’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, minimalist alternatives to bathroom essentials that will give your space the refresh it deserves.
Ditch: Your Tattered Toothbrush
Try: Tann Toothbrush, HAY, $6
Simplicity is at the core of HAY’s design philosophy and naturally, it trickles down to every piece—toothbrushes included. Available in a variety of colors, this sleek rendition of the staple will bring a pop of color to your vanity.
Ditch: That Sad Soap Bar
Try: Soap by Jasper Morrison, Good Thing, $32.72
No detail goes unnoticed in a minimalist scheme, and that certainly extends to soap as well. Pair this no-frills, transparent version with an equally streamlined concrete or marble soap dish.
Ditch: Miscellaneous Clutter
Try: Nickel-Plated Brass Tray, Tenfold New York, $103
Limit the amount of clutter on your vanity by corralling your decorative accessories within a sleek tray. This lustrous version, and its reflective finish, is ideal for small spaces.
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.
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. Bonus points for mixing and matching the multitude of available colors.
Ditch: The Bulky Bin
Try: Slim 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.
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 points of functionality. This wall-mounted mirror, with its cleverly concealed shelving unit, will help keep clutter at bay and effectively out of sight.
Ditch: The Moldy Curtain You’ve Had Since Move-In
Try: Tufted Makers Shower Curtain, Anthropologie, $66
A vibrantly patterned shower curtain has the potential of evoking an overly busy feel, especially when it comes to bathrooms loaded with gear. Consider a transparent liner if, you’re in a really small space or a minimally patterned version such as this delicately detailed one.
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.