I spent this past weekend shoving winter into boxes and sticking it in the back of my closet. I never do much in the way of spring cleaning, but there’s something about putting away my winter clothes and sprucing up my apartment that always leaves me feeling refreshed and energized.
In January, Alexandra celebrated the new year with the completion of her epic bathroom remodeling, which is never an easy task in a NYC apartment. Her renovation inspired me to make some changes to my own bathroom to make it feel a little more luxurious. While I couldn’t do a full bathroom renovation, I found a few small hacks that helped me turn an otherwise boring space into something indulgent and useful. It’s amazing what you can do with a couple turkish towels and fresh flowers.
Most bathrooms are tiny and lack natural light, and when I moved into my apartment I didn’t like how dark my bathroom was. I realized that clear shower curtains are the way to go because they make the space seem larger while allowing more light into the tub area -- which comes in particularly handy when I’m wielding a razor in the shower.
Flowers have an amazing ability to make any room look and feel elegant. I keep a small sprig of something in bathroom and it does wonders for my mood in the morning.
When I read The New York Times’s story about Marie Kondo, I knew that I had found my spirit animal. I’ve applied her philosophy that if something “doesn’t bring great joy, get rid of it” to my closet, eating and drinking habits, and social activities. The result is less stuff, but mostly less stuff that I don’t enjoy and takes up space that could be filled with something better.
My bathroom reboot began with a purge of all the cabinets and drawers. I got rid of every single product that I didn’t use, didn’t like, or was turning colors that it wasn’t intended to. The stuff that I kept, I organized in trays and baskets so that everything is easy to find. The result is that I get better use out of the stuff that I own because I know that it’s there, and I no longer spend mornings emptying bags of products on my counters in an attempt to find an eye pencil sharpener.
Treat Yo' Self
Too often I would stay in a hotel and say, “Oh I wish I lived here, the towels and products are so nice!” Why not make my own bathroom more like a chic hotel? Restoration Hardware made this easy, and I bought a couple sets of their Turkish towels in colors that I love. I also got a giant bathrobe to match the towels, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than wearing that thing around the apartment.
For products, I use a mix of fancy soaps and Whole Foods’s citrus body wash. Some mornings call for Jo Malone, while others require the heavy duty stuff to get rid of mud from unintended off-road bike rides. The Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioner bottles are enormous and an incredible deal for the quality and price. They’re by no means cheap, but they’ve lasted me almost two years.
To pull the whole thing together, I added a scented candle that reminds me of the island where my family used to vacation every summer. The scent evokes early mornings in the gardens overlooking the water, and I always associate that smell with calmness and peace of mind. Thanks to the lack of windows in my bathroom, I can almost fool myself into thinking that I’m back at that beach-side cottage.