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Can my kids’ bathroom really be clean? As a mom of seven I actually have a few thoughts on this.
Kids bathrooms can be downright scary if we allow them to be. I know this because I have two of these bathrooms – one for my boys and one for my girls. If you have boys I think you might understand why my girls would prefer to have their own bathroom. Since we have the room, I don’t really have a good reason why they can’t have their own bathroom.
Here are the observations I have about the kids bathroom.
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I think kids are able to start helping clean and care for their own bathroom at a younger age than we might have them do it
Will it be done the same as if we had done it? Most likely not, but I would say that it doesn’t really matter all that much most of the time.
When it comes to our kids taking care of some or all of their own bathroom, it is essential that we give them the proper tools and training to do so
This means the proper cleaning supplies and places to keep all their clutter.
I also find that with kids bathrooms as with kids bedrooms, less is truly better. Less stuff means less clutter and mess to deal with.
How young is too young? I have kids as young as three who can make a valiant attempt at working with my steam mop. Have I mentioned my love for my steam mop before? Here it is:
While nothing replaces the good ol’ washing the floor on your hands and knees bit, this steam mop works wonders, and it does a quick job with acceptable results. This allows me to spend less time on my hands and knees washing since the steam mop can handle the job sometimes.
If you want your kids to keep the bathroom clutter free, you have to minimize the clutter and give them someplace to keep the clutter that remains
And, it needs to be simple. Like I’ve said before, you have to make it painfully easy for them to get the best results.
Just as with the master bathroom, keeping the counters basically clutter free gives an overall feeling of being clean
You can easily see if something is out of place if nothing is really supposed to be there.
I do allow some clutter in the name of being as sanitary as possible to avoid spreading germs. For this reason, each of my kids does have their own small cup to keep their toothbrush and toothpaste in that does sit on the counter. Putting all their toothbrushes together in one place gives this germaphobic mom a panic attack.
As with the master bathroom, pay attention to wall color, minimal accessories, and a way to make the bathroom smell nice
Even with a kids’ bathroom, it can be a soothing and eye pleasing place.
Find systems that work with what you need to work with in the bathrooms
I have a lot of kids so I have a towel bar that holds four towels rather than the standard two bar method. This is what I mean by having a system that works for you. Here is the towel bar I have, and it has worked extremely well for us.
Clean and tidy the kids bathroom often
If you have kids, I don’t think this needs much explanation at all. Keeping up on it is essential.
This cleaner is great to have on the counter, too. It makes cleaning the counters and sinks a breeze. My kids actually like cleaning and are better about doing it since we started keeping these in their bathrooms.
Generally I use my green antibacterial cleaner to clean, but these work well for kids since there is minimal effort involved.
Having clean and clutter free kids bathrooms can be a reality, and it is a task that doesn’t always have to fall squarely on your shoulders. Explore some of these tips and start training your kids today, because yes, your kids’ bathroom really can be clean!
This post is based on a chapter in Ruth Soukup’s book, 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life. Grab a copy and join in as we work through it together, or, grab a copy and work through it at your own pace in your own time.
Either way, you will have a clutter free life by the time you work through all 31 days!