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The root of remodeling stress

Diary, Master Bathroom

The other day, I finally figured out why this project was stressing me out so much. It wasn’t the mess, or the expense, or the lack of free time. It was having to share a teeny tiny bathroom with Teague every morning.

This is the bathroom we’re using right now:


See that teeny tiny little round mirror on the left, underneath the light fixture? That’s the mirror I use for doing my makeup and my hair and all that girly stuff that us girls do. I think it’s 8″ round, and it’s mounted about 2″ too high for me because Teague hung it (and he’s about 2″ taller than me!). I hate that mirror.

I’m not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. I stay in bed until the last possible second, hitting the sleep button at least 2 or 3 times before I drag myself out from under the covers. Which means I’m always rushing to get ready and out the door on time. Teague gets up when I get up, and we both head downstairs at the same time. I hit the bathroom first, but he’s usually only about 2 minutes behind me. He doesn’t have the same “personal space” issues I have, so he regularly barges into the bathroom to chat, brush his teeth, climb around me to grab his deodorant, etc. The other day he stole the mirror from me while I was halfway through putting my eyeliner on, and it dawned on me…. I absolutely HATE sharing a space that small so early in the morning.

I think it’s something of an obsession with him, a need to see what sort of girly things I might be up to in there. The other day, about 2 minutes after I hopped out of the shower, he started banging on the door. “What do you want?” I yelled, a hint of annoyance in my voice. “Can I get in?” he asked. “What for?” I sighed, not yet ready to give in. A long pause followed, and then his answer. “Deodorant.”

Apparently, it was a deodorant emergency. It was late-afternoon, we had no plans to leave the house or make ourselves presentable in any way, and yet he felt compelled to put on deodorant that very minute. It was so important, he wanted me to drop everything I was doing, let all my nice steamy air escape, and invite him into the shoebox we call a bathroom. Needless to say, I did not unlock the door for him.

Luckily, we’re only a few weekends away from the bathroom of our dreams.

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Gina had this to say on 01.16.07:

V and I are currently sharing the one full bathroom in our house. It’s a grand, luxurious 3.5 feet by about 7.5 feet. And our sink, even though it’s small, stretches out far too far into that 3.5-foot expanse we’ve got. If I’m brushing my teeth and V needs to get in for anything–anything at all–I need to a) step backwards and into the tub or b) exit the room. There’s no getting around (pun intended) it. So I feel your pain. It sucks.

I saw your other post about your bathroom. Nice! There’s a light at the end of your tunnel…and I’m hoping there’s a light at the end of mine, but I’m not overly optimistic. Looks like our garage is going to come before our bathroom….

Sara had this to say on 01.16.07:

Hi,Mindy! I know what you mean!!!!We only have one bathroom for 6 people.(we are going to put a second bathroom in our basement soon!!!!)When I just get in to take
a relaxing bath,one of our kids is banging on the door .It drives me crazy!!!!!!!! P.S.I love the color of your new bathroom,I am doing something similiar in my living room(hopefully
I will finish!!!!)

Kristin had this to say on 01.16.07:

I’m more like Teague, always barging into the bathroom while Darwin’s in the shower. Though I do hate it when he stands around and WATCHES me put my makeup on. Painting over my flaws is a very personal act.

We only have one tiny shower, but we each get ready in a separate bathroom, so that works out well. In our new bathroom we’ll have to share for the first time in almost four years! Our first little house was the only one where we had only one bathroom and both got ready in it. Fortunately, we rarely get ready at the same time.

Jocelyn had this to say on 01.16.07:

Gosh I know how that is. Personal space issues. This must be why people want those master suites with double sinks!!

Kristine had this to say on 01.22.07:

Too funny…. this is the story of my LIFE!! We are in the process of designing the blue prints for our 2nd bathroom that will definitely without a doubt have a doulbe sink vanity. The high hopes are that the addition will be started this spring/summer. Until then we have to deal with our tiny bathroom (very similar to your size bathroom, except every time I walk into ours I want to puke at the sight of the excessive amount of baby blue tile…..).

You would think living with a plumber who does this stuff as a living every day our home would have a 2nd bathroom already. Not the case…..but he did build an extremely large shed on our property that consumed the entire summer and any bit of time we had…..absolutely brilliant.

I feel your pain…

Kristine – bristol,ct

purejuice had this to say on 01.22.07:

one life? yes. one bathroom? no.

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