This summer I tackled redecorating the kids’ bathroom. I knew it would take a while. I needed to take down wallpaper, wash the walls, sand, prime, paint and deep clean everything.
Normally, summer is a great time for me to tackle these projects because we are physically home more and my schedule is more flexible.
Not this summer. I spent my summer working super hard – up to 80 hours a week- getting my business where I wanted it to be by September 1st.
So, this project TOOK. ALL. SUMMER.
As a matter of fact, a lot of things are taking a long time around here. I am really working on getting some margin in my life, but I am working like crazy.
So when I showed you what my house looks like during a project… that was for 10 weeks!
Your challenge this week is to deep clean your kid’s or spare bathroom. No need to revamp it all… unless that’s already on your list.
Empty every drawer, clean and refill. At the end of this post are more “normal” bathroom organization ideas.
Here’s my 10 week long -bathroom redecoration!
This is the 3rd time I have redecorated my kids’ bathroom. I LOVE to redecorate a room, but as I have gotten older, it is harder to find the time and the money to get the job done. When the kids were younger we were home more and more got done around the house.
This bathroom has always been blue. It was blue with fish when we bought the house.
Then I put up blue wallpaper with white polka dots and decorated with duckies.
Next, I upgraded from dots to these stripes and fish again.
Our kiddos are 12 and 13 and hubby said it was time for a more grown up bathroom.
I bought the supplies on sale in late April – early May.
I started pulling the wallpaper in early June and finished the tear down sometime in July with this little helper.
I finally just “quit work” for a week in August and got caught up on this project and a few others that appeared to have NO deadline.
Ohhh. Ahhhh. Notice – I rewired the light and put new knobs on all the cabinets. I’m really glad I took that extra step!
To get the melamine bucket to stay on the toilet for washcloths, I used velcro I had in my cabinet from my teaching days.
My quick way of lining the velcro up was to have the pieces stuck together first.
Then I put the adhesive on the bottom of the bucket.
Pealed off the rest of the backing.
Secured it to the top of the back of the toilet.
And filled with wash clothes.
We had taken the towel bar off years ago and had nothing on this wall. This time I decided to put up hooks.
I wash all the towels and just rehang them. It saves me the time of folding towels and the frustration of thinking my kids will fold them! Cuz they won’t! NOT a battle I choose to fight.
While I was at it I SCRUBBED the tub and removed as much of the non slip strips as a I could.
So, what do you think?
Hubby and I are SUPER happy with how it turned out. Definitely a bathroom for older kids.
OH! and this would never be clean if I hadn’t also moved all my daughter’s hair and makeup supplies into her room. More on that tomorrow…
As promised, more kid bathroom organization ideas…
Find a container to corral all the things your child needs to do when they are in the bathroom. When the bin is done – they are done!
The bottom drawer in our kids’ bathroom holds unopened medicine. My kids still like liquid when they are sick, so I keep 3-4 of the 2 I use most on hand at all times. I also keep asthma meds here.
I LOVE how this turned out. I had a client who travels weekly and likes to keep all the little bottles from the hotel. With this drawer organizer I organized all the different bottles and gave them space to stand up.
Oh – and gave her a LIMIT! NO more little bottles in the FULL categories.
Share your kid bathroom organization ideas in the comments!