It’s the season of doorbell ringing—when family, friends and neighbors pop in throughout the holiday months, starting with trick-or-treating and ending with New Year’s Eve celebrations. So when your guests also ask to pop into your bathroom to freshen up, you shouldn’t have to cringe when thinking about the state it’s in.
Even when unexpected guests catch you off guard, it’s possible to freshen your bathroom in only a few minutes. Organizing ahead of guests is a terrific way to keep a bathroom neat—even just to keep it tidy for your own use.
A fresh, clean bath mat makes the whole room look brighter and can transform the room and make it feel new to you again. And the great thing about bathroom rugs is that they’re nearly all washing-machine-friendly.
While this makes bathroom area rugs easy to clean, you still can’t do so instantly. Solve that problem by buying two sets. Have an extra clean set of rugs to put down when you throw your others in the washer. The same goes for bath mats and non-slip mats.
Keep an attractive box or tray stocked with some small containers of toiletries to share with guests. Body wash, shampoo, a razor, mini shaving cream, a new toothbrush, toothpaste and lotion should do the trick. Make them feel really special by tucking in some fragrant bath beads or oil.
Guests are often puzzled about where they are supposed to leave their towels, especially if they are sharing a family bathroom. Add some additional towel storage with RoomMates' Magic Hooks. A peel-and-stick hook can be applied to any smooth surface. Attach a row of coat hooks on the back of the bathroom door or add an extra towel bar behind it for even more storage. Please note the suggested weight on RoomMates Magic Hooks is five pounds. Rolling a few guest towels and tucking them in a basket on the counter is also a stylish way to make them accessible for visitors.
Giving the bathroom a quick pre-guest cleanup only needs to take a couple of minutes if you arm yourself with a few basics. Disinfecting wipes, glass cleaner and a broom can tide you over between deeper cleanings.
Here are the steps for a fast mini-clean:
- Start with clean, new rugs, linens and bathroom accessories that get you excited about keeping the room looking fresh.
- Scoop up rugs and towels to take to the laundry room.
- Wipe surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
- Use glass cleaner to shine the mirror and faucets.
- Sweep the floor.
- Put down rugs and mats from your clean stash. Hang up fresh towels.
- Add your basket of guest toiletries, and you are ready to go!
Storage expert Lea Schneider writes on home and bath organization and decor for The Home Depot. Lea has recent hands-on experience, having renovated her home in Nashville, Tennessee. To research Home Depot's flooring products online, including bathroom rugs, you can go to the company's website.