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    22 Home Things That May Make You Think, "Where've You Been My Whole Life?"

    Oh, look ๐Ÿ‘€. A laptop tray made with a USB port, fan, and light. *drops in ๐Ÿ›’*

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    1. A split cereal bowl for anyone who still really, really loves cereal but really, really hates when it gets soggy. This cool bowl will certainly help you ~compartmentalize~ those feelings in a whole new way.


    This will also work great for yogurt and granola!

    Promising review: "My life can be divided into two parts: before and after the Obol. Before the Obol, my life was a cornucopia of misery and suffering. The inevitable sogginess of my breakfast cereal caused me to live in a miasma of despair. The eldritch ability of the milk to foul Cap'N Crunch or Raisin Bran seemed an impossible foe. With every snap crackle and pop, like drums in the deep, I knew the saturation was coming for my precious malted grains. How can one enjoy the morning repast free from the heinous congealing of granule and dairy? Tiny bowls were insufficient to slake my cereal obsession... Obol, you have lifted the veil from my eyes. You've opened a new world for me. Thank you Obol creator. You know not the positive effect on my life." โ€”Chris W.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors). Don't forget to snag your favorite cereal!

    2. Laundry stain remover that reviewers swear will work literal magic on your (or your kids') dirtiest, nastiest clothes.

    Promising review: "Amazing!!!!! Where has this been my whole life!? This stain remover is amazing! Itโ€™s removed oil stains from a ChapStick that went through the washer and dryer with my favorite shirt. It looks just like new! Grease, oil, food stains, itโ€™s got them all!" โ€”Rachel Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88.

    3. A laptop tray so you can get work done from your bed or couch without compromising your neck and back to do it. And then breakfast (or brunch!) in bed?! Ooh yes, you always deserved this little luxury.

    the black laptop desk tray  with a close-up of four USB ports

    And this thing has THE WORKS โ€” including adjustable height, a storage compartment, a fan to keep your laptop from overheating, USB ports (woooot!), and an adjustable LED light. Consider this your perfect new mini-desk. This is definitely something I should have bought a while ago and literally just got it a few days ago to stop putting it off. So, you and I can experience this baby together! Heads up, the USB ports will work via three AAA batteries which aren't included.

    Promising review: "I just received this product and I am so excited about it! Itโ€™s so sturdy and I suffer from bad neck and back pain and this product is so good for keeping my posture aligned! I love the extra storage components to it! The quality feels amazing and for the price, itโ€™s unbeatable! Huge huge fan! If I were to complain about anything it would be sometimes my mouse slides down due to my couch being very cushiony so if there was any way to stop the mouse from sliding off it would be perfect! Overall Iโ€™m very pleased with this product! MUST BUY!" โ€”Keith Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (free shipping) and AAA batteries for $4.34.

    4. A touchless trashcan with a motion sensor that'll pop open the lid whenever you want to throw anything away. It also comes with a lemon-scented fragrance cartridge so it'll hold the dirty stinky trash smells in and instead let a citrus-y smell out.


    The trash can runs on an AC adapter (included) or four AA batteries which are sold separately.

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical of an 'automated' garbage can so I started with this small one for our guest bathroom. We love it so much that it's now in our bathroom and I will be ordering the 23-gallon one for our kitchen and a second one for the guest bathroom. It's quiet, has easy operation, and it looks sleek and modern." โ€”Theparkerhouse

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes) and the AA batteries for $6.44.

    5. A magnetic tool wristband that'll be a regular go-to for anyone who's handy. You'll wonder how you ever balanced screws in your mouth and walked up and down a ladder to pick up the ones you dropped.

    model wearing the wristband with several screws and bits clinging to it in two neat rows

    BTW, this baby is priced way lower than I've ever seen it on Amazon right now so bust a move.

    Promising review: "Man, I wish I had gotten this sooner. My wife got it for me as a Christmas gift. Smart Lady I got there. It is perfect every time. It holds plenty of nails, screws, etc., and it holds them tight. The band is adjustable to all size wrists. I can't say how much I love it. It's a very heavy-duty product..." โ€”R. Keenan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    6. Smart plug-ins to help you turn devices on and off using an app on your phone! You'll also be able to set timers for when you want devices to shut off in your home when you're not there. Sigh. Can't you just TASTE that cheaper electricity bill that'll be hot and ready in your inbox soon?! ๐Ÿค‘

    These plug-ins are compatible with Alexa too so yeah, you might be able to just say, "Alexa, turn off my lamp" when you're ready to turn lights out for bedtime or "Alexa, turn off my flat iron" to save your house from burning down. The free app โ€œGosundโ€ is compatible with mobile devices IOS 8.0 above, Android 4.4 above.

    Promising review: "Love these! They have made my life so much easier. I have three lamps and one fan connected to each other. Now, I donโ€™t have to get out of my comfy bed when I forget to turn off something downstairs! Wooo! Tip: Make sure you download the BLUE app (not the green one!) and then the set-up is super easy and quick." โ€”Patricia

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99 (free shipping; available in a four-pack).

    7. A robot vacuum that'll take care of your floors like you're in a permanent episode of The Jetsons. You can schedule floor times from a remote and it'll pick up stuff on wood, tile, and carpet.

    reviewer's hand hold the vacuum container that's full of the dust and debris it picked up

    This robot vacuum will run for 110 minutes and then will take itself back to the charging station.

    Promising review: "Originally, I was a bit leery about purchasing a robotic vacuum. And after the first use, I am mad at myself for not getting this sooner! My wife and I found ourselves sweeping three to four times a week just to keep the dog hair off the floor. After being frustrated, I finally decided to give this robotic vacuum a try. This thing has been BEYOND a lifesaver. It does a great job of cleaning our whole place within 45 to 60 minutes. It recognized our two sets of stairs leading down, transitions over rugs, and fits under our coffee table and couches. This thing has literally saved us three to four hours a week in cleaning for us." โ€”Dbroeren10

    Get it from Amazon for $165.99.

    8. A bed rest pillow with arms and an adjustable head cushion so your neck and back can relax properly in any room in your house. Also, per the reviews, you really may be whispering "Where've you been all my life?" while cuddling it in your sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿฟ

    on the left, a person leans on the pillow with its headrest propped up. on the right, a mom leans on a pillow with headrest turned down. A quote from the mom says, "I can play all night and day on the floor with my daughter without my back aching."

    Several reviewers noted that this was the winning pillow for them after trying a bunch of different ones to soothe their back and neck discomfort.

    Promising review: "I had been looking for a reading/backrest pillow for a while and nothing was right about any of the others that I found. I loved the features on this one so I ordered it and I could not be happier! The price was great and the quality is outstanding. The removable cover is heavy-duty but so soft and not stiff at all. I love that it comes with a neck roll that can be secured in place by means of loops and buttons that don't interfere with comfort in any way. There's a wide pocket in the back that will hold books and magazines, and another on one of the arms. The very best thing is the memory foam filling! The pillow arrived very firm and heavy which would be great for many people. I wanted it to be less firm. With this pillow, it's easy to adjust to whatever firmness or softness that you are comfortable with since the inner pillow has a zipper at the bottom so you can remove or add the stuffing... The company also has more foam available if you want! I'm thrilled with this and would recommend it to anyone! Five stars are not enough!" โ€”L.S. Floyd

    Get the pillow and cover from Amazon for $84.95, just the pillow for $59.95, and extra filler for $14.95.

    9. An extension cord that'll twist and move just the way you need it to when you're doing stuff around the house โ€” whether you're powering up a game system, needing to immediately charge your phone before a convo cuts off, or whatever else.

    The moldable extension cord wrapped around a ladder

    A cord that can reach and wrap around a ladder is def JUST what I needed when I was up on mine trying to drill a hole high up in my wall a couple of months ago. ๐Ÿ˜…

    Promising review: "I have five of these cords now. They are the BEST thing ever. No more bending down low or trying to reach the outlet in the wall, from behind things. The plug is right there for you. I'm getting older and have back issues, so these are SO wonderful and helpful for me. Love them. You can wrap them around pretty much anything and they stay! You will not be sorry with these. Get them for your parents/grandparents!! They will appreciate them!" โ€”Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    10. An attachable silicone colander to make draining food in your kitchen way less, well, draining ๐Ÿ. It'll work for your pots, pans, and bowls.


    It's dishwasher-safe, FDA-approved, and it'll save you the space those larger sifts usually take up.

    Promising reviews: "Why didn't I buy one sooner?! This thing has changed my life! I don't have to try holding a colander in one hand and a scalding hot pot in the other. It fits on any size pot or bowl and stays in place. Great product!" โ€”Justin Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    11. A pot and pan organizer, because admit it โ€” your lids, pots, and pans are a mess in your kitchen right now.

    four pans standing in a rack

    Promising review: "It fits and works perfectly! It was easy to put together too, and honestly, I wish I had bought something like this years ago as it will keep all of my nonscratch pans unscratched versus the pyramid style stack I had them in." โ€”Sarah W

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

    12. Satin pillowcases to add some elegance to your bedroom. They'll also help you sleep soundly knowing your hair will likely remain frizz-free and your skin won't be victimized by the tough, cotton pillowcases that can cause breakage and breakouts.


    Promising review: "Life-changing! I was originally looking for silk pillowcases but decided to give these a try because they were a better price. I am not disappointed! I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair in the mornings. Overall, they are so smooth and comfortable to sleep on. Iโ€™ve washed them several times and havenโ€™t seen a difference in the quality. I would buy again." โ€”Kate

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in a set of two, 24 colors, and three sizes).

    13. A champagne stopper that'll 1) preserve your bubbly so it's fresh when you return to it and 2) make you realize just how much champagne you wasted before you had this in your saver in your life. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    This will seal up your champagne and keep it fresh in your fridge for days. It also has a pressure pump to make sure the stopper is completely sealed and leak-free.

    Promising review: "Iโ€™m guessing most people buy this great product for stopping sparkling wines, but it works just as well for any large-bottle sparkling drink, including apple ciders. And the ability to pump it once sealed means you donโ€™t waste a single bubble getting the bottle back to its full pressure. Great product. Superb customer service." โ€”DavidAtSwans

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in two colors). Also, peep our review of the MiTBA Champagne Stopper for more deets on this cool gadget (#1)!

    14. A tub drainer to catch all the hair that would normally clog your drain. It'll also be easy (and yea, kinda disgusting) to pluck out and clean when needed.,

    And in case you were wondering, one reviewer did show and share that YES, it'll catch curls too!

    Promising review: "I have to say I was a bit skeptical about this product when I first heard of it. After several recommendations from friends (and needing to find another solution for the hair clogs), I went ahead and purchased it. We are a household of three women โ€” two with short hair and one with long hair. Also, several family members with long hair visit a month... The first shower was a grand success. Not only was the water able to properly drain (goodbye standing in a pool of your own dirty bathwater!!!!) but the hair dropped into the catcher without it collecting on the top (so it was not visible to one taking a shower). Once I was done, I didn't think it had worked since all the hair drained but little did I know it was draining into the spool. All the hair that had gone down was indeed caught and very, very simple to remove from the spool. I grabbed some tissue and just 'peeled' the hair off and threw it away. Voila! I don't know why I had ever hesitated. I like it so much and it is so useful that I am including it in all my housewarming gifts. It is the item you never knew you needed nor wanted. But now that I have it, I am so much better for it." โ€”Montserrat Covis

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

    15. A light curtain that'll make you wonder why you didn't think of adding a literal wall of lights to your home long ago.

    The curtain is waterproof, has eight light settings controlled by a remote, and can be used indoors or outdoors. Layer the light strings with sheer curtains to add to your room's ambiance. By the way, lots of reviewers noted that these curtains can be difficult to hang up by yourself because the lights get tangled but many shared a hack: Don't untie the long lights from each other until you've already hung up the curtain.

    Promising review: "I am so in love with these lights! They were so easy to put up (took me about five minutes). They add such beauty to my room. I am so happy with this purchase." โ€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 and the sheer curtains for $15.99+ (available in 16 sizes and 19 colors).

    16. An internet address and password log book so you'll finally stop turning your house upside down looking for that one password you wrote on that random envelope that looks like all the other envelopes in your house. See? Life. Changed.,

    One reviewer shared a helpful tip for using this, too: Write the website names in pen but the passwords in pencils. This way, you'll be able to change your password frequently (as you should be) without having to switch your book out entirely.

    Promising review: "I purchased this book about five-plus years ago and it's been a good one. The binding is still in excellent condition with no tears or breaks and the pages are still intact. I use it daily! I recently purchased two books this time. One for me to use as an addition to my existing book and one for a friend who is constantly losing and/or having to change passwords. This book allowed me to keep all my passwords in one place and in alphabetical order. The book is hardback with spiral rings on the inside that holds the pages in. Pages can be torn out. It lies flat open for easy viewing and has an attached band to keep the book closed together. It also has ample space for writing in the details for each site including user names, site names, passwords, and notes. LOVE IT!" โ€”Consumer999

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    17. A snake plant that'll def be a live statement piece and more than that? It'll make anyone with a failed green thumb wonder why they didn't choose this plant type in the first place. Why? This baby will require almost no maintenance to stay beautiful and healthy.,

    Snake plants only need watering every two to three weeks. It'll also definitely become a live statement piece for your home since it can grow to be pretty tall.

    Promising review: "The plant arrived in perfect condition and in a timely manner, too. Every single leaf is perfect (Black Coral). There was no damage whatsoever. It's a great plant and this is a great company. I want more now... LOL. EDIT: I just bought the Golden snake plant version several weeks later now. Same experience. 'Perfect' plant. This company simply rocks!!" โ€”DH

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in six snake plant styles).

    18. A dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant to snatch up all the rust, grease, and other nasty mess that likes to camp out in there. This way, your machine will actually clean your dishes properly ~and~ you won't have to use your hands to clean them or the machine manually.

    It'll also kill salmonella and E. coli! Woot!

    Promising review: "I'm so upset that I waited to buy these LOL! My dishwasher smelled musty and swampy. I clean the filter weekly, wipe down inside, and even tried vinegar and baking soda. Nothing has worked except these tablets. So easy! I used with an empty dishwasher and a short while later the smell has been banished!!" โ€”Robin Kunz

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. Vacuum-sealed bags that'll be like having an extra closet with all the stuff you'll be able to suck up to save space in your home.

    Promising review: "Iโ€™ve been having a hard time finding a space to put away my winter clothes to make room for summer and decided to try this space saver. Iโ€™ve never tried vacuum storage before and am very pleased. Now, I canโ€™t imagine another way to put away off-season clothes. I used my own vacuum cleaner as I didnโ€™t think the pump that it comes with would be as effective and it was super easy and quick. The hardest part was folding the clothes LOL." โ€”Giselle

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available as individuals in sizes M-L or five- or six-packs of sizes S-L).

    20. Beeswax wood polisher so all the scratches and imperfections on the wood surfaces in your house will ~bee~ gone.,

    Promising review: "This Feed-N-Wax is magically wonderful for wood furniture and even my wood front door. It gave my 20-year-old pine finish bedroom furniture a nice sheen, pulled out the grain, and even covered up minor scratches along the bottom edges where the dog had gotten it over the years when rolling around on the floor. I used it on a 100-year-old china cabinet and it worked beautifully. On our wood front door that takes a beating in the south Florida weather, it brought it back to life. I wish I had found this stuff sooner." โ€”Deborah Basso

    Get it from Amazon for $14.29+ (available in three sizes).

    21. Cleaning packets that'll be the answer to the ongoing garbage disposal dilemma in your house. Consider this your sink cleanliness cheat code.,

    BTW, it's lemon-scented and the packets are biodegradable so they won't screw up the environment once the contents swim down your drain and out into the sewage.

    Promising review: "Wow, okay. So this is the coolest thing ever (ya know, as far as cleaning goes). It's super easy to use and works SO well! I've only ever used DIY methods to clean my disposal and just assumed it was working. I decided to buy this because I noticed that flies were starting to hover around my sink. I'm so glad I did! After using this, I saw something silver in my drain that caught my eye and omg, it was my garbage disposal. I've lived in this apartment for three years and legit didn't know it was silver down there โ€” and I clean it regularly! Absolutely incredible... My sink was s p a r k l i n g." โ€”Lindsay S.

    Get them from Amazon for $6.82+ (available in multiple quantities).

    22. A weighted blanket many reviewers swear helped them feel so comfy that they slept better and longer. Warning: You may need to set up multiple snooze alarms so you don't oversleep with this cool blankie. โฐ๐Ÿ˜ด

    The blanket is made with cotton material and packed with loads of tiny glass beads that create the weighted feel. The glass beads also help with controlling the temperature of the blanket so you don't overheat.

    Promising review: "The minute I laid this blanket on me, I instantly felt comfortable, relaxed, and secure. I was a bit skeptical that this blanket would help me relax and sleep better. As soon as I used it, I was in love! Why did it take me so long to try this???" โ€”Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $45.90+ (available in 15 weight options and 13 colors).

    Your face after realizing you could have had these helpful things all along.


    Better late than never though!

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