Published on November 12, 2019

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Photography by Aaron Bengochea

’Tis the season for paring down and reevaluating the pieces we’ve accumulated throughout the past year. With spring-cleaning just around the corner, getting a head start can help take the sting out of the massive cleanup effort in store for us come March.

With the bathroom in mind, we’re looking to the easy swaps that will help us create a zen-like ambiance—changes that can uphold an element of functionality without compromising on style. Bulky wastebaskets, water glasses that double as toothbrush holders, and bathtubs lined with shampoo bottles will no longer be a potential eyesore. Read on for the design-forward alternatives that will give your space the refresh it deserves.

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Photography by Balarama Heller for Coming Soon

Ditch: Miscellaneous Clutter

Try: Rectangular Tray, Gaetano Pesce, $80

Limit the number of knickknacks on your vanity by corralling your decorative accessories in a tray. This saturated resin version gives organizing by color a whole new meaning. 

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Ditch: The Moldy Curtain You’ve Had Since Move-In

Try: Margot Shower Curtain, Matouk, $198

In partnership with Matouk: Let go of the basic, plastic liner in favor of something with a bit more life. Cue a vibrantly patterned shower curtain that has the potential to transform and elevate even the most cramped spaces. 

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Ditch: Your Tattered Toothbrush

Try: Morihata Charcoal Toothbrush, CB2, $6.40

We love a good double-duty detail, especially when it combines form and function. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, this one purifies as you brush.

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Ditch: That Sad Soap Bar

Try: The Reveller, Aesop, $120

Embrace a streamlined routine that consolidates your bath essentials—hand wash, lotion, balm, and cleanser—into one perfectly packaged and aromatically-harmonious bundle.

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Ditch: The Bulky Bin

Try: Rin Trash Can, Yamazaki Home, $50

In a small space, every square inch counts, and round, bulky trash cans need not apply. Swap in this sleek number instead—it’s much more conducive to fitting in the tiny nooks and crannies of your bath.

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Ditch: The Water Glass

Try: Porcelain Toothbrush Stand, Muji, $5.50

Muji’s take on a toothbrush holder is the personification of minimalism. Simply prop your brush in these colorful stands and relish in the ample sink space you have leftover.

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Ditch: The Junk Drawer

Try: Bits And Bobs Storage Container, HAY, $10

Gather your random odds and ends in these sleek vessels, ideal for containing hair ties, bobby pins, and various other miscellaneous trinkets. The opaque finish further helps conceal the contents inside. 

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Ditch: A Cluttered Sink

Try: Cubiko Mirror and Storage Unit, Umbra, $85

If you’re looking to bring in added storage, consider an option that comes with multiple options. This wall-mounted mirror, with its cleverly concealed shelving unit, will help keep clutter at bay and effectively out of sight.

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Ditch: Your College Shower Caddy

Try: Barrel Shower Caddy, Urban Outfitters, $49

Lining the perimeter of your tub with shampoo bottles and various other accessories is not a good look—not to mention a nightmare to clean around. Designate a specific storage solution, such as a sleek shower caddy, to keep things tidy and in one place.

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