Today's Tip: Your bathroom is a room too. Don't be afraid to be unconventional with its space.
A decade ago, if you had told me what would make me extremely happy as a 36 year-old, I would have rolled my eyes and not believed you. But, the happiness is real. One day last spring I was in the master bathroom, which, ever since we gave it to the boys is my least favorite place in the house to be-- probably my least place in the Eastern United Sates in fact,-- and started looking at all the wasted cupboard space.
When Brian and I gave the master bedroom and bathroom to the three boys a couple years ago we just moved out, taking only the products we used regularly into the smaller, main bathroom. The boys didn't have that much to put in the bathroom, and so I didn't spend much time in the drawers and cupboard under the sink.
Then one day I had the brilliant idea to go through all the six drawers, throw out a bunch of stuff, since we had barely touched it over the course of a couple years, and use the space for art supplies! This made me ridiculously happy. I had so much fun tossing out the expired products and bathroom junk we had held onto for who-knows-why-- mostly laziness I suppose. Of the six big drawers, I consolidated our things into one of the drawers and used the rest to store art supplies. We now have all our paints, yarn, art foam, pipe cleaners, stickers, buttons, googly eyes, you name it, in our bathroom. Unconventional? Yes. Practical? Also yes. Are you jealous? You know it.
I walked around on air for a few days patting myself on the back about this new, rediscovered space. It was ridiculous how happy it made me. Who would have thought that I could have an art room in our small place? A sometimes-stinky art room is better than no art room.
Do you have space you could use differently? Things you could toss out? Dare to do it!