10 ways to make shar­ing a bath­room eas­ier

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Dur­ing the morn­ing rush be­fore school or work, the bath­room can easily be­come a crowded war zone clut­tered with tooth­brushes and hair prod­ucts.

But shar­ing even a tiny bath­room doesn’t have to be an or­deal.

So jostling room­mates and fam­ily mem­bers, take heart: Here are 10 ways to make bath­room co­ex­is­tence eas­ier, from big­ger in­vest­ments like dou­ble sinks and up­dated showers to easy tricks and af­ford­able gad­gets that max­i­mize space and min­i­mize clut­ter.

1. LOOK HIGH AND LOW FOR STOR­AGE SPACE

“The main thing is take a fresh look at your space and make use of unuti­lized ar­eas,” said Betsy Gold­berg, home di­rec­tor at Real Sim­ple mag­a­zine. An un­der-the-sink ex­pand­able or­ga­nizer (like one at The Con­tainer Store) fits around the drain­pipe to make the most of an of­ten for­got­ten space, she said. An in­con­spic­u­ous shelf (Ikea) can also be hung above the door­way. Stash­ing things out of the way cre­ates more el­bow room around the mir­ror and sink.

2. MAKE CAB­I­NETS DO MORE

Keep smaller items in or­der with the right wall cab­i­nets and or­ga­niz­ing tools. Gold­berg rec­om­mends Mag­naPods (The Con­tainer Store), which fit easily on the in­side of cab­i­net doors to hold makeup tubes and brushes up­right and out of sight. And don’t for­get that medicinecab­i­net shelves are ad­justable. “Peo­ple usu­ally keep the shelves wher­ever they are, but just ad­just­ing the shelves can help make cab­i­nets much more ef­fi­cient,” she said. Acrylic dis­play boxes (Nile Corp.) also help max­i­mize space.

3. OUST THE EX­TRA­NE­OUS

“If you’re go­ing to share a bath­room, it’s im­por­tant to move all non-essen­tials out. Toi­let pa­per can go in a trunk in the hall­way out­side the bath­room or on a shelf in­stalled above the bath­room door,” Gold­berg said. “Tow­els can be rolled and put in neu­tral straw bas­kets in a nar­row con­sole in the hall­way. The bath­room is prime real es­tate, and ham­pers are so bulky they would be bet­ter off in

bed­room clos­ets or the hall.”

4. BE SAVVY ABOUT SORT­ING

“If you can, give each per­son a drawer of their own,” Gold­berg said. “But when keep­ing things in a shared medicine cab­i­net, it’s eas­i­est to store things if you keep like with like, in­stead of sep­a­rat­ing things by per­son.”

5. CLEAR THE COUN­TERS

For hair dry­ers and other styling tools, the Blow Away Van­ity Or­ga­nizer (Or­ga­nizeIt.com), keeps things up and out of the way. Essen­tials can also be hung on hu­mid­ity-re­sis­tant Com­mand Hooks, avail­able at many hard­ware stores and other re­tail­ers.

6. CON­SIDER THE KIDS

If kids are shar­ing a bath­room with adults, they might do bet­ter with low hooks than towel bars; that way, they can put things back them­selves, said Ch­eryl Dixon, head of brand and trade mar­ket­ing at Grohe Amer­ica.

7. IF YOU CAN RE­MODEL, SEE DOU­BLE

“Dou­ble sinks are the most im­por­tant fea­tures in shared bath­rooms,” said Gold­berg.

And showers can be cus­tom­ized to each per­son’s height and spray pref­er­ences, Dixon said. “Do you want a hand shower or head shower? Choos­ing one with dif­fer­ent spray set­tings helps a lot and makes shar­ing a shower much eas­ier,” she said. Dig­i­tal-tech­nol­ogy faucets re­mem­ber user set­tings for each per­son’s pre­ferred wa­ter

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