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34 Things To Help Anyone Whose Home Could Best Be Described As “A Mess”

You’re about to become *that* person showing off their perfectly organized fridge and pantry on Zoom.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A set of dishwasher cleaning tablets you can pop into a cycle with your dirty dishes to wipe out all the extra grime and that funky smell, all without ever having to touch a sponge or any other kind of cleaning utensil.

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Promising review: “We have very hard water in this area, and though my dishwasher is supposed to be self-cleaning when you use the right detergent (which I have been), it’s been getting gunkier and gunkier and a couple of months ago the rinse aid dispenser stopped filling properly. When I looked that up, the online advice said that can happen if it gets too dirty and gave advice on running the dishwasher with vinegar and other tricks. But I saw this and, being pleased with Affresh’s machine cleaners I’d used on my clothes washer, decided to try it. It worked AMAZINGLY, in ONE try. My rinse aid dispenser immediately started working good as new again, and my dishwasher is the cleanest it’s been since we got it! Love it!” —Mouriana

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

2. A pet urine-stain removing spray that instantly tackles both old and new stains *plus* the funky smell, so you can enjoy your Bath & Body Works candles without the vague top notes of cat pee.

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Promising review: “I have six elderly cats, a few of which oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get ‘peed off’ about. It’s not a litter box problem and, although I’ve caught one or two of them doing it, I can’t blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pods, I saturate the area with Rocco & Rossi’s odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I’ve tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It’s better than smelling that awful pee!” —mona mia

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

3. A carpet and upholstery cleaner to quickly rub all those old mystery stains out of your couches, chairs, and carpets so you can stop strategically putting blanket throws over them all the time.

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Promising review: “I LOVE this Woolite carpet stain remover with its rubbing brush. We stayed for some weeks at dear friend’s home while we were waiting to move and they were out of town. Their cat had done some nasty things in their rooms. We thought we’d show some of our appreciation by cleaning some of these spots off their light gray carpeting. IT WORKED! THEY NOTICED! THEY LOVED IT! I don’t know about the cat. So we bought this house with white carpets. Who puts in white carpets?? Anyways, we have white carpets. So I bought these Woolite cans and know they will be used and will do a great job.” —Sany123

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

4. An over-the-door hanging purse organizer that will not only hold all your bags, but will ROTATE 360 degrees around, so you can put on a lil’ fashion show for them every day. The 83 tote bags on my closet floor are shaking.

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Promising review: “This has been a lifesaver for me! My purses are no longer all over the floor in my closet. They all fit nicely on here. I love this so much. The packaging was nice and everything came in perfect condition. I have about 10 purses on it right now and it’s really nice and strong. It fits on my door perfectly but you do have to push on the door a bit in order for it to fully close and open. However, that is not a problem for me at all. It’s very easy for me to see all my purses now and my closet is no longer a mess. From other reviews I’ve seen, I know this can definitely hold a lot of weight and way more bags then I have on it. I love the way it looks!” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

5. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner you can plop into your sink, run a little water on, and let its blue magic fizz its way up to the top while clearing out all the gunk from your culinary adventures in one go.

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Promising review: “These are amazing! I was skeptical at first but I followed the directions (which are super easy) and was grossed out and satisfied at the same time to see the gunk that was removed. You put the entire packet down your disposal (I read that twice too) and magic happens in under two minutes! That is what I call powerful and successful cleaning! The scent is super clean and light with a hint of lemon. These will definitely be a cleaning staple for me.” —KPITT

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.82.

6. A shower curtain with POCKETS, because the utter delight of extra pockets should not be limited to surprise ones in dresses. Now you can store all your extra brushes, soaps, razors, and other odds and ends at eye level, instead of letting them perilously crash into the shower from the edges you propped them on before.

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Promising review: “I LOVE this shower curtain. I have been buying this curtain for the past six years. If you have a shower that doesn’t have a lot of ledge room for all your ‘stuff,’ this shower curtain will be your best friend. You can fit so many things inside the pockets! I honestly only use like four to five of the pockets. You can also use this as a liner and have another more decorative shower curtain on the outside but I personally use it as a shower curtain. I usually change it every six months because it does start getting a little soap scummy on the bottom. The best shower curtain/liner money can buy!” —DAtkins

Get it from Amazon for $15.

7. A six-outlet wall charger designed specifically for both small and large appliances, so you don’t have to live in a sea of tangled wires under your desk or by the one functional outlet in your kitchen anymore.

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Promising review: “I was constantly having to unplug something in my kitchen to make room for charging my iPhone or watch or using the slow cooker or any of the other half dozen things I wanted to use at the most convenient spot in the house…the kitchen counter. My 140-year-old house has a distinct shortage of outlets in the kitchen, so this product looked like a good option. It exceeded my expectations, and has made my electronic life much simpler. Features that I love other than the excellent number of outlet options it gives are that it screws into place (so it doesn’t pull out of the outlet when you try to unplug something), the versatility of having the USB ports, and the light feature that I appreciate a stupid amount. Yeah, the light switch is right next to it on the wall, but who wants to flip on a light just to plug something in? So basically the price was great, it arrived quickly, and it looks nice. I have a cordless phone plugged in, plus an Echo Show, my Apple Watch charger, my iPad, and an iPhone plugged in, with outlets to spare. I’ll run out of counter space before I run out of outlets.” —HappyCarnivore

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

8. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleansing liquid and scouring cloth to quickly cancel all your least favorite stains *without* scratching surfaces, no matter how old or crusty or shudder-worthy said stains have become.

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I’m talking stainless-steel appliances, pots and pans, shower stalls, sinks, tubs —and everything’s going to gleam like the day it was first born.

Promising review: “I used it for the first time on my new stainless steel sink last night — which was already showing water stains. Wow did this stuff work like a charm. It really shined my sink up and did not leave a white milky residue like some cleaners do. I think I might be addicted to this stuff daily, whether my sink really needs it or not…” —Alana

Read BuzzFeed’s full review of Bar Keeper’s original formula and the soft cleansing liquid for more deets!

Get a bottle + a scouring sponge from Amazon for $17.99.

9. A power scrubber brush you can attach to a DRILL (!!) that basically does all of the hard grime-busting so fast that you’ll have eons of time left to deal with all those *other* messes you want to take care of quickly.

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Promising review: “These brushes are freaking fantastic. I tried them on a portion of my shower and bathroom floor tiles and grout. I immediately had to do the rest because it made the cleaner sections look dirty. I also tried it on the side of my fridge that is next to my stove top. It did a pretty good job there as well at removing grease and stains. The only downside is that it made me enjoy cleaning!” —Eric T. Ma

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

10. A heavy duty grout cleaner you only need to let sit for 10 minutes before you scrub the dirt and grime from all those sneaky crevices like it’s your superpower.

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Promising review: “I never leave reviews on Amazon but this grout cleaner definitely deserved a review. I tried three other cleaners before buying Grout-eez and they did nothing but waste my time and money. Grout-eez got my grout perfectly clean in no time, plus it was easy to use and no odor. I’ll never use another grout cleaner.” —Tyler

Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

11. A carpet cleaning solution designed to work with all water-based carpet cleaning machines that will dig in so immediately and so deep that nobody will ever guess your dog went on a peeing spree that one time you dared to come home smelling like someone else’s dog.

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Promising review: “After reading the reviews I thought I could at least try it, and holy smokes, this is a miracle cleaner!!! I think I have tried every cleaner on the market for pet stains and nothing ever really works on my carpets. Even if I get it off the top, it somehow comes back up. My crazy dogs hate the rain and they have one spot that they always go on when they decide they are not going outside. I have cleaned the spot probably 100 times. I cleaned this area one time with this cleaner and my spot steam cleaner and it is completely gone! The stain and smell are 100% gone, not just covered up like before, completely and absolutely gone. Miracle cleaner for sure!” —PLLane

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

12. A self-grooming cat toy so your cat can have a time ~feeling themselves~ and you can have an even better not finding hairballs all over your bedroom and whipping out the vacuum every three days.

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You can easily mount this toy to a flat wall or a corner using the adhesive strips included, and even comes with a little bit of catnip you can put in it to initially attract ’em.

Promising review: “My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got a hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall.” —T. Mangiacarina

Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

13. A set of brush and flush toilet tabs made with baking soda that’ll fizz up in your toilet for 10 minutes and make it super easy for you to brush away the gunk.

Pardo Naturals

Pardo Naturals is a Black-owned business established in 2014 that is committed to creating toxin-free products for home, cleaning, and pets, with an owner who specializes in sensitive skin issues and can customize your order based on your skin care needs or potential allergies.

Get a set of six tabs from Pardo Naturals for $8.99.

14. An air-tight pantry-organizing container set so you can not only organize the horror show that is your pantry, but keep all your goods fresher *way* longer.

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Promising review: “When you use OXO products, you know to expect quality and these storage containers did not disappoint! You get five containers in four sizes that perfectly vacuum seal to protect your food. The sizes are useful and versatile, and the airtightness means no worrying about pests. While these are recommended for storing dry goods, I put some liquid (olives and brine) in one of them to REALLY test the seal. Even when you turn it upside down, no liquid leaks out. Another nice feature is that you can partially disassemble the lid by removing the white plastic piece on top of the gasket, allowing you to completely clean the gasket. I tried this on the container with the olives, and it worked perfectly. The entire container has no residual smell. Overall, if you want the best in food storage containers, these OXO containers are absolutely essential!” —Emi A

Get a set of five from Amazon for $49.95.

15. Plus a set of stackable fridge drawers so you never reach in for a seltzer and have three bags of shredded cheese and an apple fall out on you again. The transparency of these is also great because it reminds you to eat your fruits + veggies before they go bad!

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Promising review: “Excellent organization system! I once opened the fridge often, always looking for something I hadn’t seen the last time I checked. The thing is — I often found something new because it just wasn’t organized in a functional way. Now, with this system, I find what I’m looking for the first time. And when a bin is empty, I know I need to buy more of that product and just ask my smart home to add that item to my shopping list. Very grateful for the sense of calm and control that this fridge organization system has given me, and for all of the food that is no longer going bad in the back of the fridge!” —Chelsea T.

Get a set of six from Amazon for $29.99.

16. A fume-free oven cleaner that’s gentle enough that you don’t need protective gloves to use it, but tough enough that it’ll erase the evidence of all your baking misadventures and that time you fell asleep while cooking pizza rolls.

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Promising review: “Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. It was awesome! I am VERY pleased!” —Ksgirl

Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

17. A slim organizer tray for your cutlery to save you so much drawer space that you’ll feel like you just opened an extra pocket in the time-space-fork continuum. No more jamming the messy drawer shut and praying it stays that way, y’all!

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Promising review: “I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons etc. in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!” —mialro

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

18. Plus a set of clear drawer organizers that will finally force you to reckon with the abyss of your “junk drawers” once and for all. Start with the makeup one, move onto the kitchen one, and then — if you dare — tackle the one in your nightstand, too.

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Promising review: “I love these stacking storage organizers. They fit perfectly in the bathroom drawers, even if you stack them. I use the smaller ones for holding cotton makeup pads and other smaller cosmetic items. I store fingernail polish and items I don’t use every day in the larger square containers that fit on the bottom. The long ones are used in the top drawer for toothpaste, hairbrushes, tubes of smaller first aid items, moisture eye drops, etc. I liked them so well, I ordered a second set and threw away the thin, funky plastic organizers I had used for years. These are much classier.” —JW

Get a set from Amazon for $15.99.

19. A waterproof, stain-resistant faux marble granite adhesive you can use on an old, stained desk to magic it into a sleeker, brand new version.

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Did I hear someone say … Instagram flatlay?

Promising review:I took a chance and bought this originally as a ‘BandAid fix’ to re-finish a desk. I had looked in stores in the contact paper aisles, but all of them were just that … paper. THIS item is actually a thin sheet of vinyl (?) with adhesive, and I ended up liking it so much I bought more and re-finished my kitchen countertop with it as well! Highly recommended if you want to change the look of your counters but you don’t have the money for a full remodel just yet. It can be cleaned with dish soap and water just like a real countertop.” —Ezra Boyd

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four sizes).

20. A thin, waterproof desk pad you can use as a chic way to tie the chaos of your desk together if you’re working from home. It also doubles as a mouse pad and a writing surface, so it’s working as hard as you.

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Psst — they’re also reversible, so you get two colors in one!

Promising review: “I bought the grey/orange (really peachy not orange) pad for my desk. It’s great, it’s super thin, works well with my wireless mouse and I can use it as a writing pad under my paperwork. I don’t love working from home but this makes it just a little bit easier.” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $16.14 (available in eight styles).

21. Plus a set of adjustable desk shelves to organize your professional knickknacks and give the sea of papers mounting in your WFH space some much-needed zen.

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Promising review: “Working from home I needed something to organize my work essentials so I didn’t feel like my table was just a mess of stuff. This is better than I expected. It’s cute, it makes access to what I need easier and I’m able to have things organized. Even after I’m able to go back to the office I can see use for this for many things!” —Jennifer

Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

22. A multi-surface scrub cleaner you can use to scour your kitchen counters, sink, *and* tub, and leave them smelling so fresh you might just start hanging out in the kitchen for the heck of it.

Pur Home

Pur Home is a Black woman-owned, eco-friendly household product company that launched in 2017, emphasizing transparency in the ingredients both in its products and packaging,

Promising review: “Everything just sparkles after I use this scour powder. This powder plus a little water and my bathroom and kitchen are spotless and shiny. I also love that I don’t have to work really hard to get things clean, the product is great at breaking down dirt, grease, and oil.” —Shanae

Get it from Pur Home for $9.99 (available in five scents).

23. A broom for pet and human hair that can work on any type of floor, but is specifically designed to pull it up from the carpet faster and deeper than even a lot of vacuums can reach. In less than five minutes you’ll find out what color your carpet’s *actually* been the whole time!

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An embarrassing confession: I do not have a pet, but I shed like nobody’s business. My hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will.

Promising review: “I bought this broom two years ago and it is still going strong! I have four large breed dogs and we have fur — EVERYWHERE! This works so so good! I came back and purchased one for my neighbor and sent one to my favorite pet rescue down south. I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum. If you remove the head from the handle you can use the head to do in all the crevices along baseboards where fur gets trapped on the carpets. I also use it that way to do the carpet corners on the stairs. Lastly I use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool.” —Roseann

Get it from Amazon for $15.10.

24. A set of bed risers to open up extra storage space, so you can finally take all those bulky odds and ends you’ve been ignoring in your hall closet and do what the universe always intended for humans to do: shove it all under your bed.

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Promising review: “I’m so happy with these bed risers. They were delivered in a jiffy and have stackable add-ons to make the bed even taller! Perfect for under-bed storage and being pregnant! Hip-height bed is the way to go! Thank you!” —Sydney

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $19.99.

25. Plus a durable set of space-saving vacuum storage bags so you can finally store all your extra bedding and winter clothes under your bed or in your closet.

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Promising review: “THESE ARE LIFE-CHANGING. The package came quick to my door with five storage bags. They even give you a hand pump to use in case you’re taking the bags camping or just don’t have a vacuum handy. I tested the pump to see how well it works — perfect! HOLY COW I have half my closet back! I would have more room but I left out a few blankets we regularly use. I used three bags to store ALL THE items including three large pillows and several thick blankets and comforters. I will most definitely be buying more, these are fantastic!!!” —Knastay

Get a set of six from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three sizes).

26. An “Angry Mama” microwave cleaner that uses vinegar and water to blow hot steam into your microwave oven and loosen up all the old food and stains in a mere seven minutes (approximately two Harry Styles songs, if anyone’s keeping track).

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Promising review: “This product is so amazing, I’m going to get one for all of my children. I am a teacher, and I let my students use my microwave. Usually it takes me half an hour of scrubbing after 31 students have made popcorn, and heated up lunches. This time I used the product, and I literally spent less than one minute just wiping down the microwave!!! I will now keep one in my classroom, and one at my home. A miracle product that actually does what it says, remarkable!!!” —Desiree Barlow

Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

27. A hanging tool organizer for all those odds and ends you perilously shoved into a closet or left chilling at random places in your garage, swearing you’d get to them ~someday~. Well, friend. Today’s that day.

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Promising review: “Repeat customer! I purchased one to organize the garden tools (rake, hoe, cultivator, shovel, etc.) in our garage and by alternating the tops of the tools up/down, was able to fit them neatly in the holder. Liked it so much, going to install another next to it for the other items. The hooks are a nice feature to hold our gloves and a simple plastic bag to hold things when needed.” —Rob C.

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

28. A popular pan shelf to instantly organize all those cabinets that are basically just an unhelpful void of space you keep shoving things into and hoping they don’t fall back out on your feet.

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Promising review: “We have old cupboards, without the drawers that pull out to make access easier. Before we got this rack, our pots and pans were a jumble in a cupboard beneath the cook top. We have so much more space now that the skillets are stacked on this rack. A side benefit is that the nonstick pans don’t get scratched because they aren’t stacked inside one another. We love it.” —Susan E.

Get it from Amazon for $14.87.

29. A bottle of wood polish that will make your all your scuffed-up cabinets and hardwood floors look brand spanking new, even if you’re pretty sure the damage is older than you are.

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Promising review: “Our kitchen cabinets had the finish nearly worn off of them as well as many scratch marks from a dog that previously lived here. It made them look dirty and faded and gave our whole kitchen a very gross feel. I had my doubts that something could work this well, but saw some people’s photos and thought I would give it a try. It really does work! It doesn’t remove the scratches, but blends the colors so you can’t see them as well. It was very easy to apply. Just wipe it on with the grain of the wood and then wipe it dry. The results are immediate. It’s very satisfying to see something old and faded come to life again. I’ve refinished wood furniture before and know how time consuming that can be. I wish I’d known about this stuff a long time ago! You can see in the before photo, I just did one cabinet door (the left one) and got a picture so you could see the comparison side by side.” —Jessica

Get a bottle from Amazon for $9.68 (available in nine finishes).

30. A small kitchen cart to help with all the spillover appliances and gadgets that keep ending up cluttering your counters when you can’t find better homes for them.

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TBH, getting a kitchen cart in my teensy studio was a game-changer. I prop a microwave and an electric kettle on it and use the rest of the space to store things I use more often, since I am a short human and my old cabinets were very much built for a tall one.

Promising review: “I ordered this rack for my daughter whose over-crowded kitchen counter was limiting her food preparation space. This three-shelf rack with wheels was the perfect solution for her situation. The rack easily held her Instant Pot, Vitamix blender and Hamilton Beach food processor. The rack rolls easily underneath her counter without issue.” —illustratedman

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes).

31. A stackable cabinet organizer for your mug collection that seems to be expanding faster than your kitchen can allow, or for that one crowded corner of the pantry where everything is one light breeze away from crashing down.

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Promising review: “Let me start by saying that I’m not one to post a review about anything. I just ordered two sets of these and they transformed my pantry in the blink of an eye! They are high enough to accommodate my short basket full of half baggies of noodles and grains, and durable enough to hold any assortment of vinegars and home can goods. I ordered two sets (four shelves) and plan on buying more for the rest of my sloppy kitchen.” —V

Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.97.

32. An elegant earrings display to finally organize all your hanging baubles once and for all, so you aren’t scrambling every morning to find two of the same pair that match your OOTD’s aesthetic.

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Promising review: “I absolutely love this jewelry holder!!! I was trying to decide between this white one or the black and I am super glad I chose the white. The white with the light wood at the bottom looks absolutely perfect together. It is super sturdy and definitely fits all of my jewelry (for now!) when I have too much jewelry I will be buying another one!I am so happy I bought this and tell anyone who is hesitant, just buy it!” —Gail

Get it from Amazon for $12.59.

33. A set of bed bands that’ll lock your fitted sheets neatly into place once and for all, so when you make your bed every morning it won’t be a full scale production that you inevitably give up on.

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Promising review: “Recently, thanks to COVID-19, I visited my parents and ended up staying with them to shelter in place. The guest bedroom is small with two beds. Mine is up against a wall. The sheets I bought pop off all the time. Drives me insane in normal circumstances, but when the bed is against a wall, it’s so much worse. So far, these have been exactly what I needed.” —Dee Fields

Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99.

34. A home organization printable to guide you from room to room in your house, giving you an efficient and *much* less stressful way to tackle each mess in your house, one step at a time.

Fun On The Homestead

Fun On The Homestead is a Michigan-based Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in printables for decluttering, health, pets, and organization.

Promising review: “I really enjoy the organization behind these items! I ordered ink so I can print and laminate these! Thank you!” —Monique Powell

Get it from Fun On The Homestead on Etsy for $2.95.

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