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5 Simple Upgrades To Make To Your Bathroom

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Need a little pet project this weekend? Consider adding a little DIY flair to your washroom. No need to worry about breaking the bank or tearing down a wall – these lavatory upgrades are easy and economical. Don’t let that fool you, though. Despite their simplicity, these bathroom boosts will leave you and your guests surprised by your handiness. Get Creative With Those Toilet Paper Rolls Nothing screams “tacky” or “unoriginal” quite like a roll or two of toilet paper stacked up on top of the toilet. So, what to do with all that extra TP? If you’re a reader, you might have some magazines stacked on top of the commode, too. In this case, kill two birds with one stone and look into getting yourself a magazine rack with a built-in toilet paper holder, easily affixable to a wall and found at your local home improvement store. If you want a warmer option for your bathroom, look instead to something like a wicker basket or small wooden shelf. Organize Your Supplies If your WC is messy with lipsticks, deodorants, soaps, powders, and what-have-yous, it’s time for a change. Regain your sanity by taking back your bathroom through organization. Take a look at the problem spots of your bathroom; they’re probably the sink and the bath or shower. On the sink side of things, use dividers in your drawers to group common items together, and make sure they go back to their homes when you finish with them. In the bath, a simple shower caddy can make extra space, but really take a moment to think about what’s really necessary. If you have a dozen different shampoos and twice as many conditioners, it might be space that’s your problem here. Hang It All on a Hook Free up space on your counter and your bathroom floor with some well-placed hooks. The great thing about them is that you don’t even need to make any cosmetic changes (read: drill a hole) in your wall to hang them. Many can be applied in seconds with a non-permanent adhesive backing. So, if you’re part of a family fighting over a towel rack, or you need a place to put your hair dryer that isn’t the sink counter, think about grabbing a pack of these. Ah, the simple beauties of a well-placed hook. Give It That Personal Touch No one ever said that you have to keep it boring and undecorated! Spruce things up with a painting, or for the more cheaply-inclined, a framed poster. To add some color to the room, make use of a well-placed rug and a matching, deliberately-selected shower curtain. Even a plant will add some personality to your restroom and give it an earthier atmosphere. Do Your Part To Help the Environment Not all upgrades you make to your home have to be for purely aesthetic or functional reasons. You can, and should, start doing small things to be more environmentally conscious. While you may not be able to change out the toilet in your apartment for one that uses less water, you may be work with a few other eco-friendly ideas. For one, simply changing your lightbulbs from incandescents to LEDs is quick, easy, and good for the planet. This is something you can do with the rest of your home, too. These tips won’t take too long carry out, and in fact, you could probably get them all done in a weekend, or maybe even a day if you’re determined enough. Sure, the bathroom may not be the place you spend most of your time, but the fact of the matter is that it is a room you’re in every day, so you might as well make it an enjoyable place to be!