Each day we rise, often before the sun itself, and the first place we frequent is the bathroom. It is surely one of the most personal and private spaces in our home. We look at ourselves in the mirror, reflecting upon our physical image as well as our reflections for the upcoming day. If we have cared for our loved one at home, the bathroom may house remnants of caretaking along with many personal items of our loved one.
What changes might one do to brighten this room?
- Remove the toiletries, medical supplies and/or assistive devices of your loved one.
- Donate any unused medication to an organization such as "Doctors Without Borders" or a local hospice organization. Pharmacies will readily dispose of medication for you and it is safer for the environment than putting it down the drain .
- Many churches or charities are grateful for donations of assistive devices and will come to collect them. If it is difficult for you to do, ask a friend. Friends are always looking for a "job" that is truly needed and appreciated.
- Bandages, IV supplies, etc. placed into ziplock bags can also be dropped off to nursing homes, or community action organizations. It can be comforting to know someone else is going to benefit from your donation.
- Place a small flower or plant by your sink and mirror. Seeing their growth and natural beauty is uplifting as you pass by or brush your teeth.
- Add a new and comforting fragrance to your bathroom to pleasantly greet you.
- A silly picture of you and your loved one taped to the mirror may help you find a smile and bring gratitude for all that was and is!
- A new set of towels in your favorite color is a great morning greeting or splurge on a new soft luxurious towel. It need to be only one.
- Last but not least, shine the mirror to see the beauty in you!