Whether you are a student living in a dorm, an apartment, or a house throughout your college career, chances are you will at one point share a bathroom with a roommate or multiple roommates. You and your roommates will use this space to shower, wash your face, get ready for events, and much more. Here are some tips to keep the area tidy and reduce tension between you and your roommates.

Tip 1: Invest in a Shower Caddy

Shower caddies are super useful when trying to make space and keep things organized. These portable style baskets allow you to store anything from shampoo and conditioner to soap, face wash, and any other items you may need while in the shower. Even though it may sound nice to share shower gear, it is important to have your own to prevent bacteria from spreading. Another benefit of these caddies is that they are very affordable, you can get one from your local Target or Walmart for around $7 dollars.

Tip 2: Schedule Shower Times

One of the most common problems is coordinating the use of the shower. It is most likely that you and your roommate will have complete opposite schedules, but sometimes both of your schedules will sync, which can cause major conflict when it comes to showering. If this happens, it would be useful to create a schedule. One of you could get up earlier some days or vice versa, or you could cut down your shower time on certain days and your roommate could do the same.

Tip 3: Create more Storage

Even though this tip may sound redundant, it is crucial in keeping a shared bathroom tidy and you are your roommate at peace. Horizontally speaking, you might not have much room to make use of in your bathroom, but you can add space vertically. Shelves will become your best friend. You can hang them on the back of the door, the walls, on the shower head or wherever you please. Over the door racks are very useful as well. You and your roommate(s) can also invest in bins that go under your sink. If you’re a girl, you can buy the specially made holders that hold hair appliances such as curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers. These holders keep the cords from getting tangled and causing a clutter. Also, compact makeup organizers work wonders. You don’t want to share your makeup because it can cause ailments such as pink eye, so make sure you have your own makeup. You can purchase these organizers for as little as $9 from a local drug store. Towel rods or hooks can be very useful as well, they keep the towels from getting dirty on the floor and create more space in the bathroom.

Tip 4: Be Courteous

Overall, just be mindful that it is a shared space. Pick up after yourself, clean the bathroom when you can and take turns restocking products such as toilet paper, hand soap, etc. Whether you are showering, shaving, or just getting ready for a night out, let your roommates know how long you will be in the bathroom so you can work in between both of your schedules.

Follow these few, simple tips for a more relaxing living experience and overall college experience!

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