AT On... Small Bathrooms

Small is cool. Small is also green. A small bedroom can be cozy. A small kitchen can be efficient. A small home in general presents an opportunity to use space creatively, to tread more lightly on the earth. A small bathroom though ... a small bathroom is a different story.

We have a small bathroom. One small bathroom for two women -- two relatively low-maintenance women, at that. Still, for us, a small bathroom is often not cool; sometimes it's a pain.

But, perhaps, I'm overly sensitive today because another plastic shower caddy broke last week and we've been storing our shampoo, etc. on the floor of the shower.

Here are the issues:

- Shaving our legs is nearly impossible in our tiny shower
- Storing the basics (soap, shampoo) in the shower has become and issue -- the suction cup caddies don't stick and most of them take up too much space.
- Jockeying to spit while brushing -- well, that's OK
- But, maneuvering around another person in a 4X4 foot room at 5:45 am is not always fun.

Obviously, these inconveniences we suffer are minor and, for the most part, we've adapted. We often shave our legs over a bucket of warm water now -- rather than doing it in the shower. We take turns brushing. We stagger our routine in the morning.

We're getting by ... and some days ... the bathroom does feel just ever so slightly cozy.

Do you have a small bathroom? Do you do anything creative to cope with the space limitations?

(Image: Sproule house designed by Andrew Maynard Architects)

Originally published 2009-08-03 - CB