I know that for many of us, dealing with cleaning and organizing a kids’ bathroom is a dreadful task.
So whether you are dealing with bath toys or a messy teenager, let’s see if we can get your child’s bathroom organized and clean.
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Empty and Purge Your Kids’ Bathroom
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The first thing you’ll want to do is to completely empty the bathroom. Remove any toys and hair/soap products from the shower/tub area.
Empty items on top of the vanity as well as those under it. If your vanity has drawers, empty those as well.
As you empty this bathroom, immediately purge anything that is broken like hair accessories. If there are bath toys your toddler no longer plays with, get rid of it.
Refrain from donating these unless you want to thoroughly clean, disinfect, and sanitize them.
Clean Your Kids’ Bathroom
Now that the bathroom is empty, this should make it a bit easier to clean.
Remove any washable items such as shower curtains, rugs, and toilet lid/tank covers and toss them in the washer while you do the next set of tasks.
- Give the shower/tub area a good scrubbing
- Wipe down walls and baseboards
- Clean the inside and outside of the toilet and sink/vanity
- Wipe down and vacuum inside of vanity drawers to remove any bits of trash
- Clean any mirrors and windows
- Dust off other surface areas including any wall decor
Sort and Relocate
Looking at your keep pile, sort and categorize all the items into different piles. These include hair accessories, hair products, hair appliances, skincare, oral care, bath toys, pampers, paper products, etc.
As you create your piles, determine which items do not need to go back into this bathroom. For example, if your teenager has a vanity in her room, relocate hair accessories and/or makeup to their room.
Most medications should be stored in a dry place. Try relocating them to a linen closet or kitchen cabinet.
Organize Your Kids’ Bathroom
Take note of the size of your keep piles to determine what kind of organizers you may need. Below you will find some suggestions for each situation.
I remember when the boys’ tubs were filled with all kinds of toys and washable crayons. It was exhausting enough to bath the twins but then I had to clean up their toys afterward.
Let’s just say I frequently had to toss some of their toys away because they didn’t dry properly and got moldy. Yuck. However, there are organizers that can help with this. Below are some organizers I found on Amazon.
For kids who are able to shower/bathe on their own, you’ll want to make sure they can reach items they need. Below are suggestions to accommodate their height.
Tweens and Teens
If you have more than one child who uses this bathroom, consider buying them a personal caddy.
This is especially needed if there is a big age gap between your youngest and oldest child. A toddler would have a great time using a deodorant stick on the walls.
They are also great if you have children of the opposite sex using the same bathroom. You can use a simple basket or plastic bin as a caddy. You can even have them personalize it as well. Below is Josh’s caddy.
Because we don’t keep much in their bathroom, they keep their caddies in their vanity instead of schlepping it to and fro from their room.
There are many organizers you can buy for inserting into drawers but you can also create organizers out of small boxes and bins around the home. Get creative and decorate them with designer Duct tape or even washi tape.
If you have multiple kids using the bathroom, forget the towel bar which only holds one towel. Get hooks and assign them to each kid.
This should keep the floor clear of wet towels after every bath. A double
Maintaining the Kids’ Bathroom
While your kids are young, you will need to be responsible for keeping it clean and organized. Try to maintain it by giving it a daily five-minute check. Make sure everything is placed where it should be and quickly wipe down surfaces.
Find and schedule one day a week to thoroughly clean this bathroom. To help with creating a chore schedule for you and your family, click here.
If your kids are in their teens, consider giving them the responsibility of cleaning it once a week. Not only are you free from this chore but they will learn to take better care of their bathroom throughout the week.
Below are pics of the boys’ bathroom that they have kept clean. I haven’t touched it in two weeks.
Keep the sink counter clear. It has made a big difference in this bathroom and makes it easy for the boys to clean.
Another thing you can do is create a set of rules for the bathroom and post it in there. You can make a checklist and frame it.
This lets them use a dry erase marker to check off tasks and rules they need to follow in order to keep their bathroom tidy. Here are our bathroom rules.
To keep floors dry, invest in a large absorbent rug or a few smaller ones.
Let’s Get Started
Well, this is it. Now, it’s time to put these steps into action and get your kids’ bathroom organized.
If your kids’ bathroom is small, read my post, How to Easily Organize and Maintain a Small Bathroom, for tips that can help you deal with limited space.
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