We’re wrapping up the kid-focused part of this series today by organizing kids’ bathrooms. If you’ve just discovered this free 30-day program, be sure to read the series overview here. It contains links to previous days’ missions, so you can get caught up.
Every day’s mission has four parts to it. We refer to the process as ROCKing our home, so it’s easy to remember the steps.
Organize What’s Left
Clean the Space
Keep on Track
Ready to ROCK?
Organizing Kids’ Bathrooms – Day 13
Gather Your Supplies
- Trash bags
- Boxes for items you’ll donate
Removing clutter in a kids’ bathroom is straightforward: if it’s not used to bathe, groom, or clean then it doesn’t belong. You’ll note that doesn’t leave room for things like vitamins and medicines, and with good reason. Bathrooms get warm and humid, making them the worst place to store medicines.
So, to start organizing kids’ bathrooms, we’re going to get rid of trash and clutter. Then we’ll focus on making this room more efficient to use and to clean.
- Throw away trash.
- Toss worn-out bathroom rugs.
- Throw away anything that’s broken.
- Combine half-used duplicates of toiletries. Toss the empties.
- Toss stretched-out hair ties and cracked barrettes.
- Gather anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom. (See explanation above.)
Organizing kids’ bathrooms is all about making it easier for them to find things. Done right, it makes mornings easier and keeps them from tearing apart cupboards and drawers in search of what they need.
It also makes cleaning their bathroom much faster, because there’s less junk to move around before you clean.
Something for everyone: If multiple family members use the same bathroom, make sure each has a space of their own for toiletries and other things they need. Not enough drawers for everyone to have their own? Try separate bath caddies or other open plastic boxes. Make sure they’re washable!
Group similar things together: Use open containers to hold spare bottles of shampoo, extra rolls of toilet paper, and other items that you stash under the sink. This makes it easy for kids to find what they’re looking for without tearing everything out of the cabinet to get it.
Use vertical space: If drawer and cupboard space is at a premium, you need to look up. Literally. A tiered basket hung from the ceiling can hold toiletries, spare washcloths, and bath gear. You can even hang one from the bottom of another to double the storage.
Use the shower walls: Bath toys won’t clutter the tub surround if you stash them in a mesh toy net on the shower wall. Move bottles of shampoo and conditioner, bars of soap, even your razor off the tub surround with suction-cup shelving. (I use this one and love it.)
Styling tool storage: Blowdryers, curling wands, and other hair-styling gear can easily overtake a bathroom. Hang an inexpensive styling tool holder inside a cupboard to free up space. Ke
Hair gear: Keeping barrettes in a small open box inside the bath caddies, or even in a drawer, makes them easy to find. As for those hair ties that seem to go everywhere, I use a carabiner clip to hold mine — it keeps them so tidy.
Towel storage solutions: Kids seem to have a problem using towel racks. (Mine break them!) Consider switching to hooks to make hanging used towels easier for everyone — you’ll be able to hang more towels in the space, too. As for spare towels, keep them in a wall-mounted rack if you don’t have a linen closet.
Cleaning the bathroom is so much easier once you’ve created storage for things so they aren’t sitting on the counter. While you’re
Another trick to cleaning bathrooms: Go over everything with a dry microfiber cloth first. You wouldn’t mop a floor without sweeping it first, right? This works on the same principle: by picking up hair and other debris, you aren’t just moving it around when you switch to a damp cloth.
So, after a dry wipe of all the main surfaces, do the rest:
- Squirt toilet bowl cleaner and let it sit.
- Spray the vanity, sinks, faucets, tub, shower walls, and other fixtures.
- Scrub the toilet bowl and flush.
- Spray the outside of the toilet, then the lid, the seat, and the rim.
- Wipe everything, changing cloths frequently.
- Empty the trashcan.
- Clean the mirror. Polish the fixtures.
- Sweep then mop the floor.
Keep it Clean
Keeping on top of the areas we’ve already ROCKed takes 10-20 minutes each day tops. It’s not about re-cleaning! We’re simply resetting areas by picking up trash and things that don’t belong. (Tomorrow’s mission will get us caught up on cleaning house.)
Don’t skip this step!
Buzz through and reset the following areas:
Entryway and coat closet: Toss trash. Make sure things are hung up. Grab stuff that doesn’t belong. Sweep or shake the mat outside.
Dining table: Pick up what doesn’t belong there. Wipe the top.
Kitchen: Put things away. Gather and toss trash. Wipe the countertops. Sweep messes on the floor.
Family Room and Living Room: Grab things that don’t belong. Throw away trash. Straighten pillows and blankets. Wipe tabletops.
Guest bathroom: Check supplies. Use a disinfecting wipe on the faucets, sink, vanity, and toilet. Empty trash.
Kids’ Rooms: Are clothes put away? Toys where they belong? Pick up trash. Have them put away things that don’t belong in their room.
See You Tomorrow!
We’ve been working hard at getting organized for two weeks now. While we’ve managed to clean and declutter many areas, there are bound to be rooms that could use a little attention. Tomorrow we’ll catch up on those for cleaning day.
In the meantime, you’re invited to join our Do Home Better Group on Facebook. We’re a supportive bunch who help each other solve homemaking challenges and cheer each other on through tasks like this.