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If Your Kitchen Is Gross, These 40 Cheap, Easy Hacks Will Be Life-Changing



While it may be true that my home is my castle, I certainly don’t have a Kensington Palace budget when it comes to keeping it in tip-top shape. If you’re in the same boat (Wills and Kate, please stop reading here), you know that it can be a real challenge when the most heavily used room in the house — the kitchen — starts showing some wear and tear. Never fear, though — today’s list is chock full of cheap and easy kitchen hacks that will take your space from gross to great.

Naturally, the first thing you’re going to want to do is give your kitchen a good cleaning, and the best way to do that is with The Pink Stuff. This all-time fave is good for pretty much everything that’s dirty: ovens, sinks, pans — you name it. Pair it with a small but mighty power scrubber for a cleaning experience that hardly feels like a chore.

Then it’s time to have some real fun by layering on the gadgets. I’m a big fan of this stainless steel sink caddy that keeps the counter clutter-free, as well as this covetable seven-piece food storage container set that’ll give you a panty that’s enviable. By the time you plow through this list, you’ll actually be inspired to whip out these easy-to-clean silicone oven mitts to do some cooking again. These are definitely some life-changing products for your kitchen, so get shopping.

The Stove Gap Covers That Block Crumbs & Messes

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

The space between your countertop and your stove can be a troublesome crumb-catcher, but get these gap covers ensure sauces and food bits never reach the floor. Crafted from food-grade silicone, they’re available in two lengths and easy to customize with scissors. The silicone is heat-resistant to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and it wipes down with just a damp cloth for easy upkeep. Choose from three colors: black, white, and clear.

An Organizer To Get Your Sink Area Into Shape

Orimade Sink Caddy Organizer

Crafted from sturdy stainless steel with an attractive chrome finish, this organizer has room for a dish brush, sponges, soap, and everything you need to make your kitchen sink a functional workstation. Thanks to its open design, your dishwashing tools can drain without getting moldy or mildewy, and the sleek design will make your counter look neat in the process.

This Microwave Steam Cleaner That Looks Like An Angry Mom

Abnaok Microwave Steam Cleaners (2-Pack)

An Amazon favorite for both for its functionality and its design, this clever microwave steam cleaner shaped like an irritated mother-in-law works wonders. All you have to do is remove her head, fill her with water and vinegar, then place her in the microwave and zap for about seven minutes. Even the most difficult-to-remove stains — like baked ziti — will wipe right off. Fun and functional, and each set comes with two.

The Cleaning Pads That Remove Even The Toughest Stains

STK Extra-Thick Magic Cleaning Pads (20-Pack)

Get the same power as the brand-name stain-busting sponges for a lower price with these cleaning pads that “erase” even the most tenacious messes with just water. Made from melamine, these cleaning wizards have earned a 4.5-star overall rating after nearly 15,000 reviews from buyers who say they’re durable, hard-working, and “just like magic.”

An Air Purifier That’s Pint-Sized In Its Footprint And Its Price

GermGuardian Pluggable Air Purifier & Sanitizer

When you think about air purifiers, chances are you think about some big old thing that takes up a bunch of space on your floor, but this model conveniently plugs into any standard outlet and hangs out right there to eliminate cooking odors and airborne irritants. The UV-C bulb also sanitizes the air and reduces germs, and at price like this, you can get multiple for several rooms.

This Steel “Soap” That Removes Food Odors From Your Hands

AMCO Rub-a-Way Bar Stainless Steel Odor Absorber

Rid your hands of unpleasant garlic, onion, and fish odors simply by rubbing them under water with this stainless steel bar, as if you were using regular soap. The steel molecules bond with the sulfur molecules that create the stinky smells, whisking them away, so your hands no longer bear any trace of the offending scent. This is a must-have for avid cooks and makes a terrific gift, too.

A Scrubber Set That Makes Cleaning Tile & Fixtures A Breeze

OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush Set

Like an oversized toothbrush for your tile, porcelain, and fixtures, this OXO deep clean brush set makes it easy to get into tight corners, speeding up your cleaning routine and making it more fun, too. The set comes with a large and small scrubber that feature an ergonomic grip that gives you the leverage you need.

These Dish Scrubbers That Resist Bad Odors

Peachy Clean Kitchen Scrubber (3-Pack)

That sour smell from wet sponges that have been left in the sink too long won’t ever haunt you again once you stock up on these scrubbers. Made from silicone, they’re impervious to mold and mildew, so they won’t develop unpleasant odors — in fact, these scrubbers leave behind a light peach scent. Plus, they’re strong and durable enough to remove tough, baked-on stains, but soft enough to use on delicate dishes and cookware.

A Sponge Holder That Doubles As A Soap Dispenser

ALBAYRAK Soap Dispenser and Sponge Holder

This unique sponge holder that also dispenses soap (just press down) is a time-saver since you don’t have to pause doing the dishes to apply soap to the sponge. A great way to eliminate mess around the sink, the transparent tank makes it easy to know when you’re running low.

The Peel & Stick Shortcut To A Tile Backsplash

Art3d Peel-and-Stick Backsplash (10 Sheets)

So you’ve always wanted that classic subway tile backsplash, but the cost and complication of installing it has been daunting? Now you can get the look without spending the money or dealing with a bunch of dust and grout, thanks to these peel-and-stick sheets. Made to adhere to any smooth, clean surface, these sheets are easy to apply, resistant to heat and moisture, and wipe clean with just a damp rag for easy upkeep.

This Drawer That Wrangles Your Single-Serve Coffee Pods

DecoBros K-Cup Storage Drawer

Make your own convenient coffee station with your single-serve coffee maker using this storage drawer. Made from sturdy metal with a black powder finish, it has a small footprint and can sit directly underneath the coffee maker. It has space to store 36 pods, and the drawer pulls out smoothly for easy access.

A Mini Broom & Dustpan Set To Stay On Top Of Small Messes

Full Circle Mini Broom and Dustpan

Sleek and stylish, this mini broom and dustpan set lets you stay on top of smaller messes like crumbs, flour, and coffee grounds. If you have an eat-in kitchen, this little set is ideal for a finishing pass around the table, countertop, and stove areas after mealtime, and of course it’s right at home in so many other rooms, too.

A Set Of Bins That Organize Your Fridge

Utopia Refrigerator Organizers (8-Pack)

How often is it that you buy something that can actually help save you money? That’s certainly the case with these refrigerator organizers. Once you sort everything into an orderly system, you’ll be able to see exactly what you have, instead of doubling up on items at the store. This set includes four large bins and four small bins, all with handles that make it easy to slide them out as needed.

These Tablets That Clean & Freshen Your Dishwasher

Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner Tablets (6 Count)

These dishwasher cleaning tablets are formulated to remove the limescale and minerals that set in over time, and they also remove odors, and upgrade performance, ensuring your dishes come out clean and spot-free. Throw one in the washer and run a cycle once a month for best results.

The Cleaning Paste That’s TikTok-Famous

Stardrops The Pink Stuff All-Purpose Cleaning Paste

It’s not every day that something you clean with becomes TikTok-famous, but The Pink Stuff is a worthy exception that can produce pretty miraculous results. It can tackle everything in your kitchen with ease, like the oven, stove, tile, refrigerator, counter, and even cookware. Plus, the all-purpose formula works like a charm on bathroom fixtures, grills, outdoor furniture, and so much more.

These Eco-Friendly Dishcloths That Are Super Versatile

Swedish Dishcloth for Kitchen

Made from a blend of cellulose and cotton, these eco-friendly dishcloths can help you get your dishes done in a jiffy, but they’re also great for a million other household tasks, like scrubbing tile and wiping down counters. Each one can be washed and reused up to 200 times, and when their useful life is through, they’re both biodegradable and compostable.

The Chain Mail That Cleans Your Cast Iron

BOTEFEI Chain Mail Cast Iron Cleaner

Cooks know that cast iron cookware has to be cleaned the right way in order to make it to heirloom status, and that cleaning process doesn’t include soap. To remove stuck-on food residue, use this chain mail scrubber made from stainless steel. Designed for cast iron, it works off burned bits, but won’t remove that valuable seasoning.

These Oven Liners That Keep You From Having To Scrub

FitFabHome Nonstick Oven Liners ( 3-Pack)

Cleaning the oven has to be one of the most dreaded tasks the kitchen, but you can make it the work of just minutes with these liners that catch drips and runoff. The three-pack enables you to cover the entire bottom of the oven, and they’re easy to cut to size with scissors. When they sustain spills, just throw them in the dishwasher for easy cleanup, or rinse them off in the sink.

The Cloth That Removes Scratches & Rings From Wood

Guardsman Water Mark Remover Cloth

Swipe this cloth over your cabinets, breakfast table, chairs, and other wooden surfaces, and scratches, water rings, and heat marks will all disappear like magic. Designed for repeated use, it even removes stray latex paint from wood surfaces without stripping the finish.

These Liners That Keep Your Fridge Shelves Totally Clean

BAKHUK Refrigerator Mats (9-Pack)

These mats help keep your refrigerator shelves clean, and they can be wiped down with a damp cloth — so much easier than scrubbing glass. The waterproof liners are nonslip, so they’ll stay in place, and they can be trimmed to size with scissors.

A Broom & Dustpan Set That Stores Upright

YANXUS Broom and Dustpan Set

This broom and dustpan set makes it easy to clean up kitchen messes without a lot of effort. The dustpan has a full-length handle, and the head swivels down so you can transfer dust and crumbs without bending down. Plus, the dustpan has rubber bristles that clean the broom after sweeping, and the two tools snap together for upright and out-of-the-way storage.

These Enzyme Sticks That Keep Your Drains Clean & Fresh

Green Gobbler BIO-FLOW Drain Strips (24 Count)

Made with a concentrate of slow-dissolving enzymes, these drain sticks are formulated to eat away at the organic material that collects in your kitchen and bathroom drains — like food, grease, and hair. Used once a month, they’ll keep all pipes clean and smelling fresh, are even suitable for use with septic systems.

This Canister Set That Will Make Your Pantry Look Amazing

Chef’s Path Airtight Food Storage Container Set (7 Pieces)

The perfect starting block for a picture-perfect pantry, this canister set keeps dry goods fresh, and the transparent design lets you see exactly how much you have in stock at all times. These airtight containers come in a set of assorted sizes, and are accompanied by a set of labels and a chalk pen for customization.

These Blue “Apples” That Keep Your Produce Fresh Longer

Bluapple Produce Freshness Savers (2-Pack)

They may look weird, but these apples definitely do their job when it comes to keeping your produce fresh. They contain activated carbon to absorb the gases emitted by your fruits and veggies as they age, so they don’t get overripe nearly as fast. Each pack comes with two; throw one in your crisper drawer and it will help eliminate food waste for up to a month.

A Kit For Hard-To-Clean Glass Cooktops

Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaning Kit

Glass cooktops look great but they can be incredibly tricky to clean… until you get this Cerama Bryte kit. Boasting a 4.7-star overall rating, it gives you everything you need for gentle but effective cleaning, including specially formulated solution, two scrubbing pads, and a scraper.

This Trash Can That Hangs Over A Cabinet Door

YCOCO Collapsible Hanging Trash Can

Designed to hang over your cabinet door, this trash can collapses when not in use and then expands to hang wherever you need it. In the kitchen, it’s perfect for catching fruit and vegetable scraps as you meal prep, and saves you multiple trips to the big trash can. It even has built-in storage for spare garbage bags.

These Color-Coded Mats That Help Prevent Cross-Contamination

Fotouzy Color-Coded Cutting Board Mats (7-Pack)

These brightly colored cutting board mats are ultra-functional in the kitchen, serving as durable surfaces for slicing and dicing. Even more important, they’re color-coded and have food icons in the corners to help prevent cross-contamination — just stick to prepping foods (like vegetables, fish, or raw chicken) on the mat that correlates.

A Dispenser That Gives You Soap Hands-Free

Secura Touchless Soap Dispenser

Hand hygiene is important, especially when meal prepping, and you can make sure you’re doing it the right way with this touchless dispenser that won’t harbor germs on the pump. Battery-operated, it has an infrared motion sensor that detects your hand, then releases just the right amount of soap.

This Pen That Will Give You Sparkling Clean Grout

Rainbow Chalk Markers Ltd Grout Pen

Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. And while sparkling white grout may not seem like a huge transformation, it can really brighten up a room and make it seem fresh again. This pen is an easy way to make that happen; it works so easily and it’s just like writing. One pen covers up to 150 square feet of grout, and of course it’s great for bathrooms and elsewhere in the house, too.

The Burner Covers That Keep Your Stove Clean

YRYM HT Stove Burner Covers (8-Pack)

Made for use on gas stoves, these BPA-free stove burner liners protect against grease stains, tomato splatter, and boiled-over messes. Heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, they wipe clean with hot soapy water, or you can just chuck them right in the dishwasher.

This Container That Keeps Expensive Herbs Fresh For Longer

OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Herb Keeper

Fresh herbs add so much flavor to food, but unless you grow them yourself, they’re tricky to keep fresh. Finally, from trusted brand OXO comes this ingenious container that’s purpose-made to ensure that expensive herbs don’t wilt or spoil. The inner basket allows air to circulate around the greens, while the bottom tray can be filled with water to keep them hydrated.

This Organizer For Tea Bags & Condiment Packets

mDesign Stackable Pantry Organizer

Ideal for tea bags, this organizer is also the perfect size to marshal sugar packets and all those takeout condiments that have gathered in your pantry. The organizer can be set up horizontally or vertically, and the drawers slide out easily for quick access to your chamomile, Earl Grey, and soy sauce.

A Cleaner That Keeps Your Coffeepot Sparkling

Concentrated Coffee Pot Cleaner

It’s hard to get started in the morning — and, let’s face it, in the afternoon — without a good cup of coffee, but over time, your coffeepot can look a little worse for the wear. This cleaner is specifically formulated to remove oils, discoloration, and mineral deposits left behind by coffee and hard water, so your java will taste great and your machine will function as efficiently as possible.

This Caddy That Helps Your Sponge Dry More Quickly

mDesign Wire Sponge Caddy

You know that moldy smell that arises when your sponge lingers in the bottom of the sink where it remains wet? You can prevent that with this caddy that holds your sponge and lets it drain dry quickly. Made from durable stainless steel wire with a shiny chrome finish, it attaches to the side of your sink with two suction cups.

These Fridge & Freezer Deodorizers That Also Extend Produce Freshness

NonScents Refrigerator Deodorizers (2-Pack)

A step up from baking soda boxes, these deodorizers last for up to six months each, using natural zeolite to absorb odors in your fridge and freezer. Even better, these clever gadgets absorb the gases that cause fresh fruits and veggies to ripen too quickly, so that your produce will stay fresh for longer. Each pack comes with two.

These All-Purpose Detail Brushes That Get Into The Nooks & Crannies

OXO Good Grips Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Tools (Set of 2)

Fixtures and appliances tend to collect dirt and grease over time, but it can be hard to clean some of those tight spaces. These brush and scraper tools are designed to help you do the detail work, so you can clean sink fixtures, brush away coffee grounds, scrape pans clean, and renew blender blades.

A Set Of Cooking Utensils That Match

Umite Chef Kitchen Cooking Utensils Set (33 Pieces)

If you feel like it’s time to replace a mismatched set of kitchen utensils, it’s worth investing in this brand spanking new set that’ll make you feel like a true chef. The 33-piece set includes everything from turners to whisks to spatulas to tongs, and the heads are made from BPA-free, heat-resistant silicone. Available in six colors, this set makes the perfect housewarming gift, too.

Available colors: 6

These Silicone Oven Mitts That Offer Full Coverage

HOMWE Professional Silicone Oven Mitts (1 Pair)

With their extra-long length, these oven mitts mean you won’t have to wonder if you’re protected when you’re reaching into that hot oven to retrieve your baked goods. Heat-resistant to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, they feature a cozy quilted cotton lining, and an exterior made from silicone that’s easy to wipe clean. Choose from 14 colors.

The Cookbook Stand Made From Easy-To-Clean Acrylic

Norpro Acrylic Cookbook Holder

If you’re Mastering The Art Of French Cooking right along with Julia Child (or following a recipe in any other cookbook or on your tablet), this stand is a must in the kitchen. Made from clear acrylic, it protect cookbook pages and screens, and can be wiped clean. Plus, it makes trying out new recipes so much more enjoyable because you’re not always fighting to see the recipe.

The Stainless Steel Wipes That Prevent Future Smudges

MiracleWipes for Stainless Steel

Stainless steel appliances and other surfaces look fantastic in the kitchen, but they can be so hard to keep shiny — it seems like every time you turn around, they’re covered in fingerprints and greasy smudges. These wipes make that upkeep so much easier, with a formula that both restores shine and leaves behind a protective barrier that prevents further smudges and buildup.

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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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