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    38 Useful Or Downright Cute Things To Get For Your First Apartment

    A sheet set that indicates which corner of the bed the sheet actually belongs on? File that under things I wish I thought of first.

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    1. A cable management box to hide unsightly wires that cause heartache by just looking at them. The tangles! The never-ending tangles! They're more than I can personally handle.

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater

    Promising review: "This box does the trick. I'm able to place a few cords in here and the only thing I would change is to make it so the top stays on; maybe a groove it has to slide through so it can't fall off. It looks nice and it works well." —Gigi

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

    2. Nontoxic leather conditioner with the power to ~rejuvenate~ everything from your favorite pair of boots to the very, very old couch you thrifted (you didn't realize how expensive furniture was until you submitted your security deposit and started scrolling through West Elm. Yikes!),

    Reviewers note that using this may darken the leather, so keep that in mind!

    Promising review: "Excellent product! So happy I tried it! I wore kitchen gloves and smoothed a thin layer of the product all over the couch, instead using of the cloth. Went way faster and I didn’t waste product soaked up by the cloth." —Kristie

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    3. Peel and stick backsplash adhesives for an easy, inexpensive way to make your studio look about 70x more chic. If your Pinterest aesthetic has always screamed "subway tile" but your budget does not, then consider these mold- and humidity-resistant options for your next bathroom remodel.,

    Promising review: "These tile stickers were super easy to install! I am not a crafty person and don’t do much DIY beyond painting, so the fact that they were easy for me is really saying something. Watch a couple of YouTube instructional videos and you will be all set. The tools I used were: scissors, a level (from my phone), a pencil. I cleaned the walls really well and got right to it. Was done in about an hour. The most challenging part was having to cut a strip for the top row of tiles underneath the cabinets. I cannot attest to how long they will last, but the adhesive on the back seems pretty good! Can’t really beat it for the price! Especially when compared to professional install of real subway tile." —pilon051008

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. LED Under-cabinet lights to make any teeny kitchen feel more spacious, more inviting, and less like a dungeon made worse by bad fluorescence. You can even keep these on overnight to reduce the chance of ghost encounters on your way to grab a glass of water.

    kitchen with plain white stock cabinets with lights underneath them to make it look so much better

    Promising review: "I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I'd give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under-cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom's as her halogen transformer which is buried in a wall, fried and I drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can't wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!" —pauly

    Get a 10' strand with 60 lights from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. A dual-part dish rack ideal for anyone with a ton of dishes, but limited counter space. This baby is extendable and folds in half when not in use. Simply ~expand~ it to its biggest setting when you have to set 97 dishes, 32 spoons, and 10,008 coffee mugs to dry.


    Promising review: "What a beautiful and clean concept!! I had looking for a dish rack with a 'clean look' for a whole and considered options three times more expensive. I am BEYOND happy with this rack. It beautiful, sturdy and clean. Also, water always drains out as intended and it's great in terms of space and storage." —Sandy

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).

    6. LED curtain string lights for folks who prefer dim ~mood~ lighting while spending their Friday night bingeing more true crime shows.

    reviewer photo of the string lights hung above a bed

    These string lights are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.

    Promising review: "These lights are perfect for what I was looking for. They give off a warm and cozy glow, and really add a nice touch of oomph to the room." —Nechama G.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    7. A shower curtain liner with mesh pockets for anyone done with cluttering the corners of their (very tiny) bathtub via an excess of shampoo bottles. You like one for volume and you like the other for strength; I get it. This makes it easy to store a ton of stuff without making your tub feel cluttered.

    Elizabeth Lily / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love this shower curtain. It's very functional. I don't have enough storage space in my bathroom. This curtain is a lifesaver. I use all the pockets, and can keep heavy things in them too. Nothing has ever happened." —svhare

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    Read our full review of the Maytex Pockets Shower Liner (#2) here for more deets!

    8. An ingenious shag rug for anyone who dreams of having a swanky floor piece but is terrified of, oh, spilling red wine and then ruining it for good. Understandable! This is where genius technology comes in: Detach the rug from the included anti-slip pad, throw it in the washer and dryer when it gets dirty. Good as new. No need for a professional cleaning.

    the white shag rug

    Promising review: "We have hardwood floors and a puppy so finding attractive, washable rugs has been a game changer! We just bought our fourth Ruggable (to replace one the dog chewed up — I don’t think chew proof rugs exist yet) because the rugs go into the wash covered in dirt and dog hair and often worse than that, and come out looking brand-new." —Bri O.

    Get it from Ruggable for $139+ (available in four sizes).

    9. A hard water stain-remover so that your faucets and glass doors can finally look squeaky clean. So long, days of staring at my gross shower head that still looks awful despite hours (upon hours) of scrubbing.

    It can also work on toilets, tiles, shower doors, really anything that's been affected by hard water!

    Promising review: "I’m impressed. I thought the container was small for the price, but a little bit goes a long way. It takes a lot for me to review, but this is worth it. Five years in the hardest calcium filled water and this is the first cleaner to remove it. I’ve tried scrubbing, only to scratch the surface. Every time I fill the water and ice at the fridge, I’m impressed by the result. I could see this working best, right at first." —Joshua N. Dufek

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    10. A gold finish bar cart to proudly display your extensive collection of $10 red wines. This makes for the perfect ~mixologist~ station plus provides ample storage for all of your barware. Here's looking at you, stainless-steel shaker that someone gifted me three years ago.

    reviewer photo of the gold bar cart

    Promising review: "This bar cart is exactly what I wanted. It has a brushed finish that goes perfectly with the antique brass accents in my home. The packaging was excellent, it was easy to assemble, and everything went together perfectly. I love this piece, and highly recommend it if you want to add a little Old Hollywood Glam to your home." —E'smom

    Get it from Amazon for $97.99.

    11. Vacuum storage bags for all the winter outerwear that takes up about 95% of your already minimal closet space. These easily compress chunky sweaters and thick duvets to a fraction of their normal size, plus an anti-microbial material keeps funky-smelling mold and mildew away.

    These storage bags come with a tiny valve that you attach to your vacuum (or the hand pump they provide), which takes out ALLLL the air from inside the bag and compresses all the items inside.

    Promising review: "I didn't believe that this product would work, but OH HOW WRONG I WAS! I purchased the jumbo-sized bags, and I was actually able to place over 20 thick sweaters in one bag, and three leather coats, five pea coats, and additional winter clothing into another bag. I was able to store all our winter clothing away, which created a ton of space and eliminated overwhelming clutter." —VickyGener85

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four sizes).

    12. A wallflower plug-in fragrance that will envelop your entire apartment with truly delicious scents. If my living room doesn't radiate sugared snickerdoodle and my bathroom isn't doused in white eucalyptus and sage, repeat after me: I don't want it.

    hand holding three wallflowers / Via @bathandbodyworks

    Promising review (hot cocoa and cream scent): "Get the cup ready, you'll be wanting some Hot Cocoa!! This fills the room with the most delicious scent. So warm, cuddly and relaxing. This is one of my seasonal favorites!" —Gram26

    Get them from Bath & Body Works for $3.95+ (originally $7.50, available in multiple scents; purchase the fragrance plugs here).

    13. An attachable aerator to make your less-than-$10 wine taste like it was sourced from Napa and aged for 10 centuries. "I'm getting some dry notes of expensive," you'll say.

    This attachable aerator deposits oxygen into your wine, which improves taste and allows aromas to EXPAND.

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A plush throw blanket so cozy, bingeing The Office in its entirety this weekend — yet again! — will feel completely justified. Reviewers cannot stop raving about how gosh darn soft this blanket is.

    the blankets in pink, yellow, purple, gray, and cream
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This has to be the softest blanket I’ve ever felt. It’s wonderful. And it comes in so many colors! I love the deep purple." —mhmky

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49 (available in four colors).

    15. An iridescent bottle opener to finally replace the one you’ve had since freshmen year. That one doesn’t work. It cost 99 cents. The below option is affordable, effective, and aesthetically pleasing to boot.


    Promising review: "I needed to buy four corkscrew wine bottle opener for my fellow wine-tasting pals and ran across these rainbow ones. The girls all loved them. They are well-made and beautiful to look at. Not at all run-of-the-mill. I recommend them as a unique gift for your wine-drinking friends!" —shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A Kona French press so you can quickly, quietly make your daily brew sans disposable filters. This beautiful bebé is designed with solid borosilicate glass and a unique shell to protect the glass pitcher, plus it's dishwasher-safe.

    used black french press next to a clear mug of black coffee

    Promising review: "I bought this because I wanted to be able to quickly make a small pot of coffee without the hassle of using my big drip coffee maker. I've since given away my drip coffee maker because why would I ever use that when I can use a French press? Coffee just tastes better when you make it this way. It's the perfect size for making two large cups of coffee. It stores perfectly on my countertop and takes up a fraction of the space my big coffee maker took up. It's very easy to clean — you pretty much just rinse with water and you're done." —April Coulter

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A shower caddy with an adhesive backing strong enough to withstand all of your conditioners (of which you inexplicably have, like, a million). Just peel, stick on your shower wall, wait twelve hours, and you're good to go.

    Promising review: "Holy crap! This is way better than an over-the-showerhead caddy or a corner shelf! It’s adhesion is amazing, as you can tell we have it chock-full and it’s not once moved or come undone! Gives our shower more space and it's way easier to keep clean now!" —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98.

    18. A wood polish lauded by one reviewer as the ~best money they've ever spent~. Trying your hand at furniture restoration has never been so easy: a few drops of this formula is powerful enough to cover even the most unsightly scratches.

    reviewer photo of wood table looking clean on top labeled "with polish" and scratched up on bottom labeled "without polish"

    Promising review: "I used this to treat a couple of pieces of furniture, one that had only a few scratches, and one that was a train wreck. On the first one, it looked quite nice after applying. On the second one, I couldn't believe the difference it made! The 31-year-old (pine) piece was heavily worn and hadn't seen any real upkeep in its lifetime. After one application, the difference was like night and day. I definitely recommend this product to rejuvenate wood furniture. Like others have said, it doesn't REMOVE anything, but cleans and darkens blemishes so they visually blend in. I've now gone over all the wood furniture in our living room and the overall difference is remarkable." —icheckemout

    Get the darker wood polish on Amazon for $4.82.

    19. A bedside caddy that means you'll finally be able to keep tabs on your remote. This convenient storage solution ensures that your nighttime essentials are tucked away into one neat little spot, plus is *the* perfect item for anyone who's bedroom is simply too small to accommodate a nightstand.

    gray bedside caddy with four mesh pockets

    This organizer is designed with six pockets, meaning you can store everything from an iPad and cell phone to glasses and hand cream.

    Promising review: "This is very helpful if you have a lot of small items on your bed. I use this to store my iPhone battery case, cables, flash drives, etc." —Nick

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    20. Velvet hangers that will save a RIDICULOUS amount of space in your closet. These nonslip babies are super thin, but remain sturdy enough to hold the (many) pieces of clothing you own.

    Promising review: "You probably want more closet space. I hear you. Now, I did donate about two bags of old clothes right before buying these hangers, but I cannot BELIEVE how clunky my old hangers were in my closet!! These transformed my entire space and I immediately ordered more. I don’t plan on purchasing more clothes, but I love that I can manage them easier with these matching, space-saving hangers." —Kelly

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $21.99.

    21. A sheet set made from a more breathable eucalyptus lyocell material; it also uses 96% less water and comes responsibly packaged in a recyclable cardboard box with zero waste. Not to mention there are !!! tags !!! that say which corner of the bed each side of the sheet belongs on. Oh all the time I would have saved...

    Sheets & Giggles

    Each set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

    Get it from Sheets & Giggles for $149.95 (available in seven sizes and 11 colors).

    22. A stainless-steel cleaner that will rid your large appliances (I'm looking at you, refrigerator) of all unsightly fingerprints and smudges. This blend of plant-based ingredients will even prevent future smudges from forming and (HALLELUJAH) doesn't leave any streaks behind.

    reviewer before and after photo of sink looking dirty on top but clean on bottom

    Psst, this stainless-steel cleaning spray also comes with a handy dandy microfiber cloth.

    Promising review: "When this arrived, I couldn't wait to get it out of the box to use it! It worked like a charm: streak-free and smells amazing! I actually joked with my brother about how you know you're an adult when you get excited about a cleaning product." —Kelsie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. A stain and odor cleaner for when your good boy goes through the whole "rebellious teenager" phase and decides to ruin your newly-purchased Ikea rug. This enzyme-based formula can be used on carpet, leather, hardwood, and upholstery — just a sampling of all the places your pet will probably have an accident on.

    This cleaner is available in both a fragrance-free and a spring mint option!

    Promising review: "This is fantastic stuff! We have a cat and a puppy and a very light carpet, and lots of hairballs and puppy accidents. I have yet to be disappointed with this spray! It gets everything out, plus the product has a pleasant, clean smell to it. I'm a devoted customer." —James C. Lebrato

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    24. A ceramic sloth planter that provides a fantastic segue for becoming a plant parent. The truly wonderful thing about this particular model is that if — heaven forbid — you realize your green thumb does not exist, this can be used for a multitude of other things. Makeup brush storage, anyone?

    the sloth planter
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I am absolutely obsessed with this pot! I have it placed right next to my bed with a gorgeous a fern hanging over the side. It would also look great with a small collection of succulents!" —Izzy ad

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.

    25. A squeegee broom to quickly sweep up the water spills, potato chip crumbs, and stray strands that have quickly taken over your tiny apartment. An extendable handle and 100% natural rubber also make this an absolute beast for scooping up pet hair.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    "An embarrassing confession: my hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it. In fact, to make matters worse, weird particles get stuck in the hair on the floor, which is stuck to the carpet, 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." —Emma Lord, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Amazon for $15.10.

    26. Ceiling fan chain pulls that'll more clearly indicate which one is meant to activate the light *or* the fan. It's time to put an end to that annoying guessing game once and for all.

    reviewer photo of ceiling fan with two silver chains

    Why they're great:  "Absolutely adorable! They add panache to the fan, and you never have to worry about which pull to choose. The set also makes it easier for me to reach them. They do not get in the way and are a sturdy fit into the original chain. Would highly recommend to anyone." —Scholar Mama

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    27. A Mrs. Meyer's surface scrub to replace grime, grease, and other grossness with the fresh scent of lemon verbena. This cruelty-free concoction takes old tile, stainless steel, porcelain, and cookware and makes it ~shine~ as if it were purchased yesterday.

    Promising review: "This stuff is magic! I’ve used it on the kitchen stove, bathroom vanities, and tub. Works like a dream (very similar to Bar Keepers Friend), but has a really nice scent that’s perfumed but clean." —M.D.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.85.

    28. A Novogratz television stand that makes the most of its compact size. This is cleverly designed with two storage compartments that can easily store cable boxes and gaming systems, plus there are wire managements holes in the back to keep everything neat and organized.

    the marble table with gold legs

    Get it from Amazon for $152.99.

    29. A six-hook hanger to store your excessive (no offense) amount of handbags. This is also ideal for storing belts, ties, hats, scarves, and tank tops, aka the smaller things that tend to get shoved into the corners of your closet.,

    Promising review: "This product is exactly what I was looking for. My closet feels more organized, and I can layer my purses based on which ones I use the most. I love how sturdy and dependable it is!" —Li Luong

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    30. A mop and bucket set with reusable microfiber pads that scrub away stubborn stains in no time. This deep cleans stone, tile, laminate, hardwood, vinyl, bamboo, cement, baseboards, and drywall with little effort required on your end, plus a 280-degree swivel head means you can reach *all* those pesky nooks and crannies.

    Promising review: "THIS MOP IS THE BOMB! The handle is extra sturdy and long with nice handle and cushioned grip. The cleaning cloth is thick and does a great job of scrubbing…it took black scuffs and tracked in, sticky dog poop off my hardwood with little effort! It attaches firmly and easily and doesn’t slip around while you mop. The included mop bucket is GENIUS! It holds your mop water, cleans the cleaning cloth when you plunge the mop in and pull it out, and wrings the cloth to your preferred dampness — wetter for harder stuff, medium for regular mopping, and drier for a quick spiff-up." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two colors).

    31. A Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet with the uncanny ability to sauté, sear, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill any meal to perfection. Want a solid kitchen investment? Look no further than this beauty, which is perfect for almost every meal you'll want to whip up — we're talking breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    the black skillet with salmon asparagus

    Promising review: "This is the cast-iron I have, and it just lives on my stove top because I use it literally everyday. To clean, simply hand wash (I usually opt for no soap, but you do you) and rub with vegetable oil to keep it nice and seasoned." —Rachel Dunkel, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in multiple sizes).

    32. A Takeya cold brew maker so you can drink your favorite caffeinated beverage whenever you please without the $5+ charge (NYC coffee = so damn expensive). This is cleverly designed with an airtight lid and stainless-steel filter to keep coffee fresh for up to two weeks.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Just add up to 6 tablespoons of your go-to coffee beans into the filter, fill it with water, and leave it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Then, remove the filter from the pitcher and — BAM — you've got some delicious coffee.

    Promising review: "This was my first cold brewing experience, but this product made it easy! Just put your coffee in the filter, fill it with water, and forget it in the fridge for a day! Plus, I love that everything comes apart easily and can be put in the dishwasher." —shackelforrd

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    To learn more, check out "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker."

    33. A cool-to-the-touch comforter that deserves a standing ovation from hot sleepers. Temp-regulating technology and a 100% eucalyptus shell means you *won't* wake up drenched in sweat, plus you can wave those 3 a.m. "If I have one leg outside of the comforter...." thoughts goodbye. No more overheating. / Via @buffy, Buffy

    This comforter is also super eco-friendly. It's sewn with 100% recycled thread and is shipped with vacuum-sealed virgin plastic packaging (which requires less fuel than a traditional shipping box).

    Promising review: "It's a bit thinner than I expected, but don't be fooled. Let it bunch up between your legs and you'll be a Buffy believer. It's so soft you feel pampered, yet it doesn't start getting hot like other fluffy comforters I've tried. Not sure it's possible to have this much comfort while staying this cool through the night." —Edward N.

    Get it from Buffy for $179+ (available in three sizes).

    34. A sink protector with a nonslip bottom and adjustable two-piece design you can custom tailor to fit almost any sink. The gridded layout allows for water to drain, *but* prevents food from falling down and causing any clogs.,

    Promising review: "Bought one for my parents because we loved ours so much. The versatility of this product is what truly sold us. Not to mention how easy it is to clean and disinfect. There aren't any hard to reach areas where food can get stuck which is a HUGE plus for me!" —Rianoso

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    35. A draft-blocker to keep all that precious, cold air from escaping your bedroom. Not only will this save $$ because you won't have to blast the AC on its strongest setting, but it's also fantastic for blocking outside noises (loud roommates + quarantine = not great, not fun).

    reviewer photo of the white draft blocker

    Promising review: "I used it to close the gap in some of the rooms in our house. We are working from home and closing the air gaps reduces sound traveling between rooms and also enables better air-conditioning." —manikandan

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five colors).

    36. A down alt pad for a more affordable solution to completely replacing your mattress. This provides a touch more support (side sleepers really love it!) but it's still super cushy, plus it protects your mattress from red wine spills and the like.

    the white mattress pad

    Promising review: "Fantastic mattress pad! Worth every penny. Mattress has definitely help relieve pressure points on my back and hips. Super squishy but total support!" —Suzanne

    Get it from Allswell for $45 (available in four sizes).

    37. A curved window rod to keep sunlight at bay through blackout curtains. "I binged another show until the wee hours of the morning, and I don't need you waking me before my alarm goes off" —me, talking to the natural light that so rudely seeps in through the thin corners my curtains don't cover.


    Promising review: "These Umbra rods are amazing! Very easy to install and beautiful in the Auburn Bronze finish. Because these rods have no end bracket and no finial, they provide a wrap quality that makes the Umbra rod ideal to hang a blackout drape. My drapes are completely light blocking with this rod. The rods were delivered with all the hardware and easy-to-follow installation instructions." —Whitney Christie

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    38. A vacuum sealer here to prevent food waste *and* help them save money in the long run. This is fab if they prefer buying in bulk (cc: the friend with a Costco membership) because it prolongs freshness, plus takes up less room in your fridge as opposed to bulky boxes.

    Promising review: "This little machine has been so great in my daily life. I love buying my groceries in bulk but certain things don't keep very good once opened. This has been the perfect solution, it saves me a lot of money and grocery trips." —sophie Bragar

    Get it from Amazon for $59.97.

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