13 Must-Haves For People Who Live Alone

Living alone certainly has its benefits. There's no one around to mess up your clean space — or clean up your messy space. You get sole control of the remote. You can sleep in the middle of the bed with all four limbs outstretched — a feeling that the English language still doesn't have a word to describe. Flying solo also means you have to prepare accordingly, though, and these 13 must-haves for people who live alone do just that.

Don't mistake being alone for being lonely, because the two are not the same. You haven't lived until you've lived alone. Imagine being able to cook breakfast at 10 a.m. after a lovely 15 minutes of picking your nose, and there's no one there to judge you. Sound too good to be true? It isn't. I know from experience.

However, it does have its drawbacks. What happens when you can't open that jar of pickles you wanted to eat for dinner? What are you going to do about that spider in the bathroom, since you're scared to go near it and moving isn't really an option at this point?

That's where these 13 items come in. Live alone, comfortably, in peace.

1A Secret Hiding Spot For Your Key

Gifts & Decor Garden Decoration Turtle Cast Iron Key Hider Stone


Look at that beautiful lawn decor! It's just an innocent little turtle minding its own business, right? Wrong! It's actually your key stashed away, perfect for those nights when you come home a tad tipsy and can't find them at the bottom of your purse. Nobody will ever know.

2A Coffeemaker That Can Basically Read Your Mind

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker And Coffee Pot Maker, Programmable, Black/Stainless Steel


Isn't it amazing waking up to the smell of a hot cup of coffee? Just because you live alone doesn't mean you can't enjoy the luxury. This coffeemaker is as good as any roommate or significant other and will have a mug ready for you when you wake up. It also doesn't forget to pay its half of the rent or leave the toilet seat up. Bonus!

3A Zipper Puller To Save The Day (And Your Outfit)

Zip My Dress Premium Zipper Puller With Black Ribbon


Science! Forget having to contort yourself into weird shapes trying to get in that little black dress and zip up the back. You're not a pretzel. This zipper puller thing makes it easier than ever to slip into your favorite ensemble — no help required.

4Something To Help You Carry All The Groceries Inside

Mighty Handle - 2 Pack


I like to play this game called One Trip Or It Stays In The Car. I don't even care if it's dairy. Fret no more, because these grocery bag handles make it easier to carry more of your groceries into the house at one time.

5This Pet Camera That Dispenses Treats

Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa


This brilliant gadget can give your pet a treat when you're not around, it has two-way chat, a barking alert, and you can control it all from an app on your phone. Worry no more about what your pooch is up to when you're not around.

6Mini Tool Set

Household Hand Tools


We can't all be Bob Vila, but you don't need to be. Instead, keep the essentials on you with a mini tool set that includes must-haves like pliers, a wrench, a hammer, and those little thingies you attach to the end of a screwdriver. We should all have the proper tools to address basic repairs.

7Programmable Light Switches So You're Never In The Dark

Honeywell Econoswitch 7-Day Solar Time Table Programmable Switch For Lights And Motors


Who enjoys walking into a pitch black house? That would be... no one. Every scary movie comes to mind and you want to run back out to your car. Program your lights to turn on and off exactly when you want them to so you always feel safe and secure.

8An Alarm System That Can Be Accessed From Your Home

Ring Alarm Home Security System


Alarm systems used to be so expensive. Now, they're affordable *and* easy to set up. This one is painless to install and will send an alert to your phone when it detects that a door or window has been opened or motion has been detected.

9This Jar Opener That's Stronger Than Any Human

EZ Off Jar Opener For All Jar Sizes, White


Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to open a jar, and not having anyone around to give you a (stronger) hand. If you've tried prying the top off with a knife, running it under hot water, and — my personal favorite — slamming it against the counter purely out of anger, try this helpful gadget and call it a day.

10A Cooler Way To Turn Lights On And Off

The Clapper


Personally, I think The Clapper is underrated. Did you know you can connect it to *two* appliances? Why aren't people talking about this more? Nothing is more aggravating then getting all cozy in bed and realizing you forgot to turn the light off. The Clapper lets you embrace your laziness and not have to get up again.

11This Bug Sucker-Upper

BugZooka Bug Catcher Vacuum


Normally, I take out the vacuum to handle any bug situations, but this makes much more sense. No more heavy vacuums. No more bug spray. No more squishy, gross, nasty messes to clean up. Instead, use the BugZooka — which, coincidentally, might be the best name ever.

12A Safe Disguised As a Book

Streetwise Fake Large Hardbound Diversion Book Gun Safe Secret Compartment


Paranoid? Me? Nah! But if you're going to keep a regular safe out in the open, you might as well tape a sign to it that says, "Please steal my valuables." Instead, keep them cleverly concealed in a safe that looks like a book.

13This Door Lock You Can Use Anywhere

Addalock - (1 Piece)


Take this with you anywhere you go and use it on any door. It's quick, it's simple to apply, and it'll keep you safe — an even bigger concern when you're living alone. Plus, it's perfectly small and compatible. Win-win!