Don't we all need some "down, quiet-time" during a busy week? Here are some ideas so you can give your bathroom a quiet, spa-like atmosphere.
Add Some Life - Adding a plant to any room will make the room feel more fresh. A warm, humid climate like a bathroom, can be a good spot for some plants. You don't need an ton, but just one or two hardy ones that like the type of light your bathroom gets will be a good addition.
*Small Bathrooms-get creative with adding a plant. Maybe a small shelf at the top of the space, or a special hook to hang a spider plant so you don't take up any precious counter space.
*Added Benefit - Plants help improve our mood and are actually good for us to be around!
Add Some Elegance - Keeping all the "stuff" off the counter is a good start. But, if you must keep a few supplies out in the open, house them in pretty glass or other pretty matching or coordinating containers. Simplify supplies by keeping things in the same size bottles or simple spray bottles.
*Small Bathrooms - if you have little or no counter space and storage is at a premium, using the same approach as with adding a plant, higher up shelves or maybe a hanging basket can house some of your supplies.
Creative Tip: use a shoe organizer on the back of a door to hold several little supply things. Remember: keep the look as uniform as possible. When do you see clutter at a spa?
Add Some Aroma - There are actually some aromas that will relax us and generally make us feel "good". Essential oils are everywhere right now and a humid, warm area is perfect to help an oil release it's odor. Put a few drops in an area of your shower where it won't get washed away, or put some eucalyptus leaves in a corner where the steam will help it release it's smell. Or maybe have a diffuser somewhere out of the way you can turn on when you are in there.
*Small Bathrooms - a bottle of essential oil is small and can be hidden just about anywhere, so a drop in the shower is a good bet (or by the tub). Just be sure to clean it so that the oil doesn't collect dirt and dust and doesn't damage any finish you have.
*Creative Tip - Pot some lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, mint or any other herb you love the smell of in a small, easy to transport pot. Then take it into the bathroom with you for your spa time. That way, the plant can thrive in the sunshine somewhere in your home (or even outside) and you can still enjoy the benefits of their wonderful scent(s) while you relax. OR, just cut off some of the leaves and using a mortar and pestle crush them up a bit and put in a steamy spot!
Add Some Ambiance - Music can set a mood, can't it? A warm, humid climate isn't the best for electronics, however, if you can keep your "appliance" away from the worst of the steam, it should be ok for your occasional spa times. However, I suggest you store it away for the rest of your regular routine shower times.
*Small Bathrooms - Since storing or even sitting an appliance around can be an issue, make sure you have a safe spot to hold what you would like to use. If you have a shelf, be sure it isn't above any water sources.
*Creative Tip: Putting a cell phone in a cup will amplify the sound. Just set all your software to "away" or set a message to go off when your phone rings so that you aren't bothered while you are relaxing. Or, better yet, use an Ipod or MP3 player so you won't have that issue! There are tiny speakers for tiny music players you can get even at a drug store.
I hope this blog inspires you to make some quiet time for yourself so you can get away from the stresses of everyday life every so often. It's good for our health and good for our soul.
This blog was inspired by THIS ARTICLE on SchmidtsNaturals.com