Here’s a peek inside my bathroom. When Dear Husband and I became empty nesters, I moved into the second bathroom of our house so DH could get ready for work without waiting for me to get out of the way. So these pictures contain only my clutter (or lack of it). Oh, and I made myself take photos without any cleaning or rearranging beforehand. I probably could have set items out more aesthetically, but I wanted to show the true daily state of my bathroom.
Here’s the tub and shower area. I have a bar of generic soap and a bottle of Suave shampoo (bought on sale). You may notice I have no conditioner—I don’t get tangles because my hair is short. I also have no loofah—my aging skin is thin and sensitive enough as it is, no need to scrub away what’s left of it!
Here is the countertop. I have an old canning jar for a drinking glass and a beautiful, 1950s Lusterware saucer as a soap dish. I used to store my toothbrush on the countertop in an upright holder until the day I caught Tommy (a cat) messing with my toothbrush. The scary thing is after I chased Tommy off the countertop, I couldn’t tell by looking at my toothbrush that he had been chewing on it. (Eww!) Now I store my toothbrush in a drawer.
And here’s the aforementioned drawer where I store my toothbrushes that the dentist gives me. (Why do people buy toothbrushes when dentists all over the place hand out serviceable ones free of charge?) I alternate between the two toothbrushes so each one has time to completely dry before I use it again. (You can’t tell from the photos, but the under-counter storage actually has air circulation, and it gets light as well.) I found a Depression era, pressed glass, candy dish that I use to hold my toothbrushes. I also keep my store brand toothpaste and floss in the same drawer. I have a brush leftover from my long hair days, a little overkill for my short hair, but it works.
In the other drawer is my yukky callus file, a fingernail file, a book to read when I want to treat myself to a soak in the tub, DH’s old reading glasses so I can see the book, and a little coin purse where I keep nail clippers and tweezers.
Here is the medicine cabinet. I keep two pairs of everyday earrings in there. I’m wearing my beaded pair as I take the photo, so this is the purple pair. I pick earrings according to whatever mood I’m in that day. My deodorant is on the bottom shelf. (I wish I could find a generic brand roll-on!) Strange, DH’s liquid bandage is in my medicine cabinet as well as his lawn mowing sunscreen. I have no makeup in there (don’t wear any), and no medicines (not taking any except an occasional OTC pain reliever or antihistamine, and we keep those in the kitchen).
Finally, this is the area under the sink. I do have a hair dryer, but I let my short hair drip dry. The hair dryer is useful for crafts at times, so I’m hanging onto it. I also have some store brand hand cream for those dry, winter days. At the other end you can see the customary toilet paper (generic, of course), extra bars of soap (again, generic), and a bucket where I keep the toilet brush.
Having a bathroom with such sparse supplies means the few things I do have I treasure and treat with care, i.e., my Lusterware soap dish saucer and the Depression era dish. It also means my morning routine is simple and quick. I can smell the coffee that DH made earlier and get on out there to enjoy a cup. I love my stress free mornings!
Make this day even better. Consider:
- I have no need for things that many consider essential: hair conditioner, loofah, body wash, facial masks, mouthwash, makeup, under eye cream, hair pomade, nail polish, curling iron, perfume, wrinkle treatments, hair straightener, and no doubt other things I don’t even know exist. Is there an “essential” item in your bathroom that maybe isn’t essential?