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Home Tour Tuesday: The Master Bathroom

Well, I said I’d write about our master bath today, and I haven’t forgotten. Yes, I know I’m cutting it awfully close. So here it is, the master bath:

Oh, the master bath. Nothing grand or glamorous here. On the one hand, it is so convenient. On the other … what am I to do with it? It is the original neutral tan it was painted years ago and the cabinet is basic. The mirror is huge and flat, there is not a single medicine cabinet to be found.

There’s a few updates I’d love to add someday. Perhaps I’ll paint or re-stain the original cabinets. I’d add some shelving on the sides for our toiletries. I’d get rid of the massive mirror, or maybe add a frame somehow.

For now, we are making do with baskets to hold grooming products. Daniel has a little plate I got him from West Elm that has a shaving brush and scissors on it. He keeps his shaving supplies there. I have a small plastic make-up organizer I got at The Container Store. I love it. It keeps my brushes and small make-up-y things all neat.

Under the cabinets is a mess. A big one. It’s sad, because I had gotten the bathroom cabinet at our old house so well organized. When we moved I had to stuff a lot under the counter in this bathroom, since there are no drawers. I’m sorry; I’m just not brave enough to show pictures at this point.

I’m trying to pick a new color for the bathroom walls. What to choose? What to choose? Our bedroom is a medium blue-gray. The current beige doesn’t exactly clash, but it doesn’t exactly contrast, either.

While I’m caught in indecision, I haven’t added art or even installed the shower curtain we purchased last year and put in our old bathroom. For now, the bathroom serves a purely functional purpose, and I’m okay with that. There’s something to be said for being content with what you have.

What is it about bathrooms that attracts so much dust, though? It seems like I’m constantly wiping down the surfaces of the bathroom from the same layer of dust that I’ve apparently just displaced for awhile. I’m glad I have a favorite all-purpose antibacterial cleaner for the process, so at least that part of maintaining the bathroom is enjoyable. My recipe has been tested by myself and my friends over the past few months and so far we’ve all loved it, so I thought I’d share my all-purpose cleaner recipe with you today. I modified it from recipes I found online and in the book The Naturally Clean Home. So many of the recipes I found only made enough for a few uses, but this one lasts much longer (unless you have to tackle a particularly tough clean-up job, of course!)

Andrea’s All-Purpose Antibacterial Cleaner

(Makes one large batch — enough to fill roughly two large spray bottles or several small ones, if you want to give some away as a gift.)

3 tsp. unscented liquid castile soap. I used Dr. Bronner’s.

¼ c. + 1/8 c. white vinegar (3/8 c. total)

½ – ¾ c. lemon juice (I used ½ and it was just fine)

6 c. water

10 drops organic orange essential oil (I purchase mine from Natural Earth Oils on Etsy)

20-40 drops tea tree oil organic essential oil (I eyeballed it, so if this seems excessive, just tone it down)

10 drops organic lemon essential oil

5-10 drops organic peppermint essential oil

3 tsp. Borax.

Mix well. I used a cooler jug and shook it a lot, then poured it into my spray bottles. The mixture does separate into layers over time, but a quick shake of the bottle will blend it again. This recipe is good for refrigerators and stove tops and surfaces that need to be cleaned of grease and/or disinfected.

NOTE: For women, if you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, I was recently told that using tea tree oil is not considered safe for the duration of your pregnancy. The concerns seem mainly to stem from consumption of tea tree oil, not topical exposure, but I did find an article online that suggests abstaining from any use of the oil during pregnancy. If you are concerned about this, I would simply not add the tea tree oil to the recipe.

I use my all-purpose spray all over my house! It smells so fresh and clean and does a wonderful job cleaning counters, sinks, and even floors. (Although when I mop I generally just add a few drops of lemon essential oil and a bit of white vinegar into my pail of water.)


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It’s December Already?

I was just getting used to Fall, and now it’s gone and become December and before you know it we’ll be into the official start of winter and then Christmas.

I broke out the Christmas decorations yesterday, only to realize, well, we don’t have many. And now I have an opened tin of what is basically Christmas tree ornaments with no Christmas tree. We’re still deciding on that one, since we’ll be spending the majority of the holidays with family.

I also have what seems like a mountain of packaging supplies I’ve amassed in my living room that need to be stored for Etsy sales. I have dishes that need to be washed, clothing that needs to be laundered, and a refrigerator that desperately needs to be cleaned. I need to take the dog for her shots this afternoon. I’m also out of my natural cleaning supplies I made, so I need to make more. Yet all I can do at the moment is stare at my laptop screen, hunt Pinterest numbly, blog, and hope my killer headache goes away. Quite frankly, I feel overwhelmed. I guess it happens to the best of us.

Maybe it’s just me? But sometimes the cleaning and the organizing that needs to happen makes me freeze in place and just want to leave the house so I don’t have to think about it. I know I’m avoiding making all the decisions necessary to tackle my projects, but man, today I just want to sit and veg and nurse my headache.

I’ll snap out of it, I know. I have a plan … start with the room that confuses me least. My master bathroom. Some people hate cleaning bathrooms. I actually don’t mind it. You wipe, scrub, shine, spiff, sweep, and straighten. Done. The obsessive compulsive side of me wants to re-fold the towels in our bathroom linen closet, just to feel like I have some level of order in place that is manageable and quick. I can fold a towel. You know, as opposed to organizing the pile of boxes and packaging supplies in my living room. Or somehow whipping up a bunch of charming Christmas decorations out of a miniscule budget.

Oops. I just revealed I’m not always a perky clutter-busting fiend. Today I’m exhausted and grumpy. Today I’m just the girl with the headache who wishes her house magically looked like those houses in beautiful blogs and magazines, decked out for Christmas and clean enough to pass a white-glove inspection. Does anyone know a real-life Mary Poppins I could borrow?

You know what? Don’t mind me. I’m just going to go take the dog for her shots and then come home and tidy my bathroom to regain my clutter control and composure. I’ll see you soon.

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Day 17: Master Bath Reveal

We’ve cleaned out the bathroom supplies so many times, but there was still more to remove. After all, lotions and creams expire after time, and sponges decay.

I was so gung-ho about this project that I dove right in and then remembered to go grab the camera to document the process. So, under the cabinet looked a whole lot worse originally, but here’s the before shot I managed to snag:

In the middle of taking things out of the cabinet, I sorted them by type of item and use. The piles began to look like this …

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Day 16: Bathroom Shower Curtain – After

This post is going to be short and sweet. I ran out of time to write a lengthy blog post  (I was sorting a cabinet and cleaning our master bathroom and got a little carried away.) However, I will leave you with this sneak peak at the bathroom overhaul I did! See the before picture here, but for now, here’s the after:

You’ll notice the little table is gone. After sorting out the cabinet below the sink I realized I didn’t need it there, so I have plans to use it elsewhere.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the full reveal!

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Day 14: Bathroom Shopping Trip

The weather man is calling for snow again. I really have a hard time comprehending how much snow we’ve had in the past month or so here in Nashville. January through March is always cold and there is usually a freeze, but this has been extraordinary.

In about thirty minutes from writing this on Tuesday night for today’s post, we’re supposed to get up to six inches of snow. Most of the time this means the neighborhood grocery stores are filled with people out to buy milk and eggs and bread, but Daniel and I headed to Target and picked up something a little more lasting … those acrylic bathroom drawer organizers I’ve had my eye on and a new shower liner for the new shower curtain that arrived today!

Soon this will be a thing of the past:

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Day 12: Bathroom Upgrades Sneak Peak

Along with organizing comes the desire to make my place as welcoming, calming, and pleasing to the eye as possible. I’m on a budget, so anytime I come across a great deal on an item we’ve already planned to purchase that’s both in my style and price point and Daniel approves–I buy!

The other day we were in Target and saw a shower curtain that was perfect for our master bath, but it was just a smidge out of our home improvement budget range for this month. I passed. It was pretty though, with a simple gray border around a white fabric curtain.

Then, I checked my email from Gilt Groupe today and found an even better sale on a similar looking shower curtain with a brown dual stripe border which will look fantastic in our bathroom. Say hello to our new master bath shower curtain!

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Day 2: Her Bathroom Drawer

This blog is called Behind Closed Drawers. So why does this post bring a smidge of fear into my heart?

Because it is up close and personal. This is the drawer I use (almost) every day and the first place I stash something in the bathroom that I don’t want cluttering up the countertop. In other words, it ends up cluttering the drawer, instead, and I can’t find a single blessed thing. Like my nail file–always M.I.A.

I’m going to jump right in before I chicken out. Here’s the before:

It took about 15 minutes, but this fix wasn’t too complicated. I just asked myself some questions to make my sorting choices. Read more after the jump!

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