As a Shopping Editor, part of my job is knowing when to spend money on home items and when I shouldn't. I rationalize my decision to spend thousands of dollars on the best mattress or the best armchair for my office as I know typically know they're worth the investment, and I'll get more use out of them.
Then, to make up for my losses, I look to cut corners when shopping for more miscellaneous items for my home. I know that practical pieces such as a garbage can or kitchen towel will be used and replaced in a few months, so I tend to look for the most affordable option.
Never once do I take into consideration how they'll look aesthetically with the rest of my home decor as I equate that factor with dollar signs, and again, I never care to go down that rabbit hole — or at least, I wasn't willing to until now.
Amid yet another Amazon late-night shopping experience, I was left speechless over how many mundane items are not only affordable but oh-so-chic; it was a completely foreign concept to me. We're talking garbage cans, ice tray cubes, and even garbage cans: pretty, practical, and in my price point.
Are you having a hard time believing me? See for yourself.
Here are the seven practical and pretty home items to add to your homes ASAP.
1. This adorable ice cube tray
Dachshund Dog Ice Cube Trays for $6.99, at Amazon
Who says ice cube trays have to be boring? Not us — nor does the seller of this adorable dog-shaped ice cub trays. Pop some of these in your AM iced-coffee and watch your mood instantly improve. View Deal
2. These trendy mugs
Luigi Bormioli Thermic Suprimo Coffee Mug, 10-1/4-Ounce, Set of 2 | Now $26.99 at Amazon
If you told people you got these contemporary glass coffee mugs at a trendy museum gift shop, they'd probably believe you. They're made form Borosilicate glass (the same glass used for Pyrex), lest you're worried about them breaking.View Deal
3. This labeled laundry basket
SAVVY & CHIC Lint Bin l
Was $25.99, Now $23.99, at Amazon
This lint laundry basket is perfect for anyone who is looking for something pretty and practical. The labeled outside makes keeping your family in order on what goes where, while the off-white shade looks sensational anywhere.View Deal
4. This trendy thermometer
Infrared Thermometer l
Was $29.99, Now $19.74, at Amazon
Being sick sucks, but the home items you use don't have to! Replace your usual go-to thermometer with this sleek black choice. With a digital touchscreen, it's perfect for avoiding cross-contamination from one person to the other while giving results in real-time.
5. These decorative dish towels
LAZI Kitchen 16 x 25 Dish Towels, Pack of 6 l
22.99, Now $13.99, at Amazon
Designed to soak up any liquid or mess, this pack of six cotton towels remains tough and durable while also adding a colorful accent to any sink or countertop.
6. This sustainable set
KITCHING AROUND Wheat Straw Dinnerware 16-Piece Set for $24.95, at Amazon
Bring the family together all day, every day with this 16-piece set. Designed with sustainable wheat straw, this material ensures that the items do not stain when heated, meaning you can whip out these plates, bowls, and cups day-in-and-day-out. View Deal
7. This colored trash can
Brabantia Pedal Bin starting at $31.43, at Amazon
Add a hint of color to every kitchen by replacing trash cans with this one. Available in a slew of shades — from yellow to moss green — this foot-step system will keep your trash hidden and your décor on-trend.