The most important times you use your bathroom is when you're half awake (getting ready for work) or half asleep (getting ready for bed). A bathroom that function when you don't is key. A dimly lit bathroom with a stack of towels and a dozen bottles of bath salts feels cozy. When you take a bath once a month, is that room serving you for the life you have? If you only have one bathroom, how can you set up to make your daily routine easier?
Give yourself a few minutes during your commute today to think about towels, products, tools, light, and art in your bathroom. Spend 15 minutes when you get home getting distractions out of your bathroom. Here's how.
These get their own line item. Do you have a favorite? If so, what do you like about it? What sizes do you like to use? Do you have a bathmat or use another towel? Do you have a good place to put one of each? Can you easily access the one you need from the shower? Do you like hooks or racks? What do you do with your wet towel? How often do you wash them?
Less is more here. You don't need lots of towels-- especially if you live alone. Having a bath towel that is clean and fluffy starts your day differently than with one that is threadbare and rough.
Do you know everything you use every day? What do you use to take care of your teeth, your skin? What do you use to care for your hair? What do you use to shave? What do you use to style your hair? Do you wear contacts and have what you need for your eye care? Do you know which cosmetics you use all the time? Do you enjoy the items you use every day? How do you replace what has worn out or been used up? How often do you use other items in your bathroom?
If you don't use it, don't keep it. If you can't decide if you use it or not, put it in a box in another room. Get stuff out of the box as you need it. Whatever is still in the box after 2 weeks should be donated. Bath products are a mix of ingredients that have a shelf life from 6 months to 3 years. If you get a cold, you can get a box of Nyquil from this decade downstairs at any hour.
Do you have a clean shower curtain? Do you have a trash bin? Do you have a toilet brush? Do you have a plunger? A hair dry? A scale? You probably have all the tools you use daily in your bathroom but are they working for you? Do you have all the tools you need urgently on occasionally (an extra roll of toilet paper within arm reach)?
I love Google Express for both tools and products but this wouldn't be my delivery service of choice if I didn't have a doorman. Since they have a great app and provide next day delivery for free with no minimums from huge local stores (Target, Fairway, Staples), I do most shopping from these places on my phone while commuting.
Is there something you could bump into before you put on your glasses or when you're just waking up? Can you see what you need to while shaving? Does looking in the mirror make you feel good about yourself? Can you see if you missed a spot? Can you see if you have something in your teeth? Can you see while taking a shower? Most landlords are happy to give you advice on what kind of bulbs to use for better light or even upgrade a fixture if you ask them to because it gives them peace of mind that you're not touching the electrical. Talk about a win-win!
Do you have objects in the bathroom that make you feel good ? This could be a photograph, a souvenir from a trip, a candle, a plant, a container for your razor that is the only glass left from a set of 4 that you've had forever-- anything that reminds you who you are. Do you have a favorite color that you want to bring into your bathroom? How much or how little art you have is up to you. It’s your bathroom so it should be the amount that feels right to you.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
— Thomas Merton