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I’m just going to put this out there: I have 3 tween/teen daughters who have to share a tiny bathroom. Go ahead… cringe. Imagine the horror of one small bathroom full of girl stuff… young girl stuff. Stuff like makeup and hair products and towels dropped instead of being hung up and too much water all over the tile floor. Imagine oozing toothpaste and dripping body wash and crusty deodorant and… ahem… feminine products.
Are you horrified yet? I’ve been horrified for years and I honestly can’t take it one day more. My husband refuses to step foot inside the bathroom. I refuse to step foot in it. I beg and plead for the kids to DO something about it. But honestly, there isn’t much they can do because 3 girls in one tiny bathroom is 2 girls too many. And since we aren’t moving any time soon and since we can’t expand (or add) a bathroom, I had to dig down deep into my bad of designer tricks (because I can) and come up with a final solution to the messy bathroom problem. Step One: Hello Scott Tube Free!
I swear if I see one more toilet paper roll dropped on the floor behind the toilet I’m going to scream. What is it about my family that they can’t finish a roll of toilet paper and throw the cardboard center in the trash? Is it seriously that hard to do? Apparently it is. So I heard about a new product from Scott… tubeless toilet paper. I found some at Target (along with the million other things I find at Target). I’m thinking this is a great start to fixing up the kids’ bathroom.
The Scott Naturals Tube-Free fits on the same toilet paper holder we’ve always used and you get the same great quality and value without having that leftover tube… the one that ends up behind the toilet… on the floor. Less garbage and way more environmentally friendly. Did you know that over 17 billion tubes are thrown away every year? That’s crazy! It’s enough to fill the Empire State Building… TWICE! Gross!
So, like I said… it is bathroom fixer-upper time. I’m making it a mission to get this bathroom organized once and for all. A place for everything and everything in its place, right? I sure had my work cut out for me.
This is what I was starting with.
Now, I did remodel the entire bathroom a few years ago. We got a new sink cabinet, a new toilet and I tiled the floor myself. Now THAT was a challenge. I had already purchased a new shower curtain and mirror, but those things did nothing for the mess and the lack of storage.
These were my big issues and what I did about them.
1. Towels – We had hooks for the bath towels, but we didn’t have anywhere to store the hand towels. Hanging more hooks wasn’t really the answer but I needed to figure out where to put them. I ended up purchasing a wire rack that served two purposes: storage for the towels and storage for some of the extra larger beauty products.
2. Storage – The only actual storage in the bathroom is under the sink… and what a mess that was. Everything kind of got dumped in there and it was just gross. I purchased an inexpensive plastic bin to keep everything from ending up all over the place and many of the items that were housed underneath the sink found a place in the metal rack.
3. Product Mix-Ups – the girls all like to have their own products and they get pretty testy when a sister uses their stuff. I hung plastic bins inside the shower (from the curtain rod, they are hung with plastic shower hooks) so they could keep their own shaving cream, razors, and wash puffs in there. I also hung some $1.00 metal pails from the side of the sink so they could each have their own toothpaste and keep their toothbrushes away from each other. No more digging around wondering what belonged to who.
4. Toilet Paper – Don’t get me started. The amount of toilet paper we go through is staggering. And remember the toilet paper roll that ended up on the floor… no more! I stocked us up with Scott Tube Free Naturals and NO MORE TOILET PAPER ROLLS ON THE FLOOR! (Imagine I’m saying that with my best Joan Crawford impression.)
5. Cleaning Schedule – My kids NEVER clean the bathroom… so I decided I would have each of them take a day to be responsible for keeping it tidy, wiping out the sink, refilling the toilet paper roll, picking up the towels, emptying the dirty laundry… you get it. I found this cute chalkboard hanging and each day one of the girls’ names will be on it. THAT is the kid who has to take responsibility for the bathroom on that day!
6. Dirty Clothes – My kids love to drop their dirty clothes on the floor. I don’t get it. They each have a hamper in their bedrooms but the clothes always end up on the bathroom floor. I had a cute antique egg basket for them to dump their clothes in, but it was not really pretty to look at. I splurged on a large hamper and am so glad I did.
I rounded the bathroom up with some new floor mats because the water that was dripped out of the shower was making it really unsafe with my tile floor.
All in all, they’ve managed to keep it clean for a few days now. I’m hoping that having a place for everything will make a difference.
Now, if I can just figure out how to keep them from using so much toilet paper!
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Do you have a too-small, messy bathroom? Tell me your tips to keeping it clean and organized.