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22 Home Hacks That'll Make Renters Say "Why Didn't I Know About This Sooner?"

Save that security deposit.

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1. Add knobs to kitchen cabinets *without* drilling holes in 'em by cutting a Command Strip down to size.

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The only caveat here: you won't be able to keep the little pull tab that makes Command Strips so easy to remove. But Crazy Wonderful says they were still able to take them off with no damage.

2. Hang your own overhead lights with a cord kit, lantern, and a couple small Command Hooks.

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For when your lease forbids holes in the ceiling. From Girl Meets Apartment.

3. You can also use Command Hooks to hang a dollar-store paper towel holder under your cabinets.

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4. And of course, Command Hooks will hold up your curtain rods, too.

No drilling required. From The Happier Homemaker.
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No drilling required. From The Happier Homemaker.

5. A rolled-up blanket under your door will block cold drafts — and extra noise. Just use four big safety pins to secure it.

6. Transform a blank wall using vinyl cutouts that you can put up, rearrange, and remove pretty much as many times as you like.

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If you have a vinyl cutter, you can make your own (like Cuckoo4Design did). But if you don't, you can get 60 similar removeable Swiss crosses from Walls Need Love for $16 — or 36 feet of subtle 5-inch stripe tape for $48.

7. And customize your kitchen backsplash with bigger sheets of removable contact paper.

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8. Temporarily frame a mirror with the help of your favorite trim and a few strips of Velcro.

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Aaaand you could use Command Strips to attach the Velcro to the mirror, so it doesn't leave residue when you move. (I promise they don't pay me. They're just really useful for renters.) From Coop Crafts.

9. For extra privacy that still lets in the light, paste lace, fabric, or paper over your windows using cornstarch and water.

10. Make your appliances look like ~stainless steel~ with a sheet of removable contact paper.

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From Julie Blanner. Get an 18-inch x 6-foot roll on Amazon for $14.86.

11. Basic foam core board, covered with shelf paper or fabric, will disguise ugly wire shelves.

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First cover the board with shelf liner — then put the board on the shelves. From House Mix Blog and Confessions of a New/Old Homeowner.

12. Install a tension rod or a curtain rod above your sink so your dish towel and sponge are always easy to grab.

Plus your sponge will stay out of the water. From Engineer Your Space and A Paper Arrow.
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Plus your sponge will stay out of the water. From Engineer Your Space and A Paper Arrow.

13. Customize your own wainscoting and wallpaper using washi tape.

14. Cover up eyesore blinds with fake Roman shades — just drape fabric over several tension rods.

15. If your shower head sucks, swap it out with a wrench, a soft cloth, and some teflon tape.

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Put in a low-flow shower head, and you'll also save $$ on your water bill. Stash the original shower head somewhere safe, so you can put it back on when you move. From Home Depot.

16. Make more space in your closet by hanging several shirts from a length of chain — or by hooking hangers together with soda can tabs.

17. And mount tension rods in the bottom of your closet to make an instant shoe storage rack.

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From HomeTalk.

18. Turn the narrow spot next to your fridge into useful storage by building this secret shelf.

Get the directions on Nifty.
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Get the directions on Nifty.

19. Hang an over-door shoe rack in the bathroom to add extra storage space for your makeup, hair tools, lotion, extra wash cloths....and so on.

20. Use wooden dowels and lightweight fabric (and Command Strip cord bundlers) to make a security-deposit-friendly canopy.

From this Pinterest user.

21. Double the storage space in your shower by hanging a second curtain rod in the back.

And using s-hooks or shower curtain hooks to hold loofahs and baskets. From By Dawn Nicole.
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And using s-hooks or shower curtain hooks to hold loofahs and baskets. From By Dawn Nicole.

22. Attach slices of wine cork to your furniture's legs to prevent scratches on the wood floors.

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