When we first moved into our house in 2007 I had an epic quarter-life crisis over choosing shower curtains for our two bathrooms (oh you funny little girl who had no children! The things you worried over!). For our guest bathroom – that is now our "kids' bathroom" – I finally settled on a kitchy! yet informative! vinyl map of the world shower curtain from Target. I never did get a "real" shower curtain for the master bath … I was soon pregnant and had more important things to tend to like the contents of my cupboards and refrigerator.
Now that we're soon expecting our second baby I am nesting like crazy. We've already cleaned out the garage, organized all our files, cleaned out my closet (goodbye size 8 jeans! Goodbye pointy four-inch heels! I hardly knew ye!), and we are currently working on transforming our guest room (that was formerly the office which in plainspeak means IT IS FULL OF JUNK) into a guest room/place for Rocky to sleep. I am wearing myself thin these days because I can hardly stand to sit still while there are books to be rearranged on book shelves and better! more ergonomic! places to store things like Sydney's Tylenol bottles and Vick's. Who can rest when there are old toiletries clogging up spaces that could be empty! and vast! Not me!
And so when my husband left town on a backpacking trip last week my little bird feathers started twitching and before I knew it I found myself redesigning the entire guest bath. I thought to myself "How on EARTH will I be a respectable mother of TWO if I don't have a more kid-friendly bathroom to bathe my POOR CHILDREN in?! Think of the therapy they'll have to endure as adults!" Hence-to-fore, I came upon this perfect, gender-neutral shower curtain that didn't clash with the HORRID tile in this particular water closet … and well? All hell broke loose. Suddenly I was PRIDING myself on how I didn't just buy all the fragile matching accessories and instead investigated my surroundings for things that tied in (and were cheaper!) and were also – yes! it's true! – kid AND Organizing Crazy-Mama friendly! High five for me!
Anyway, here's how it turned out. I can't help but visit our new bathroom and admire it several times daily. Because I am a nerd. And also? Move at the speed of a cruise ship and and for all intents and purposes am now housebound unless chaperoned. Being as wide as you are tall will do that to a person.
I have to say that I'm particularly proud of the over-the-toilet organizer (which is apparently also called an etagere. Whatevs). For one? I assembled it while sitting at the dining room table with my daughter as she chucked handfuls of yogurt in my general direction and screamed baby-expletives at me. Also? I cannot believe that I never thought of this before as a way to add much-needed storage to our bathroom. As a bonus? Until my daughter realizes she can climb up on the toilet (shouldn't be long! Did you see this?), I can put the No-No Don't Touch things in there. YAY! Now there's finally ONE place in my house that she can't disturb with her 36-inch long self. No matter that the shelves are on upside down. NO MATTER.
Also, what is it about redecorating that inspires you to, you know, CLEAN THE BATHROOM? And, you know, CLOSE THE SHOWER CURTAIN?
The map shower curtain has found new life in the master bathroom. All now seems right with the (bathrooms of the) world. Thus ends the ridiculously long post about my bathroom featuring way too many photos of the toilet.
And let me ask you this, did your house also get in tip-top shape while you were pregnant OR WHAT?!