Create a bathroom spa-like oasis at home

Work, kids, house projects, buying/selling a home – we know life is stressful and it’s not always easy to take the time necessary to relax. However, it’s essential for you to find some “me time” and take care of yourself. And while it would be lovely to have the time (and money) to visit a luxury spa on a regular basis, that’s not an option for most of us. So, we decided to put together some tips on how to create that spa like setting right at home and make “spa time” a regular part of your week.

1.  Invest in a quality showerhead. This may not seem important, but having the right showerhead makes a big difference. Whether you’re on a budget or have hundreds to spend, first you’ll want to narrow your search by deciding if you want your showerhead to be hand-held or wall/ceiling mounted. Some things you may want to consider: both hand-held and wall-mounted showerheads can work with existing plumbing.  Prices start around $20, and you can find a variety of different spray patterns. Ceiling-mounted showerheads will require a plumber, so this will add an extra cost, but if this is something you have been dreaming about, it may be a good investment.

2.  Freshen your towels and shower curtain. Are your towels a few years old and looking a little dingy? Although they may be clean, smell fresh, and do the job, it may be time to buy at least a set of new towels. So, pack up your old towels, donate them to an animal shelter, and restock your linen closet. This doesn’t have to cost you a lot, you can find some great towels for less than $10 at places like Costco. Next, find a new shower curtain (and liner if you use one). No one wants to sit in a bathtub and see a dirty shower curtain (or liner). If you’re wild about your current curtain, consider throwing it in the laundry.

3.  Swap existing hardware. Buying a new vanity may not be within your budget, but changing (or adding) new hardware can make a significant change and it takes only minutes to accomplish. While you’re at it, you may also want to consider updating the towel rack, toilet paper holder, and door knobs.

4.  Keep it simple with decorations. Less is often more, and this is especially true in a bathroom. However, don’t be shy about adding a piece of art to a wall and an orchid or houseplant. (Quick tip, if you have any philodendron around your house, take a clipping, put it in a vase/glass jar with water and place it in your bathroom.)

5.  Add a bathtub caddy. This is one of those things that you may not have considered needing; however, once you have one, you will wonder why you didn’t do this sooner. This will give you some serious spa vibes and it makes a big impression. Interested in making your own? Here are some beautiful options.

6.  Pick a time!  You can have the best spa-like oasis at home, but if you don’t set aside time for yourself, it doesn’t really matter. So, leave your phone out of reach (perhaps use it for some relaxing background music) and let your family know that you’re heading to the spa and will be back in 30 minutes, an hour, etc.