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As my kids get older, encouraging a great sense of independence is something that we strive for as parents. We are trying to make routines less parent-led and easier for our kids to do by themselves. Some routines are more independent than others but routines around healthy hygiene habits and staying clean are pretty much left to them these days.
My kids all share a bathroom and it’s always been easiest to stock it with their things. But as we get more independent, I decided to organize it a bit better, so there’s less asking Mom or Dad where things are and more taking care of themselves.
Their bathroom has open shelving, which as any parent can imagine, with three kids can get messy quickly. Since I’m not helping them as much, I decided to organize the open shelving for more independence.
To organize your kids in the bathroom for more independence, think about the tasks you want them to complete independently and consider how to organize them for each tasks.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Bins – Your Choice of Style. I chose something that matches the aesthetic of the bathroom, making it less obvious it’s a kids’ bathroom.
- Jars – I picked up apothecary style jars; you can even get these in a thicker plastic so they mimic glass jars. The great thing is kids can see through to grab what they need (Cotton Swabs, Cotton Balls, etc)
- Visual Checklist – Helpful for younger kids to see and complete tasks (Brush Teeth, Wash Face/Hands, etc)
- Bathroom Items – When organizing, it’s a great time to refresh the space! Consider new shower curtain, carpet and other decorative touches, like candles, etc.
- Toiletries – Stock up and consider what your kids use the most.
When I stocked up for this reorganization, I purchased Dial® products. Not only do I love these products because the whole family can use them, but Dial® brand also helps support The Healthier Futures™ program, as part of their support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America®. I used to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America® in my role as a school counselor and really support what I have seen the organization do for at-risk kids. So, for me, I love buying products that will help me give back.
For example, we picked up Dial® Kids – Peachy Clean – which honestly makes bathtime better! It’s a specialized formula developed with Pediatric Dermatologists. It’s great for kids’ skin because it’s a sensitive formula, is hypoallergenic and pH balanced. Having this ready-to-go for my kids means ideal everyday washing with a gentle product I can trust.
I also stocked up on Dial® Complete Foaming Hand Wash (Spring Water™) & Dial® Complete Foaming Hand Wash (Spring Water™) Refill. Let me tell you, the key to getting your kids to wash their hands often (which we all know is the key to stopping the germs from school and everywhere else!) is this foaming hand wash! It foams, so my kids think it’s the best stuff ever. I love how they can get tough on dirt and bacteria while still being gentle enough on hands. In fact, it kills 99.99% of bacteria found in your home. The natural and refreshing scent of Spring Water® is something everyone loves!
Pulling it All Together
- Remember to place things in kids’ reach that they will need to be independent – lower shelves for younger kids, etc.
- Label for young children with pictures and/or words
- Everything in its place – teach children that things go back where you found them.
- Inventory – separate bins will help you easily spot when you’re running low on items.
- Refresh the space and teach kids to keep it clean! They should leave the bathroom the way they found it.
Our open shelving went from looking like a mess from three kids to an organized, efficient way for my kids to build independence with their self-care routine. And, it’s a bathroom that we can all agree looks nice.
I stocked up on Dial® products at Walmart.
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