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10 life-changing household items

Inspired by the cult of Marie Kondo, Mumsnetters have been sharing the household items that bring them joy - and there are some seriously useful recommendations. Be warned: you'll struggle to make it through without reaching for your wallet...

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1. Dyson V6 Cordless, £199.99

Make tripping over the cord and/or accidentally unplugging the hoover a distant memory with this swish, handheld vacuum.

"One of the things I hated about hoovering is the faff of plugging the vacuum cleaner in. Now I can just pick it up and go. I now clean the stairs more often than the twice a year my parents come to visit."

2. Dymo LetraTag Label Maker, £18.17

There's something deeply satisfying about printing your own labels. Whether it's for organisational purposes or just your own amusement, the Dymo makes it easier than ever.

"The different coloured tape pleases me immensely, since as a freelancer I have to label my computer stuff lest anyone 'borrow' it when I'm working in-house somewhere."

3. Brabatania laundry bin, £95

Modern and stylish, this is laundry bin is surprisingly spacious and won't be an eyesore on display - excellent news if you don't have much storage space.

"I love mine - it looks like a little Dalek in the corner."

4. Lakeland drop-front shoe boxes, £9.96

Say hello to sleek, functional design with these marvellously practical shoeboxes. You can see all your shoes at a glance, and get 'em out of the wardrobe easily too.

"You can see all your shoes, and stack the boxes - they open at the front and you don't have to take all the boxes on top off to get one pair out. <happy sigh>"

5. Wi-Fi plugs, £15.99

Control your appliances remotely through the power of wifi - whether it's programming the coffee maker to turn on when you get up, or saving energy by not using the standby mode.

"We plug lights into them, and can turn them on and off remotely using an app on my phone. Really useful for when you're away, or for annoying/scaring whoever is sitting in the room."

6. InterDesign make-up storage, £13.24

If you find your make-up or sundries are taking over your countertops, consider these stylish acrylic units - you'll be able to see everything at a glance.

"These are modular and stackable, but most importantly, they are narrower than most other acrylic storage I've seen, so they fit on top of my drawers squeezed down the otherwise useless space between my shower cubicle and wall."


7. Lakeland heated drier, £78.99

Whether you have't got space for a tumble drier or just don't fancy the running costs, this option is a great alternative that won't break the bank.

"It's amazing - folds flat when not in use and you can open just one side. Living in flats it's been a life saver. "

8. Karcher window vacuum, £29.99

Stave off the dreaded mould and mildew with this simple gadget. It's versatile, too, and can also be used while cleaning to avoid water marks on surfaces.

"I bought the basic one for window condensation, but now I do all the shower tiles with it and suck away the condensation from the toilet cistern so there's no puddles on the floor. It's a pleasure: not fiddly, and does what it should."

9. Lay-Z Spa inflatable hot tub, £257

Okay - it's a luxury. But who hasn't longed for a hot tub in their garden? Make that dream a reality with this inflatable version, which can be packed away during the colder months.

"Mine has fairy lights all round it and colour-changing ducks in it - I love it!"

10. OXO salad spinner, £25.99

Simple, stylish design meets supreme functionality: it's dishwasher-safe, you can use the bowl to serve, and the whole thing can be stored in the fridge to save on space.

"I love mine so much that now I almost enjoy washing lettuce."

Prices correct as of 15/04/16

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