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5 Tips for Keeping the Bathroom Clean & Tidy

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 20, 2010 @ 1:20 am In Cleaning | 10 Comments


As I’m sure you’ve already heard from the toilet paper commercials, the majority of your life is spent in the bathroom. Not quite my favorite place to be — unless it’s got a tub filled with bubble bath, surrounded by flickering candles and chocolate.

And we know how often that happens….

If you compound the amount of time you naturally spend in the bathroom with the time it takes to clean said bathroom, well, let’s just say it could be considered your home away from home.

But, there are steps you can take to minimize your potty time — at least the cleaning part.

1. Simplify the decor.

Pretty is as pretty does. If the decorations in your bathroom take up your time in straightening, dusting, and other maintenance, you might consider downsizing. A bare bones bathroom is less cluttered and therefore, easier to clean. You don’t have to throw it all out, just find items that don’t demand your time or care.

2. Simplify your tools and cleaners.

Sometimes we make something so easy, so very complicated. Most bathrooms don’t need five different cleaners to do the job. Seek out multipurpose cleaners that can serve a number of purposes. Find the bottom line that works for you and stick to it.

3. Remove kid stuff that’s just taking up space.

If you’ve got bath toys coming out your ears, consider paring down. Can’t part with the collection? Relegate some of them to the beach or park bag for play in another venue. Stow the best of the best bath toys in an easy to clean up way.

Got potty seat issues? Inserts, potty chairs, and stools can take up a lot of space, especially in smaller bathrooms. We recently purchased this toilet seat [5] and eliminated our need for a training insert. FishChick2 is safe from falling in and we’ve got less clutter in the bathroom.

4. Set up daily habits for cleaning.

Since I have soooo many helpers, I put them to work. Each of the bigger boys is responsible [6] to wipe the bathroom counter and tidy one bathroom every day. Having daily upkeep helps keep the messes and grunge at bay and affords an easier cleaning time once a week when we do a bigger scrubbing [7].

5. Lock the door.

You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. The last five homes we’ve lived in have had 3-4 bathrooms, way more than we’ve needed most of the time. When convenient, I’ve cleaned a seldom used bathroom and locked the door behind me. This consolidates usage to other bathrooms and freed me from cleaning at least bathroom each week.

What do YOU do to keep the bathroom clean?

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