Every Wednesday night, on Instagram Stories, Chris and I hop on and answer a bunch of questions for about 10-20 minutes. We call it CLJ Q&A. (Psst, it’s saved to my highlights until the next one!) This past week, someone asked “What do you do about plungers and other horrible things that are necessary but you don’t want displayed?”
We joked for a minute how we don’t have those things, too ugly! But the truth is, everyone has those things! And they don’t have to be terribly ugly. If I just spent thousands of dollars (or any amount of money updating my bathroom), I’m not going to ruin it by placing an ugly plunger next to the toilet. So in the spirit of ugly, necessary things, here are a few good looking versions:
First up, dish drying racks. (Personal favorites being 4, 5, 6, and 10) We have one, we just keep it stored under the sink when it’s not in use, but I think if I had one of these I wouldn’t be so quick to. I know that’s an extra step, but I’m the same girl that puts 5 throw pillows on my bed every morning. The things we touch and use every day should be beautiful.
1. White (Also available in Black) Plastic Dish Drainer Rack $29
2. Modern White Tower Dish Rack $35
3. Over-the-sink, Multi-purpose Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack (so cool!) $39
4. Minimalist Compact Dish Rack $19
5. Modern Black Tower Dish Rack $42
6. Bamboo Dish Rack and Drainer $49
7. Stainless and Acrylic Dish rack $31
8. Umbra Sinkin Dish Rack $20
9. All-natural, foldable Bamboo dish rack $25
10. Over-the-sink, adjustable dish rack $76
11. White Dish rack with wood handles $69
Next up are plungers and toilet brushes (it’s a fun day on CLJ, haha). (The header image includes this concrete holder and brush from Schoolhouse Electric.)Do you have multiple plungers? One in every bathroom? What about toilet brushes? I like to keep a toilet brush in every bathroom but we just keep one plunger around. A lot of people messaged and said they keep their plunger in the garage! Here are a few you might not mind keeping handy:
1. Simplehuman Toilet Plunger and Caddy (has a cool magnetic closure so there’s no drips!) $29
2. Marble Toilet Brush. $29
3. Menu Toilet Brush, Black. $99
4. OXO Good Grips Plunger $22
5. Brass Toilet Brush and Holder $74
6. Stainless Steel Plunger Set $22
7. Toilet Brush and Holder with Bamboo Top $28
8. Menu Toilet Brush, White $99
9. Plunger with Cover $14
10. Mercer Toilet Brush $39
11. Umbra Toilet Brush and Holder $25
12. Marble Toilet Brush, Black $29
13. Hexagonal Toilet Brush and Holder $39
14. OXO Toilet Brush and Plunger Combo $39
15. Ceramic toilet brush $38
In the original question, she said, “and other horrible things…” and to me that meant toilet brushes and dish racks. But I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are some other necessary evils around the house that are often eyesores?
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