Ah, the happy chaos of motherhood! It’s full of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it days that burst to the brim with mum-hustling. But if you’re craving some calm – just a little pocket of peace in your own home, it’s closer than you think. Promise.

There’s no denying that carrying the weight of being a mum is exhausting. We literally haul the ‘motherload’ on our shoulders every day – there’s always someone who needs food, a hug, clean clothes, soccer boots, a lift, a shoulder to cry on. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. But, as I’ve learned over the course of my 14 years of being a mum, if you don’t take care of you, you’re never going to be everything they need.

As a mum, I know I leave myself pretty low on my daily list of priorities – usually somewhere below making sure there’s bread for the kids’ school lunches. And I know I’ve often worn it as a badge of honour – the more tired and stretched I am, the better mum I must be.

But I’ve learned this kind of thinking only makes me resentful, rather than grateful for the beautiful family I have. And it’s prompted me to come up with an authentic (and practical) way to press pause on the chaos. The solution had to be something close to home, easy to achieve and would genuinely help me take care of myself – inside and out. Guess where I found it? In the bathroom.

Reclaiming The Bathroom

I’ll be honest, most days I walk past our main bathroom after my mini tornadoes (a.k.a my teen boys) ready themselves for the day and it’s a jumble of damp towels, stray hairs and toothpaste muck all over the sink.

So, before I could take back the bathroom, I had to teach my boys some home truths. I asked them to do a two-minute reset once they’d finished in the bathroom each morning. Just take a quick glance around and pop everything back in its place.

At first, I got the usual eye-rolls, but then I explained that I wanted to use the bathroom as a self-care space. A bit of a haven. And they actually softened. Not only that, I haven’t seen a wet towel on the floor since!

A Renewing Bathroom Everyday Ritual

Next, I wanted to make the bathroom inviting and ready for my chaos-escaping moments of peace. I knew that having a few comforts ready and waiting would make it all the more enticing, and would prompt me to make time for myself. I wanted to create a  an ‘everyday ritual’ feeling, so these self-care moments become more habitual. Repetitive.

For once, caring for my own wellbeing becomes as second-nature as caring for everyone else’s.

So I thought about everything I love: reading, beautiful scents, comfort, cleansing and cosiness! I wanted to bring an element of each into the bathroom, so no matter what my mood, I’d find a way to relax and rejuvenate during my everyday ritual. So I created a bathroom everyday ritual kit.

Here are my bathroom everyday ritual kit must-haves, all from IKEA:


The HAVERN bath rack was a non-negotiable, so I can have a big mug of tea (the GLADELIG mug is the perfect vessel!) and a book nearby. There’s just something about reading in the bath that’s next level indulgent!


The ENSTAKA scented candle is the ultimate mood-setter – both for the sensory experience and the flickering light. The earth, smoky and sweet notes create a tranquil atmosphere. Bliss.


Speaking of sensory joy, a soak in epsom bath salts is just the ticket for a tired mum, so the simple, beautiful IKEA 365+ glass bamboo jar is the perfect vessel (and looks gorgeous too). The TRÄTTEN hair towel wrap is a fabulous addition to a bathroom everyday ritual kit – stay warm after you’ve washed your locks even if you want to keep soaking!


The ÅBYÅN body puff paired with an exfoliating scrub is a skin’s best friend, followed with the big, soft FREDRIKSJÖN bath sheet to keep in the cosiness!


And finally, a safe place to store my mobile phone (the TISKEN toothbrush holder with suction cup works beautifully!) Because as much as we want a digital escape, with kids, it’s always nice to know the phone is close by, just in case.

It All Starts In The Bathroom

It may be the centre of morning madness, but your bathroom could truly become your mum haven. Whether you have a whole hour to spare, or just a few minutes to light a candle and stand in the shower, it has the ability to become your calm in the chaos. For more ideas on everyday rituals for a better everyday life head to the IKEA website.

We’re proudly working with IKEA to bring you this article. IKEA believes that everyday rituals create a better everyday life. And home is the perfect place to practice our everyday rituals, because it’s where happiness starts.

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  • I love having an ensuite, if only the kids didn’t use my toilet as well.


  • Some good ideas here. I need to buy our family some new towels!


  • Its all in the towels.
    Make the investment in good quality towels that actually dry you.
    And buy two sets, so that you can refresh them often & if theyre damp, you have a backup.


  • Nothing better than pampering yourself in the bathroom. Deep hot bath, face masks and scrubs. Such a big lift when you can spoil yourself.


  • I’ve always tried to make it a priority to do skin care or at least 5 min in the shower just to feel human


  • I love finally having an ensuite that I have made my own. Now to get the husband his own bathroom and I will be set.


  • I still have some time to go before I reclaim. As of now if my bathroom door doesn’t open once when I am using it that reclaiming for me. My kids are very young. Lol


  • It’s sounds lovely but I love a hot shower


  • look we all live with cancer in some way in our lives. To who ever wins this i hope that every time you look at the lovlely bright yellow it puts a smile on your dial. In light of cancer we all need to do more smiling. If not for our self but for others to see you in a good mood cos it helps others to smile as well.


  • I’m thankful to not share a bathroom with all the boys in the house, however they aren’t too messy.


  • I was planning a trip to Ikea anyway, now I really want to go.


  • Reclaiming out time is very important, so kids also can understand boundaries.


  • We don’t have a bath anymore, we only have a shower. It’s perfect for our small house and it is easier to keep tidy.


  • I never get time for myself with 3 littles but i love a good scented candle. Hubby however doesnt and WFH..so i cant enjoy that either. Lucky mamas who get to have some quality time to themselves


  • It’s not often I take the time, but once a fortnight I have a lovely soak with candles, essential oils- the full works!


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