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    Apr 20, 2019

    28 Genius Ideas For Anyone Who Shares A Bathroom

    Transformative solutions for roommates, siblings, families, and couples!

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    1. Hang multiple shower caddies at once using water-resistant Command Hooks, and everyone can have their very own.

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    From The Crazy Craft Lady. (You can also do something similar with shower rods and sturdy s-hooks or carabiners; see this Pin.)

    Get water-resistant hooks that can hold up to 7.5 pounds on Amazon for $3.59 each, or ones made specifically for bath caddies for $6.28 each.

    2. Or try removable-adhesive plastic caddies — each person can have their own at the height that works best for them.

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    To make sure the Command Strips hold the way they're supposed to, follow these steps. You could also hang these anywhere you need a little more storage, like on the inside of your bathroom cabinet doors.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this on my shower wall for almost a year and it’s still going strong with the original strips. It holds everything my husband and I need and could probably hold more. I rarely clean it, but it somehow still looks pretty clean and I honestly like the way it looks better than a permanent fixture. If it only lasted a year, I’d still say it was a good value, but at this rate I won’t be surprised if it last two or three." —Lida

    Get one on Amazon for $7.17.

    3. A plastic silverware drawer organizer is the perfect way to store toothbrushes without risk of the bristles touching.

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    And there's totally space in each of those slots for everyone to fit their own toothpaste, too.

    Promising review: "Great quality! I was very pleased with the grip of the divider, it doesn't slide around in the drawer and keeps items still for us. Clean lines and perfect fit for our needs, using in a kid's bathroom for toothbrushes/toothpaste with five small children sharing. Not a flimsy plastic that will be broken soon." —brookerie

    Get it on Amazon for $8.

    4. Maximize every square inch of space under your cabinets by stacking plastic drawers labeled with each person's name.

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    This also helps all the precious storage space stay nice and evenly divided. From Hi, Sugarplum!

    Get similar drawers on Amazon for $18.76 each, or from True Value for $10.99 (with free shipping to a local store).

    5. Mount a four-person towel rack on the inside hinge of your door to instantly create storage out of wasted vertical space.

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    Promising reviews: "I have a tiny bathroom and my towels would not dry on the hooks or towel bar. This product is a real space saver and will dry four towels quickly." —KTrain

    "Very easy to install (I did it alone, but recommend having two people). Did exactly what I wanted in our small bathroom, get the towels off the floor and out of sight." —Michelle

    Get it from The Home Depot for $21.35.

    6. Or if you prefer something that takes zero installation, try a tiered over-door rack.

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    This does require an eight-inch space behind your door if you want to be able to open it all the way, though.

    Promising review: "Very nice for the price. Reasonably sturdy. All the parts were there, fairly simple to put it together; under 15 minutes start to finish. Only problem, I neglected to consider the fact that the open door is only a few inches from the bathroom wall. It's workable, having tiered bars is the most important feature for us, but be aware of this." —Kathy M.

    Get it on Amazon for $19.03.

    7. You could also turn towels into functional artwork with fun photos (or monogram initials) that assign each person their very own hook.

    8. All that vertical space on the back of the door can also be transformed into extra storage with a repurposed shoe organizer, naturally.

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    If four people share the space, you could each have your own vertical column. A home of three could divvy it up every two horizontal rows. And two people can split it half-and-half!

    Promising review: "I purchased three of these to organize two closets and a small bathroom. They worked out perfectly! Now our family bathroom products are easy to find and not crammed into baskets or covering shelves. The pockets expand to accommodate different size items and are durable. Highly recommend!" —Lyndsey Phillips

    Get it on Amazon for $7.97.

    9. Install some shelves over the toilet — it can be both convenient storage and the perfect place to display art, candles, plants, or other decorative things.

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    Promising review: "We have a small bathroom with one cabinet that’s the only place to store things. We decided to go for shelves. They are removable if they get damaged, and offer a ton more storage...And it looks great! The toilet in the photos for the product must be exceptionally tall because ours is not near as close as the top of the tank, which I think is a good thing. All in all this has significantly increased the shelf space with nearly zero issues." —Bendy

    Get it on Amazon for $65.98.

    10. Enlist an extra lingerie bag for bath time duty: it makes the perfect fishing net to pick up all the toys, then quickly bunches up and hangs everything to dry while you're reading the bedtime story.

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    Plus if you wanted a shower moment without any kids toys involved, this makes it easy to exile 'em to the toilet lid all at once. All you need is a waterproof command hook, and a durable lingerie or delicates bag. From Two Twenty One.

    Get a set of three similar bags for $12.85 and a pack of six water-resistant hooks for $8.84 on Amazon.

    11. Hang mirrors in everyone's bedroom or closet, so anyone who loves doing their makeup and hair doesn't necessarily have to be in the bathroom the entire time.

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    I mean, if you have roommates there's only so much you can do here besides buying one for yourself. But if they don't have one already, your teens probably wouldn't object to their own full-length mirrors! When I lived with three other roommates, I always did my makeup and hair in my room at my mirror, minimizing the time I needed the bathroom in the mornings. Worked like a charm!

    Get the pictured ones from Target: the white frame for $14.99 or the rounded brass frame on sale for $47.49 (originally $49.99).

    12. Or opt for a small vanity set with tons of storage.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a nice vanity set that I could use to finally clean up my tiny bathroom and bring my makeup into my bedroom and this is perfect. The top drawers are pretty shallow but the bottom two are a good size. Set up was quick and easy and required no extra tools other than a screwdriver which, luckily, is the only one I own." —Brandi

    Get it from Wayfair for $286.99 (available in black, white, and dark brown cherry).

    13. And if there's just not quiiiiite enough natural light to make that feasible, pick up a set of vanity lights that stick, plug in, and go.

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    They have three brightness settings, and secure to your mirror using an included adhesive. (Although if it were me, I'd use removable adhesive strips so I didn't have gunk stuck to my mirror if I ever wanted to take them down.)

    Promising review: "If you’re thinking about getting these, just do it already! I finally feel like my vanity is complete. They stick on, and the wires will show. But I just pinned the wires back behind the mirror with tape and I don’t even notice them. I used a thin dry erase marker as a guide to keep an even distance from the edge when applying them. You can also mark on mirror with dry erase to get your measurements just right. Love these!" —Robot

    Get the set of 10 on Amazon for $19.99.

    14. Start regularly spritzing a little Poo-Pourri in the toilet bowl before you go, because everyone's happier when the bathroom smells only of flowers, vanilla, and citrus.

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    Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare — particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting now after he leaves." —Supa D

    Get it on Amazon: the 70-use bottle and 800-use refill for $32.32 (three scents), or start with a 200-use bottle for $11.03 (21 scents).

    15. Help everyone keep track of how long they're in the shower or brushing their teeth using a visual timer.

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    While multiple reviewers use this with their kids, my colleague Jennifer Tonti also uses it to help herself stay on task and aware of the time that's passing (read more of why she loves it for her ADHD in products for grown-ass adults who can't function.) Probably not the best solution for your roommate shower drama, though...unless you're the one who needs it!

    Promising reviews: "This is an essential tool for kids with ADHD or really any kid who looses track of time. My daughter uses this every morning while she is in the shower. She can see how much time she has left by poking her head out and seeing the red area that is still left. It really helps on school days and keeps me from yelling at her to finish." —Robert Scofield

    "This saves me more $$ on my water bill then I could have ever imagined. Bought it for my 12-year-old who has no concept of time while in the shower and like clockwork he is done EVERY TIME before the alarm goes off. I can't recommend this enough!" —Tyler Sheehan

    Get it on Amazon for $32.59 (also available in a smaller size for $27.96).

    16. Press on a gel stamp after scrubbing the toilet you share with four roommates — it will actually keep the bowl clean week after week, so you don't all wait until it's beyond gross because no one feels fully responsible for cleaning it.

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    I used this when I shared a bathroom with three people and it worked wonderfully! You will have to take the responsibility of re-stamping every 12 days or so (depending on how often the toilet's used), but it takes less than 30 seconds.

    Promising review: "We're big fans of the 'if it's yellow, let it mellow' potty practice as it conserves a serious amount of water if you flush every 3-4 tinkles vs every time....anyways! These little gems are easy to use and with our limited flushing, one application tends to last around two weeks before it starts to lose it's smell and effectiveness. But it keeps our bowls clean and the bathroom smelling fresh." —Stephanie

    Get it on Amazon for $6.35. One box will keep your toilet clean for at least 144 days — that's 20 weeks!

    17. Prevent your shower drain from clogging up with a hair catcher — because when you have multiple people with long hair using a shower daily, things can seriously build up fast. Then before you know it you're shin-deep in water.

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    To keep it mildew-free, I recommend quickly rinsing it off and setting it on its side to dry between showers. After removing the hair, of course!

    Promising review: "I have long, thick hair. Literally after EVERY shower, my hair would clog up the drain. I cleaned the drain out and started using this. It's a thick plastic, and heavy so no hair slips underneath it. It also doesn't move around. It stays put. My husband gets fuzzies in his belly button and it catches those which had also been clogging the drain. The other drain protector I had (a white, spikey one), would really hang on to the hair and I had a hard time getting it off. With this one, it is very easy to pull the hair off. And I have literally had NO issues with the drain being clogged since using it, which is amazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    18. And if you're already in that situation, unclog everything first with a drain millipede. It's covered in tiny little hooks to grab onto the clump of hair that's preventing your sink or tub from draining well, and yank it all up so water flows freely again.

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    For those times when you didn't have a drain protector!

    Promising review: "Never has my flabber been so ghasted. For a sub-$6 tool, this worked amazingly great. Pulled out a 3.5-foot-long hair monster from the shower drain. Tip: when you pull back a little and feel resistance, reinsert the millipede and twist (a pair of pliers helps) like your life depended on it. This gets the clog to wrap around the little tines and gives you stronger leverage to unclog the nasty SOB. The tines are so clingy that is essentially a one-use tool, which I'm ok with." —J.M.

    Get it on Amazon for $5.28.

    19. Ensure everything stays at least a little bit cleaner by storing cleaning wipes somewhere convenient (like, under the cabinet) so anytime you notice the counter, sink, tub, and/or toilet are getting grody, you can do a fast wipe-up.

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    One friend of mine from college used to do this daily as part of her morning routine, and always had an unbelievably clean bathroom. First she'd wipe down the counter, then the faucet, the top of the toilet, the toilet handle, the sink, and finally the toilet seat. Genius!

    Get three containers of cleaning wipes on Amazon for $12.28.

    20. Quickly and easily sweep away all the little hairs left over after beard trimming with a lightweight, waterproof, oil-proof sink grooming mat that takes zero effort to brush off into the trash.

    Beard Bro

    Just lay the mat over your sink and counter, do your trimming and shaving, then fold it in half hot dog style twice, take it over to the trash, and shake everything out one end. The hairs won't stick to the mat *or* be all over the bathroom counter and sink!

    Promising reviews: "Bought for my husband for Christmas and it was a gift for both of us! Less hair from beard trimming in the sink! That made it worth it!! Definitely recommend!!!!" —Danielle L.

    "This mat is fantastic. Works exactly as promised. Fast and easy cleanup definitely streamlines my routine." —Michael

    Get it from Beard Bro for $14.95 or BeardBroStore on Etsy for $14.99.

    21. Put a stop to the puddles somebody is always leaving next to the tub by securing your shower curtain with a set of four clips.

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    Promising review: "Thought these would be silly, but they are great. Have a lot of trouble with leakage around my tub when I shower. Tried double liners and magnets but curtain still blows enough to leak onto the floor and from there through the ceiling of the dining room downstairs thanks to an infinitesimal gap between flooring and wall. I was desperate, so I gave these a try. Problem solved. Liner stays tight against the tile and can be freed for cleaning." —D Polsky

    Get them on Amazon for $7.69.

    They come with a super strong adhesive, but if you're a renter, you could use them with water-resistant removable strips, $4.48 for a pack of six on Amazon.

    22. Spritz this cleaner at the end of each shower — it will actually prevent mold and hard water build up, so nobody has to squeegee, much less haul out the heavy duty cleaning products.

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    It's the middle product pictured above — you just spray it everywhere after your shower, no rinsing required! You do have to get your shower or tub relatively clean first, of course. But this makes that work last.

    Promising reviews: "This is awesome!! It absolutely reduces the number of times you have to scrub your shower/tub. Just spray it around after every shower and mold just won't happen." —Elizabeth Rios

    "I swear by this stuff! If you use it after every shower you will be able to fend off all of the water spots and hard water residue, and you will be able to increase the length of time between cleaning the shower/tub... less back breaking tub/shower cleaning folks!!!" —KAM

    Get a bottle from Prime Pantry for $3.29, or a pack of two bottles for $15.33, both on Amazon.

    23. Everyone can stash their hairdryer and other hairstyling heat tools in personal magazine organizers under the sink. They'll help keep storage space equal and everything within easy reach.

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    From Subscription Box Ramblings. Get these exact same holders from Ikea, $7.99 for a pack of two.

    24. Then take complete advantage of the inside of the cabinet doors: you could mount small plastic baskets...

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    Naturally, they're hung with Command Strips; from Polished Habitat.

    Get similar baskets on Amazon for $6.47+.

    25. ...hang a caddy that can store several different hair tools (or whatever you need)...

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    Promising review: "I really loved how easy this was to just hang on the cabinet door and go. I have been looking for a way to organize my girls' hair brushes and other products and this was the perfect fit! Now there is a place for everything! No more just tossing the brushes in random spaces. The perfect way to help organize small bathrooms!" —Brandon & Izabelle

    Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

    26. ...or even use it for a trash can that takes up zero floor space (and is out of reach of any nosy pets).

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    Skip the trash bag and it becomes a deep storage basket, instead!

    Promising review: "Fits well under the bathroom sink. My Bassett kept getting into the bathroom garbage (a small stainless step can), so I got this to keep him out of the trash and save storage space in the vanity. Only complaint is I added Command Strips where the base touches the door so it doesn't clang when I open it." —Lauren W.

    Get it on Amazon for $19.17.

    27. Magically create — and designate — storage space in a medicine cabinet with organizers designed specifically for that very purpose.

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    Promising review: "This little thing is perfect for shallow and long spaces like your medicine cabinet. I keep tweezers, blush, cotton swabs, and all kinds of stuff in it! I like that it is clear so it's easy to spot items." —Z. Skinner

    Get them on Amazon for $8.44+

    28. And instantly conjure more countertop space with a couple of corner organizers.

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    Promising review: "Nice and sturdy, and easy to clean and also store away if it's no longer needed. I stacked all four shelves up, and it's still a stable surface for all my bathroom products. Wonderful way to gain some space back." —Hanna

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $16.99 (four colors).

    And hey, no matter how tough your situation, at least it's not this:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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