If you have ever stayed in an elegant bed and breakfast or fine hotel, you have probably experienced a gracious bathroom. The wall sconces and bath fixtures shine, the bath mats and towels are plush and inviting and the room simply sparkles – it looks and smells clean and well cared for. There is a place for everything and everything is in its place; bathroom cabinets and shelves hold just what you need and everything is within reach.
While it may seem daunting it is actually possible to replicate many of the hallmarks of a gracious bathroom in your own home and it will cost less than even one night in a bed and breakfast. Begin by setting aside some time to clean and organize – you’ll be surprised to find out how much stuff you are storing that you really no longer need or use. Make a pile for donation or recycling and properly dispose of any outdated medicines or toiletries – your town may have a drop box for prescription drugs; flushing them down the toilet is not acceptable.
Clean the bathroom from top to bottom and replace or clean the window treatments. Don’t forget to clean the light fixtures and replace any missing or burned out light bulbs so you can really see what you are dealing with. This is a good time to switch over to energy efficient CFL bulbs if you have not already done so.
Check the tub, sink and toilet for any sign of leaks – a toilet that runs can waste gallons of water and increase your utility bill. Leaky faucets not only waste water, they can be an indication of larger problems and should be addressed as soon as possible.