Bathrooms are the most private public spaces in a home. It's the place where some of your most private activities take place, the place where you hide your private self from the world (medications, glasses, your tooth whitener) and yet it also gets shared by visitors, friends and acquaintances alike who may or may not rummage through your medicine cabinet, look for extra toilet paper, use the closest (not necessarily the guest) towel. Keeping it presentable then is a good idea...
- If you have the space, corral towels in a basket (roll them up) or do what we do and hang extra towels on hooks on the back of your bathroom door.
- Put cleaning supplies in a plastic bin to keep them all together. In our bathroom we keep a shower spray, toilet bowl cleaner, windex and a mild scrub. This way they're in easy reach so that it's not hard to do a little bit every day - wipe down the sink after use, spray the shower, brush out the toilet -- and keep the mess at bay.
- Once a month, go through everything and toss any outdated medicines or products that are old or unused.
- Keep several extra garbage bags at the bottom of the garbage bin. This makes it easy to simply take out the garbage and instantly replace the bag, without having to search for more bags.
- If you have the space, put your dirty clothes hamper in here.
- Use a pump dispenser for soap. It's a good way to eliminate soap scum and helps to keep your sink clean.
- Think about what you do in the bathroom and organize your medicine cabinet in order of use. Move items you don't use daily to another space. We have a first aid box in a nearby closet that holds prescription medication, aspirin and band-aids, etc we don't use daily and a box to hold those items we use ocassionally (facial masques, nail polish and remover).
What tips can you share that help keep your bathroom presentable?
[image from LA House Tour: Kate and Damien Take It SLO]