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

    Just warning you now, these upgrades will make you never want to leave your apartment.

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is an affordable, attractive, and compact one-cup coffee maker that works quietly and would look good on any kitchen counter. It has an easy-to-fill reservoir in the back, and a water level indicator in the front. Some models evidently have a light that flashes when the water level is low. This one does not. It is a basic coffee maker, allowing you to choose one of three cup sizes. You are not able to adjust the water temperature or the strength of the coffee as in some of the higher end coffee makers. But, if you are looking for a basic coffee maker, this one looks good and makes a good cup of coffee. It works with any K-cup or will make a cup of hot water if you run it without inserting a K-Cup." —eab93

    Get it from Amazon for $79.97.

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

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "This mattress topper is amazing. No more waking up with any kind of aches or pains. It’s like sleeping on a cloud that molds to your body. We’ve had it for almost a year now and I will never sleep without it. The only problem is getting out of bed in the morning." —Bradley J.

    Get it from Amazon for $195.99+ (available in sizes Twin—Cali King and with or without cooling technology).

    3. 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).

    Amazon, amazon.com

    You can technically clean and reuse it, but many reviewers just toss it because, well, it gets pretty gross.

    Promising review: "Our sink wouldn’t work and I’d tried everything, baking soda and boiling water, baking soda and vinegar, plunging, Liquid Plumber! I was getting ready to call a real life plumber when I saw this. Didn’t really think it would work as described... but total game changer. Took four times to clear the clog and was gross as hell, but our sink had been perfect since!!!! It’s disgusting but 100% worth it, since it saved me a $100 with a plumber!! Gag-worthy purchase and I’d buy it again a million times!!" —Jennifer Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

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

    4. And an over-the-drain hair stopper to prevent future blockage. Just place it over your drain and let it catch all of your hair before it gets caught in the pipes.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've been very impressed! It's tall enough to fit easily over my pop-up drain and (even without suction cups) the weighted top keeps it in place. I have medium-length hair and seem to shed almost as much as my cat, but the drain protector catches it all and is easily removed and tossed away. Best of all, the silicone doesn't hold onto mildew or mold. I have been able to spray and wipe away any grime with very little effort. It looks like this drain protector will last a very long time. This has been a very worthy purchase!"—Suneimi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48 (also available in a pack of two).

    5. A set of four 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.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "It’s a perfect decor piece in our new apartment. It arrived after two days and in perfect condition. It doesn’t need watering or any maintenance, perfect for a busy person like me. You can place it anywhere you like since it doesn’t need sunlight and it's not temperature sensitive. Also, it makes our space fresh and homey. Would definitely order again." —RJA5130

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

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

    amazon.com

    Plus it's hypoallergenic and washing machine- and dryer-safe!

    Promising review: "It's so fluffy! As soon as I got it I threw it in the dryer with some dryer sheets and when it came out it was fluffier than before. I threw it on my bed and my dog immediately jumped up on it and hasn't left since. He enjoys it and so do I." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes twin XL-Cal king and in seven colors).

    7. A hanging shower caddy that looks sleek and modern and will help you keep your grooming products organized.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I really like this shower caddy. I have no complaints with it. It fits all of my shower essentials and has held up very well in my shower! I like how you can adjust the baskets if needed. It was exactly what I was looking for. There isn't anything really like this that I have seen anywhere else. The baskets are also very easy to clean. You just remove them and wash down with soap and water. They also have little holes in the basket so that water is not collected, which is a must!" —ERyser

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

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

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Plug it into an outlet, and the 300 warm LEDs will make your wall or window glow. Oh, and they have eight different mode settings for a nice, cozy twinkle. They're even waterproof so you can use them outside!

    Promising review: "Perfect for my small apartment! These lights added such a cozy touch to my dining room!" —Brandon Youngman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89.

    9. An Instant Pot for preparing your fave meals, even during a super hectic week.

    amazon.com

    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: "Bought this for my college student daughter who moved off campus into an apartment. Space was limited but she wanted a rice cooker, a Crock-Pot, and a pressure cooker — this fit the bill all in one. She loves it and uses it more than the stove. I am a huge fan as well of pressure cookers, been cooking meals in it for years." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.87+ (available in five models and two colors).

    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 $19.99 (originally $32).

    11. A decorative window film that'll give you some privacy and let a little rainbow light shine into your apartment.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a weird skinny window in my house where no normal window covering works. People walking on our community trail can see up into our upstairs bathroom when the light is on and it's dark outside. Not a good plan at all. So I used this window film and cut different sized circles and placed then on this window to interrupt the view into the house. Worked perfectly! Very easy to use." —Marsgard

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in seven sizes).

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

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I used it on our tubs, toilets, sinks, and shower. It took one bottle of this stuff to achieve the same result as three bottles of other brands. I will buy this again hands-down. I just sprayed, walk away for a few minutes, and wiped and rinsed." —Carrie D.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

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

    Society6

    Get it from Sarah Eisenlohr at Society6 for $19.99 (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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Beautiful shelf for an amazing price. I have mine on carpet and tried to set it up so that it tilts slightly to the corner to avoid it ever falling forward, but I made sure to load the heavier items on bottom and lighter on top. I have NO fear whatsoever that mine will tip over. Seriously one of my favorite purchases in a while! Thank you to this company for making an affordable yet aesthetically pleasing item!" —Liana Sepulveda

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in three, four, or five tiers and 16 colors).

    15. A pack of two velvet throw pillow covers with a pom pom trim that are luxe, stylish, and available in tons of great colors. (And don't forget a couple of pillows to go inside.)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These pillow cases are so soft and cozy! The color is true to the picture, a nice deep red, and the material itself is cozy and velvety. The little pompoms are actually very much secured to the pillow, and I've never experienced any of them coming loose, and I am using them daily. The zippers are very well hidden without being difficult to use, too." —Al

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in seven sizes and 20 colors).

    16. A SockDock so you don't have to stress over digging out two matching socks in the morning when you're already running late for work. Plus, it'll make folding your socks WAY faster.

    Amazon

    Just slip each day's pair of dirty socks through its own secure slot in the cord, then when it's full, throw the entire thing in the wash as normal. When it comes out of the dryer, every sock will be clean but also secure in its spot!

    Promising review: "I love this product! This saves me so much time. Instead of having one for dirty socks and one for clean as they suggested, I hung one by our dirty clothes hamper, and one by the kids'. Once it is full, it goes in the wash. It takes me two seconds to fold the clean socks. No more hunting for a match every morning!" —amanda courneya

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16 (each holds nine pairs of any size sock; available in five colors).

    17. 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.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "So Pinteresting! I used this adhesive film to turn two cheap IKEA tables into less cheap looking IKEA tables because I'm not made of money, but I would like others to believe I am. Super simple to use and you get a ton of it for the price. I was really pleased overall. The pattern actually looks like marble, not a weird pixel-y repetitive pattern so that's great as well. Also it was delivered same day which was miraculous as my DIY initiative tends to fade approximately 48 hours after I discover a project I want to do." —Spencer House

    Get it from Amazon for $3.19+.

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

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... it was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel... fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $6.03.

    19. An anti-bacterial lavender pillow mist, because it can fight acne while you sleep and the soothing scent may even help you rest.

    Amazon

    This pillow spray is made up of a blend of natural ingredients, such as tea tree water and peppermint water, to fight off acne-causing bacteria and help your skin stay clear. The lavender scent is also used to help you relax and fall asleep easier. It can be sprayed on your sheets and beddings, too.

    Promising review: "This stuff smells amazing and lulls me to sleep easier. I have also noticed my skin feels better in the morning." —K.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A pack of invisible bookshelves for bookworms who need a clever way to store their growing collection of novels, biographies, and self-help books.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "The product worked very well and was very easy to install. I have put heavy things on all four of mine, without any issue. I move things off of them daily and rearrange the books, and they hold very well in the wall. They are perfect for small spaces and also as individual decor items." —Amy Johnson

    Get a pack of four shelves from Amazon for $23.99.

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

    Amazon

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

    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes!!! So I had to find something to make the stench go away. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!!!" —Erin

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

    22. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These work really well! I have a 14-inch mattress, so keeping the fitted sheet well secured has been a struggle until now. One of the best purchases I've made. I followed someone else's advice here of turning the sheet inside out, putting the fasteners on, then putting the sheet on the mattress. Made them very easy to use." —Jayne Voyt

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    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.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These hangers are seriously low profile enough to give you close to twice the amount of space in your closet. Probably not necessarily a good thing, but I revamped my closet with these instead of donating a large portion of clothes to Goodwill (although I had already donated two other closets full until a friend recommended these hangers) and now my clothes all fit neatly! And they are sturdy, no more cracking hangers when you pull off an item of clothing in a tizzy. I'm very happy with my purchase of a few packs of these hangers. It cost pennies in comparison to a closet organizer system." —Lisa427

    Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $21.24+ (also available in packs of 30 and 100 and four colors).

    24. A rotating makeup organizer that'll keep all of your daily beauty products from being spread across your dresser, vanity, or bathroom counter.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you pay attention, it’s easy to assemble. I really didn’t think it would hold as many items as it does. My counter is a lot less cluttered than before and my morning routine is a lot easier and faster. It also looks nicer than I expected." —dpacker

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in three colors).

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

    Brooklinen

    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 six colors).

    26. A bottle of mold and mildew remover, because those tubs and showers can get gross within the blink of an eye. Just apply the gel on the surface, let it sit for 7-8 hours, and rinse it off — no scrubbing required!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment." —Nicole D.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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

    amazon.com

    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: "After seeing it say it only takes two minutes (mine was closer to four) I thought there was no way it would work. But I can literally hear how much easier the disposal spins. I can see the metal which used to be black. I'm in an apartment where it has probably never been cleaned. I didn't even know the second sink drain was white until this. It had a layer of brown gunk. Simply amazing, I'm shocked how well this stuff works." —J. Peace

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.86.

    28. A set of drawer organizers to keep your socks together and help prevent your bras from getting damaged.

    amazon.com

    The set includes four bins: one with six cells for scarves and tights, eights square cells for underwear, seven wide cells for bras, and 24 small cells for socks.

    Promising review: "I love these things, they’re so versatile. I have them all over: drawers, closet shelves, cabinets. I use them for more than just underwear too. I use them for dry art supplies in open shelves and just about anywhere else I need to organize." —Kindle Mac

    Get it from Amazon for $14.87 (available in seven colors).

    29. A pumice cleaning stone you will want to keep your bathroom sparkling. ✨ No one wants to sit on a yucky toilet.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time which regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. Decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I'd have to replace the toilet. Which was what I would have had to have done anyway, if I couldn't get the disgusting stains out. Pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. Am very happy with this purchase... well worth the very low price!" —Happy Retiree

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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

    amazon.com

    Promising reviews: "Got dried black paint out of a white carpet!" —Erica Puskar

    "If you are ever thinking you might need this, TRUST ME you do! This is only the second review I’ve ever written, but felt like I needed to because this product is so amazing. My 2-year-old threw up chocolate milk on our cream carpet. It was a complete disaster. I tried everything and nothing even made a dent in it, until this. It’s also scentless, which was great because I got the stain up right before my little girl’s bedtime. TOP NOTCH!" —Jillian Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this stain remover!

    31. 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 $6.99 (available in 48 colors).

    32. A set of satin pillowcases, because they're a game changer for improving breakage, tangles, and frizz. Plus, they'll look gorgeous on your bed.

    Amazon

    Promising Review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!!!" —shawnellnewberry

    Get them from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in three sizes and 16 colors).

    33. A 16-color toilet nightlight so you can pee in peace in the middle of the night without stubbing your toe or waking up your partner.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I freaking love this light. The motion detector is super sensitive and as soon as i walk into my bathroom it lights up. I hate turning on the light in the middle of the night and I'm also scared of the dark so this is perfect. Also the colors are awesome!!!" —Ashley Young

    Get it from Amazon for $10.93.

    34. A 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.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "So simple but so genius invention for any restroom. it makes a family life much more comfortably especially when you live in a little apartment." —Tanya

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 28 scents and seven sizes).

    35. And an illuminating essential oil diffuser for some soothing aromatherapy. It'll fill your apartment with whatever scent you choose and it changes colors.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a really great diffuser, especially for a first timer like myself. It's small and simple and also succeeds in freshening up my entire room. The 30 second burst is great at keeping your space feeling and smelling great throughout the day, while the continuous mode lasts for about six hours so I keep it on while I'm sleeping." —Pascal Ibe

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in four colors).

    And don't forget a pack of assorted essential oils!

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