in my opinion, everything I have gotten from Le Creuset has been worth it. They are pieces that you hand down to your grandchildren. They are made well, cook well, and look beautiful. And, as a bonus, you don't need to have tons of pans, pots, and cookware if you're using these. Just a few essentials are all you need due to the quality." —Olga Loinfeisk

    Get it from Amazon for $319.95 (available in thirteen colors).

    19. A Stasher reusable food bag for phasing out unrecyclable single-use plastics. Why so pricey? Well, do you know of any other bags that can survive the fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and boiling water? We'll wait.


    Promising review: "I've tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there all using a variety of materials. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren't usually dishwasher-safe. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean and I trust that they aren't hiding gross crumbs in any of the crevices." —Megan A.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (for sandwich size, available in four other sizes and 11 colors).

    20. A set of two retractable-blade box cutters, because all that cardboard piling up really needs to be cut down to size. Includes a handy refill pouch with five extra blades for when all that slicing gets dull.

    A box cutter with the blade extended about to cut some cardboard boxes

    Promising review: "In consideration of the amount of stuff I order, it seemed worth it to order a new box cutter. I keep one in the garage for opening and breaking down boxes instead of hauling them into the house to do it. For years, I have been using an antique cheap little plastic piece of junk that came from who-knows-where. Most likely a gumball machine. So, I decided to really live it up and buy a new box cutter. I found this pair and they looked nice. Are they ever! They're also better than the more sturdy metal ones kept in the house. They work very well, cut very easily and smoothly. Great purchase!" —Jazmine von Holzrand
    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    21. An OXO Good Grips 4-gallon bucket with one unique feature that sets it apart from all the other buckets out there: a holder on the handle that will keep the mop upright so it's always at the ready and won't tip over and hit the ground.

    A white plastic bucker with handled extended while holding up a mop

    Promising review: "I love this bucket. Can a woman actually love a bucket? LOL? It's nice and big, and you can pour in your cleaner and measure your product right at the bottom. On the sides, you can measure your water! So simple, yet what a great idea. Very lightweight and I'm happy to have it." —Pursuetruth

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    22. A gas-powered, portable generator for when the lights (and everything else for that matter) go out. Eight hours of run-time will power multiple electronics from high voltage appliances to heavy-duty tools. So, yes you can still watch TV while power sanding (although we wouldn't recommend it).

    A black and yellow portable generator being wheeled by an individual wearing blue jeans and brown shoes

    Note: wheel kit sold separately.

    Promising review: "After a very long power outage a few years ago, I decided I'd be ready the next time it happened. I used it for the first time when some tornadoes went through causing the worst power outage in 20 years. I found I needed to open the choke halfway in order to get it started the first time, but after that, it started really easy. I used it to power our refrigerator, freezer, sump pump, a couple of lamps, and I even used it to run the igniter on our gas stove so I could cook. It seemed like it could handle more." —TJ Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $341.99+.

    23. A surge protector power strip that will keep everything that's plugged in safe from spikes in voltage. But the real selling point is the ten roomy AC plugs that won't crowd each other and four USB ports for charging phones and tablets.

    An unplugged white surge protector with ten empty plugs and four empty USB ports

    Promising review: "Two of the outlets are placed in such a way that the large boxy power adapter plugs at the end of many electronic devices can be plugged in without compromising the outlet immediately next to it. This means a lot to me! In a 10-outlet strip, I can actually use all 10 outlets! Woo-hoo! The unit still manages to be compact. It is also surprisingly sturdy while maintaining a low profile." —Karksta

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A pancake batter mixer for whipping up waffles or flapjacks more often because you're not going to make such a big mess. Just add the ingredients, mix with the included blender ball, and pour out picture-perfect pancakes through the heat-resistant silicone spout.

    A clear plastic pancake mixer pouring batter onto a hot grill from its red silicone spout

    Promising review: "I originally purchased it because I was tired of scooping my batter with a measuring cup and dripping along the way, just to have oblong-shaped pancakes. This thing makes the perfect round cakes with no mess! I was skeptical about it holds as much batter as we usually use; enough for four people. It has a built-in stand when you add your ingredients through the bottom and clean up is a breeze. Don’t think twice; just buy it. You won’t regret it!" —Michelle W.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.24.

    25. A handheld garment steamer, because things are always going to have wrinkles, you're usually not going to want to iron them, and hauling them to the dry cleaner gets expensive fast. It takes just 30 seconds to preheat and is safe to use on almost any type of fabric, be it clothing, bedding, or furniture., Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm a TV wardrobe stylist, and I do a lot of steaming. This is hands down the best steamer I've ever used. It doesn't spit water out, warms up very quickly, and will steam multiple garments before it needs a refill. I love that it has a button and a lock to keep it on (my last one just turned on... no button to pause the steam). The brush attachment is awesome, and pulls the fabric as you steam, which pulls the wrinkles out more quickly." —Monkaloo

    Get it from Amazon for $34.97.

    26. A dishwasher-safe, two-piece Boston Shaker set for shaking up Margs and Daiqs or stirring up Martinis and Manhattans every time you have booze-inclined friends over (which turns out to be quite a lot). After all, a more complete bar cart can save you quite a bit of cash that you'd spend at the actual bar.

    Two stainless steel drink shakers standing near and on top of the cardboard box they come in

    Promising review: "All bartenders need a handy, reliable shaker to work their magic, and this is the best that I've found! Sure you can get Cobbler shakers (the three-piece things with the built-in strainer) for a dime a dozen, but you don't want those. They're almost always junk, they never come apart at the worst moments, and can be a pain in the butt to clean. This Boston Shaker set is literally just two metal cups of different sizes that fit together, and if you give it a firm tap just next to where they meet, can always get them to separate, every time, no matter how cold the liquid inside is. A perfect shaker for professionals and amateurs alike. I use this at home, at work, and when I've got an independent gig at an event. Pair it with your favorite Hawthorne strainer and you're all set to go!" —Isaac Schmitt
    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    27. A queen-size inflatable bed with an internal electric pump for fast inflation (under five minutes) and deflation for those visiting friends who never want to spring for the Airbnb. The soft velvety top is no excuse for not having a spare set of sheets for guests, though.


    Promising review: "Easy to unroll, inflates quickly and is very comfortable. Queen sheets fit nicely and stay on all night. Deflates easily and rolls up without too much trouble, and with practice, you can even get it into the storage bag that comes with it. Helps if you were a Girl Scout and you camped a lot. Good practice rolling up all those tents. It is a wee bit on the heavy side, but it's well-constructed and will withstand your 17-year-old daughter when she takes a flying leap at it from the door." —R. M. Talleur

    Get it from Amazon for $49.98.

    28. A digital scale that can save you so much time waiting in line at the post office by figuring out shipping rates at home (especially helpful if you're into eBaying or Etsying). Measure weights in pounds/ounces or kilos/grams for whatever your (hopefully legal) side hustle might be.

    A small silver and black home digital scale with a manila envelope being weighed

    Promising review: "This scale has been a lifesaver!! I purchased this product mainly for my Etsy based business and for small amounts of personal use. I was shipping packages daily and waiting in line at the post office wasn't working for me. It comes with batteries but I prefer to use the AV jack. It's perfect for me because I mainly shipping small, lightweight objects. This scale is a great price and successfully gets the job done." —Happy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    29. An expanding accordion file folder/organizer for collecting all your most important documents and papers in one place. Thanks to the color-coded tabs, you'll never misplace a birth certificate, a W2 form, or other important physical documents ever again.

    A black plastic expandable organizer with multi-colored file folders and tabs for the months

    Promising review: "This has finally helped me organize years of various documents that have been haphazardly filed. I now have everything in one compact, well-organized place. It expands and expands and keeps expanding to hold everything imaginable." —AW

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59.

    30. A six-pack of jumbo Spacesaver vacuum storage bags to increase storage space around the home, especially for bedding and out-of-season clothing. Not only do these bags come with a travel pump (in case you don't have a vac handy) but they also have a lifetime replacement guarantee.

    A before and after image of a pile of clothes on the floor versus the same pile that fits into a vacuum bag and takes up less space
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    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 $36.99 (available in five sizes).

    31. A heavy-duty, rustproof, mold-resistant, aluminum handle toilet plunger so whenever there's an unfortunate clog, you won't immediately need to call the plumber because you can go all Super Mario yourself on that toilet. And as an added bonus this plunger won't retain any unsanitary water inside.


    Promising review: "Hands down the most amazing plunger I have owned. I know it is somewhat silly, but having a reliable plunger such as this becomes such a relief when the world of human waste becomes less than...well, 'manageable.' I promptly named mine after my username." —Excalibur

    Get it from Amazon for $16.74.

    We know your home can often feel like a money pit, but most of these items will be investments and last a really long time, maybe even longer than the house. Thanks, Hanks! Bye, bye!

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