13 Bathroom Hacks for Kids

13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

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13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

13 Bathroom Hacks for Kids

It’s hard to believe school just let out at the end of June, and now it’s rolling around again.

The back to school season.

It’s like that time when you were little and every Christmas you had to go to your drunk aunt’s house to wish her a “Merry Christmas.” But when you got there, the “merrying” was already in full swing.

Yup, that’s how I look at the back to school season. The shopping, the buying of supplies, finding the right shoes, looking for uniforms, lunch boxes, searching on Pinterest for new lunch ideas, and on and on.

Thankfully, with (2) thirteen-year-old boys and a soon-to-be eleven-year-old, I’ve learned a few things to save me time and money.

13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

The twins are transitioning to a new middle school this year. Instead of being able to sleep in until about 6:45 a.m., they will have to get up around 6, to be at school by 7 a.m. This is going to be a big change for them, and we’ve talked about ways to help make mornings easier. With three kids trying to get ready in the morning, it can be a challenge. And if you have more than three children, even worse.

We have two full bathrooms, but even still it’s the hotspot to be in the morning. We have all the boys take their showers at night to save time in the morning. However, brushing their teeth, washing their faces, and doing their hair is still a time-consuming process.

As a mother of all boys, I am thankful for no-girl-taking-a-long-time-in-the-bathroom-moments. However, boys can take just as long, except their not combing hair and make-up. They are in the bathroom horseplaying around, splashing water on each other and wrestling.

13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

Yup, this happens in the bathroom as well.

I’m also thankful we have taught our boys to sit down to use the bathroom vs. standing up getting “that mess” all over the toilet.

Another trick we have taught them is to change the toilet paper when they are done with the roll. We purposely do not have two things in our bathroom:

  1. Wastebasket
  2. Toilet paper holder

I believe these two things save us the constant nag of telling the boys to change the roll. We do have a toilet roll stand where several rolls can be stacked at the same time. This will usually last about a week in a half to two weeks. Every Saturday the boys have chores to complete. Part of their chores is cleaning the bathrooms. In the bathrooms, they have to make sure it’s not only clean but stocked with toilet paper.

These little consistent methods have helped us curbed the issue of someone using the last roll of toilet paper and not having it replaced.

13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

It also helps to use toilet paper that not only last, but also comfortable. Using Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls) helps get the job done. These MEGA rolls are designed to give you more. You can go quite a while before refilling the roll because you’re getting four times more sheets. Using a quality toilet paper with “four-is-better-than-one” approach will ensure your rolls of toilet paper lasting a lot longer! Seriously, an easy hack we can all do! {hack #13}

Are you already dreading the morning back to school routine? Having everyone crowd in the bathroom getting ready can be the things nightmares are made of, but luckily there are ways to ease the pain. Take a look below at these additional back to school bathroom hacks that can help not only free up time but space and stress as well.

1. Use peel and stick hooks for easy organization. Peel and stick hooks easily let children hang clothing, robes, and towels and in turn keep them off your floor. Assign each child their hook and set the expectation that the hook is to be used to keep items high and dry.

13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

2. Create bathroom boxes for each child. Get plastic storage boxes or bins from the local dollar store. Mark them with each child’s name and allow children to store their toiletries in them. This helps you avoid arguments over products and also helps keep items organized.

3. Clearly, define space for dirty clothes. Place a hamper or basket in the bathroom and set the expectation that it is to be used for dirty clothing. Clothing should never go on the floor but instead, end up in the hamper where it will make its way to the laundry room.

4. Use a shower timer. A shower timer can help children be aware of how much time they are spending rinsing off. Place a shower timer in the shower (found at most retail stores) and set a time limit, so children get in, get clean, and get out!

5. Try a minute timer to break up prep time. You may want to use a minute timer to help children know how long of prep time they have when getting ready. If you have kids who love to spend time on hair, setting a minute timer can help them plan more efficiently and get in and out.

13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

6. Color code towels. Give each child a towel in a designated color. This can help each child keep track of their towels for the week and can also help you find the culprit when towels end up on the floor or in bedrooms.

7. Practice a 5-minute cleaning session each day. Take 5-10 minutes each day where you wipe down counters, rinse out the tub, wipe down the toilet seat, etc. Doing this daily will keep grime from building up and make the space much more productive!

8. Take advantage of in shower storage systems. There are so many storage systems these days that can be hung directly in the shower. These can help keep toiletries organized as well. If you find a multi-tier storage unit grab it. You can assign each child a shelf.

9. Keep glass cleaner in the bathroom along with this rule. Keep a rag and a bottle of glass cleaner in the bathroom. The last one out of the bathroom has to spray down the mirror and the sink. This will allow kids to help keep the space clean and keep it ready for the next day. This also encourages kids to get in and get OUT!

13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

10. Don’t allow clothing changes in the bathroom. Once kids are done showering, hang their clothing for the day in their rooms. Allowing them to dress in the bathroom only occupies it further and creates more clutter. Instead, do all outfit changes in the room.

11. Forbid non-bathroom essential electronics. Electronics in the bathroom only cause clutter and distraction. Don’t allow electronics in the bathroom such as iPads, phones, computers, iPods, or anything else. They will just slow the morning routine down, so make the bathroom a no-electronics zone.

12. Assign bathroom times. If you have multiple children, you may wish to assign bathroom times. This means set times for each child to get in each morning and do their thing. See if assigning times and time limits work for your family, so everyone isn’t running in at once.

Target has everything you need for the back to school season, including toilet paper! I stopped by my local Target to pick up a pack of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls). I found these particular rolls on an end cap. I also used a cartwheel coupon to help me save money! Make sure to add this Target Cartwheel offer to save on your next purchase of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Mega Rolls!

Target Quilted Northern

Hopefully, these bathroom hacks will help make your morning routine a little bit easier. The back to school season is already a stressful time with learning new teachers, new classes, etc. Anxiety can play a significant role in our house with the twins, so I look for every possible way to help make their transitions easier. Having a smooth morning, with a good breakfast is a great way for kids to start the day.

Enjoy a stress-free back to school season when you give these back to school bathroom hacks a try!

What type of morning routine do you have in your household? What bathroom hack did I miss? Feel free to drop me a comment with your thoughts below; I would love to hear what you have to say!

Use our tips and tricks to help your boys get ready quickly in the morning for school. You can also read what we do to make sure they change the empty toilet paper rolls! 13 Hacks To help Teens Get Ready For School In The Morning

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  1. July 21, 2016

    Ha! I agree. Boys can take just as long in the bathroom. Great tips! #client

  2. July 21, 2016

    All great ideas! I especially like the idea of separate bathroom boxes and the color coded towels. How fun to have twin teens!

    • July 21, 2016

      Thanks Lory! Yes, they are definitely fun/interesting to have! It does get easier the older they get!!

  3. Rosey
    July 22, 2016

    We have a holder versus a roll too. I do like Northern. Some things you have to get good quality on, TP is one of ’em.

  4. July 22, 2016

    What a great idea to organize each child’s things in their own individual box!

  5. July 22, 2016

    These are all really great tips! I don’t have teens but my oldest just became a “tween” and my youngest is 7 so I think a lot of these tips they can use as well!

  6. July 22, 2016

    I have recently started using a timer to get my kids moving and it really does help and mine are only 3 and 6!

  7. August 29, 2016

    I thought the article was very useful. It had many helpful ideals that I think I might try.

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