The Bathroom: A Sacred Space During the Holidays

The Bathroom: A Sacred Space During the Holidays

Laure Joliet
Dec 9, 2008

Obviously bathrooms are important all the time. But around the holidays they get an influx of use. People come over, there are overnight guests, there's a lot of getting ready and grooming before parties and then there's the requisite hiding out in the bathroom to try to recapture some sanity:

It doesn't matter if you have the tiniest bathroom ever or if you have a bathroom the size of most people's apartments, this season the bathroom has your back, so to speak. To keep the bathroom as sacred as it needs to be this season, we offer a couple of tips:

Stay on top of cleaning it. Nothing is grosser than seeking refuge in a dingy bathroom. Or having people over and realizing later that you really should have pulled the curtain to hide the bathtub.
• Consider making some space. Here are 5 things that might be cluttering up the place.
• Keep a candle in there. The light is flattering and soothing if you're having a moment and the scent will keep the bathroom smelling fresh.
• Invest a couple minutes into organizing under the sink and you'll be happy later when you're late for the party and you just need to find a damn q-tip.
• Do a little everyday. We follow flylady's advice and try to (imperfectly) keep up with the mess.
• Take time to relax. Take a bath, let calgon take you away (this is also a great way to get acquainted with how comfortable your bathroom really is), take deep breaths, etc. If you need some inspiration, here's an at home spa guide from Martha Stewart
• Make sure that your bathroom feels luxurious. Try these 11 tips for sprucing up the bathroom.
• Don't forget the bathroom when you're decorating. Add a couple of ornaments, a sprig of mistletoe, a vase of flowers or just something winter-y to keep the most important room in the house in good spirits.

[Image from Living Etc]

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