Master Upgrades is about the small but powerful things that can make anything in your life (a room, a trip, a closet) better. We take the guesswork out of improving whatever you think needs improving.
As we look to the rooms in our home, often neglected is the bathroom. It’s not the bathroom’s fault, per se, but there’s a whole lot less space to really do anything worthwhile (unless you have the time and money to spare). But there are some incredibly useful products that you can buy to make your bathroom look and feel like a place you actually want to show off.
Look, there’s no shame in buying hand soap from the grocery store and calling it a day (Mrs. Meyer’s is still my go-to). But if you want to feel like you’re washing your hands with something that’s both cleaning and nourishing your hands, invest in something like Aesop Resurrection soap, which is light and delicate but moisturizing and powerful.
I have this simplehuman garbage bin in my bathroom and while it was a bit of a learning curve to get used to not just tossing my used Q-tips and cotton pads into a bin on the ground, I know I’m never going back. It keeps debris from cluttering your clean bathroom and it hides any full bin from guests.
Having a matching bathroom set may seem cliché, but when it’s one that looks as good as this one from Anthropologie, you’ll enjoy keeping your soaps, lotions, and toothbrushes on display all the time.
A small but noticeable way to upgrade your bathroom is to get a bath mat that matches your personality. The abstract design of this Cold Picnic one allows it to go with any color and style bathroom and is plush enough to keep your feet dry post-shower.
Most bathrooms don’t have the best storage options, so the best thing to do is go vertical. If you can’t drill into the wall to add shelves, something for other the door is your best bet. This Urban Outfitters unit is chic and functional so you can keep clutter at bay without it feeling like a college dorm.
If you want something that you can easily access while in the shower, but don’t have a lot of space to add shelves, both the Yamazaki Tower Bath Rack and the Yamazaki Bathroom Tower Cart are under 5” wide. Wheel it out when you need to get to your shampoo or body wash and then wheel it right back out of sight.
One of the best things you can do to make your bathroom feel more luxurious and enjoyable is to switch out that factory shower head you’re probably working with. Get one that looks purposeful but won’t break the bank in terms of upfront cost and helps cut down on water usage.
You may not think that having the right towel could change anything about your bathroom experience, but you’d better think again. Parachute’s ultra-soft bath towel starter collection is a set of any and all towels you could possibly need (with some backups for when you forget to do laundry).
There’s no shame in talking about bathroom smells. Yes, you can buy the sprays to use before you go, but they don’t really look all that great. Instead, keep a set of nice matches on top of your toilet to help dissipate any lingering odors.
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