Bed, Bath & Disaster - Tips on Freshening up your Bathroom

by Alex J. Boughton

 Alex is an advocate for home safety training and co-founder of the National Kids Construction Club. A free-lance journalist, look for his upcoming book on how to establish a successful fraternity. Alex holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from American University’s Kogod School of Business. He welcomes your questions and the opportunity to speak to your school or organization. He can be reached on Facebook at Alex J. Boughton.

Alex is an advocate for home safety training and co-founder of the National Kids Construction Club. A free-lance journalist, look for his upcoming book on how to establish a successful fraternity. Alex holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from American University’s Kogod School of Business. He welcomes your questions and the opportunity to speak to your school or organization. He can be reached on Facebook at Alex J. Boughton.

Why isn’t bathroom cleanliness a top priority for me? I bet other millennials feel the same way, too. I never realized how much my girlfriend hated my bathroom habits until one fateful night during an overnight stay at my parents’ home. She made a seemingly casual comment that was really quite impactful. “Your guest bathroom looks sooo clean and nice.” Geez, I wish she could say that about the bathroom in the home I live in!

Over the next few weeks and after examining many different houses and apartments (especially my friends’ bathrooms–when allowed!), I quickly discovered what makes an aesthetically pleasing bathroom and what doesn’t. Most of my 20-something friends don’t spend nearly enough time keeping their bathroom on point. So let me share a few underappreciated tips for making a bathroom one of the nicest rooms in your living space.

 Bathrooms come down to a few fundamentals that, for most of us, don’t immediately come to mind. The first is cleanliness. It might seem obvious, but a lot of us overlook that a dirty toilet bowl, tub, shower or hair-ridden sink aren’t the most attractive things for friends, family or guests to see. It’s important to invest in a good toilet bowl brush and toilet stain removal product. Most of these can be bought inexpensively at local retail outlets or online. If your bathroom wall and floor tiles aren’t aging well, it might be time to invest in some grout cleaning products. Today, mold and mildew can be eliminated with less harmful chemicals. So don’t despair if you dislike the smell of time-honored bleach; there are green alternatives.

The second fundamental attribute of a good bathroom: make sure it smells pleasing at all times. This also may seem obvious, but a lot of us don’t bother to invest in any odor-masking products. One of the most effective and appealingly options: a bowl filled with potpourri. It adds décor to the room and emits a pleasing aroma. A close runner-up: scented candles. Depending on your bathroom layout, candles can provide a much needed fragrance and offer a pleasing accent. If you’re not striving for the full-on aesthetics, try one of the many scented plug-in heated oils. These products insert into your electrical outlet and the scent can last for weeks at a time.

Last but not least, a bathroom needs to have a well-organized layout for all of your toiletries–the most essential component of a great bathroom. No one wants to look at a disorganized bathroom shelf or countertop with toothbrushes, razors, make-up and other items strewn about the place. Organize these items like you would the rest of your home. Keep with the theme of the décor in adjacent rooms. Just because it’s the bathroom doesn’t mean your guests can’t appreciate it for its visual appeal. At the beginning and end of each day, your bathroom remains the only place where you put yourself together, so make it an enjoyable experience on a multitude of levels–not just for you, but for those who visit it!