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On being content with a teeny bathroom

We live in a two-level house, and there’s a bathroom on each level.

Upstairs, by the kids’ bedrooms, is the bathroom I painted gray this summer.

before and after of a gray bathroom.

And downstairs, near my bedroom, is a tiny bathroom.

I do not adore this bathroom.

It’s basically a shower, toilet, and sink, with a little bit of room to walk between.

A small bathroom.

It’s not connected to our bedroom, which is a bummer. Having an en suite bathroom is probably one of the things we miss most about our townhouse.

The sink is very small, with almost no ledge. Which is rather inconvenient.

A tiny white bathroom sink.

(Whenever we go on vacation, we are generally in a larger bathroom than our own. Mr. FG and I are always like, “Waaaait….we could both brush our teeth at the same time? What??”)

The cabinet is super tiny, because the sink is super tiny, which is how it had to be because the bathroom is tiny.

There are no windows, which means this bathroom almost never gets any daylight.

The shower is on an outside wall, and due to temperature fluctuations, quite a few of the tiles have cracked, and so has one of the corner shelves.

A dark brown bathroom vanity cabinet.

So. Not my favorite part of my house.

But, there’s always another way to look at things.

  • I am super, super thankful to have two bathrooms.   Six people and one bathroom would be tough for sure.

A tiled shower stall.

  • Even though the bathroom isn’t connected to our bedroom, at least it is on the same floor. It would be pretty inconvenient to have to head to another level to access a bathroom.
  • I am really grateful that this bathroom is not the way it was 12 years ago. We had to gut it and start from studs because it was in such unusable condition. It’s not bigger than it used to be, but it is most definitely not gross like it was before.

A bathroom wall with a clock.

  • Having two bathrooms is great, but having two full bathrooms is especially nice. I’m glad we don’t all have to shower in one bathroom.
  • My shower has an overhead light, which is awesome. I love having plenty of light in there.
  • A small bathroom definitely forces me to fight against bathroom clutter. I can’t keep a bunch of products and appliances around because there is literally no room for them.
  • A small bathroom means less to clean.
  • A small bathroom gets warm faster when you shower.

Of course, if we ever buy another house, I will totally be hoping for an en suite bathroom with a not-tiny sink and a toilet that doesn’t block half of the shower entrance.

But in the meantime, it’s good for me to look at the upsides of the bathroom I’ve got, because focusing on the downsides, or longingly looking at lovelier bathrooms doesn’t change anything.

And I might not be able to change my bathroom right now, but gratitude can change my mind.

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Wednesday 9th of March 2022

I was never unhappy about my bathroom until I read this post. (actually I'm not unhappy now). My bathroom is very similar to yours. I do have a window and my vanity is about 6" bigger. I hadn't given it much thought. It is what it is. Its a functioning bathroom. What more do I need? We can be so provincial in our thinking. Throughout history and around the world today, people bathe in rivers, and use out houses. I am blessed beyond measure. PS I'm not saying you are ungrateful, Kristen. I know you work hard to be content. I'm just sharing the reaction I had reading your post.


Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Oh goodness, that was definitely not my intent when I wrote this post! If you are grateful for your bathroom as-is, then more power to you.

This post is for those of us who have wished there was room to set a curling iron down on a tiny sink top! :)


Monday 21st of February 2022

Retired hubby and I (still working full time) live in a townhouse. He’s tidy; I’m not. So I use the tiny bathroom while he has the master’s w/ two sinks. My bathroom looks just like yours. I too keep a clock in mine.


Thursday 10th of February 2022

I honestly don't know how 6 of us managed with only one full bath in the house I grew up in. As an adult, I'm spoiled with two full baths (one an ensuite). Neither have enough storage space but I'm VERY grateful to have two.


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Yes, gratefulness & being content with what one has is so important. As a lifelong renter I must be content in whatever I am blessed with. Funds have always been tight throughout our 40 year marriage, so I count my blessings. Yes, home ownership would be wonderful, but it will not happen. Be blessed. One blessing-the house we rent needs a new roof, a paint job, some new screens & new flooring, but we have shelter. So many don't.


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

We have a tiny bathroom at home but spending a month in Texas in our camper with even a smaller bathroom makes me appreciate our one at home!


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Oh, that is a good point!

And if you camp in a tent and have to walk to a bathroom, through the woods, in the middle of the night...that'll make you appreciate a real bathroom too.

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