Our 1700 square foot home came with 2 bathrooms. One of them, which is off the master bedroom, is quite large and includes an enormous bath tub (and also a shower). I'm not sure there's enough hot water in our water heater to even fill such a behemoth. Since we were always busy, rushed, or needed constantly by children (or cows or sheep or gardens or steamimg canners), my husband and I just never bothered filling that thing up with water in order to lounge around in it. We always shower. So, over time the tub and surrounding area became a storage space. Our humble home came with no pantry or very much storage area, but there was this huge unused space in that bathroom! Over the past near 3 years since we moved into this home, that bath tub spot has seen a constantly revolving batch of STUFF. Muddy farm pants, meat grinder, food dehydrator, canning supplies, cleaning supplies, livestock first aid supplies... The scenery is always changing.
The other morning while I was standing in there brushing my teeth, I had a moment of amusement looking at that side of the bathroom. I'm so used to it being full of our homesteady stuff that I don't notice how weird our bathroom really is.
At this particular moment we've got dozens of jars of canned foods: broths, lard, fruits and syrup. Since it's not potato season in our garden yet, there is a pile of yams and potatoes I order from AzureStandard.com. We've got water jugs, lots of bee hive equipment, honeycomb and that big metal thing is a honey extractor. Eggs, canning jars, even a couple homestead books and magazines. When I found our wonderful, huge new(used) dining room table at a thrift store last summer, my husband had the brilliant idea to repurpose the top of our old table into a "shelf" of sorts. We laid it on boards and now we're able to stack stuff both in and on top of the tub. So I've got all my vinegars for cleaning and canning, and my other soaps and detergents under there. And yes, behind it all is a TV. We upgraded our humble TV in the living room to this fancy 3D TV but have yet made it a priority to trade it out with the old one. We just pull it out now and then for family movie night.
Moving back a little and the incubator and giant water barrel can be seen. Being serenaded by peeping chickens while showering is always nice.
And there you go. My bathroom.