There are many jobs around the home that can often sound much more complex than they really are. We’ve lived in our new home for nearly a year now, and every room needed attention. We know its hopefully going to be the final home we live in, the place we raise our family and the house that we complete our dreams in. The living room, kitchen and garden were the first places to be upgraded, after all those 3 spaces are where we spend the most amount of our time. But, the bathroom was definitely next on the list.
No matter what kind of experience or skill level you have, you will probably be surprised at just how simple and fast it can be to give your bathroom a complete makeover. Bathrooms tend to be small rooms, with just one purpose (OK, 2 purposes IYKWIM) so your mission should be relatively straight forward. As long as you are following these basic steps, you should find that your bathroom can be upgraded in a matter of days at most, and for cheaply too. Let’s have a look at some of the essential and quick ways to give your bathroom a new lease on life.
One of the most effective bathroom upgrades is also one of the easiest to carry out. Deep cleaning need not take much time, but its results can be profoundly staggering. It is also true that if you want to carry out any more particularly permanent or bigger changes, such as a total renovation, deep cleaning is a good first step anyway. So no matter how much or how little you are planning to do with your bathroom, this is a great place to start. Get in there deep, and really bring out the sparkle of your bathroom. It makes a huge difference to not only how it looks, but how it feels to use as well. What’s more, it can be strangely therapeutic.
Bleach works wonders all over the bathroom, and a microfiber cloth adds the perfect polish. Bathrooms tend to be dusty places, thanks to towels, talcum powder and other various products. Start with a good dust down and then bleach everything using a good sponge, finish by polishing surfaces with a decent microfiber cloth and some furniture polish.
I have high tiles in our bathroom, and I discovered that my floor mop (a flat head style mop- with squirty function, you know the style) gets our bathroom tiles sparkling with minimal effort. I splashed bleach onto the tiles and then wet the mop head under the tap, I then simply rubbed the tiles with the mop. Because the mop is long, It meant that I avoided over stretching and struggling with corners. The mop reached all of the tiles with ease. I used our shower head to rinse away the bleach and left the tiles to air dry. Shiny, clean tiles with no effort!
Update The Fixtures
Chances are, your bathroom has started to look like a photograph from an old catalogue. This happens all too easily after a time, but it is easy enough to get it looking modern and new again (although we all know that I massively adore the vintage look). For a fresh start in your bathroom, it is well worth updating the fixtures and fittings in that room. Start with the more important ones, like the shower or bath and wash basin. It’s easy enough to upgrade these areas, and there is a stunning range of shower enclosures to choose from if you want to really give it a new look. But even if you just install a new shower head, you’ll be amazed at what a difference that can make. Treat yourself to a new toilet seat, toilet roll holder, soap dish, bath mat and shower curtain and you will instantly see a huge difference to the room.
The bathroom is one of those rooms that can extremely easily become prone to clutter and mess. Too many toiletries and not enough storage space soon becomes a hoarders paradise (and a dusty one at that). If your bathroom is guilty of this, then you’ll find that organizing the space a little can really improve the look and feel of the room as a whole. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to upgrade the room, then this is worth considering. It will only take you an hour or so, and it can really make a huge difference. If you’re struggling, it might be that you actually don’t have the space. In that case, go out and find some decent storage units that are suitable for your bathroom. That can really help with keeping the room in check, without sacrificing how it looks.
We have our airing cupboard in the bathroom, and I found a nifty way of organising our bedding. I used plastic storage trays for each type of bedding- pillow cases, duvet covers, bottom sheets and baby bedding. I wrote on each box in Sharpie what goes in each box. It keeps things simple and easy to grab when needed. I still want to add some extra shelving units in the cupboard for storing extra toiletries.