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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 January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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