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    42 Practical Products To Buy *Before* Spending Money On New Fall Clothes

    Storage solutions for the clothes you *already* have, helpful yard work tools, brilliant ways to fight off bugs, and other products to help you take on autumn like a pro.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An easy-to-use, fast-acting fruit fly trapper so you can stop spending so much time engaged in a battle of wits with those tiny obnoxious insects that love to take over your home, especially during fall. Simply place this trap where the flies love to hang out, empty half of the nonstaining lure bottle into the trap and say goodbye to your uninvited flying roommates — they won't be sticking around.

    reviewer photo of an apple shaped fruit fly trap sitting on a ledge
    reviewer photo of the inside of a fruit fly trapper with dozens of fruit flies stuck in a sticky substance at the bottom

    Each trap lasts up to 45 days. 

    Promising review: "Our home was infested with fruit flies. As a household of minimal fresh produce and a mostly nitrate rich menu, we were confused and horrified when these tiny, evil bugs took over our house. These apple traps are LEGIT. Within an hour or less, they had captured a good amount of flies. I just bought more." —MotherofChaos

    Get two traps from Amazon for $5.89 (also available in packs of four and twelve).

    2. Some space-saving vacuum storage bags that'll keep your summer wardrobe from hogging all of your storage space that *could* be full of new fall clothes! These bags fit an impressive amount of stuff, and all you have to do is toss your clothes, blankets, towels, and other items in, vacuum out the excess air, and watch them go from taking over your closet to taking up barely any space at all! 

    before photo of a large pile of clothes
    The same pile of clothes dramatically condensed in a vacuum bag
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "It’s amazing how much these bags compress. Plus, you can see what’s in them without opening multiple bins. I packed RV bedding (pillows/comforter) in one jumbo bag. They are great for travel, too, just compress wrinkle free items prior to placing in suitcase." —Mary

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $24.99 (also available in packs of six, eight, 12, and 15).

    Check out BuzzFeed editor Maitland Quitmeyer's Spacesaver vacuum storage bags review for more details!

    3. A boot tray  — now you'll have somewhere to put dirty shoes after trudging through piles of mud-covered leaves without messing up your clean floors! 

    the boot tray in an entryway
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This rubber shoe mat is a great, compact, lightweight option to keep the house tidy. We bought this for our little Airbnb unit that we own and it’s been a great addition to the entryway. Easy to clean!" —AKara

    Get it from Amazon for $14.40.

    4. An instant screen door that takes five minutes to install — no tools (or damage to your door frame) required! The hands-free, magnetic auto-close feature automatically shuts the screen every time you walk through it, making it great for kids, pets, and adults with full hands. Now you can let the cool fall air in while keeping the bugs OUT.

    Model easily walking through the instant screen door with hands full of beverages and a dog in tow
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So far so good. This magnetic screen is installed on a busy kitchen door with people going in and out a lot. I bought it to replace a less expensive As Seen On TV product that was horrible and ripped the first week. This door has been in place for about two months and is holding up surprisingly well, given the inexpensive price point, I'm impressed. It installed easily and functions as hoped. The magnets snap together very well." —Alison Hird

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. Some Leaf Scoops gloves — they make quick, easy, and actually kinda fun work of transporting leaves, compost, and mulch so you won't dread dealing with it. (Check out the review below to hear from someone who owns a lawn care company and SWEARS BY these!)

    a model using the oversized plastic gloves to pick up massive piles of leaves without a rake
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a lawn care company, so to say I have tried everything almost seems redundant. Also, I typically do not get excited about a product because I feel it should do its job. However, these are seriously amazing. Ergonomically, they're wonderful because the hand part is like a baseball glove. It uses your arm to help support the load allowing a balanced feel to what is being picked up. 

    Another great feature is when I am trimming shrubs, I can use a leaf blower to move the clippings out and rake them up. Then using these and a bag stand, will make child's play out of what would otherwise be a rough task. 

    Picking up leaves is also great in that you can get a great amount, but you can also smash them straight down to compact them in the bag without the worry of hitting a stick and cutting your hands up. If you pass up a chance to get a pair of these just know us lawn care guys are driving by and just dying to show you how much easier that chore can be for you by using this product." —J. Bradburn

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95.

    6. And a standing weeder so you can achieve a flawless lawn without ending up with a sore back every time you do yard work.

    Gif showing how you press it into the ground where the weed is, then lean the handle at an angle (which pulls up the weed), until you pull the whole weed out
    Amazon

    Made with a bamboo handle and powder-coated steel, it uses a simple lever system to made weeding easy.

    Promising review: "Oh my god, I friggin' love this tool. I bought this on a whim given we bought our first house and know nothing about caring for a yard. Boy has it come in handy. Our new house had a ton of weeds in the front yard, and this tool helped me get most of them out in no time. In fact, the process of yanking out the weed was strangely satisfying! I don't think anyone can say that weeding is fun, but this tool made it as close to fun as you can get, especially when you see a long root along with the weed you pulled." —JG

    Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

    7. A super hydrating/cooling eye stick here to help fight off seasonal dryness and irritated puffiness now that fall allergies are back in town.

    the eye stick
    reviewer pic of before and after using the stick with refreshed look after

    Promising review: "Highly recommend putting it in the fridge and applying once in the morning and once before bed. Two weeks' difference with product shown above. Feels wonderful after a long day, but also makes you refreshed if you aren't a morning person." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. A door draft stopper to keep cold air, gross bugs, and scary rodents from sneaking in under your doors. It's easy to install and stays in place so you can save some money on heat and...pest control.

    reviewer pic of the draft stopper on the bottom of a door barely noticeable
    close up of the draft stopper on a door

    Promising review: "I bought this because bugs were starting to get into the house and in order to fix what was wrong with the door we would have had to take the door off the hinges. We really wanted an easy fix since we will be putting in a new door come spring. My husband put this on, and it has worked great. Not only are the bugs staying out, but the extra noise and cold coming in are no longer a problem. I would definitely recommend this." —Rose E. Archambault

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    9. Or a roll of adhesive weather stripping — it'll keep stealthy and, quite frankly, uninvited cold air from sneaking in through the cracks in your doors and windows. It's easy to install and will probably help keep your utilities bill from going through the roof once fall makes way for winter.

    reviewer holding the white strip to show its thickness and adhesive backing
    the strip attached to a door and it blends in seamlessly

    You'll get two seals (totaling 16 feet) that are 9 millimeters thick.

    Promising reviews: "Just received and installed. Quick and easy to install. One roll split in two covers one standard doorway. It works great at keeping the cold draft out. Stopped it completely. I’ll be using the other roll to fill gaps around a couple of window AC units. I would recommend this to friends and family." —Amazon Customer

    "I recently bought an older house where all the windows are out of square. These strips have filled the gaps. I have no doubt that my next electric bill will be significantly lower after applying these to all my windows." —Nolan

    Get a two-pack of 33-foot-long rolls from Amazon for $8.57+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

    10. And a window insulator kit that creates an airtight lining to keep cold air OUT and hot air IN!

    reviewer photo of the wrap taped to a window
    the same window after a hair dryer was used to shrink the wrap to the window

    Promising review: "I buy this every winter, and it makes a BIG difference! We have super-thin windows, and this works like a charm to stop 80% of the cold drafts, and I find I can sit right next to the window without a problem after installing them. It's easy to install and looks invisible after you apply heat with a hair dryer. No one will be able to tell there's a film, and it'll look completely transparent after you apply heat. It was so satisfying to see the wrinkles disappear! It looks great, works great, and will save your energy! Win win win!" —Raymond

    Get a three-window kit from Amazon for $9.55 (available in a larger size for patio doors and big windows).

    11. A pack of shelf dividers to keep your leaning towers of clothes from toppling over every time you dare attempt to extract a sweater.

    The same closet with the shelf dividers neatly separating each pile
    A closet of clothes that are neatly organized but kinda smushed together

    Promising review: "These work great! They work so well I installed them and forgot them. My bureau is pretty deep, and my clothes would all fall on top of each other and become a big mess. Now I'm pretty organized with my T-shirts." —Pathfndr

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    12. A rechargeable hand warmer for anyone whose hands are always cold. You have three temperature levels to choose from and can even use it to charge your phone!

    Reviewer holding the hand warmer
    The hand warmers in various colors

    Promising review: "This hand warmer is amazing! My hands are constantly cold and I've tried all sorts of products to help keep them warm but nothing has worked until now. I charge the hand warmer every night with a standard USB charger and the next day, I have hours of warmth. The three temperature settings are very helpful — I use the highest setting when I'm outdoors for long periods of time and the lower settings when I'm indoors (e.g., sitting at my desk or in a cold movie theater). I've already given hand warmers as gifts to several cold-handed friends and family members and they're loving it as well. I hope Ocoopa comes out with a foot warmer next!" —RK

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in seven colors and two-packs).

    13. A cool mist humidifier if you're tired of the dry fall air sucking all the moisture from your home. It makes ZERO noise, is fully customizable, has an auto-shutoff feature, and can help you sleep and breathe way better.

    the cool mist humidifier
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this humidifier hoping it was going to suit my needs. I wanted something small, easy to use, very quiet, and one that would not run out of water over night. I got ALL those things. And the price was amazing at that.

    You can't go wrong with this product. I have a rather large bedroom, and I set it in one corner and it really reaches around the entire room. I bought this because I have allergies, and in the winter, especially, when the heater is on, my throat gets really dry, and I cough all night. The humidifier helps keep my throat moist so I can sleep at night." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A pack of solar-powered waterproof deck lights you can attach to deck railings, stairs, and fences to keep your yard illuminated now that it's getting dark a little earlier.

    the lights attached to a deck railing
    the lights attached to the sides of some outside stairs

    Promising review: "These lights were easy to install and look great in on our deck. We just had a pool built and needed some light on the steps of the deck so we could see walking up the steps at night. They're beautiful without too much light." —BJ

    Get 16 from Amazon for $33.95+ (available in two styles).

    15. Storage loops perfect for holding your garden hoses in the garage so they don't freeze once the cold weather makes its way into your yard.

    FYI, if your garden hoses freeze, they're ruined!

    Promising review: "I use these medium Wrap-It storage straps to hang garden soaker hoses on my garage wall during winter months. Secure 'hook and loop' grip is easy to close and adjust and is more than strong enough to bear the weight. Large grommet sizing is ample enough to hang on nails or hooks of various sizes. Great replacement for the zip ties I was using before. Highly recommended!" —David K

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in a variety of sizes).

    16. A super soft and hypoallergenic comforter here to turn your bed into the coziest spot in the house on brisk fall evenings.

    the white quilted duvet on a bed
    Amazon

    If hypoallergenic microfiber fill that won't make you sweat through your pajamas like traditional down sounds good to you, we highly recommend adding this duvet to your cart.

    Promising review: "This comforter is awesome. The quality is great, especially for the price! It is warm so I probably wouldn't use it in the summer months but definitely perfect for fall and winter. It is so comfortable, cozy, and warm, yet breathable and lightweight at the same time. Perfect duvet insert." —Meghan O'Keefe

    Get a queen-size from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes Twin–Oversized King and six colors).

    17. And a set of thick, soft, 100% cotton flannel sheets you'll wanna swap for those light sheets you've been using all summer that definitely won't hold up to the autumn chill.

    The sheets in grey on a bed
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We live in New England and put flannel sheets on our bed every fall/winter. Our current sheets finally wore out, so we purchased these. Honestly, I wished we had purchased them sooner. These sheets are much warmer and softer than what we had been sleeping in. These are an excellent product, and we are looking forward to many more comfortable nights of sleep." —Jared Bryant

    Get them from Amazon for $34.98+ (available in sizes Twin–California King and four colors).

    18. Or a dual zone comforter if you start shivering at the first sight of a fallen leaf, but your partner continues to overheat until the darkest days of winter. Fortunately, this comforter has a cool zone *and* a warm zone so you can stop arguing over whether to turn on the fan or crank up the heat! 

    The duvet showing one half is warm and the other is cool
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This comforter is what we’ve always needed. My husband and I are always tangled in blankets because I need more but yet they always end up on his side. This comforter provides an all-in-one solution that keeps me warm and him cool and our bedroom looking calm and zen." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    19. *OR* a borderline magical Muslin Comfort blanket – it's ultra-breathable and temperature regulating so you can snuggle up without waking up at 3 a.m. in a pool of your own sweat on those fall nights that masquerade as mid-summer heat waves. Plus, it's oversized, so you and your blanket-hogging partner (or dog) can stop fighting each other for coverage every dang night. Even skeptical reviewers are impressed by how this has changed the way they sleep.

    white muslin blanket on a made-up bed
    Muslin Comfort

    Muslin Comfort is a woman-owned small business based in California that was born after owner Shyla realized she couldn't find an adult-sized blanket made from the same breathable muslin as her son's baby blanket. Now you — an adult — can quite literally sleep like a baby!

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh... I love this blanket so much. It is exactly what I was looking to add to our bed. My partner and I are warm sleepers, so a duvet cover always felt like too much. This is the perfect weight for all seasons, and we can easily add an extra blanket for winter months. I'm so happy with how it feels, looks, and lays on the bed. Amazing product." —Margaret E.

    Get this blanket from Muslin Comfort for $199.99+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    20. A gutter scoop to spare your hands from scratches and the ickiness of touching dead leaves, animals' nests, mud, and more.

    Illustration of the scoop removing leaves from a gutter with the caption
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Not sure why it took me so long to find this item. After years of scraping out packed silt in the bottom of my gutters, I saw this and ordered it. I was a little unsure if I could use it on my smaller than standard size 4-inch gutters, but if anything the smaller size lets this thing fit even tighter and scoop out more efficiently. (I do have to lift it over the gutter junctions, but that's fine." —W. Steward

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. A pack of screen repair tape because now you won't have to choose between replacing pricey screens, spending every night swatting away mosquitoes, or keeping the windows closed... indefinitely. These are easy peasy to just slap over the top of any holes and tears so you can say "problem solved" with minimal effort and for *much* cheaper. Now you can let that fall breeze in without worrying about bugs tagging along.

    Hand placing the screen repair tape on a matching screen
    Amazon

    It includes a 2-by-105-inch roll you can easily cut with scissors! Plus, it has three layers to make it super strong!

    Promising review: "This works so well on screen holes! The backing is very sticky, and it stays in place well. I used it on a very small hole, and then also for a larger hole where I had to use two strips. They are both very secure. I'm glad we don't have to replace an entire screen just because of one hole!" —KS girl

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in gray or black).

    22. Sun Joe pressure washer so you can blast the grime off of your outdoor furniture before stowing them away until next year. 

    Promising review: "Great product at a good price. Used this power washer to wash my stucco house for pre painting. Unit worked as advertised. Fairly quiet, but yet powerful sprayer. Great customer service and would highly recommend this product to anyone." —Boy Wonder CTS

    Get it from Amazon for $184.

    23. Some all-natural, no-scrub bottle cleaning tablets because it's about to be warm beverage on-the-go season! These tablets will banish those stains, smells, and tastes lingering in your bottles and Thermoses...pretty much all on their own. Just fill your bottle with warm water and drop in a tab, let it sit and fizz for 15 to 20 minutes, empty and rinse, and that's it!

    A nasty brown stained tumbler
    Reviewer holding up the same tumbler silver and shiny

    Promising review: "I was a bit disgusted at the state of my tea cup once the flash went off on my camera, yikes! I use this cup for my daily tea at work, and it's no secret that tea stains. I've purchased new mugs once they become stained, but they aren't cheap, so when I saw a BuzzFeed article about these capsules I was curious if they could actually clean this mess. The before and after pictures prove it right there! I've never reviewed a purchase before but I had to with this one. I let the tablet sit in hot water for eight hours and EVERYTHING poured out. There was a very faint chemical smell, but after washing the mug with dish soap and water it was gone. I highly recommend this product!" —Cassandra Cioffoletti

    Get a box of 12 tablets from Amazon for $8 (also available in boxes of 36 and 78).