Fresh Face: What's In Your Bathroom?

 
What does a minimalist house look like in the New York City area where everything is old and very expensive to remodel, especially when your husband isn’t super handy (he’s learning!), and you have a lot of kids and need room for visitors who frequent often? Oh, yeah. Like this!
 
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Holey toledo.

[suspenseful music- duh, duh, duh, duh….]

 
What a mess of a bathroom! #becomingaminimalist
 

Ahhhhh, the horror!

I knew my bathroom was going to be a mess but I had no idea that there was so much “stuff” in there that placed on the floor, I would no longer be able to walk. My bathroom is not massive, but it is also not small! It should have been large enough to contain the essentials.

Our house was built in the 1930’s and has the black and salmon-coloured Art Deco tiling to match. The functionality of the washroom is vintage and so it can be difficult to organize “modern conveniences”.

The toothbrush holders, for example, are in the wall tiling but our toothbrushes now a days are too thick to fit into the holders. There is a spot for a cup and also a bar of soap. Neither of those fit a hand soap container. So our soap sits on the counter and our toothbrushes were in a cup.

Beside the sink, we have a radiator. Every couple months, someone knocks over the cup holding the toothbrushes and they all fall behind the radiator. Sometimes, we can reach them to be boiled and others, they fall into dust-bunny Neverland.

It’s disgusting down there.

Off to the store to buy yet another new set of toothbrushes!

This is such a small thing but it’s so irritating. Especially when it happens at bedtime and then we have to share our toothbrushes (does anyone else do that or is it just us and now you think we’re super gross?!).

“We are family, get up ev'rybody and sing…”

Anyway, a solution had to be found. One day, we will renovate this bathroom but until then, we will have to make-do and deal with it as it is. I made a video about the clean up but here’s the before and after!

The Nasty, Noisy, Medicine Cabinet

before-

Becoming a minimalist in the bathroom left me with so many questions…

  1. Do minimalists make their kids use adult toothpaste so they only have one tube?

  2. How do they store their first-aid?

  3. What is a minimal amount of bandaids?

  4. Do toothbrushes sit in a cup?

  5. Where do they hang their towels? Surely not the back of the door!

  6. What does the bathroom of a minimalist with a lot of kids look like?

  7. Why do I have so many partially-used tubes of toothpaste?

A messy and disgusting medicine cabinet #becomingaminimalIst
A messy medicine cabinet #becomingaminimalist

After-

Much better.

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cleane dup medicine cabinet #becomingaminimalist

The Linen Closet

I still haven’t managed to get the closet down to little enough to put my towels into the linen closet, but I’m working on it!

Minimalism is a process.

So for now, we go out to the hallway, hopefully before we’re in the birthday suit, to get the bath towels!

Before-

A messy linen Closet #becomingaminimalist
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After-

The problem is largely in part to my skincare regime (the big, black box!). Also, the whole shelf of haircare. And then I took half of my husband’s shelf for my miscellaneous things.

I am the problem!

But I feel like if I put a couple Marie Kondo-style boxes inside of the bigger boxes, I could possibly get the shelves down enough to actually store our linens in there.

The top shelf is off-season, pre-packed travel things, nail care and mouthwash.

Until I get my skin troubles fixed (I have battled problem skin for many years) the skincare needs have to stay. As I said, this is a process. Let’s see where it’s at by the end of this year, shall we?!

tidy linen closet #becomingaminimalist
tidy linen closet #becomingaminimalist
The skin care box

This isn’t the best way to store the skincare products, I’m sure, but it’s a start! If you have #TIPS on storing products- let me know in the comments below!

The Rest of the Bathroom

before-

Under the sink mess
Messy bathroom #becomingaminimalist
messy bathroom #becomingaminimalist

Storage is obviously a problem.

Function, too.

Also, how do ya like that bathroom?!

Yep.

Not exactly peaceful, white, Scandi-minimalist-looking, is it?!

Also, there’s peeled wallpaper on the door behind the towels. Why?! Only Jesus knows.

After-

Not much difference, really. Still working on this part!

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The Hall Closet-

As I said, this is where we put our towels. Now that I’m thinking about it, it makes more sense to put my makeup and hair things out there and put the towels into the bathroom. I do my makeup in my room anyway because the light is better in there…

Hm!

Some rearranging may be in order.

Before-

 
A messy hall linen closet #becomingaminimalist
 

After-

I have more questions!

  1. How do minimalists store their beach towels?

  2. Where do they keep their guest linens?

  3. Do minimalists actually just have a lot of closets?

  4. What does a minimalist house look like in the New York City area where everything is old and very expensive to remodel, especially when your husband isn’t super handy (he’s learning!), and you have a lot of kids and need room for visitors who frequent often? Oh, yeah. Like this!

  5. Do minimalists make their kids make their beds? Next year we will discuss, “Getting those kids in order!”.

 
A tidy hall closet #becomingaminimalist
 

We will see if this all gets changed (or stays sorted!) by the end of the year. I got rid of a lot of sheets and pillowcases we don’t use and immediately regretted it after because I like to make rag rugs- what was I thinking?!

Maybe take a think before furiously disposing of all your belongings- LOL

Come to think of it… it’s possible I can save them from the garage if my husband didn’t take them yet, but I fear he did.

I’m sure there’s more in the basement, though.

Possibly the attic, too.

Wait until you see the attic. I did a sneak peek on Instagram in my stories, you can see it here!

[suspenseful music- duh, duh, duh, duh….]

Get going on that washroom, I’d love to see YOUR pictures! Please use our hashtag #freshminimalism so I will be able to find your posts and repost them!

I hope you’re feeling so fresh and so fine on this journey with me!

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