No question, there’s a lot to complain about when you share a bathroom. We’ve got simple solutions that will wash the problems away.
Keep a box of tissues or disinfectant wipes near your bathroom sink as a reminder to clean it out before exiting the room.
Switch brands—plenty of toothpastes now come with nonremovable caps, clearly the invention of a couple’s therapist.
Create morning schedules, assigning the early slot to whomever leaves the house first. And instead of screaming, “Your time’s up—get out!”, set your phone’s timer to a brisk but friendly tune that will alert the bather it’s time to dry off.
If it’s not your towel, leave it where it landed rather than grudgingly hanging it up. Before long (the next morning?), the wet-towel user will realize how soggy terrycloth feels against a freshly showered body and will promptly hang it up.
No one wants to reach over and find that—surprise!—the roll is empty. Keep a supply within arm’s length; a basket on the floor works if the nearest shelf is across the room.
If you’re particular about personal grooming items—your designer shampoo or miracle razor—stash them in a plastic organizer under the sink. Out of sight, out of reach.
Most fixes seem tacky, like sticking a “Put Me Down” vinyl decal on the seat. The best solution: Train your kids to do the right thing. There’s hope for future generations.