How To Keep Your Bathroom Neat For Holiday Guests
Family or friends, dinner guests or overnight guests, your house is going to be packed for the holidays. With that many people moving through your house at once it's tough to keep things tidy in any room of the house, especially the bathroom. But there are ways to make things easy to clean. So while you're putting up the Christmas lights, consider these 6 ideas to keep your bathroom neat for holiday guests without a lot of effort.
Extra people means you need extra supplies and not surprisingly, toilet paper is at the top of the list. You can never have too much, so make sure that you buy the economy pack when you do your pre-holiday shopping. Store the extra rolls in a storage bench seat or in the closet, but when your guests arrive, make sure you keep a few rolls out in plain sight so visitors don't have to dig through your drawers and cabinets when they get to the end of a roll.
Prepare for your laundry routine to be turned upside down. More towels and washcloths clog the washer and dryer with holiday guests in the house. To prevent everything from getting too crazy, put a hamper or laundry tote in the bathroom. If you don't have the space for one, set it just outside the bathroom if it's not intrusive to the hallway. Hampers don't need any explanation -- guests know to put their used towels and clothes in the hamper as needed. This can help eliminate the pile of dirty laundry on the floor of the bathroom or the guest room, making everyone comfortable.
Hook 'Em Up
Not every towel is dirty after one use, but your guests need a spot to put their damp towels so they can dry before the next shower. Put in a few temporary hooks or provide a bathroom towel stand to give guests ample places to put wet linens. That way they won't feel compelled to leave a moist towel on their bed or wood furniture that could be damaged by water.
Waste Basket Basics
The more guests you have the more garbage you have, which means you have to take out the trash a little more often. Though not everyone likes to use liners for bathroom wastebaskets, when you have guests and frequently have to empty the trash, being able to go in, tie up a bag and take it out simplifies your chores.
Though the bathroom is the place to get clean, it rarely stays very clean for very long when there are multiple people using it. The best way to keep messes on the countertops from getting out of control is to give the sink a daily wipe down. Keep disinfectant wipes under the sink and you can easily wipe any surfaces that are frequently used. It takes less than two minutes and saves you a lot of work at the end of the week.
Cotton swabs, toothpaste, cotton balls -- they're all things just about everyone uses daily, so placing them on the counter for your guests makes it convenient for them and keeps your cabinets from getting chaotic. Keep them in little containers on a tray to maintain clutter control and have them on hand at the same time.