When you have six kids and they all share one bathroom, it helps to have some systems in place so they can get organized! Here are some organizing ideas we use in our kids shared bathroom!
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Shared Bathroom? Give Everyone Their Own Towel Color!
I think it helps if every child has their own color of towel and washcloth. It helps to cut down on all of the germ sharing.
Plus when I walk into the bathroom and see the green towel on the floor, I know exactly who the culprit is.
I added Command bathroom hooks inside of the shower, attached to the wall, to give each child a place to hang his/her washcloth. Because seeing them in a solid wet heap on the shelves in the back of the shower was making me crazy.
Skip Personalized Products Where Possible
I try to avoid buying personalized shower products for each child. It is much easier to have one bottle of shampoo, one bottle of conditioner, and one bottle of body wash with perhaps a backup in place when the bottle runs low. This heads off the issue of “Lili used MY shampoo, and now it's all gone!”.
There was a time when I used large pump-style dispensers for shampoo/conditioner/body wash to help limit the amount of product my kids would use in the shower (2 pumps only please!). But it got to be such a pain to keep those special dispensers filled. So instead I only buy products that are on sale- because (sadly) I know that too much of it goes right down the drain!
Use Bins and Label Them
In the medicine cabinet, I have a labeled plastic reusable cup for each child and small plastic bins that contain toothbrushes and toothpaste for the girls. And there's a place for high school boy “stuff” on the top shelf.
Each set of boys has a drawer to keep all of their essentials. I prefer that they each have their own tube of toothpaste (again, reduces germ sharing) and that these are all kept off of the counter (because seriously- have you ever heard the thing about toilets flushing near toothbrushes on the counter? Eww).
Three essentials for a kids shared bathroom that you can't live without:
- A sturdy garbage can that can be easily cleaned. (Get two and make one a recycling bin!)
- A plunger
- A toilet paper holder that is uber simple- you just slide the roll on/off. Even 3-year-olds can master changing the empty tube!
Of course the toughest thing about having six kids share a bathroom is regulating the time inside so that everyone has a chance to get ready in the morning!
Staggering wake-up times, and using a timer to limit the time each child gets to spend in the shower helps. So does having some of the kids take showers at night vs. before school!
Keep it Clean!
The other tough thing is keeping the shared bathroom clean! So aside from my weekly scrub down, I also keep a tub of Clorox wipes on the shelf right where I can quickly grab them and do a quick clean up while passing by the room.
What tips do you have on dealing with a kids shared bathroom?
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