Cleaning doesn’t have to be ugly. Consider upping the design factor by using these 25 Housekeeping tools and products that double as decor.
Why Should You Be Thinking Decor When It Comes To Housekeeping Tools and Products?
We all do it. We all need to have the supplies to do it. So why not make it look good?
Cleaning is an essential part of everyday life. We all need cleaning products and housekeeping tools for every room in the house. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially needy in this department. Keeping our spaces in tip top shape and smelling great is a breeze when we have the right cleaning supplies. But let’s face it, for all of their usefulness they’re often not very pretty.
That being said, there are a few great reasons to think decor when it comes to your housekeeping tools and products. They:
- Make life easier because everything you need is at your finger tips and you don’t have to go rummaging through the cupboards.
- Save on cupboard space so now you can use up a bit of that unused surface space. Your kitchen window sill never looked so pretty.
- Make cleaning a bit more fun because feeling stylish is fun. We like pretty. It makes us feel good and when we feel good we clean better and we have more fun doing it.
- Give your home added va-va-voom by showing that you’re willing to go that extra mile to make your space inviting and attractive.
Fortunately, a few simple tricks can turn the everyday mundane into the spectacular. Using a few simple ideas and a couple of easy hacks you too can create gorgeous decor using only basic housekeeping supplies.
Ugly Cleaning Supplies Kills The Look
Ugly cleaning supplies left out for all to see can kill the overall look of a space. That ugly, oversized, plastic bottle of dish soap sitting beside the kitchen sink? Yeah, that’s got to go. Unfortunately, many of the cleaning supplies sold in stores today fall into this category. I don’t know whose designing the packaging for these products but I wish they would try to show a little bit of style sense. But there you have it.
So, what can you do about it? Well, some of those ugly products will just have to be hidden behind closed doors but not all. Oh, no. Rest assured my fellow decorating enthusiast, not all.
25 Housekeeping Tools That Double As Decor
Cleaning is just a part of life. There is no way to escape it. So let’s take advantage of this potentially missed decor opportunity and up the style factor The following suggestions should get those juices flowing.
Pick A Sexy Bucket
- Skip the plastic bucket or at least hide it. There is nothing appealing about a plastic bucket.
- White enamel buckets make attractive washing buckets. As do metal buckets. I am personally very found of copper coloured buckets.
- Vintage buckets make stunning storage for cleaning supplies, clothes washing supplies, extra hair products, or a vase for flower arrangements.
Wood Is Good
- Wood handles on buckets, brooms, dust bins, and dusters just look high end. If you can find them go with wooden handles for a sophisticated look.
- Wood buckets, although impractical for cleaning, are great for storing cleaning supplies, rags, or as a vase for flower arrangements.
- Wooden crates make attractive storage for extra cleaning supplies or for storing pantry items.
Bust The Dust
- Hide the ugly Swiffers. Sure, they work great but they are not pretty. Put these behind closed doors and let the more stylish dusters shine.
- Real feather dusters are so pretty that you can proudly display it. Buy ones with wooden handles and long, fluffy feathers.
- Metal dust bins are attractive, colourful, nostalgic, and practical.
- Cut up old fabrics to use as dust rags. Maybe you like soft floral patterns and lace. Perhaps you prefer all white fabrics or maybe you’re more of a colourfully patterned fabric kind of decorator? Choose fabrics that speak to you.
Designer…ish Cleaning Supplies
- Look for cleaning products with attractive packaging. Mrs Meyers , Method, Poo Pourri and Allen’s household cleaners are affordable and stylish options.
- If you like a product that comes in ugly or generic packaging siphon it into a glass spray bottle. Make sure that you label these.
- Opt for environmentally friendly options. These often come with minimal packaging but the packaging that they do come with are often made in natural colours and earthy packaging that looks great.
- Wicker laundry baskets are by far the most attractive way to store dirty or clean laundry items.
- Use wicker baskets, wire baskets. or enamel containers to corral household cleaners, laundry supplies, dust rags, and dish lavettes.
- Wicker baskets are wonderful for storing paper products and this looks fantastic.
TRANSLATION: Lavette – dish cloth… but it sounds prettier in french, non?
Class With Glass
- Use large glass canisters to house clothes pins, sponges, cleaning brushes, laundry pods, and dishwasher pods.
- If you want to save a little coin then mix your own household cleaners and siphon them into labeled, glass spray bottles.
- Use stylish glass pump bottles to contain your dish soap, hand soap, and hand sanitizer.
Can’t Beat It? Camo It
- Toilet bowl brushes are ugly. Distract from this fact by buying brushes with more attractive bases, using ceramic pitchers with pretty designs, spray painting cheaper options. Try hiding it behind a wooden box that can then double as a small table for candles, luxury bath products, or toilet paper.
- Garbage happens so opt for an attractive can to hide it in. Such as this . Use mini garbage bins with lids in the kitchen for composting or in the laundry room for collecting lint.
- There are few things uglier than a Kleenex box. So hide this fact by using a more attractive box. You can buy these but they can be a bit pricey. I recommend that you DIY your own.
Take It To The Kitchen
- Display everyday cleaning items like your dish soap, sponge, and hand soap on a pedestal stand. This looks grand plus it frees up a bit of counter space.
- If you have to wash the dishes then at least do it in style with fashionista rubber gloves.
- Decorative or personalized dish towels and aprons add that little extra je ne sais quoi to any kitchen.
LOOSE TRANSLATION: Je ne sais quoi – that extra something-something
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BONUS! 26th Housekeeping Tools
It’s A Crock
- Stoneware crocks are a fabulous way to store and display cleaning supplies, or house cleaning brushes.
- Store dish towels or dust clothes in appropriate sized crocks.
How To Display These 25 Housekeeping Tools For The Greatest Impact
So, now that you can clearly see that going designer with your housekeeping tools is the only way to go I bet you’re wondering how to best display everything.
Good question. Try:
- Open shelving is the perfect way to display good looking cleaning supplies. This look is especially effective in kitchens, bathrooms, mud rooms, and laundry rooms. Add some attractive corbels for a designer look.
- Peg rails are ideal for displaying stylish cleaning tools. Hang cleaning brushes, dusters, towels, and baskets with supplies from them.
- Peg boards when used right are a great option for displaying and storing cleaning supplies. This looks best in a mudroom or laundry room.
- Decorative hooks are an inexpensive option for perfectly displaying cleaning supplies, bags, brushes, dusters, and more.
Jenny’s Finishing Thoughts On These 25 Housekeeping Tools That Double As Decor
The need to clean is a fact of life. We all do it. And we all need the supplies that go along with doing it. So, why not take full advantage of this? Why not use just a little bit of creativity and some of the tips provided and turn your boring cleaning supplies into beautiful home decor worthy of showing off.
When you combine everyday items with a bit of style and some basic decorating principles you turn the monotonous into the fabulous. Talk about a clean win!
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