I'm a Fashion Editor and These 19 Practical Home Items Make My Life Easier

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@sabinasocol

When I started thinking about what kind of holiday gifts people actually want to receive after this crazy year, one word came to mind: practical. Okay, well, a few more words also popped into my brain, including helpful, time-saving, stress-reducing, and space-saving. And that's how I ended up making this list of all the various home items that fall into these categories.

One of the items I included is actually my newest purchase: a robot vacuum. (Yes, I passed up the Net-a-Porter sale in favor of a home sale—does that mean I'm officially an adult?) It's the kind of purchase that saves you precious time and checks something off your to-do list with little to no effort. Now that's my kind of buy. Scroll down to shop some of my favorite practical home items. 

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@aimeesong

This little organizer for your blow dryer, flat iron, and brush is genius. 

For years I used a random mug to hold my toothbrush and toothpaste, but I'm very glad I upgraded to a much more stylish organizer. 

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@lucywilliams02

Yes, a simple wooden tray can turn your bath into a spa. 

I use these cheeky hooks to hang my face masks.

Would you make fun of me if I told you I have no patience for stovetop kettles? This electric one is chic and easier for lazy people like me. 

Proof that even ice cube trays can be cute. 

Once you get a hamper on wheels, you'll never go back to canvas bags. 

A robot vacuum saves me so much time picking up dog hair and everything else. 

This helps me make use of a very underutilized space: the side of my fridge. 

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@aimeesong

Instead of ordering out, I use this whisk to make my own matcha lattes nice and frothy. 

I converted an alcove in my bedroom into an extra closet space by putting a shoe rack on the bottom and mounting a clothes rack on top. 

Living in Los Angeles where I can see pollution with my own eyes, I've always been a big believer in air purifiers. It particularly helps with my allergies every spring. 

I use oversized baskets to store my pillows and blankets. 

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@aimeesong

This is a supremely functional drying rack that can be easily folded up and stored away in small kitchens like mine. 

Yes, I know it's a trivial problem, but I am always hesitant to open a champagne bottle because I usually don't finish the whole thing and then the bubbles go flat. This preserver solves the issue. 

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@aemiliafay

Over-the-door storage is such a lifesaver, especially in my small bathroom. This is how to utilize every square inch!

Jewelry stands save me from a mess of tangled necklaces. 

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@madelynnfurlong

This shelf is such a simple yet amazing way to save precious counter space. 

I don't have a green thumb, to say the least, but I don't want to always settle for fake flowers and plants. This cute self-watering garden solves that quandry. 

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