Spring Cleaning – Kid’s Bathroom

It’s my favourite time of year. Snow is melted, grass is starting to grow and be green again. It reminds us that Winter doesn’t last forever. The light at the end of the tunnel.

But I also love Spring because it starts to feel like a new beginning. And there is no better feeling then starting again inside the house. Most people buckle down and do the annual “Spring Clean”, and the dream home is no exception.

When it comes to cleaning, the Dream Home lives by a pretty basic “rule”. It follows us from room to room, and so far it has proven time and time again to be a good rule to have. We abide by “Purge & Organize”. Yup, that’s it. I know, right? Seems like there should be more to the story. But those tend to be the biggest “problems” with a household. Holding on to too much junk. And not having places to put the stuff that you want to keep.

So every year, we do an annual “purge”. I try to tackle room by room because it makes it easier to contain the mess to the rooms that have yet to be done. I decided to tackle the Kid’s bathroom closet because I was getting annoyed with the shampoo bottles that seemed to be everywhere. I took every single thing out of the closet and wiped it all down. Got rid of dust and dirt and dried on toothpaste, and baby hand prints.

Next I went through every single item that came from the closet. It needs to be wiped down, inspected and then sorted. When I say “inspected” I’m referring to empty toothpaste tubes that my kids try to sneak back into the closet because they like the picture on the front. Or lotions that my son has shown an irritation to that we have never used. Basically using this process to make a decision on each item that came from the space. I make a pile for “keep”, “donate”, and “toss”. Donate would be the things like the lotions that are perfectly good, and full. Toss would be the empty toothpaste tube.

Once that takes place you are pretty much done with the “purge” part. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be feeling better and lighter already.

My kids’ bathroom closet previously had Dollarstore baskets in them for organizing. And I still love that system but I did need a couple extra baskets and I dug the label maker back out so that I could re organize each basket accordingly.

Here’s two newly organized baskets. I used one strictly for the kids medications, Tylenol, band-aid’s, even medicine cups and syringes. The other has been labelled “bath time” and will contain bubble baths, shampoos, and oatmeal treatments for bath water. Previously, I had a basket in each child’s name instead of a combined basket. But now that Foster is older, it just didn’t seem to make sense.

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Next I created baskets for “teeth” and “hair”. Our teeth basket always holds extra toothbrushes (or multi packs), toothpaste, kids flossing characters and travel stuff, like toothbrush holders and small toothpastes. The hair bucket, which used to be strictly named “Kennedy” has expanded to include detangler, combs and brushes, elastics, clips, headbands and a small bag of lice tools for routine checks to both kids. Once all my baskets were divided and organized, I added the new labels to any that had changed.

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The baskets were labelled: Medication, bath time, skin care, teeth, hair styling, face cloths and guests. Next step was to organize them back into the closet.

I put the things I use the least, at the very top. You’ll notice from the photo above that means “medication” and “guest”. The medication bin needs to be up high to ensure kids can’t get to it. Even on their teeth brushing stool.

Bath and Skin care take the next shelf down. Kids do not handle that department either quite yet. So It’s just out of reach but still easily accessible for us. The next shelf down contains hair styling and teeth .This shelf is low enough to be reached by Kennedy regularly, or Foster on a stool. Perfect for starting out. Foster can put his toothpaste back in the bucket, Kennedy gets her hair stuff in the mornings so I can put her hair up before school.

The very bottom shelf has the face cloths and towels. I leave that on the bottom because it does the least amount of damage in the midst of a temper tantrum or curious toddler. Also because its the tallest shelf and those fluffy towels stack up pretty quickly. So have extra room to store them is definitely beneficial.

The closet door is a pocket door so when company comes over, it can easily be concealed. Well, that’s the end of the closet clean out.

Next up, kitchen pantry!

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Kids Bathroom… Part 2

In my previous post you saw me changing the walls from a buttery beige to eucalyptus leaf. The paint selection was especially difficult for this room as there is no natural light whatsoever. It’s a dark bathroom in the middle of a dark hallway. It seemed no matter what color I chose it would look different once in the room filled with artificial yellow light.

In a perfect world I’d have a gorgeous skylight installed in the hallway or bathroom itself and allow the light to flood in. However, that just wasn’t going to happen! I have way too many other areas that need my attention and funding.

Check out my finished paint job (I say “my” but this was 100% hubby).

 

As you may have noticed, the owl art has been moved from above the toilet to above the towel bar. During painting I came across the monster bathroom art for kids ($9.99/each at Homesense). I loved that they had a white background that popped, that the colors matched most of the room already and that the sayings we’re not repeated. (Washing hands, hanging towel, bathing and teeth brushing.)

I think it turned out pretty great! It’s cute and definitely designed for the kids to grow. It’s gender neutral and versatile for future changes! I could easily change up the towel colors or eventually choose new art for the walls and a new tooth brush holder and make it more teenager friendly.

  

Here’s the before and after! I find it a lot less yellow, what do you guys think?

Kids Bathroom… Part 1

I apologize for the silence lately. I’ve got big things going on and lots of unfinished projects on the go! I know you have already seen my kids floor bathroom (color block makeover), but I was going stir crazy on my mat leave and decided to revisit the wall color.


I really wanted it to feel brighter, and not so yellow. To offset all the warm tones I switched to the cool side for the color choice. I went with Behr ultra “eucalyptus leaf”. It’s a teal color that I chose based on the owl pictures on the wall (same color as the border on them).


Let’s take a look at my work in progress!

Here are the before photos :

  
    

Check it out during it’s paint transformation :

  

The color helps the white pop and also voids out that harsh yellow tone!

The paint is all applied, just need to rehang some photos and get my outlet covers and towel bars back up. Stay tuned! Finished transformation photos to come!

Main Floor Bathroom 

On our main floor we have a 4 piece bathroom, not a powder room.  Now this is great because it’s located in between the 2 kids’ bedrooms. Bath times are a breeze, potty training is slightly easier, and Dave and I don’t have to share our shower with bath toys and hooded animal towels. However, this means that it is also the bathroom our guests use. With a powder room, all the personal stuff is hidden. All you really need is a roll of toilet paper and a nice hand towel in there. This space is much more challenging.

  

Main bathroom – previous owners

 

When we first moved in we slapped up a curtain to hide the shower and called it a day. We decided to wait before tackling the bathroom as we had no idea where to start. I searched and searched for shower curtains that were pretty but still kid friendly and I had a terrible time finding a happy medium.

As time went on I decided to stop fighting the inevitable. We have kids! I was trying so hard to create a beautiful bathroom to HIDE toys, and kids towels, and bright colours instead of just embracing it. Anyone with kids knows that even with expert help it’s impossible to keep toys out of the living room, or clothes off the floor, or bright colours out of a kids’ bathroom.

I then changed all plans of crisp clean modern lines and fancy features and designed a bathroom for my kids, used by my kids. And I began looking for some inspiration.

This was it! Walking through Homesense I found 2 bathroom themed canvases for $19.99! They were cute, and had a lot of colours to work with. And they were gender neutral! We had a 2 and a half year old little girl and another on the way (gender unknown at the time). So keeping in mind they would have to share this bathroom as they grew up it needed to have some growing room.

Everything else in the bathroom was pulled from these 2 pictures.

I picked up a striped shower curtain from TargetCanada for $24.99 that mirrored the colours in the canvas. And a yellow bath mat, also from TargetCanada.

Some bright coloured towels keep it fun (also purchased at TargetCanada).

Lastly I added a turtle toothbrush holder and another bright hand towel.

I am still anxious to slap some paint on the walls to get rid of the “butter yellow” but it wasn’t priority right away as we had bigger fish to fry!