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Bathroom Essentials: 9 Things You’ll Need When Stocking Your First Home


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Did you just move into your first home?

You’re going to spend a lot of time in each individual room in the house in the coming years. From the living room to the kitchen to the bedroom, you’re going to log some serious hours in your home’s various rooms.

And yes, this includes the bathroom! Studies have shown that the average person spends more than a full year in the bathroom throughout the course of their lives.

Make the most of your bathroom by stocking it with the necessary bathroom essentials. Here are nine things that should be in every bathroom in your new home.

1. Modern Lighting Fixture

You’re going to need a lot of light in your bathroom. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, putting on your makeup, or cleaning a cut on your finger, you’ll want to be able to see what you’re doing at all times.

If the lighting fixture that’s hanging up in a bathroom in your new home isn’t going to cut it, start by replacing that. You can brighten up the bathroom space in a hurry simply by swapping out your old light for a new one.

2. Mirror

Is there a mirror already hanging up in your bathroom? If not, hang one up immediately.

Without a mirror, you won’t be able to:

  • See what your hair looks like while you’re combing it
  • Check out the condition of your teeth while you’re brushing them
  • Put on makeup (and actually have it look good!)

And if you do have a mirror hanging up in your bathroom, think about if it’s the right one for you. You can get a bigger mirror, a fancier mirror, or even just a mirror that looks newer than the one you have now.

3. Medicine Cabinet

A good medicine cabinet can, of course, be used to store your medicine. You can put everything from over-the-counter headache treatments to prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet.

But you can also use a medicine cabinet to store everything else you’ll need while you’re in your bathroom, including lotions, creams, toothpaste, soap, and more. It’ll keep your bathroom organized while putting your bathroom essentials at your fingertips.

4. Hand Soap

Any time you spend more than a few seconds in your bathroom, you should always wash your hands. The average bathroom is filled with germs that could wreak havoc on your health if you’re not careful.

Make sure you have a bottle of hand soap sitting next to the sink in your bathroom. It’ll allow you and everyone else in your house to make handwashing more of a priority.

5. Towel Rack With Hand Towels

If you don’t have hand towels for people to dry their hands once they’re done washing them, it’s going to result in them dripping water all over your bathroom space.

Put up a towel rack near your sink and keep it stocked with fresh hand towels. They’ll give people a chance to wash and dry their hands after using the bathroom.

6. Toothbrush Holder

For years, most people left their toothbrushes out in the open in toothbrush holders set up on the sink. But doing this could potentially make your toothbrush dirtier than the average toilet seat.

Rather than leaving your toothbrush out in the open, place a toothbrush holder either in your medicine cabinet or in another enclosed space. This will stop germs, bacteria, and even fecal matter from coming into contact with your toothbrush.

7. Shower Curtain

When people are using your bathroom to take a shower, you want the water from the shower to stay inside of it. A shower curtain can keep water in and stop it from getting all over your bathroom.

The right shower curtain can also set the tone for your entire bathroom. You can pick out a shower curtain that’s one single color or one with a big design or image on it. Either way, it’ll be the first thing people see when they enter the space.

As an added bonus, a shower curtain will also prevent people from seeing right into your shower when they’re in your bathroom. You won’t have to worry about scrubbing it down every time you have visitors to stop them from seeing your mess.

8. Bath Mat

A shower curtain can prevent water from a shower from spraying all over the place. But once a person gets out of the shower, the curtain isn’t going to stop them from tracking water throughout a bathroom while they dry off.

Stop your bathroom floor from getting soaked every time someone takes a shower by investing in a durable bath mat for your bathroom. People can put this mat down on the floor while they shower to keep it nice and dry.

Just make sure you hang your bath mat up to air dry each day. Otherwise, you could find strange smells building up in your bathroom and possibly even mold and mildew growth under your mat.

9. Trash Can

Generally speaking, bathrooms are dirty places, no matter how much time you spend cleaning them. They often contain some combination of dirty tissues, used dental floss, and empty wrappers.

Work on keeping your bathroom as clean as you can get it by setting up a trash can somewhere in the space. This trash can should be easy to open and close and should be emptied out on a regular basis to prevent the spread of germs, viruses, and more.

Purchase These Bathroom Essentials for Your New Home Now

You might not realize how many things you need for a bathroom in your new home until you walk into it. It’ll look and feel so empty without the right bathroom essentials in it.

Run down this list while you’re shopping for things for your new home and buy everything on it. It’ll help you move into your new bathroom and start using it right away.

Or, if you want to revamp the space, consider remodeling your bathroom. Read our other articles for some tips on successfully pulling off a bathroom remodeling project.

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