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    31 Home Things To Make You Think, "Where've You Been My Whole Life?"

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    1. Shower steamers to fill your entire bathroom up with the soothing scent of eucalyptus. You won't know if you're still standing in your tiny apartment shower or if you've been transported to a luxury spa.

    a packet of the shower steamers which are pastle green and shaped like flowers
    Sage Moon Soaps / Etsy

    The folks at Sage Moon Soaps make these cool shower steamers and other smell goods like candles, bombs, creams, and balms. All the products from this California-based small business are made to order in small batches so everything is super fresh when you get it. 

    Promising review: "I’m not complaining because I know I’m bad too when I’m sick. But my husband was having a nasty spring cold and my sympathy was basically at its limit when I pulled these out. He only used a part of one and it cleared up his nose for the rest of night and no one filed for divorce! Thank you!" —Allie Hershner

    Get them from Sage Moon Soaps on Etsy for $9.95+ (available in a pack of two or four).

    2. Hoodie hangerssssss! They'll clip onto your closet rod, hang your hoodie with pride and respect, AND prevent those weird bumps that the wider hangers always put into the shoulders.

    Venalli Builds on Etsy

    This cool hoodie hanger is made by Venalli Builds, a shop in Overland Park, Kansas that's clearly run by geniuses. Every hoodie hanger will come with a removable clip so you can attach the hoodie hanger to smaller diameter rods or wired shelving.

    Get a set of five from Venalli Builds on Etsy for $20+ (available in sets of five and 10 and in four color options).

    3. A The Novogratz media/dresser combo that'll be the stuff your multi-tasking-WFH-but-remember-the-space-is-quaint dreams are made of.

    the desk which has two halves with one half actually being the desk with an office chair and laptop on the surface. the other side has two shelves for books, to smaller openings for cable boxes, and three drawers with a TV on the top
    The Novogratz

    This thing is a TV stand, a desk, a three-drawer dresser, and a mini-bookshelf all in one! 

    Get it from The Novogratz for $349.

    4. Cleaning packets to address 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 — and I clean it regularly! Absolutely incredible... My sink was s p a r k l i n g." —Lindsay S.

    Get them from Amazon for $3.98 (available in multiple quantities).

    5. Toilet bowl bombs that'll keep your porcelain throne sparkling clean and give you a burst of joy every time you lift up that lid! (Ok, maybe I'm dragging it about the burst of joy but per the reviews, they'll clean your toilet really friggin' well.)

    the toilet bowl bombs in a glass jar with a plastic top. They're white squares.
    Viren Apothecary / Etsy

    The toilet bowl bombs smell like eucalyptus! They're also eco-friendly, meaning they're made of ingredients that didn't mess up the environment when they were used to create them and won't mess up the environment when they're all flushed away.  Viren Apothecary makes these cool things and more in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

    Promising review: "Second time purchasing these. The scent is great. Very nice seller and fast shipping. Thanks!" —Kit Delaney

    Get them from Viren Apothecary on Etsy for $9+ (available in a variety of different bundles and in an unscented option).

    6. A light curtain – it'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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 and the sheer curtains for $14.44+ (available in 16 sizes and 19 colors).

    7. A faucet splash catcher because finally having a solution for the puddle of water that gathers behind that dang sink will be the slice a peace you surely deserve.

    a flat rectangular cloth with a small cutout hole that fits around the sink faucet
    Two Lilacs Studio / Etsy

    It's sold by a small Oregon-based shop called Two Lilacs Studio. The owner, Jacy Stratton, notes that anything in their shop can be personalized. Just sent a note!

    Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $12+ (available in four colors and sizes S–XL).

    8. An Always Pan will be your new go-to in the kitchen after you enjoy all its features. Tell your old ones it's not them, it's you, and things just aren't going to ~pan~ out but you'll ~Always~ cherish the memories. 🤪

    Our Place, Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    The pan has a nonstick surface, venting top, mesh basket to steam, and a spoon that fits snugly onto the handle.

    BuzzFeed editor Bek O'Connell tried the Our Place pan. Peep her review ahead:

    "I have and love this pan! It just feels really nice to hold. The nesting spoon is absolutely genius, everything cooks evenly, and food just glides right off with minimal effort. If you hate scrubbing, consider getting this! Also, Our Place was founded by Shiza Shahid, along with Amir Tehrani and Zach Rosner. She's a Pakistani social entrepreneur who also co-founded the nonprofit Malala Fund, which promotes education for young girls."

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in four colors). Also, check out our full review of Our Place's Always Pan.

    9. An electric shovel to be the phrase "work smarter, not harder" personified in your garden. Your wrists: "Oh, FINALLY. 😭"

    RotoShovel / The Grommet / Via

    This drill-inspired shovel is rechargeable and cordless. It was created by Rick Goren, a small business owner who was looking for a faster way to dig into his yard and bury an outdoor speaker. Mission accomplished, and now he's sharing with us!   

    Promising review:  "I am an older person that has a hard time with shovels so this is so much easier on me. Now, I can get more plants in the ground." —Nancy

    Get it from RotoShovel on The Grommet for $140.

    10. A bidet attachment because NOPE you don't have to replace your whole toilet or install a full bidet inside your bathroom. Instead, you'll have this trusty add-on that'll clean your bum the way it deserves to be cleaned.


    Plus, you'll save on toilet paper usage and isn't that just dandy?

    Promising review: "I've had my Tushy for about two months now, and I love it. It's way better than toilet paper. Also, it's great when you're on your period and have a heavy flow. (I use a menstrual cup.) It does take some trial and error to get the angle. It also takes some getting used to because your butt gets really wet. I had no plumbing knowledge but it wasn't too hard to install. Just make sure you really tighten the hose!" —Shannah T.

    Get it from Tushy for $99 (available in nine colors).

    11. A bundle of fresh eucalyptus to give your bathroom some greenery and an elegant spa-feel plus fill the space up with eucalyptus-scented steam for a lil' aromatherapy.

    A bundle of the fresh eucalyptus hanging in a shower
    Eucalyptus Blooms / Etsy

    It's put together and sold by Eucalyptus Blooms, a small woman-owned shop based in Charlotte, NC.

    Promising review: "Exceeded my expectations!!! I received my bundle quickly and it was packaged well. Very fragrant and I appreciated the hook that was included with the bundle to hang it right in my shower. I am definitely enjoying the aroma of eucalyptus as I shower." —Mcjunkinst

    Get it from Eucalyptus Blooms for $14.28+ (available in four sizes).

    12. 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! It’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, it’s got them all!" —Rachel Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    13. A waffle knit blanket set made with a linen-cotton blend meant to keep you cozy while remaining breathable so you don't overheat.

    brown linen blanket on a bed with matching linen pillowcases on the pillows

    Magic Linen is a family-owned brand based in Lithuania that also sources its materials from other locally based family-owned brands. Also, you'll be happy to know that MagicLinen takes custom orders!

    Promising review (cinnamon waffle blanket): "We now own the waffle blanket in two colors — the dusty rose and the cinammon — and we are obsessed with both. Amazing quality, comfort and style." —Brittney Y.

    Get the cinnamon waffle blanket from MagicLinen for $149 (available in two bed sizes).

    14. 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." —Theparkerhouse

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes) and the AA batteries for $6.79.

    15. 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." —Chris W.

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

    16. 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 when you're not there. Sigh. Ooh, that cheaper electricity is comin' in HOT, baby.,

    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 “Gosund” is compatible with mobile devices IOS 8.0 above, Android 4.4 above.

    Promising review: "These little mini sockets are awesome!!! I tried two other brands of smart sockets but these are by far the best I’ve tried. All I did is download the app, open it, plug the socket in, waited a few seconds for the little blue light to flash...then the app asks me to accept and then I can change the name of the socket,then click, bam, boom! Done! They can be up and running in literally seconds. They are amazing. So far they work flawlessly." —Harper Lee III

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (free shipping; available in a four-pack).

    17. 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 — 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! It’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, it’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 I’m very pleased with this product! MUST BUY!" —Keith Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99 (free shipping) and AAA batteries for $3.32.

    18. A bed rest pillow with arms and an adjustable head cushion so your neck and back can relax properly. Also, per the reviews, you really may be whispering "Where've you been all my life?" while cuddling it in your sleep. 😴🛌🏿

    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!" —L.S. Floyd

    Get the pillow and cover from Amazon for $79.95, just the pillow for $59.95, and extra filler for $14.95.

    19. 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..." —R. Keenan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88.

    20. An attachable silicone colander to make draining food in your kitchen way less, well, draining 🍝. 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!" —Justin Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    21. A pot and pan organizer, because admit it — your lids, pots, and pans are a mess in your kitchen right now and could really use some straightening out. Enjoyyy!

    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." —Sarah W

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in two colors).

    22. 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. I’ve washed them several times and haven’t seen a difference in the quality. I would buy again." —Kate

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

    23. 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. 😬🍾🥂

    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: "I’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 don’t waste a single bubble getting the bottle back to its full pressure. Great product. Superb customer service." —DavidAtSwans

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in two colors). Also, peep our review of the MiTBA Champagne Stopper for more deets on this cool gadget (#1)!

    24. 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 — 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." —Montserrat Covis

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in six colors).

    25. 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!!" —DH

    Get it from Amazon for $17.44+ (available in six snake plant styles).

    26. An internet address and password log book so you'll finally stop turning the 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!" —Consumer999

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05.

    27. 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!!" —Robin Kunz

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

    28. A temperature-regulating blanket made of the same breathable material as infant muslin blankets to help prevent those night sweats so you can sleep like a literal baby.

    Muslin Comfort

    Promising review: "We love our new blanket! It’s weighty enough that I know I have a blanket on but not heavy and hot! My husband has slept cool every night since we got it. We got the deep blue color and it is gorgeous in person. We got the queen size for our king size. It’s still big enough that it folds back nicely at the top and tucks into the side rail on both sides. It looks beautiful! We will be ordering two more soon!" —Samuelle M.

    Get it from Muslin Comfort for $174.99 (available in bed sizes twin to king).

    29. 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: "I’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. I’ve never tried vacuum storage before and am very pleased. Now, I can’t imagine another way to put away off-season clothes. I used my own vacuum cleaner as I didn’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." —Giselle

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available as individuals in sizes M-L or five- or six-packs of sizes S-L).

    30. 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." —Deborah Basso

    Get it from Amazon for $8.10 (available in three sizes).

    31. A stylish DIY tabletop fireplace that may make you wanna host fireside chats with the fam every evening this summer — especially since these glass panels can be removed for s'more-roasting.

    1 Man 1 Garage / Etsy

    The DIY kit comes with 11 wood pieces that snap together without glue or special hardware to create the base, lava rock (for decoration), and sand. It operates on gel fuel (sold separately; not included) so it'll light instantly — and it's safe to use indoors and outdoors.

    BTW, this 1 Man 1 Garage shop, is based in Nashville, Tennessee and has the COOLEST designs. The shop builds the pieces, then provides the instructions so you can put something beautiful together and actually use it going forward. I also recommend the DIY vintage camper-style birdhouse and the DIY Japanese-style Pagoda lantern candle holder. Soooo thoughtfully designed and fun.

    Promising review: "Bought this as an anniversary present for my boyfriend and he (we) absolutely love it! The care and detail that went into this is amazing! The wood and glass are high-quality and well packaged and they even included s’mores forks in the kit! So great! Will definitely be purchasing more for gifts in the future!! Keep up the great work!" —April Rojas

    Get the tabletop fireplace from 1 Man 1 Garage for $19.20+ (available in two styles plus a deluxe box set).

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


    Better late than never though!

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