Tuesday’s Tips: how to live with dated bathrooms

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There are often times budgets and circumstances doesn’t allow us to do exactly what we want. If you rent, you’re limited what you can do but there are ways to live with awful bathrooms for a little money. Using wall and cabinet paint, adding new knobs, placing a larger shower nozzle, hanging decorative mirrors or mirror trim (window casing trim) are some quick fixes.

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Sometimes it’s simply about accessories and styling and faking the funk to to take the eye away from eyesores. If you style a bathroom right, people will notice the things you styled it with, the décor, the details like the packaging of pretty hand soaps or the smells of decorative soaps.

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Treat yourself to higher end quality products instead of the  usual because it will make you feel like you’re in a spa setting. I really like the assortment of soaps and bath products that places like homegoods, Tjmaxx, & Marshalls sell. I am a sucker for packaging and they have the nicest smelling items and prettiest labels to go with any color scheme.
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You can also shy away from colors and go with a basic set of soap/lotion sets that looks like something you would get at a high end hotel. Speaking of, think about how hotel products look. They are all so nicely packaged and setting them on pretty trays really makes a world of difference.

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You can also re-glaze outdated colors like blush pink and pea green for the tub and sinks if they are in good condition..
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Painting tile is another easy way to go. Swapping out hardware and adding decorative knobs are things you can take with you when you move but the add so much personality to doors.
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Taking the time to replace blown light bulbs can a world of a difference. There are many times I see fixtures in people’s homes be it the bathroom or kitchen or ceiling fans and they look so unattractive when there are missing or blown out light bulbs. Taking  the time to stock up ensures you can replace right away and you will see the difference it makes, especially the bathroom.
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Another thing you can benefit from is displaying only towels that complement the look of the bathroom. Far too often you see people’s bathroom selfies and they have the most raggedy towels hanging up. Most are just thrown to dry any sort of way and it’s so tacky and just looks…..nasty. Even if you aren’t, mismatched towels with threads tearing off is not attractive at all. You owe it to yourself to buy and keep nice towels.
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You don’t have to spend a lot, but moving old towels to the rag stash will make a difference. For guest, keep white towels within reach and rolled up nicely like hotels so they don’t have to ask. Keep more wash towels on hand too as most people use a different one for the face than the body. If you can squeeze it, also have a small laundry basket for towels so they don’t have to have a cluttered pile on the floor. If white towels aren’t your thing, just make sure the ones on display match the bathroom. I always noticed how my cousin always had their whole family (husband and 5 kids) towels on different racks and they all matched. It was such a nice cohesive look.
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I cannot stress more than to have enough paper towels on hand for guest. Nothing irks my soul than to use the rest room in someone’s house and they only have their bath towels hanging up. I’m not  using your bath towels that you wiped your @$$ with to dry my hands!!!!! So do your friends and family a favor and keep a roll of paper towels there. You shouldn’t even WANT your guest to wipe their hands on your towels. Some people don’t wash their hands properly as it is………………but that’s another story lol.
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Also while we’re at it….you may want to toss that idea of having toilet lid carpet and toilet rugs to the side. It’s really not sanitary at all when you think about it. A bathroom rug by the sink and tub is really the only rugs you need. Jazz up the rug too, you don’t have to use the basic old school carpet rug.
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😂 So many style options are available in fluffy piles, shags, and designs. You can even use a runner if you like (esp in an apartment styled bathroom where it’s typically long and narrow).

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If the floor is leveled and decent you can top it with stickable vinyl tile. They offer some that are made to look like slate and stone and others made to look like wood and this could be a really easy cost effective fix for a bathroom you don’t want to spend lots of money on. Personally I love high end updates to bathrooms because the area is small and you can really get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to the floor. However everyone can’t hire contractors or want to do it themselves and deal with grout so peelable vinyl is an alternative. Keep in mind that if you have kids or bad pipes or just plain clumsy and prone to getting a ton of water on the floor, this option may not be for you.

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If all fails, simply embrace what you have. if you’re renting, you won’t always live there but you want to at least enjoy the space you have for the time you’re there and if you’re really on a budget and funds are tight, you can still do small things to make you at ease in your own space. My very first apartment had mosaic tile on the floor in an odd green color. I hated it. I hated that entire bathroom but it was my first spot. I made do with what I could. I had a fish theme and got the boldest aquatic shower curtain I could find, the prettiest turquoise glass soap dish accessories from Pier 1 and a metal fish candle holder from pier 1. I bought a pretty woven laundry basket that had blues on the outside as well as the liner and filled the space with candles and shell stuff. I simply used the color of the tile and decorated with it versus against it. In the end, the way I decorated it made me like the bathroom. The tile no longer became an eyesore to me, instead it matched. So try your best to find a color scheme that compliments the dated colors or use classic black and white. That will make almost anything look fly. Happy Decorating!

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Tuesday’s Tips: gift wrap storage ideas

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I know what you’re thinking….a gift wrap storage post in April….where were you in December!! Well with wedding season here, there are a ton of showers to go to, engagement parties and even baby showers and birthday parties. It’s Spring cleaning time so now is as good of a time as any to get organized with wrapping paper, tissue, ribbon and bows. Some ideas require minimal purchases while others are using things you probably own already.

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If you are blessed with a counter and a bit of wall space, you can put one of those inexpensive shelves on top and drill little holes for rods. Or simply use tension rods (no drilling needed).

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I like how this Ikea shelving unit is perfect for blueprints, posters and wrapping paper all stored in the brackets. You can always just buy decorative circular brackets  for rolls of gift wrap and have the shelf store all of the smaller items…

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Tuesday’s Tips: closet lighting ideas

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You ever try to find something in your closet and end up using your phone’s backlight or the flashlight app? Well here are a couple ideas for you. You can use L.E.D. shelves or Ikea strip lights…

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: tidy storage

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Encourage neatness in their closets by putting wall decals or wallpaper on the back of the wall…

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Depending on the age, you can sort certain things numerically. The older kids will understand specific labels more. You can always use acrylic paint and stencils to label the cloth inside the baskets…

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Go thrifting for old luggage and add 3D stickers from the craft sections of Michael’s to create a “well-traveled” feel. That would be really cute for any bon voyage themed rooms…

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Closet inspiration including a cool use for pegboards..

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I love seeing new ways to maximize space for a closet and interesting ways to organize in a pretty but functional way. Last night I was on instagram, getting my time sucked in a deep hole of following people, when I came across this room. The pegboard is used to hang outfits of the day #ootd which is a great idea. Pegboards are great for small spaces because you can utilize wall space and storage vertically versus losing square footage. See more of that here.

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I like the industrial look of the gold spray painted plumbing pipes…

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You can see all of the details on Krystine Edwards blog.

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While we are at closet makeovers, have you seen this one yet? Probably so but it was from the one room challenge by Mimosa Lane. I’ve been meaning to talk about how lovely she made her closet. So many pretty details.

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Whether you use hat or picture boxes or baskets, invest in as mamy as you can because they are good for “catch alls” like buttons, hair accessories, socks, etc. Homegoods and their sister stores TJMaxx and Marshalls have a huge selection of many different materials. You can coordinate the ironing board pad with the laundry baskets, felt hangers and the baskets all at affordable prices.

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Tuesday’s Tips: eliminate stress by having a hostess storage cabinet or drawer

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I think the best thing you can do is have a hostess drawer, china cabinet, or closet that contains everything you will need to host an event. You would include itema like patterned straws, tablecloths and linen, napkins, napkin rings, table runners, unscented candles, gold or fancy flatware, cupcake holders and cake stands, wine glasses, basically all of the things you could use to help create a tablescape on a whim.

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Think of it as a junk drawer but a neatly curated area  of all of the things you need for impromptu dinner parties.

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Tuesday’s Tips: 3 closet/storage ideas to make life easier

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You may not have enough drawer or closet shelves but if you have a bookshelf, simply scoot the decor to the side and double for folding sweaters or jeans. It’s best to color coordinate with the decor so it looks intentional…

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Summer is out so now is the time to make use of those cheap pool noodles by repurposing them for boots…

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Over the door hooks placed on the edge of a shelf, can allow you to easily hang the next day’s attire and purse. When you have a spot for setting out clothes, you will be more inclined to do so the night before giving you more sleep time and less morning stress. Happy organizing!

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