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    31 Mar 2020

    If You're Making Your Home Over During Isolation, These 14 Products Are For You

    You can only procrastinate for so long.

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    Now that we're all keeping to our homes as much as possible, we can no longer use being out and about as an excuse not to do our housekeeping tasks.

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    Ugh, if I must.

    Here are 14 things to help you tackle those chores you've been putting off.

    1. This leather-look car backseat protector, which will clear your car floor of all the stuff currently cluttering it.

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    This most attractive of seat protectors (let's be honest, most of them are hideous) will make up for a lack of cup holders servicing the back seat, keep the tissue box off the floor and store electronic tablets where they can't be scratched. A foldable table gives a horizontal surface when needed — but up or down, people in the back can watch screens thanks to a handy tablet display.

    Buy for $20.20 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This magic double-sided tape that sticks to everything and can be washed and reused, time and time again.

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    Thanks to some special kind of wizardry, this durable, double-sided clear tape can be used to stick almost anything to any surface — time to build that gallery wall you've been meaning to put up for years! Five metres long, it can be cut to suit your needs and then — without leaving a mark — be removed, washed and used again from now until eternity.

    Read all about its wondrousness here.

    Buy for $13.50 from Amazon Australia.

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

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    This one touch close container is so easy to use — 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 — and fresher snacks mean less stale food destined for the bin.

    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 — 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."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy a small container for $6 from Kmart.

    4. This drain snake that will unclog the hair that has been building up since you've been sprouting follicles on top of your head.

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    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 a pack of four for $8.99 from Amazon Australia.

    5. This Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit, which will instantly elevate even the most out-dated of tiles.

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    A complete renovation of a room costs more money than most of us can afford, even more so if it's the bathroom. Fortunately, you needn't rip out your old tiles to make your wet areas like new — this epoxy acrylic formula can be applied to give the appearance of brand new porcelain to ceramic or porcelain tile, fiberglass, acrylic, cast iron and steel tubs and sinks. No obliteration of your bank account necessary.

    Buy for $84 from Amazon Australia.

    6. These flocked hangers, which unlike wire hangers, will ensure your clothes stay in place and won't get damaged. Perfect for finally getting to the organisation of your wardrobe.

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    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..."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy a pack of eight for $3.50 from Kmart.

    7. And these clothing rack dividers, for when your partner just can't keep to their side of the closet.

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    In a shared closet, you can use these plastic discs to separate your clothes from your partner's. Otherwise, you can separate your shirts from your tees, your pants from your skirts — never again dig in your mass of black clothing for ages because you don't know where your favourite black leggings are.

    Buy a pack of 20 and a black marker for $11.99 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This cord organiser, because I know all your cords are currently lying on the ground in a hot mess.

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    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 for $13.99 from Amazon Australia.

    9. This deodorising drain stick, which cleans the pipes that I thought would have to always remain filthy.

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    These strips deodorise your drains, but they will also break down the organic matter and grease that cling to the sides of your pipes. No more simply lighting scented candles to cover up the smell emanating from your kitchen sink!

    Buy four packs of 12 for $11.99 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This fabric defuzzer, which with one stroke, will remove all that unwanted fluff from your upholstered furniture and clothing.

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    This ergonomically-designed fabric shaver will make all your fuzzy sweaters and blankets like new again — no more throwing out perfectly good clothing because of the fuzz and lint that has cropped up all over. Lint is gathered in the handle (no spitting it out all over your floor) and easily emptied into a bin. Lastly, this gadget is rechargeable, so no digging around drawers for batteries you may or may not have.

    Buy for $19.95 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This knife-sharpening stone, because now that we're adults, we don't leave our knives to rust and dull.

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    Set on a bamboo base, this premium whetstone is held still by a silicone lining (no nasty incidents involving slippage!) and can be easily cleaned using water alone. New to maintaining blades? This whetstone comes with a complimentary guide so you can get the angle and pressure right from the very first go. Plus, over 3,000 people gave it five stars, so you know it's worth the investment.

    Buy for $49.99 from Amazon Australia.

    12. This mop and broom holder, which is an infinitely better solution to that lean-behind-the-door system you've got going on at the moment.

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    Wall-mounted broom organisers are a cheap-as way of hiding the eye sore that are cleaning tools. I keep one mounted to the wall of my garage and another in the closet under the stairs — my house has never looked less cluttered. This one comes with five ball slots (that compress to hug any handle width) and six hooks.

    Buy for $19.99 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This over-the-door shoe organiser, which will solve the problem of where to put the excessive number of shoes you own.

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    This one comes with 24 mesh pockets — 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 — 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."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for $13 from Amazon Australia.

    14. And finally, this makeup organiser, that will disguise your tendency to leave your lipsticks and brushes sprawled over the bathroom sink.

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    Okay, full disclosure — I have an obscene number of creams and lipsticks in a bag under my sink. That's the entirety of my makeup organisation and I really could use this organiser. Featuring 360° rotation, it gives you easy access to your daily makeup essentials, without the inconvenience of having to reach past dozens of products.

    Buy for $42.60 from Amazon Australia.

    The new you, having tackled your to-do list with these items.

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