Wednesday, February 7, 2018

5+ Uses for the Jacuzzi Tub You Haven't Used Since You Bought the House

When we were touring our current house with our realtor, I remember peeking in the master bathroom like the wide-eyed first-time homebuyers we were and feeling a flutter of excitement at seeing the built-in Jacuzzi tub. In my mind, there could hardly be anything more luxurious or sophisticated.

It didn't help that we were coming from a tiny one-bathroom apartment the size of a postage stamp whose shower was constantly littered with bath toys.

And thus, we let ourselves fall prey to the most common mistake ever made when purchasing a home: kidding yourself for even a second that you'll ever use the Jacuzzi tub because HELLO YOU'VE GOT CHILDREN.

Luckily, we've been able to find plenty of other uses for ours:

A Drying Rack for Diapers

Cloth diapering is economical, and thanks to a built-in Jacuzzi, super-convenient! The edge is the perfect place to hang all the many, many diapers to dry. If you don't cloth diaper, don't worry because that's only the beginning. Your Jacuzzi also doubles as...

A Place to Drape Your Sweaty, Gross Workout Clothes

Throwing damp clothes into the hamper is a bad idea, but a Jacuzzi is great for hanging your perspiration-soaked sports bra and yoga pants until the next time your friend asks you to come to her kickboxing class and like an idiot, you say yes.

Hiding Place for Your Junk when Company Comes Over

When you get the dreaded "Hey, I'm in the neighborhood, I'll see you in a few minutes" text, just grab as many armfuls as you can, dump them in the tub, and close the door. The tub also makes a nice permanent storage facility for all the things you don't want the baby to get into, FYI.

I was naive to buy a house with a built-in whirpool tub in the master bath. As if I'd use it for anything other than hanging sweaty running clothes.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Soaking Clothes after Pee Accidents and Bloody Noses

If there's one thing kids generate a lot of, it's clothes soiled with bodily fluids (is it theirs? someone else's? who knows.) The simplest solution is to throw those yucky clothes in the tub to soak and forget about them! Actually, since no one ever actually uses their Jacuzzi you have to be careful about that: trust me, you don't want to be known as the neighbors whose stagnant water brought malaria back to the culdesac.

Scrubbing Floor Rugs

In a way I was right in thinking I'd be spending a lot of time with the Jacuzzi tub; I just envisioned myself inside it, not kneeling next to it with a bristle brush in my hands. Basically, the Jacuzzi I was so excited about all those years ago is in reality a glorified wash basin. It's where I scour my shower curtains, clean my oven racks, and scrub my floor rugs. The 5' runner on our kitchen floor has spent way more time in that tub than I ever will.

Before you get me wrong, I'm not saying that Jacuzzi tubs are a terrible idea. I'm not even saying you should never buy a house that has one.

I just want you to adjust your expectations a little, and realize you're going to appreciate your state-of-the-art Jacuzzi not so much as your own personal spa, but more as an escape-proof place for your kids to play with the hamster. That's all.

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Ann-Marie Ulczynski said...

I actually used ours last night for a *bath*. It had been the grand central station of Christmas presents for wrapping and storing. Because the toddler couldn’t get to it.

AnneMarie said...

Haha! This was so funny to read. I remember how excited us kids were when our parents bought a house that had a jacuzzi in the master bathroom (hoping that we'd get to use it), and I think I used it all of 1 or 2 times...mostly, I think it turned into a dumping ground for gross clothes or old newspapers.

Jenny Evans said...

We discovered that ours leaks a little bit sometimes, so now we really don't use it. Unless we want to put a bucket underneath the pipes in the basement just in case(I'll give you one guess as to how often THAT happens...)

PurpleSlob said...

Lol so true