The one thing I’m not to keen on in my house is the bathroom. It’s too small, too outdated, and just.. well not for me! I have been looking into how I can change it for the better. Now, it might be a while off yet, but a girl’s allowed to dream, right?
And believe me, I have been! I’ve also been researching harder than I have since I left education. The problem is it isn’t the biggest bathroom in the world, and that’s going to limit our options. On the plus side, I guess it will save us some money in the long-term!
Anyway, I’ve been looking at various tips and here’s what I’ve found. Feel free to let me know if you have any sage advice. And if there’s anyone else out there with a similar bathroom problem, I hope it can help you as much as it will help us. At some point in the future, at least!
Clutter and mess
The trouble with having young children is that as soon as you clear up room A, room B is already a complete mess. It’s never-ending, but it’s something that you just have to deal with. However, the bathroom is slightly different.
At bath time, there’s a cast-iron guarantee that you will leave it, with babe in arms, looking like the current state of the Titanic’s dining room. And, by the time the kids have gone to bed and you have tidied up downstairs, you have completely forgotten about the mess. You only remember when you walk back in, just before you go to bed. Let’s face it, by that time you just aren’t going to clear up.
My point is – rambling aside – that simple storage is essential when you have kids. Somewhere easy to access to keep all those bath toys, extra towels, and lotions, potions, and creams. So, I was delighted to find some great tips over at Good Housekeeping. Rest assured, a lot of those are in our plans!
The bath issue
At the moment, we’re using a flexible tub for the little one, while the everyone else tends to use the shower. Needless to say, we would really love a full-sized bath. The problem is, space is at a premium, so it’s a simple choice we have tco make. Get rid of the shower unit, or stay bathtub-free. Decisions, decisions. However, the tiles that are in the shower unit at the moment are singing to me – but it isn’t the nicest of songs. They are, quite truly, vile. And although there is nothing better than a hot shower in the morning, it’s not so great when you open your eyes.
So, the simple option is to go for a shower bath suite. There are some nice options over at bellabathrooms.co.uk, which fit what we’re looking for. It is going to happen one day- although whether that day is sooner rather than later depends a lot on our lottery numbers.
Bathrooms are so expensive, because all it takes is to change one major component, and you have to change everything else, too. New tiles (can’t wait), making space (could do without) and a little extra plumbing (can’t afford). They all need to be taken into consideration. But hey, it’s all part of the fun, I guess!
As you can probably tell, I can’t wait to get rid of the current decor in the bathroom. It is just plain ugly, and I’m open to any ideas of what to do with it. So let me know if you have any tips! I do know that lighter colours are what we’re looking for. They will help make the room seem a little bigger and create a brighter, more fun environment for the kids.
We’re also going to go down the partially-tiled route. It’s going to take longer to clean, but I do find that bathrooms with a bit of wallpaper to break up the wall-to-wall of ceramics are a lot warmer. And, with winter coming up, that’s something that is on my mind a lot at the moment!
I’m also thinking of putting up some artwork, which is a lot easier to do with walls rather than tiles. One day, maybe, we’ll be able to go for some wooden slats for a more nautical theme, but right now I think we’ll stick to the basics. As the kids grow, there will be far less mess, stains and accidents occurring – I hope! But until then, the simplest ideas will suffice.