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Five Tips To Make Your Family Bathroom Work Harder

Five Tips To Make Your Family Bathroom Work Harder

The average family bathroom can be hard to get right. It needs to be all things to all people. It needs to be kid-friendly, but still be a nice space for the adults in the house, and any guess you have. Sharing one bathroom between a lot of people means you need a good design that meets all those needs. Here are some tips to make your bathroom work hard. 

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  1. Go big. In a bathroom for the family, there will often be times when a few family members are crowded around the basin at once, so go bigger. Choose a vanity unit with a large trough-shaped bowl with plenty of counter space either side for everybody’s toiletries and toothbrushes. A double basin could also be an ideal pick for high traffic times in the bathroom, like first thing in the morning. Ask a plumber like https://www.stollwerckplumbing.com/ for suggestions for bigger basins.  
  2. Add in a bath. If you have enough room, a bath is handy for family life, especially if you have younger children. A bathroom with no bath can put be off-putting for potential buyers if you choose to sell in the future. A shower enclosure is also a useful addition for rushed mornings. If you don’t have space for both, fit a shower head over the bath. L or D shaped baths with one wider end and glass shower screen are a good selection, as they look sleek, but have room for showering. Choose a bath with taps in the middle so you can give small children a bath together without squabbles about who has to sit at the tap end. 
  3. Put in lots of storage. A bathroom that is used by a lot of people can quickly get untidy, so make sure you fit in as much storage as you can. Don’t pick bottles, bags, and brushes that will clutter up surfaces, and instead fit in cupboards below the sink, hanging cabinet mirrors, and fitting shelves where you can. If your bathroom isn’t large, glass shelves can be used to add storage without appearing to bring the walls in even nearer. Add storage that your children can reach. Baskets on open shelves are a simple way to tidy away toiletries easily. Give each family member their own basket to make keeping things tidy and free of clutter even quicker. 
  4. Lighten it up. Add task lighting over the sink. Spotlights or a glass mirror with built-in lights both work well. For a more relaxing atmosphere, like when you want to relax with a bubble bath, put in a softer light, like lights on a dimmer switch. 
  5. Colour-code your accessories. Save having piles of towels and face cloths everywhere by giving each family member a colour. If you don’t want lots of mismatched colours in your bathroom, buy towels in your bathroom colour scheme and then sew a loop of ribbon in their colour to use as both a hook and to show who it belongs to. 

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Live Simply And Create A Clutter-Free Zone

Live Simply And Create A Clutter-Free Zone

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If you invited a psychologist into your home, they could make some educated assumptions about your mind. Our homes not only reflect our state of mind, but they also contribute to it. Clutter, in particular, can have a negative impact on your brain’s ability to focus and process information. So it makes sense to free your home and your mind from unnecessary items.

Why Clutter Happens

The accumulation of clutter happens for any number of reasons. Over the years we make spontaneous purchases, sure that the items will have their uses. Even if we never use them, we keep hold of them just in case. We receive gifts from family and friends, some of which are useful and others that are not. But even if we don’t particularly like them, it’s hard to part with gifts because of the sentimental attachments. On top of that, we accumulate paper, bills, furniture, decorations, etc. The list is endless.

The Cull

There comes a day when all of this ‘stuff’ accumulates to such an extent that it has a negative impact on you and your home. You may be running out of space. Or you may be about to move to a smaller home. The clutter may be causing anxiety. At the very least, it makes it impossible to function properly and make full use of your home.

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If you recognize this, it’s time to act. Start with a big clear out to get your home back on track. Once you have achieved this, you can make changes to your everyday life to live more simply and avoid the clutter trap.

Sorting Out

If you have accumulated a significant amount of clutter, there are reasons for this. These reasons are the same ones that will make this process difficult for you. This is because these unwanted items are tied up with complex emotions. You may feel sentimentally attached to items. If you purchased the items yourself and never used them, it may still be difficult to part with them. The brain sometimes finds it difficult to accept that we have made a mistake and looks for ways to justify it. So, you’re going to need to be ruthless. For more information on the psychological reasons behind clutter, check out articles like http://www.wsj.com.

Start with something small and manageable. Maybe a small guest room or even the bathroom. Don’t move to the next room until this is completely cleared. Space permitting, empty the room, and only put back the items you are using. You may have some difficult choices to make. Some items will not be functional, but you may still wish to keep them. Obvious examples are photos and photo albums. Set yourself strict parameters of what you should and shouldn’t keep. Photos, yes but that ticket stub from the sixth grade, maybe not.

Sort items into three piles labeled keep, toss, recycle and charity. Go through all of your possessions until you have gone through every item. This will highlight just how much junk you have accumulated. Hire a rubbish removal company such as samedayrubbishremoval.com.au to remove unwanted items. This can often be completed on the same day.

What Next?

Once you have gone through this process and reduced your waste and clutter, you’ll find it easier to do this on an ongoing basis. Each room, closet, and drawer will be neat and tidy. Everything will have a place, and it will be easy to locate. You now need to apply the decluttering process to your day-to-day life. Think before you buy items. Are you going to use them? Think about when and how. Don’t make impulsive purchases. Sleep on it before ordering. Considering removing an item from your home before introducing something new.

When items come into the home, deal with them immediately. Find a place for them and begin using them. Sort through your possessions every few months. Think about books, DVDs, old cell phones, etc. If you have finished with them, do you really need to keep them? If not, pass them on to someone who will appreciate them. Or, recycle.

Once you get into this habit, you shouldn’t have to go through that major culling process again. And you can live a simpler, more organized life.

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5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Pack Rat. By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

 

5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Pack Rat

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Erika R.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Erika R.

The term pack rat has negative connotations and for good reason. That’s because in its mildest form, it means clinging to items most other people consider to be junk. On the more extreme end of the spectrum, a pack rat who holds on to items or refuses to throw them out may suffer from something like obsessive compulsive disorder that needs treatment.

Regardless of where someone is in that grouping, here are five ways to avoid becoming a pack rat:

A Friend Indeed

When you’ve decided to sift through material that continues to grow, it might be easier to have a friend help you. Quantum Storage explains that the individual doesn’t have any emotional attachment to the items involved, and thus can offer cogent reasons why they should be discarded or given away. In many cases of this type, family-connected items bring out sentimentality, and downsizing becomes easier when someone you can trust is helping you make these decisions.

Don’t Fix It, Toss It

In many cases, items lie around waiting to be fixed or repaired, with the prevailing belief that they’ll be taken care of “someday.” If it hasn’t been dealt with in months, then you likely don’t need it, which makes it an easy decision to simply discard the item(s) into the trash. Holding on to it without making an effort to repair or fix is virtually the definition of junk.

The Maybe Box

A compromise can be reached when you put items you might need into a single box. It allows you to hold on to them, but forces you to discard items that can’t fit inside. In the future, the box can be used to save something else—but with the understanding that something from the box must be tossed out.

A Photographic Memory

As noted above, sentimentality often plays a part in holding onto items long past their time. You can still maintain your memory for many items by simply taking a photograph of the item in question. That allows you to look at it in the future, without it cluttering up your home.

Use It or Lose It

With something that might be described as the one-year rule, you should be able to make a quick decision about a number of items. This means that if you haven’t used the item over the course of a year, it likely isn’t as important as you might think. Therefore, it can become easier to make this decision.

While everybody would love to hold on to each memento from the past, no matter how trivial they may seem to another individual, that simply isn’t a practical consideration. Unless you live in a mansion, there simply isn’t room to do that and could eventually be a safety risk for those who live there. The easiest steps to take in avoiding this situation is to follow the steps above.

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