- Are you in your forever house? Well, if so, consider yourself lucky and take the time to note any permanent fixtures in your home that don’t suit. Most standard sinks and counters are installed for average height. But funny how “average” so often doesn’t fit most folks. You get your pants tailored to your exact height, don’t you? Why not that counter, so when you bend over to brush your teeth, it’s at the ideal height to match? Make plans to take into consideration next time you redo your bath, kitchen, or anywhere else you have one of those tiny little daily annoyances. If you’re really handy, you can possibly even do this inexpensively, even if you’re happy with your current designs. (I’ve always been inspired by the story that Julia Child had her kitchen counters lifted so that she’d be most accommodated in the room she took such pleasure in working.) I’m a firm believer that in our fortunate modern-day existences, so many of those little problems that cause small, consistent daily annoyance can be solved, if only we’ll take the time to stop and realize that the trashcan placement doesn’t fit near your sink or that you constantly have to walk around a farther path the previous owners installed. That’s a good life lesson, isn’t it? Even outside the home, if we’d stop and think, how many of our problems are solved!
- When we moved into a new house, we don’t expect the former owners to leave their furniture, clothes, or appliances. So why is it I’m so apt to leave lighting fixtures, faucet knobs, or drawer pulls? If a full counter and sink overhaul isn’t in your immediate future, consider the small fixtures. Sure, it takes time, a little expense, and effort to replace and make perfect. But think of your fixtures as the jewelry to your outfit. It’s so much easier to tweek a little thing than over haul the whole place! Someday, I’ll get around to the countertops and tile, but in the meantime, make a plan (and a date with the spouse) to spend your Saturday at Lowe’s picking out new gems to make that bathroom your own!
- Ever spent the morning painstakingly applying your “face,” only to walk outside and notice your beauty routine is obvious by a showing harsh blush line? Daylight is the best lighting, but if you’re like most of us without windows in the bathroom, install bulbs that most closely resemble bright daylight. It’s a great way to eliminate embarrassing make-up mistakes, and brighten up your cheery bathroom too!
- But, you don’t always want bright light in the bathroom, do we? What about at night when your wander in to wash your face before bed, or want to relax in a warm tub? How about installing a dimmer switch – like the ones we so often have in our dining rooms? What a small luxury this would be!
- With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to make sure our skin is soft and summer supple. I learned this old recipe from my etiquette teacher in elementary school, and it never fails to refresh and soothe. It’s by far my bathtime favorite soak.
You’ll need: oatmeal, a cheesecloth, milk or buttermilk, and essential oils if you prefer (lavender buds and/or vanilla are nice additions). And of course, a tub filled with warm water, reading materials, a cup of tea, candles — whatever you’ll enjoy while you relax.
- Pulse your oatmeal in a blender or food processor if it’s course or thick. The finer the grain, the more moisturizing your bath will be.
- Spoon the oatmeal into a cheesecloth (a coffee filter works well if you don’t have any muslin on hand). Tie with a string.
- Pour milk (or buttermilk) directly under the streaming warm water as you fill the tub.
- Place your oatmeal bag in the end of the tub away from the running water.
- Gently squeeze the oatmeal bag to release the liquid. Remove the bag after about 10 minutes, sit back, and enjoy.