25 Problem-Solving Products To Consider Buying In 2021 If You're Looking For Long-Term Solutions

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A bamboo burner cover that’ll magically double as a cutting board. It’ll give you more counter space than you ever imagined was possible for years to come.


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OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there.

Promising review: “This is so perfect for extra space. It covers the top of my apartment-sized stove so I can then use my stove space for my Instant Pot and food prep. The best space-saving and cosmetic thing I have ever gotten for this tiny apartment.” —Talyn Amber Skye

Get it from Amazon for $25.75.


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OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there.

Promising review: “This is so perfect for extra space. It covers the top of my apartment-sized stove so I can then use my stove space for my Instant Pot and food prep. The best space-saving and cosmetic thing I have ever gotten for this tiny apartment.” —Talyn Amber Skye

Get it from Amazon for $25.75.

2.

A four-piece acrylic canister set with an airtight clip for all of your flour, sugar, and cocoa needs. Seeing everything clean and organized will promote actually using these items instead of them sitting in the back of your cabinet for years! (speaking from experience here)

the four canisters on the counter filled up with baking items


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Promising review: “Got these because I was keeping flour, sugar, etc. in original packaging and ants found where I was keeping everything. This solved that problem with airtight containers that are easy to use. They look great on my counter top and really help me look like a person who has my life together.” —Nathan

Get it from Amazon for $29.

3.

A set of two vinyl furniture scratch guards so your pets will finally get the message that your really expensive couch is not their really expensive toy.

A side by side showing a damaged leg of the couch next to the protected side un-touched


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Promising review: “I purchased these because my destructive cats tore up two sofas. I purchased a new sofa and didn’t want to go down that road again if I could help it. I have already tried sprays, calming scent diffusers, and double sided tape. None of these worked. I put these on two sofas and so far my cats have left them alone. I have had them on for a couple of months. Of course, you can see them but they have an obvious purpose. They attach by screw in fasteners with a spiral pin. I haven’t had any problem with rips from these. They needed tightening a couple times, but that is it.” —Kristy

Get it from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in six sizes).

4.

A coffee pod storage drawer with room for 40 Nespresso Vertuo capsules to sit nice and neatly under your machine or right beside it. This clean sleek storage is the perfect solution to tons of pods all dumped into that one drawer in your kitchen — now you can find your favorite flavor!


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Promising review: “Loved this to organize the Nespresso pods in our condo! Sturdy enough to support our large coffee machine and plenty of capacity. Looks really sleek and our guests love it!” —ExFlyboyDoc

Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available with a glass top).


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Promising review: “Loved this to organize the Nespresso pods in our condo! Sturdy enough to support our large coffee machine and plenty of capacity. Looks really sleek and our guests love it!” —ExFlyboyDoc

Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available with a glass top).

5.

An outlet shelf so your bathroom products don’t take up precious counter space cluttering up your morning routine.


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Promising review: “I have been looking for a small shelf for my bathroom to put my mini speaker on, and this is the BEST! The size is perfect; I love it.” —KMAC

Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (available in three colors and multipacks).


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Promising review: “I have been looking for a small shelf for my bathroom to put my mini speaker on, and this is the BEST! The size is perfect; I love it.” —KMAC

Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (available in three colors and multipacks).

6.

A Velcro storage wall that fits against one side of your sedan’s trunk to keep things in one place and from rolling around in the back while you drive.

The storage wall Velcroed to the side with items snug inside


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Promising review: “I found this product after spending more than a year trying to find a trunk organizer that didn’t take up all of the limited space in the trunk of my Civic. I’ve driven about 100 miles on NYC area highways, and it’s held tight and kept everything organized.” —Penny Wise

Get one from Amazon for $29.99.

7.

A ceiling fan metal pull chain with two pulleys, because you’ve spent the last few years guessing which chain turns on the light and which turns on the fan. Plus, if you’re short like me, these are great for extending the chain a bit so you can actually reach them now.


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Promising review: “Not only can I finally tell which pull chain works with which function, but since I added them to the ends of my existing pull chains it’s no longer necessary for my ancient 5-foot-1-inch carcass to stand on tiptoe just to reach the blasted pulls. Last time I ended up with a stress fracture in my foot. NOT fun.” —La Donna Bucket

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.


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Promising review: “Not only can I finally tell which pull chain works with which function, but since I added them to the ends of my existing pull chains it’s no longer necessary for my ancient 5-foot-1-inch carcass to stand on tiptoe just to reach the blasted pulls. Last time I ended up with a stress fracture in my foot. NOT fun.” —La Donna Bucket

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

8.

A desktop shelf unit so you can keep and display all your favorite books and trinkets at your new at-home desk in a neat way.

the shelves in use with books etc on it


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Promising review: “I’m very happy with this purchase. It looks very ‘finished’ and good quality. It took me 20 minutes to assemble it, and the directions were very easy to follow.” —Danielle

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three colors).

9.

An air mattress for literally any time you’re in your car and need it to also be a bed. Camping, long road trips, etc!

The air mattress laid out in a car back seat


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It comes with one air mattress, two inflatable pillows, one inflator/deflator pump, and one storage bag.

Promising review: “I have to say that this is amazing! This bed can be used in a truck or the back of a car, which is so practical. The machine it comes with helps it inflate quickly. It can also be used anytime you’re camping, not just in a car. It shocked me how spacious the back seat was with this air mattress. And the cushion is very comfortable. It’s easily portable because it’s not heavy at all. Such good quality!” —Amy

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

10.

A pack of 50 velvet hangers so you can transform your closet from chunky and mismatched hangers to sleek and slim ones so everything fits better for years to come.


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Promising review: “I needed to update my hangers and get rid of the plastic ones. I’m happy with the way they look and how they are much better for my clothes (not more weird bumps in sleeves). They also stay on way better than other ones!” —SC

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in seven colors).


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Promising review: “I needed to update my hangers and get rid of the plastic ones. I’m happy with the way they look and how they are much better for my clothes (not more weird bumps in sleeves). They also stay on way better than other ones!” —SC

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in seven colors).

11.

A durable honeycomb drawer insert to form a home for your socks, scarves, ties, undies, etc. No more digging for a matching pair. Marie Kondo is shook!


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Thanks to their super simple design, they just snap together to assemble. Plus they can expand to fit the size of your drawers.

Promising review: “I am a man of many socks and these helped organize them much better than what I was doing. It’s easy to do by color and style.” —Think Blue

Get it from Amazon $6.92.


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Thanks to their super simple design, they just snap together to assemble. Plus they can expand to fit the size of your drawers.

Promising review: “I am a man of many socks and these helped organize them much better than what I was doing. It’s easy to do by color and style.” —Think Blue

Get it from Amazon $6.92.

12.

A set of five soft silicone eyeglass sleeves so you can quickly say goodbye to any discomfort you’ve been experiencing on your temples from your new set of lenses.

A model showing the glasses resting with the silicone cover on the back of their ear


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Promising review:Just got them maybe five minutes ago and put them on my glasses. Instantly 10,000% more comfortable. Didn’t know what to expect as I’ve worn glasses my whole life and never had an issue but these new glasses were giving me a terrible soreness on just one ear. I put them on both sides just because and such an immediate improvement!” —mommabug

Get five pairs from Amazon for $5.53+ (available in three colors).

13.

A pack of six cable clips that’ll finally organize your desk, car, and bedside table charging stations by keeping cords in their place, because gravity has been making your life harder for 👏far 👏too 👏long.


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Promising review: “If you have devices that need to be charged and you want to keep your cables neat, tidy and in place, you need this product. You could also use your imagination to find other uses! I have purchased two packs of these and used them all! I simply could not imagine life without these cable clips!” —Mike Tickle

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.97


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Promising review: “If you have devices that need to be charged and you want to keep your cables neat, tidy and in place, you need this product. You could also use your imagination to find other uses! I have purchased two packs of these and used them all! I simply could not imagine life without these cable clips!” —Mike Tickle

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.97

14.

A set of light-dimming sheets because someone kept looking at their very bright alarm clock and thought, “there’s gotta be a way to rid my life of glare!?” And then they invented this thing. Glare be gone!

A clock with the light dimming sheet over it showing that it's dimmer now


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Pack comes with two large light-dimming sheets (cut to fit your needs)!

Promising review: “What a time to be alive. I was lying awake at night wishing there was something I could do to make my hellish alarm clock less bright. I was really pleasantly surprised when I found out this product existed. I’m SO HAPPY that it does. I seriously don’t know where my fiancé bought this alarm clock, but it has four brightness settings and they range from light house search light to surface of the sun. I cut one of these sheets and smoothed it over the display and it’s AMAZING. I can still read the clock during the day, but at night it’s now just the right brightness so I can see the time, but not burn my retinas when I crack my eyes open in the middle of the night.” —Tiffany Marie

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

15.

A hanger stacker to fix one of the most annoying storage problems in history. This “before” and “after” alone has already changed me for the better!


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Promising review: “The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, and I wish I had known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!” —Kara Adams

Get it from Amazon for $18.45.


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Promising review: “The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, and I wish I had known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!” —Kara Adams

Get it from Amazon for $18.45.

16.

A wall organizer for your new home office. Spend hours trying to find important documents? Put them all in one place where they won’t get lost!

the wall hanger showing the folders in colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple


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Promising review: “This is a great product. It allowed me to declutter my massive paperwork at home. I also allocated two slots for my kids to insert their forms that require my signature, in turn helping me to teach them how to clean their place tidy and how to properly manage/file documents.” —Xinsen

Get it from Amazon for $10.22 (also available in gray).

17.

A tool rack so all your cleaning utensils (i.e. mops, brooms, etc.) are hanging and off the floor and you aren’t cleaning your cleaning supplies all the time!


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Promising review: “I was thankful to have found such a high-quality solution for hanging all of my cleaning tools! This is a great organizer with MULTIPLE brackets that holds everything in my laundry room! My mops, brooms, dusters, etc., and even has hooks to hang my wet rags and steam mop pads! It was super easy to install too!” —GirlOfPeace

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


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Promising review: “I was thankful to have found such a high-quality solution for hanging all of my cleaning tools! This is a great organizer with MULTIPLE brackets that holds everything in my laundry room! My mops, brooms, dusters, etc., and even has hooks to hang my wet rags and steam mop pads! It was super easy to install too!” —GirlOfPeace

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

18.

A drain cover that’ll add up to 5 inches of extra tub water by blocking the drain holes for a more relaxing and deeper soak every time.

A before and after of a bathtub filled as far as it can be filled without the cover and then with the cover which is about 3-4 inches higher


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Promising review: “This is a great item to add to your bath time routine! I usually take a bath once or twice a week as a way to unwind, but the tubs in my house aren’t very deep and the water drains through the overflow drain very quickly. This makes it so that the water stays in and you won’t have to choose what part of your body to keep under the warm water. It’s easy to use and install; it just takes a few seconds to make sure all of the suction cups are in place.” —Karen B.

Get it from Amazon for $8.15 (available in four colors).

19.

A 48-bottle nail polish organizer so you can actually see all the shades you own instead of settling on the same boring polish as last time.


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Promising review: “I hate clutter. I am so happy with this! It does have adjustable sides, so I use those for clippers, cuticle tools, files, etc. I am able to fit China Glaze, OPI, ILNP, Sally Hansen, Seche, Kiko, etc. in the slots. It’s important to note that NOT ALL slots are adjustable. However, they are wide and tall enough for a wide range of polishes. There are 48 slots, so I took this as an opportunity to purge the polishes that were either old or that I no longer wore.” —Eller

Get it from Amazon for $27.89+ (also available in pink).


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Promising review: “I hate clutter. I am so happy with this! It does have adjustable sides, so I use those for clippers, cuticle tools, files, etc. I am able to fit China Glaze, OPI, ILNP, Sally Hansen, Seche, Kiko, etc. in the slots. It’s important to note that NOT ALL slots are adjustable. However, they are wide and tall enough for a wide range of polishes. There are 48 slots, so I took this as an opportunity to purge the polishes that were either old or that I no longer wore.” —Eller

Get it from Amazon for $27.89+ (also available in pink).

20.

A mounted towel rack, because one towel is never enough and this will make great use of valuable wall space so your daily tidiness will take no effort. Plus, it just looks great tbh!


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Promising review: “Anyone with a small bathroom knows that free space is almost nonexistent, and these have been so great. We bought two so we had one for each bathroom, and we were able to get the majority of our towels up on them and looking nice (which means we freed up space in the linen closet)!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.97 (also available in a two-pack).


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Promising review: “Anyone with a small bathroom knows that free space is almost nonexistent, and these have been so great. We bought two so we had one for each bathroom, and we were able to get the majority of our towels up on them and looking nice (which means we freed up space in the linen closet)!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.97 (also available in a two-pack).

21.

A magnetic paper towel holder so you can clear space on your kitchen counter and use the empty space on your magnetic fridge.


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Promising review: “I love this. It’s perfect for my small kitchen. I hate having stuff on the counters since my kitchen is so small. I used it vertically instead of horizontally. Works perfectly and it is sturdy.” —Laura

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


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Promising review: “I love this. It’s perfect for my small kitchen. I hate having stuff on the counters since my kitchen is so small. I used it vertically instead of horizontally. Works perfectly and it is sturdy.” —Laura

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

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A pack of motion-sensing LED lights if you’ve stubbed your toe on the kitchen table one too many times! These are a cheap way to get helpful lighting in places that need it most around your home. You don’t need to get professional installation — just stick them on.

A staircase with the lights lining it making it easier to get up and down


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They’re battery-powered (three AAA batteries; not included) for cordless installation. They automatically turn on within 10 feet and automatically shut off after 15 seconds of no motion detected.

Promising review: “Excellent unwired lights for places that would benefit from having lights but you don’t want the hassle and expense of hiring an electrician to do the wiring for the lights. I have four of these lights inside hallway shelves. This hallway gets a lot of foot traffic. In the evening, these lights get triggered on by a passerby by at least 20 times. I’ve had these lights for two whole months, and the original batteries are still good to go. Please be advised that these white lights are rather cool temperature lights. I would estimate around 5,000K. If you’re looking for something slightly warmer (i.e. slightly more yellow) then opt for the warm white version.” —H. Jonathan K. Park

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $21.99 (available in two styles and two colors).

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An overhead storage rack so you can actually fit your car in your garage after all these years.


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Promising review:This is everything I hoped it would be and more. Install was fairly straightforward and it works great. I do think that it could be difficult to install for a person that is not very savvy or experienced with tools and building, and if that is you, I would recommend getting a helping hand. Ensure that the unit is installed safely; the last thing you want is for it to come crashing down on your vehicle or family member. I was able to install everything within a couple of hours by myself. One tip: I highly recommend having either a ratchet (more work) or preferably, a nut driver set so that you can tighten everything down with your impact driver/drill gun. My garage is starting to feel a lot more spacious and I’m really glad that we purchased this, and I would not hesitate to buy it again. Totally worth it!” —Curt & Lindsay Lewis

Get it from Amazon for $174.99+ (available in three colors and in multipacks).


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Promising review:This is everything I hoped it would be and more. Install was fairly straightforward and it works great. I do think that it could be difficult to install for a person that is not very savvy or experienced with tools and building, and if that is you, I would recommend getting a helping hand. Ensure that the unit is installed safely; the last thing you want is for it to come crashing down on your vehicle or family member. I was able to install everything within a couple of hours by myself. One tip: I highly recommend having either a ratchet (more work) or preferably, a nut driver set so that you can tighten everything down with your impact driver/drill gun. My garage is starting to feel a lot more spacious and I’m really glad that we purchased this, and I would not hesitate to buy it again. Totally worth it!” —Curt & Lindsay Lewis

Get it from Amazon for $174.99+ (available in three colors and in multipacks).

24.

A TubShroom drain protector that’ll prevent clogged pipes throughout your house by catching all the hair in your drains. You can shower me with thanks later.

the product after use showing hair collected


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Promising review: “This is absolutely worth every penny. Kudos to the inventor of this product. I have thick, long, dark hair, and after two months of moving into my own apartment, my shower drain was completely clogged with all my hair. After being disgusted at the amount of hair I had to clean out with a snake (which is NOT a fun task), I decided I needed to purchase something to prevent it from happening again. I read about this product on a BuzzFeed article, and I have no regrets. It is so satisfying to clean out, and it does not lie when it says it catches every single hair. I have had it for close to four months without one instance of my shower drain backing up. This product is absolutely worth it.” —JT

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in six colors).

Read my colleague’s TubShroom review and prepare for the most satisfying photos.

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A brown sugar-softening bear to help maintain the sugar’s moisture for up to SIX MONTHS. Just place in water for 20 minutes and then it’s ready for the brown sugar jar!

the brown sugar bear next to a jar of brown sugar


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Promising review: “This is the second brown sugar bear I’ve purchased because they work so well. It will keep the sugar soft and easy to scoop. If you have brown sugar that has already hardened and is like a solid rock, you can place the bear in the container and by the next day you will be able to scoop it again. It’s simple, effective, and inexpensive. There is no reason not to get this little bear.” —Hannah M.

Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

Watching problems fade away.


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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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