The bathroom is usually the smallest room in a house or an apartment. It is a room that unless you’re fortunate, requires sharing. Compromise and communication, plus a few helpful tips and ground rules, are the key to household harmony.
1. Renovate. If possible, a bit of renovation can go a very long way to easing the constraints of sharing a bathroom. Change out a single basin vanity into a dual sink model. If possible, wall off the toilet and use a pocket door to create a water closet. If someone isn’t closing the toilet lid, install a smart toilet that will flush only when the lid is closed. Danbury Plumbing (The Creative Bath) can supply and install the toilet.
2. Keep your scheduled bathroom time to a minimum. To keep bathroom time to a minimum, use a sleep timer on a radio that’s safe for bathroom use. Agree upon an allotted time slot. When your time is up, the radio will shut off. Add a mirror and good lighting in your bedroom, or a vanity set to take non-essential functions out of the bathroom. Put a hamper in your bedroom. Use a carry tote to keep your toiletries in one place.
3. Add storage. More storage is always helpful. Add cabinets and shelves to hold individualized containers and help remove clutter from the room. Specially designed space savers for the wall and space above the toilet save countertop space for everyone’s convenience. Add wall hooks to help keep items off the floor.
4. Make small changes. Liquid soap on the counter top creates a lot less mess than a melting bar of soap left in a puddle of water. Keep a shower caddy in your room to avoid having dozens of bottles all over the bathroom. Consider dual purpose products, such as two-in-one shampoo and conditioners to reduce your overall mess. Agree not to leave anything on the floor, clean off counters and hair, and just generally clean up after each use.
Below are some local businesses that may be able to help you get started.
The Creative Bath
317 Federal Rd.
Brookfield, CT 06804
The Creative Bath is owned by Danbury Plumbing & HVAC Supply, which was established in 1976. It carries one of the largest selections of bathroom fixtures and accessories, and is western Connecticut’s premier Kohler Bath showroom.
CT Shower & Bath
555 New Park Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110
CT’s specialty is frame-less glass enclosures. It also offers more than 100 product lines.
Kitchen Cabinet outlet
431 Harpers Ferry Rd.
Waterbury, CT 06705
Called the Kitchen and Bath Supermarket with the lowest prices in Connecticut. With two outlets in Waterbury and Southington, Kitchen Cabinet is conveniently located for most any Connecticut home.
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