Making Bathrooms Work For Multiple People In The District

May 9, 2012 3:00 AM

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The bathroom is a space that few want to share, but D.C.’s many tourist attractions can lead to unexpected house guests, while the economy can be blamed for the recent need to live with roommates. If you are forced to share with a family member or roommate, make the best of it. Washington D.C. has resources to help you get and stay organized. There are tricks to creating a separate space within a single room. Follow these guidelines and there will be no friction in the bathroom.

Get on common ground.
First, set ground rules with your bathroom mate to keep the peace. Tension is never healthy. It is important to feel comfortable in your own home.

  • Limiting bathroom time, particularly in the morning, is important to ensure things go smoothly.
  • Talk about what your daily routine entails and how much time you usually need in the bathroom.
  • Consider discussing how you will split purchasing bathroom necessities that are shared, like toilet paper and cleaners.


Get organized.
Another smart rule is to agree upon how to stay organized.

  • Set up an additional mirror and add a mini power strip in case two people need the bathroom.
  • Separate products using individual drawers, containers and shelves.
  • Take full advantage of space underneath the sink and break up the dead space with bins and turn tables. Install hooks on the wall to hang curling irons, straighteners and other hair tools.
  • Shop for a shower curtain that has durable pockets.
  • Designate certain sections of the bathroom to different people so belongings don’t get intertwined.
  • Remove everything from the bathroom that is not essential and store excess in another location. Items like nail polish, toiletry bags and towels don’t have to be kept in the bathroom. Utilize linen closets and storage rooms.


Keep it clean.
No one enjoys a dirty toilet or overflowing trash can. Who wants to get ready for work in an unkempt environment? To prevent scum build up, create a cleaning schedule. Whether you share with one person or five people, everyone should equally contribute to keeping the bathroom clean. Assign cleaning days once a week and keep it marked on a calendar.

The following local businesses may be able to help you get started.

(866) 612-6567

Color-Coded is a professional organizing service owned by Alejandra Costello. Costello consults with clients in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland areas. Contact Color-Coded by phone or email to schedule a consultation.

Kitchen & Bath Factory
4624 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 522-7337

This remodeling business offers a free consultation to answer all your bathroom-related questions. If you aren’t looking to remodel, you can visit the Kitchen & Bath showroom to get design ideas. The trained team will talk with you about what components are essential to make sharing a bathroom comfortable for everyone.

232 Carroll St. NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 829-2941

Formerly known as Red Tree, Trohv is an eclectic home goods store where you are sure to find helpful bathroom accessories.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She is a soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate who hopes to have a successful career in fashion journalism. Her major is Apparel and Textiles with a Concentration in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and her minor is Journalism. Her work can be found at

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