5 Tips for De-cluttering Your Bathroom

A disorganized and over-cluttered bathroom can take your morning routine from pleasant to hectic with the opening of just one messy drawer. But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be this way! With these few quick de-cluttering tips, you can be on your way to better bathroom organization and a smoother morning routine.

Get rid of what you don’t use

It can be tempting to hold on to sample-size products, thinking you’ll want to try them “someday.” However, in reality, those products are more likely to go forgotten and cause unnecessary clutter. Instead, consider donating unopened hotel shampoos and bars of soap to a shelter where they can be put to much better use.

Use storage options that work

Part of what can make your space feel so disorganized is a lack of workable storage options. Invest a small amount of money into game-changing storage options like drawer dividers, under the sink turntables and cute baskets.

Make sure everything belongs

If you’re like most of us, chances are you have some items floating around your bathroom that don’t really belong there — like that extra package of batteries that you meant to carry into the living room, or that coffee mug that really needs a run through the dishwasher. Clear out anything that isn’t essential for bathroom tasks and move it to a location that makes more sense.

Embrace labels

Reorganizing is great — until you realize you have no idea where anything is anymore. Luckily, labels are great for keeping your system working long after the initial purge. You can invest in a fancy label maker or keep it simple with sticky labels and a sharpie.

Consider your routine

Ideally, your bathroom space should be as functional as possible for your needs. Think through how you like to get ready in the morning and design your organization in a way that makes sense. Group similar use products together to streamline your routine, like hair products and make-up in one area and hygiene products in another.

Your bathroom should be sacred — not cluttered. You’ll be surprised how much some simple organization and de-cluttering can change your space and change your mood.

 

Does your upgraded space need an upgraded mirror? Shop today.

3 Reasons to Leave Love Notes on the Bathroom Mirror

With so many ways to stay in touch these days — from text messages, to DMs, to snaps — the art of the love letter has all but fallen by the wayside. However, there’s nothing like a sweet handwritten gesture to boost the day of someone special. And there’s no better place to do it than the bathroom mirror.

Whether for your partner, your roommate or even your child, bathroom mirror love notes can turn the chore of getting ready in the morning into a warm-fuzzy experience. Here are three reasons to adopt this simple gesture of kindness:

It’s quick and easy

Unlike purchasing a card or planning a date night, leaving a love note on the bathroom mirror is something you can do quickly and spontaneously. And while it may not require much time and effort, the way it will make the object of your affection feel is more than worth it. Plus, you don’t have to spend a ton of time thinking up what to say — in fact, given the medium, keeping it short and sweet is truly your best bet. Something like, “You look great today,” “I love your smile” or “I’m so proud of you” might be all it takes the change the course of someone’s day.

Clean up is a breeze

Simply keep a stack of post-it notes or a dry erase marker in your bathroom drawer for when the inspiration strikes. If your loved one is sentimental, they may want to keep your notes, making post-its the better choice. However, a dry erase marker is handy for jotting off a quick note of encouragement and, as a bonus, it easily wipes clean from your mirror with a little glass cleaner.

Nothing beats the unexpected

The element of surprise is key with mirror love notes. Picture your loved one walking bleary-eyed into the bathroom to take their morning shower, only to be pleasantly surprised by a sweet sentiment left just for them. Even if you make leaving bathroom mirror love notes a frequent practice, the anticipation of what your note will say on any given day is bound to put a spring in your sweetie’s step.

Valentine’s Day may be over, but spreading love should be a year-round practice — and bathroom mirror love notes are the perfect simple way to show someone you care.

Love notes look better on framed mirrors. Shop our Add A Frame collection today.

5 Tips for Decorating With Mixed Metals

Today we’re here to bust one of decorating’s biggest myths: you can’t mix metals within the same room. Not only is this “rule” meant to be broken, we’ll even take it one step further: you should mix metals within the same room.

Using multiple metal tones — like silver, copper, gold, stainless steel and more — can add intrigue and depth to your décor, without overpowering one space with a single finish. That said, it’s important to think carefully about how to mix metals in your home design to avoid giving a room a disjointed or careless appearance.

To help you feel confident in your ability to decorate with mixed metals, we’ve put together a list of five tips:

Think of metals as “warm” or “cool”

Warm metals would be anything with yellowish tones, like gold, copper and brass. Cool metals are anything with silver tones, like aluminum, stainless steel or any other silver metal. Once you have metals mentally divided up in these categories, you can balance the use of warm and cool metals in your décor. For instance, if you have a warm metal prominently used, you can use cool metals as accent tones.

Don’t go overboard

While you can think of this post as your official permission slip to mix metals, you still don’t want to go overboard. Stick to two to three metals at most, ideally with one focal metal and one to two accent metals.

Consider finishes

Using different finishes of the same metal — for instance, polished and shiny versus antique and rustic — can add visual appeal and variety. However, again, it’s important not to go overboard.

Use a mirror to add depth

Adding a mirror to a room creates depth by reflecting the metallic notes in your décor and generating a more open feel. Bonus points if your mirror has a metal frame!

Utilize space

Spreading out the different metals you choose will help the room flow better. Aim for metal mixing to happen at various heights and surfaces so the eye isn’t pulled to one plane of the room over another. For instance, if you have brass light fixtures drawing the eye up, you can use silver drawer pulls to bring attention to lower areas of the room.

Above all, trust your instincts. You want your décor to match your style, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope if it feels right.

In the market for a metallic framed mirror? Check out our selection.

The Power of Mirror Mantras

The mirrors in your home serve many practical purposes — from putting in your contacts in the morning, to making sure you don’t have spinach in your teeth. But beyond these necessary functions, did you know your mirror can actually be a helpful tool on your way to better self-esteem, goal achievement and career confidence?

It’s true! Studies have shown that frequently seeing your own reflection can help better develop your sense of self, shift your perspective, improve social skills and ground you in your body. There’s even a growing practice of mirror meditation that claims to help develop “kinder self-awareness.”

We’ve posted before about writing inspirational quotes on your mirror as helpful reminders to start your day, but mirror mantras can take this a step further. Here’s how you can get started with your own personal mantra to build the confidence and self-esteem you need to reach your biggest goals:

Pick a theme

Think about the kind of energy you want to manifest in your own life. Are you trying to move up the ladder at work? Work on your body image? Stay focused on a fitness goal? Whatever type of self-improvement you’re after, think of a theme to connect your mirror mantras.

Select a few powerful phrases

Your actual mantras can be whatever you choose, but should speak to the heart of your goals. While some people like to have a few mantras to alternate, others select one particularly powerful mantra to repeat daily. Here are a few examples:

  • You are enough.
  • You deserve this.
  • You are stronger than you think.

Set aside time

While you don’t need much time, a mirror mantra routine is likely to be most effective in the morning before your day has truly begun. However, don’t be afraid to find a routine that works best for you if mornings aren’t your thing.

Breathe, repeat, breathe

Stand tall with good posture and grounded feet, then make eye contact with yourself in the mirror. Say your mantra, breathe in and out deeply, and repeat it again. Feel free to repeat this process as many times as you need to feel ready for your day.

 

Do you use mirror mantras? Tell us what positive energy you’re manifesting in the comments below.
Take your mirror mantras to the next level — add a frame today.

5 Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

While you can’t magically change the dimensions of a small room, there are ways you can maximize your space and make a small room at least feel bigger. The square-footage may stay the same, but your attitude about where you live can drastically improve with just a few simple decorative tweaks.

Try one of these five tips to make a small space feel bigger — then sit back and enjoy your new “larger” room.

Get creative with paint

Painting your ceiling naturally draws the eyes upwards, which can make a small or low-ceiling room feel taller. Similarly, light-colored walls reflect the light and make a room feel more open. Opt for a shade of white, light grey, or light blue walls for a subtle, airy feel.

Utilize effective lighting

Overhead lighting that illuminates a room from the top down tends to give off a spotlight effect — even if it’s not immediately noticeable. By pooling all the light from one overhead source, you could be unknowingly minimizing your space. Instead, use smaller lamps around the room to bring light to every nook and cranny.

Buy furniture with exposed legs

It may sound silly, but furniture that you can see under — as opposed to a couch that is skirted or a coffee table that sits flat on the ground — creates a much more open, expansive feel to a room. As another tip, avoid putting your furniture flush with the wall. Evening pulling it out just a few inches can make a room feel less cramped.

Create an illusion with mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors reflect light and make a room seem instantly bigger. This is especially effective when a mirror is placed across from a window. Plus, framing a mirror adds elegance to any room, and the right size can even double as a statement piece.

Aim for bigger decorations — but fewer of them

An abundance of small decorations can make a room feel cluttered and stuffy. Instead, go for larger pieces that stand out and fill space, without making your style look too busy.

Next time you’re feeling crowded in your home, try one of the above adjustments and see what a difference it can make. You might be surprised.

Need a new mirror for your small space? Shop our framed mirrors.