When it comes to fitting out your home, you know the basics: cookware, clothing, cleaning supplies, and so on. But it can be challenging to think of absolutely everything that could come in handy, especially if you rely on imagination alone.  Fortunately, this post is here to help. In it, we describe some of the weird, but useful things you need in your home – especially if you play host to crazy kids!

USB Wall Outlets

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Regular plug sockets are part and parcel of practically every home (unless you’re planning on living in a Scottish bothy). But relatively few are up to modern standards. For instance, how many plug sockets in your house have USB sockets for natively charging all your electronics? – not one, probably!


USB wall outlets are super handy because they combine regular plug sockets with this popular connection cable. With them, you don’t actually need chargers for your devices. You just plug them directly into the wall. 

Backpack Laundry Bag

Hauling your laundry basket from the bedroom to the utility room is enough to put your back out. So now some clever entrepreneurs have come up with the idea of wearing it on your back instead. 


The concept looks a bit like an old-style gym bag you might take to school, just much larger. At the top is a drawstring to keep all your socks from spilling out onto the floor. And there are two well-placed straps for bearing the weight on both shoulders. It really is as simple as wearing a backpack. 

Helpful, eh?

Console Tables

Living room and hallway storage is always a challenge. There’s never anywhere to put all your papers, keys and TV remotes. But with a mirrored console table, you can eliminate this problem. Plus, they look pretty stylish too.

Blackout Curtains

Streetlight pollution is a major problem in this country. We all live in towns and cities where, thanks to artificial lighting, it never really gets truly dark. 

And that’s a problem. Our brains evolved to go to sleep when it was perfectly dark and then wake up once it got bright again. 

So what’s the solution here? Well actually, it’s simpler than you might think: double-thickness blackout curtains. 

These drapes use thick material to block out any incoming light, helping you get a better night’s rest. The effect that they have on your well-being can be tremendous. 

Airtight Glass Jars

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Do you ever dream about having a perfectly organised pantry? Well, if you do, you’re not alone. Thousands of people would like to make their food storage dreams a reality, but don’t know how. 

The best approach is to use airtight glass jars. Unlike plastic, glass never leeches into your food. And the airtight lids help to keep it fresh for longer, preventing things like cereals and grains from going stale before you eat them. 

You can also invest in magnetic spice racks – containers for all your herbs and spices that stick to the fridge door. This makes it easy to see what you’ve got if you’re pushed for space.

What would you add to the list of weird but useful things you need in your home?

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