The organic home: for minimalist living

THE MINIMALIST BATHROOM June 21 2017, 0 Comments

Our bathrooms are a space where minimalism can be hard to achieve.  A minimalist bathroom is difficult because we have so many ‘amenities’ at hand: everything from toothpaste to towels and toilet paper. Here are a few easily actioned tips to get you started:

One of each

Duplicates only add to the clutter. Keep one item of all the essentials at hand - one tissue box, one towel, one shampoo, etc. This is so simple and should make an immediate difference.  You can store your backups in a cupboard somewhere else or discard them if it is something you can easily reorder online.

Quick Tip: use multifunctional hair care products! Instead of keeping one shampoo, one conditioner, and one bar of soap, why not have a single product that can accomplish everything at once? A minimalist bathroom never has items with duplicate functions. Also, stick to one brand! Limiting your cosmetic and hair products to a single company (or packaging colour scheme like white) will add consistency to the overall aesthetic of your minimalist bathroom.

Don’t use what you don’t need”

This is the central philosophy of minimalism - so apply it to your bathroom. Take out every single accessory in your bathroom, and put back only the things you need. Trust me, you will be surprised by how little you actually use need on a daily basis. That 10-year old comb from Thailand you never used before, the expired face cream in your linen closet, take that out!  It’s really worth taking everything out one by one and then packing it back.  One realises the extent of one’s own hoarding if done this way! 

Quick Tip: try to keep your less important items ‘hidden’ by storing them inside opaque or mirrored closets. Only display the essentials. This follows the core fundamental of a minimalist philosophy: ‘promote things we value, remove everything else that distracts us from it.’

Light Colours (but white is always your best friend!)

Keep away from dark or shiny colours. Ideally use tones and shades that are pale and calming. It will make your small bathroom nook feel much more spacious. Mirrors can also add to sense of space, and most bathrooms need them anyway.  If you think a mirror will make you feel vain, insecure or self conscious GET OVER IT. Or just throw out the mirror because life is too short to live that way.  After all, there is no means to avoid the bathroom!

Quick Tip: Uniformity is crucial to calm. The last thing you want is pink towels, light-blue walls, and brown curtains. If you are going to use a colour, stick to one and commit to it. There should be no sense of mismatch or confusion if the bathroom colours are uniform.  White works well because even different shades of white tend to blend and work well together. 

Aesop shower gel bottles and facewash tube in monochrome bathroom shelf

Keep everything clean

This is a BIG one!  And maybe the most obvious tip. Luckily after you have ‘triaged’ the items in your bathroom it will be easier to do :)

The perfect minimalist bathroom is spotless, so you need to regularly give your surfaces a wipe with a non toxic product like these. This will revamp the entire bathroom and gives it life. Plants are also good in the bathroom, despite popular opinion. As long as they are easy to move and you have good ventilation - go for it!  

Quick Tip: replace your old-fashioned plastic amenities with modern BPA Free ones. It will make the bathroom feel much more clean and fresh if you use glass, stone or metal rather than cheap plastic. Unsustainable and old crusty bathroom items here and there will not only disrupt the minimalist atmosphere, but also make YOU feel out of place.

Make it smell like… nothing

There is a new product called poopourri, which kind of does what it says on the tin. It makes things smell the same as all the other rooms in the house. Alternatively flowers or greenery work great!  Green goes especially well with white and even a small branch of greenery on a glass vase can brighten your mood or bright 'homeliness' to a sterile room. Lets face it, bathrooms are SUPPOSED to be sterile!

If you follow these guidelines, your minimalist bathroom should be a haven.  

You can disappear in there when the kids are screaming, when you need to cry because your boyfriend just dumped you (and you know your makeup is going to run) or just to, you know… do the business.