HGTV Editors Share the Products That Help Them Hide Household Eyesores

Breaker boxes, water heaters, litter boxes - some things in our homes are simply unappealing to look at. Here are the items we use in our own homes to disguise the ugly stuff.

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June 11, 2019

"My home has a ton of open storage, which is great in theory. But in reality, all of those open shelves can look messy in a flash. I buy these simple white bins from The Container Store literally by the case—they are reasonably priced, come in a variety of sizes, and look sleek and uniform while corralling everything from dog biscuits to sunscreen." - Marianne Canada, Executive Producer

Buy It: The Container Store, $1.99 - $5.99

"I use baskets for everything – to hold blankets, pet items, toys, books, cable box, speakers, bath towels. It’s not a hack, exactly, but baskets are my go-to when I want to store loose items in an organized (and pretty) way." - Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

Buy It: Amazon, $7.34

"As a multiple-dog owner, I need easy access to dog treats at all times. Rather than stashing the not-so-attractive plastic packages around the house, I keep cute treat jars in the kitchen and living room. It looks tidier and still keeps the treats fresh, thanks to an airtight silicone rim." - Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor

Buy It: Amazon, $15.99

"I love my two cats so much, but I hate their litter boxes. For 9 years now, I’ve struggled to find ways to actively hide them while still ensuring my cats have comfortable access to do their business. If you want to forgo a furniture transformation, then this is your best bet for disguising your cat’s litter box. This plastic enclosure is super easy to clean and even offers up some extra storage space if you need it. It took my cats a few days to get used to their new, luxurious offerings, but once they did, I gladly said goodbye to their old boxes." - Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

Buy It: Wayfair, $99.99 (Originally $249.99)

"Recently, I gave my pantry a total makeover with the help of these storage containers. The clear sides allow for easy ingredient identification while the opaque airtight lids ensure your food stays fresh. And yes, they stack perfectly, which is every organization-obsessed person’s dream. My pantry is now free from poorly-opened boxes and half-ripped bags and all the other things that make one’s pantry, well, an eyesore. The best part? This makeover won’t cost you an arm and a leg." - Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

Buy It: Target, $36 (Pack of 5)

"The wall in my apartment next to my closet made the most sense for where to place my dresser, but it also happens to be the wall with my breaker box, which makes for an ugly vignette. I needed a wall hanging that would cover the entire box, and I finally found one I liked at an affordable price from Target. It's the perfect solution because I can still easily access the breaker box if needed, but it's much more visually appealing to look at on a day-to-day basis." - Laura James, Assistant Editor

Buy It: Target, $29

"While this doesn’t exactly hide my air return, a decorative floor register at least isn’t as visually offensive as builder grade ones." - Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

Buy It: Lowe's, $23.38

"I bought these baskets to give my toddler’s new room a more cohesive look for toy storage. And added bonus, he can pull them off the bottom shelf and bring them to the living room without it looking too much like a chaotic mishmash of baskets." - Melissa Woodward, Digital Content Development Coordinator

Buy It: Walmart, $25.50

"My water heater is located in my laundry room, which is just off the garage. It used to be the first thing I saw every time I came home, so I concealed it with a pretty room divider screen. A much better view!" - Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $249

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