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perhaps, Iíll find myself living in the perfect house, in which every
wall, every fixture, every light switch has been chosen lovingly by
yours truly and carefully placed just so. This, at least, is the
fantasy. But in the here and now, decorating my digs is more about
making do than about making things perfect. And nowhere is that more the
case than in the bathroom, which like most bathrooms in the
non-design-magazine world, seems to consist largely of items I canít
do a damn thing about Ė like the ancient built-in light fixtures that
hang crooked and asymmetrical with respect to the mirror, which
likewise sits cockeyed above the no-storage-space pedestal sink Ö we
wonít even talk about the groddy bathtub, which no amount of scrubbing
can ever render sparkling white again. So instead itís small changes I
find myself making. Because even if you canít gut the bathroom Ė and
letís face it, most of us find we have to work with what weíre given
rather than start from scratch Ė there are plenty of relatively cheap
and easy changes that can banish the blah from your bath space.
first things first: declutterPull out all those
half-used bottles, containers, tubes, tubs and boxes that are no doubt
threatening to topple over or spill forth from your medicine cabinet,
shelving, vanity countertop, and drawers Ė thatís right, empty
everything out, because itís time to do a thorough weeding. If your
bathroom is anything like mine, chances are good youíll be able to
toss out half the junk just on the basis that itís been sitting around
for a couple of years and you havenít used it once. Do not keep
anything around just on the off chance that you might someday find a use
for it Ė by the time that day arrives, that pot of moisturizer/ sunblock/
facial scrub/ whatever will almost certainly be off-smelling/ totally
ineffective/ dried-out/ basically unusable.
get organizedNow that you know exactly
what youíre dealing with, stuff-wise, itís a good time to reassess
your storage and organization situation. If your bathroom hasnít
arrived complete with adequate stash space, take a look around to see if
you can find any unused areas that could be put to better use. The area
above the toilet, the corners of the room, the back of the bathroom door
Ė basically, just about any empty wallspace offers prime potential for
adding shelving (both wall shelving and corner shelving), hooks, or
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