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The 50 cheapest, most clever home improvement products on Amazon

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Home improvement can be an expensive undertaking — at least if you watch those TV shows that do makeovers on people’s homes. But in my opinion, those shows are totally unrealistic. Sure, I can walk through a house and say, “If we remove that wall, replace this rug, update the counters and cupboards, and pull out this aging shower stall, we can transform this place into a beautiful open layout.” I can’t actually do any of that, though, because it’s all super expensive and I don’t want to live in a construction zone.

There are things I can do, of course. They just have to be smarter, easier, and able to stay within a realistic (i.e. small) budget. The kind of upgrades I’m currently willing to undertake start with an Amazon purchase and end with a high five and an adult beverage. There are plenty of these. In fact, these are the 50 cheapest, most clever home improvement products on Amazon.

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

01

This freestanding organizer that puts everything from shoes to hats in their place

Turn the awkward spaces in your closet into orderly cubbies with this freestanding divided organizer with six sections that are ideal for shoes, bags, hats, and other hard-to-store items. Instead of burying these things in bins where you forget you have them, put them in plain sight and within reach. It’s easy to set up and fits on the floor or a shelf. Each cubby is big enough for a pair of shoes or a hat.

02

This colorful charging station that holds & charges 6 devices at once

Line up all your gadgets, stand them on end, and charge them up at once in this affordable charging station that has six adjustable slots to hold your phones, tablets, power banks, or other electronics. It even comes with six tidy mini cords. It charges your gear quickly and the LED lights for each slot turn off when the gadget in that space is fully charged.

03

An over-the-door organizer with 24 pockets for highly visible storage

This over-the-door organizer will whip your chaotic shoe collection, pantry, cleaning supplies, or laundry room tools into tidy order in a few minutes. Just hang it over a door and put the shoes — or whatever needs organizing — into the roomy and breathable mesh pockets. You can see everything at once and, since it uses the back of a door, you don’t have to give up much space.

04

This luxurious cover for your body pillow

Turn your body pillow into a decorative element in your made bed (right?) with this ultra-soft, microfiber body pillow cover that’s made to fit it perfectly. It slips on like a standard pillowcase but covers that 54-inch long pillow completely. There’s a satin trim at the opening end and you have a choice of eight colors so you can design the look you want.

05

The tablet stand with a long gooseneck that holds the screen where you can see it

Clamp this long-armed, sturdy aluminum tablet holder to a table, the counter, or your desk, and bend the long gooseneck arm so that the phone or tablet it’s holding is exactly where you want it. Its arm is 24 inches long so it has significant reach. The clamp expands to hold either a phone or a large tablet. And the head rotates 360 degrees so you can see the screen in whatever position you like.

06

The smart way to store your water bottle collection

If you have accumulated an impressive water bottle collection, welcome to the club of people who have no idea how to store those in a kitchen that was designed for another era. This water bottle organizer is here to fix that. It allows you to store water bottles lying down to maximize your storage space. Each rack — this is a pack of two of them — holds three bottles. You can stack them in a tall cupboard or spread them out horizontally in a short one.

07

This adjustable laptop tray that keeps your machine cool

Set your laptop on this laptop tray with built-in fans to keep it cool, and it just may last longer and run better. Heat is bad for a laptop’s components, even when that heat is generated by the laptop’s hard-working machinery. This laptop tray has five fans that get that heat away from your machine — and you. You can choose how many fans to run at any time. It also lets you tilt the laptop at a better angle so you can see the screen better and not hunch over.

08

This pack of 8 silicone coasters so drinks don’t hurt the furniture

Go ahead and set your drinks down on these eight silicone coasters without worrying about the furniture. It doesn’t matter if the drink is hot or cold, these heat-resistant silicone coasters will protect your furniture from condensation, high temperatures, and splashes. And they are so affordable and easy to clean that you can litter them all over the house so there is always one within reach.

09

An expandable bamboo utensil organizer to tidy up the drawers

If you have drawers, and you have flatware and serving utensils you’d like to store in those drawers, you need this expandable utensil drawer organizer. It will fit your drawers because it expands from a skinny 13 inches wide to a roomy 20 inches wide, which means you can use them in a variety of drawers and take it with you when you move. When it expands, it gives you more storage — in the form of two extra sections on either side that grow with the width of your drawers. This is cool as well as useful.

10

These vacuum storage bags that make your stuff fit in less space

Do you need more storage space? Or maybe what you need is for the things you want to store to take up less space? It’s simple physics, and these four vacuum storage bags are how you alter how much space items take up. Put your off-season clothes, blankets, coats, and other bulky fabric items into these large bags. Then attach your vacuum cleaner or the included pump to the valve and remove the air. The same stuff now fits in less space — because the air is no longer bulking them up — and is easier to move around but you can still see what it is.

11

A nice rug that’s affordable, soft, & comes in the size you want

Give your room an artsy vibe while improving the overall comfort simply by laying down this Moroccan area rug that’s woven from easy-to-clean, non-shedding fibers. It comes in three colors and eight sizes so you can choose the configuration that best fits your room. And the medium pile won’t obstruct doors or make it hard to vacuum.

12

This set of modern LED puck lights with motion sensors

It is so simple to add safety lighting to your stairs, convenience lighting to cupboards and cabinets, and install a light in a dark closet with this three-pack of motion-triggered puck lights. They sense movement and turn on when you walk down ,the stairs or open a cupboard so they add lighting as you live in your house without any effort from you. They are battery operated so there is no need for wiring. And you can mount them simply by peeling off the backing and sticking them where you want them.

13

This box that neatly hides all your wires

This cable management box is the simple, fast, and easy fix for the messy cables under your desk or TV — or anywhere in your house. Just drop that big power strip into this clean, white box, guide the cords through the slots in the back, and put the lid on. The mess is gone, replaced with a neat white box you can set a lamp or phone on.

14

A set of storage cubes that organizes your underwear drawer

Instead of digging through an untamed pile of socks and underwear every day hoping that you will encounter the pair you want — or even a pair that fits — take a few minutes to install this three-piece set of drawer storage cubes and organize that stuff so you can quickly locate the very item you want. There are two small bins for socks and underwear and a large one that’s great for tanks or undershirts.

15

An indoor or outdoor mat that withstands heavy trekking

This durable doormat looks nice, and is built to withstand whatever weather happens on your porch. You can use it inside the door or outside. The rubber bottom keeps it from moving and the durable looped mesh of the top looks good and does a great job getting debris off of shoes. It’s an ideal mat to put in the laundry room, entryway, porch, garage, or anywhere that people are likely to track in dirt.

16

This set of rustic floating shelves in cool geometric shapes

Turn the clutter in your house — everything from figurines to rocks to plants — into wall art by mounting these interesting, geometric-shaped floating shelves to the wall and setting your stuff on the rustic wood base. They are easy to install because the mounting hardware is a visible part of the design. And they can make even personal care products in the bathroom or small kitchen tools look like art.

17

An easy TV wall mount that lets you view the screen from any angle

Skip the bulky furniture for standing a big TV and streamline your space by mounting that flat-screen to the wall. This totally affordable full-motion TV wall mount can help. Not only is it a sleek, minimalist, and space-saving solution, but it lets you view the TV from more places. Pull it away from the wall and angle it so you can watch from your desk or another place in the room or keep it tidy and flat against the wall.

18

This complete cord management set that cleans up all your wires

When there are cables snaking away from your computer, lights, and entertainment center, the effort you put into the decor gets undermined by clutter. But it doesn’t have to look like a mess. The artful use of this cord management system can hide all of that from view. There are several options for cinching cable bundles together and even more solutions for sticking individual wires or cable bundles to the underside or back of furniture where they will be invisible. There are also handy clips that let you keep wires you use frequently at hand.

19

The decorative desktop trash can that keeps your workspace clean

If your desk, bedside table, or even bathroom vanity are always covered in tiny detritus, this mini countertop trash can is a decorative fix to that problem. Just set it on the counter and drop wrappers, tissues, cotton swabs, or whatever it is into it. The swing top lid keeps it concealed till you empty it, keeping all that trash hidden from view.

20

This beefy power strip with 12 outlets & 4 USB ports

This is the power strip you want for your work-from-home rig or massive entertainment system. There are 12 standard outlets and four USB plugs to power everything from your computer or TV to your phone. All the plugs are all protected against power surges to protect your gear. And the two outlets on the end have plenty of room around them to accommodate big power bricks.

21

This ultra-thin, portable disk that’s a wireless phone charger

This easy-to-pack aluminum charging disk is the phone charger you want with you at the café, in your hotel, or on your own bedside table. It looks like a high-tech coaster. But drop your phone on it and it will charge it up. No more fumbling with wires or looking for that tiny plug in the dark. It lights up briefly to let you know it is connected to your phone then it quietly goes about fast-charging while you sleep.

22

This big-display alarm clock that can handle 2 alarms

If you share a bed with someone, you probably get up at different times. This dual alarm clock is a helpful addition to your morning routine. Set it for both of your wake-up times and create alarm equity. You can choose a volume for each alarm, and each sleeper can delay the inevitable for nine minutes by hitting the snooze button. There is a USB port for charging your phone, a battery backup in case there is a power outage, and the big display is dimmable.

23

The flexible filter fabric that helps clean what blows from the air vents

Add some extra filtration to the air that comes into your home easily and cheaply with this filter fabric you cut to size and attach to your air vents. It comes with hook and loop tape that you also just cut to the size you need. You can attach it to the outside of your air vents or remove the vent and put the filter fabric on the inside. It helps keep out dander, smoke, and other potentially harmful airborne elements, which can help people indoors breathe easier.

24

This hack that makes your heat or AC more effective

If your heat and AC vents are in the wrong place, it can have a huge effect on how warm or cold your house feels. This two-pack of air deflectors for vents will send the air in the direction it will do the most good. If all your heat is up at the ceiling, direct it down into the room. Or if the cold is chilling your ankles and little else, send it up into the room. Just attach them magnetically. They adjust from 10 to 14 inches wide and require no tools to install.

25

This Wi-Fi extender so the signal reaches everywhere in your house

If you have spots in your house where the internet signal is feeble, the solution is so easy. Just plug this Wi-Fi extender into a plug that’s inside the signal but near your dead spot and it will grab the Wi-Fi and throw it another 1,200 feet so you can surf anywhere in the house — even the places that had a weak connection. It will look like you just got a whole new network to the devices connecting to it, and you can add up to 20 devices to that network.

26

This USB wall charger that’s also a unique night light

Plug this slick wall charger into an outlet and get two USB plugs that can charge your phone or other gadgets. It’s also a cool-looking night light, with a blue light and a crackle pattern, which makes it terrific for travel, the kids’ room, or even for charging your electric toothbrushes in the bathroom if you don’t have many outlets in there.

27

This stick-on bug prevention for your trash can

Your trash can is a tempting home for some pretty gross bugs. To the insect underworld, your trash is their luxury meal. And once flies, roaches, and others move in there is little reason for them to leave, given that you are constantly resupplying. Stick this insect puck to the inside lid of that trash can, though, and you don’t have to worry about any of this. It ends the bugs that are in there and stops new tenants from ever moving in with a slow-release vapor. It lasts up to four months.

28

An upgrade for the sink stopper that came with your garbage disposal

Toss that ugly sink stopper that came with your garbage disposal and replace it with this fancy universal sink stopper that looks good in the sink and does exactly the same job. It’s a simple thing but you might be surprised at how big an impact it makes on your kitchen. You can choose from oiled bronze, polished chrome, or brushed nickel to match your sink.

29

The under-cabinet jar opener that can handle any lid

Mount this genius jar opener to the underside of a cabinet and you will be able to open whatever jar you have without asking anyone for help. Just push the lid into the triangular opener until it catches on the toothy jaws and turn. You can use both hands so there is no struggle, even with huge jars. “It just takes a quarter turn to loosen jar lids that used to take me several minutes of hot water and effort to open,” said one reviewer. “I cannot thank the people at Grip Jar Opener enough for making this incredible change in my enjoyment of life and urge all with poor hand strength to get the Grip Jar Opener!”

30

A ring light on a flexible gooseneck that clips to the desk

Clip this mini ring light wherever you need better illumination for reading, working, or Zooming. The long, flexible gooseneck arm lets you position the light exactly where you want it and you can choose from three color temperatures and 10 brightness so that the light never hurts your eyes. The base also works as a stand.

31

A luxury cover for your body pillow

If you love your body pillow, give it a beautiful, soft, and decorative cover so it looks as gorgeous on the bed as it feels when you wrap yourself around it. This luxury body pillow cover is made from fine, microfibers that give it a nearly silk-like feel. It comes in nine colors so you can make that bit of comfort part of your bedroom decor.

32

The bedside wall shelf that keeps everything you need at hand

No room for a nightstand? Peel and stick this clever bedside shelf next to your bed and keep everything you need right next to you. There are two cubbies that are sized perfectly for a phone, glasses, alarm clock, or remote control. It’s easy to mount, is small, and is loved by reviewers who give it almost 6,000 five-star reviews.

33

A wall-mounted phone holder for the shower

Peel and stick this waterproof phone mount to the wall of your shower and you can bring your videos, games, and phone (video?) calls into the bath with you. Just push the frame to pop it open and slide your phone in or out. You can use the touch screen while your phone is protected and the case rotates 360 degrees so you can see the screen in the position you prefer.

34

This clever, hanger-based hiding space for your valuables

When you are staying in a hotel or vacation rental, don’t worry that someone will steal your valuables while you are at the pool. They probably won’t find them if you have them hidden in this coat hanger safe. Just hang it in the closet, hang a jacket over it, and no one will find your stuff. It’s a great place to hide your private items at home, too.

35

This reversible comforter that looks super expensive

You can stop saving up for the comforter of your dreams because this reversible comforter is gorgeous on both sides. And not only does it look like it belongs in a luxury hotel but it’s soft, plush, comfortable, and just the right weight to keep you cozy all year. Choose from eight color combinations that allow you to flip it over to get a completely different look.

36

This wireless doorbell that’s affordable & easy to install

Installing this wireless doorbell is so easy, you will be done in a matter of minutes. And it’s a huge upgrade. You can choose how many ringers and how many receivers you need and rig your system so that each door has a different bell, if you like. You have a choice of 52 chimes and four volume levels. There is even a visible LED alert so you can see if the bell is ringing even when you can’t hear it.

37

A pair of oil dispenser bottles with measurements & pour spouts

Store your oils in these two pour-top dispenser bottles that are made for the task. Each one holds 17 ounces of your favorite olive oil, vinegar, lemon, or other necessities. And the set comes with four spouts so you can choose if you want one with a flap or one with a dust cap. The measures on the side make adding oil to recipes easy because you don’t have to get out measuring spoons. The set even comes with a funnel to make filling them a cinch.

38

These clear organizers that make your fridge so much easier to manage

These refrigerator organizer bins will put an end to that frustrating search for the right condiment or beverage by bringing order to the internal chaos of the fridge. Put all the juice boxes one bin. Line up your massive jelly collection in another. When you want a sandwich or a soda, grab the right bin and choose your flavor. There are eight bins in two sizes.

39

This color-changing light you can install under water

Turn the bird bath, koi pond, or swimming pool into a fun outdoor lighting element by installing this waterproof, color-changing LED puck light underwater. You can choose the color from the safety of dry ground using the included remote. And the puck stays in place, in your water feature, using either magnets or suction cups.

40

This cast-iron skillet that brings the BBQ indoors

When you long for a steak with crispy grill lines or a piece of fish pulled straight from a hot grill but the weather won’t cooperate, set this cast iron grill skillet over a hot burner and let it get super hot. Then drop your preferred fillet on those ridges and sear it to perfection. The heavy cast iron has terrific heat retention, gets super hot, and cooks beautifully. It will get better with time and can also go into the oven.

41

A big set of airtight food storage containers in useful sizes

When you want to put away produce or leftovers or prep food for the coming week, this set of airtight storage containers will make that so much easier. There are four sizes to handle everything from a bit of cut fruit to leftover lasagne. The lids snap tight so there will be no spills. And the seven containers all stack together easily for storage.

42

The easy & classy way to hang your pants

Make putting away your laundry go faster and easier by putting anything that won’t hang on a coat hanger in these wooden pants hangers. The metal grip clips snap closed onto the top of pants or shorts, scarves, or odd sporting equipment and hang your goods with everything else. The wooden frame looks great and comes in three colors.

43

A complete kitchen utensil set in stainless steal

Want to take your kitchen from spare to armed for cooking in one fell swoop? Set this stainless steel utensil set holder — already loaded with every spatula, spoon, and whisk you need — down on the counter. You can’t gear up with individual pieces for this price and the nine tools include things — like a potato masher and spaghetti spoon — that you will probably forget you need until you are faced with that specific task.

44

The versatile lap desk that makes working from the couch better

Add this portable lap desk to your rig for when you want to sit in a comfortable chair, lounge on the couch, or web surf from bed. It provides a barrier between you and the laptop so you don’t get hot while you work. Pulling the heat away from the machine also helps prevent the components from overheating. A mouse tray slides out on both sides, the surface is grippy so your laptop doesn’t slip, and it fits easily into a laptop bag or drawer.

45

These ice trays that make a big batch of snazzy round cubes

Make a big batch of spherical ice with these two round ice cube trays that make this task super simple and easy. Just fill the lower tray, put the upper tray on top, and push it down till water shoots out of the spouts so you know your trays are full. Then stack them in the freezer. The trays are flexible so it’s easy to get the cubes out and they make a total of 66 round ice pieces that really slap at parties.

46

A rechargeable lighter that reaches right into your candle jars

Set down the matches and light your candles with a modern tool instead. This USB rechargeable electric lighter never needs to be filled with propane, is undaunted by wind and rain, and has a long neck that reaches into hard-to-reach pilot lights and candle jars for easy lighting.

47

This ring light that’s the secret to looking great in video calls

Harsh lighting, backlighting, and light that creates shadows is your enemy when it comes to looking your best in a video call. This clip-on ring light is the lighting hack you need to fix all of that. Clip it to your computer screen or cell phone and choose the color mode that’s the most flattering (daylight, warm light, or white light), and set the brightness that looks good on you. It’s rechargeable so you can use it on the go and is easy to clip to any screen.

48

This boot scrubber that stops the dirt at the door

Set this boot scrubber down on your porch or entry to stop garden dirt, snow, or mud from riding indoors on the boot treads of everyone who enters. Dirty boot wearers have only to step on the side plates to hold it still while they avail themselves of the stiff side and bottom brushes to clean their boots thoroughly. “Keeps my floors in the house mud free,” said one of the over 3,000 five-star reviewers.

49

A complete manicure kit in a handy travel pouch

You will find every tool you need and discover a few you’ve never heard of in this manicure set in a handsome case. And you will always be able to find your tools because each one has its own slot and the case keeps it all orderly. “I bought this for my husband because I am always borrowing his tweezers and nail clippers and then losing them,” said one reviewer. “This way he has a set that is unmistakably his and hard to lose since all everything is in a nice travel case.”

50

A set of oil dispensers with measurements for easy recipes

When you want to add a half cup of oil to a recipe, grab one of these olive oil dispenser bottles and pour. A quick glance will tell you how much you have poured so you can skip the measuring cup. These two bottles look great next to the stove or on the counter, too, for cooking with your favorite oils or making salad dressing on the fly. They come with a funnel and four spouts — two with flip tops and two with sealed caps.

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