Hello dears! While the girls and I were trying to think up post ideas one day, an inspiring thought struck us: we talk all the time about makeup and beauty, and making sure we look presentable, but we have never talked about the environment we perform our toiletry in, namely, our bathroom. The same can be said for our sewing, craft, and music spaces. So we’ve decided we’re going to begin a new series call, “Back to Basics”. In this series the girls and I desires to share the way we live in our family’s home, as well as what we are doing to practicing homemaking.
So lets get started with this post about how and why we keep our bathroom space clean and tidy.
Many times people will look at blogs to discover new ways and techniques on how to live a more simple, efficient and enjoyable lifestyle. I don’t necessarily want you all to take this as instruction material, rearranging your own bathroom space to be like ours, but instead to take this as inspirational material, to encourage you to keep a clean and tidy space in the way that suits you and your family members best.
From a very young age, we were blessed with our mother’s warnings to clean up after ourselves. This laborious task of drudgery, was a thing girls and I hated; it was the only “downside” of our play time. As time went by, however, we began to understand the importance of keeping your play spaces clean for the next time. And wouldn’t yah know, we learned to enjoy cleaning up after ourselves. And, yes, we like doing it so much now that we even set individual standards for ourselves.
Individual standards can become tyrannical, especially if they cross another person’s standards. This was the case for the girls and I for many years concerning our bathroom space, until we realized we needed to set standards for us all to live by besides keeping our own when we use this popular space called a bathroom.
So what are our bathroom standards?
- Girls shed. And we shed a lot of hair 😉 So to keep our floor hairless, Charlotte makes sure to clean it just about every day. We also all have a habit of keeping our brushes and sinks clean of hair each day, making sure that everything that comes off goes into the trash.
- Washing hands, faces, makeup brushes, etc. in our bathroom sinks leads to sludgy looking sink bowls. Brigi keeps this area looking nice and fresh by cleaning it at least once a week.
- And like most things the toilet and shower get used an awful lot when you have girls around, thus I clean the former three times a week, and we all pitch in to scrub down the latter when it gets too grimy.
- The shower is equipped with a couple nice plastic baskets to hold our shampoos, conditioners, soap, and other essentials. Oh yes, and again, everything has its place, and all three of us like keeping it that way. (Ever since I can remember Mom has always made sure that our showers had some sort of plastic basket to contain shower items.)
- We like to keep our counter top as clear as possible, but ever since makeup entered our daily regimes, it has been useful to keep only the shareable makeup items, as well as our homemade toothpowder up on the counter for easy use. They all have their own place on either side of the tissue box, and we all respect their placements. (This keeps the arguing at bay.)
- Speaking of the counter, we also keep little wash cloths handy (hanging over our bathroom cupboard doors) for easy reach when the water insists on having a good time out of our sink bowls and it needs wiping up 😉
- Clean towels are a must, and so Charlotte has the duty of making sure that we have a fresh batch once every week.
- We each have our own drawer full of our own personal things. (When we first moved into this house we three were absolutely delighted to see exactly three drawers in the bathroom.)
…I think that is about it!
The main reason it is wonderful to keep a clean bathroom is so that one can have a reliable, accessible space to use. And here is another important thought, although it might sound funny: as Christian young ladies, the girls and I have realized that one of the ways we can take dominion over what the Lord has blessed us with, is through keeping our living spaces tidy and accessible. This may sound small, and insignificant compared to what the Lord told Adam and Eve to take dominion over when they were in the Garden of Eden, but it still applies.
I believe that when we lose sight of applying these principals to even the smallest of things, we end up losing something in some way, instead of gaining. After all, Jesus has built this whole world and universe with mathematical precision, even down to the simple creature known as the amoeba. He didn’t stop with the fleas, no, he went further to make everything good; I believe we should too.
Do you have any thought or insight to add?
What was the most helpful thing touched on above?
Are your cleaning methods similar to ours in any way?
Blessings on your day!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer