Styling Bathroom Shelves and Settling for Done

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 minutes and Settling for Done not Perfect.

What is the most neglected room in your house? Mine is the upstairs bathroom. It's small, old, and has weird, bright blue tile. I've gone through a few different color palettes and decor styles in this room and I haven't been able to settle on any one. No matter what I've done, it always feels off.

I had just given up and didn't feel motivated to try again. If I couldn't get it perfect then what was the point? I figured inspiration would hit me eventually. And so, the shelves in the bathroom were left sitting mostly empty for months.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

It wan't pretty.

A few weeks back we were planning on a full house for the weekend. This is the only bathroom that has a tub so anyone that stays overnight usually ends up using it. Sometimes it takes such things to get you going. Before everyone arrived and after the kids went to bed, I went to work on the bathroom.

First, I completely cleared the shelves so it was a blank slate, even though I knew half of what was there needed to be there. Hand towels, toilet paper, and small toiletries (like cotton balls and soap), all the things that would be nice for guests to have on hand. Things always look much neater when you have container to put them in so I just used what I already had.

After arranging the necessary items, I added in the art and decorations. Not a lot, just enough to avoid overloading the shelves and making them look cluttered. I moved the plant in from another room to add that finishing touch that only a plant can. It just adds that spa look to a bathroom.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Perfect is the enemy of done.

Whoever came up with that saying, I love it.

All too often I put off things that could easily be done. I'm waiting for that perfect magic moment. That one styling idea that will make the room perfect. And if I'm being absolutely honest, what will elicit the most flattering compliments from my friends. But that's a whole different post.

Sometimes I'm just plain lazy. 


Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

It took 15 minutes after my boys went to bed to turn this empty space into a functional one that I don't mind seeing everyday. I know that this isn't the kind of look that shows up on HGTV. It doesn't look nearly high-end enough. It's not perfectly gorgeous but it works. It looks so much better than having nothing there at all.

It doesn't have to be magazine-worthy every time.

It's ok to discard an old style that doesn't suit you anymore. It's ok to change things every week. I'm learning that sometimes it's ok if it's not magazine-worthy on the first try. I have way too many places in my house that I've been putting off until perfection is achievable.

Do you have a neglected space that you just need to get done?




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