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Do your kids share a bathroom? I've seen lots of organizing and decorating ideas for little kids who share a bathroom but what happens when they become tweens and teens? With back to school here it's more evident than ever that their needs are changing. We buy them new clothes, bigger shoes, and heftier book bags but what about their needs in the bathroom? As the kids get older, it's important to make sure they have room for new toiletries like deodorant but also to teach them about organizing and being responsible. Someone needs to make sure the bathroom is stocked with toilet paper! That's why we took the kids to Target to reorganize their bathroom and personalize it for each of them. Here's how to organize a kids shared bathroom… for teens and tweens:
So, I have a confession with this whole bathroom refresh. For the last few years, the kids' bathroom was a shambles! They had no pride in ownership and they didn't really know how to organize their things.
I know, it's embarrassing. But there is hope at the end of the tunnel! Keep reading to see how we conquered the clutter, refreshing the bathroom to be a place mom and the kids are proud of!
Personalize and organize kids shared bathroom
As the kids grow up, the teen girl needs space for her makeup, hair products, and maxi pads and the tween boy needs a place for his deodorant, hair gel, and mouth wash. When the kids are little, its okay to have them share the cabinets and drawers in their bathroom because they have fewer toiletries and mom is usually in the bathroom helping them get ready. But as the kids get older, not only do they have more stuff, they want to feel a sense of ownership over their own space. Since we have double sinks and two kids, the dividing line was easy; each kid took the cabinet under one of the sinks. As far as drawers, my daughter Katie is older so she got two of the three drawers. And makeup, wow, that takes up a lot of room!
To help the kids feel a sense of ownership over their spaces (so they'll WANT to keep them organized) we had the kids pick out colorful fabric bins at Target to organize their toiletries and other essentials. Matthew chose grey and Katie chose mint.
We used the colors in the fabric bins they chose to also choose towels to match. Each kid has their own towel and hand towel, their own special fabric bins, and their own domain in the bathroom.
The kids chose the items in this soap station and Katie stocked it with her favorite “fancy soap”. I am hoping this leads to a lot more hand washing around here!
We just painted the bathroom white so it was a blank canvas for them to decorate and make their own. Katie told me “no more blue”… I loved that bathroom when it was blue! We painted the cabinets with a chalk finish – I'll be sharing how tomorrow on my Smart Fun DIY YouTube channel! Here's what the inside of the cabinets look like now:
I am so excited to see this space so fresh and so clean!!! I would love for your shared kids' bathroom to look the same. Moms, we GOT THIS for back to school!
“Mom, can you bring me some toilet paper?”
Since the kids are growing up, it's even more important to make sure they understand how being organized can enable them to be more responsible. If they are running low on hair gel or toothpaste, they need to let me know so we can pick it up at the store. The same with toilet paper. Each kid has a bin in their own cabinet with their own supply of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls).
While we were at Target choosing new bathroom decor, we also picked up a pack of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls) from the endcap display near the paper goods aisle.
Because Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls) have 4x more sheets in 1 roll, the roll with last longer and refills are less frequent. I am so ready to stop running to the kids' aid every time they forgot to refill the roll. Sign up for the Target Subscription service to save time and get Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls) delivered, avoiding “running out” altogether!
We really truly did not have a good storage place for toilet paper before this; it's just not something I put a lot of thought or effort into. Sometimes the toilet paper was stored in Katie's cabinet, sometimes we stacked it on the back of the toilet where the rolls would get ruined from over-splash from the shower, and sometimes it was kept in the linen closet down the hall. I knew there had to be a better way. The fabric bins we got at Target fit Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls) perfectly!
A place for everything: labeling and organizing in the bathroom
We added labels to each of the bins to help the kids stay on track with keeping their spaces organized and fully stocked with everything they need. Since they both can read now, this makes life a lot easier!
Since Matthew has fewer toiletries than Katie right now, we used the extra space in his side of the cabinet to store extra towels for showers. This is Katie's last year of high school and when she moves away to college, we'll transition Matthew's cabinet to 100% his own and use Katie's cabinet for the extra towels and supplies. Both of the kids are loving this new space and have already kept it clean for over a week. I didn't even have to clean up to take these photos. It's easy to organize a kids shared bathroom with Target and Quilted Northern®. We can all have victory over the kids' bathroom!
Help the kids feel ownership of their space and take responsibility for themselves with a bathroom refresh. Avoid running to bring the kids toilet paper when they run out by teaching them to take charge of their own toilet paper supply with Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls). I'm so excited to have the kids ready for back to school with a kids shared bathroom they love and can be proud of, stocked with Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls).
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What's your best tip for sprucing up the bathroom for back to school?