Most of us have at least one bathroom to clean. How can we make the bathroom less of a dump and more of a relaxing place to get ourselves clean and fresh?
So, I wrote that title very late on a night when I was already very tired. It made me laugh at 11pm. And it makes me laugh still. I hope that wasn’t overstepping my boundaries, but this is part of Organization for Normal People.
Today we’re chatting about the bathroom and how to make it cleaner, more organized, and more pleasant to be in. So let’s start out with some basic questions.
Maybe no one else needs to ask these questions, but with eight people (five of them male), four bathrooms, and a need for clean and tidy, these are questions I need to ask on a regular basis in order to keep the bathrooms at our house presentable to the human race.
Make The Bathroom Less of a Dump
1. Is it tidy?
Towels not in a pile? Dental floss not flying all over the floor? Trash picked up, nay, trash can emptied? These are basic things necessary to get the bathroom tidy.
But what about the storage cupboards and drawers?
- Can you find what you need?
- Do you have room for clean towels?
- Is there visual white space so that your eyes can rest?
I find that a few tools like trashcans at each sink of the bathroom and abundant laundry hampers everywhere can go a long way in keeping things clean and tidy.
2. Is it clean?
In case anyone is wondering, clean and tidy are not the same thing. The room can be sanitary but cluttered; tidy yet germy. We want the best of both worlds.
Here are the tools we use for cleaning, and yes, I do mean WE. My kids are all responsible for cleaning a bathroom each week, two kids per bathroom. I take care of the master bath. Take heart sometimes they do a better job that I do, so your kids can, too!
3. Does the bathroom smell nice?
If the bathroom has been cleaned recently, it should generally smell nice. If it doesn’t, then some troubleshooting is in order.
If it’s not grime, bad aim (ahem), or faulty plumbing, consider cleaning more often, installing a fan, or adding an air freshener, like this all-natural homemade air freshener, to the decor.
4. Is the bathroom restful?
There’s a reason why they call it the restroom. While public restrooms are rarely “restful” — unless you go to the Santa Barbara Nordstroms — your bathroom at home at least should be!
If you can’t relax in your bathroom, then something needs to change. Ask yourself why it’s not restful. For me, that’s usually a signal that I need to do some cleaning. For you it might be more lighting, less lighting, a plant, candles, whatever it is, find a way to make the bathroom be less of a dump and more of a refreshing place.