45 surprising things that make a big impact on how good your home looks
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It's the small details that really make your home yours. Sure, we all need a couch, a dining room table, and a bed — but it’s really the little things that make your home attractive and livable. Here’s an example: I moved in with two roommates a few months ago, and we quickly discovered that the upstairs hallway connecting our bedrooms had no windows aside from a small skylight. It gets plenty of natural light during the day, but becomes pitch black and frankly, kind of spooky at night. The overhead light is too bright to leave on, so we just lived in the dark until my roommate had the brilliant idea to hang string lights at the top of the stairs – a tiny shift that really changed the way we moved through the space.
You might be shocked by how seemingly silly products can make your life easier and more comfortable. From organizational items like these tiered bamboo shelves to kitchen accessories like this universal knife block, there are tons of small but meaningful upgrades to be made everywhere you look. Start by reading through these 45 surprising home items, and you're sure to find at least one thing that will instantly improve the appearance and function of your home in a big way.
1. These clear bins that are key for food storage
I can’t recommend these clear pantry organizers for food storage enough, especially if you live in a large or shared household. Amazon reviewers agree and have given these a 4.8-star rating with over 13,000 reviews. Each one of the eight stacking bins can be used in the freezer, fridge or pantry, and have built in handles for easy handling. They can help separate your food from your roommate’s, keep ingredients organized by category, and maximize storage space.
2. The furniture markers that cover scratches instantly
Cover up scratches, nicks, dings, and other imperfections in your furniture in seconds with these wood touch-up markers. They come in shades from black to oak, which can be mixed and matched as needed so you can shade and conceal small scratches and discoloration. Each marker comes with a complementary wax crayon that doesn’t just color the imperfections, but fills them in, extending the life of your favorite vintage furniture.
3. These shelf dividers that offer simple organization
Even the most neatly-folded piles can quickly tip over and cause mayhem. These shelf dividers are a simple tool that will stylishly organize your closet. They hook onto your existing shelves and measure 12 inches high, separating your sweaters from your slacks from your towels. Each divided section will stay rigidly in place, and they’re made from a durable polymer fabric with steel hooks to last a lifetime.
4. A memory foam cover for your toilet seat cover
Add some luxury and comfort to the bathroom by covering the toilet seat lid with this velvety cover that’s lined with memory foam so that when you sit down there, it’s comfortable instead of hard, cold, and harsh. The exterior is a velvet-like microfiber and comes in four colors. It’s easy to install and machine washable.
5. This 3-tier bench that’s the perfect place to keep shoes
Set this three-tiered bench in an entryway or closet and give yourself the perfect place to sit and remove or don your shoes. The top makes a great seat — and a place to drop a bag — while the two shelves underneath can hold your shoe collection. It looks tidy, purposeful, and organized while giving you a functional space. It comes in three colors.
6. A multi-tasking bench for sitting and storage
No matter if you place it in your closet, at the end of your bed, or by the front door, this storage bench ottoman will serve three important purposes: Hidden storage, a convenient seat, and polished decor. It’s the perfect place to stash shoes, extra linens, sweaters, and other bulky items, and at just over two feet long, it doesn’t take up much space. The PVC leather it’s made of is durable and waterproof, and the bench itself can support up to 440 pounds on top, so lounge as you please.
7. A mini crumb vacuum that makes dusting a breeze
Cross dusting off your list with this mini vacuum cleaner. The cordless, battery-powered vacuum is made for tabletop cleaning, picking up crumbs, hair, dust, and dirt with just a 360 degree spiral blade and two AA batteries. At just over 3 inches across, it’s easy to stash and pull out as needed for your desk, coffee table, bookshelf, car, and more.
8. These tiny lights that stick to any surface
These stick-on portable lights offer an easy solution for illuminating any dark shelf, closet, hallway, or other nook and cranny of your home. They’re surprisingly bright in spite of their size (just 7.5 inches long), and have a motion sensor that automatically turns on when there’s activity within 10 feet. Stick them to any surface with the included magnets and sticky tape. The rechargeable battery is sure to last for ages no matter how much use they get.
9. A cutlery tray that saves space in your drawers
If drawer storage is in high demand, try this compact cutlery organizer tray. The slim design has five stacked compartments for different types of silverware, and fits in drawers of at least 3.25 inches in height. Each compartment has its own handy cutlery icon for easy organization, and it fits up to 24 pieces — more than enough for the average household, and way nicer looking than a jumbled, unorganized drawer.
10. A slim laundry bin with 2 ways to transport clothes
If you’re looking for the perfect compact laundry hamper that suits your space and needs, try this rolling laundry basket. It measures in at just 8.6 inches wide, and has wheels and a removable washable bag to make transport to the washing machine easier than other bags. You can toss the entire wash bag directly into the washing machine with clothes, so you’ll never risk losing a sock or your favorite shirt in a laundromat or in-building laundry room again.
11. A lush, memory foam bath mat for a pop of color
Set down this lush, memory-foam-filled bath mat with a highly absorbent microfiber exterior down in your bathroom to soften all the hard glass and tile surfaces while adding a pop of color and a touch of comfort. Your feet will love stepping out of the shower onto this soft surface and it will keep water off the floors. There are 21 colors to choose from.
12. A set of fun & functional floating corner shelves
Not only is this five-tier floating shelving unit easy to install and decorate with, it’s also a unique, eye-catching home decor piece. Available in eight colors that complement any style of room, these shelves look great in the corner of almost any room, but if you want to use them individually, you can too. It’s an efficient way to show off books, photos, knick knacks, or even dishes and toiletries. Assembly and mounting is easy with all the appropriate hardware included.
13. The tiered rotating organizer that transforms a pantry
Keep all your snacks at arm’s reach in this two-tier adjustable turntable, and your pantry will be the envy of the neighborhood. It snaps together in seconds, and includes two tiers that you can adjust accordingly for height. With three clear bins and a rotating setup, you’ll be able to sort and find what you’re looking for at a moment’s notice.
14. These damage-free wall hooks that have serious style
Whether you rent or just don’t want to put holes in your walls, you can’t miss with these Command hooks that are so sleek. The set includes to matte black or brushed nickel decorative hooks, which hold up to three pounds apiece without any damage to your walls. Use it for hanging practically anything: towels, keys, bags, and jewelry all work well on these hooks, which are more stylish than alternatives, so you won’t mind showing them off.
15. A sustainable, non-toxic stone that cleans your toilet
Make cleaning the toilet a little less arduous with this pumice stone. The toilet bowl ring remover lifts unsightly scale, rust, and mineral deposits from porcelain surfaces. In spite of its abrasive surface, it won’t scratch or damage the surface, and it works harder than a brush or chemical products ever could. Not to mention, it’s more eco-friendly than many alternatives and a great non-toxic cleaning product to have on hand.
16. The shelving system that shows off your spices
So you’re a home chef with every herb and spice you could possibly want in your pantry, but you can’t find any of them. You need the Spicy Shelf: a versatile, stacking cabinet organizer that holds up to 40 pounds and 64 spice bottles. One set of two shelves expands from as little as 7 3/8 inches wide to 32 3/4 inches, so it’ll fit in practically any cabinet, cupboard, or storage area. The unique U-shape will make it easy to see exactly what you have on hand, and it’s adjustable by height, too.
17. A kit to neatly organize & conceal annoying cables
It’s easy to accumulate a bunch of electronic cords that not only look cluttered, especially near your desk or TV, i. Clean them up and stash them away with the help of this cable management box, which hides an entire power strip-worth of cords in a subtle, stylish box. This kit comes with three sizes of boxes, as well as some cable clip holders and six velcro ties to keep them coiled up neatly, out of sight, and out of mind, once and for all.
18. The durable fabric storage bags that fit under your bed
Good under-bed storage is hard to come by, so don’t miss out on these foldable bags. They’re a great way to store extra linens, off-season clothing, pillows, and more. They feature a transparent window on the top so you can see exactly what’s inside and straps that make pulling it out from under your bed easier than similar products. The breathable fabric keeps the items inside fresh, and it has a durable zipper and handles to make it last for ages.
19. A stacking rack to house your canned food collection
Canned foods can take up a ton of space in your pantry and block your view of other ingredients. Instead try sorting them in this can rack organizer. This stackable metal rack holds up to 36 cans or jars of various sizes. Six adjustable plastic dividers keep the contents visible and in place, and it can also store kitchen supplies like plastic wrap or aluminum foil if you have space left over.
20. These 10 tapered candles so you can set a beautiful table
Take your dining experience from harsh lighting to high romance by filling all your candelabras with these unscented tapers. They won’t make a mess on your table because they are dripless and even the fire alarm is safe from these smokeless, clean-burning white wax beauties with cotton wicks. They come in 13 colors so they look pretty on the table even when they aren’t lit.
21. A tiered basket organizer to streamline cabinets
For useful storage on a smaller scale, try this two-tier organizer. It’ll help you organize your bathroom cabinets, desk, bedroom, and more. At 14 inches long and 7 inches wide with built-in adjustable dividers, you can really customize it for whatever purposes you need. Spots for labeling make this already clever organizer all the more useful and easy to navigate.
22. The airtight containers that organize your pantry
One way to ensure your pantry looks cluttered and your food goes bad faster is to keep all your dry ingredients in their original packaging — and who wants that? Instead, pour pasta, dry baking staples, grains, candy, and other snacks into these airtight food storage containers. These Amazon favorites use a high-tech sealing mechanism that keep ingredients fresh for weeks. The set comes with seven containers of various sizes as well as 24 labels that you can wipe and reuse as needed. It’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for, and you’ll waste less food in the long run.
23. A corner bamboo shelving unit that’s effective & versatile
The possibilities for this three-tier corner bamboo shelf are as endless as your imagination. Use it in the kitchen to house herbs, spices, and oils, in the bathroom to show off your makeup and skincare, in your office to organize your desk essentials...you get the picture. Adjust the position of each tier to suit your needs: This bamboo and stainless steel shelving unit can be used over and over to optimize practically any space.
24. These hardworking hangers that maximize closet space
If you’re running out of space in your closet (me) and you’ve parted with as many clothing items as you possibly can (also me), try optimizing your hanging space with these S-shape hangers. Each hanger holds five items in the space of one, simply by sliding them onto each of the stainless steel slots, which makes great use of lateral closet space. They’ll keep pants, towels, scarves, skirts, and more from creasing, while literally quintupling your available hanging space.
25. A handy grocery bag holder that mounts on the wall
As hard as I try to remember my reusable bags when I grocery shop, I inevitably end up with a jumbled stash of plastic bags in my cabinets. If that’s you too, try mounting this wall grocery bag dispenser and feeding them through the slots. That way, they’ll be readily available when you need them, and your cabinets or pantry will look that much neater. The device has garnered a 4.8-star overall rating with over 25,000 reviews, so you can trust that it’s useful and easy to install.
26. These intersecting cube floating shelves for a decorative display anywhere you have wall space
Wherever you have a blank patch of wall, you can turn it into a display of your collections, perfumes, a small alter to a pet or loved one, or any kind of display you want with these easy-to-mount wall shelves that are made up of a collection of intersecting cubes. Just snap them together and mount them with the included hardware. They come in six colors.
27. A classic hanging fruit basket to clean up your counters
This hanging fruit basket is perfect if you like to keep your fresh produce on display but out of the way. It turns apples and oranges into home decor, with three tiered metal baskets that cleverly show off their contents while reducing the clutter from your countertops.
28. These LED lights that look like a meteor shower
Add some impressive lighting to your interior simply by plugging in these decorative LED light strings that create the impression of lighted raindrops of a meteor shower in your window, on a tree in the yard, on the patio, or wherever you need light and want something fun. There are 10 tubes of lights.
29. This space-saving holder for brooms, mops & more
Sure, you can gingerly stack your cleaning supplies in a corner, waiting for the day they topple over all at once. Or, you can install this wall-mounted broom and mop holder, which has four spring-loaded slots with rubber grips that holds up to 40 pounds of tools securely. There are also four hangers for smaller items, like brushes, spades, and towels. Use it indoors or out for cleaning supplies, gardening tools, hardware, and more.
30. A stainless steel container for sleek utensil storage
Every kitchen needs easily-accessible utensil storage. Keep your spatulas, whisks, spoons, and ladles at the ready in this extra-large stainless steel utensil holder. It’s big enough to hold the tools that won’t fit in your drawer, won’t break, and looks great on the counter.
31. The easy way to flip through— and store — your vinyl
This clever record storage rack is a great way to store your vinyl so you can flip through up to 50 records while looking for your next listen. The strong acrylic end pieces hold them at an angle so you can flip without effort and your records are safe while you do it. It comes with a 6-piece record-cleaning kit that includes a cleaning solution, a velvet brush, a microfiber cloth, and more.
32. A clip-on couch table that installs in seconds
No side table? No problem. Simply clip this sofa arm table to your couch, and you’ve got a convenient, handsome surface to set your drinks, snacks, and remote on. There’s no assembly required: The spring arms will hold the table in place on any couch arm up to 9 inches wide, with no tools or effort required on your part. It’s made of food-grade plastic, but comes in a deep mahogany red color that makes it look way more expensive.
33. A genius cabinet rack for pots and pans
Is your cabinet bursting at the seams with all your pots and pans, threatening to tip over at any second? You need this pan organizer rack, which will keep all your cookware orderly and intact at all times. It has eight adjustable tiers that can be used horizontally or vertically, and you can use it to store baking sheets, trays, lids, and other kitchen essentials too.
34. A multi-purpose organizer that hangs on your wall
This mail holder is the perfect wall accessory to help you organize your office or entryway in style. The multi-functional organizer has a large compartment to store letters, paperwork, or magazines, there’s a shelf for decor or easy access items, and four double hooks for jackets, headphones, keys, or dog leashes. At just over a foot long, it’s the perfect size to cleverly outfit whatever space in your home needs some intervention.
35. The perfect place to store your fresh-bakes cookies
Keep your fresh baked goods, candy, and other goodies in this glass jar with an airtight closure so that they not only look tasty and tempting but stay fresh. The jar stands upright or in the easy-to-reach-into side position so you can store them on a shelf or set up a tasty sweets buffet on the counter.
36. A wireless doorbell that’s nothing to install
Want a new doorbell? It’s so easy with this wireless kit. All you do is peel-and-stick the bell to the entryway where your visitors will likely encounter it. It has an LED light so they can’t miss it. Then plug the receiver into an outlet inside the house and choose a chime from the 50 options. That’s it! When someone comes to the door, you will hear your chime ring right from the receiver.
37. These grout pens that let you skip scrubbing tiles
The tiled areas of your home — specifically, the grout — could probably use some TLC. Give it a quick and easy face lift with this beige tile paint marker, so you can restore its appearance to new. Use the non-toxic, quick-drying, water-based formula anywhere you have unsealed tile in your home.
38. The bamboo mat that creates a Zen spa in the bathroom
Set this slatted bamboo mat down next to your bath or shower and create a clean, minimalist, Zen atmosphere in the bathroom. It won’t slip out from under you because the underside has nine anti-slip gaskets to keep it in place. And it won’t mildew or need to go into the laundry because of the water-resistant finish on top of the bamboo.
39. A broom & dustpan set that works hard so you don’t have to
It’s 2022, and you deserve a broom and dustpan set that doesn’t require you to bend over. This home cleanup kit includes a 52-inch long broom, and a dustpan with built-in teeth at its lip to scrape dirt, hair, and debris off of the bristles better than a standard dustpan can. It’s a small change, but after a long day, you’ll certainly appreciate not having to break your back just to tidy the kitchen.
40. A hanging organizer to store your bags
Purse collectors will love this hanging handbag organizer, an efficient solution for storing bulky bags and keeping them in prime condition. The anti-dust fabric organizer has 10 pockets, held up in your closet by two sturdy stainless steel hooks. Each of the compartments can house bags of various sizes, and the open design makes it easy to see every bag in your collection at once.
41. This wireless LED light stick for easy under-cabinet lighting
There is no need to struggle with dimly lit counters, closets, shelves, or cupboards when the solution is this easy. Just peel and stick this super-thin battery-operated light bar under the cabinets, inside your closet, inside dim cabinets, or wherever you need light. Just tap the light to turn it on and tap it again to turn it off.
42. A floating shelf trio with 33,000 five-star reviews
The mixed materials of these floating wall-mounted shelves create an industrial look that’s perfect for showing off small collectibles, cosmetics, plants, and so much more. The set of three can hold up to 40 pounds apiece, and they make great additions to any room whether they’re arranged together or separately. These are an Amazon shopper favorite with over 45,000 reviews and 4.5-star rating overall.
43. A pair of soft & fluffy throw pillow covers
Update the pillows on your couch in seconds by zipping these soft and fluffy pillow covers right over the tired and mismatched ones you have there now. The soft yarn-like fabric feels super soft on your skin and comes in 29 colors and patterns so you can dress the couch as you like. The covers come in five sizes. Just choose the one that fits your pillows.
44. A rotating makeup organizer for a luxurious vanity
Give your vanity or bathroom counter the VIP treatment it deserves: This rotating makeup organizer. With seven adjustable layers, there’s more than enough space to house your entire makeup, skincare, or fragrance collection. It spins in a complete circle, making it easy to find exactly the product you’re looking for, and raised safety tabs make sure your products aren’t at risk of falling as it spins.
45. These LED strip lights that make a huge impact
Decorate as the Gen Z’ers do: With colorful LED strip lights. These remote-controlled multi-colored lights have complete customization abilities. You choose the exact color(s) you want to set the mood, as well as the brightness, speed, light effect, and more. They’re flexible and easy to install on any dry, clean surface, and even easier to use.
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