After settling into your space, it’s super easy to just sort of settle in and let life happen. You forget to fix those tiny messes, sort those unorganized piles, and find a space for small things. Those undone final details can honestly make your house look, well, a little sh*tty (don’t get mad). It’s OK, though, because these 40 things will fix these mistakes and polish up those details, leaving your home looking
better than new.
Some of these mistakes are super easy to fix, like a messy bookshelf — just pop some pretty
bookends on your shelf. Another easy one: grab some matching bath towels to make your bathroom look more cohesive. There are even final-touch decor pieces on this list like a photo book with an elevated linen cover, a pack of hexagon-shaped cork boards, an adorable striped tote bag for laundry that’s structured so it won’t spill clothes all over the place. These small details can turn a house into a home and sort unsightly clutter.
We all have those small vibe-ruining messes in our homes that just make everything look sh*ttier. But now, we have a complete guide to point out these easy-to-ignore issues and simple solutions.
Mistake: Your Wood Furniture Has Noticeable Scratches
Solution: A Furniture Repair Set With Two Coverup Formulas
This 13-set of
wood furniture repairing supplies comes with two formula options, including liquid felt-tip markers and waxy crayon-like sticks. The waxy option fills in cracks and dents, while the markers blend together to recreate the exact shade of wood you’re looking to replicate. When used together, this set that comes in six different shades will make vintage furniture look as good as new.
Mistake: Pet Odors Have Taken Over Your Home
Solution: A Stain & Odor Fighting Spray With 55,000 Five-Star Reviews
Made with just a handful of pet-safe ingredients, this
Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator has over 55,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Unlike other cleaners, it’s safe to use around pets and children while still being tough enough to scrub away unsightly pet stains and odors from your carpet, tile, upholstery, hardwood floors, laundry, litter box, and other hard-to-clean places.
Mistake: Unorganized Spices Are Taking Over Your Counter
Solution: These Spice Racks That Are Scratch-Resistant
If you’re short on counter space or pantry space, this
spice rack mounts right onto your walls, making practical use of your space. The scratch-resistant finish helps keep it looking good, while the simple bar design keeps your spices in place. Plus, the bar is even reinforced for added durability.
Mistake: Your Wooden Floors Are Dull & Dirty
Solution: An Eco-Friendly Spray With A 4.7-Star Rating
This plant-derived, water-based
hardwood floor cleaner spray uses simple ingredients that are safer to use around people, pets, and the planet, according to the EPA and is free of parabens, ammonia, formaldehyde, and more. It even has an unscented option, which is especially helpful if you have a lot of wood floors and don’t want an overwhelming scent. The PH-neutral formula means you don’t have to worry about discoloring your wood, but this product still works hard to clean your floor of dirt, dust, and grime while leaving them shiny.
Mistake: Your Windows Are Streaky
Solution: A Streak-Free Spray That Cleans Up Haze With Less Work
glass cleaners wipe away grime from your windows but also clean up those streaks or haziness from a way worse cleaner you used before, and it does so with fewer wipes than other cleaners. The ammonia-free formula means you’re good to spray it on tinted windows, and it works on glass screens, like your phone and TV. One reviewer raved, “THE BEST! Coupled with microfiber clothes, this product clears mirrors and windows with no streaks! I’ve tossed out all other glass cleaners and now only use this.”
Mistake: You Have A Messy Fridge
Solution: The Space-Saving Bins That Are BPA-Free
fridge bins will seriously fix that messy (and possibly sticky) fridge by keeping similar items together, all while allowing you to see exactly what’s inside. Each one has a pull-out handle for easy access, and they’re BPA-free, which keeps your food safe.
Mistake: Your Cords And Cables Clutter Up Your Desk
Solution: These Silicone Cord Organizers That Can Stick To Anything
cord organizers come equipped with double-faced adhesive that can stick to glass, wood, plastic, and other surfaces and stay in place, keeping your cords streamlined and untangled. Made from durable silicone that holds your chargers, cords, and other cables firmly in place, these clips come in three sizes that you can use throughout your home office, living room, and bedroom. They’re also available in five different colors including black, white, and a wood grain to match your decor.
Mistake: You Get Paint On Your Baseboards
Solution: A Tool For A Clean Baseboard Line With An Extendable Option
edger tool with an extendable pole as a handheld gadget that prevents splattered ceilings and baseboards and also prevents you from stretching and reaching to paint hard-to-reach corners and spaces. The perfectly squared-off foam pad works with oil and water-based paint and can be used at any angle. One reviewer raved: “Absolutely love this little gadget works a treat and will save you an enormous amount of cutting in and reaching.”
Mistake: You Have Piles Of Shoes Everywhere
Solution: A Tiered Wooden Shoe Rack That Holds 300 Pounds
classic shoe rack is the go-to fix for your mudroom, closet, entryway, or wherever else you have shoes in messy piles, and this one is super strong with a 300-pound capacity. That means you can stack so many shoes, clean up your living room, all thanks to this aesthetically-pleasing bamboo rack that comes in both light and dark stains.
Mistake: Your Grout Has Seen Better Days
Solution: An Easy-To-Use Grout Marker That Dries In 5 Minutes
Revive that bathroom grout with this
bright white grout marker without leaving behind an unpleasant, strong odor. The fast-drying grout paint is waterproof and this pen is easier to use than tubes. One happy customer said: “For the price, this did the trick & made the shower look sharp/clean. The paint dispenses easily & is pretty simple to apply evenly (and if you screw up, just use sponge to wipe off where you colored outside the lines).”
Mistake: Your TV Cord Is Hanging Down Your Wall
Solution: A Paintable Cord Cover That’s Easy To Install
adhesive cord cover hides HDMI cables, TV power cords, Ethernet cables, lamp cables, and other eyesores effectively. It’s in white or beige, but you can paint it to blend in with your wall. It’s 1 1/2 inches wide, so it can fit a bunch of cords, and the snap-on design makes it easy to reorganize and swap out your cables.
Mistake: Kitchen Tools Drip All Over Your Stove & Counter
Solution: A Non-Slip Silicone Spoon Rest With A Cleanable Drip Tray
This four-slot food-grade
silicone spoon rest is a simple yet effective way to keep drips and dirty spoons and spatulas off your counter and stove. It’s even heat-resistant and dishwasher safe, so you can use it no matter what you’re cooking and clean it up with ease. The silicone construction means it won’t slip, a key feature that helped this get over 16,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Mistake: Unwanted Odors Coming From Your Sink
Solution: Plugging The Drain With This Sink Stopper
If your kitchen smells a little off, there may be unwanted odors coming from your sink. Luckily, this
sink stopper is universally designed to fit onto any drain, and features a 100% rubber gasket that creates a waterproof seal to help prevent smells from leaking through.
Mistake: The Corners Of Your Rugs Curl Up
Solution: These Adhesive Rug Grippers That Keep Them Flat
A rug with upturned corners can make a room look unexpectedly unkempt — plus, they can pose a tripping hazard. Fortunately, these
adhesive rug grippers provide an easy solution. Just attach them to the underside of stubborn rug corners to keep them uncurled. The grippers are ideal for laminate, wood, and tile floors — and they’re weatherproof, so you can also use them for outdoor rugs, too.
Mistake: You Have Ugly Painted-Over Outlets
Solution: A Three-Sided Outlet Extender With Eight Charging Spots
If a bunch of your outlets are painted over or you have unsightly power strips sitting on your floor, plug in one of these
fireproof outlet extenders. This handy surge protctor gives you eight ports with three different styles for charging, including five AC plugs, three USB slots, and one USB-C slot. This three-sided outlet extender is an Amazon shopper favorite with over 21,500 reviews and a 4.8-star rating.
Mistake: Tracking Mud Throughout Your Home
Solution: Wiping Your Shoes On This Door Mat Before Heading Inside
Tired of cleaning up dirty floors? Wiping your feet on this
door mat before you go inside can help keep your home clean. The heavy-duty fibers latch onto dirt and debris, while the waterproof backing helps keep it looking good while sitting outside. Choose from five colors: emerald, black, brown, khaki, or grey.
Mistake: You Have Mismatched Towels
Solution: A 100% Cotton Matching Towel Set That Has 27,000 Five-Star Reviews
You can finally swap out mismatched towels for this eight-piece
100% ring-spun cotton set that has two full-size bath towels, two hand towels, and four wash cloths. This set is beloved by Amazon shoppers for being super absorbent yet super soft, so much so that these towels have over 27,500 five-star reviews. As a bonus, these are available in 14 different colors to match your bathroom’s design.
Mistake: You Let Dishes Pile Up In The Sink
Solution: This Two-Tier Drying Rack With Pull Out Water Trays
dish drying rack has a double-decker design that saves you counter space and makes the time consuming chore much, much easier. Don’t worry about water soaking your counter — it’s complete with pull-out trays to catch the water on both levels, which other dish racks don’t have. This compact piece even has designated slots for utensils and your cutting board
Mistake: Your Pantry Is Overrun With Open Boxes
Solution: These Stackable Airtight Containers That You Can Label
Throw away half-opened cereal boxes and packages of pasta and pop your dry ingredients in these BPA-free cereal box-shaped, stackable
airtight containers. This pack of 12 comes with labels, a chalk marker, and a choice of a blue or black sealing ring on the top to keep your pantry organized and your ingredients visible and fresh.
Mistake: Your Walls Are Covered In Holes
Solution: A Patching Putty Designed For Small Picture Hanging Holes
spackling putty dries three times faster than most and is designed for those annoying small holes from old pictures and decor choices that you’re not into anymore. It won’t shrink or crack and is strong enough to hold nails after applied to your wall. One reviewer raved: “Awesome stuff, I am a big DIY’er and I have used every single kind of [spackle] there is but man this stuff blew my expectations out of the water! First it’s light and fluffy (lightest whipped cream) and yet it’s dense enough to easily build up and fill even a 5″x 9″ hole! You just build up from the outer space and gently add to the middle and it sets! It doesn’t fall down or dry droopy. I will only use this from now on.”
Mistake: Your Fridge Shelves Are Covered In Food Crumbs & Spills
Solution: This Pack Of Food-Safe Refrigerator Liners
refrigerator liners keep food crumbs and spills off fridge shelves, and they are a cinch to clean with a wet cloth or a quick rinse in the sink. They’re also made from a BPA-free EVA material, which means they can be safely used in contact with food. What’s more, the liners come in a multicolored pack of eight for just under $12.
Mistake: Struggling To Open Tough Jars
Solution: This Opener That Mounts Underneath Cabinets
Can’t get that stubborn jar open? Not a problem when you have this
opener. It mounts underneath your cabinets, staying out of sight until you need it. And unlike some openers, this one is designed to work with lids of nearly any shape or size — including nail polish bottles.
Mistake: Slipping On Wet Bathroom Floors
Solution: This Toilet Mat That Helps Keep Floors Dry
Wet bathroom floors can be a slippery hazard, so why not put down a few
rugs to give you some extra traction? This one in particular fits snugly against your toilet, and its microfiber top has a texture that’s similar to velvet. Choose from more than 15 colors.
Mistake: There’s A Lack Of Light In Your Hallways
Solution: A Set Of Best-Selling LED Nightlights That Turn On Automatically
LED nightlights with a simple square ring of light come in a six-pack and automatically adjust to the lighting in your home. When ambient light becomes duller, these smart lights kick on, so you never need to mess with them. Each energy efficient light plugs right into your outlet and leaves the second one totally open, and these run for over 10,000 hours, which is why they’re the top-selling nightlight on Amazon with a 4.7-star rating and over 39,000 reviews.
Mistake: Your Clothes Overflow Onto The Floor
Solution: A Structured Laundry Tote Bag That’s Waterproof
striped tote bag is actually an easy-to-carry laundry hamper with waterproof coated lining. It holds its shape when you pop it on the floor, and you don’t need to assemble it at all, whether you’re loading or unloading laundry. Plus, it folds up for easy storage when not in use and has extra-long handles, so you can carry it with just one hand.
Mistake: Leaving Clutter Underneath Your Bed
Solution: Hiding It From Sight With This Bed Skirt
Let’s face it — sometimes kicking all that bedroom clutter underneath your bed is just easier than putting away. And with this
bed skirt, you can easily keep everything hidden from sight until you have time to organize. Choose from 12 colors, including a gorgeous shade of navy.
Mistake: Spilling Drinks When You’re Pouring
Solution: Putting This Hands-Free Dispenser In Your Jugs
It’s nearly impossible to spill when you’re using this
dispenser, as it lets your jugs remain upright and untouched whenever you want a drink. Simply press your glass against the blue tab, and it’ll instantly start pouring for you — no drips, spills, or need to lift anything up.
Mistake: Your Curtains Let Too Much Light In
Solution: These Insulated Curtains That Block Light, Sound, And Cold
A room that’s actually dark for bedtime makes your house feel way chicer, and these thermally insulated
blackout panels effectively block out 90% of light. These thick curtains don’t just block light, they also block out the cold air or heat and sound. They come in 12 sizes and over 20 different colors, because a good fit and color match is essential for a bougie window treatment, and they’re machine-washable.
Mistake: Books Fall Over On Your Bookshelf
Solution: A Set Of Sturdy, Anti-Slip Bookends With A 4.8-Star Rating
These anti-slip steel
bookends with a geometric tree design have to be one of the easiest fixes for an unorganized area. Just pop these sturdy 7-inch bookends on your shelf, stand your books up, and that messy book situation is gone. With a clean, effective construction, these bookends have amassed an impressive 4.8-star rating on Amazon.
Mistake: Spare Batteries Are Cluttering Up Your Drawers
Solution: This Convenient Battery Organizer With A Power Tester
Spare batteries are one of those items that can quickly clutter up a drawer if they don’t have a designated place in your home. This
battery organizer can help bring order to the mess. It features compartments for various battery types, and it comes with a power tester that lets you know how much juice your batteries have, so you know which ones to keep or toss.
Mistake: Your Fridge Door Doesn’t Reliably Close
Solution: This Alarm That Alerts You When The Fridge Door Is Open
If you often leave your fridge door open by accident, this
refrigerator door alarm will prevent it from happening again. It sticks to the fridge door with adhesive, and after one minute, emits a sound that becomes more persistent until you shut the door. The alarm also has four volume settings to ensure you hear it ring.
Mistake: Your Washing Machine Is Looking Worse For Wear From Moisture
Solution: A Magnetic Hook That Allows The Machine To Air Out
magnetic door prop prevents a front-loading washer door from closing all the way — which could trap moisture inside the machine — and from splaying wide open between washes. The hook mounts to the door, but you can easily remove it for your next load of laundry. And it’s bendable too, making it suitable for most front-load machines.
Mistake: You’re Always Slipping On Smooth Floors
Solution: Securing Them Down With This Tape
Always slipping on your hardwood stairs? Try putting down some of this
traction tape. Not only does it provide extra grip on smooth surfaces, but it’s also suitable for outdoor use. Plus, the adhesion is so strong that you can use it on everything from concrete to wood.
Mistake: Your Wall-Mounted Art Hangs At An Angle
Solution: This Strong Putty To Straighten Out Frames
It can be annoying to rehang artwork when it’s slightly askew — but the
Quakehold! Museum Putty makes it easy to straighten off-kilter wall art in a pinch. Just break off some of the putty, roll it into a ball, stick it to the back of the artwork you want to hang up, and voilà! A perfectly positioned piece. It’s safe to use on most surfaces, and you can also use it to secure other valuables in place on flat surfaces.
Mistake: You Have Nowhere To Put Your Houseplants
Solution: A Wood Plant Stand That Can Fit In Small Spaces
wooden plant stand is unique in that you can flip it upside down to adjust how high up your plant sits. It’s made from 100% bamboo — and many reviewers wrote a bout how it’s “easy to assemble” as well as “extremely sturdy.”
Mistake: Your Pillowcases Are Old And Tattered
Solution: These Cooling Bamboo Pillowcases That Hug Your Pillow
Made from 100% bamboo viscose fabric, these
pillowcases will keep hot sleepers cool due to teeny gaps in the fabric that help wick away sweat. Beyond helping you get a good night sleep and keeping hair frizz-free, the end of these pillowcases surround your pillow so the edge won’t stick out anymore, which looks way nicer on your bed. These buttery soft pillowcases are available in 12 different colors and three sizes to suit your decor and exact bed size.
Mistake: You Have No Place To Store Kid’s Artwork
Solution: A Moisture-Resistant Portfolio That Even Shows Off Oversized Crafts
artwork preserving portfolio has 48 water-resistant pages for all of the finger paintings, drawings, and even slightly larger crafts and projects your kids bring home. It’s bound so the archival-quality pockets won’t slip out. One reviewer raved: “Love this folder. Bought two of them. One for watercolor and one for drawings. A super organized way to hold all your treasures.”
Mistake: You Have Poor Room Lighting
Solution: A Bendy Floor Light That’s Remote Controlled
bendy LED floor lamp can create the exact lighting you want because the warmth and brightness are fully customizable using the accompanying remote control. Plus, it has a super-safe weighted base, and a gooseneck you can adjust to your room’s needs, so you can really perfect your lighting situation.
Mistake: Your Duster Pushes Dust Around Instead Of Picking It Up
Solution: A Spray That Actually Collects Dust
If your household surfaces are covered in a layer of dust, this
duster spray makes quick work of eliminating it. Just spritz it on a duster or cloth, then watch it collect — rather than push around — dust. It’s safe to use on furniture, window blinds, and floors, too.
Mistake: Your Pet Kicks Kibble Across The Floor
Solution: A Pair Of Pet Bowls That Won’t Tip Over
Pets can be messy when they’re eating, which is why these
bowls are such a must-have. They’re nearly impossible to tip over, as the silicone mat’s raised walls help keep them in place — even if your pet tries to nudge them. And since the mat is also waterproof, it’ll help protect your floors from wet spills.
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 23, 2022