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50 Cheap, Easy Home Upgrades That’ll Impress the Hell Out of You



When I think of making changes or upgrades to my home, “cheap” and “easy” aren’t usually the first words that come to mind. Usually, “overwhelming” and “expensive” and “I don’t even know where to start” are the frontrunners. But, as it turns out, there are many cheap and easy home upgrades that will impress not only you, but also housemates and guests. I mean, imagine your roommate’s or your partner’s delight when they see how much better the kitchen looks with the new storage baskets you found, or how nice the bathroom is with a set of matching accessories that only look expensive.

You might even — dare I say — feel inspired to have friends over without feeling like you have to rush around cleaning before they arrive (I’m not the only one who still does that, am I?). Whatever your motivation, this list will give you some ideas for how to make some quick, inexpensive and easy changes in your home that you can enjoy and appreciate for a long time — or at least until you’re ready to change things up again.

This 2-In-1 Sink Insert That Stops & Strains Your Drain

OXO Good Grips 2-in-1 Sink Strainer Stopper

Sometimes it’s the most practical things that make the biggest difference. Case in point is this sink strainer and stopper that is basically two products in one, saving you from having to keep extra clutter near your kitchen sink. There’s a small tab that twists so you can easily switch between the settings, and it’s made of silicone and stainless steel.

These Bed Frame Risers That’ll Give You The Lift You Need

Acdibca Bed Riser

Bed risers are a great way to boost ergonomics. But, they don’t have to be used for just your bed — you can use these to give a lift to couches, armchairs, and even desks. If you’re still working from a home office, these are an inexpensive solution for an upgrade.

The Silicone Pet-Feeding Mat That Helps Protect Your Floors

Hoki Silicone Waterproof Pet Feeding Mats with High Lips

A silicone pet-feeding mat can catching extra drips and drops from your pets, helping to protect your floors and save bigger messes before they even start. It comes in a rainbow of 27 different colors, so you can find the perfect one to match your space (and catch your pet’s attention) — and five sizes are available.

A Slim 3-Tiered Cart That Fits Practically Anywhere

SPACEKEEPER 3 Tier Slim Storage Cart

The wonders of a three-tiered cart cannot be overstated. This choice, which is slimmer than many other options on the market at 5.1 inches wide, comes in three neutral colors (white, grey, and black) — and it has wheels, so you can easily try it out throughout your home, whether you use it for cosmetics, laundry, crafts, or even as a coffee station.

This Motion Sensor Light That Catches Movement On Your Front Porch

LIGHT IT! by Fulcrum Motion Sensor Security Porch Light

Whether you want it purely for security purposes or to ensure you never have to fish for your keys in the dark, a weatherproof motion sensor porch light can be a super practical addition to your home’s exterior. This one is battery-operated, and it comes in white and silver.

These Soft Covers For Your Fridge Doors Help Prevent Smudges

OUGAR8 Refrigerator Door Handle Covers

These clever appliance handle covers — which come in red, black, and grey — add cushion and protection to some of the most frequently used parts of your home. Size options start at 6 inches (which are meant for microwaves), up to roughly 16 inches to fit refrigerators.

An All-Weather Door Mat That Makes A Great First Impression

Gorilla Grip All Weather Door Mat

This simple and subtle door mat is made to withstand all kinds of weather and activity at your front door. The rubber backing is super durable, and it’s also absorbent — so rain, snow, and even soggy shoes are no match. Five different colors are available.

A Swiveling Towel Rack So Your Bathroom Looks Super Organized

JSVER Wall Mounted Swivel Towel Rack

If you’re short on space, this towel rack with swiveling arms can allow you to maximize the room you have (and stay organized while you’re at it). It’s made with versatile stainless steel so it’s meant to last, and it’ll match most bathrooms. Styles are available with both four and six arms.

This Magnetic Paper Towel Holder That Saves Space & Keeps Your Counters Clear

Katzco Magnetic Paper Towel Holder

If you’re trying to save counter space, a magnetic paper towel holder will help do the trick. This one’s made of two magnetic pieces that you space apart, so it’s super easy to adjust and reload — and it fits paper towel rolls of all sizes.

These Stick-On Motion Sensor Lights That Brighten When You’re Walking By

VYANLIGHT Stick-On Motion Sensor LED Lights (3 Pack)

Great for closets, corners, and cabinets, these stick-on motion sensor lights make it possible to bring light to areas that are normally tough to illuminate. They work in hallways or other spaces, too — and you can set them for manual on-and-off or to turn on when sensors detect movement. They come in a pack of three.

These Soap Dispensers To Elevate Your Bathroom

HotelSpaWave Luxury Soap Dispenser System (2 Pack)

There will be no more lingering shampoo and soap bottles when you have these sleek and space-saving soap dispensers. The necessary adhesive is included, so it’s a cinch to install them. Two different designs are available, and you can buy a single dispenser or packs of two or three.

These Stove Gap Covers That Save Dirt & Debris From Collecting

Linda’s Essentials Silicone Stove Gap Covers (2 Pack)

If you ask me, the gap between your oven and your countertop is pretty much impossible to clean. These silicone gap covers help prevent crumbs and other messes from making their way into those gaps. Even better, they’re subtle when once you place them — and they come in black, white, and clear.

This Window Film That Has A Mirror Effect For Privacy & UV Protection

rabbitgoo One Way Mirror Effect Window Film

These reflective window covers have a mirror effect that offers extra privacy during daytime hours, and it also blocks UV and infrared rays. If you’ve been looking for a way to shield parts of your home from outside views, they may do just the trick. Multiple roll sizes are available, and installation is simple, according to buyers.

These Space-Saving Towel Racks That Hang Over Your Cabinets

Umbra Schnook Over The Cabinet Towel Rack

Maybe you’ve heard about over-the-door towel racks, but did you know there’s also over-the-cabinet towel racks? Great for dish and hand towels in the bathroom or kitchen, they have a hook shape so you can use for light hanging storage. They’re made of nickel, and they come in sets of three.

These Security Alarms You Can Install On Any Window Or Door In Your Home

GE Wireless Personal Security Alarm (4 Pack)

If a major alarm system isn’t realistic for you or your space, you could always consider these personal security alarms. You can install them on the windows or doors of your choosing (adhesive is included), and be notified if and when they’re ever opened. They can be easily turned off during the day (or other times you don’t want the alarm to sound).

This Waffle-Weave Shower Curtain That Feels Like It’s From A Fancy Hotel

AmazerBath Waffle Shower Curtain

What is it that makes waffle-weave shower curtains feel more luxe? The texture or weight perhaps, or just knowing that they’re something different than a classic plastic-only curtain. This one comes in four sizes and six elegant color choices, so you’re bound to find the perfect choice to elevate your bathroom.

A Grout Pen To Spruce Up Your Kitchen & Bathroom

Rainbow Chalk Markers Grout Pen

Maybe it’s me, but grout cleaners rarely work as well as I think they should. Enter these grout pens, which draw over old grout and make your tiles look brand new again. Wide and narrow tip markers are available, and they cover from 100 to 150 feet of grout.

This Outlet Extender That Doubles As A Surge Protector

POWRUI Surge Protector Outlet Extender

Whose idea was it to make standard outlets with only two plugs? This surge protector and outlet extender offers three times that, with six AC outlets, plus two USB plugs for phones and other devices. Even better, a built-in ledge on top makes the perfect spot to keep your phone when it’s charging.

A Freezer Alarm So You Never Accidentally Leave The Door Open

FRIDGGI Freezer Door Alarm

Sometimes, the fridge door doesn’t close all the way. This freezer door alarm notifies you if that happens so you can secure the door and prevent food from spoiling. Multiple timed alarms are programmed, and there are four sound modes to choose from, too.

These Mechanical Outlet Timers For Easy & Efficient Energy Management

BN-LINK Mini 24-Hour Mechanical Outlet Timer (2 Pack)

If you love the idea of managing your home energy usage but don’t want to leave it to apps or Bluetooth devices, then these mechanical outlet timers will be your next favorite purchase. You can pre-program or set manually, and each package comes as a set of two timers.

A Dimmer Switch For Your Lamps That Makes It Super Easy To Set The Mood

DEWENWILS Table Lamp Dimmer Switch

Part dimmer switch and part extension cord, this gadget turns your floor and table lamps into instant mood lighting. Available in black and white and with a more than 6-foot cord, you can control your lights with a slider so a custom glow takes just seconds to set.

This Door Draft Stopper That Helps With Temperature Control & More

Suptikes Door Draft Stopper

A door draft stopper is such a simple concept, but it can make a big difference in your living space. This one’s available in black, brown, grey, and white, so you can find a subtle match for your home. It can help protect you from the elements, keeping your heat and air-conditioning inside where you want it. It could help with sound-proofing, too.

A Cable Management Box To Make Your Cord Situation Less Chaotic

D-Line Cable Management Box

A cable management box turns chaos into calm by hiding unsightly cords and cables. It comes in black and white, and there are two sizes available to choose from — 12.75 and 16.5 inches long — which work great for traditional surge protectors. Even better, it’s sleek enough that it can be used on your desk or on your floor.

An Air Purifier So You Can Breathe Cleaner Air Inside

THE THREE MUSKETEERS III M Mini Portable Air Purifier

This mini portable air purifier removes 99% of indoor air pollutants shows and shows that good things can come in small packages. It covers roughly 18 square meters (or nearly 60 square feet), making it a great choice for a bedroom or office.

These Baskets That Slide Under Shelves For Genius Storage Solutions

Simple Houseware Under Shelf Basket (2 Pack)

These clever under shelf baskets literally invent storage space out of thin air. They come in bronze and white, and you can buy a single basket or a pack of two. They’re perfect for cupboards and closets, and they slide right on, so no installation or mounting is necessary.

This Peel & Stick Marbled Paper For Instant Upgrades On Your Surfaces

PracticalWs Peel and Stick Marble Paper

If you love the look of marble but not the expense of it, then this peel-and-stick marble paper could be a game changer. It can be used to completely make over furniture, walls, counters, or other flat surfaces. The best part? It’s easy to use and cut, with squares printed on the backside.

An Automatic Keyhole Light So You’re Never Caught Fumbling In The Dark

Deeirao Home Keyhole Auto Sensor LED Light

Many of us have been there before, struggling at the front door and trying to unlock it in the dark. This automatic keyhole light makes the impossible possible, using a motion sensor to shine a low light right onto your lock. It works indoors and out, and it comes with adhesive tape so installation is super easy.

A Pack of Refrigerator Mats That Help Your Fridge Stay Neat & Tidy

AKINLY Refrigerator Mats (9 Pack)

This set of waterproof refrigerator mats comes with three each of red, blue, and green liners for shelves. They’re easy to size and cut, and they work great in cabinets, cupboards, and on other shelves. The textured bottom gives just enough traction so they stay in place, making them an easy, bright addition to any kitchen.

An Elegant Shower Head That Filters Water As It Sprays

Nosame Filtration Shower Head

Whether you choose it for the transparent look, the filtering properties, or the high-pressure spout, this filtration shower head that softens water will feel like a luxe upgrade to your bathroom. There are three spray settings, and according to many buyers, it’s easy to install.

This Versatile Drawer Organizer For Kitchen Utensils & More

OXO Good Grips Expandable Utensil Organizer

If you ask me, household items just look better in trays and slots. This expandable drawer organizer is meant for utensils and kitchen tools, but it’s practical enough that you’ll easily find other uses, too. Included dividers give you control over compartment sizes, and a slide-out section makes room for larger items. There are two sizes, and it comes in grey and white.

These Rug Grippers To Help Keep Them In Place

Home Techpro Rug Grippers (4 Pack)

Rugs that wrinkle and slide around can be secured with these rug grippers, which keep your rug in place without sticky glue or adhesives that damage fibers or flooring. They apply just like stickers, use a suction-cup like technology, and don’t have to be removed when you wash your rug.

These Space-Saving Dish Racks To Make The Best Use Of Your Cabinet Space

7UYUU Dish Storage Rack

Dishes can take up a lot of space, so I’m here for anything that can simplify the storage of these necessities. These dish storage racks turn regular vertical storage on its side, allowing you to keep plates, bowls and pans upright. Two racks, a small and a large, come in each set.

This Tiered Bamboo Shelf That Looks Great On Your Countertop

HYNAWIN Bamboo 2 Tier Countertop Storage Organizer

This countertop storage rack is made of versatile, practical bamboo that matches most decor styles — and it comes in five different sizes, so you’ll be able to find the perfect size for your table or countertop. You can choose between two-tiered styles, as well as three- and four-tiered options.

A Mini Hanging Waste Basket For Quick Counter Clean-Ups

SUBEKYU Hanging Mini Waste Bin

Home chefs, assemble: This hanging waste bin attaches to drawers or cabinets to collect scraps right where you are, so you don’t have to stop and shuffle around your kitchen to dispose of them. Different sizes are available, and it works in bathrooms and offices.

An Adjustable Hanging Closet Rod For The Closet Of Your Dreams

Simple Houseware Adjustable Closet Hanging Rod

If you want to organize your closet, you may want to add an extra rack with this adjustable hanging rod. The bar expands from 18 inches to 30 inches long — and you can determine the height you want to hang it, giving you the ability to customize it perfectly for your space.

These Solar Deck Lights That’ll Help Guide You And Your Family

SOLPLEX Solar Deck Lights

Solar deck lights are a must when it comes to safety. This 16-pack of lights is available in warm white, which will help illuminate your backyard. Even better, this set doesn’t even need a switch to turn on.

A Set Of Coordinating Bathroom Accessories That Tie Your Space Together

Papillon Bathroom Accessories Set (6 Pieces)

A sparkling bathroom counter can be tough to maintain, but sleek matching bathroom accessories can be a definite step in the right direction. This particular set comes with a toothbrush holder, a cup, a soap dispenser, a soap tray, a waste bin, and a toilet brush holder. It’s available in eight different colors.

These Self-Watering Planters For Easy & Elegant Plant Care

Gardenix Decor Self Watering Pots (2 Pack)

Even if you don’t have a green thumb (ahem), these self-watering pots can make it easy to maintain plants. They come in five bright colors (including my personal favorite, terracotta orange). The inner part of the pot holds the plant up and away from collected water, plus they have a water level indicator so you can keep a close eye on it.

A Pair Of Classic Plant-Hanging Brackets To Dress Up The Outside Of Your Home

KABB Outdoor Hanging Brackets (2 Pack)

Why do I suddenly have the urge to go flower shopping? These iron hanging brackets are perfect for displaying baskets of plants and flowers, or even wind chimes, bird feeders, and other kinds of outdoor decor. They come in a set of two, with mounting screws included — and they hold up to 11 pounds of weight.

These Simple & Chic Seat Covers To Elevate Your Dining Situation

Genina Chair Seat Covers (4 Pack)

A new set of seat covers for your dining room can be a game-changer. With more than 20 colors to choose from, this option from Genina comes in sets of 2, 4 and 6 — so no matter the size of your dining set, you’ll be covered (pun intended).

A Grippy Shelf-Linger That Offers Stability & A Pop Of Color

Smart Design Shelf Liner Classic Grip

Shelf liners not only give your cabinets a new look, but they also provide grip so your dishes stay put. This non-adhesive shelf liner is textured to keep it — and your dishes — in place. It comes in two different sizes, six colors, and it’s easy to cut so you can get a custom fit for your cabinets.

An Over-The-Cabinet Storage Basket That’s Pretty & Practical

Spectrum Diversified Over The Cabinet Storage Basket

This over-the-cabinet storage basket is so cute, you’ll be tempted to buy one for every cupboard in your home. There are three colors and four sizes to choose from, and the versatile design works for snacks and food items in the kitchen, laundry accessories in your utility space, and even makeup and hair supplies in your bathroom.

A Hand Towel Holder That You Can Hang Without Tools

Taozun Self Adhesive Hand Towel Holder

You had me at “adhesive.” This stainless steel hand towel holder comes with adhesive already applied so all you need to do is peel off the backing and stick it to its new spot. It works great if you’re short on storage space, or if you simply prefer a small, sleek towel rack. It’s available in black and silver.

This Shoe Storage Rack To Keep Your Shoes Organized & Easy To Find

Simple Houseware 3-Tier Shoe Rack

No more searching for the other shoe in a pair when you’re trying to get out the door. This three-tiered shoe rack holds and displays anywhere from 12 to 20 pairs of adult shoes, making it easy to keep track of all your favorites. It comes in brown and grey — and according to buyers, it’s easy to put together.

These Floating Shelves That Look Amazing On Any Wall

Love-KANKEI Wall Mounted Floating Shelves (Set of 3)

This trio of floating shelves can bring elevated form and function to your space. This set has an especially stylish vibe, with rustic wood boards and metal brackets. There are eight color combinations available, and each shelf is a different size, ranging from 9 to 17 inches long.

A Computer Monitor Stand With A Build-In Drawer For Storage

Monitor Stand Riser with Drawer

Why get a regular monitor stand when you can get a monitor stand with drawers? This one has two sliding drawers — one with compartments and one without — to give you extra storage space and hold pens, sticky notes, printer paper, and other desk supplies. It comes in black and white.

These Clear Adhesive Pads That’ll Help Protect Your Furniture From Slams And Bumps

GorillaGrit Clear Adhesive Bumper Pads

You know that one cabinet that always gets slammed, no matter how hard you try not to slam it? There’s actually a fix for that. These bumper pads provide a small and subtle cushion to furniture and doors of all sizes, so slams are dulled and damage is minimized. Each set has 106 bumpers, which is enough to use all over your home.

A Magnetic Knife Holder That Saves Counter Space & Keeps Knives In View

Zulay Seamless Walnut Wood Magnetic Knife Holder

If you’re tired of a bulky knife block, this magnetic knife holder might be your next favorite kitchen upgrade. It holds knives securely, and keeps them visible so you always know which one you’re grabbing for — and the best part? It saves you precious counter space. It’s available in natural bamboo or walnut wood tones.

This Self-Closing Door Hinge That Helps Keep You From Leaving Your Door Open

Amazon Basics Self-Closing Door Hinge

If your doors seem to have a mind of their own, then a self-closing door hinge might be a good idea. It has a spring mechanism to close doors that are left ajar, and usually just one is needed for inside doors. It comes in four different colors so you can match your home’s current hardware.

These Vanity Lights So You Can Feel Famous While You Get Ready

SICCOO Makeup Vanity Lights for Mirror

Your bathroom will look like a celebrity dressing room when you have a border of vanity lights around your mirror. Each string of lights has 14 dimmable bulbs and three color choices (daylight, warm, and natural white light). Plus, they can be stuck directly onto your mirror with already-applied adhesive.

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Dionne Warwick Is Still on the Hunt for Taylor Swift’s Infamous Scarf



Swifties aren’t the only ones who remember Taylor Swift’s missing scarf all too well. Legendary singer (and now tweeter) Dionne Warwick has provided an update on her attempts to get the infamous accessory back, and her work is not yet done. Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday, Jan. 21, she laid out her plans to find the scarf fans have long suspected Jake Gyllenhaal has.

Colbert brought the case up while asking the “Queen of Twitter” about some of her past tweets, reminding viewers that Warwick had gone so far as to offer to pay for the cost of mailing the scarf back to Swift. The late-night host “couldn’t let [her] go without weighing in” in the situation, as he told her, and the “Nothing’s Impossible” singer let him know that she had heard “not one word” from either Gyllenhaal or Swift so far.

“I’m going to find out and give her a call,” Warwick said. “I am. To find out if she got her scarf.”

The five-time Grammy winner didn’t stop there. “If she didn’t, I’m going to find Jake,” she added, giving Colbert a meaningful look that turned into some serious stink eye before she ultimately broke into laughter.

The story of Swift’s missing scarf has intrigued fans since the pop star released “All Too Well” on the original version of Red in October 2012. In the song, she mentions it twice, first singing that she left it at the house of the unnamed ex’s sister and that he’s “still got it in [his] drawer even now.” Later, she adds, “But you keep my old scarf from that very first week / ’Cause it reminds you of innocence / And it smells like me / You can’t get rid of it.” And so the question of what happened to it in real life kept popping up. The suspected sister from the song, Maggie Gyllenhaal, even faced a fan question about it on What What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2017, and she noted that “everybody asked [her] about this scarf.” However, she had no definitive answers as to its whereabouts, and the mystery continued.

It was the release of Red (Taylor’s Version) in late 2021 that ultimately got Warwick involved. The 10-minute version of “All Too Well” reignited the internet buzz with a vengeance, especially when a placeholder scarf made multiple appearances in the song’s short film, which came out on Nov. 12. Within days, Warwick was already trying to help Swift get her winter wear back and UPS was ready to join her.

Of course, only Jake Gyllenhaal can say what happened to the scarf and he’s kept mum on the subject. Whether or not Warwick will be able to change that remains to be seen, but at the very least, the saga is still keeping us all entertained.

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Keeping Your House Nice Is Hard, but These 45 Clever Things Make It so Much Easier



Even after you’ve done all of the renovations and upgrades that you want to your house, maintaining its beauty and organization is tricky. Especially if you have a house full of kids or pets, begging to make a mess of it all. I’ve shopped around and found solutions to all of your cleaning and organization woes. Keeping your house nice is hard, but these 45 clever things make it so much easier.

Protecting your investments is a no-brainer, but you may not realize there are plenty of affordable tools that will keep your higher-priced items looking their best. Check out the covers that protect your refrigerator handles from sticky fingers, or the canvas baskets that look good while hiding a mess of toys, blankets, or crafts. Little purchases like coasters or dedicated organizers for each room can help to protect your home from future damage.

Some wear and tear is inevitable when it comes to your house, so when things start to look a little dingy, try one of the restoration products I included, such as cleaners for windows, mirrors, or metal fixtures. I also added a repair kit for wooden floors or furniture, as well as one for repairing leather. These small maintenance hacks will preserve your favorite home pieces while you enjoy them.

Staying clean and tidy is no simple task, but you can rely on these highly rated and reviewed Amazon products to help you along the way.

A Mini Desk Vacuum That’s Rechargeable

prowithlin Desktop Vacuum

If your desk is the messiest place in your home, you’ll love this adorable mini vacuum. It cleans up dust and crumbs from desktops, tables, counters, floors, and even keyboards. The rechargeable hand vacuum gets into corners and crevices, and you can clean out its filter with the push of a button. It comes with an attachable vacuum nozzle, a manual, brush, and USB charging cable.

The Covers For Your Fridge To Combat Fingerprints

OUGAR8 Refrigerator Door Handle Covers

Over time, grime inevitably builds up on your refrigerator door handles. These plush, protective sleeves keep stains, water drip, fingerprints, and smudges at bay, and they’re totally inexpensive. This pair of machine-washable covers features velcro closures, which you can adjust to fit your door’s handles. Choose from a variety of sizes and quantities so you can protect your other appliances, too.

These Furniture Leg Socks To Prevent Scratching

Sag Hom Furniture Leg Socks (16 Pack)

These stretchy furniture leg covers provide an easy way to protect your floors from scratches. They fit chair legs with diameters between two and eight inches and the set includes 16 covers that can stretch over a variety of leg shapes to keep your home looking brand new.

A DIY Wood Furniture And Flooring Repair Kit

Coconix Floor & Furniture Repair Kit

Restore any wood flooring or furniture with this repair kit that’s an Amazon bestseller. It easily fills chips, cracks, and other imperfections in wooden furniture, molding, laminate, edging, baseboard, and even decks. This set includes ten repair compounds in various colors, a spatula, an application brush, a wood putty stick, and a mixing jar.

This Playful Stain-Resistant Rug For The Kids’ Rooms

Well Woven Stain Resistant Area Rug

The best part about this playful, cozy rug is that it’s stain-resistant. The low-pile rug features a cotton fringe hem and soft woven material. It’s perfect for high-traffic areas or kid’s rooms and playrooms and it’s available in two sizes and four colors.

The Leather Cleaning And Recoloring Kit For Quick Fixes

FurnitureClinic Leather Repair Kit

Make your tired and worn leather look as good as new with this cleaner and repair kit. The first step of the kit includes cleaning your leather to remove deeply ingrained dirt and grime while prepping the surface for step two: recoloring. It restores faded leather and protects leather surfaces for the future. This kit comes in 12 colored compounds that can be mixed to match your leather.

A Motion-Activated Keyhole Light For Your Door

Deeirao Motion Sensor Keyhole Light

There is a budget-friendly solution to fumbling around in the dark, looking for your keys: this motion-activated light. The LED light comes on when you approach the door, illuminating the keyhole so you can quickly and easily unlock it. It comes with screws or an adhesive to attach to your door and has two modes: daytime or nighttime. You can also use it in cabinets or drawers for extra light on a budget.

This Cable Management Box That Conceals Cords

Chouky Cable Management Boxes (3-Pack)

How can your home look its best with messy cords and cables contributing to clutter? This cable management box set is the simple, affordable solution that conceals power strips and loose wires so you can see the room and not the accessories that make it come alive. This set includes three boxes of a variety of sizes and is available in two colors.

A Compact Drawer And Shelf Combo For The Kitchen

Joseph Joseph Cabinet Organizer

This small drawer adds usable storage space to your cluttered cabinets. The compact shelf features three tiers and a pull-out drawer. Stack spices or canned goods on the organizer so you can easily see everything at once. It easily fits in your kitchen, however, it’s versatile enough that you could use it to organize your bathroom or craft area.

These Stain-Resistant Comforters In 20 Colors

Madison Park Stain Resistant Blanket

Finding a comforter that’s luxurious yet easy to maintain can be tricky, but this microfiber blanket is stain-resistant to keep it looking brand new. This $35 find features a down-alternative fill and double-sided box quilting that looks expensive and feels cozy. It’s super soft and lightweight enough to use year-round. Whenever it does need a clean, wash it in your machine on cold and gentle cycles. Choose from 20 colors.

The Bamboo Shoe Shelf For Your Entryway

BAMFOX Entryway Shoe Rack

If your shoes and the shoes of every guest that enters your home are sprawled out all over the hallway floor, this is the attractive solution you need in your home. This sustainable bamboo entryway shelf has two tiers where you can store shoes and boots, as well as purses and a basket for umbrellas. Buy a couple and stack them on top of each other for additional storage.

This Cordless Handheld Vacuum That Does It All

KOVEBBLE Cordless Handheld Vacuum

This handheld vacuum is the perfect tool for quickly cleaning up life’s little messes. With no bags to replace, it’s simpler to maintain and it comes with three head attachments for getting hard-to-reach spots, as well as vacuuming your car. It picks up dirt and crumbs from carpet, countertops, floors, and even upholstery. The compact hand vacuum is lightweight and comes with an outlet power cord, as well as one for your car.

The Spoon Rests That Keep Counters Clean

IYOOH Spoon Rest & Lid Holder (2-Pack)

This kitchen counter gadget is a chef’s dream because it makes post-meal clean-up a breeze. The food-grade, BPA-free plastic utility rests are designed for you to set spoons, pot lids, and other utensils on to avoid making a mess. The multifunctional rest keeps utensils separate and, thanks to the high lip around the edge, catches any liquids before they drip on your counters. This pack comes with two.

These Canvas Baskets That Can Hold 25 Pounds

StorageWorks Shelf Baskets (Set of 2)

If you’re looking for versatile storage that also looks good, try these metal frame storage bins. The rectangular baskets are made of canvas and feature a heavy-duty bottom board and frame that extends to create a rigid shape that supports up to 25 pounds. Use them for spare linens, toys, or craft supplies. The faux leather handles are elegant and modern, making this a no-brainer when it comes to upgrading your storage.

This Dual Lazy Susan Made Of Stylish Bamboo

X-cosrack Bamboo Lazy Susan

This bamboo lazy Susan is convenient, sturdy, and stylish, so you can leave it out on your counters without it messing up your home’s aesthetic. It has two tiers that each spin 360 degrees with ease, with three pegs that fit into pre-drilled holes to make assembly a breeze. Each tier has a rim to keep items from sliding off. It measures 10 inches in diameter and serves as the perfect spot for storing spices, produce, or even essential oils.

The Snack Caddy You’ll Want For The Next Big Game

MyGift Sofa Snack Caddy

Get ready for the big game with this rustic wood snack caddy. It has compartments for everything you need for the big game: three remote controls, two large food dishes, and two cup holders. The serving tray has handles on the side and stainless steel bowls for snacks that can be removed when it’s time to clean them.

A Pack Of Rustic Corner Shelves For Unusable Space

Olakee Floating Corner Shelves (Set of 2)

These unique corner shelves make use of wall space in your home you’d otherwise ignore. This two-pack comes with dark rustic-looking wood shelves and four black metal brackets to secure them to the wall. The right-angle shelves fit perfectly into any corner or nook.

These Unbreakable Cups For Your Next Party

Choary Unbreakable Cups (Set of 5)

Host a party without the fear of broken glass with these unbreakable cups. They’re eco-friendly and even made from reclaimed materials such a natural wheat straw and starch. They’re biodegradable and won’t break or chip — even if you run them through the dishwasher, microwave, or even store them in the freezer. This pack of five comes in a variety of colors so your guests can keep track of their drinks.

The Grout Pens That Make Tile Look Brand New

NADAMOO Grout Pen and Brush

Give your tile an upgrade and avoid scrubbing in the future with these grout pens. This kit comes with a foldable cleaning brush that gets tough, stuck-on grime, as well as two beige-colored grout pens that easily cover dingy grout lines. This pack includes two replacement nibs for the pens so you can revamp your whole space for less than $20.

A Quick-Drying Bath Mat That Prevents Slipping

Asvin Quick Drying Bath Mat

Keep your bathroom smelling fresh by avoiding common mold traps. Your bath mat is one of those spots, but with this textured mat, you can worry less about mildew because it dries so quickly. It’s made of PVC loofah material that secures itself to the floor without suction cups. The material is resistant to scum and can be washed in warm water.

This Unique Metal Brush That Eliminates Pet Hair

Zoreni Pet Hair Remover

Eliminate pet hair from your favorite sofa with this magic tool that should cost a lot more than $10. This metal brush features a wooden handle, which is comfortable in your hand. In addition to handling pet hair and fur, you can use this tool to gently brush your couch and trim loose strings and banish pilling.

These Crowd-Favorite, Reusable Chalk Labels

Savvy & Sorted Chalk Labels (96-Pack)

Keeping your house organized can feel like an uphill battle, but with the help of these reusable labels, now your whole family can help out. This pack includes 96 labels that stick to glass bottles, jars, or plastic containers and a chalk pen that is erasable. This pack is Amazon’s #1 bestseller of “removable labels,” earning nearly 20,000 reviews.

The Sink Mat That Fits Around Your Faucet

Ternal Faucet Absorbent Mat

Keep sitting water in your kitchen to a minimum with this sink mat. It wraps around the base of your sink and absorbs splashes or drips. The protective mesh material dries super quickly and can be machine washed and dried. It has a snap that secures the mat around your faucet and comes in three colors.

These Fun Wall Hooks That Encourage Tidying Up

Umbra Buddy Wall Hooks (Set of 3)

Looking for whimsical solutions that will get your kids to pick up their stuff (or keep you motivated as an adult)? Try these wall hooks that look like little characters scaling the wall. The “buddy” wall hooks can hold up to five pounds — ideal for jackets, lightweight bags, and towels. This pack of three includes mounting hardware and adds a fun touch to any space.

The Glass Wax That Polishes Windows and Mirrors

E.J. Wheaton Co. Glass Wax

Do your windows, mirrors, or metal fixures look tired and worn? This professional glass wax is the solution you’ve been searching for. It polishes and protects glass and metal by simply rubbing on and buffing the wax off. It goes on dark pink but dries to a chalky white so you know when it’s time to remove it. This little bottle will give your windows and mirrors a streak-free finish.

A Low-Pile Doormat That Absorbs Water Quickly

Morgantag Waterproof Doormat

A durable doormat can save your floors from sitting water, mud, and snow, but not all doormats are created equally. This heavy-duty option is waterproof, low-profile, and easy to clean. It’s made with highly absorbent polypropylene fabric in a low pile that allows doors to easily open over the mat. To clean it, you can use a vacuum or hose, and the manufacturer says it’s safe to machine wash as well.

These Door Draft Stoppers That Keep Bedrooms Warm

SAKUYV Weather Stripping Door Seal

These weather-stripping door draft stoppers fit onto your door to keep out sound and light and to regulate temperature. The transparent seal traps heat in or out, depending on the season, so you can cut electrical costs. Installing it is as easy as cutting it to size, peeling back the adhesive tape, and sticking it onto your door. You can use it anywhere to close gaps in garages, basements, beds, or even cabinets.

A Teeth-Brushing Station That Keeps Everything Clean

showgoca Toothbrush Holder

Why dispense your own toothpaste when you can pay $26 to have a machine do it for you? This toothpaste dispenser can be conveniently mounted to the wall by your bathroom sink using a double-sided adhesive. It’s also a sanitary solution: It can hold up to four toothbrushes when they’re not in use, keeping their heads covered and away from germs. Plus it features a shelf for storing other essentials, as well as two cup dispensers.

This Modern, Automatic Trash Can That Locks In Odors

Ninestars Touchless Garbage Can

This simple upgrade will make your whole house instantly cleaner: a new trash can. This one has a touchless automatic sensor that opens and closes to lock in odors when you’re not using it. The three-gallon can has a stainless steel base and plastic lid with a slow-close feature, along with a non-skid base and a removable ring liner to secure bags. It’s available in eight colors options.

A Set Of Nesting, Wooden Coasters To Protect Tables

Kamenstein Wood Coasters (Set of 4)

These wooden coasters look like expensive decor accents when they’re not in use, but function beautifully at protecting your table from ring marks. The four-piece natural acacia wood and cork coasters nest into one another when stacked and offer a sturdy lip to keep drinks from spilling. The cord bed absorbs moisture to keep your tabletops in pristine condition.

The Fabric Pins That Are Magnetic And Release Easily

Pinion Pins Magnetic Duvet Clips

These genius magnetic pins ensure you never wake up with your duvet bunched up at the foot of your duvet cover. The easy-release pins secure up to 10 pounds so you can also use them for hanging curtains, pinning comforters, or securing couch covers in place. This set comes with eight pins.

These Genius Cushion Supports To Revamp Sofas

Evelots Sofa Cushion Support

Over time, sofa cushions can sink and won’t always spring back to life. But these cushion supports improve the shape and feel of your furniture. The wood supports are covered in black vinyl, making them a cinch to clean. Just fold out the supports to your desired length and place them below your seat cushions for extra reinforcement. They instantly fix sagging cushions and make your pieces look so much better. Best of all, no installation is required.

The Sheer Curtains That Repel Dust And Dog Hair

Clean Window Anti-Dust Curtains

The best way to keep your curtains clean is to dedicate time to wash them properly, but let’s be real — there’s not always enough time in the day for that. That’s why reviewers love these anti-dust sheer curtain panels. They’re made of a textured material that is anti-dust, anti-allergen, and repels pet hair, so your curtains stay cleaner longer. This polyester-blend set features a slide-through curtain rod pocket. Choose from three sizes and three colors.

The Magnetic Curtain Tie-Backs That Look Stylish

Melaluxe Magnetic Curtain Tiebacks (6-Pack)

Don’t just push your curtains open, tie them back with these magnetic curtain holders that keep them in place and add a charming accent. Not only are they easy to use, but they’re also decorative with a modern spindle-shaped clasp and rope tie that’s stylish.

A Pack Of Odor-Beating Lavender Sachets For Home

Lavende Sur Terre Closet Fragrance Sachets (24-Pack)

Keep your closet smelling fresh by hanging a few of these lavender sachets over your hangers. The small bags are filled with French lavender, which has a calming fragrance that can reduce odors and boost your mood. Place one in your gym bag or by the door where everyone leaves their shoes. This set comes with 24 sachets.

The Self-Watering Pots That Hydrate Your Plants

Vanavazon Self Watering Planters (3-Pack)

These self-water planters make it easy to care for your plants, even if you don’t have the greenest thumb. The 6-inch pots feature a large, transparent basin that can hold excess water, which plants absorb through a connecting cotton rope. This set of three is available in gray and white and will water your plants for up to about a week, depending on the plant and time of year.

These Covers That Fill The Gaps On Your Countertop

HELESIN Counter Gap Cover

Cover the space between your stove and countertop to keep it free from messes with this set of stove gap fillers. The flexible silicone is easy to cut to match the depth of your appliance, and the T-shaped profile slides easily into place for a super-simple setup. Its nonslip construction won’t slide around and it provides a seamless fit.

A Slim, Sleek Rolling Cart For Extra Storage Anywhere

AOJIA Slim Storage Cart

If you need some additional storage, check out this rolling three-tier cart. It has more than 5,000 reviews, and many reviewers have raved about how easy the trolley-style cart is to move from room to room, as well as how the durable wheel brakes keep it from rolling away on its own. It’s made of plastic and stainless steel so it’s easy to wipe down, plus its narrow size is perfect for storing in your bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen.

An Easy-To-Clean Showerhead With Seven Modes

Delta Faucet 7-Spray Showerhead

This showerhead is one the whole family will love since it has seven settings to choose from. It easily attaches to your existing shower and has touch-clean spray holes that you can simply wipe clean, rather than soaking it. Choose from a full body spray, wide-body spray, massaging spray, full body with massage, drenching spray, energy-saving mode, and pause. Each mode is powerful to relieve sore muscles and wash away the dirt of the day.

These Guide Lights That Easily Install On Your Outlets

SnapPower Outlet Guide Light

Adding custom lighting to your home can be a huge investment, but these outlet guide lights are a budget-friendly solution — plus they have 11,000 reviews. This pack comes with two outlet plates that have a built-in light and don’t require batteries or wires. They snap on easily without occupying one of your outlets and they come in four colors.

A Hygienic Soap Dispenser That’s Automatic

Umbra Automatic Soap Dispenser

The area around your sink can get pretty messy. Thanks to its battery-powered design (which works when you simply place your hand under it), this soap dispenser cuts down on the drips of soap that inevitably land on countertops. This hygienic dispenser holds liquid soap and has a versatile sleek finish that’s stylish and suits any home decor.

The Decorative Outdoor Pillow Covers You’ll Love

MIULEE Waterproof Pillow Covers (Set of 4)

Create a cozy space in your backyard or step up your curb appeal by adding some of these decorative pillow covers to front porches. Don’t worry, they’re waterproof — made of canvas polyester with a PU coating. This four-pack features 18-by-18-inch covers, however, they’re available in four sizes and 21 colors. They feature a hidden zipper where you can insert the pillow (not included).

A Paper Towel Holder With Lots Of Whimsy

Umbra Buddy Paper Towel Holder

How cute is this paper towel holder? While it secures the roll of paper towels upright, it also features a little “buddy” hugging the roll, making it easier to tear off a sheet. It’s fun and functional, plus it’s easy to load when the roll is empty. It’s earned nearly 3,000 reviews, including this one: “I like the uniqueness, so had to buy it. It’s sturdy and does the job.”

This Tabletop Organizer To Keep Track Of The Remote

MyGift Wood Remote Control Caddy

Keep all your TV remotes in one place to save your sanity. This $20 fix holds three or four remotes, depending on the size. The tabletop organizer has a rustic farmhouse decor style that is a stylish alternative to your typically messy coffee table.

The Clothing Rack Dividers For Organizing Your Closet

TraGoods Closet Dividers (16-Pack)

Do you share a closet with your partner? Or do you want to make putting clothes away a bit easier? Try these clothing rack dividers. This pack of 16 comes with 60 labels that you can add to each divider to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Use it to label colors or outfits, or just separate what is yours from what belongs to your partner. The sturdy plastic labels go over your closet pole and sit above hangers so you can clearly read them.


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Is He "The One?" I Still Don’t Know After Four Years



Q: If I don’t know after four years, does that mean my boyfriend isn’t “the one”? I ask because we’re planning to move in together next summer, and I feel like I should be sure that I want to spend the rest of my life with him. I always hear, “When you know, you know,” so I’m wondering if I don’t know yet, does that mean I never will? I’m 27, and while I’m comfortable being single at this point, I don’t want to figure out three to five years from now that he isn’t my person for life. That scares me!

I don’t want to feel like I’m settling but I also don’t know if it’s normal to feel a little unsure. I can absolutely see spending the rest of my life with him, but in a way, I also assume I’d be able to find someone else. (I definitely don’t believe there’s only one perfect person for everyone.) I guess my question boils down to: Do you always “know,” or is it normal to have some uncertainty? And if you should be sure, at what point in a relationship should you call it quits if you aren’t?

A: To answer the big question you have, yes, it’s incredibly normal to feel uncertain, to harbor lingering doubts. The truth is, you cannot know how long a relationship lasts until it’s over, which might be when one of you dies! I want to gently suggest that the length of a relationship is not what makes it good or bad, real or false, love or a poor approximation. There is no knowing that someone is going to be “the one,” the right choice forever. The question isn’t, “Will this person always make me happy?” but rather, “Is this a relationship I want to build?

There’s a misconception that most of us unconsciously hold about relationships. It’s perhaps the most pervasive myth out there when it comes to long-term love, and it’s the idea that a relationship is actually a predetermined set of life events that a specific potential partner is selling, and we choose to buy it or not.

In reality, relationships aren’t given to you fully formed; you make them together. You build your relationship with someone, your compatibility with them, brick by painstaking brick. It’s like a house you and your partner build that you never actually complete, never get to fully live in. You just keep building it, every single day, through your words and your actions, the things you overlook, and the things you blow up about. It’s a little Sisyphus-ian, really. (The silver lining here is that if Camus is to be believed, Sisyphus is happy.)

I’m not suggesting that you can change any person into a great partner, or that you can change people at all, or that that’s the goal. I’m just reminding you that what you have with your partner is created by you two — you have control!

There’s a joke in the book Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun where she asks her mother, “How do you stay married?” and her mother answers, “You don’t get divorced.” It’s a trite joke, sure, but there’s some truth to it, too. The way to stay together is… you just do it. So if you’re worried about leaving your partner in a few years, one option would be to simply not. I know I’m massively oversimplifying things! My reductionism is off the charts here.

Your real fear is one of two things. One, that things will somehow be so bad that you’ll want to leave, which frankly seems unlikely (although certainly possible) if they haven’t been bad up until this point. Or two, and I think this is the root of the root, that things will never be so f*cking good that you will feel certain that you picked correctly. And if things aren’t That Good, shouldn’t you just leave now?

My vote, honestly? Stay. Don’t leave. Now, I am distinctly not of the belief that long-term love is a hard slog where you can’t stand to be around your partner, but it’s somehow valuable because… you did it! You made a choice and never changed your mind and now you and your partner of 47 years sleep in separate bedrooms and haven’t had sex in two decades, which is somehow an achievement because you Stuck It Out.

Let me be clear: Those are bad outcomes. I am, however, of the belief that long-term, committed love feels a lot more like sitting in a comfortable armchair than riding a roller coaster. It’s a lot more like putting on a great pair of socks than it is like going to a dance party. Obviously, there are times when that’s a little sad. I wish love were a little more like the movies sometimes, but there’s a reason rom-coms end after people get together. It’s kind of boring! Not every day. Some days are hot; some days feel like falling in love again.

Every negative train of thought in your letter is posed as a future hypothetical. The questions you ask are, “What if things get bad? What if I become bored or dissatisfied?” Not that you are currently, which I think is really telling. I believe if you were to start feeling very unhappy you would know.

Is there a guarantee those things won’t happen with your partner in a few years? No. But right now you’re giving me absolutely zero reasons to predict that it will. It’s always possible that you and your partner — whether that’s your current boyfriend or someone else — change and grow in ways that mean you two no longer fit together. It’s possible that one or both of you has a massive, unforeseen life event that breaks the relationship. It’s possible you want different things out of life down the road. It’s possible that Adam Driver knocks on your door and tells you that it’s always been you and asks you to run away with him. Are any of those a reason to leave now? No.

You’re never going to get a Hogwartsian letter in the mail that tells you who The One is. You’ll never know with absolute certainty that you made the right choice. As you pointed out, there are lots of people out there who would probably build a lovely life with you. Would it be different in some really good ways with another person? Yes! Would it also be different in some really bad ways? Also yes. No matter who you choose to spend your life with, there will be some degree of wonder about what it would be like with someone else. But if you’re 95% with someone, I don’t think that’s settling.

So if you love spending time with your partner, if being with them feels good and happy and secure now, even if not Unendingly Thrilling and Wildly Exciting, but warm and loving… well, that’s pretty d*mn good. If it doesn’t feel like that, if it feels like you’re just going through the motions, then walk away. As Marianne Moore says in one of my favorite poems, “Satisfaction is a lowly thing. How pure a thing is joy.” Find happiness and stick with it when it’s hard, but not when it’s bad.

You’ll never be able to see what’s coming down the road. The great news, however, is that you have a lot of control over what you make and with whom.

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