By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower - About.com’s Apartment Living Expert!
Although apartments come in all shapes and sizes, one thing they have in common is a bathroom. However, when it comes to making decisions relating to convenience, comfort, and decor, many renters choose to focus their attention on other rooms in their apartment. It’s true that if you do nothing other than keep your bathroom stocked with toilet paper, tissues, and some towels, you should be okay. But there are additional considerations regarding your bathroom that you should keep in mind to help you make the most of your apartment living experience.
Home bathroom checklist
When you first set out to look for an apartment, you should think carefully about how many bathrooms you’ll need. For example, if you’re planning to live alone, you can probably save money and time by limiting your search to apartments that have only one bathroom. But, if you frequently have guests over, you might prefer having a second bathroom so that the bathroom closest to your bedroom is kept private, if that’s important to you. This arrangement would enable you to keep any medications and to
iletries out of sight and reach of curious guests by keeping them in your bathroom. If money is tight, you could consider prioritizing the decor of only the second bathroom, since that’s what guests will see and use. Finally, keep in mind that if a second toilet and sink is what you really need, then you can look for apartments with one-and-a-half bathrooms, which don’t include showers and should rent for less than similar two-bedroom apartments.
Save money and time
Once you’ve found the perfect apartment, there are things you can do to make the bathroom experience more pleasant, convenient, safe, and effective. For instance, choosing larger bath sheets instead of regular-size bath towels can help you dry off more quickly after a shower. Buying certain low-cost accessories, such as a plunger, toilet brush, and toilet paper storage holders, to put near your toilet can solve problems and bring added convenience. Committing to keeping your bathroom clean and having a system for collecting and disposing trash can help ensure that unwanted pests stay away.
Learn more about how to get the most out of your apartment bathroom by checking out my complete list of tips and considerations.