Household organization problems are small and annoying, but in the long run they can cost you a lot of time and energy.
Especially in the kitchen, a little organization goes a long way. The good news is that professional organizers are ready to share their affordable and effortless solutions.
The Home Experts at Mic compiled instant solutions from the professionals for common household problems.
All of these expert-approved kitchen solutions will make your life better in seconds, and each of the five items is under $16.
RICH, WARM LIGHTS
Dark corners of the counter are a perfect hiding place for crumbs, bugs, messes, or that one chopstick that’s gone missing after sushi night.
A set of stick-on lights will illuminate your countertops and enhance your aesthetic, without costing as much as a complete renovation.
The warm white bulbs look cozy and welcoming, but there’s also a bright white option if you want a more modern look.
Motion sensors will prevent you from accidentally leaving the lights on all night, and if you decide to change your kitchen design, you can move them.
“They have magnets and an adhesive that you can use for easy installation in your favorite spot,” the Mic pros explained.
A set of three lights is $15.99 on Amazon.
LONG LASTING GARBAGE DEODORIZER
What if you could place a sticker inside your trash can and instantly block out odors?
It’s a pretty compelling concept. What if that stink sticker lasted an entire year?
The Ellis Harper Trash Ninja is a discreet patch that sticks to the inside of your trash can.
“Made of carbon, it absorbs and traps odors so fewer of them leave the trash or reach nearby noses,” the experts wrote.
And when the porous surface of the activated carbon is flooded with odors, you don’t need to throw it away.
If the cartridges are “recharged” regularly in the sun, the technology can last up to 12 months.
Two trash ninjas can be yours for $9.99.
A LOVELY MICROWAVE CLEANER
If cleaning drives you crazy, this steamer figure belongs in your house.
Angry Mama measures a few centimeters, but its steam technology will clean your microwave almost effortlessly: just fill it with water and vinegar, then microwave it for up to eight minutes.
The steam will loosen food stuck in the microwave and you can wipe away the mess without scrubbing.
This little mama is coming four color schemesall under $9.
ANTI-SCRATCH PADS FOR FURNITURE
Black scuff marks seem to appear on the kitchen floor overnight, and if your family is eating at a table or in a breakfast nook in the kitchen, your chairs are probably the culprit.
Suddenly stepping back from the table can damage your floors and chairs, so spend just $6 on “insurance” for your kitchen furniture.
The one-inch pads have the added benefit of getting out of wobbly tables and chairs, making meals and snacks safer for rambunctious kids.
“They apply with a simple peel and stick technique, so they couldn’t be easier to use,” the pros explain.
Order a set of eight furniture sliders here.
EASY STORAGE OF SPICES
Move over, countertop spice racks and cabinet organizers: the hour of the hobbyist organizer is over.
An over-the-door condiment organizer can dramatically expand your pantry space. The 24 compartments are perfect for everything from spice mixes to extra ketchup.
Unlike other over-the-door organizers, this kitchen-specific model is made with reinforced metal hooks that can hold heavy jars and canisters.
Order it spacious organizer for $7.99 and start stuffing your spare spices into the pouches.
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