How To Make A Small Bathroom Work For A Family Of Five

How To Make A Small Bathroom Work For A Family Of Five

If you are one of the many moms who shares the struggle of trying to make a small bathroom work for a medium or large family, you are not alone.

Trying to keep a bathroom clean and organized when it has a lot of traffic can be really overwhelming. But i’m here to tell you it is possible.

By following the tips below, you will not only be able to make your small bathroom work for everyone in your home, you will also be able to keep it clean consistently and actually enjoy it.

Sound too good to be true? Keep reading, friend…. <3

The biggest struggle about having a small bathroom is figuring out how to
store everything you need in it and run a “bathroom schedule” that works for everyone

After my husband separated from the military, we found a house that had everything we wanted but a few things we didn’t. One of those things was a tiny bathroom.

We spent the first few months with the bathroom being a place a avoided. Nothing was organized, it was always a mess, and I dreaded cleaning it.

After brainstorming and moving a few things around, we have found a system that has worked perfectly for our family of five.

If you need more tips on getting started with decluttering, download my decluttering checklist.


As in every cleaning process, the first thing you will need to do is declutter. Chances are, you proboably have a ton of emtpy, expired, or uneased bottles of stuff that take up a ton of room and aren’t even essentional or even being used.

Take a few minutes to go through out dated or unused items and get rid of them.

Store Only What You Use Every Day In The Bathroom

By being extremely intentional about what you keep in the bathroom, you will most likely find that you have more than enough room. We only keep neseesaites in our bathroom.

  • Tooth bursh and tooth paste
  • Pads
  • Lotion
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Blow Dryer Curling Iron
  • Deoderant
  • Face lotion
  • Limited makeup bag
  • Shower Things

Every thing else (towels, emergency kit, exrta saop, razor heads) are kept in our linen closet which is located right outside the hallway. We keep everything in a cabnet, drawer, or behind our mirror so nothing is just sitting out on top of the counter space.

By keeping the counterspace clear form clutter, it make it really easy to clean because you are not spending time taking everything off the counter to wipe it down.


Once you’ve identified exactly what you need in your bathroom and will use on a daily basis, organize it. Create a space for every single thing you plan on keeping in your bathroom. If you do not take the time to do this, you will not be able to maintain our bathroom.

Decluttering enables you to create a space for everything. Organizing enables you to keep each item in it’s space.

Use Hooks

I use hoos for everything because I don’t like seeing laundry on the floor. We installed hooks throughout our bathroom to hang towels, pajamas, robes, and clothes on. It’s just a little detail that helps keep that bathroom cleaned and oraganized.

Use A Washable Bathroom Area Rug

When you have a lot of traffic in your bathroom, the area rug gets dirty very quickly. And on bath day it’s usually drenched!! So gross!!

After a stay in a hotel, I really loved not having to deal with a damp area rug. They usually just have a thin are rug drapped over the bathtub.

I purchased these towels and we do the same.

After bath time I drape it and it drys nicely. I purchased the two pack and switch it out midweek. I just shake it out and throw it in the washer. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

Designate Tasks That Don’t Need To Be Done In The Bathroom To A Different Room

Don’t do things that don’t need to be done in the bathroom. The only tasks done in the bathroom should be brush teeth, use the toilet, and shower.

All other tasks like getting dressed, doing hair or makeup should be done in bedrooms. If you make this a family practice it will keep your bathroom cleaner and more accessible.

Create A “Get Ready Station” Somewhere Else In Your Home

I created a space in my living room next to a big mirror with great lighting for an easy get ready station. I can quickly turn that space into a getting ready staton and use my blow dryer, curling iron, and do my makeup there. Then I quick return those items back to their space in the bathroom when I’m done.

Wipe It Down Three Times Per Week

Rather than wait until your bathroom is trashed, make it a habit to wipe it down three times per week. This is actually pretty easy to impliment once you’ve decluttered and created an organized system.

You will enjoy your bathroom so much more when it is clean. Don’t wait until it’s stinky and you dread the thought of it.

Store Laundry Hamper In The Closet

If you have floor space in a closet nearby, move your dirty laundry hamper to it. It eliviates so much space.

Train Everyone In Your Home To Clean Up After Themselves

This is will proboably take you a while, but start teaching your kids at a young age to put their tooth brush away, clean up thier laundry, and replace toilet paper.

You will need to remind them several times. By simply bringing them back into the bathroom and pointing out the mess they left and then show them where it goes, they will eventually catch on. Be patient and focus teaching them rathe than nagging them.

Add A Room Spray

When your bathroom has a lot of traffic, it’s important to add a room spray. Because let’s be real, it get STINKY! There is nothing worse then walking in to a stinky bathroom.

Keep Toilet Paper Replacements Handy

We keep 3 roles of toilet paper on the back of the toilet at all times. When you have a high traffic bathroom, it’s incredible how quickly you will go through it. Getting stranded toilet paperless is not fun. I think we can all agree.

Keep Your Decor To A Minimum

Keep your decor to a minimum. It will make it easy to clean and open up the space.

I keep a few of my picky plants in my bathroom because its the perfect environment for them.

In Conlusion:

By implienting these simple tips, you will be able to create a funtional bathroom space that you can be proud of and actually enjoy.

Make it your mission to be extremly inentional about what you keep in your bathroom, where you keep it, and that everyone is contributing to the organiational system.

Remeber, every sinlge thing in your bathroom needs a space.

If you have small bathrooms in your home, chances are you have small closet space as well. Read here for ideas on how to best utilize small space in your home.



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