If your children share a bathroom, or for that matter if your entire family shares a bathroom, you understand what a nightmare keeping things clean and organized can be. With a few inexpensive additions and changes, you can gain some control. The changes also make it easier for kids to help keep things picked up without your help.
Assign a Color
Give every person in the family who uses the bathroom a color. If you can identify colors that work with the existing colors in your bathroom, so much the better. Use those colors for towels, wash cloths, toothbrushes and anything else specifically designated for one person.
Get on Your Knees
If your kids are under eight, this is their view of your bathroom. Try to hang up a towel on the existing racks – remember your arms would not be this long if you were as tall as you are on your knees! Tough, huh? Crawl over to the sink, try brushing your teeth. Same deal.
Let’s face it, towel racks are the worst invention, ever. No one hangs their towel in a way that it will ever dry properly. They are too high for kids and most adults are in a rush after a shower and don’t bother to hang their towels correctly. Pick up some fun hooks – one for each family member(or two if you all have bath robes). Install the hooks at heights kids can reasonably reach. If you have a large family, it might be simpler to add a narrow board with Shaker pegs across one wall. Now there are no excuses for wet towels on the floor!
If your kids are young and short, add a step stool to help them at the sink. If they can brush their teeth from a height above the sink, you will find yourself scrubbing the entire vanity and sides of the sink less often.
Keep It Simple
If you normally fix your hair or your child’s hair in the bathroom, consider moving those activities to a bedroom. Put a mirror on the back of the bedroom door along with a few hooks to hold the hair dryer and any other appliances you need. Keep a small basket of hair products in a dresser drawer or in the closet. This frees your bathroom for others to use and it also frees it of clutter.
If many people are using the same bathroom in your house everyday, think of it as a utilitarian room, not the spa retreat you really want. It’s a place to get clean and move on. Period.