Why I try not to use the little kids’ bathroom

This evening I walked into the little kids’ bathroom to save myself a 30 foot walk to my own bathroom and remembered why I prefer my own.

Before I could avail myself of the facilities I had to:

1–Flush the toilet
2–Replace the toilet paper on the roll, and throw away about 5 feet of wadded paper on floor.
3–Toss two damp towels, two shirts, and a pair of socks into the laundry
4–Pull the tub plug to drain last night’s bath water
5–Fish decomposed cardboard TP tube out of the bathtub
6–Lysol toilet and wipe down.
7–Put away two extra rolls of TP, one of which (though dry) shows signs of water damage
8–Fish slimy piece of TP out from behind toilet (don’t wanna know, don’t wanna know)
9–Wipe counter with sanitizing wipe
10–Scoop pile of soap ‘crumbs’ off counter that had been artfully hidden under a little wicker basket
11–Decide that the slimy TP in #8 must have been used to attempt to wipe up soap crumbs
12–Note that water in tub has now drained leaving an obvious layer of dirt. Decide to deal with that tomorrow. After all, if I get this place spotless, I’ll never get around to doing what I came here to do.
13–Remind self to use own bathroom next time and for pity sakes make kids clean bathroom EVERY DAY!


  1. Gotta love the multi-tasking efficient brains of us mothers!

  2. Now that my son is almost 10, and responsible for cleaning his own bathroom (except the shower, no tub) he does an OK job of keeping it tidy on a day to day basis. When my 7 year old niece stayed with us for over a week recently, it was obvious my son was much more advanced in his bathroom tidiness skills.

    Oh how I hate toothpaste all over my sink!

  3. Oh my goodness. I could have written this. In fact at this moment I know that upstairs in the bathroom I NEVER ENTER is an overflowing garbage can (definitely), an unflushed toilet (very likely), several emprty rolls of toilet paper, several reams of toilet paper strewn upon the ground for no known reason, several days of toothpaste spit into the sink and not rinsed out (praise the Lord they don’t have a tub or shower.) I try to keep on them about it but we have a large house and a 5, 7, and 9 year old and it is hard enough to keep the rest of thehouse relatively clean. *Sigh. I guess it is time to retrain on cleaning bathrooms.

  4. I’m so happy to know that their bathroom is an identical replica of my kids’ bathroom. *sigh* We aren’t alone.

  5. LOL…my kids’ bathroom is a scary, scary place.

  6. Oh, y’all make me feel so much better!!


  7. I could have written this too—-my kids’ bathroom turns my stomach. I could detonate a Lysol bomb in there and it would still be ooky. I don’t even want to think about it! My husband cleans it because I can’t stand the toothpaste smears on everything, the pitiful aim of my boys, my daughter’s inability to get her yucky tissues into the trash………I have a strong stomach, too.

    Their bathroom is like Kryptonite to me.

    Mary—you’ve ruined my morning! 😉

  8. Thanks for reminding me, using my own bathroom instead of my boys’, is ALWAYS worth the extra 30 foot walk. EWWW!!!!

  9. This could easily occur in my kids’ bath just HOURS after it’s been cleaned…so much for every day cleaning!

  10. Oh, and don’t forget the never ending tiny bits of toilet paper all over the floor!

  11. Most of our TP rolls end up wet…gott alove it!

  12. Bwahahahaahahhaah, that’s so true.

  13. Mary, didn’t you know? That was AFTER they’d cleaned it.
    Good luck!

  14. …and the hair! Soooooo much hair! Everywhere! Forming tumbleweeds in the corners…

  15. lol with all those blessings, I’m not surprised it was a mess. Thank you for your comments on my blog, I really appreciated them. I have emailed you some questions about Ethiopia, really look forward to hearing from you.

  16. Our kids’ bathroom IS our bathroom. One yellow spotted toilet for all 6 of us. And said toilet is in need of repair at the moment… yikes! Hurry up with that repair! At least the trash can is currently overflowing with less yucky things than yours… things that I actually wish were more yucky! Miss two-year old likes to test run a whole stack of dixie cups with one sip apiece before dutifully throwing each in the trash. At least they’re lightly used condition is apparent. I’ve also seen her take a Q-tips out of the canister, swipe in her ear or other orifice, then replace in the canister.

  17. Oh, reading this makes me seriously want a bathroom like this – the trick is going to be skipping the actual potty training part. I am actually terrified of this!!! – And waiting as long as I humanly can….

  18. oh, my, that’s funny. I use my kids bathroom and don’t use my husbands if I can avoid it. It smells but he is so clean! Maybe if I cleaned it more but it is so small I don’t like going in there. At least my boys bathroom is large and I can clean easier.
    PS, he isn’t going to see this, is he? 🙂

  19. I started teaching the Boy to clean the toilet and surroundings this year, because it’s all his pee. SOmeday he’ll be able to do it all by himself.

    Floor is still covered in laundry towels bath toys etc.

  20. That is so true!!

    Right now the kids can’t use their own bathroom, we have extra exchange students this week – so they’re using mine. AUGH!

    I miss the clean – toothpaste free zone it used to be…