Keeping the house clean is a real challenge when you have younger kids, and every room has its own special challenges. As a parent of some majorly messy toddlers, I consider myself sort of an expert on cleaning up after gremlins-as sad as that is. When I think of rooms that just need to be clean in my home the bathroom ranks rather high on my list, so I decided to make it my first room of recommendation for this series on keeping your home cleaner with kids.
Keep it high
You know those nifty little racks for holding stuff like shampoo and conditioner? Use them. If your bath products are out of reach, or at least hard to reach, rather than sitting on the corner of the tub your kids are far less likely to accidentally spill them, scatter them around the bathroom, or intentionally pour them out to make “bubbles.” Plus these handy up-and-out-of-the-way organizers help make your bathroom less cluttered.
Limit and lock it
Speaking of clutter, do your best to be a minimalist in the bathroom. Decide what you actually use on a regular basis to place in easy access locations which are preferably out of sight, such as in drawers or mirror cabinets. Any items you don’t use should be either gotten rid of altogether or placed someplace locked up where your kids can’t get to them, such as a storage area in the basement or garage. The less your kids have to scatter, the less you have to pick up.
It never fails, every single time someone forgets to place the toilet paper on the roll it gets knocked in the sink, wet, and becomes trash. Pretty much every bathroom has a toilet paper holder, make sure it gets used in your house. If you don’t have one, install one. As many, many people are far too lazy to put replacement rolls on the holder, do a periodic check to be sure it’s there. When you do so, quickly wipe down the counter or some other small cleaning task. You’ll find if rather than waiting until a room is dirty and needs cleaned, you do small things that don’t take long to maintain the clean, you’ll be faced with fewer I-seriously-do-not-want-to-clean-that moments.
Finally, keep the bathroom trash in a visible spot. Many people stash their can between the sink and the toilet where things easily fall behind and out of sight, and others seem to forget the trash is even there. A visible location makes it more apparent there is a trash, as well as prevents things from slipping behind. It can also help to keep your trash mostly empty. I’m not sure why, but people seem to like to toss things at bathroom trash cans so if they are even slightly full you end up with empty toilet paper rolls, Q-tips, and other weird bathroom stuffs all over the floor around the trash can.
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