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How to Organize a Blissful Bathroom on a Budget

How to Organize a Blissful Bathroom on a Budget

Your bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in your home, hosting bathing, priming and pampering sessions on a daily basis.

Isn’t it about time you returned the favor and gave your bathroom some much-needed TLC?

Follow these easy and budget-friendly tips to organize your bathroom and turn it into a relaxing oasis without breaking the bank!

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1) Get rid of clutter.

Go through all of the cabinets, drawers and shelves in your bathroom—including that drawer you’re afraid to open! Weed out old, expired, or unwanted/unneeded bath and beauty products, medications and cleaning supplies. Be sure to extend your clutter-clearing search to items you might not consider as clutter such as worn-out and threadbare linens, opened bandages, broken appliances, bath accessories and beauty tools. Check your local municipality’s website for information on how to dispose of expired medications and broken appliances safely and properly in your area.

2) Store bath products in smaller, simpler containers.

Eliminate chunky, clunky and garish containers from your bathroom in favor of smaller, simpler and streamlined containers that are easier to handle. For an instant apothecary-type jar, raid the recycling bin for sturdy glass containers, such as glass pasta sauce containers. Sterilize the containers in boiling water and store cotton balls, swabs, bandages, bobby pins and other similar items inside. Decant large amounts of bath products, such as those mega-sized lotions or soaps you buy at big box stores, into smaller plastic containers for easy daily use and handling.

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3) Lay out AM and PM prep stations.

Make your morning and evening care routines run like clockwork with body and beauty prep stations. Place everything you need to get ready for each AM/PM prep session in one or two sturdy medium-sized containers on your bath counter so they’ll be ready for use in a pinch. Other ideas include: clearing out specific areas for your respective AM and PM notions and potions, such as a shelf in a medicine cabinet or area in a bathroom drawer, going vertical by affixing a plastic hanging holder to the back of the bathroom or cabinet door, or using a small face towel on your bathroom counter as a controlled storage space for your morning and evening bath items.

4) Make room for beauty and bath.

Do you really need that two-gallon sized container of body exfoliant sitting on your bathroom counter? What about that boxed collection of 700 sterile bandages teetering on the wall behind your towels? Make a quick survey of items you don’t use on a regular basis and store these materials in a nearby linen closet so they are out of your way. Do you use these items frequently? Follow the advice in point #2 and decant only what you need to a smaller, more manageable container for frequent or daily use.

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5) Organize a relaxation kit (or other helpful bath/beauty-related kit).

Wash away the blues or a hard day at work with a relaxation kit specially outfitted with your favorite bath soak crystals, oils, brushes, candles and bath pillow. Do you love to do your nails at home? You could put together a manicure/pedicure kit with nail clippers, files, buffer, nail polish, cotton balls, cotton swabs, toe separators, lotion, exfoliant and nail polish remover. Get ready for scratches and scrapes by preparing your own first aid kit with bandages, gauze, antibacterial cream/ointment, hydrogen peroxide and other items. Collect your favorite and must-have supplies in a small to medium sized waterproof container and store your kit in a bathroom cabinet or nearby closet for easy access.

How does it feel to have a refreshed, revived and organized bathroom?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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