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    29 Gorgeous Versions Of Boring-But-Useful Household Items

    Nothing says adulting quite like a design-forward toilet brush, am I right?

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    1. A simple and modern paper towel holder that screams "I'd happily live in an Ikea display apartment if only they'd let me." The Scandi-leaning design ensures you won't knock your paper towels to the ground *yet again* and it keeps them safe from countertop spills.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Simple, sturdy, outstanding product. Looks great on out granite counters. Nice wood also. A lot sturdier and stable than I expected." —W. Sherman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available with a round or square bottom).

    2. A three-tier shoe rack so you can show off your dopest kicks ~and~ your eye for aesthetically pleasing design. Did I mention it's available in five très millennial shades including an ever-so-right baby pink?

    The navy shoe rack which has a handle on top
    Open Spaces

    Promising review: "Love everything about our new entry rack. We keep our shoes on it. It’s perfect in every way! Thank you for this creative space-saver."— Peggy C.

    Get it from Open Spaces for $138 (available in five colors).

    3. A pair of amber soap dispensers that look like they came straight from your favorite hotel. The durable glass jars are charming on their own but if you want to go the custom route, you can slap on a personalized label or write on them with a paint pen.

    The bottles with black pumps on a bathroom counter
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are amazing soap dispensers. The amber glass is sturdy and strong, and the pump works great. They're easy to fill and they look so good on your bathroom or kitchen countertop. Highly recommend!" —Emily

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.99 (available in five different pump colors).

    4. A set of natural walnut hooks so you can finally give your go-to coat chair a rest. Who even knows what you'll find at the bottom of that pre-quarantine pile!

    Three circular hooks; one with a clothing hanger
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The dark stain is beautiful but still shows the wood grain like I wanted. They were really easy to install and sit flush against the wall. They are really sturdy and a great depth so nothing falls off. I would definitely buy these again." —Erin Kahlenberg

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

    5. A minimalist-friendly dish rack that promises to remain rust-free from here to eternity. And peep the bamboo handles—they really up the style factor.

    The white dish rack filled with bowls, plates, and utensils
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This dish drainer looks perfect on our countertop. It is very well made and easy to clean. It’s spacious and holds lots of different items and stays in place nicely; it doesn't slide around the counter. Nothing to dislike." —jirapat

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    6. A cult-favorite Fellow electric kettle for those who obsess (and I mean obsess) over their at-home brews. A dial allows you to adjust the temperature by individual degrees and a hold button means you can keep your water at the perfect temp once it's done.

    A model with the black kettle and a cup of tea
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "Was replacing my very large and loud (and expensive) electric tea kettle and loved the look of this one. After having it for a few months, I’m coming back to purchase another. It is wildly simple to operate and incredibly quick. Love the ‘hold’ feature to keep the water boiling at my desired temp. Aesthetically it’s just beautiful and I’ve gotten lots of comments on how sleek it is." —HappyYogi

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    7. A two-pack of apothecary jars so you can turn your Q-tips, cotton balls, tampons, and floss picks into a counter-worthy display. If you're anything like my mom, you'll have two sets: one you actually use and one that — for some reason? — is just for display.

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    Promising review: "The lids fit perfectly and they have held up great. I have them in a small bathroom and one is holding Q-tips. Even though the shower steams up the whole room, the Q-tips stay perfectly dry and protected. Love the look!" —Elisa Egonu

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five colors).

    8. A set of stoneware measuring cups 'cause turns out, eyeballing your ingredients will not get you Gordon Ramsay results. Plus, they stack inside one another so you don't have to give up any precious counter or cabinet space! (Not pictured: me crying in my tiny Brooklyn kitchen.)

    The set of four measuring cups
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Looks great decoratively, also functions exactly how it should. Well-made, each cup clearly labeled. Durable from my experience, and a great price considering I could see this exact thing being sold for $40+ at a normal store." —Theo S

    Get them from Amazon for $22.41.

    9. A catch-all woven basket that not only looks cute, but is deep enough to hide every item you've been too lazy to actually put away. Shoes, cords to your electronics, random unmatched socks, and that stack of mail you *swear* you'll eventually go through can all be hidden at the bottom of this bad boy!

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    Promising review: "Sooo happy with this basket, it is exactly what I wanted! It’s the perfect size to hold our two thick couch blankets, and is classy enough to keep displayed in our living room. It honestly looks very expensive, the quality is great (thick weaving) and its very sturdy. I’m thinking about ordering another one to use a toy basket for my dogs. Really happy with this basket." —B & B

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95+ (available in three colors).

    10. A copper gooseneck watering can to make feeding your plant babies a treat. I know the can gives off a siren song, but don't go overwatering your succulents, you hear!

    A reviewer holding the watering can
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this watering can! Bought it to water indoor plants and succulents. It's metal with a lovely copper color. Just the right size, easy to maneuver around plants, and the goose-neck spout makes it easy to get water exactly where you want it. Just what I was looking for!" —NorCalGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    11. A matte-finish toilet brush that proves bathroom chores can, in fact, be a bit sexier. If you're all about that matching set life, you can also pick up a matchy-matchy waste bin, soap dispenser, soap dish, and tumbler, too.

    The toilet brush in six different colors
    Food52

    Promising review: "These are polished and sleek and work very nicely. Very happy with the purchase! Would definitely recommend." —Tuongvy L.

    Get it from Food52 for $44 (available in seven colors).

    12. A hidden cat box enclosure to have you kicking your unsightly open-top box to the curb. Angled just so, it'll pass for a faux plant and nothing more!

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    Promising review: "After four different styles of litter boxes, this one is the winner! More space than most standard boxes and super easy to take a part and clean. The plant is realistic and the pebbles it comes with weigh down the top fairly well. Great find, great price." —Tyler Cutro

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (also available in soft gray).

    13. A trendy lil' dustpan and handheld brush that has me *gasp* excited to sweep up rogue crumbs. I truly never thought I'd be chomping at the bit to clean but I learn more about myself (and my obsession with anything that comes in a cute color palette) every day!

    The white dustpan and brush hung from a hook
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this little brush and pan! I keep it under the kitchen sink just for those minor messes instead of hauling out the big broom. It’s perfect!" —The Corie Diaries

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in gray).

    14. A rechargeable, eco-friendly lighter available in an array of pleasing shades. No more reaching your entire hand into your nearly-finished Yankee Candle with a BIC!

    The lighter in six different colors
    Food52

    An included USB charger ensures your lighter is always juiced up but with 300 uses on a single charge, you shouldn't need to plug it in too often.

    Get it from Food52 for $45.

    15. A hanging fruit basket that, when making a cameo in the corner of your next Zoom call, says "Of course I eat a varied diet and not just those tiny brioche toasts from Trader Joe's!"

    The woven fruit basket hanging in a kitchen
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Was worried how much weight it could hold but it’s large and strong enough for heavier fruits like bananas and apples. My apartment is compact so it’s a perfect storage addition in the corner of my kitchen. Just hanging it up makes it look more put together and gives it that home sweet home feel." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    16. A convenient entryway organizer where you can hang your keys, hand sanitizer, and purse and stash the spam mail and medical bills you'll totallyyyyy look at later this week. An added shelf means you can also display your favorite trinkets, be it a vintage paperweight or rare Funko Pop!

    The entryway organizer in white
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for and it's the perfect size! I needed a small narrow organizer to hang on a wall that is behind a door. It fits perfectly so the door doesn't bump it when opened. The mail slot holds mail and is big enough for papers and folders as well. The small shelf is wide enough for a phone, keys, sunglasses, or small decor. The hooks are sturdy and I use them to hang jackets, purses, or small bags." —alryan

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in black).

    17. A chunky wooden butcher block that is virtually impossible to destroy. After my boyfriend melted three (count 'em, THREE!) different plastic cutting boards, I've decided it's not only the most stylish way to go, but also the most cost-effective.

    The cutting board
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "A beautiful cutting board. It feels 'clean' — beautiful design, great finish, good weight, and no warping! The pictures really don't do it justice; as good as it looks on paper, it's even nicer in person. The juice channel is smoothly cut, definitely not the rough, 'late addition' feel that some other boards have. Hand-holds on each end are cut well and perfectly placed, good utility without feeling like an afterthought." —JB

    Get it from Amazon for $59.94+ (it's available in bamboo, acacia, and maple).

    18. A mini air purifier to suck up airborne mold, bacteria, allergens, dust, and pet hair all without being an eyesore. Basically, don't worry about having to hide it; the high-efficiency, whisper-quiet unit can pass as a Bluetooth speaker.

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    This compact gadget uses PECO nanotechnology (that's Photo Electrochemical Oxidation in case you, like me, had no idea) to destroy everything from viruses to VOCs (volatile organic compounds). It has five super-quiet speed settings and you can control it all via an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone!

    Promising review: "The product is great for families. It is quiet and compact. My favorite feature is how easy it is to set up. I was able to set-up the product within just a few minutes. Plus, it is small enough to take with you when traveling (without flying) to ensure you have clean air in your hotel rooms."

    Shelby Barone

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99.

    19. A retro alarm clock that *almost* makes getting up easier. If you regularly sleep through your alarm, forget about that. This small-but-mighty clock will ring your ear off for a full half hour.

    The alarm clock next to a plant
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This clock is exactly what I’ve been looking for — for literally years. It’s got a great alarm. It’s attractive. It doesn’t tick. It doesn’t tip over when jostled. And the best part about this clock is that there’s a little button I can push on the back when it’s dark and I want to know the time. A sweet little light illuminates the clock face, nothing glaring, nothing that’s going to wake me up if I’m half asleep. And the clock is nice and stable so it doesn’t fall over when I’m reaching for it. If you’re reading this, you want a good clock. I’m telling you, this is the one you’re looking for." —Holly K

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four colors).

    20. A set of eye-catching colanders so you can flex on your roommates/house guests the next time you make your famous Annie's mac 'n' cheese.

    A hand using the colanders
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Been using for a few months now and they still look great! No chipping or anything even though we run them through the dishwasher really regularly." —Carly O.

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $30.99.

    21. An attractive two-in-one pet feeder that — thanks to a 360-degree design — can be nestled into corners and right up against walls. If your pet lovessss to move their bowl all over the house, this'll help keep it in one spot.

    The pet feeder filled with water and food
    Amazon

    The spherical water dispenser automatically refills the raised water bowl meaning you only have to manually refill every three or four days. Additionally, a floating gasket keeps your pet's fur from getting wet (and later yellowing) every time they go in for a drink.

    Promising review: "Love the small size, fits snuggly against the wall and no more kicked over water bowl!! Great design for an affordable price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    22. A woven cat perch worthy of the most pulled-together bohemian home. Cat condos often aren't the most attractive items, but this one mixes neutral colors with plush, paper rope-enclosed lounges that are sure to please both you and your discerning feline(s).

    Two cats using the cat perch
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this cat tree. Better yet, my two cats love it more! It's beautiful and functional. The cat basket is sturdy and comfy. My cats are pretty big — about 17 pounds (being conservative) — and they're able to hop in there without worrying about it being flimsy. It's also short, which is nice for my older cat — but not so short that my dogs can bother them. This is my favorite Amazon purchase to date, which says a lot since I literally order everything from here!!!!" —Amazonaholic

    Get it from Amazon for $101.38+ (available in two sizes: 18 x 18 x 23 inches and 17 x17 x 29 inches).

    23. A house-shaped tissue box cover that makes any old Kleenex look like a plush lil' plume of smoke. Is it something you *need*? Absolutely not. But is it something that could really turn your day around? I think so.

    The tissue box cover in white
    amazon.com

    Promising reviews: "Since I am a broke 31-year-old this was the only house I can afford. Plus it helps hide the tissues I use to cry in every night." —Lizbanta

    "I first spotted this at a swank modern hotel room with all-white decor. I love how it hides an unsightly branded tissue box — it practically vanishes!" —nycgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.75+ (available in four colors).

    24. A set of 12 silicone straws so you can finally commit to your long-overdue save-the-turtles pledge. With two cleaning brushes and four carry pouches, there's no *forgetting* not to clean them or bring them with you on your next coffee run (this is mostly a note to self).

    The straws, pouches, and cleaning brushes in multiple colors
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love these straws!! I have been using these for a full year and use them almost every day. Idk why but I prefer sipping through a straw than out of a cup. They are easy to clean with the brushes included and are very durable. None of them have torn or broke. Very happy with my purchase and even gave a couple to a friend to use." —checkersperson

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    25. A sleek seven-day pill organizer that looks like it could be a power bank or sunglass case. A tough-as-nails aluminum exterior and tight silicone seal combine to keep your meds safe and sound.

    A hand holding the filled pill organizer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Didn't think I'd ever want one but honestly makes me feel more organized and definitely less shameful about having to take certain amounts/types of pills. 10/10 Would recommend, has a bit of heft to it but not much since it's aluminum. Nothing falls out, very very sturdy!" —Mashhoud Azhar Sheikh

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    26. A versatile wooden wastebasket to put plastic bins to shame. The two-gallon silhouette can easily be used in bedrooms, offices, bathrooms, and even under cabinets but why you'd want to tuck it away is beyond us! See puppy below for size.

    The wooden wastebasket
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Who knew a trash can could be a thing of beauty? I bought this for my home office now that I am working from home. It's very sleek and minimalistic and holds a decent amount of trash. I ended up buying a second one in brown for my bedroom. I may throw out all my rusty old metal ones and upgrade to more of these stylish trash receptacles." —C. Chase

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in eight colors).

    27. A retro two-slice Smeg toaster that — truth be told — you'll spend more time looking at than using. Of course, the chrome appliance is no schlub; it has six browning levels and three pre-set programs including reheat, defrost, and bagel.

    The pastel green toaster and tongs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love my new Smeg! The cream color is beautiful. It makes the most amazing toast and I love the wooden tongs it comes with because they magnetize to the toaster. Such a pretty appliance to leave out on your counter." —McCall M.

    Get it from Amazon for $179.90 (available in nine colors).

    28. An acacia wood and marble salt cellar so you can add a little pizzazz — a la salt bae — to your next dish. If cooking isn't your thing, you can, ofc, use it as a jewelry/trinket dish instead.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was a little worried that this container would let in moisture, allowing the salt to clump over time. But I've been using this for quite a while now, and it does the job perfectly. It's also attractive on the countertop and has gotten compliments. I consider this a very worthwhile kitchen purchase." —Editing_Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in four color combinations)

    29. An eight-in-one marbled office set that'll at least give the impression you have everything in order. *Blah, blah, blah, insert obligatory but clever "Where is my stapler?" joke here.*

    The marbled office set
    Amazon

    You'll always be on your A game with the included stapler, red copper staples, magnetic paper clips holder, paper clips, pencil container, memo pads holder, tape dispenser, and adhesive tape at your disposal.

    Promising review: "Love this set! Everyone that passes my desk says how beautiful it is! I love the rose gold staples too such a special detail." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.98+ (available in four colors).

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