Registry Picks That Make Keeping Your House Clean Easier and More Fun
If you and your soon-to-be spouse are in the middle of putting together your wedding registry, make sure you don't overlook a very important category of gifts: cleaning gadgets and tools. Sure, they're not as exciting as comfy bedding and pretty dinnerware, but they are the household tools you'll reach for each and every day. When you think of it that way, shouldn't they be functional, chic, and the types of items you'll actually look forward to using?
The constant upkeep of dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing, and laundering can be overwhelming if you aren't armed with the right tools. Are you two pet owners? Make sure you register for a vacuum that deals well with pet fur. Do you share a large home and need to cover a lot of square footage? Register for a handheld vacuum so you don't have to worry about tripping over cords or plugging and unplugging it countless times just to move from one room to another.
Besides the ease that certain cleaning devices can lend to any given task, there are also a number of beautiful products you can add to your registry—trust us, they'll make keeping your house clean much more enjoyable. A beautiful vintage-style feather duster makes dusting less painful, and sleek storage containers can stay out on display instead of being shoved into a closet. Live in an apartment that doesn't have a dishwasher? Maybe it's time to upgrade that beat-up plastic drying rack for one that's less of an eyesore (it is out on your counter all day long).
Click through for some of our favorite registry products that we promise will not only help make your life easier but also, dare we say, make cleaning more fun.
Canvas Laundry Caddy
Make laundry day a little chicer with this classic, industrial-style canvas laundry caddy. Made to stand the test of time, this rolling cart will travel from your bedroom to your laundry room with ease.
Steel Canvas Small Bag Caddy, $107.90, steelcanvas.com.
Natural Cleaning Book
With so many easy and effective ways to clean naturally, why not try you hand at it? This book has over one hundred recipes to help you naturally clean anything from your hardwood floors to a wine stain on your tablecloth.
Natural Home Cleaning Book, $19.99, urbanoutfitters.com.
Let's face it—toilet brushes, by nature, can be unsightly. That's why we love these sleek, matte versions in the prettiest muted color palette (yes, we just referred to a toilet brush as pretty).
Blomus Essential Toilet Brushes, $42, food52.com.
Metallic Storage Bag
Organize your dog's toys or your winter scarves and hats with these modern metallic "paper" storage bags. They come in a ton of sizes and colors so register for a few—they're versatile enough to be used in every room in your house!
UASHMAMA Paper Bag Metallic Large Plus, $44, uashmama.com.
Wood Handle Trash Can
These petite trash cans are perfect for a bathroom or bedroom, and their contemporary design means you won't need to find a dark corner to shove them into.
West Elm Wood Handle Trash Can, $19.50, westelm.com.
Broom and Dustpan
This isn't your regular broom! This French-made beauty works like a dream but also happens to be so pretty that you'll want to leave it out on display even when you aren't using it. Say goodbye to that beat-up plastic broom you go five years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Clynk Black Broom and Dustpan Set, $119, cb2.com.
Robot Vacuum Cleaner
This robot vacuum is equipped with illuminated touchscreen buttons that make giving your vacuum commands that much easier. Set a schedule for it to clean so that even remembering to vacuum is taken off your plate. Bonus: its sleek design means you won't cringe seeing it scoot around your floor.
bObi Classic Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $301.27, amazon.com.
Blueland Cleaning Products
Help the environment with these cleaning products that take one-use plastics out of the equation. Here's how it works: you get a set of three reusable bottles (one for bathroom, one for multi-surface, and one for mirror and glass) and different tablets of cleaning solution for each bottle. Fill the bottles with water, plunk in the tablets and you're set! You use the same three bottles for life, and refills of the tablets are only two dollars.
Blueland The Clean Up Kit, $29, blueland.com.
Sensor Trash Can
This can is the king of all trash cans. It has dual compartments for a compact solution to recycling and waste in one, it's motion and voice activated, and its sleek design means no more clunky, unattractive trash bins.
Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can, $250, simplehuman.com.
White Dish Rack
Finally, a dish rack you won't be embarrassed to have out on your kitchen counter. With its minimalist design and pretty wooden handles, this beauty will make doing the dishes a lot less painful.
Crate & Barrel "Tosca" White Dish Rack, $69.95, crateandbarrel.com.
Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
For getting rid of all those hard-to-reach dust bunnies and annoying omnipresent crumbs in your couch cushions, this compact handheld vacuum is perfect. Boosting up to three hours of continuous battery life with one charge (which is estimated at about fifteen days use), this is also the perfect accessory to keep in your car for any leaves or dirt that are tracked in.
XHIF Mini Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, $48.02, amazon.com.
This classic feather duster will make dusting feel less like a chore, and its useful long wooden handle makes reaching all those high shelves and hard to reach corners a breeze.
Andrée Jardin Vintage-Inspired French Duster, $36, food52.com.
This impressive machine will purify the air in even the largest of rooms, plus it monitors air quality levels (adjusting accordingly) and gets rid of odors. Bonus: it's innocuous and modern design means it won't stand out like a sore thumb.
The Pure Company Large Room Air Purifier, $398, amazon.com.