When I launched the Home series, it was mid May and the weather was starting to cool. I thought this was an ideal time to focus on the places we live, as this is the time of year when we hunker down for the winter months going into semi hibernation. Seven weeks in, it’s early July and Winter has well and truly settled in. Dressing each day is now all about the layers, that are piled on and off as the day warms and then cools again. The heater is up from its storage place in the garage. The winter weight duvet and wool blanket are now on the bed and each evening the electric blanket is turned on, in readiness for a cosy night’s sleep. Packed away are the BBQ, outdoor furniture and gardening equipment. The light summer meals and salads have been swapped out for hearty soups, stews, root vegetables and lovely winter puddings. It’s also the perfect time to delve deeper into your home, leaving the more public areas of your home behind. Entering the hallway and exploring the more personal spaces of your home.
The busiest, smallest and most personal of these spaces I would suggest is the bathroom. Now when I say bathroom, I’m talking, powder room/ visitor’s toilet, family bathroom, separate toilet and ensuite. When I was growing up most homes had one shared family bathroom and a separate toilet. The bathroom usually had a shower over the bath and a vanity unit with one sink, medicine cabinet with mirror on the door and very poor lighting. Young children were usually bathed in the evenings and adults showered in the morning, all managing to use the bathroom without too much hassle. Wind the clock forward a few years. The children are now demanding teens wanting to shower in the mornings and spending hours in the bathroom, causing the bathroom to be the most argued space in the house, especially if you have the toilet in this room as well. With many families at breaking point, this was usually when an ensuite was added to the master bedroom, giving the parents their own space and freeing up the family bathroom a little more. Now, it is not uncommon for family homes to have an ensuite adjoining every bedroom. A powder room included in the living spaces for visitors, especially if it is a multi level dwelling.
It’s not just the size of the space that has changed, modern technology has vastly improved the function of this space. We now expect large well light mirrors, multi head and slide showers, heating, ventilation and electricity to run the multitude of personal hygiene and beauty devices that are used within these four small walls. The focus of this room is so much more now than the physicality’s of cleaning and preening. It’s about experiencing that sense of luxury to pamper our souls when soaking in the bath or enjoying a pulsating shower.
It’s time to cast a critical eye over your bathroom(s) and take a photograph of this space. This will help you see the space as it really is. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions, which hopefully will give you a great starting point for your bathroom(s) revitalisation.
- Does this room match your design style?
- Who uses this space?
- If your toilet is within the bathroom space, is it visible from the doorway?
- Is there adequate heating & ventilation?
- Are the fixtures & fittings in good working order?
- Is there ample storage?
- Is the mirror easily accessible?
- Do you have good water pressure?
- Is there task & mood lighting?
- Is there enough privacy without, hindering natural light flow?
- Are there enough hooks to hang towels & clothes?
- Are there functioning locks on the doors?
TIME FOR ACTION
Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give this space some tender loving care. It’s amazing what a difference some imagination and elbow grease can make to an often neglected part of your home.
- Remove everything from the space that you can, and give the area a thorough clean.
- It’s time to unclutter your bathroom. Sort through everything that was emptied out of this space. Only keeping the things that you regularly use and are in good working order.
- If you don’t have a clear picture in your mind of how you would like this space to look. Spend some time in your favourite interiors stores, in magazines or on Pinterest getting some inspiration.
- Now it’s time to address any alarm bells that were set off, when answering the above questions. Remember that it’s not just about throwing money at the project. It’s about thinking outside the square. Seeing what can be re-purposed from the things you already have.
- Once you have done all you can with what you already have. It’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
- Take a photo of your newly transformed bathroom and compare the before and after pics.
- Celebrate your achievements.
- Share the before and after photos on the Unclutter Your Universe Facebook and Instagram pages or add your comments in the section below.
Next week it’s all about the master bedroom. If there is anything about the master bedroom that you would like me to discuss. Drop me a line at [email protected]