It’s Back to School time! You are shopping for clothes that will fit, filling up the pantry with lunch supplies, and scheduling daycare. But every school day begins with a freshly scrubbed face and clean teeth. Is your family bathroom ready to support your child as they step up to the next grade? Columbus Bath Design is here to help with some timely tips.
As the kids approach the teen years, they start thinking about caring for their bodies in a new way. Instead of you chasing them into the tub, they begin to go for a quick wash after getting dusty at the park. Are they asking to use the shower instead of a bath? Can they reach the controls, or do they need a hand to get started? Support their growing independence with a bathroom upgrade designed with them in mind.
Changing out the tub and shower combination with a walk-in eliminates a trip hazard. With a water-saving shower head, you can lower their water usage by up to 50% while they still get clean. They will feel good about themselves while waiting for the middle school bus with their friends.
Not every 12-year-old has hit their growth spurt, yet. They are happy to use the shower, except they can’t reach the handheld shower head without calling for Mom or Dad. Ask about a new shower combination with a fixed and handheld head, so the whole family gets clean without drama.
The best part of this upgrade is that it can be done in a couple of hours without demolishing your current bathroom.
Your son loves the new shampoo with a popular teen scent. Your daughter discovered the joy of shopping for shower gel. Add a wire rack that hooks over the shower head to hold the grownup bottles or install new shower wall panels with built-in recesses able to fit everybody’s toiletries.
Once they hit the teen years, the morning routine is no longer as simple as brushing teeth and combing out their hair. They want a few more minutes to look and feel their best before meeting their friends.
Their Jack N’ Jill bathroom is plenty big, but it only has a single sink. While the teens both have to get out the door at the same time, they probably fight over the mirror and hair dryer every morning. Opting for a double-sink vanity ensures they both have their own space and have less reason to bicker.
That bigger vanity also means there are extra drawers, so she can have a private spot for her hair bobbles, a little jewelry, and makeup. He can organize his shaving supplies and collection of body spray. You will even have enough room to store several extra towels within easy reach when theirs get dingy from mud and sweat.
Now that they are enrolled for the fall semester, they will be out of the house more often. The college bathroom should be kitted out with extras that support their mobile lifestyle while helping you keep your sanity.
Now that they are only home on the weekends, adding a cabinet over the toilet lets you stow all the clutter during the week, which brings back your guest bathroom. It’s also a good spot where your grown-up child can still call a place their private collection.
Invest in a washable but flexible shower caddy that holds all their morning toiletries, a zippered pouch for wet towels, and a strap or handles for transportation. It becomes their go bag when heading back to the dorms and makes it easy to stay organized when visiting home for a week.
They come home with a load of dirty clothes and make even more with two showers a day. Pick out a matching clothing hamper, trash bin, and vanity set for their bathroom. They just might help you keep the clutter off the floor, and you are treated to fresh decor.
A growing family also means a bathroom that is always in need of scrubbing. If you are struggling to eliminate set-in stains, a bathroom renovation could be the helping hand that makes a difference.
Floor grout will lose its waterproof seal over time and eventually there is no bringing back the white grout. Replacing the ancient tile floor with luxury vinyl flooring puts a softer surface under tiny toes. It is also quick and easy to keep clean and sanitary.
After 20 or 30 years, even seamless acrylic bath and shower enclosures eventually show scratches and collect dirt in the corners. Start the whole family out fresh for the school year with a one-day bathroom renovation. The silky smooth new tub, toilet, and sink will help you speed up your daily and weekly cleaning chores.
Once you have the new tub and shower, remember to leave a set of cleaning supplies under the vanity or in the closet. Now that your kids are teens, help them learn healthy home cleaning routines by putting the tools needed right at hand.
While not every back-to-school bathroom upgrade involves changing out the fixtures, when it does, give us a call at Columbus Bath Design in Lewis Center, OH. We can make it fast and easy with minimum disruption to your home and schedule.
Going back to school can be a stressful time. There’s so much to prepare in all of your family’s life, like new clothes and school supplies. Your bathroom should remain your oasis of peace in the evenings, and the clean, fresh awakening in the mornings to get your kids up and out! So we’ve compiled our top tips for getting your bathroom ready for back to school time, making the space feel bigger and better organized, and making it easier to manage multiple people in and out in the mornings.
Over the summer, the first thing you can do is clear out anything old or unused from your bathroom — and all over your house! Getting old items out of your hair is the first step to a more stress-free lifestyle, opening up your time from finding things and stressing, to worrying about the more important things in life, like encouraging your children in their schoolwork! Homework, papers, coats, and backpacks might pile up, but make sure you have designated laundry baskets in the bathroom so everyone knows where their items go — whether it be sweaty sports clothes or used towels. This will help you when you’re cleaning and doing the laundry, and will help keep your bathroom clean and tidy throughout the year.
Everything should always have its own place, and everyone should know where that designated place is, meaning that the whole family can help you keep on top of everything. The kids can even have their own designated baskets, toothbrush holders, towels, etc. to help encourage them to learn how to tidy, and keep this habit up throughout the school year! This means it will be quicker to get ready with the kids in the mornings too, as you’ll never have to spend time looking for things, and they’ll be able to find and use their own stuff easily when they’re older.
Get a wicker basket or storage space to hold books to read to your kids in the bath. If you read to or with your children throughout the summer, it will help get them ready for going back to school. Awaken their imagination, and teach them new vocabulary! Kids whose parents read to them are far more likely to succeed in school; bath time might be just the time to do it – if they’re not too excited!
When the craziness of school starts, it’s nice to plan some family time — if they’re young enough, a bath together could do the trick. Some games to play in the bath which are educational are useful too, or invent some games with the toys they already have! Toys could be stored in the bathroom in a bag, so your child can keep it in their room. That way they won’t be distracted with things that remind them of playtime when they’re getting ready for school in the bathroom.
Whenever you’re designing or re-thinking the layout of a room, it’s essential that you think of how you and your family members use it at different times during the week and year. Remember how you felt at back to school time last year, and let it influence your decisions. Did you all crowd around each other last year, stressed out in the mornings, trying to find something? If so, maybe think about clearly labeling your boxes or storage containers with labels in an attractive font.
Maybe getting ready for back to school last year was a really stressful time for you. Remember to take time for yourself and relax. A simple, chic, well-designed bathroom will help you to switch off and recharge your batteries. Make sure you’ve planned in all your appointments, after school meetings, parents’ evenings, clubs and hobbies on a calendar, so you know you have a solid plan for the future. And then relax!
For a family bathroom, it’s recommended to get large multipurpose cabinets, as your bathroom has to do so many things for so many people. However, if you’ve already designed your bathroom, and you’re looking to diversify your storage options, there are many extra things you can add to your bathroom to better utilize the space. Think about investing in drawer dividers, extra storage, such as wall or corner shelves, and extra hooks on the walls – maybe one for each member of the family!
If you’re struggling to fit everyone in the bathroom in the morning, work out a schedule, so everyone gets enough time before you all have to leave. Instead of a stressed, last-minute morning, have a planned, relaxed, fun one! Layout the breakfast table before you sleep, make sure everyone’s towel and supplies are ready in the bathroom, make sure your children’s clothes are clean and laid out in their bedroom to come back to after their morning wash.
Come and visit us at Columbus Bath Design to find the perfect bathroom to suit all of your family’s needs, or call us on this number: (614) 907-4558.
It can be hard to decide on a design that works for all members of your family, not to mention any guests or visitors you may have along the way! A great family bathroom evolves and grows too alongside your family. Therefore, from the beginning of your redecoration process, you need a design that can adapt. All fittings in the family bathroom should be low maintenance and durable. You need the right fittings, fixtures, and finishes — and then your bathroom can truly adapt for a growing family, all of your guests, and your personal needs. We at Columbus Bath Design can help you find a simple design with lots of storage that’s elegant but also durable. We’ll help you create a perfect bathroom for both play-time in the bath with your young ones, and an oasis of peace for you when you want a little peace and quiet.
So how can I create more space for all of the members of my family?
We recommend that when designing your bathroom for a family, including a large amount of storage space. Maybe choose a combination unit with plenty of built-in storage. You could also add wall hanging units, corner shelves, storage at the end of the bath or niches in the walls of showers to give you that extra storage where none existed before — keeping your bathroom streamlined and making it feel bigger!
Firstly, not all of the possessions we keep in our bathroom actually need to be here. Think about stealing space in other parts of your house — for example, bedrooms, storage cupboards, etc – for anything you don’t definitely need to store in the bathroom. This could include duplicates, medicines or spare towels.
Here are some chicer, tried and tested ways to bring extra storage space to your bathroom:
Multiple hanging bars or racks, with some, placed lower down so your kids can reach them. This is also a great way to introduce tidying to your family. If each person knows where everything goes and can access it, they’re more likely to be interested in the tidying process and help you in the future. It’s a win-win! You could think about adding these extra hooks on the inside of the bathroom door, to keep the space feeling uncluttered and minimalist.
Also, think about investing in a stool so that the kids can reach everything they need like the sink, getting into the bath or reaching higher up cabinets. You could get a stool that folds away, but if you’re worried about it not being stable enough, think about creating enough storage in your under-sink cabinet that you can store a stool there.
A great way to make your bathroom work for the whole family is to give each member their own area. This leaves the tidying responsibility to them, and wipes out the possibility of anyone fighting over whose towel is theirs! Here are some ways you can divide up your bathroom for all your family members:
Lots of people might think that replacing a bath with a shower is the perfect way to save space in a family bathroom. But multiple members of the family can have a bath, it’s fun, and can bring everyone together. It also means the house will be easier to re-sell if you’re considering that in the future. If you’re tight on space you could have a shower over the bath for the best of both worlds. Or if you’re working with even less space, think of ways to make the shower more fun, including toys and games for the little ones.
Come and visit us at Columbus Bath Design to find the perfect bathroom to suit all of your needs, or call us on this number: (614) 907-4558.
Bathroom organization might seem like it’s not important, especially when you have so many other things to organize in your life. But with just a bit of planning, and by following some of our organizational life-hacks, your bathroom might just become your new favorite room in the house!
Whether you’re getting the kids ready for school at the beginning of the day, or getting ready for a date or a night of fun, bathrooms can be a stressful place. But a fully organized bathroom, with clean surfaces and a chic design, will become your oasis of peace. Your bathroom should be the place where you come home at the end of a long day, run a bath, and let the cobwebs wash off you.
Marie Kondo, the tidying guru, teaches us that all of our objects and possessions should have a place and should bring us joy. If you know where everything is, it keeps your things looking organized, and makes your bathroom experience stress free — erasing the unnecessary time you spend looking for things. Having a well-organized bathroom can reduce your stress at the beginning of the day, doesn’t look cluttered, and can even bring the family together if everyone knows how to play their part!
The first step is to declutter. So many of us keep unnecessary objects around us, which can make our lives feel busy and lead to unnecessary stress. When going about reorganizing your bathroom, try to cut your belongings here by half. Many of us keep ahold of bottles with not much left in them, old medications, decorations, and the list goes on. Get rid of everything unnecessary like this, and we promise you’ll feel a weight off your shoulders!
Decluttering doesn’t mean you get rid of the things you need for daily life. All of these things will find their own home, but that’s the next step. In the decluttering process, think about moving things like duplicates to another room or storage space. Many people keep their medications in the bathroom, but did you know that many medications actually suffer from the humidity?! How about keeping them in the kitchen or in your bedroom, away from any kids, to streamline your bathroom experience? In a clearly labeled box, you’ll never forget where they are, and we think you might even find it easier to organize and find what you’re looking for this way.
It is important to think at this stage of how you use the space in your bathroom. For putting on makeup? For doing your hair? For playing with toys with your kids in the bath? Each space you organize in your bathroom should have its own function, so you always know where you need to look for something. For example, consider having a hair station, or box, which contains all of your hair care products and brushes. Remember to organize your bathroom space by function so it fits in with your lifestyle.
Here are a few extra recommendations which you could try if you want to make your bathroom feel bigger and less cluttered:
Keeping your bathroom a safe-haven isn’t as difficult as you might think. With all that clutter gone and each item having its own place, now you just need to remember to put it back where it belongs! The whole family can help you with this, especially if each member has their own designated spot, bag or basket. No one has time to do a deep clean of the bathroom every day, but keeping the counters clutter-free, and wiping them and the sinks once a day can make a huge difference.
Come and visit us at Columbus Bath Design to find the perfect bathroom to suit all of your needs, or call us on this number: (614) 907-4558.
Preparing your family for back to school can be a stressful endeavor. Getting everyone back on a regular schedule is a daunting task. This can be particularly challenging when everyone needs to get ready to leave at the same time- especially when there is limited bathroom space. Here are several tips on how to prepare your bathroom to keep the back-to-school transition smooth and easy.
Creating dedicated space in the bathroom for each family member minimizes clutter and helps cut down on time used to get ready in the morning. Mornings are crazy enough as it is, but knowing where everything is can help things run efficiently. Utilize extra space in linen closets or under counters to create a cubby for each family member. The use of bins keeps everything in one easily accessible place and clears counters for a neater appearance and easier cleaning.
To make cleaning a breeze, daily maintenance is the key. Use a suction cup to hang a squeegee in the shower for quick and easy cleanup after each use. This saves time scrubbing mineral deposits and soap scum later. Keep a small bin of cleaning supplies in a cabinet under the vanity for a super fast daily wipe down of counters, sinks, and mirrors. Quick, daily maintenance efforts will save you from time-consuming weekly deep cleans.
To accommodate multiple family members sharing one bathroom, adding a water closet for privacy can be a real game changer. Enclosing the toilet assures privacy while multiple family members need to be in the bathroom at once. A vanity area just outside of the bathroom is a great option to clear space for older kids who don’t want to share the bathroom with siblings or parents.
It can be easy to let old products pile up in your bathroom, but taking time to declutter will give you more storage and a better piece of mind. Take everything out of your medicine closet and evaluate. Can some things be thrown away? Can you combine things to save space? Dispose of old razors, shampoo bottles, and lotions that haven’t been used in a while.
Proper storage and organization are key to streamlining the back-to-school routine this fall. Following these tips will help you have the clean, clutter-free, and stylish bathroom of your dreams. And as always, contact us at Columbus Bath Design for any and all of your bathroom needs!
After completing a bathroom remodel, the last thing that you want to do is to let it get dirty, messy, and disorganized. With regular upkeep, your beautiful bathroom will look fresh for years to come. These smart organization and cleaning tips will ensure that your new bathroom maintains a neat and tidy appearance you can be proud of.
It’s a task that no one enjoys, but deep cleaning is essential. This includes scrubbing the shower, tub, and toilet, wiping down the sink and counter, cleaning the mirror and windows, and mopping the floor. By tackling dirt and grime before it builds up, you can maintain the look of the important details in the bathroom, like grout and fixtures. Deep cleaning keeps the space healthy and sanitary, as well as visually appealing. If you’re pressed for time or simply hate the task of cleaning, consider hiring a housekeeper. It’s an affordable and practical way to maintain the cleanliness and neatness of your entire home.
A clutter-free bathroom will help you to feel more relaxed in the space. Take a few minutes each day to cut the clutter by putting things back in their designated places. Don’t let items pile up on shelves and countertops. When a product is used up, like shampoo or toothpaste, throw it away as soon as it runs out. Put dirty clothes and linens in a hamper and transfer it to the laundry room frequently.
If your vanity has drawers, use small organizers to keep them tidy. You can find a variety of affordable options in different sizes to fit snugly in your drawers. It will also save you time from trying to find what you need when you’re getting ready, as well. Shelves can also be kept neat with simple baskets or small bins. They can serve both a decorative and functional purpose. If you have counter space, use a basket to keep extra hand towels.
If you often go through a drawer and find a product that you haven’t used in years, you aren’t alone. Many homeowners simply don’t take the time to go through drawers and cabinets to toss out old items. However, it’s a great way to stay organized. Check the labels on things like over-the-counter medicines and personal care products, and throw away anything that’s old or expired. Let go of cosmetics that you no longer use to make space for the things you do use regularly. Cabinet and drawer cleanouts are a great task to add to your spring cleaning checklist.
Keep your bathroom remodel looking brand new for years to come by following these simple cleaning tips. Start off with an organized space and take the time to clean often. By keeping up with deep-cleaning and tidying, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful bathroom that provides a relaxing respite in your home.
Your bathroom should be a calming retreat, but it’s also a space that can easily get overtaken by clutter. Give your bathroom a more streamlined look by getting things off of the vanity countertop and into designated spots. Here are some helpful organizing tips for homeowners to keep their bathroom vanity neat and tidy:
Get rid of unnecessary items. Chances are you have items in your bathroom that really have no business being there. Whether it’s old makeup and beauty products that you no longer use or are half empty, or just random things that have found their way in, and never made it back out, there are likely at least a handful of items that can be tossed out or stored in another room. Before you can start organizing, you need to clear out everything unnecessary.
Only leave out the essentials. There are a few essential items that need to be handy at all times in the bathroom. These include hand soap, a hand towel, and toothbrushes. Everything else can be given a proper place to be stored away until they need to be used, like toothpaste, makeup, grooming tools, cleaning supplies, and more.
Use drawer organizers. For vanities with drawers, simple organizers are the way to go. You can find them in a variety of sizes and styles, and they easily insert into the drawer. You can keep all of your cosmetics and beauty tools neatly stored away in designated spots. This also helps to keep the products in good shape, since they aren’t simply being tossed into a cosmetics bag or left lying on the counter. The items will be handy whenever you need them, and conveniently hidden from view.
Use baskets or bins. You can use baskets and bins to keep towels, toilet paper, and other supplies neatly stored. If your vanity has a cabinet, it’s the perfect place to keep extra toilet paper rolls. Use stylish baskets to store folded hand towels and wash clothes. You can place a basket with towels or supplies on top of the toilet tank for even more organized storage. Small bins are great for collecting things like hair ties, bobby pins, and barrettes and clips.
By following these bathroom tips, you’ll have a more organized space. Keep your bathroom clean and relaxing by clearing out clutter. Make the most of the space by organizing all of the necessary items in the vanity.
No matter how clean your bathroom is, clutter simply seems to happen. After the colder winter months, you’re probably wondering how such a nice spa-like retreat can get so messy.
Relax. Decluttering is as simple as taking a day in each of your bathrooms to accomplish spring cleaning. For the most part, you don’t need any fancy accoutrements in any of your bathrooms to accomplish decluttering. What is needed is a sense of purging, of being able to get rid of items you no longer use and not feeling guilty about it. Here is what you need to do to get a wonderfully organized bathroom.
Pitch It. When was the last time you used the vitamins, medication, makeup or anything that may be in your medicine cabinet or drawers? If the item is expired, throw it in the garbage. Similarly, label cosmetics and other consumables that don’t have an expiration date. even if it doesn’t have an expiration date, pitch items that smell or look funny, particularly if you know they are past their prime.
Small Storage Spaces. Organize storage spaces such as drawers or cabinets with dividers or storage bins that will keep similar items with one another. Make sure that storage bins have small compartments that are appropriate for makeup, medicines and other smaller items found in bathrooms. By designating certain areas, whether in a drawer, a cabinet, etc., for items like makeup, medicines and other small items, you’ll minimize time spent in the bathroom and organize your home in the process.
Claim Space Over the Toilet. The area over the toilet is a great place for storage. Many organizational stores have storage units specifically made for placement over toilets. These storage areas are great for items such as extra towels, toilet paper, tissues and other frequently used items.
Clean Up the Vanity. How any times have you seen items strewn across your vanity? Use apothecary jars to organize items like makeup brushes, cotton balls and similar small items. Organizing in this manner will give your bathroom a high-end hotel feel. Save a shelf for knick knacks.
Cleaning the bathroom isn’t just about scrubbing surfaces. Take some time for spring organization to eliminate clutter and ensure that everything has a place to be safely and properly stored. Get your bathroom organized with these helpful tips:
The medicine cabinet is one of those spots that is often overlooked during cleaning. Go through and discard old or expired medications and other products. Wipe the shelves clean with a damp cloth. Restock items that are running low so that you’ll have them handy when needed, like a new tube of toothpaste and dental floss. Make a note of any basic medications that you want to replace.
If you’re sick of shampoo bottles, soaps, and kid’s toys taking over the rim of the tub, it’s time to invest in an organizer. There are different styles and sizes to choose from, which will help free up space in the tub or shower and keep everything nice and neat.
Tackle disorganized towels once and for all. Start by taking everything out of the linen closet and going through all of the items. Wipe down the shelves to remove dust. See what old towels and washcloths you can get rid of and replace, and then fold everything neatly and place them back on the shelves. Maximize the space in the closet by using plastic bins for bulkier items on the floor, and smaller plastic bins for loose items on upper shelves.
Cluttered countertops can make the whole room look messy, and they make it more difficult to thoroughly clean the surface on a regular basis. Get rid of the clutter by organizing and storing items in the medicine cabinet or the vanity. Use a holder to corral toothbrushes, and get a refillable soap dispenser for hand soap.
Vanity Drawers and Cabinets
If you have a vanity with drawers, take some time to go through them and discard old, unused items. Purchase organizers to separate and store smaller items, such as hair accessories and cosmetics. Get rid of old bath products that are just collecting dust.
You may be surprised at how many unused and old items your bathroom is housing. Spring organization will give the room a fresh, clean feeling.