It always seems like the bathroom is the one room that you can always use more space! If you share a bathroom with a spouse, roommates or even your children, you know the challenge is even greater. Sharing a bathroom can be made easier by remembering a few organization rules, and of course some house rules as to who’s area can be shared and not. Here are tips for maximizing space in your shared bathroom.
- Define areas with organization: Before you define areas, you will need to assess what areas are most utilized by the individuals in your home. Use vertical organization behind the door, in bathroom closets and under the sink for toiletries, items needed quickly and for storing bath linen. For roommates, determine what areas can be shared and what should be individualized per person. If you share the bathroom with children, try using baskets, rubber totes and colorful hooks to separate areas. Consider optimizing your bathroom into section based on individual height. A shorter person could use shelving in the bottom of a bathroom closet, and the taller can utilize the upper. Organization stores have a plethora of ideas for everyone in your home, customized just for the bathroom.
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- Use display area to your advantage: Instead of opting for a vanity that has closed doors, consider using an open shelf variety where you can store bath linen, a basket of bath toys for the kids, and a basket with hairdryers and other small bath appliances. Your bathroom shouldn’t only look utilitarian. Install built-in shelves and over-the-door shelving. Maximize space above the toilet and surrounding walls for a display area that is beautiful and functional. Provide hooks throughout the bathroom for easy hang-up of towels and robes and don’t forget the back of the door; it has priceless real estate behind it.
Sharing a bathroom doesn’t have to be a challenge; in fact, it can be a good excuse to get organized and to make the room look as great as it should function. Establish with each person what area is shared and which areas belong solely to that person. This will help keep the established areas and make your bathroom look and feel better for the next person to use.
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