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    Winter Has Arrived, So Here Are 28 Buys To Get Your Home Into Shape For The Season Of Hibernation

    That's right β€” you're about to spend another three months bunkered down at home.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This removable marble contact paper, which will hide the unsightly mess that is your current countertop and get it ready for winter entertaining.

    Amazon

    I dropped an embarrassing amount of money for my stone countertops β€” and honestly, in addition to being much cheaper, this PVC contact paper looks just as good. It is oil-proof and bubble-free β€” and at 0.61m x 5m, is enough for most kitchens.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.99.

    2. This touch-up crayon that will fill the little scratches and dents your wooden furniture has accumulated over the summer, thanks to surfboards and other ~extra curricular~ items being waltzed through your house.

    Bunnings, Timbermate / Via youtube.com

    I am not a handy person, so I've kind of just accepted the scratches and dents my home and furniture are slowly accumulating *eyes my tiny humans and cat*. This brilliant little tool, which comes in every conceivable hue of wood, can be rubbed into the surface of your furniture or heated to fill larger dents. You can even mix more than one stick to get your desired colour! Now anyone can be a home renovator.

    Buy a single stick for $6.55 from Bunnings.

    3. This weighted blanket, which will smother each and every one of your sleeping problems and help you escape the cold.

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I'm usually a person who loves to sleep early and often, but can never actually get to sleep quick enough. This blanket however, has made it so much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep for the entire night.

    It's not that it's super heavy! The blanket feels similar to when you were little and your parents would put a blanket over you and tuck it in all around you β€” aka the best feeling ever."

    β€”Hameda Nafiz

    Read my whole review on the weighted blanket here.

    Buy a double-sized blanket for $40.65 from Amazon Australia.

    4. And this pom pom blanket, because a comfy winter bed is all about layers.

    Amazon

    Made of pure cotton, this hypoallergenic blanket will keep you cosy (but not sweaty!) when over your shoulders and look good as a throw when over your furniture. Plus, those oversized pom poms are seriously adorable, no?

    Buy for $25.99 from Amazon Australia (available in three sizes and three colours).

    5. This microfibre blind cleanser, because waving a duster back and forth isn't doing much more than spreading dust around the room and I know you've been ignoring this task since summer.

    Amazon

    Microfibre cloths gather dust to the themselves, rather than spreading it to the air or floor below. The genius of this tool is in its three-arm design, which allows you to clean two blinds at a time, making a fairly tedious job end faster. Once you're done, simply take the cloths off and chuck them in the washing machine for use again in the future.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.61.

    6. This drain snake that will unclog all the hair that has been building up, alongside a tonne of sand, dead skin cells and other debris.

    Amazon

    If I'm honest, I can't look at this photo without gagging a touch. I imagine doing the job itself would be much the same, but it needs to be done, so might as well get it over and done with faster, right? There are two different lengths to choose from, 50cm and 60cm, so no matter how far down you've managed to shove your hair, the tiny claws along its length will be able to pull it all out in one go.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $8.99.

    7. This gel mould and mildew remover, that does all the dirty work in the shower you've been avoiding.

    Amazon

    I love me a quick fix. This highly concentrated (wear gloves!), mould and mildew remover is effective and requires very little effort. Simply squeeze gel along the grout you want to revive, leave for five to six hours, then wash off with running water. Much cheaper than renovating the bathroom, really.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.99.

    8. This pet hair removal broom and squeegee, which will make over almost every surface in your home.

    Amazon

    The little broom that could. Replace your rags, hard-bristle brooms and squeegees with this one tool. This extendable, rubber broom can be used to drag pet hair from carpeted areas, then flipped to its flat side to get rid of water marks on your shower screen.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $27.99.

    9. This patterned window film, which will hide an ugly view and provide privacy, so you can still let in some sunshine, without letting in the cold.

    Amazon

    If you're living in a major city, chances are you're on a teeny-tiny block like me, or living in an apartment with windows that front other people's properties. This glue-free, adhesive contact paper is a pretty and damage-free way to keep a semblance of privacy when walking around your home naked. Bonus: The film protects against 96% of harmful UV rays.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    10. This eco-friendly surface cleaner that works harder than Kris Jenner and will make short-work of the gunk you've been ignoring all year.

    Amazon

    You can use this stuff to clean soap scum off tiles, grout, bathtubs, sinks, hotplates, your oven, glass and shower screens. Plus, it can even be used to remove rush stains and residue build up.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.65.

    11. This extendable duster that you can use to tackle that stray spiderweb that's been hanging out in the corner of your living room since Christmas.

    Amazon

    When using this duster remember to dust from your ceiling down to avoid having to re-clean anything that falls. This microfibre duster comes on an extension pole, so you don't have to risk your life on a ladder to clean a ceiling fan. It's also super easy to clean β€” you just pop the duster off and give it a scrub in the sink with warm water.


    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.91.

    12. This sink shroom, so that you don't have to worry about your drains clogging up β€” because now that you're spending all your time having hot showers, this guy will catch all the gunk for you.

    Amazon

    This sink shroom fits into most sink and bathtub drains, working almost like a plug but only blocking the hair and gunk instead of the water.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.99.

    13. This LED toilet light that allows you to take a midnight leak without turning on blinding lights.

    Amazon

    This toilet attachment is fitted with a motion detector, so that it only illuminates when you need it. With 16 different colours and five levels of brightness, it's just the little bit fun you never knew you needed in your bathroom.

    Buy for $6.99 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This pack of microfibre cloths that absorb water without scratching surfaces or leaving streaks.

    Amazon

    Use them on your car, your windows, stainless steel surfaces, wood furniture and basically anything else you can think of.

    Buy a pack of 24 from Amazon Australia for $20.99.

    15. This keyboard cleaning jelly to finally give your poor electronics a refresh after you've spent months eating your lunch over them.

    Amazon

    This cleaning jelly is made of soft gum and is non-toxic and biodegradable. It's totally safe on your skin, so you can have a great time playing with it and put an end to sticky keys forever.

    Buy a four pack from Amazon Australia for $12.65.

    16. This self-charging robotic vacuum that means you never have to partake in the worst chore invented, ever again.

    Amazon

    This robot will not only clean your floors, but it charges automatically. So as long as you set it to vacuum twice a week, you'll basically never need to think about that chore again.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $334.

    17. This Sensori + Macedon Trail Detoxifying Mist that will give you that fresh-air smell, without having to actually open your windows.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This air-detoxifying mist will break down airborne toxins and odour, and replace it with a scent that, honestly, smells like ~luxury~. Hours in a concrete building can take its toll on anyone and the scent of this mist instantly transports me to an evergreen, unmistakably Aussie nature setting.

    A blend of geranium, vetiver and Aussie sandalwood, this one is for those with nature-loving partners.

    Buy 100ml for $70 from Myer.

    18. This over-the-door shoe organiser, which will neatly hold all your winter shoes, now that it's too cold to go barefoot.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This one comes with 24 mesh pockets β€” thinner shoes, like ballet flats and sandals, can fit in the one pocket, while bigger pairs can be spread over two. If your door is more narrow, you can purchase a 12 pocket organiser.

    Promising review: "I've always lined my shoes neatly in a row on my closet floor β€” but with my addiction, they were starting to take up more space than my husband was willing to give. Enter this shoe organiser. I have to admit, it's kinda brilliant. I can still display my fancy heels in my closet, but the shoes that get regular use go here at the end of the day, right next to our keys."

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.

    19. This cord organiser, because though it never bothered you as a kid, the mess of cords behind your desk are starting to make your eye twitch.

    Amazon

    Constructed from durable silicone instead of hard plastic and fitted with self-adhesive backing, this is the easiest (and cheapest) damn thing to use to sort out your cables. Use on your bedside table (yeah, I know you keep your phone next to you), desk and even your car.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    20. These flocked hangers, which unlike wire hangers, will ensure your clothes stay in place and won't get damaged.

    Kmart, Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "These are such an easy way to make your closet look so much neater. These have little grooves for spaghetti straps and a horizontal rail to fold pants over, so it can be used for everything in your closet. Thanks to the slip-resistant material, nothing ever falls off. Plus, they look much better than wire hangers. Just waiting for my husband to get on board and do his side of the wardrobe..."

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy a pack of eight for $3.50 from Kmart.

    21. This small push close container from Kmart, which gives my pantry the kind of uniformity that only a grown up could achieve.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This one touch close container is so easy to use β€” no fidgety clamps or hard-to-open screw lids. It has a silicone lining on the inside of the lid, making it ideal for keeping snacks fresh for longer.

    Promising review: "There's this whole corner of Pinterest that is just organised pantries. I swear, it's the most soothing thing to behold and I was determined to make my pantry over the same way. The key to getting yours to look like the ones on Pinterest is using uniform, stackable containers. I love these ones from Kmart β€” rather than a bunch of half-eaten bags of snacks everywhere, I can stack them all neatly in a row. They also come in several larger sizes, so I can use the same design for my pasta, cereal and larger snacks."

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy a small container for $6 from Kmart.

    22. This smart ceramic mug β€” because the mornings are cold AF and you need your coffee to stay hot 'til at least 9:15 a.m.

    Amazon

    I do not know what it's like to have a hot cup of tea. Like, I can not even fathom the sensation. Who has the time to sit with a mug in hand, waiting for it to reach the optimum temperature before it gets cold?! Enter this ceramic mug which will keep your drink at the exact temperature you prefer, is controlled via app and sits on a charging coaster β€” ready for whenever you need a caffeine kick.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $79.95.

    23. This pumice cleaning stone that will keep you from cringing with embarrassment every time someone asks to use your bathroom β€” and it works on surfaces all around the home!

    Amazon

    This reusable stone gets rid of those hideous dark yellow rings and hard water stains without scratching your surfaces. You can also use the stones on tiles or even your grill to get rid of rust.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.01.

    24. These deodorising bags that you can shove into all the muskiest places, like your running shoes.

    Amazon

    These bags absorb excess moisture, so they'll also keep mould and mildew caused by your sweat at bay β€” which is perfect for your gym shoes!

    Buy a two-pack from Amazon Australia for $21.99.

    25. This eco-friendly pet hair roller that doesn't need any sheets or refills, so you can use it again and again without having to break out the vacuum cleaner.

    Amazon

    You can use this roller on furniture, carpets, clothes and anything else in your house that gets covered in your furry friend's hair. This one also comes with a grooming glove so you can tackle that pet hair at the source.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $18.49.

    26. This makeup brush cleaning and drying machine, because now that iso-life is ending, you're keen to try out some new ~lewks~.

    Amazon

    This machine comes with eight holders to fit each one of your makeup brushes. All you have to do is pour some water and makeup brush shampoo mixture into the bowl, then you let the battery powered wand work its magic. After rinsing with water until the water runs clear, spin the wet brush in the air to dry.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $50.88.

    27. This air purifier that will cleanse the air of all the dust particles currently floating about.

    Amazon

    We have an air purifier in every bedroom in our house and I've got to tell you – best decision ever. Its three-stage filter removes ultrafine allergens and particles from the air – and thanks to its pre-filter, the main filters last much longer than your usual lot.

    Buy for $179.89 from Amazon Australia.

    28. And finally, these room darkening curtains, which will keep winter's icy clutches from breaching your windows.

    Ikea

    These blockout curtains from Ikea keep both the winter chill and pesky sunlight beams from your face for as long as necessary and can be used on any curtain rod β€” whether it be by hanging from rolling hooks or threading the rod through hidden tabs. Each curtain is 250cm long and 145cm wide.

    Buy a set of two for $69 from Ikea.

    You, thrilled to be getting your home into shape after five long months of filthy living:

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