9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


I consider myself a pretty tolerant person, but like most human beings I have certain preferences. Preferences for certain food, certain clothes (can one ever own enough cardis?), certain colors (ahem), and of course, certain household-goods. I truly believe that what's in your home should make you happy, but there are certain common household items that
 I just can't accept. I just can't. 


Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them
For example, the dreaded boob light, or more maturely known as ceiling flushmount lights.
You could swap the fixtures out and replace them but if your house is full of boob lights (insert cleverly, humorous Hugh Hefner joke here) that could be costly. 
Trust me, my home is like a plastic surgeon's dream, it's in need of A LOT of boob jobs, a matter of fact one even tried to kill us.

 Luckily, the internet is full of ideas and tutorials on how to enhance or hide your "boobs". I personally like this Pottery Barn-inspired crystal makeover from Emily over on My So-Called DIY Blog

PS. If I say the word "boob" one more time I think my head is going to explode.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them



Speaking of lights....how about those awful "Hollywood" style light bathroom fixtures that are in EVERY. SINGLE builder grade home ever to grace the face of this Earth?
Every morning I feel like I'm getting ready for a high school musical.
Hello, Dolly! Well, Hello Dolly! It's so nice to have you back where you belong.....

If you're looking for an inexpensive and quick way to update them, you could always just replace the light bulbs with Edison style bulbs. Pottery Barn is actually selling a similar look right now.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them



Let's hang out in the bathroom a little longer (meant in the non-creepiest way possible) because I would also like to talk about boring builder mirrors and how we need to the rid world of them....pronto!
 In terms of global issues, I'd say it ranks pretty close to world hunger.
Don't believe me? Just ask Pinterest, where you can find a bajillion and one tutorials like this one on how to frame out your Plain Jane mirror.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


Life is full of annoying things: visits to the DMV to update your license, 
the Kardashians, and wire shelves.
Things drip, fall, and slide through those bad boys--they're just a nuisance!
 Jen from I Heart Organizing shared a really easy and pretty way to tackle this household headache.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


Our homes are surrounded by unsightly doohickies, like utility meters and air conditioning units.
They're kind of necessary if you enjoy your host of common modern amenities such as water and gas (and who doesn't) but would it kill them to be a bit more discreet?

A good looking trellis door was used to camouflage this meter to give it a whole new look. Amen.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


You know what else I want to hide?
Non-conspicuous wall vents.
We had one smack dab in the middle of our living room wall at our old house (my, oh my, how my style has changed!) Proof that we need more female home builders! A woman would NEVER think of putting something so lame in the middle of a wall for all to see. Just sayin'.

How ingenious is this idea from the Friendly Home?

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them



Popcorn ceilings.....are they really that bad? Yes!
Look the only popcorn I want in my house is in a bowl on my lap....preferably the "movie theater" kind but I'll take white cheddar too. They're hard to clean and paint and they can actually be hazardous too!
Pre-1970's a lot of popcorn ceilings contained asbestos. I don't know about you but I kind of like my lungs.

Hands down one of my favorite ways to cover up that cottage cheesy ceiling would be to plank it.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


I'm pretty sure this picture speaks for itself.
I recall a few months ago listening to a story on the radio about Elvis Presley dying in his wall-to-wall shag carpeted bathroom. Who the heck puts carpet....yes, absorbent, hard to clean carpet in their bathroom?
Apparently the King does.
 I camethisclose to having to pull the car over to vomit.

I get that a rug can keep your tootsies warm but EWWWWW I can only imagine what you're stepping into.
Despite good intentions, guys and kids people miss their mark. Shall I go any further?
I'm sorry grandma (God rest your soul) , this is one household item I JUST DON'T GET.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


A rug to the side of the toilet is probably a much better and cleaner choice.




And now drum roll please for the # 1 most annoying household
 item to ever be invented......VERTICAL BLINDS!!

Who ever invented these should have to live with a permanent wedgie for the rest of their life because that's exactly what they are to me....a pain in the ARSE.
We inherited a set of these on both of our sliding glass doors at the new house.
They're eye sores and I don't know about you but personally I don't like to be slapped upside the face by plastic every time I want to go enjoy the great outdoors.
This isn't "Fifty Shades of Grey" here. 

Plus, to add insult to injury Baby Tarzan likes to hang on them and well, ......did I mention that I LOATHE these things. Like....really, really LOATHE them.
I know what you're thinking "Just switch them out for curtains!"
Do you know how long it takes me to make decisions on home purchases??
I'll sustain five black eyes from our blinds before I ever settle on the perfect set of curtains.
In case you're indecisive like me or switching out blinds is not an option (i.e. rentals) here's a great solution to make them some what bearable. If that's even possible.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them

















Did I miss anything? Despise something more annoying than "Christian Grey" blinds or urine soaked rugs?
What's your # 1 pet peeve when it comes to household items?




1 comment

Jenny said...

I think you about covered it. :) The only one I have an argument for is the toilet rug. I know, I know, but my husband insists it's necessary. I tried putting just a small rectangle rug in front of the toilet in our master bath, but he said that was no good since his feet would be half on / half off when he's, ahem, using it. The toilet in the boys' bathroom is rugless, but now the grout is nasty and always looks wet (gross). I think it might be easier to throw that rug in the wash every week than to try to keep the grout dry and clean. Another annoying thing... I want a lamp in my walk-in closet, but there's no place to plug it in. Why are there never any electrical outlets inside closets? Maybe you should do a post on annoying things that are absent from houses. That would be a great post with lots of pictures of things that don't exist. ;)

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