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    Nov 5, 2019

    17 Lowkey Genius Things That Are Probably An Upgrade For The Stuff You Already Have

    It's time to switch things up.

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    1. You can literally erase and reuse the pages of this smart notebook, if you feel like you’re wasting a *little* bit too much paper day to day.

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    You can upload your scribbles to cloud storage via the ‘Camscanner’ app, so you won’t lose your work! The smart paper is really smooth and satisfying to write on, and can be easily wiped clean by using either the eraser attached to the pen, a damp cloth, or a hairdryer.

    Price: £16.99

    2. This travel pillow has a unique design which supports your head, neck, and chin, making long journey naps a breeze for even the most fussy sleepers.

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    The innovative chin support structure will keep you head from falling forwards as you sleep, and the memory foam inside is softer and more flexible than your standard travel pillow, but still firm enough to hold you securely. With a 4.2-star rating and 4,696 reviews, customers love how the pillow is still quite compact and fits neatly into its travel bag.

    Price: £22.95

    3. This multipurpose basket will help you to organise your stuff into one easy-to-carry bundle.

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    For when you have so many things which all need their own specific space – this handy storage bag will hold your baby items, stuff for your car, and things around the house. It’s made from a thick felt material - so it’s both lightweight and durable - and has a total of eight compartments, which can be moved around and resized via the removable dividers.

    Price: £10.99 - £12.99 depending on size.

    4. This backpack is surprisingly affordable considering it’s water repellant, will charge your phone, and has a clever anti-theft design.

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    It has a password lock (like the kind you have on your suitcase) to protect all your goodies inside this sleek bag, which - with a grand total of 13 pockets and 25 litre capacity - fits a surprising amount! You can also plug your headphones in next to your charger so you can enjoy your music hands-free!

    Price: £16.88 - £18.88 depending on colour.

    5. This umbrella is lightweight, travel friendly, and can really hold its own against strong winds and rain.

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    Not only does this small but powerful umbrella open and close at the press of a button, it’s reinforced with nine fiberglass ribs (three more than the average small umbrella), which help the umbrella to withstand powerful storms without turning inside out. Because it’s made from a lightweight teflon fabric, it dries almost instantly.

    Price: £12.95 - £16.95 depending on colour.

    6. This alarm clock has sunset/sunrise simulation lighting, which will help you regulate your sleeping pattern and counteract the effects of SAD.

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    With winter just around the corner and the days constantly getting shorter, we could probably all do with an alarm clock that’s just a bit kinder to us. The warm ring of light increases in brightness from 10 to 100% over half an hour to help wake you up gently. Customers say that waking up has become a much more calming experience since they started using this alarm clock – the soft, natural sounds and radio playlists are a welcome change from other alarms’ blaring shrieks.

    Price: £27.99

    7. This gooseneck stand can be manipulated to hold your tablet or phone in whatever position you need.

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    From holding your recipe up while you cook dinner to preventing the inevitable phone-dropping-on-face moment when you’re lying down, this tablet stand will have your back. It’s super flexible, so can reach and bend as needed and has a secure adjustable clamp base, which will hold on to surfaces like a tabletop with ease.

    Price: £14.99

    8. This mop and bucket set will make cleaning your floors SO much easier (and maybe a bit more fun!)

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    It has a foot operated wringer (with a super-fast turbo spin mechanism), microfibre head to pick up 20% more dust and grime, and a pivot joint which will help you to reach under furniture with ease.

    Price: £22.50

    9. This highly-rated smoothie blender has two portable blending bottles, meaning less washing up for you!

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    With a 4.4-star rating and 8,856 reviews, customers claim this blender performs way beyond its price tag! It has a powerful 300-watt motor, which can blend frozen fruit and ice with ease, and the separate components are super easy to clean.

    Price: £19.99

    10. This dehumidifier promotes 360° air circulation and will absorb the extra moisture from the air in your room to prevent mould from forming.

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    Anyone who lives in a damp house will recognise the dread that comes with the gradually worsening weather. This dehumidifier is powerful yet quiet, and doesn’t have to be plugged in so you can put it pretty much anywhere. According to reviewers, this works way better than other, more expensive dehumidifiers they have used – and it’s under a tenner! An affordable upgrade: we love to see it.

    Price: £7.99

    11. This smart lil’ vacuum cleaner will clean your floors while you’re at work.

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    RoboVac is slimmer than other similar designs, so will slip under most furniture with ease. It also uses BoostIQ technology to automatically adjust its suction intensity – making sure every surface gets the best clean possible! Customers swear this is worth the investment, having massively cut down the time it takes to clean their home (‘cause we all probably have better things to be doing) and with a motor that won’t reach a volume louder than an operating microwave, it won’t even bother the neighbours!

    Price: £199.99

    12. This laundry basket will save time by pre-separating your colours and is super easy to move around.

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    It’s time to realise that ~the chair~ can actually be used for sitting on. This laundry basket has a large capacity and a slim, space-saving design. Customers appreciate the durable yet lightweight fabric, and the fact that it’s easy to fold up and put away when it’s not being used.

    Price: £11.99

    13. You can replace wasteful cling film and disposable snack bags with these reusable beeswax wraps, for an eco-friendly alternative.

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    They’re made using sustainably harvested beeswax, which grips to surfaces much like cling film does to keep your food fresher for longer. They’re completely washable (just clean with cool water and a little soap) and with regular use, they should last for around a year!

    Price: £12.50 - £13.56 for a set of three wraps.

    14. If you’re in the market for a new teapot, this square glass one has a loose leaf strainer so you can make the purest brew without any little bits getting through.

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    It’s made from borosilicate glass, which not only makes it look supremely bougie, it also means you can see exactly when your tea reaches the perfect depth of flavour. The heat-resistant glass is dishwasher, microwave, and stovetop safe, and you can use it without the strainer as a fancy-looking water jug.

    Price: £13.79

    15. This foldable mirror is perfect for travelling.

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    The high-quality glass mirror (no bendy, plastic-y material here) is protected by a slightly cushioned faux leather fabric, so you can pack it in your luggage without having to worry about it breaking. It also stands freely at three different angles to suit your needs, and customers love how the mirror is big enough to see your whole face at the same time (Mary Poppins knew what she was talking about).

    Price: £7.43

    16. And this tri-fold mirror has three different levels of magnification and a 180-degree rotation design so you can really see that face from every angle.

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    Customers love the light-up feature, which makes doing your makeup super easy even in low light conditions.

    Price: £17.99

    17. And finally, this rotating makeup organiser will hold all your beauty products in one sleek design!

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    It’s more sturdy than others with a similar design, is really easy to set up, and the clear design and smooth 360-degree rotation will make your vanity table look so much more fancy (and organised!)

    Price: £19.99