Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sharing A Bathroom With Kids? How To Keep Your Sanity

Sharing a bathroom with your kids can be a trying time for parents. For all these years, your bathroom has been a sort of sanctuary - a place to escape the world. Now it’s been taken over by little tots who still seem to be figuring out how the room actually works. So what can mums do to make their bathrooms more family-friendly when kids are on the scene?

Buy A Step Stool
Instead of lowering your bathroom countertops down to the level of your kids, how about raising your children up instead? One thing you can do is install a step stool. But don’t just stick to a standalone if you can help it. Keep the aesthetic of your bathroom. Build a step stool into a countertop or chest of drawers. Kids can then just pull out the lowest drawer and use it when they need to.

Add More Storage
If you’re used to PRS bathroom pods, you’ll probably have good storage already. But if you don’t happen to have a pre-fab design, finding places to store things is a perennial difficulty. The problem is especially severe when children are in the picture. Not only do you have to manage all your own bathroom paraphernalia, but you also have to manage theirs too.

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One option is to look for a small recess or alcove in your bathroom. If you’re lucky enough to have one, consider converting it into a cupboard. If it’s high up, use it for storing all your bathroom electrical devices and other things you don’t want the kids to see.

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Full Wall Tiles
If you’ve ever studied bathroom design, you’ll have noticed a pattern. Most bathrooms have tiles immediately around the sink. But the rest of the wall is just bare paint.

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Bare paint is a magnet for splashback and messy children. So the advice out there right now is just to go the whole hog and tile the entire wall. Ceiling to floor tiling will protect your precious bathroom from the ravages of soggy children.

Use Family Photos
Okay, so the use of family photos doesn’t really help make sharing a bathroom any easier. But it does make children feel loved and cherished. That’s important, right?

Use Wainscoting
Children in the bathroom can be a little bit like a bull in a china shop. Arms flailing, children have a habit of destroying your bathroom decor. Having said that, there are preventive measure that you can take. One idea is to go heavy duty with your wainscoting. Wainscoting is great for protecting your surfaces from impacts and scratches. Plus, it might even make your bathroom look a little more upmarket.

Use Open Shelving

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If you keep all your toiletries in the bathroom, the last thing you want is kids rummaging around to find their stuff. Instead of keeping everything locked up in drawers, consider storing the most common items out in the open. Put things like towels in open storage areas. And use decorative accessories to store things like toothbrushes and toothpaste.