Spring time is underway. The sound of birds and the refreshing
scents of flowers and blooming trees are putting smiles on the faces of
everyone who has been suffering from cabin fever. I for one cannot wait until
this chilly weather is a thing of the past, and I can enjoy the sunny
disposition of what spring has to offer.
Once spring has arrived, I like many people, prepare for my
annual “spring cleaning”, refreshing my home for the upcoming months. Every year, I wash everything that has
developed into one large moth ball, clean closets, cabinets and bathrooms. And like every year before, I realize how
disorganized I am, and how much I want to give my home a fresh new look. After reality sets in and I realize I cannot
just throw everything away and start over, I like most, I try to look for inventive
ways that I can freshen up my home’s look without breaking the bank.
Starting in the Bathroom….
All too often, I am nervously biting my fingernails when a
guest excuses themselves to freshen up in my bathroom. Is there soap? Is there
a clean hand towel? Is there toilet paper? I know they are judging my bathroom!
If you’re like my husband, you generally throw your dirty
clothes into whatever will hold 10 loads of laundry without collapsing, with
most landing in the floor. And if you’re like me, keeping dirty clothes in an
attractive hamper is an organizational priority. I generally keep hampers in
various spaces like the bathroom to ensure that my family has no excuse, and
guests are not exposed, instead they are oblivious to our laundry dilemmas.
Once I have gotten the laundry off of the floor, it’s time
to begin the transformation of the bathroom.
There are simple changes that will keep your bathroom not
only organized, and attractive, but also inviting. From the soap, to the towel,
refreshing your bathroom is a great start to your annual “spring cleaning”.
Soap is essential to every bathroom experience. You need it
to wash your hands, this is a given, and can make or break your bathroom..okay
maybe not, but it is essential. Being the accommodating girl I am, I offer two
soaps, both of which are Eco-friendly.
First is the liquid soap. Offering guests a clumsy plastic
bottle of soap is not the most attractive, nor is it the most environmentally friendly
choice. Using a clear recycled glass soap dispenser and coordinating the soap
colors is a simple way to keep things cohesive. When you change the look of
your bathroom next spring, you will have the option to simply change soap
colors to coordinate with next year’s colors. For those who prefer bar soaps, re-purposing
a decorative bowl and offering a selection of natural ingredient soaps are
The towel? After
guests have finished washing their hands with your lovely soap, they will need a
towel. The towel is definitely important, as it should be soft, fluffy…clean,
and if you are feeling adventurous, even decorative. Are Naturals offers a luxurious selection of
organic cotton towels and Turkish organic cotton towels that are available in a
variety of textures and styles that lend sophistication to any bathroom.
Shower curtains can add additional style to a bathroom. Especially during a spring cleaning, you may
realize that your shower curtain is stained with mold, and has lost its style
or shape. If you are using a plastic
shower liner, this may be especially true for you. And knowing what we know
about the harmful impacts on health, home and the environment, switching from a
plastic shower curtain or liner to an organic cotton shower curtain or hemp
shower curtain may be a necessity.
Organic shower curtains, hemp shower curtains, and even
organic cotton/linen blend shower curtains offer a clean, fresh, and attractive
element to any bathroom. With most shower curtains pulled to cover the tub or
shower, a shower curtain could be one of the most visual aspects to a bathroom,
making it one of your best choices to alter your bathroom’s look.
Coordinating colors and styles are especially ideal. I have
found keeping things simple makes for the most spa-like bathroom. Choosing colors and patterns that are easily interchangeable
will also save you money as you continue to change your bathroom style.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to transform your
bathroom into a spa inspired paradise that is not only welcoming to you and
your family, but to your guests. So put
away your goggles and sledgehammer, there is no need to demo your bathroom, you
can simply make a few small changes to make a big difference.