22 Game-Changing Household Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

Most people are all for making life easier, and it doesn’t always have to be expensive or complicated. Someone recently asked, “What household item can vastly improve your standard of living but is often overlooked?” Here are the best responses.

Good pillows

Good pillows
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A good set of bedwear, actually. Pillow, covers, blankets, and all. We spend a third of our lives sleeping people. Don’t skimp out on it.”

Buckwheat pillows are pretty great. They’re like $50, but holy cow, does my neck thank me.”

A good showerhead

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Every shower feels like living in the lap of luxury.”

“So much this. After my awesome honeymoon resort bathroom, I went shopping for a similar ‘waterfall’ showerhead. I found one for like $40. Showers forever transformed.”

Blackout blinds

Blackout Blinds
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Nothing helps better than a good weekend sleep-in.”

I made my own light-blocking curtains from fabric at the fabric store, it was pretty easy, in a pattern/color I liked, and I could make them the right width to cover the edges of the windows to keep light out. Plus, it was cheaper than buying ready-made ones.”

Slow cookers

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They make it so easy to make decent food with minimal effort. You save money and eat far better.”

“I’m making red wine rosemary beef stew tonight in the slow cooker.”

Slow-closing toilet seats

Slow-closing Toilet Seat
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I have one of those toilet seats that slowly closes and never slams…game changer.”

“After getting used to having one, I now end up slamming toilet seats whenever I’m using the toilet outside of my home.”

Automatic vacuum cleaners

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We have two dogs that shed, one being a husky-malamute. We just purchased a Roomba for $250, and it has changed our life. No more tumbleweeds of fur floating around the house, “Geoffrey” vacuums every evening at 11.”

“I have hard floors and live in the country with six people and a dog who tracks in so much dirt. I have an off-brand Roomba (Deebot), and he’s kinda an idiot navigationally, but I love him more than anything.”

Electric kettles

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If you are a tea drinker or own a French press for coffee, an electric kettle is life-changing. Also handy for noodles.”

“As a British person, I still can’t get my head around that having a kettle isn’t a universal thing.”

Cutting boards

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A cutting board. You’d be surprised how many times I visit friends, go to help them make dinner, and find that they chop things on the countertop. You can tell, too, most of the time, exactly where they usually chop things. Buy a cutting board or two, save your countertops.”

“Yeah. This is not only bad for your countertops but also bad for your knives. Unless you have wood-cutting block counters, don’t chop on them.”

Food processors

Food Processor
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I can now make hummus easily, chop vegetables for soup or whatever basically instantly. I can shred carrots and make carrot cake at the drop of a hat. I bought one last summer and have used it several times a week since.”

“Cuisinart makes the best food processor, in my opinion. I did a lot of research before I bought it, and it’s super easy to use. The components are dishwasher-safe, and the buttons are large. Use it all the time!”

Fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors

Fire Extinguisher
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Just knowing they’re there can provide you with peace of mind.”

“Multiples, even. It won’t improve your quality of life at all, but it will help if the quantity is ever in danger of dropping.”

Aesthetically pleasing storage

Ditch the Clutter
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Makes cleaning up the clutter a breeze. Need or want your apartment to look nice with minimal effort/time? Throw all that stuff in a little storage cube ottoman, and now you look all Scandinavian minimalist in 10 seconds flat.”

“Yes! I bought a three-compartment storage bookcase and turned it on its side to make a coffee table. Put three storage bins in it, and that’s the kid’s toy storage! People coming over? Throw everything into those bins. Done.”

A great big movable fan

A Large Moveable Fan
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Working in the garage on a hot day? Fan. Pizza rolls just came out of the oven, but you don’t have the patience to blow on each one yourself? Not feeling so good and need to relax with your shirt off and cool down so you don’t barf? Fan. Need to test how your various paper airplane designs function with a headwind? Fan.”

“Pro tip: lower fan speeds move air better and keep you cooler.”

Rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable Batteries
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They are so useful! You never have to worry about running out again, and the good ones charge in just a matter of a couple of hours! Saves so much money over time.”

“The trick that a lot of people seem to miss is to get a half dozen extras, so there’s always some charged ones ready when needed.”

A cast iron skillet

Cast iron skillet
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You can cook anything in that sucker, and they’re not hard to maintain. I’ve pan-fried pork and steak, made pancakes, baked shepherd’s pie, jambalaya, the list goes on. Plus, you can use it over an open fire!”

“But you also need a REALLY good oven mitt! I learned my lesson the hard way.”

Binder clips

Binder Clips
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I swear they’re more versatile than duct tape! I use them in the kitchen to keep bags closed, in my office to keep cords from tangling, and on the porch to hang bird feeders. They’re also great for making an impromptu clothesline over the bathroom tub. The ideas are endless, and they’re dirt cheap!”

“Also, for your toothpaste roll. Don’t want to buy the expensive tube magic squeezer? Just grab that binder clip, roll the end down, and snap it on! Now it’s much easier to squeeze the toothpaste out, and you just roll and move the clip down as you need!”

An air purifier

Air Purifier
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You will be impressed by how well you sleep and how effective it is in removing that ‘wall’ of stench. Also works very well for asthma sufferers during prime allergy seasons.”

“I just got an air purifier, and it works so amazingly well.”

A French coffee press

French Press
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If you’re a coffee lover, a French press changes everything.”

“Yes, it does. It changes everything so much that you can’t drink coffee anywhere but home because it ruins you for all other coffee.”

High-quality speakers

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I listen to music every time I am at home, and recently I bought some. There is a big difference between those and my JBL go.”

“And good ones are so cheap now. Don’t buy by brand; close your eyes and let your ears choose.”

An electric blanket

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If living anywhere that has a winter, an electric blanket.”

“I bought a small one. I tuck it into the foot of my bed. Feet stay so nice and toasty.”

An Air fryer

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Not only is it way healthier than frying the items in oil, but it also makes it taste much better.. and well.. cleanup is much easier and less risk of getting horrible burns and needing a skin graft.”

“Definitely worth it if you eat a lot of stuff like fries and whatnot in the summer.. we used to also make veggie tots (got them from farm fresh), and they were so good air fried.. no feeling fat, and no real issue cooking.”

House plants

Houseplants
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Air quality is a real thing.”

“Especially in your bedroom. A good choice is the ‘Palm fern.’ They require little light and are stunning when mature.”

Smart plugs

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They’re cheap and connect to your phone/smart devices. When you’re sitting all cozy in bed, not having to move to turn off your lights is a luxury.”

“When you are away from home, being able to turn lights on and off in your house is a significant security feature.”

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