Today, we’ll be sharing a marriage secret that you may not hear often: the power of the double vanity.
The Problem: The Single Sink Struggle
If you have a bathroom vanity with one single sink, then you know that the struggle is real. You are constantly sharing an often cramped space with your partner, brushing elbows, brushing teeth, trying to avoid their spit and rinse, and the worst thing for women – when your makeup and hair session is so rudely interrupted. Men, I’m sure you have constantly had thoughts of harming your partner (Just a friendly smack on the tush I hope) after finding makeup stains and balls of hair so large you wondered when your dog learned to jump up on the vanity top. The competition for the sink can bring out a side of you that you didn’t even know existed. Not to mention getting out of bed 20 minutes early (God forbid) just to avoid the morning congestion. Many couples have failed in their marriage due to this huge imposition and strain on their time and emotions. Well, maybe not for this reason alone, but I’m sure it was a very large contributing factor. Do you want to end up like those couples? I didn’t think so. Just the fact that you’ve taken the first step to reading this article shows that you are very capable of change, so give yourself a pat on the back.
The Solution: The Double Vanity Victory
A double vanity in your bathroom serves a purpose much larger than just a piece of plumbing. For women, it is a sacred place where their beauty, brushing, and blowing routine occurs. As all of us know, this is not the most cleanly process. For me personally, I have a massive maine, and unfortunately, shedding is a very real problem. This is an issue that my husband, who like a real man often cleans the bathroom for me, never fails to complain about. I guess other people’s hair is just not that appealing. Who knew? With a double vanity boasting TWO incredible sinks, the hair stays on my side, allowing me the pleasure of cleaning it myself and giving him the pleasure of never having to almost accidentally touch it.
In addition, makeup is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. As all women know, we have bronzer that breaks, eyebrow pencil shavings that don’t make it to the trash can, blush that leaves a light dusting and foundation that always finds a way onto your vanity top. This is just the name of the game, and we all know it’s not likely to change any time soon. Like the hair issue, my makeup madness stays on my side, and he gets to put me on his pedestal once again as the clean, organized, delicate creature that he married (yeah, that’s me!)
My male counterpart has issues of his own too, let me tell you. For whatever reason, he has an idea that shaving his beard over the sink is 1. Ok, and 2. Doesn’t need to be cleaned (or cleaned well). Trying to wash my face while staring at a lump of beard shavings is enough to make me want to vomit. I just can’t deal. Do what you want to your own sink, please, and don’t expose me to this disgusting display of laziness. At that moment, I realize how he feels about my hair. Well played, hubby, well played.
Then comes the issue of the toothpaste, as we ALL know well. To me, it seems easy to spit and rinse directly over the drain, but clearly that is not the case. The sticky white residue is one thing I have no desire to scrub off, unless heavy duty gloves are involved. Once more, this stays on his side and I keep my sanity.
A double vanity gives you the luxury of enjoying your morning routine with with love of your life without a battle for the mirror and throwing bows while brushing. The additional storage that a double vanity creates is a large added bonus, as women collect beauty products like men collect bourbon bottles. For those of you with kids, it will make the morning routine much easier, allowing the little ones access to two sinks instead of just one.
In most bathrooms, setting up the additional plumbing for a double vanity is not very difficult. Other than that, your task is simply to find a beautiful double vanity at a great price (Builders Surplus has some amazing choices, hint hint), decide on a vessel, undermount or drop in sink, and a perfect new vanity top. Bring them home, set them up, and you’ve saved the day. Simple as that.
Having your own space is crucial in marriage, and the bathroom is no different. A double vanity in your bathroom could make life easier, cleaner, and a much happier place in the home. What are you waiting for? Ditch your marriage counseling session today and find a double vanity instead! You’ll be glad you did.