Good Looking Ugly Stuff: Cleaning + Organizing

July 7, 2021

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Back in 2018, we did a post called good looking ugly stuff because I’m the kind of person who is genuinely a happier person when every thing in our home, down to the color of the dish rag and the toilet plunger, is in harmony with one another aesthetically. Maybe that sounds extreme, but I challenge you to replace that lime green spatula that sticks out like a sore thumb with one that you intentionally choose for its form AND function and see how you feel (Both are possible and necessary)!

This week we’re talking all about purging and cleaning and organizing so I rounded up a few favorites to make organizing a little easier (and more beautiful).  Sure, some things I would gladly rather hide it under the sink. But the truth is, everyone has these things! Although they are necessary, they don’t have to be ugly.

Here’s to another round-up of good looking ugly stuff!



1. OXO Food Storage Containers $49 Hands-down my favorite of the bunch.
2. All Purpose Scrub Brush $9 The handle. I feel like I need to leave it out it’s so cute.
3. Glass Canister $32 Goldfish, cotton balls, you name it.
4. Ivory Wastebasket $49 Your garbage deserves to feel pretty too.
5. Thin Apple Slicer $17 Thinner apple slices, mixed with the blade cover that we close to complete the slice fully during use.
6. Turntable $18 I have these everywhere. They’re perfect for under sinks or high pantry shelves.
7. Pantry Shelf Organizer $18 We love these for spices or canned foods.
8. Cashmere & Fig Hand Wash $30 One of my favorites! We tested 30 different hand soaps you can check out here.
9. Plastic Bins $30 These ones even come with lids for easy stacking.
10. Drying Rack $49 So I can stop hiding mine under the sink ;)
11. Bamboo Drawer Organizers $35 Really, everything from Marie Kondo’s line with The Container Store belongs in this round-up.
12. Rattan Basket $30 To corral all of the things.
13. Dish Brush Set $15 I love that it comes with a soap tray. Anything to make it easier on me and on the eyes.
14. Enameled First Aid Box $60 We’ve had this for years and I never want to live without it.
15. Microfiber Duster $12 The microfiber head is even machine washable.
16. Toilet Brush Holder $40 Have you seen a more aesthetically pleasing toilet brush?


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  1. Jaclyn says:

    I love love love the good looking ugly stuff posts!!! Thanks so much for sharing-It’s really helpful! Would love if this became an ongoing/regular topic on the blog :)

  2. Dawn says:

    We have two of the enamel first aid boxes and I love them. Certainly looks better than a box of bandages!

  3. Elsie says:

    So inspired to look for some beautiful ugly things. Although I’ll never go back to a toilet brush that doesn’t have black bristles!

  4. Dianne says:

    Oh so true with me!

    It is truly painful for me to have items that don’t match our aesthetic. It’s difficult to describe why, but it is so very true. I’ve tried to “get over it” or “past it” and I have been unable.

    My husband, sensitive to sounds and smells, doesn’t understand my sensitivity. I shared with him that it is the same visually for me as his sensitivity to loud sounds and scents.

  5. Betsy says:

    We had that apple slicer (twice!) and it didn’t last. I loved the thinner slices, especially for younger kids, but something about having that many blades changes the pressure points and both of ours snapped in half.

    Maybe we’re apple hulks and were doing it wrong, but after the second one, we went back to the traditional 8-slices version, without an issue.

  6. Barbara H says:

    You are the best. Please keep your social media coming.

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