for Busy Families
Let’s be honest… bathroom organization is not usually on the top of our list of things to do. It does, however, offer great benefits in terms of saving time and keeping the bathroom clean.
Bathroom organization will save time because everything will be right where you need it when you’re getting ready to go somewhere. It will help to keep the bathroom clean because everything will have a place and you will have a system to help with bathroom cleaning on a daily basis.
Where do we start?
The same place we start in every area of the house…clean and purge! Go through the bathroom and get rid of everything you don’t need or use. Then give it a good, thorough cleaning. This would be a good time to throw a new coat of paint on the walls too, if you want-just to help freshen things up.
Now for the organizing…
Each person who uses the bathroom on a regular basis should have his/her own space in the bathroom. It doesn’t have to be a big space-it just needs to be a place where he/she can keep personal belongings. A drawer works great. If you don’t have enough drawers, you can purchase plastic bins, caddies, or even stackable drawers that fit under the cabinet. The key is for each person to put their things back in the designated space after each use.
Some items might be shared by everyone-cotton swabs, toothpaste, etc. Have a central location for these types of things. You can keep them out in the open in decorative containers or store them in a separate drawer that is available to everyone.
You also need one more caddy to keep cleaning supplies. If you have small children, make sure you have a place in the bathroom that is locked or out of their reach. A great item to keep in the cleaning caddy is disposable cleaning wipes. Everyday, someone should use the wipes to wipe down the sink area and toilet.
You also need some sort of a daily shower spray. If you want to invest in it, the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner is a great cleaning tool. The last person to take a shower each day just pushes a button and the shower is cleaned automatically.
As for the toilet, there are many products on the market that are placed in the tank to help with daily cleaning. It will really cut down on the number of times you have to actually scrub the potty.
In the shower or tub, you need containers or shelves to keep bathing items. If children use the bathroom, include a water-friendly container for toys as well.
Make sure to have a place to house extra toilet paper next to the toilet. You should also have towel racks and hooks to keep wet towels off the floor. A dual hamper is great to have too, so you don’t mix good clothes with damp towels in the laundry.
Save some space in a cabinet for larger personal care items that you don’t want out in the open, but won’t fit in an individual’s drawer. You can also keep extra supplies, such as soap or shampoo here.
The final thing to consider is where to keep towels and washcloths. This really depends on the storage available in your bathroom. If you have room in a linen closet or in a cabinet, keep them there. If not, you may have to get creative. Use a basket and roll folded towels to maximize space. Hanging towel organizers are also great.
Incorporating these ideas into your bathroom organization will ease frustration for the whole family. But don’t forget…it will take your family time to adjust. Be patient with them!
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