New year, new loo! 7 items to refresh your bathroom — all $30 or less

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Dream up a better bathroom at a fraction of the cost! (Photos, from left: Walmart (4), Amazon (1))
Dream up a better bathroom at a fraction of the cost! (Photos, Walmart, Amazon)

Is your bathroom a bore? (Or worse?) Well, January is an excellent time for a bathroom refresh, and we've found so many wonderful items on sale that are ready to help!

I've been thinking about our loo a lot lately because, frankly, I'm jealous of our next-door neighbors’ dreamy bathroom renovation in progress. A total overhaul is not in the cards (or budget) for our bath, right now. But a few small tweaks truly can give this special space new life.

Take a look! A perfect pair of wire baskets with a washable lining is 45 percent off at Walmart! And you can add instant spa vibes for just $30 with this cute bamboo bath tray. This minimalist toothbrush stand is worlds better than that gunky, clunky brush cup — and they are two for $10 at Amazon.

And the best part — all of these seven fab finds are $30 or less!

Better Homes & Gardens Bamboo Caddy Tray 

Bath caddy (Photo: Walmart)
Your happy place. (Photo: Walmart)

How about we start with the end goal here, because let's get real — all we truly want in life is a nice long soak in the tub with a good read and a glass of wine. Once your bathroom is all freshened up, this is can be your big reward!

This expandable bath caddy (25.5 to 41.3 inches) is made of bamboo, which adds an element of warmth to your bathroom. It includes book/tablet stand and enough space for your bath essentials.

One happy five-star shopper called it an "excellent tub caddy." She continued, "It even extends out far enough to fit across our giant tub. There is also a grip-type material attached to the underside at the very end of the arms. This does an excellent job at keeping the tray rock solid and keeping you from spilling whatever is on the tray in the water. I use it for my Chromebook, phone and something to drink."

$30 $35 at Walmart

Better Homes & Gardens, Boho Chic Cotton Shower Curtain

Dress up your shower for $16! (Photo: Walmart)
Dress up your shower for $16. (Photo: Walmart)

Swath your shower in this all-cotton beige-and-black boho-chic curtain with tassels for just $16. It's soft to the touch, water resistant and machine washable. What more could you want in a shower curtain?

It's even earned a 4.9-star rating from its happy reviewers! One grateful fan wrote: "This added just what my bathroom needed. The fabric is nice and heavy and is well made."

$16 $22 at Walmart

Bambüsi Premium Bamboo Bathroom Floor Mat

Mats matter. (Photo: Amazon)
Mats matter. (Photo: Amazon)

It feels quite nice to step out of the tub onto real wood. Especially on a cold day. This 18-by-24-inch nonslip bamboo mat folds up if you like, though we think this all-organic bamboo looks quite lovely left out. Right now, Amazon has this popular pick on sale for $20 (was $30). That's nearly 35 percent off!

One of the 1,300-plus five-star reviewers happily reported, "I am trying to give a tired bath a relaxing, spa look...This bamboo mat was the first (small but bold and successful) step into that transformation...Solid, well put together on top and bottom (corners are joined tongue-and-groove instead of tied, nailed or hastily glued together). Strong, thick slats. No creaking or bending of material when standing (or jumping!) on it."

$20 $30 at Amazon

Better Homes & Gardens Medium Black Wire Basket Set With Chalkboard Labels & Liner

Get organized! This pair of bins is on sale for $25! (Photo: Walmart)
This dynamic duo (note the cute chalkboard labels) is on sale for $25. (Photo: Walmart)

We were surprised to find this good-sized pair of wire baskets with a washable liner for a whopping 45 percent off. You can get two medium (16"L x 12.75"W x 11"H) baskets for just $25 (was $45) right now at Walmart. Housemates will have no excuse for tossing dirty clothes and towels on the floor when they bathe once you've labeled these bad boys (one for fresh towels, one for dirties). The removable fabric washes clean with the load. Alternatively, you could use them to store toiletries and TP.

Fans can't get enough. "Perfect!" said one five-star fan. "Good price, baskets are sturdy. Liners are removable. Chalkboard on both ends. I bought both sizes." Another raved: "Super cute and affordable!"

$25 $45 at Walmart

Airmoon Mini Ceramics Handmade Toothbrush Holder Stand, Pack of 2

A cuter, cleaner place to keep your toothbrush. (Photo: Amazon)
A cuter, cleaner place to keep your toothbrush. (Photo: Amazon)

It's the little things that matter. These handmade, minimal ceramic toothbrush stands have better aesthetics than your old holder, and what a breeze to clean. We're crazy for the colors here, including yellow, peach, bright green and seven others! And why stop at toothbrushes? Use them for razors, blush brushes, even pens at your desk.

This pair of stands has an incredible 4.8 average rating on Amazon. "How freaking cute are these?" wrote one five-star shopper. "Stylish toothbrush holders are not easy to find. I was searching for something that would look acceptable on the counter and easy to clean, as they normally get so gross over time. This product is stylish, sturdy, quality made and functions very well. There’s also a hole in the bottom for the water to drain so you don’t get that gross mess. You definitely won’t find this unique piece in most homes."

2-pack for $10 at Amazon

Visentor Aluminum Shower Caddy with Hooks, 2 Pack, Silver

A no-drill shower caddy that stays put. (Photo: Walmart)
A no-drill shower caddy that stays put. (Photo: Walmart)

I've been suckered enough times to learn my lesson: Suction cups never work for me. But shoppers say the adhesive cups on this pair of aluminum shower caddies are the real deal, and they've unanimously given this product a five-star rating. Get a two pack for just $30 (was $40) at Walmart.

"Perfect fit for my shower!" raved a fan. "I have a new tile shower but no shelves were built in despite my request. Suction cup holders failed and annoyed me with daily chores of picking up all my products every morning. I applied this adhesive, left it dry for the full 24 hours and then easily hung the strong baskets on the clips and voila! I finally have shelves that look great."

$30 $40 at Walmart

Better Homes & Gardens Metal Collection Covered Jar, Chrome

Decant. Decant. Decant. (Photo: Walmart)
Decant. Decant. Decant. (Photo: Walmart)

A final plan of action: Display only the most appealing bottles and packages in your bathroom and discard all the rest. Cotton balls, Epsom salts and the like are quite beautiful in glass containers. You can even style the shelves inside your cabinets as little vignettes so they'll feel more special. It's surprising how much enjoyment such details can bring to daily routines.

This small, lightweight, metal-covered jar is on sale for $7 (was $10) at Walmart! Now isn't that better than a bag of salt?

$7 $10 at Walmart

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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