Problem #3 - Too many towels! (and washcloths, and duvet covers, and random sheets for beds we don't have)
Hi. My name is Heather and I am addicted to buying linens. Well, at least I was. That's what happens when you work in the bedding department at Linens n' Things for over 2 years. Just like how my high school boyfriend got a greeting card every other day when I worked at Hallmark. And how I read a lot when I worked at the Everett Public Library. (Hmmm... maybe I should work at the library again...)
Anyway, my linen closet was bursting at the seams. I didn't take a "before" picture - too hideous. But I gave away 4 duvet covers (don't worry, I still have 2 spares besides the one on the bed!), 2 sets of full-size sheets (by the time the kids get full-size beds, they'll want their own), and a ton of towels. Chad and I have carried the "let's buy more so we don't have to do as much laundry" mentality for way too long. I kept 6 of the largest towels (which is more than enough) and bagged up the rest. I also cleared out a ton of expired or rarely-used bathroom products (who knew I had so much sunscreen??) After my big clean-out, I ran out to Michael's and bought some baskets (40% off!) to hold everything and make it look cohesive. Whatcha think? I could probably stand to lose a few pillowcases, but I'm not ready yet.
Love that I have a place to lean our scale, which Chad and I were always tripping on. And having all of my bathroom products at eye level is a big improvement from before (I used to have them in plastic drawers on the floor, hence why they were all expired!) Here are my bags of giveaways and trash... eek.
I also took down the boring white curtain rod and replaced it with this stainless steel-looking one from BedBath&Beyond. It's hard to capture the real color of my shower curtain without the flash, so I broke down and used it (and yes, I have more green in our bathroom. Green is everywhere!)
(this was the day I discovered a smudge on my lens... see it??? No, that's not a shadow on the ceiling!)
And after years of scrubbing my plastic shower curtain liner, I finally wised up and bought a fabric liner (thanks to young house love for the tip.) You can just throw them in the wash and voila! Soap scum gone! Duh. $13 at Target.
Last but not least, the window got an update too! Down with the gingham checks - up went a woven shade (from Amazon.) Now if only I had wood-wrapped windows!
So that's the master bathroom. Not too much, but improved nonetheless. On our wish list: new floors, new countertops, new sink fixtures, new toilet (Chadly-size), and a tiled shower!! haha One can wish, right? : )
Psssst! If you missed part I (fireplace and TV cabinet), click here.