Do you feel like your house is a jungle in the morning? Everyone is on the move, there are thirty things to do, and you’re always toeing the line of lateness. If this sounds like your household, you should consider renovations to speed up the rooms of your home.
The bathroom is extremely ripe for these types of upgrades. Most people spend the bulk of their time getting ready in the bathroom, after all, so it’s safe to say most of the energy you spend streamlining the getting ready process should be spent there.
Here are 5 bathroom upgrades that will fast track your morning routine.
More Efficient Storage
Hear me out: this may sound overly simplistic, but having things within an arm’s reach is a great way to streamline your morning routine. How many times have you ducked out of the bathroom to get something or other from the hall closet, only to return and repeat the entire process all over.
These seconds add up. Distractions reveal themselves. There are just so many opportunities to start doing other things that it’s no wonder we allows ourselves two, or three, or four little things to do around the house before we return to finish the getting ready process.
Take a look at the efficacy of your bathroom storage. Is your cabinetry overstuffed? How often do you find that you are pushing thirty things out of the way to find what you’re looking for?
That time spent looking could be spent sleeping! Organize your storage space with the help of dividers and small bins. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can add shelving or more cabinetry.
Light Bulbs Around Mirror
Fixing your makeup or your hair in the bathroom is always a gamble. Unless your bathroom was preternaturally blessed with perfect lighting, everything and anything you do in that room is going to look different in the sun.
Forget about a full face of makeup without double or triple checking your makeup in natural lighting, somewhere else in the house. You find yourself running back and forth, until you’ve finally given up and just settled on bringing a mirror to the kitchen table. Has this happened to you?
Try sprucing up your bathroom lighting by framing your mirror with dedicated bulbs. Some bulbs can mimic different types of light, like natural sunlight. Others can give you a better idea of what you’ll look like under fluorescents, which is useful for those of us who spend most of our time in an office building.
His and Her Sinks
His and her sinks are a great way of divvying up precious bathroom space between you and your family. If you have a spouse who has the same schedule or a teenager who spends an hour and a half getting ready in the bathroom, a separate sink will help everyone be able to share the bathroom without any of that nasty pushing or shoving.
“You can always get a custom pair of sinks made to fit your existing bathroom aesthetic,” says Everheart Construction, a company specializing in bathroom remodeling in Houston. Why wait for someone to be done with the sink when you can just add another?
There are so many advantages to electric showers that it’s hard to pinpoint just one. But how can it speed up your morning routine? Simple: electric showers heat up more quickly than traditional showers.
If there is a problem with your plumbing elsewhere in the house or with your home’s water heater, the electric shower won’t be affected. So during those cold winter days when you’re running late, you won’t need to worry about burst pipes or a malfunctioning water heater. Cool, right?
They can be installed in any place in your home, without concern to the usual constraints of plumbing. Plus, they use less water. What’s not to love?
If you don’t know what a bidet is, you should! Bidets are fixtures attached or built into the toilet which rinses your bottom half after you’re done using the toilet.
Because they don’t leave smear paper residue or leave anything but water in their wake, bidets are generally thought to be more hygienic. They’re also more economically friendly, one when considers the amount of paper wasted in our water systems.
Bidets haven’t caught on in North America the way they have in other parts of the world, but they’re increasingly popular and affordable. You can find some fixtures for below thirty dollars online.
So how would a bidet speed up your morning routine? Without getting too graphic, there is just nothing that is going to be more efficient than rinsing with a continuous stream of water.