Five Ways To Master The Minimalist Bathroom
Regardless of a homes decor, traditional, transitional, or modern, the desire to simplify remains a top priority for so many. Yet, actually cleaning out, up or organizing an area can be a challenge. Closets, garages, basements are all on the wish list of areas to conquer. These larger areas can be daunting, but a bath…now that is a space where we can quickly make progress!
For the last several years, clients have inquired often about the term minimalism . What is it? Does it mean getting rid of everything and living like a monk? (true conversation) Are they a minimalist? Can they be minimalists? What if they don’t want to be minimalists? They have read a book and now think if an item does not make them do somersaults then it must go. Now even the term minimalism has to be simplified.
When talking about clutter, as in too much stuff, we loving say…”Let’s get skinny”. Our bathrooms are the best place to start with a less is more binge.
# 1- Towels
We all have too many towels and we like to buy more. Getting rid of a towel is a multiple step process. The shabby ones first get shoved into a closet, then out to the garage and finally tossed or onto Goodwill. What a storage nightmare we are creating. Most of us use one, maybe two, bath towels at a time. Using hooks to let them dry quicker, and having a clean spare works for us. A hotel style rack over the commode holds hand towels/cloths and the bathmat. Replacing a few towels more often cost about the same as having all those sets in the closet.
#2 Vanity Organization
Drawer’s in vanities are easy to use and stay more organized that the no man’s land under the sink. The cavity is hard to reach and most of the time we don’t even know what is under there. Take the time to research and install pull out bins or shelves. You’ll have to clean out the cabinet to do the install and will probably get a little laugh at how old some of the things are you have been “saving”. Be very particular about what is important enough to store in the new system. Use it or lose it is my go to phrase for getting skinny. (Note to self: This theory does not work with food. Quite the opposite.)
Great Tip: Years ago a client of ours, who traveled often, used a tackle box for all her toiletries and make up. After I chuckled a bit, I realized she was onto something. So many small items, all corralled in one place, ready to travel at a moments notice and tucked neatly under the sink after its daily duties on the counter. A+ for organization.
#3 Wall Storage
Tall and narrow storage automatically keeps us more organized. Especially if each person using a bath can have their own cabinet. Although small wall mounted, or recessed, cabinets are called “Medicine Cabinets”, they really can be for so much more. These cabinets do not have to be installed over a sink. Cabinets can be installed on other walls. A pair can be stacked or installed side by side. Tall cabinets offer flexible storage and come in numerous widths to fit into even small spaces. It’s so much nicer to open a door and see everything at once.
Side note about mirrors. Some of the most appealing bathroom designs do not have mirrors in conventional locations. Yes we need a mirror for somethings, but not all. Do we really need to watch ourselves brush our teeth? After being without power and water thanks to Ms. Irma, I can attest that a mirror is not necessary. Call it “glamping” if you must. As we “mature” we need to be closer to our mirrors, and have better light, that what we can get leaning over a counter and sink. Being resourceful can create some beautiful designs.
The bath’s above and below are perfect examples of not using a conventional mirror design. Look at all the sleek storage, daylight and auxiliary shelf in the photo above. Below, I’m sure the big chubby drawers have everything these chic owners need to start the day off right.
#4 Out In The Open Storage
No way. Isn’t minimalism about having only things that spark joy? Cotton balls and q tips probably don’t make the cut. (I confess, I have not read the book.) Displaying the things we use daily in easy to reach, and attractive containers does appeal to me. Having trays to keep things from getting scattered also is a way to keep counters clear. Less clutter makes most of us happier.
#5 The Non- Linen Closet
Many bathrooms have what we call the linen closet. This term is outdated. We have either crammed it full of linens that are not being used, or have no linens on the shelves because there is too much old, nasty junk. This tall, narrow space is excellent real estate if organized. It can truly keep most things, that aren’t attractive, out of sight which allow us to have more of the zen baths we crave.
Look at these two closets above. Love the TP storage on the left and the laundry basket on the right. Still too many towels for us, but otherwise these two examples really show how a little effort can make you go “ah” every time you open the door. Remember our past post It Takes A Village? Spending time with a professional organizer is not expensive. It’s priceless.
There you have it. Five Ways To Master The Minimalist Bathroom. A lot of it entails getting in there and purging all the part used, and unused, products. Along with a deep cleaning, using the space you have may be enough to give you a more spacious, less visually noisy sanctuary. Keeping these ideas in mind when tweaking your space, or undertaking a mini to major renovation, will allow you to check one room off the simplifying To Do List.
One Last “Freebie” Tip
Move The Hair and Make Up Area Out Of The Bath
Finding a space to do hair and make up, with good light and away from the humidity of the bath, can be glorious. And just think of all the space you will free up in the bath. Add some fresh flowers and spark joy for sure!
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