Ever since sharing my kitchen sink tray a while back, I’ve gotten a few questions on other “hacks” I have around the house. To be honest, I had never really thought of the kitchen situation as a hack, but I guess it is! When decorating, I always try to find ways to make eyesores a bit more appealing – all while keeping in mind functionality. And while it’s not always achieved; believe me, I have those closets stuffed with things too, I do my best!
Today I’m rounding up 5 ways to turn eyesores into something more aesthetically appealing.
I’m sure y’all have a bunch of other ideas so I’d love to hear those as well! Please share in the comments or over on IG. Have a great weekend!
AESTHETICALLY-PLEASING DECOR HACKS
1. KITCHEN SINK TRAY: I’ve never been a fan of standard dish soap bottles and brushes, so when I saw this set, I grabbed it quickly. I actually have a few backups too just in case they ever sell out, ha! Then, I got these glass amber bottles off Amazon to store our dish soap. We just keep the branded dish soap under the sink and fill it up 1x a week or so. To tie it all together and give everything a place, I picked up this black tray.
Pro tip: if you don’t want to spend on hand soap but like the look of something fancier (like Aesop), buy a large hand soap bottle and fill up the nicer bottle – just like the dish soap. Aesop bottles tend to hold up pretty nicely. This set is also gorgeous and won’t break the bank.
2. REAL BRANCHES: Look, I love fresh flowers as much as the next girl, but they’re a hassle. They tend to be overpriced and die quickly, so I go one of two ways: faux (these are the best faux flowers and this faux olive branch is pretty amazing), or real branches/greenery. Since good faux is hard to find and I like to switch things up, most of our vases have real greenery/branches. I literally cut off greenery or pampas grass from our yard and arrange them in a vase. This time of year is great because there are a lot of branches on the ground, so Geroge and I collect them on walks.
3. SKINCARE TRAY: Remember those overflowing closets I mentioned above? Yep, that’s where my skincare and beauty products come in. But since I’m usually sampling and using about 10-15 products at a time, I like to keep those in this $8 tray on my vanity. It helps me to have a place where they live so that I can easily place them back and since they’re out in the open, I can see everything easily. It makes my routine much quicker. I keep any makeup that doesn’t fit nicely in one of my drawers.
4. SUNGLASS TRAY: Can you tell I love trays? They’re versatile and can serve a lot of purposes, both visually and functionally. I picked up an H&M tray for my sunglasses a while back which I really like. It’s out of stock but here’s a similar one and here as well. I also have this clear rack for overflow but I keep my current rotation of sunnies in this tray in my closet. By the way, I share a lot of other organization tips in this article.
5. BASKETS: This tip is probably obvious but you can never underestimate the power of a basket. We keep them scattered around the house for George’s toys, overflowing blankets, and in our closet for items that don’t make too much sense in other places. I keep things like scarves and hats in these fabric baskets since they’re easy to pull out and grab from. You could also keep socks, undies, and that type of stuff fin them if you don’t have drawer space in your closet. My main tip is to not choose any see-through ones for items like toys or closet stuff since it tends to be a bit messier (different colors, etc). To keep the aesthetics on point, I only use ones with holes or whatever for our blankets.