Let’s face it—we all need our personal space. But, this holds especially true in the bathroom. As the place where you go in order to get ready for your day, stepping over someone or not being able to find what you need can easily make you frustrated—and possibly even late!
So, whether you’re currently dividing a bathroom in your college residence, sharing accommodations in military housing, or navigating how to effectively split a bathroom with your spouse, figuring out how to exist peacefully in one bathroom is a challenge—particularly if it’s an exceedingly small space.
But, don’t worry, it’s definitely doable! Looking for some tips to share a bathroom in a way that’s organized, logical, and prevents conflicts? Look no further!
1. Pick up after yourself.
A messy bathroom is frustrating, particularly when it’s a smaller area to begin with. But, you can hardly complain about your bathroom partner making a mess when you aren’t even bothering to pick up after yourself!
Make an effort to put things away and keep the bathroom tidy. Not only will this contribute to a cleaner space, but it will likely also inspire your bathroom counterpart to do the same!
2. Determine a schedule.
If you both have similar morning or nighttime routines, you might want to sit down and work out a schedule for bathroom usage. That way, you’ll each know when you can head in and have the bathroom to yourself. Obviously, occasional things will crop up (i.e. early appointments, job interviews, or illnesses). But, having a somewhat regular schedule in place will help to make things easier!
While you’ve got your schedule-making hat on, you’ll also want to talk about a cleaning schedule. Constantly letting the bathroom cleaning responsibilities fall to one person can cause some tension. So, sit down and work out a schedule for who’s cleaning what and when. It might seem unnecessary now. But, it can save you from animosity and several arguments in the future!
3. Assign separate spaces.
Sure, you’re all for sharing. But, you still need some spots to keep your stuff. So, figure out your separate spaces right off the bat. Determine which drawers and shelves belong to each of you. Then, make sure you limit your belongings to only those spaces. This should prevent one of you from completely taking over the entire bathroom!
Even with the best intentions, you might still run into issues with your bathroom roommate. Don’t let these fester and eat away at you. Instead, you’re better off openly communicating. If that person is doing something that consistently drives you crazy, then let them know. Open communication is crucial for having a successful sharing situation—no matter where it is!
5. Divvy up shopping responsibilities.
Between hand soap, toilet paper, and household cleaners, the bathroom requires quite a bit of supplies. And, if the same person constantly needs to purchase the bathroom necessities, they’ll likely feel taken advantage of. So, make sure you sit down and work out who’s responsible for buying what. You can either alternate each time you run out of something, or have a firm purchasing schedule in place and then hang onto the extras. Do whatever works best for you. Just make sure one person isn’t bearing all of the responsibility of picking up the shared items.
Sharing a bathroom can be tricky. But, it doesn’t need to turn into a conflict or sore spot! Keep these five tips in mind in order to successfully split a bathroom with fairness and ease.
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