Living alone has its perks: no noisy roommates, no one eating your food from the fridge, and a TV you have total control of all the time. Walking around in your underwear in the middle of the day? Yep, you can do that too.
While the upsides are obvious, there are some things that are a bit less convenient if you’re the only one occupying your space. That’s why we rounded up the must-have items for solo dwellers that’ll make life that much better. (Sorry, you still have to wash your own dishes and do your own laundry.)
We’ve all felt the frustration: You’re reaching and reaching to find the zipper, but it’s behind your back and a bit too low to grab. This handy helper attaches to a zipper so you can easily do the job yourself — no second set of hands needed. ($29.99, The Best Friend)
Great for those with dexterity issues, this mount grips standard-size blow dryers so you can focus on your hair. You’ll be able to expertly style the back of your head without having to crane your neck. No more smooth strands only in the front. It’s a very convenient gadget to have in your home, especially if you aren’t a seasoned hairstylist. ($24.95, Grommet)
Install this opener underneath a cabinet via the adhesive backing and three included screws. It can be used to open jars and bottles of all sizes. It’s also a great solution for anyone with limited use of their hands. The magic lies in the metal teeth that’ll grip lids with ease. ($13.75, Amazon)
It’ll make it easier to manage your to-do and grocery lists. The device can also provide daily news briefings, weather reports, and traffic updates. And connect to your Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Music account to play your favorite tunes. You can ask it questions or just ask Alexa to tell you a joke. It can even replace your current alarm clock and control Alexa-compatible smart devices (like lights and appliances). Thanks, Alexa. ($59.99, Amazon)
If you’ve ever attempted the 10-bag hold, you know the struggle of schlepping ’em from your car to the kitchen. This nylon strap balances the weight and can be threaded through bag handles so you can make one pain-free journey. You’ll be able to prop the bags over your shoulder so items won’t feel so heavy. Ah, sweet relief for your fingers. ($12.95, Grommet)
Homemade sauce? Yes, please. Standing in front of the stove constantly stirring the ingredients? No, thanks. This gadget is your answer. It works best for simmering or low-heat liquids. You just set the timer and boom — off it goes. Now you’ve got the time you need to finish your other chores around the kitchen. ($25, Uncommon Goods)
It’s got night vision and a 110-degree wide-angle view. When motion or sound is detected, notifications will be sent to your cell. It connects to your home Wi-Fi system and even allows you to speak to your pets if they’re in the middle of a barking spell. No more chewing furniture legs while you’re at happy hour. ($39.99, Amazon)
You can decide where you place the cameras, but we suggest front-door areas and back patios. You can place them inside, but they do detect motion and will send alerts to your phone. Everything is wireless, with each camera having a range up to 300 feet. The cameras can also pick up sound and have a night-vision feature. Once motion is detected, footage is recorded so you have a saved file. We’ve tried these cameras and find them very helpful. They can notify you when packages are delivered, when a car enters your driveway, or when someone approaches your home. The compatible phone app keeps a log of recorded motion so you can look back and see what was going on around your house. ($154+, Amazon)
Upgrade your happy hour with this opener that can uncork 80 bottles in a single charge. And no — it won’t break corks in the process. Now you won’t need to worry about unfinished bottles: Use the vacuum-sealer option to preserve freshness and flavor. Cheers to that. ($49.99, Wayfair)
We’re talking minor maintenance — nothing too flashy. The set includes Allen wrenches, side cutters, pliers, a hammer, a tape measure, and much more. It’s everything you need to hang framed photos, tighten screws, and complete some DIY projects. ($23.17, Walmart)
Seriously. Lettuce won’t wilt. Blueberries won’t mold. These containers regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide flow, so they keep your precious produce from spoiling. Plus, the built-in filter never needs to be replaced. Now you won’t need to run to the grocery store just to pick up more veggies and fruit. ($39.99/2 pack, Amazon)
So whether you’re storing pasta or veggies, these won’t stain. They’re ideal for meal prep, so you can portion out the food you cook on Sunday evening. Containers can be placed directly into the microwave to be heated, or on the top rack of the dishwasher for cleaning. Easy peasy. ($55/10 pack, Amazon)
Fingers crossed this kit doesn’t have to be put to use, but better safe than sorry. It holds a ton — from standard flex bandages to nonstick pads to antibiotic packets. You’ll even get 16 ibuprofen pills. It’s a home essential that you’ll never regret owning. Safety first. ($24.94, Amazon)
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