10 Superior (& Superior Looking) Versions Of Common Household Necessities

January 11, 2017

A primary tenent of Live Simply is the concept of elevating the everyday, i.e. relishing every opportunity to make the seemingly or would-be mundane into something beautiful and delightful.

It is due to this that when one of my clients stopped me in my tracks the other day to regale me about the superiority of her dustpan, I completely appreciated her remarks. I had previously been giving the dustpan very little regard; I wasn’t sweeping and it was merely out because, hello, all the things were.

Evidently, this dustpan was superior to all others. For one thing, there was its weight to consider. And for second, the crucial detail of its lip-to-floor positioning. I’m not sure how long one can possibly talk about a dustpan, but I feel we had to have at least come close to the record.

But the bottom line was that my client was living proof of the fact that one may truly love everything one owns, and feel as though they have chosen it purposefully over the rest. Even your dang dust pan can and should be something that in some way delights you.

But don’t stop there; this fact holds true for any number of household tools. Less with the mundane! More with the elevated everyday!

Superior (and better looking!) versions of common household items.


1. Sweeper and dustpan

2. Gold shredder

3. Simplehuman step can

4. Laundry stain brush

5. Blade brush (For handy knife cleaning that–bonus!–helps to ensure you won’t slice your fingers off.)

6. Braided extension cord

7. Tabletop brush and dustpan

8. Goat hair duster wand

9. Copper cloths

10. Hardwood floor broom






Annie Traurig was born with the ability to see order through clutter. As a child, she spent playdates organizing friends’ closets and packing their duffle bags for summer camp.

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  1. jenny s. on January 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    (I think you mean “tenet” as in principle, not “tenant” as in renter. Also; “your dang” instead of “you dang.”)

    • Annie on January 14, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Ha! Can you tell I was tired when I wrote this?? Thank you!! Fixed. 🙂

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