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#1 of 62 Old 08-29-2008, 12:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello everyone!

The room challenge for September is the bathroom.

If you have more than one bathroom in your home, choose the worst one. (Or the easiest one, if you feel like you need to start small.)

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My bathroom is pretty much tackled at the moment. (We only have one small bathroom , that had an emergency remodeling of the tub and surround a couple months ago when we found the previous plastic tub was leaking into the walls and floor and making black mold :. We installed a cast-iron tub and we tiled the walls instead of putting in a plastic surround.) There is a small built-in cabinet next to the tub with a deep drawer and three shelves. The upper shelf has towels and the lower two shelves are where we keep bath products, bath toys for ds, and toiletry travel bags. When we moved in, I bought a few rectangular water-proof baskets for the bath products and such. Every three months or so, I go through the baskets and throw away what is old or bad and reorganize the contents. This helps me figure out if we are low on cotton balls or bandaids, or whatever. I also go through the towels and organize the sets every so often (whenever they get out of hand). The deep drawer has a few blankets that are being stored until winter and I never go in there.

The key for me is keeping our bath products & towels to a few essentials. We just don't have a lot, so it doesn't get cluttered. I look forward to hear what others have to tackle and how they do it!
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My bathrooms are decorated, for the most part- my problem is that the drawers become a "catch-all" for junk that doesn't have a home. Good chance to go through it all!

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All 3 of mine are pretty much done (they were completely remodeled right before we bought the house, 4 months ago), but could use a bit more decoration. I'll do the master bath

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I am IN!!

My bathroom is really small but it still needs help. I need to put in some shelving and get rid of the plastic drawers that I have. They are holding way too much clutter.
I would also like a new shower curtain and I would LOVE to re-organize the linen closet.

Oh! I also need to implement better bath toy storage and redo the caulking around the bathtub...

I am so excited!!! I should go and take some before pics!!

I am so glad to find other people who get giddy about organizing and cleaning : I am NOT the only one!!


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oooh! We're moving next weekend and I have some ideas for my new bathroom(s)...so I can't wait to take part in this!
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I have to clean under the claw foot tub. :

Check the bag of things to be given away to make sure I don't need any of them.

Organize the shelf next to the washer & dryer (which are in my bathroom.)

Find some sort of storage for the plunger, bowl cleaner and cleaning powder besides just next to/behind the toilet.

Buy new handtowels (the old ones are heading for the rag bin.)

Clean out a cabinet.

I did a toiletry purge a few weeks ago, so I'm good there.
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Ugh... I need this. Our bathrooms are horrible. We have water leakage in the main bath, so we haven't been using it (and wont use it until we can tear out the bath and wall behind it and put in new stuff). The 2nd bathroom is a mess... There's a moldy towel in there that needs to be pitched, the shower needs to be scrubbed. There's spiders and webs in the corners. It needs to be painted and re-decorated. The floor needs to be scrubbed.

Sounds like fun. (big frown) However, on a positive note, I did a towel purge and cabinet reorganize not too long ago. So I don't have to mess with the cabinets or go through towels!
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This is a good one for me for September! I am IN!

Short Story (for now):
We have been working on our house for eight years (since we bought it) and have so many rooms 90% done now. We have three bathrooms (one is a powder room connected to the laundry room) and they are the closest to being completely done. This will be a good "push" to finish them up!

I'll come back with pictures and a plan.

Thanks for the challenge!

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I'm in. We're getting ready to put our house on the market, so I pretty much need to spend some time in every room. We are at the worse before better stage, tearing things apart and needing to put it back together - but once its together, it'll be great!

I'm going to be gung-ho and do both baths (well, one full and one half).

For the main bath, I need to:
- organize the vanity
- scrub the floor
- scour the bathtub

I just got a new curtain for the window and the shower, so I'm good there.

For the half bath, we need to:
- fix the caulking on the floor
- get new hand towels and a matching something to hang on the wall
- scrape the splattered paint off the mirror :
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I'm in! I have two drawers that need organizing/purging, and the space behind the mirror is not being used well. We have shelves behind the toilet that are overfull and unpleasant to look at. Look forward to getting this done.

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This is a good one for me for September! I am IN!

Short Story (for now):
We have been working on our house for eight years (since we bought it) and have so many rooms 90% done now. We have three bathrooms (one is a powder room connected to the laundry room) and they are the closest to being completely done. This will be a good "push" to finish them up!

I'll come back with pictures and a plan.

Thanks for the challenge!
Well, the pictures are taking longer than I anticipated, so I'll just jump in with a plan for the month.

Master Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ TOUCH UP PAINT!
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way

Guest Bath/DD's Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and tub/shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Design a shower curtain
~ Wash, press, cut, and sew fabric
~ HANG IT UP!

Powder Room/Laundry Room (all behind one door):
~ Basic cleaning of whole area
~ Deep clean the sink faucet (head/handles/drain/plug)
~ Find and/or purchase appropriate screws to attach new cabinet knobs that I already have (They came with screws that are too short for our cabinets. We found the right length for a few and installed those in all the other places...)
~ ATTACH NEW KNOBS!
~ Decide how and where I want to store/hang new broom
~ DO IT!
~ Remove old broom from our house (offer it to neighbors; it is an indoor broom and I only need an outdoor one, which I recently got)
~ Hang mini indoor broom next to dryer insert
~ Empty cabinets under the sink; wipe them out; put things back and declutter along the way; move certain items to shed for outdoor use; repurpose that space to something else
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty all three cabinets in the laundry area; wipe them all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Dust the hot water heater closet
~ Contact some plumbers (or other specialists, whoever is required) regarding the possibility of installing a tankless water heater (We need to replace the current water heater in the near future...aiming for early 2009.)

I will be one HAPPY MAMA when I get all three bathrooms finished! : The ALL CAPS ITEMS for each bathroom have been the last little thing left to do in each room since our most recent round of home improvement projects that we began last Fall (ongoing since Summer of 2000 overall).

I'll share pictures once I figure out how to finish a web-based concept I have in my head and DH helped me create. I have the creative talent and he has the technical skills. I think we've worked out the communication challenges we were having (creative scrapbooker meets logical programmer...LOL), but we'll see when I get back to it. LOL My brain just couldn't take anymore of the coding, especially since I sketched out exactly what I envision on paper in about 3 minutes and it takes 30 minutes for my brainy DH to set it up in the computer. In my mind, computers are supposed to be faster and more streamlined... Sometimes I think it would be faster for me to print out the pictures and scrapbook 'em, then scan my layouts and upload those to a web page. I'm sure he has something to say about THAT process, too... LOL

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I'll definitely do this as part of my September declutter challenge. We have a teeny tiny, itsy bitsy bathroom. There's not much to clean out/declutter, but we do have to come up with a plan on how we're going to finish it. It was unfinished (though totally functional) when we moved in four years ago and other than removing the nasty shower door and replacing the window, we've done nothing, because we HAVE NO PLAN So, my goals for the month are:
  • Measure room
  • Clean out cabinets
  • Price out pedestal sink
  • Price out toilet
  • Price out open shelving (for above the toilet)
  • Price out tile flooring
  • Investigate feasibility/pricing of claw-foot tub
  • Price out plumber for tub/shower installation
  • Create a materials list and final pricing for bathroom re-do, add to budget and start saving!
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Oh! I want to join. I have an awful mess in the linen closet in my larger bathroom. It's become a catch-all because it's high enough that my two year-old can't get things from it.
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Good! This is something I started a little while ago and it's a good reason to get my butt into gear.

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Here's my clean slate:

double shower

window

mirror and counter top

vanity

toilet 'area'

You can't see the tile floor, but it's bare.

So, I need to DECORATE and give this space some life! Rug, curtains, pictures, candles, towels...

Oh MY! I just noticed sunnysandiegan is doing 3 bathrooms. She's inspired me! I'll see what I can do too. Although, my DH might kill me since all mine need is decor... shhhh... don't tell him I'm spending money.

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Here's my clean slate:

double shower

window

mirror and counter top

vanity

toilet 'area'

You can't see the tile floor, but it's bare.

So, I need to DECORATE and give this space some life! Rug, curtains, pictures, candles, towels...

Oh MY! I just noticed sunnysandiegan is doing 3 bathrooms. She's inspired me! I'll see what I can do too. Although, my DH might kill me since all mine need is decor... shhhh... don't tell him I'm spending money.
That looks great! Hit the thrift store for curtains, pictures, candles, etc -- then maybe the hubby won't notice
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Oh, I'm in! There's not much to declutter in there, as I did a big toiletries purge recently. I do need to clean, though, and I have some plubming projects that could use some attention.

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Oh, I'm in. I need to declutter and purge the cabinets in my bathroom. I'll post before and after once I'm finished.

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We just moved into our first house a month ago today and the downstairs 3/4 bath is the laundry room and "cat" room - we feed the cats in the bathroom (not sure why) and we use the "linen closet" for the litter box (we keep towels in a livingroom closet just outside the bathroom). I also shower in the downstairs bathroom. We're still settling in but I definitely need to get some organization in that room!! It's also my first laundry room so I'm starting from scratch with stuff. What I have now were hand me downs (I just had laundry baskets before).
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The door you see is a second entrance into the bathroom which is blocked by a huge hutch on the other side in the kitchen/dining room. We enter from the livingroom. I want to remove the towel racks (since I installed a more functional one right next to the shower) and I'll like to add a wall mounted clothes rack and something like this for sorting and folding. I'd love to paint but now that the w/d are in, I won't be able to get behind them. Maybe I'll do just the wall with the sink to bring in some color. Will that look stupid? I hate the mirror so want to replace that as well. Today while I was moving around the basket I keep tripping over, I decided that one rug in the area between the sink and w/d would look better than a toilet contour rug and a small one in front of the sink. And finally, I want a bamboo bathmat in front of the shower stall.

I welcome all comments and suggestions!

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Glover Girls: Nice space!

I would pull out the w/d and paint the whole room. It takes some strength and work, but it is worth it in the long run.

Other ideas:
~ I would give the full-size ironing board away and buy an over-the-door version and put it on the door you have blocked. If you keep your doors white, the hardware barely shows on the other side and is up high regardless so no one notices.

~ I would take everything off the vanity near the sink except handsoap. Keep your daily supplies handy under the sink.

~ I would remove all but one item from the back of the toilet. One solid item that won't break if it accidentally gets knocked off. If I really liked the three items there, then I would install a pretty shelf above the toilet for them. (I cannot see the items well in the picture. I am not judging the items themselves.)

~ I would hang a large item above the toilet that fit the space...vertical art or paned window or anything large enough for the space that you love.

~ I am a firm believer in one large rug in small bathrooms and a separate tub/shower mat that can be air-dried. Your plan sounds right up my alley!

~ Decide on a focal point in the room. Most people use the shower curtain, but it doesn't have to be that. I'm not sure where the door is that you use from the pictures, but do you leave the door open? What do people see when walking by? Once you have a beautiful focal point, then work through the rest of the room and always ask yourself before you buy anything, "Will this enhance my focal point or detract from it?" Only buy those items that enhance it and support it and add to your overall theme/look/atmosphere.

HTH!

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Oh MY! I just noticed sunnysandiegan is doing 3 bathrooms. She's inspired me! I'll see what I can do too. Although, my DH might kill me since all mine need is decor... shhhh... don't tell him I'm spending money.
Tee hee hee! Glad I could inspire you!!!

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Here's my clean slate:

double shower

window

mirror and counter top

vanity

toilet 'area'

You can't see the tile floor, but it's bare.

So, I need to DECORATE and give this space some life! Rug, curtains, pictures, candles, towels...
Well, you have a pretty slate to work with!

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I'll just jump in with a plan for the month.

Master Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ TOUCH UP PAINT!
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way

Guest Bath/DD's Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and tub/shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Design a shower curtain
~ Wash, press, cut, and sew fabric
~ HANG IT UP!

Powder Room/Laundry Room (all behind one door):
~ Basic cleaning of whole area
~ Deep clean the sink faucet (head/handles/drain/plug)
~ Find and/or purchase appropriate screws to attach new cabinet knobs that I already have (They came with screws that are too short for our cabinets. We found the right length for a few and installed those in all the other places...)
~ ATTACH NEW KNOBS!
~ Decide how and where I want to store/hang new broom
~ DO IT!
~ Remove old broom from our house (offer it to neighbors; it is an indoor broom and I only need an outdoor one, which I recently got)
~ Hang mini indoor broom next to dryer insert
~ Empty cabinets under the sink; wipe them out; put things back and declutter along the way; move certain items to shed for outdoor use; repurpose that space to something else
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty all three cabinets in the laundry area; wipe them all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Dust the hot water heater closet
~ Contact some plumbers (or other specialists, whoever is required) regarding the possibility of installing a tankless water heater (We need to replace the current water heater in the near future...aiming for early 2009.)
Well, I better get busy with this challenge! Tomorrow (Monday) is my typical Home Blessing Day where I spend an hour cleaning whatever needs the most love in our house. Since our home is in pretty good shape, I better get the basic cleaning of the bathrooms taken care of then! Wednesdays are my typical Project Day where I spend "x" amount of time working on a "project" of any kind. This Wednesday is already pretty busy, so I will fit in something from this list as my project. That ought to kick start me into gear on this challenge...

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Glover Girls: Nice space! Thanks!! It's a 180 yr old colonial house that's been remodeled. It's got lots of charm!

I would pull out the w/d and paint the whole room. It takes some strength and work, but it is worth it in the long run. UGH!! You're probably right! :

Other ideas:
~ I would give the full-size ironing board away and buy an over-the-door version and put it on the door you have blocked. If you keep your doors white, the hardware barely shows on the other side and is up high regardless so no one notices. That's a great idea. I think I would put it on the linen closet door which is to the left of the sink. That way a guest can close the bathroom the door. I keep the door cracked open for the cats.

~ I would take everything off the vanity near the sink except handsoap. Keep your daily supplies handy under the sink. You know, generally the sink is clear as I'm pretty organized under the sink but I was lazy this morning and took pictures on a whim without cleaning up first!

~ I would remove all but one item from the back of the toilet. One solid item that won't break if it accidentally gets knocked off. If I really liked the three items there, then I would install a pretty shelf above the toilet for them. (I cannot see the items well in the picture. I am not judging the items themselves.) I think I've had that candle thing on the back of a toilet for years now! Might be time to bring in something new. I like the idea of a shelf above the toilet. I would like to combine it with something like this that is functional.

~ I would hang a large item above the toilet that fit the space...vertical art or paned window or anything large enough for the space that you love.

~ I am a firm believer in one large rug in small bathrooms and a separate tub/shower mat that can be air-dried. Your plan sounds right up my alley!

~ Decide on a focal point in the room. Most people use the shower curtain, but it doesn't have to be that. I'm not sure where the door is that you use from the pictures, but do you leave the door open? What do people see when walking by? Once you have a beautiful focal point, then work through the rest of the room and always ask yourself before you buy anything, "Will this enhance my focal point or detract from it?" Only buy those items that enhance it and support it and add to your overall theme/look/atmosphere. The door into the bathroom is directly opposite from the door next to the toilet. So most of the pictures were taken standing in the doorway. The entrance is at the back end of the livingroom so no one walks by the doorway plus I keep the door nearly shut (cracked for the kitties). I love the shower curtain. I had it in our apartment and I just folded it some to fit it in the shower stall. In fact, the only thing new in that room are the washer and dryer! I was thinking of putting up a tension rod with a curtain on it to hide the washer/dryer but it would probably just be in the way when I do laundry. And I don't really care if they show. I'm not expecting Martha Stewart anytime soon and I'd rather have functionality than formality!

HTH!
Thanks sunnysandiegan for your helpful comments!!! I decided to add some pictures of our second bathroom to the set. The upstairs br and my dd's room are the only rooms I've painted so far. I did them before we moved in. I wanted to make them special because she was transitioning into sleeping in her own bed in her own room. It's directly above the downstairs bathroom, in between our bedrooms so it has a door into it from my room and hers. I would say it's pretty much done except I will be replacing the icky mirror. Otherwise, I'm happy with it. After the airplane sized bathroom we just had, these two bathrooms are luxury to us!! I'm so thankful! :

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I love the rack! Nice choice.

Your upstairs bathroom is so cheery and fun!

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SAHDS, what cute fixtures! I love the sink faucet! Did you put it in? If so, is it Moen, and which style?

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My progress after the first week of the month...

Master Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete, except shower...9/8
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ TOUCH UP PAINT!
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way

Guest Bath/DD's Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete, except shower/tub...9/8
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and tub/shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Design a shower curtain
~ Wash, press, cut, and sew fabric
~ HANG IT UP!

Powder Room/Laundry Room (all behind one door):
~ Basic cleaning of whole area Complete...9/8
~ Deep clean the sink faucet (head/handles/drain/plug)
~ Find and/or purchase appropriate screws to attach new cabinet knobs that I already have (They came with screws that are too short for our cabinets. We found the right length for a few and installed those in all the other places...)
~ ATTACH NEW KNOBS!
~ Decide how and where I want to store/hang new broom
~ DO IT!
~ Remove old broom from our house (offer it to neighbors; it is an indoor broom and I only need an outdoor one, which I recently got)
~ Hang mini indoor broom next to dryer insert
~ Empty cabinets under the sink; wipe them out; put things back and declutter along the way; move certain items to shed for outdoor use; repurpose that space to something else
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty all three cabinets in the laundry area; wipe them all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Dust the hot water heater closet Complete...9/8
~ Contact some plumbers (or other specialists, whoever is required) regarding the possibility of installing a tankless water heater (We need to replace the current water heater in the near future...aiming for early 2009.)

I better step up the effort!!!

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My progress after a day...the mirror above the upstairs vanity fell off the wall (that's what I get for badmouthing it), took a chunk out of the sink, left shards of glass all over the bathroom and a big ugly blank spot on the wall. Yeah, that was a joy to clean up!

NOW I can get a new mirror!! That checks off that bathroom list!

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All right ....
I'm in

I will tackle decluttering both of my bathrooms, then move on to decorating them

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