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Unless you’ve designed your dream home, or you already did but you dreamed that you needed less storage space than you do, it can be challenging making the most of a living space that you more or less inherited.
But a benefit to that generic truth is that many of the most annoying household problems — lack of space, organization, or convenience — are also exceedingly common.
Since many of my most valuable purchases have come from recommendations, I asked my colleagues to share the affordable fixes they’ve found and swear by in their own lives.
Find the best and most affordable fixes to all our most common household problems below.A TubShroom hair catcher for the drain.
TubShroom Tub Drain Protector Hair Catcher, $12.99, available at Amazon
Hair clogging up the tub drain is a problem that people with long or thick hair know all too well. The easy and clean fix is this hair catcher, which fits standard tub and sink drains and neatly collects hairs around it. You can avoid wrestling with a plastic drain snake and dealing with disgusting hair clumps, and it will only set you back $13. —Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter
A splatter screen for trapping grease.
Williams-Sonoma Silicone Splatter Screen, $24.95, available at Williams-Sonoma
I recently bought this silicone splatter screen from Williams-Sonoma to use while I’m cooking, and it’s helped crack down on kitchen grease big time. The screen’s small perforations let steam escape so that my food never gets soggy, but they keep in all the grease that would have otherwise ended up all over my stove and the areas that immediately surround it. —Ellen Hoffman, Insider Picks senior editor
A picture ledge for spices.
IKEA MOSSLANDA Picture Ledge, $28.99, available at Amazon
Our kitchen is actually pretty large by Brooklyn standards, but I have a spice collection so big that it would take up an entire counter or shelf worth of space. I found these picture-frame ledges at IKEA that are the perfect size for spice bottles, so I set up three of them on my kitchen wall. Each one holds about 15 to 20 bottles, and puts my entire spice collection right at my fingertips while I’m cooking. —Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
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