After a hectic summer of DIY and home improvements it’s nice to be able to kick back and relax a bit.
It’s felt a bit like we’ve been on a hamster wheel of continuous DIY/having workmen round/bombing over to B&Q for the last few months. I mean, it’s great as our house is very much ship-shape but it’s also been exhausting for both myself and Wayne and it’s finally time to relax.
One place I love to unwind is in the bath – a hot (but not too hot) bath has been a godsend for me in the last few months of my pregnancy and I have picked up a few tricks to maximise the down time. I thought I’d share these in case you’re in the market for bringing some more calm into your daily life without the stress of having to replicate a Pinterest-worthy spa at home.
How to make your bathroom a haven:
- Get Fruity
Not like that, you filthy things. If you’ve got Apple Music there are some great pre-done playlists on there which you can put on your phone/through your speakers and relax to. If not there’s the radio, Spotify or even playlists on YouTube. All of these get the thumbs up from me for when I want to zone out as long as there’s no talking, but then I’m a bit funny about listening to people wang on when they’re on the radio. Anyone else?
- Watch one of your favourite shows
If music’s not your thing, get your iPad set up on its stand on one end of the bath and watch an episode of your favourite show on Netflix/on demand while you have a soak. This is partly how I ploughed through all six seasons of Gossip Girl so quickly and made such quick work of The Good Wife. OK so there’s the slight added frisson of worrying if your tablet is going to tumble into the bath and electrocute you but that’s not happened to me yet. Just make sure your stand is sturdy before you get in. XOXO and all that.
A messy bathroom ain’t going to cut it and empty bottles of shampoo and body scrub littering the side of the bath will just do your head in when you come to wash your hair. Making your hands go red raw and almost bursting a blood vessel as you try to eke out that last bit of conditioner isn’t tantamount to a zen-like experience. Throw them out and treat yourself to some new ones. As the ad goes, you’re worth it.
- Get some new storage
One thing that helped us keep our bathroom smart and tidy is our new bathroom cabinet. It’s something we’ve been meaning to add to our bathroom for ages but never quite got round to until now.
I really love this one as it’s modern, sleek and doesn’t take up too much space. There’s plenty of room inside to keep all of our bathroom essentials and the mirror is handy too.
- Make things tidy but easily accessible
I love these blue and white stripey storage baskets with rope handles for adding a bit of a nautical feel and keeping the rest of our toiletries tidy. They were really cheap from Store 21 and also add a bit of colour without being too much.
- Find the scent that relaxes you
I think this is really important as scents can really ramp up the relaxation process. I love this Mum and Me Bump Bath Soak by Cussons and the matching moisturiser with it’s light camomile and jasmine fragrance. One of my friends bought them for me for my baby shower and I’m addicted.
- Plump it up
Out with the old and flat towels, in with new soft and fluffy ones. You’re not going to channel a spa experience with a 10-year-old tatty Tenerife beach towel with a hole in the middle.
- All of the Lights
It’s a total cliche but bright lights aren’t conducive to a relaxing soak, unless you enjoy that caught-in-a-police-helicopter-spotlight kind of vibe. Candles are the way forward, but don’t forget to shut the window unless you want to share your bath with a bunch of manic moths.
- Add greenery
Who says bathrooms should be a plant-free zone? After all they clear the air and have a calming vibe about them. Just don’t go for cacti in case you accidentally slip on the bath mat. That’s a tricky one to explain at A&E.
- Do not disturb
Most importantly, unless your other half is coming in to bring you a drink/snack or is offering to massage your feet, keep your bathroom a do not disturb zone, especially if you don’t have a separate loo. I don’t need to elaborate more, really.
How do you relax? Is your bathroom as much as a haven for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Lots of pampering and love,
Disclosure: I was gifted the bathroom cabinet for purposes of a review for this post.