Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stop Those Inevitable Arguments In Your Shared Bathroom

A lot of couples and siblings share bathroom time, especially when it comes to the morning rituals of brushing, washing, and so on. If both partners in a couple are busy go-getters, then even the most loving mornings can turn into a battlefield when it comes time to get ready. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether it’s through simple communication or making a few changes, little and large, to the home bathrooms, you can restore harmony once more.

Be good to each other
Whether it’s a loving partner or a bunch of siblings or even a housemate you share your bathroom with, the first step to solving any problems is learning a little etiquette as highlighted at When it comes to taking the daily shower, deciding who gets it at night and who gets it in the morning can clear up a lot of problems immediately. Similarly, you should schedule cleaning in the bathroom, as well. Just set aside a half-an-hour every week on a weekend where you both go in and tackle all the essentials and no-one will be complaining about someone else not picking up their slack. Split duties fairly, too. Don’t let one person always be the one to clean the toilet. It’s essential to keep in mind a few of the ground rules of just good bathroom hygiene, as well. If someone uses all the toilet paper, they go to the store to replace it. If someone takes a shower, they always, always clean the drain after they’re done. And always keep a scented candle on hand in there, just to make sure that people feel comfortable about sharing the more personal side of the bathroom. While you should endeavor to stick to these essentials of sharing a bathroom, you should also remember to be kind to your partner/sibling/bathroom partner. Sometimes people are in a rush and don’t put the cap back on their toothpaste.
Make for more room
Having space in a bathroom to do your thing and keep your things is essential. Even if you’re sharing a box bathroom, you could find a lot more of that space. For instance, you can use elevated sinks to allow for separate wicker drawers beneath where each of you can store your toiletries. Separate storage spaces are a good idea for everyone sharing a bathroom, regardless of how close a couple you might be. That way it’s much easier to avoid arguments when you see that your favorite moisturizer is much less full than you know it should be. You can go for a combined shower and bath instead of separate so that you both have some space to carry out the morning ritual. Simple wall-hooks can give you all a place to keep your towels so that there aren’t soggy fabrics covering the floor and making things generally unpleasant. The illusion of space is just as important, too, if you don’t want to feel stuffed in there like a pair of sardines in a can. Big mirrors in a bathroom are more than just functional, they make things look a lot more spacious than they might really be. If one of you prefers sitting down to do their morning ritual, then consider adding in a stool that can easily be stored away underneath or beside the sink so that your preference isn’t getting in the way of your partner’s ability to move.

Share the space
If you’re elbowing each other to get some time in front of the mirror or you’re clashing toothbrushes over the sink, it’s going to cause some tension to build. Just like separating storage is a good idea, going with separate basins as shown in options like might just help you keep the peace. Things are a lot more harmonious when you can stand beside one another and do your thing without getting in each other’s way. Similarly, a second mirror might stop you from getting in one another’s way and distracting one another. After all, you might be keen to share the bathroom with your partner, but understandably less enthusiastic about watching every detail of them flossing in the mirror. Make your dual mirrors, mirror cabinets and you get the added benefit of keeping that separate storage, as well.
Find your ideal style together
Sharing a bathroom isn’t just about the practicalities of it all, either. Style matters in a bathroom, even if one of you seems less likely to admit it. For that reason, if you plan on creating a shared space, you should also find a shared style. The gallery at has some great examples of stylish, inoffensive bathrooms that keep things neutral without making them boring. Of course, if you both have some design elements that you share, then you can go a little more creative with your style. But otherwise, your personal preference might get in the way of someone else truly feeling comfortable in the bathroom.

Consider a second bathroom
This isn’t the most budget friendly idea even if you’re super frugal about it. However, if it’s less of a factor of two loving adults sharing a bathroom for happy morning rituals and more a madhouse of people scrambling for a shower, then you might need a second bathroom. Finding space in your home to fit it might be difficult, but has a few ideas on where to start looking. Even if it’s just another toilet and another sink, you can immediately reduce the number of bathroom-related arguments started in a busy household. A walk-in-closet, a laundry room, even the space under the stairs can all be good options for adding an extra bathroom. You also get the benefit of drastically improving the value of the home.

The bathroom should be a comfortable space to do what you need to, first and foremost. If you’re arguing every time you’re in there, then it isn’t doing its job. Depending on your budget, what space is on offer, and how many people share the bathroom, hopefully, you can find your solution above.

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