As summer draws to a close, it’s time for the kids to go back to school. If you have children, you know what that means: pleas for extra bathroom time – even if they have to do more chores to get it! It also means opening the bathroom door and wondering what the name of the hurricane that just passed through is – make-up scattered across counter tops, puddles of water seeping from under the bath mat, and a crinkled tube of toothpaste sprayed across the floor. If this sounds like your weekday morning – and hopefully it doesn’t! – here are four tips that can keep your bathroom safe, fun, and functional for the whole family.
The Counter is not for Storage
If you let everyone store their toothbrush, combs, soaps and razors on the countertop, it’s going to become cluttered. Instead, look for storage solutions that keep your bathroom tidy. As space in your bathroom is limited, you’re going to want to use 2 in 1 accessories, such as a stool that also holds towels.
Tired of digging towards the back of your bathroom cabinet? Then opt for wheeled storage options – you can pull these out in order to maximize the amount of storage space.
Finally, two general rules. First, give each person a drawer or cabinet that’s just for their belongings. Secondly, keep the lowest spaces available for children.
Add a Second Bathroom Sink for Imitation Games
When your kids are little, they want to be just like you. Your son wants to shave like daddy, and your daughter wants to do her hair like mommy. To keep the bathroom fun, create a space where they can imitate you. You’ll want to start by adding a second sink, if possible – this has the added benefit of reducing those morning traffic jams. Next, provide a footstool so the littlest in your family can reach the sink on their own. Leave things like towels, toothbrushes, and plastic water cups where the children can access them – they’re harmless, and the kids will like being able to feel like a grown up. Finally, keep a small selection of fun, kid toys available for those days where they just don’t want to grow up.
A Separate Shower and Bath
If at all possible, keep your bath and your shower separate – this gives you the opportunity to take a shower while your youngest children are splashing around in the bath. You’re saving both time and space! When you install your shower, you should choose a sliding shower door if possible – this let’s you get in and out of the shower without swinging your door into the bathroom and disrupting others’ space. While you’ll see a variety of transparent options, you can also get a shower door made of opaque glass and bounded by masonry walls.
Non-Slip is Safe
Wet or dry, kids love to run. The problem? Bathroom floors can get slippery. The solution? A non-slip rubber bath mat at the exit of your shower and tub. Pick a colorful option that will go with the rest of your bathroom. Or let your kids pick it! Also, if you like your hot water heat cranked up, consider placing rubber covers on y our faucets so your younger children don’t burn themselves. As for any dangerous objects, like razor blades, keep them up high and locked away – far out of the reach of any children.
Your Bathroom Can Be Friendly and Fun
Follow the above tips, and the morning bathroom rush hour can be a thing of the past. Keep it friendly, keep it fun, and keep it safe!