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I have four kids and there are two kids’ bathrooms with baths. Yes, sometimes the little guy uses MY bathroom, but he is starting to transition to using the regular kids bathroom. I’m not going to pretend like 4 kids sharing two bathrooms is very hard … I think my kids live a pretty nice life!
However, there are times during our busy lives when everyone needs to use the bathroom at once, so they become first come, first served … and the kids don’t know which bathroom they’ll end up using. That makes some personal items tricky to store in the right place! And that is a good enough reason for personal grooming baskets right there.
BUT – that is not my only motivation for creating these for my tweens. I admit that my strongest motivation was to promote good hygiene routines. I feel like the things in the basket serve as *reminders* … saying “use me, use me” to the kids every time they grab their baskets.
I remember the first time I hugged one of my oldest girls after school and smelled it. It being body odor. I didn’t know in advance when to expect my children would need deodorant, but my nose notified me when the moment arrived (fresh age of 10!). The system must be working, because I haven’t smelled them since I gave them each their own deodorant and a little basket to put it in.
And that’s where it all started. A basket and one thing inside: deodorant.
The rest of the contents slowly grew from there. They are simple things that a tween would need.
Right now the Morning and Bath Time Grooming Baskets have –
- Nail Clippers
- Lip Gloss
When they are done getting dressed or taking baths, they put everything back in their baskets and put their baskets away. Easy peasy!
I’m sure there are lots of ways of helping kids have their personal hygiene items handy. This is what I do, what do you do?