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What Every Bathroom Needs

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By : Verne Eliasov    99 or more times read
I am very fond of bathrooms for various reasons. As a child it was the one place I would not be disturbed by relentless little brothers with spiders in their hands pushing their snotty faces into mine. As a teenager it was the only place where I could give myself undivided attention without my mother telling me how vain I was and how I really shouldn't look in the mirror quite so much. When I got married it was the only place I could do certain things that I wouldn’t do in front of my husband in the first few years. And when I got over that, I suddenly had my own darling, delightful toddlers that I wanted to turn into Hansel and Gretel or teeny little mice sometimes. And the bathroom was and is still there, a place of refuge, a sanctuary, a kind of Prozac room that served hourly bathroom therapy on demand. But a bathroom needs a few things to be complete.

Now, nobody really wants to spend half their life sitting wet in a bathtub just so that they can have some me time. It is not practical and the water bill would go through the roof. That is why you have to have at least one hefty and really comfortable armchair in your bathroom, one accommodating enough for you to curl up in with your legs tucked under you and a captivating book in your hand that still has at least a hundred pages left to read. You can even drag a chair from the lounge if you have to. Just remember, if you said you were going in to wash your hair you must either wait till it dries before you emerge, or wet it on your way out.

And if your bathroom has an armchair to read in then you need reading material. Books and the right ones, trashy but not too trashy, and ones that you don’t have a sentimental attachment to, just in case they fall in the bath. Magazines are good for when you can't be bothered to read words and just want to stare at a picture of how you would look with a facelift and a personal trainer. They are also great for helping you mentally reorganize your entire wardrobe as they tell you what not to wear. If, however, you wore that very item of clothing to work that day, toss the magazine aside with gusto.

Like it or not you have to have a set of scales in your bathroom and not the kind you use for measuring flour. It is after all the only place where you know for sure that no one will be peeking over your shoulder when you stand on it and stand on it we must if we are to fight the good fight. And no matter what it says you weigh, never throw the scales, bathrooms are sacred quiet places.

Bathrooms can be a sanctuary and we can make them gorgeous with all sorts of trimmings and tiles. Ultimately though it is what happens in rooms that define them, so call your kids as well sometimes and get silly with them in the bathroom as they splash in the bath. Bathrooms can be too white or too cold, but they can never have too much laughter.
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