Wednesday, June 10, 2015

small house bonus: bathrooms

It could be just me, but it seems like there are lots of people on board with the whole idea of minimizing their lives in some way or another. I will admit that since it is something I am currently loving, I tend to seek out and identify with this new way of thinking. But I'm sure some of you have noticed it, too.

So I thought I would start sharing some of the perks of living small.

And what better place to start than the bathroom?

Because don't you think sharing a small house could be interesting, but sharing a small bathroom in a small house just a tiny bit scary?

But it actually is a good thing! Let me tell you why I think so (in no particular order) -

- When you share a bathroom, you have to get up on time in the morning. Here's what happens in my house every school day: I get up at 4:13am (I know) to get myself in the shower and ready for the day. Liam and I have to be at the same place at the same time, so I get in and out of the bathroom first. When Liam's alarm goes off at 5:15am, he has to get in there as soon as he wakes up so I can jump back in there to finish my hair and brush my teeth. If Liam had his own bathroom, he would NEVER get out of bed. 

- We save money having a small bathroom. Space is a premium in a small bathroom (obviously). But for us, it's been good. There just isn't room for a bunch of unused beauty products hanging around. We keep things simple - None of us have 4 different shampoos or 29 face cleansers.

- A small bathroom gets just as dirty as a big one, but it cleans up so much faster. There are not a lot of unused horizontal areas collecting dust and we just cannot fill the bathroom with a bunch of clutter-y stuff. And we use less cleanser. Although it seems like there are just as many hairballs floating around. What's up with that?

- At some point, every bathroom needs some loving in the form of a makeover or a full-on remodel. Smaller (usually) means less money to take this on - Most likely fewer lights and accessories, less material for tiles and other building supplies, smaller cabinet and sink, etc. 

(We have a bathroom remodel coming up soon. The built-in blue soap dish is coming away from the wall and there is a very small amount of water getting back behind it. We could just re-silicone it to the wall (again), but it's time to fix it right before things get too water-logged under the tub.)

- You cannot get lost in a small bathroom. Or get lost on the way to the bathroom. This is a real concern for some people. Not us.

- People may be tempted to linger in a large bathroom - all that space to stretch out and enjoy. But in a small bathroom, you typically do what needs to be done and get on with your life. Life is too short to spend it hanging out in there. (Even though I am a huge fan of hanging out in a hot bath.)

I love our small house and the small bathroom that comes with it. 

I should say I love the size of our bathroom, and I love that we have a bathroom. But, you may remember I am not a huge fan of the blue:

When we first bought the house: 

And big improvements after a phase one kind of thing:

So I encourage you all to go get a small bathroom!
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