On today’s home tour, I wanted to share a look at our guest bathroom, as well as our pantry, laundry room, and garage. Basically, the “odds and ends” rooms of our house!
We didn’t have a dedicated guest bedroom, as the two spare bedrooms were my office and Andy’s den. We only had guests spend the night twice, and they slept on the futon in the living room. (We’re hoping to have a dedicated guest room in our next house!) Nonetheless, the main bathroom in our house was referred to as the “guest” bathroom. It had a weird layout, with two doors– a door separating the sink area from the toilet and bathtub area. It made the toilet/tub area feel really claustrophobic (to me, at least) and for the longest time I would walk all the way to the master bathroom so I could avoid this bathroom!
I didn’t spend too much time or money decorating this space, as we had guests so rarely it wasn’t worth it. I just put together a few things we already owned, plus bought the shower curtain, and voila! The floral arrangement was from my friend Stephanie’s wedding 4 years ago! On the corner of the sink was the extra beauty supplies for any guests that may have needed them. I picked up the Jeremiah 29:11 print (in front of the beauty supplies) at LifeWay when it was on sale.
I couldn’t quite find a shower curtain I loved, but I needed one ASAP when my sister was spending the night. I still don’t love it, but it works! As a side note, I kept a bottle of Poo-Pouri on the toilet lid, just in case; I had a guest once spend the night who forgot to flush the commode because the Poo-Pouri worked so well! I highly recommend Poo-Pouri in every bathroom!
The walk-in pantry was a nice surprise when we moved into our house. We purposely didn’t take advantage of all of its storage, knowing we would be moving soon and not wanting to move a lot of extras. You can see it was mostly used to store extra sodas and cooking supplies, as well as our vacuum and all of the “donate” items we still hadn’t gotten to Goodwill by the time we moved. In the right corner is our deep freezer, and it was the best investment ever! The kitchen freezer was really tiny, so we bought this one so we could store meat that was on sale.
This is half of our laundry room. The other half, on the opposite side of the wall, is Gracie’s corner. I must be an adult because I really loved our laundry room! It was so nice to be able to shut the door and hide the mess from guests. I loved having a laundry sink in there to hand-wash clothes. About 6 months after we moved in, I bought the laundry basket in the floor (that was exclusively for dirty towels/washrags/bed sheets) and was so excited about it!
We did have a bit of an issue in the beginning with Lily going in there to eat Gracie’s food and poo, but we solved it by buying this walk-through pet gate. The tiny gate at the bottom was big enough for Gracie to go in and out as she pleased, but too little for Lily!
Finally, our garage! It was considered small by most people, and us included. Andy’s truck could barely fit inside. He had to align it perfectly in the garage in order to still be able to close the door, and would have about 2 inches of clearance on either side. (Needless to say if I was driving the truck, I always parked it on the street!) I loved being able to pull my car into the garage and not have to get out of my car in the pouring rain.
On the left side of the garage was a storage area, which we used mostly for odds and ends like Andy’s tuff boxes from deployment, a few spare pieces of furniture, camping supplies, Christmas decorations, and bulk goods from the commissary case lot sale. Like with almost every other aspect of the house, it probably wasn’t well-suited for larger families, but it was perfect for just Andy and me.
Floral arrangement: from my friend Stephanie’s wedding
Jeremiah 29:11 artwork: LifeWay
Shower curtain: Target
Poo-pouri (not pictured): Bed Bath & Beyond
Deep freezer: Sam’s Club