If space is limited and your bathroom is not just yours , these bathroom solutions will help you get past any “sharing is caring” dilemmas you may come across!
College has been a bit of a learning curve for me when it comes to sharing space. Growing up, I always had my own room and, until I had siblings, I always had my own bathroom. My freshman year of college was spent sharing a shower and toilet with three other girls... imagine the struggle. Of course, it could have been worse. I was fortunate I didn’t have to share a shower with thirty or forty girls with high wait times and shower shoes.
But, with limited space comes high tension. Everyone always had different ways of doing things, which got tough. For example, I’m a germ freak in the worst way. Honestly, it’s more of a problem than it is a good thing yet somehow people still tolerate me! Anyhow, the bottom line is that I have had many opportunities to figure out ways to keep the peace on the bathroom front. If you have young kids, a roommate, or a spouse who uses the same space you do—these tips will come in handy in one way or another!
Sam’s Club is my friend. I mean, I could spend hours in that store and be completely entertained and happy. It’s my go-to, one stop shop for all things 'house' like detergent, paper towels, and toilet paper! Supplies are always of the utmost importance, while storage always seems to be in short supply. My roommate and I go to Sam’s and stock up on things like TP and body wash and because there isn’t enough space in our tiny restroom, our bathroom design ends up looking like this!
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Okay, okay that’s an exaggeration! That’s just what I think it looks like because storing 32 rolls of toilet paper is quite the challenge. Luckily, we stow it all away and it’s not so bad. Although, having a ton of toilet paper is not as problematic as not having enough! If all else fails, we’re ready for the apocalypse.
When in a community area, I have come to realize that things disappear much more quickly than they would if it were just me using them. It is, of course, logical to run out of stuff more when more people are using it, but it took a while to click for me for some reason. I ran into this bathroom solution that is perfect for writing short reminders, notes, and shopping lists. Once your roomie/kid/spouse opens this baby up they’ll be left with no choice but to get to it!
I continue to be in awe of what chalkboard paint can be used for. Isn’t this the best bath idea? I think this is something I would want in my office as well. I have a tendency to constantly make lists and notes to myself... I can’t go a day without making one. Plus, painting something with chalkboard paint is super easy to do, and it’s fun! FYI, if you aren’t into chalk and the dust it creates, they make dust-free chalk pens now!
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I keep my towel in my room on a door hook simply because there isn’t enough wall space for hooks in my small bathroom. If I had kiddos and they shared a shower, I would adopt this idea in a heartbeat! It’s a great way to decorate simple bathrooms, while being able to differentiate whose towel is whose! Plus, it looks super cute, and would be so easy and cheap to do yourself.
Alright ladies and gents, what I’m about to throw at you next is a little heavier than decorating bathrooms and happens to be a big deal to me. To some, it may not be as high of a priority, but bear with me. I said it earlier and in hopes of not sounding too redundant I’m just going to own up to my weird cleaning obsession. It’s here, it’s happening, and I can’t change it. Probably because I don’t want to, but still you get the point!
It is so, so important to keep bathrooms clean because, honestly, they are not the most sanitary of places. When in a shared restroom, it is important to be considerate of the person who brushes their teeth at the neighboring sink. Plus, keeping a shared bathroom clean will help everyone involved stay healthier and get sick less. Who doesn’t want that? Having all your supplies in an easy to reach area like this would make the cleaning situation a whole lot easier.
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Onto one of my favorite clean shower ideas (I know I’m weird): Keep one of these filled with a simple solution of dish soap and vinegar for lighter cleaning/mildew removal, give the tub a rub down, and you’ll be golden. Add a little essential oil in there to enhance the smell, too! It’s easy to make, and it’s not going to leave your shower smelling like a chemical factory.
Last but not least by any means, you can keep the shower nice and tidy with a caddy. I have one similar to this and my roomie and I each have enough space of our own to hold our shower essentials! It’s a super easy and inexpensive way to keep all your soaps, conditioners, and other items within reach, yet out of the way. And, it looks so much nicer than just having all those bottles scattered across the floor of the shower, or rim of the tub.
At the end of the day, sharing a bathroom isn’t so bad! I love having my own, but at least I know when I run out of hairspray, there’s more on the other side of the sink. Plus, there are more hands ready to help clean the space and keep it nice and tidy! There are so many ways to avoid conflict and keep the peace if everyone chips in and does their part!
What are your favorite bathroom solutions? Do you have any tips for me? I’m always ready to hear what you have to say. Share, comment, print—whatever your heart desires! Thanks for the read, I hope you enjoyed!
**Featured image via FurnishMyWay Home Decor Pinterest