Contrary to popular belief, guests don’t do a home inspection of your housekeeping skills and cleanliness habits unless they happen to be your mom or mother-in-law. That doesn’t mean your guests are oblivious to your housekeeping talents. There are certain household hotspots that your guests will pick up on. It’s inevitable, especially if they are spending an extended amount of time in your home. While people don’t focus on as much as you think, there are areas they do hone in on, and the bathroom is one of the most common.
More often than not, a guest will ask where the bathroom is at some point. So, it’s important to make sure the bathrooms are in great shape. That doesn’t mean you should toss everything under the sink when the doorbell rings or hide your mess in the closet. With a few simple steps, your powder room can be guest ready 24/7.
Sweet Smelling Sensations
Depending on the size of your home, one of your bathrooms may be a half bath. Half baths are generally used as a guest bathroom, but they all tend to face the same challenge; keeping them smelling sweet. If you have kids, this often seems like an uphill battle, particularly if there are teenaged boys in the mix, but there are ways to make sure your bathroom doesn’t smell like a hockey rink locker room.
Becoming nose blind to bathroom odors is not uncommon, but scent is one of the first things a guest will notice when entering.
If you have a window, keep it open if possible to air out the inevitable odors from daily use. Not every bathroom will have this option, but keeping a fresh scent is possible with or without a window.
A basket of potpourri, flowers, scented candles or scent diffusers are a great way to inject a pleasant smell into any bathroom. They last longer than spraying air fresheners, which are temporary and can be irritating or ineffective. You can also absorb odors by discreetly placing white vinegar or baking soda in the bath. Put one of the substances in a small stylish vase, and set it on the toilet or nearby vanity.
A Clean Inviting Bathroom
While the scent hits visitors first, the next thing that people notice is cleanliness. Keeping your facilities cleans will help you avoid embarrassment, but an added benefit is that it will help prevent the aforementioned bad odors.
Bathrooms, like kitchens, are high traffic areas in any home, but what happens behind closed doors that makes it a problem.
Give your bathroom a detailed cleaning once a week, especially if it’s the home’s main bath. Make it a point to mop bathroom floors regularly, paying special attention to the area around the toilet. Alternatively, give it a quick once-over after regular use. Take care to remove globs of toothpaste, hair and anything else that managed to spill or drop in and around the sink.
Just like the kitchen, bathroom garbage cans carry odors. Emptying them daily will help eliminate odor and assist in maintaining a clean, neat space. There’s nothing worse than coming in to use the bathroom and finding used toilet paper and other unsightly bathroom garbage cascading out of the can, or worse, onto the floor.
Be careful when searching for a bathroom trash can. You don’t need a kitchen-sized bin in the bath. Pick one that is both stylish and functional. Then, line the can with plastic bags. This is a perfect way to reuse the plastic bags you accumulate over time and the practice prevents unsightly and smelly gunk from collecting on the can. Liners make emptying the bathroom garbage every day a breeze. You can also use them to combat odors. Many liners come ready-made with a deodorizer or can be augmented by tossing a fabric sheet in the bottom.
Minimize the Clutter
Battling the clutter is a daily fight. Sometimes, it’s scary how fast clutter can accumulate. It may seem like a daunting challenge to tackle, but a crowded, cluttered bathroom will be noticed by a guest the second they walk through the door.
You don’t want your guests dodging makeup, toothpaste tubes, lotion and shampoo bottles just to wash their hands.
Try to keep an organized bathroom from the start. Make it an attractive and functional space for you as well as one you won’t be embarrassed to share with guests. Baskets are an easy and inexpensive ways to keep the area under the vanity organized. Hanging a small, plastic organizer on the inside of the vanity door can keep hair supplies and makeup in check. Placing a shelf above the toilet can create a convenient space to keep extra hand towels and toilet paper.
A Marvelous Medicine Cabinet
Not every bathroom has a medicine cabinet, however, most of us have a wall cabinet or other storage space somewhere. Everyone has used bathrooms in friend’s or relative’s homes and has felt the temptation to take a peek inside their cabinets. We’ve all done it and the contents can sometimes be a little unnerving, giving you some unwanted insights. It’s a natural impulse, but you don’t want to have people wondering what your dermatological cream is for.
You know guests will most likely take a look inside so take time to make sure your medicine cabinet doesn’t contain unmentionables you don’t want to share with guests.
Store anything you wish to keep private underneath the sink or in a more private bathroom. Despite the name, it’s not always a good idea to store prescriptions in the medicine cabinet. The humidity of everyday bathroom use can have negative effects on your prescriptions. Don’t have the often small shelves overflowing so it doesn’t explode when someone opens the door.
Whether you want them to or not, people notice your bathroom. Unlike other parts of your house, you can’t necessarily keep it closed when you invite guests into your home. Focus on the hot spots listed above and you won’t be filled with dread when someone asks you where the bathroom is.