Three-Minute (at Most!) Bathroom Update

The ’80s called, and they want their crystal faucet knobs back.

Especially this one with its off-kilter label.

Here’s my new rule:  I’m going to tackle at least one update each month around my house. And once a year, I’m going to take the “Swedish Death Cleaning” approach to my space (especially my closet). This is where you clean and organize like there’s no tomorrow. Really no tomorrow. The idea is to go ahead and clear out all the (often needless) stuff you’ve accumulated over the years so loved ones don’t have to do it after you’re gone. Think of it as the ultimate consideration.

Margareta Magnusson explains it in her book, “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter.”

On a less morbid note–and also once a year–I’m going to consider what I would change/update/replace/repair/ditch if I were going to sell my house tomorrow and have it be as nice as possible. Why wait? Why do those awesome things for someone else?

It’s OK to start small. Take a look at your space, and see what bugs you. Maybe it’s a paint color. Maybe it’s some hardware. Maybe it’s an easy fix.

So last Saturday, I made two trips to Home Depot and got replacement knobs for our old bathroom faucets. Two trips were necessary because I first bought the “universal” versions. Do not do that. Go ahead and get replacement parts specific to your brand. In our case, it was Delta.

The chrome knobs came with everything we needed to make a big difference with very little time and money. We (OK, my husband, Rick) popped off the old knobs and slipped the shiny new ones in place using the Allen wrench included in the package.

Voila! A happy bathroom!

 

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