Home Hacks and Gadgets That Are Actually Useful

No matter what your living situation is, there's always something that can be done to make life there a little easier. You feel like you've read every hack on the whole internet, but you haven't read these yet. Messy husband? Disorganized roommate? Slobby teen? Or maybe you live alone and have a penchant for leaving a trail of clothes around your apartment because you're lazy. Listen, we're not here to judge, we're here to help. At least one thing in this list is going to change your life for the better, whether it is a hack, home DIY or one of the many brilliant gadgets on Overstock.com.

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Not many people actually get excited to clean their home.

Maybe you do — and that's great! But just in case you're a little less than thrilled to constantly be cleaning, here are a few hacks to keep your home life tidier, more organized, and just all-around less stressful.

Keep your cables in line.

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Use washi tape to add labels to the various cables plugged into a power strip. That way, if you ever need to unplug something, you can do so without accidentally cutting out the Internet or TV!

Use Space-Saving Bags

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These vacuum seal space bags are the REAL DEAL. Let me tell you. They keep things protected from moisture and grime while storing your items in a compact manner. They're perfect for any type of linens or fabrics as well.

Make a plastic bag box!

Get rid of that plastic bag full of plastic bags under your sink! Simply loop them together and stuff 'em in an empty tissue box. Every time you pull one out, the next one will be right there waiting for you.

Mount a storage bin on the wall

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These can come in handy for storing fruits and vegetables in the kitchen, or you can even hang it up for paper and mail storage in your home office.

No more falling trash bags!

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There's nothing more annoying than going to throw something away and having the entire bag fall into the trash can instead. Use a couple of Command hooks to hold the plastic bags in place, and you'll never have that issue again!

Create a storage space for your car

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We all know how it feels to have a messy home, but what about a messy car? This backseat organizer is super helpful. It keeps everything in place so that you're not dragging unnecessary items from place to place.

Silverware dividers — not just for silverware!

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You can use organizational tools throughout your house — not just for their advertised use! This method of using a silverware divider for toothbrushes and toothpaste is absolutely brilliant.

Add stackable bins to any common area

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These would be great for playrooms, media areas or a home office. You can even organize it so that each bin is a different category.

These boots were made for pool noodles.

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A pool noodle (trimmed to size) is the ideal shape for placing in your tall boots so that they don't flop over and get unsightly creases.

How about hanging jewlery organizers?

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This is perfect for anyone who owns a lot of accessories. It doesn't have to be for jewelry! You can quickly organize small items into their own compartments for ease of use – and it keeps them from turning or getting dirty.

Untangle and wrangle.

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Rather than storing all your various cables in a box or bag, consider wrapping them up and popping them inside an old TP tube (or a paper towel tube cut to size). Then label them so you can always find exactly what you're looking for.

Add a hanging shelf to your closet

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I find these to be super useful in my home. I have two in my main closet for sweaters and sweatshirts, and one in my coat closet to keep gloves, mittens and scarves.


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Binder clips are some of the handiest things ever when it comes to home organization. You can use them to clip bags of frozen veggies closed and hook them to the rack in your freezer.

Add in a "Lazy Susan" to your kitchen

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I've had some version of a Lazy Susan in every home I've lived in. They're helpful in cabinets or cupboards that are just too hard to reach.

Tong with the Windows.

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Your kitchen tongs are the ideal tools for wiping your blinds. Just wrap a couple of microfiber cloths (or old T-shirts) around each side, secure with rubber bands, and go nuts with the dusting.

Use a hanging purse rack in your closet

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This little gadget is a space-saving hero. You can add multiple purses to the clips and it will take up the same amount of space as one hanger. And save you the trouble of getting all of the straps tangled.

Easy-access trash bags.

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Rather than storing your garbage bags in a box (which takes up "floor" space in your cupboard), consider mounting them on the side of the cupboard instead.

Store things inside of your headboard

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Who would've thought that a headboard would be such a space-saver? This doubles as a storage area and a built-in bookshelf.

That's a wrap!

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If you have a bunch of rolls of wrapping paper, you're probably familiar with the struggle of having them constantly fall over in your closet and getting crushed. Get them off the floor by placing them in a clear garment bag and hanging them up!

Take advantage of under the bed storage

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You could be using so much of that space under your bed to store out-of-season items.

This hack cuts the mustard.

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Use an egg carton to store mustard, ketchup, and other squeezable condiments upside-down in your fridge shelves. They'll always be ready-to-use and won't topple out every time you open the fridge door.

Add a floating shelf to your space

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These make for a stylish home decor piece, while also allowing space to store some of your items.

Store your storage containers.

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We've all fallen for the storage containers that "conveniently stack," but it can be annoying having to move the entire stack around every time you need a container and a lid. Instead, consider storing your containers horizontally in baskets as shown here.

Incorporate storage into your outdoor space

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This clever storage rock holds your extra keys, for safe-keeping in the event that you're locked out.

Invest in shoe organizers!

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If there's one product that does way more than people realize, it's the lowly shoe organizer. Yes, you can use it for your shoes, but don't let the organization stop there! Hang one up in your bathroom for makeup or shower supplies. Use one in your craft room to organize scissors, tapes, and ribbons. Hang one on the back of a seat in your car to organize your kids' toys and snacks. They're super versatile and wonderful.

Add cupholder storage to your car

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Take advantage of the unused spaces in your car, like your cupholder. This multi-device holder has room for your phone, sunglasses, etc.