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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 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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