"It's weird," I thought. "We have ten people in two bathrooms at home. At the beach we often have 20 people using one bathroom. Why is it that half the number of bathrooms for double the user goes more smoothly? Pun intended of course.
Over the years I pondered this situation and saw over and again that it is true; one bathroom at the beach works even better than two at home. By implementing these bathroom-stretching ideas learned from the beach you can stretch your bathroom without adding on!
The most important principle is simply that at the beach bathroom usage is limited to things you can only do in a bathroom: personal hygiene, bathing, and using the toilet. At home we use the bathroom for so much more. We put on our makeup, style our hair, take our vitamins, do our nails, and many other things in the bathrooms that do not have to be done there. We also often common store things there like medicines in "medicine cabinets." In fact, many people even keep reading material by the toilet and call it the "library."
If you want to learn along with me from the beach, you could sum it up by saying, "Move it out." Here are 7 moving out ideas:
1. Store some regular Band-Aids in an easy access location. I have a small wooden basket with a leather handle that holds about a hundred Band-Aids (I have some Spiderman and plain ones there) and a tube of antibiotic salve hanging on the side of an iron shelf system near my kitchen. This keeps quick fixes the out of the bathroom and if they do need a sink and a paper towel they are nearby.
2. Keep over-the-counter and prescription medicines outside of the bathroom. Things for stomachaches, diarrhea, sore throats, eyes, and itches do not need to be kept in a bathroom. A bin or shelf near water is nice since many need to be taken with a sip of water.
3. Move out the other medicinal items like heating pads and thermometers too.
4. Set aside your hair care items to keep in a separate location. Try keeping your hot curlers, curling iron, and blow dryer along with a comb, brush, mirror, water bottle, and hair pretties (barrettes, clips, scrunchies, etc.) somewhere else. All you need nearby is a mirror and an electrical outlet.
5. Designate a "Fast Fixer Up Spot" near your departure door. Keep a hairbrush, comb, hair spray, and mirror near the door you tend to dash from. This is also nice to have when unexpected company comes calling and the bathroom is in use.
6. Make up does not have to be applied in a bathroom. Keep your beauty potions and toiletries somewhere with good natural light along with some wet wipes and a mirror.
7. If possible considering putting a wall and a door to separate the toilet and tub from the sinks. This greatly increases the bathroom's efficiency.
If you are tight on bathrooms you might well be short on bathroom storage space, too. In this case try storing extra bathroom supplies (toilet paper, tissues, hair, and make up) somewhere else. You can get creative and do little things to help keep up with what is needed without using the bathroom as a storage place too. I keep a pretty tin in each bathroom that holds 3 rolls of toilet paper. One of my 3-year-old sons jobs is to keep them stocked with at least one roll.
There you have it; seven practical bathroom-stretching ideas learned from the beach for people big on families and small on bathrooms. You do not have to remodel or even spend a penny. You can stretch your bathroom without adding on!