Are you an exhausted mom trying to juggle everything at once? Having kids is the most rewarding thing you can do with your life, but, let’s face it, the little ones can be a handful. As much as we love them, sometimes we just need half an hour to ourselves. This time alone is crucial. It gives us the chance to unwind and replenish our depleted energy reserves, so that we can plunge headfirst back into the wonderful but tough world of motherhood. What better way to decompress than with a hot bath. Here are some tried and true ways to create a real spa-like experience in your own home, while compromising none of your kids’ safety, and keeping your bathroom entirely kid-friendly.

Make your bathroom easy to clean

It’s hard to be zen and relax when all you can see around you are dirty socks, a million bottles of cleaning solutions, and old loofahs. Keeping your bathroom clean and tidy can be a challenge, especially when kids are involved. Help yourself by creating an environment that is easy to keep spotless. Invest in plenty of closed storage space. Not only will you be able to put away all those bottles, brushes and various trinkets, and keep them out of sight. You will also be able to childproof your entire bathroom with no effort whatsoever. If you are renovating, invest in sanitaryware and tiles made from quality materials that are easy to clean.

Splurge on a few key elements

Renovating a bathroom can be a strain on your budget. However, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. Try to pinpoint just a few features that are important to you. Those are the ones that are worth splurging on. These key elements are different for everybody. Do you want a massage showerhead? Or are you more the type that enjoys soaking in the bathtub with a book and a glass of wine? If you’re not quite sure what you want, seek out inspiration from ACS Designer Bathrooms.

Tune the atmosphere with lights

Even a little bit of natural light can make a world of difference in a bathroom. The connection between natural light and our physical and mental health is well-established. If you can, see to it that your bathroom has at least a small window. When it comes to artificial light, there are still ways to create a soothing atmosphere. The bathroom needs strong, bright lights. However, feel free to incorporate several smaller sources as well, or even install a dimmer. This will help you dial it down when you need a more chill vibe. Mirrors can be used to manipulate light in the room, making it brighter, if need be.

Add a few personal touches

Keeping the bathroom tidy means avoiding any potential mess. If you have a bunch of stuff on the counters or open shelves, as soon as everything is not perfectly arranged, you will have a mess on your hands. However, a few carefully selected details can breathe life into the space. Don’t go overboard. Pick out just a couple of little touches. Perhaps it’s scented candles or reed diffusers. It could be a few framed photographs, or an ornate mirror frame. Aim for maximum aesthetic impact with a minimum of fuss.

Enjoy small luxuries

Treat yourself every once in a while. The first and simplest treat is to actually carve out some time for yourself, and indulge in a bath. There are also plenty of relatively inexpensive products that can make you feel like a million dollars, while actually being relatively inexpensive.

Turn your bathroom into a small sanctuary. Every mom needs a space where she can unwind and forget about her worries at least for half an hour every day.