I was looking around the house recently and realized that there are so many small products that make a big difference in my day-to-day. These things create convenience, ease and even beauty in my life. I value them greatly, so I thought I would share them with you in the hopes that they would make a difference for you, too.
1. This handy wall hook
Why does this hook make me happy? It provides a dedicated place for my handbag that is not the floor or a chair – it holds a whopping 25lbs ladies, don’t you worry. Plus, it is TOOL-FREE (hence the name), with a clever metal contraption that you push into drywall with your hand, secure with a quick click and then slide the hook on. It takes under a minute.
2. This versatile key rack
So yes, Hillman gets TWO mentions. This is actually a key rack, but whatever, I use it for necklaces. I have two in the bathroom, and they hold a ton of necklaces, which a) keeps them visible so I don’t forget to wear them and b) keeps them from getting tangled like they would in a jewelry box. And because they are tool-free, I installed them in a flash.
3. This funky magnetic bottle opener
This magnetic bottle opener is a crowd pleaser at my house. It affixes to the fridge and the magnet is so powerful that you can remove bottle caps with one hand (no need to secure the bottle opener with your other hand). It will also hold several bottle caps before they need to be tossed in the recycling. Available in three colors.
4. This genius cable cord organizer
Blue Key World Cable Clips Cord Organizer ($9 for 6)
These tiny rubbery adhesive clips stick to your desk and keep your cables in line. I use one for my laptop charging cable and another for my desktop phone charger and I love how they help me keep a more orderly desk! Good for most surfaces, from glass to laminate.
5. These extra-strong key magnets
Keysmart Keycatch ($13 for 3)
These powerful magnets are perfect for holding your ring of keys. They are available with an adhesive back and there’s a version with a screw on the back that replaces the screw on your light switch plate (so clever)! They are strong enough to hold 3 lbs., so no worries if you are a big shot with a ton of keys.
6. These convenient (and affordable!) photo panels
CVS Mounted Photo Panels ($6 and up)
These aren’t really little, but do start at 4”x 6”! If you are looking to decorate your walls with something personal, they are a very affordable option, starting at $6 for the small size. And they go all the way up to a generous 16” x 20”. You can order online or in-store by simply uploading a favorite photo and they can be picked up at many locations the same day. Makes a great gift, too!
7. This easy and kid-friendly avocado tool
This simple kitchen tool quickly and easily scoops and pits avocados, and it can be used for other fruits, like mangos and kiwis. It also has no sharp edges, so it’s good for kids to perfect their Avocado Toast game.
8. This unique eyewear option for the whole fam
Zenni Glasses ($10 and up)
Zenni glasses are a stylish and very affordable eyewear option for men, women and kids! They have a feature where you can upload a photo and virtually try on frames that intrigue you. You just need your RX to order and they have all the basic options, from photochromic (that darken in the sun) to progressive lenses. You can even have your name engraved on them, should you choose.
9. This comfy and active wedding band substitute
Qalo Rings ($12 and up)
For the partner (aka Husband) who can’t hang onto their wedding band, these silicone bands serve as a stylish replacement – or substitute for when they go to the gym, do manual labor or hit the beach. The rings are a soft silicone, so the material won’t pinch their fingers. They come in lots of patterns and colors and they can even be personalized.
10. This flattering ring light
Ring Light ($13)
You social media pros will roll your eyes at this (“Ring lights are SO 3 years ago!”), but here’s the deal. I have mentioned ring lights to several “normal” people and it’s a new thing for them. A ring light is designed to clip to your phone, providing flattering light for pretty selfies. In addition, however, I find my ring light to be very handy for quick Skype interviews when I clip it to my laptop, and I use it for product photography. I have a photo box for photographing some things, but a ring light is helpful when you want to shoot an item on a floor, rug or countertop, but the overhead lights are casting a shadow. Turn the lights off and use your ring light! See, jaded people? Aren’t you glad you kept reading?
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