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    33 Things To Help Make Your Apartment A Better Place To Live In

    Because you deserve to *love* your living space.

    1. A single-serve coffee maker that'll quickly prepare your morning brew without taking up too much counter space.


    Promising review: "The pandemic has made it a bad idea to get coffee outside the house, so I convinced my S.O. we needed a machine to be better at socially-distancing. It helped that noncoffee pods are available; hot cocoa and green tea sealed the deal. Its styling is nice, in my opinion. The machine is basic, but does everything you need. I was worried it wouldn't be able to make hot enough water given its size, but that is not a problem. Speed to brew is acceptable. Five stars." —ressom

    Get it from Target for $89.99 (available in four colors).

    2. A drain millipede covered with over 4000 micro-hooks to grab all of the hair and build-up that is stopping your sink or tub from draining properly (and probably grossing you out every time you go to shower or brush your teeth).

    Bed Bath and Beyond

    Check out more gross, yet totally convincing photos and reviews of the drain millipede.

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.99.

    3. A TEMPUR-Pedic mattress topper that I personally use to transform my cheap little mattress into a cozy cloud of comfort. It added 3 inches to my bed and has helped me sleep SO much better!

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "Had to find a way to sleep on a competitor's bed that I spent a fortune on, but was unable to sleep comfortably on it — even after they talked me into trying a bed topper that they sent me for free (to get me past the 100-night return policy). This topper has been a godsend! I actually look forward to getting in bed now and have to think about it a minute before getting up. Thanks!" —Restedgma

    Get it from TEMPUR-Pedic for $239.20+ (originally $299+; available in sizes Twin—Cali King and with or without cooling technology).

    4. And a TubShroom hair catcher to prevent future blockage. Just place it in your drain and let it catch all of your hair before it gets caught in the pipes.


    Promising review: "After several months of repeatedly having a clogged drain and using cleaning products to unclog it we tried the TubShroom. It has worked perfectly since then. We have not had any clogs or standing water for weeks! Easy to use/clean, highly recommend." —Hannah

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    5. A set of potted artificial succulents that even you can't kill! They'll add a touch of greenery to any area, even if it's lacking sunlight.

    SevenDaysHome / Etsy

    Promising review: "These are beautiful! Love the quality of the faux plants. Minimalistic and clean looking." —DMontalto13

    Get it from SevenDaysHome on Etsy for $24.99+ (available in a set of four or six).

    6. A fluffy white comforter, because no matter what bedroom aesthetic you're going for, this will make it feel clean and sophisticated.


    Promising review: "I love this comforter. It is lightweight, but warm enough for year-round use. Rich blue color. GREAT VALUE!" —Lillian

    Get it from Wayfair for $38.62+ (available in sizes Twin-King and 16 reversible color options).

    7. An LED twinkle light curtain to give a cozy, illuminating warmth to any room in your place.

    Home Depot

    The glowing curtain has 96 bright LEDs and six strands of lights. It's super easy to hang and all you need are three AA batteries.

    Promising review: "My girlfriend had all kinds of ideas for these lights. They are nice mellow lights for setting a relaxing feeling. She hung them in the back window of our camper and they not only look good outside, but set a great mood inside too. I would recommend them for windows or just on the wall with a tapestry background. The lights are battery-operated so you don't need a power source." —Fouse

    Get it from Home Depot for $14.99 (available in warm white or multicolor).

    8. A three-tier hanging shower caddy that looks sleek and modern and will help you keep your grooming products organized.

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "We have a small shower and this ended up being perfect, it fits all of mine and my partner’s shower things and blends right in!" —Lynch

    Get it from The Container Store for $23.99 (originally $29.99).

    9. An Instant Pot perfect for preparing your fave meals and trying out tons of new recipes.

    The Instant Pot is a seven-in-one multi-functional cooker (pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, it sautes and browns, can make yogurt, steams, and warms) and likely one of most incredible things you will ever purchase for your home.

    Promising review: "Our life has changed so much since we introduced the Instant Pot to our kitchen life. This thing is so easy to use and the recipes are endless. Some of our favorite things to make are macaroni and cheese, coconut chicken curry, rice and chicken. We use this practically every day! We haven’t had any issues with ours and we actually have had ours for a long time now. Cleanup is very easy with this." —KristinaL

    Get it from Target for $99.95.

    10. A quirky banana wire grid you can clip postcards and pictures of your besties to.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I love this. My roomie and I got matching ones for our dorm room and I'm so pumped to hang up all of my pictures on it! So cute." —michelle1399

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.99 (originally $32).

    11. A decorative window film that'll give you some privacy and still let a little light shine into your apartment. Plus, it's removable and reusable.


    Promising review: "We used this for privacy in a window that was in the shower. It has stayed on the window despite the water and humidity in the bathroom. It works well for privacy, yet still lets some light in." —Rebecca

    Get it from Wayfair for $41.99.

    12. A rust stain remover to get rid of the unappealing rust that's holding your bathroom back from being #goals.

    Iron Out

    Promising review: "Love this stuff. Works to get rid of iron and rust stains that eventually start to show. We use in our showers and toilets periodically with a scrub brush and it works every time." —Bobby

    Get it from Home Depot for $4.98.

    13. A unique framed mini art print to add a pop of color and some personality to your desk, table, or shelf.


    Get it from Sarah Eisenlohr at Society6 for $17.49 (originally $24.99; shop tons of other prints here).

    14. A five-tier corner shelf perfect for holding anything from books to picture frames to toiletries.


    Promising review: "I am very pleased with my corner bookshelf. I ordered it with some doubts and it arrived in just two days and the setup was simple as 1, 2, 3. I was able to display it for my guests on that same weekend, and it was a crowd pleaser. I highly recommend this product to those who want a good quality and affordable item to add to any room of your home." —Kristen

    Get it from Wayfair for $37.99+ (available in five colors).

    15. A roll of self-adhesive marble film to create an accent wall in your space, transform a counter top, or DIY almost any piece of furniture that needs an upgrade.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! It’s was very easy to apply, thickness is great and the grid guide on the back makes it super easy for cuts!" —BLove

    Get it from Target for $5.99 (each roll is 18" x 20').

    16. A Ren Clean Skincare pillow mist made from a blend of essential oils that may relieve some stress and help you sleep better *and* it won't harm your skin.


    Promising review: "This product is a GAME-CHANGER!!! I was unsure at first if it would really work for me because I feel I’ve tried near everything to help me sleep. I am a horrible sleeper, it takes me forever to fall asleep, I toss and turn all night, and wake up feeling more exhausted than when I went to bed. So after trying multiple other things, I finally gave this a go and I’m so glad I did. I use it nightly now! I use three sprays on my pillow a few minutes before bed and I fall asleep faster and my quality of sleep is actually improved. Never thought I could wake up feeling refreshed until this product. Will definitely be recommending and repurchasing!!!" —OliviaValentino

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    17. A bottle of wood polish and conditioner to transform your old, worn-down furniture into a dazzling new focal point of your apartment.

    Howard Products

    Promising review: "This is simply the best wood polish and conditioner we have ever used. I can honestly say it has saved us from reconditioning all of our kitchen and bathroom cabinets, saving us literally hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. We are selling our home, so our cabinets need to look good, and this product has done exactly that. Worth every penny and then some." —Karl

    Get it from Home Depot for $8.48 or from Houzz for $6.79.

    18. Some floating bookshelves for bookworms who need a clever way to store their growing collection of novels, biographies, and self-help books.

    The Container Store, Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    I love my floating bookshelves because they save a lot of space and since I colorized them, they look like fun decor in my room. It definitely helps me get excited about reading more since they're so cute and visible. The shelves were also super easy to hang and, as you can see, they're very sturdy.

    Promising review: "WOW I am so impressed with this purchase! It was super easy to install (took less than five min). This bookshelf offers an alternate way to store books while showcasing them as an artful decoration. After stacking a few books I even put a few of my most-listened-to CDs on top. Great purchase. I will be buying more. I wish they made one suitable for magazines." —The Container Store Customer

    Get a set of three from The Container Store for $27.99 (originally $34.99).

    19. A plush blanket to keep you nice and cozy while you're binge-watching movies on the couch.


    Promising review: "I love this Threshold blanket! The color is perfect and matches all my decor. It is so incredibly soft, fuzzy, and warm. My kids and I all like to snuggle up under it so the size is great as well. It it lightweight but oh-so warm." —Cincydoula

    Get it from Target for $16.99 (available in eight colors).

    20. A set of bedsheet fasteners, because no one likes to wake up in the morning and realize their entire fitted sheet is now bunched up in the corner of their bed.


    Promising review: "I love the great quality and stability that these bed sheet suspenders add too my sheets so that my sheets don't keep coming off the mattress. Thanks for always supplying true quality items for the whole house." —Joel

    Get a pack of four from Wayfair for $39.99.

    21. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers so you don't have to worry about your shoes stinking up the entire room.

    The Container Store

    To re-charge them, just stick 'em out in the sun for a bit.

    Promising review: "I put them under the bed, in drawers, in our shoes, and next to the bathroom door on the floor. Before using these charcoal deodorizers, my items were moldy and smelly. However, since using these, my items are in great shape. I bought more and I toss them around the house. Sounds funny, but they really do help." —Cher009

    Get a pair from The Container Store for $9.99.

    22. A clear makeup organizer that'll keep all of your daily beauty products from being spread across your dresser, vanity, or bathroom counter and make it super easy to find them.


    It features six drawers and 16 upper compartments that'll allow you to organize everything from brushes to lipsticks.

    Promising review: "It is very spacious and has an amazing top organizer for lipsticks, brushes, and all different face oils and face treatments. The bottom is also very convenient with spacious drawers that fit moisturizers, face primers and bronzers, foundations and also mascaras and eyeliners. Not to forget my blender balls and lip scrubs that also fit in this amazing cosmetics organizer. Well worth the purchase and great price for something that lasts and is very durable." —Celeste

    Get it from Wayfair for $36.99 (originally $43.99).

    23. A pack of velvet hangers so you can fit more into your closet and not worry about all of your shirts sliding right off after you just finished putting your laundry away.

    Bed Bath and Beyond

    Promising review: "I love how slim the hangers are and how much neater my closet looks. The felt keeps my clothes on without worry that a blouse that I love will end up on the floor. I had to use special hangers for every different type of clothing before, and now it doesn’t matter." —DA16

    Get a 50-pack from Bed Bath & Beyond for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    24. A buttery-smooth sateen bedsheet with two matching pillowcases that'll give your regular old bed that five-star hotel feel.


    I have white bedsheets from Brooklinen and they truly have such a luxurious feel! They're soft and cozy, but still give my room an elegant touch.

    Promising review: "Absolutely the softest sheets ever and the color is very true to the images on the website. Perfect Queen bed fit and super easy to wash. Overall we are loving these and highly recommend." —Hannah

    Get a fitted sheet and two pillowcases from Brooklinen for $98 (available in sizes Twin-Cali King and five colors/prints).

    25. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner so you won't smell a yucky, rotting aroma every time you go to do the dishes.

    Summit Brands

    Note that it's best if your garbage disposal is just generally smelly or dirty, and not actually clogged — if it's clogged, definitely call a plumber.

    Promising review: "Very easy to use. Follow the three-step directions and it works! Cleans and deodorizers, in seconds. At a dollar a piece, the price is hard to beat. It does what it says!" —Janm68

    Get a pack of four from Lowe's for $3.98.

    26. Drawer organizers to keep your socks together and help prevent your bras from getting damaged.

    The Container Store

    The sections are sold separately, so you can customize your drawer storage for what you need. You can choose from: an eight-section organizer ideal for socks or underwear; a two-section organizer for shirts or boxers; a narrow organizer for bras; and a three-section organizer for scarves, ties, etc.

    Promising review: "For those of us who really, really want to be organized but sometimes struggle to do it right. These little boxes let me tackle my unwieldy sock drawer and finally be able to see what I have. I even went a little nuts and looked up how to fold socks into little squares so it all looks even neater! If you're one of those 'a place for everything and everything in its place' kind of people, these are for you." —WannaOrganize

    Get it from The Container Store for $11.24+ each (originally $14.99+ each).

    27. A can of Colorshot spray paint so you can make your furniture and decor match perfectly with a fun and easy DIY project. Plus, the formula has a propellant derived from sugar cane instead of petroleum, so you don't have to feel guilty about using it!

    Home Depot

    The paint is UV-resistant and it dries in 10 minutes! Try thrifting some small items and knickknacks and then spray paint them to match the theme of your room. You'll have lovely, unique decor in no time!

    Promising review: "I have to say that this is some pretty darn good spray paint. Vibrant colors, easy to apply and dries very quickly. I find that painting metal objects often results in a less-than-stellar end product due to coverage and adhesion problems, but the Colorspray paint almost completely covered with the first coat. All it required was a light second coat and I was thoroughly pleased with the result. Colorspray is definitely one of the better spray paints that I've come across to date and it's priced competitively." —Jim

    Get a can from Home Depot for $5.98 (available in 48 colors).

    28. A carpet and upholstery stain remover to finally get rid of that big spaghetti sauce stain in the middle of your living room carpet.

    Home Depot

    Promising reviews: "I purchased Folex two weeks ago mainly because it came with a money back guarantee, and I was sure that it wouldn't live up to its claim. Where has this miracle product been all of my life? I have spent thousands of dollars over the last 50 years replacing carpeting that I couldn't get the stains out of, when all I needed to do was buy a couple of bottles of this. It actually took out a Cola stain that I had been working on for six years, old wine stains on the seats of my dining room chairs, grease stains on the seat cushions in the truck, and even an old coffee stain I had on a good shirt. I think I died and went to heaven!" —Charlotte

    Get it from Home Depot for $6.97.

    29. A hand-poured coconut and soy wax blend Otherland candle that smells like sandalwood, amber, and moss and will not only make your apartment smell amazing, but it will also look gorgeous with the rest of your decor.


    I have this candle in my apartment and it's one of the best scents I've ever had! It creates such a relaxing environment and it looks really pretty. It also seems to last quite a while, which is nice since I've been burning it every single day!

    Promising review: "I have the Rattan scent and it smells amazing! I try not to burn it too often because I want to save as much as I can of it, but I love how it fits in with my decor." —Kristen Banda

    Get it from Otherland for $36 (sets of three are available for $89).

    30. A pure silk pillowcase, because it'll be a game-changer for improving breakage, tangles, and frizz. Plus, it'll look gorgeous on your bed.


    Promising Review: "The hype is real. These pillow cases are lovely and your hair and skin feel better after a good night of sleep. I have three that go in rotation. However, they cannot go in the regular wash cycle and dryer, they have to go in the gentle wash and hang dry. They will last much longer that way." —BPLosAngeles

    Get it from Nordstrom for $89+ (available in Queen and King size and five colors).

    31. A tropical hibiscus Poo-Pourri toilet spray so you and your guests don't have to be embarrassed when ~doody calls~ and there's only one bathroom in your small apartment.


    Promising review: "This stuff actually works great especially when you are in small quarters!" —Jane

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    32. A motion-activated toilet night light with color-changing LED lights so you can pee in peace in the middle of the night without stubbing your toe or waking up your partner.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "So convenient when you don’t want to turn on the light of your bathroom in the middle of the night! Don’t know if it will last, but for the price it’s totally worth it! It makes a great/funny present too." —Elsasita

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10.

    33. And a chic white stone essential oil diffuser handcrafted from porcelain that uses ultrasonic technology to help you get the most out of your favorite essential oils.


    Promising review: "I don't feel like my oils are being wasted with this diffuser. It's elegant & sleek and really distributes throughout a large space! I ended up buying a second one shortly after. We'll probably purchase a 3rd for the nursery we love it so much! Love love love." —BareBonesBeauty

    Get it from Anthropologie for $119 (also available in black).

    You enjoying your newly upgraded apartment:


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