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    10 Super-Useful Things That Made Us Say, “Why Didn’t I Buy This Sooner?”

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    1. This glass frosting spray that's a literal lifesaver for anyone who wishes they had more privacy at home.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    "I moved into a new apartment this month, and while I love the floorboards, the marble tiles in the kitchen, and the fact it's across from a park, I hate that my new home is on the ground floor. My two bedroom windows face the street, and while my apartment is a few steps up from the sidewalk, passersby can easily see straight inside.

    In the days between signing my lease and my moving day, I did a lot of research online, searching for the best frosted film to apply to my windows. It was during this Amazon hunt that I came across this frosting spray, and I haven't stopped telling people about it since. Basically, you spray the product directly onto your windows (I found that applying several light coats with short breaks in between was the best approach) and watch as they become frosted, shielding your personal life from the outside world. According to reviewers, it's easily removed with acetone or window cleaner, and honestly, I might never get over how well it works! It's helped me feel at home in my new apartment and was the easiest DIY ever." —Gyan Yankovich

    Get it from Amazon for $3.95.

    2. A pair of Bluetooth headphones that'll free you from pesky little cords for good.

    Rachel Wilkerson Miller

    "One of my big goals at the moment is to stop texting/reading on my phone when I'm walking to and from the train. (It’s just a really bad habit/a stupid way to die.) I've switched to podcasts, and the thing that finally helped me make the switch to podcasts/music and stop looking at my phone was getting a pair of Bluetooth headphones that I love. (Full disclosure: I got them like two years ago from a PR rep who no longer works with that brand.) I didn’t realize being literally connected to my phone bothered me as much as it did until I no longer had to worry about it. I just feel so free!

    They are super convenient at work, too; I often take my laptop to work from different spots in the office, and before this, I either had to drag my headphones with me or leave them behind and risk missing out on watching a great video. This particular pair connects to all of my devices really well and has great battery life, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on their design. And they (mostly) block out catcalls! Honestly, I can’t believe I lived so long without them." —Rachel Wilkerson Miller

    Get a similar pair (available in three colors) from Amazon for $23.99+.

    3. A water fountain to make your cat or dog feel like the most #blessed pet in the world.

    Renata Perrone / Amazon User /

    "My cat, whom I love dearly, is kind of an asshole. And when he discovered that sometimes water comes out of the bathtub faucet, he became determined to only drink water from there instead of his water bowl — so determined that, for months, at 5 in the morning, he would use his paw to bat at the faucet, which was very loud and annoying and made me question pet ownership (I love my cat and will keep him forever, relax).

    Realizing that cats prefer to water that’s in motion, I bought the Petsafe Drinkwell Ceramic Avalon Fountain, which keeps the water in motion all day and night, making the water more appealing to my jerk of a cat. There are filters that need to replaced periodically, and the fountain needs to be cleaned once a week, but all the parts are easily disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled. My cat loves it, and has finally stopped hitting the bathtub faucet during the early morning hours. Instead, he just sleeps on top of my head, but hey, baby steps." —Kat Angus

    Available in white and red. Get it from Amazon or Jet for $79.95.

    4. A roll of tape that will save your damaged puffer jacket in a second.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    "At the beginning of the year, I purchased my first-ever puffer jacket. I'm from an area of Australia where even the coldest of winter days can be dealt with by wearing a scarf and coat, but when I made plans to travel around Chile in winter, I knew I'd need something more. I left home with a Uniqlo ultra-light down coat and over the next few months fell head over heels in love with it.

    After two months of bliss, I stupidly got too close to my portable camping stove and melted a hole in the sleeve of my beloved jacket. For the rest of my trip, I kept that sleep rolled up a few inches, to prevent the down escaping. I put up with having one cold wrist in Chile because my Spanish isn't great and I couldn't seem to find a repair store anywhere. It was fine, but it was hardly ideal.

    Fast-forward to present-day New York City, where winter is fast approaching. After researching puffer repair for hours online, I came across this repair tape with a 4.4-star ratings and more than 1,000 reviews. I've mended my jacket and can't believe I didn't do this sooner. The tape is waterproof and available in nine different shades — I went with black, and honestly, you can hardly notice the patch. My jacket is a good as new and I can keep both wrists warm once again!" —Gyan Yankovich

    Get it from Amazon for $4.85 or Walmart for $4.95.

    5. A foam mattress topper to finally make your bed the dreamy, cushiony haven it was always meant to be.

    Sarah Aspler / BuzzFeed

    "I recently moved into a new apartment and needed a mattress ASAP. There were probably better options out there, but because of a time crunch, I caved and just got one from Ikea. And don’t get me wrong! It’s not a bad mattress, but it’s not a great one either. A friend of mine told me she got a foam mattress topper and it made a huge difference and was obviously WAY cheaper than getting a new mattress altogether. I ordered the Lucid 2-Inch Foam Mattress Topper the next day and have been sleeping great since!

    I was a little concerned when it arrived because it didn’t seem too thick, but once it’s on the bed, you can really feel a change. One thing I learned is that you’ve got to air it out for a little bit. The topper comes wrapped in plastic and initially does have a weird smell to it. So, when I opened it up, I unfolded it and let chill in an area of my house with good air flow for about two days. After that, the smell was basically gone!

    But the thing I love most about it is my ~inflatable mattress hack~. I host friends and family every month or so and they’ve never complain about the inflatable mattress I set up in the living room for them. But the last time I had a friend stay, I wanted them to feel super cozy, so I took the topper off my bed and put it on the inflatable mattress. My friend said she slept great — and it makes me feel slightly less crappy for making guests sleep on something that’s typically squeaky or bouncy." —Sarah Aspler

    Get a queen-size mattress topper from Amazon or Jet for $39.

    6. A phone wallet that will — you guessed it — let you keep all of your MVOs (most valuable objects) in one place.

    Anjali Patel / BuzzFeed

    "Real talk: I've been a phone-wallet convert for some time because I absolutely DREAD holding up a line while I dig through my bag for my wallet. Getting a phone case–wallet hybrid has saved me a lot of time and stress, and it's generally made things a lot more convenient. By nature of my constant texting/listening to music/tweeting about Good Anime Booties (leave me alone), my phone is usually pretty now my cash and cards are, too!

    Though I’ve tried a couple phone wallets, this one is by far my favorite because it keeps my cards hidden, it’s easy to unlatch, and the wallet part doesn’t cover up the face of my phone when it’s not in use (so it’s easy for me to check my notifications!). Also it’s pretty sturdy — I’ve dropped it several (many) times and my phone still hasn’t snapped in two. Even my dad owns this phone wallet, so it gets the stamp of approval from both of us." —Anjali Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+.

    7. This envelope holder, which will stop your mail from piling up on every surface in your home.

    Tom Vellner / BuzzFeed

    "Until recently, my mail would pile up on my kitchen counter, my dresser, my toilet — literally any surface in my home. Fortunately, I got myself a fancy-ass mail holder to keep it all in one place right next to my front door. I truly don't know how it took me this long to buy something that helps me sort my mail, keeps my surfaces clear, and adds a chic touch to my living room. It's got a cute-AF envelope shape and it's ~galvanized~ too, which means it has a coating of zinc over it that makes it look weathered. Prepare to trick people into thinking you're an organized lifestyle blogger who remembers where their fan mail is at all times." —Tom Vellner

    The one I bought is no longer available online, but you can get a similar one from Michaels for $19.99.

    8. A Chromecast that lets you stream whatever you want onto your TV, whenever you want.

    "Every so often, I stop and stare at my humble little Chromecast and wonder aloud, 'What the hell did I do before I had you?' It's the first — and only — streaming device device I've owned, but I see no reason why I'd try any other. It's one of the things that instantly leveled up my life as soon as I got it. Going from watching old episodes of The Office on my iPad to my TV made me feel like I was living in the dang future. I also use it to play music from my phone on my TV for parties or extended cleaning binges.

    Setup was a little tricky, and I had to call my tech-savvy sister to get it to work, but I am also notably bad at those kinds of things, so take that with a grain of salt. Once the setup was done, though, I never had to think about it again. It's also compatible with a shit ton of apps — I'm talkin' Spotify, YouTube, Netflix, HBO Now, Pandora, Hulu, the list goes on. And at $35.49, it's pretty reasonably priced for the positive impact it's made on my life. After four years together, it's become so embedded into my life that I forget it's even there, plugged into my TV, dutifully making every viewing experience better. I have become one with the Chromecast, and it's become one with me." —Terri Pous

    Get it from Target for $35.49.

    9. A set of ombré hair extensions that'll save you from damaging, drying permanent dye., Anjali Patel / BuzzFeed

    "I’m extremely protective of my curls, which means I’m terrified of bleaching my hair. It’s kind of a bummer, though, because I’m secretly a glittering, rainbow unicorn and I would love to express that through my hair. I’ve tried workarounds like hair chalk, temporary hair dye, and even eyeshadow, but that’s work, and I don’t want to do that more than once a month.

    Enter these ombré braiding hair extensions. Honestly, I don’t know how it took me so long to think of braiding my hair as a solution to my need for a bit of color AND a break from styling my hair every morning, but boy am I glad that I did. Now I can get my color fix for a couple of months, and when I get sick of that I just take them out and return to my curls. Even my braider was shocked that I found such a great color on Amazon of all places.

    The hair is surprisingly soft. Depending on your texture, that can make it a little hard to grip the extensions to your natural hair (my hair is 3C and it works fine, if that helps to know). You also have three great color options to choose from. Best of all, it’s a protective style, and you don’t have to worry about color upkeep once it’s in!" —Anjali Patel

    Available in four colors. Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    10. And a handheld vacuum for making cleaning easier and a whole lot more fun.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    "The first thing I learned when I moved to NYC was how small everything is. For a big city, the apartments are teeny tiny, and this definitely includes mine. I don’t have any space to hide a vacuum, and sorry, but I’m not about to ruin my apartment’s ~aesthetic~ with a giant vacuum sitting in my living room corner. I finalllllly got around to buying this Black + Decker hand vacuum, and I am truthfully bitter with myself for not owning one the second I moved in. It’s small and super easy to use. Even if you DO have a bigger vacuum, this guy can get into those tough corners and spaces. It’s great for couches, cleaning up crumbs, and any inconvenient spills. Plus you eliminate the hassle of lugging out your heavy vacuum from a closet and then getting tangled in the cords.

    Because the handheld one is so convenient to use, I take mine for a spin almost daily — partly because it’s really fun — but also because I shed like a monster and need to stay on top of vacuuming up my hair. By the end of the week, my vacuum is filled with dirt, hairballs, and crumbs. It’s shocking to see how much can accumulate in just seven days, but that’s just all the more reason you need this in your life." —Kayla Suazo

    Get it from Amazon for $43.18.

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