Thursday’s Thoughts on Home: Five people, one toilet

My house has five people living in it and one bathroom.  I don’t say that to complain… really for the most part, it’s no big deal.  But, a lot of my friends’ homes have 3 or 4 or more bathrooms, so I thought I’d share some insight on how we function in a one bathroom home…

A closed shower curtain makes the shower/bath a separate room, so you should fully expect that there will be other people in the bathroom while you bathe.  Locking the door for a shower is not an option.

If you really have to go, it is important to call “first dibs” on the bathroom before the family starts getting out of the van when you arrive home.

If someone’s business is taking a little longer it is perfectly acceptable for a boy to go outside to pee behind a tree.  It is not perfectly acceptable but might be necessary for a grown woman who has birthed 3 children to pee into a WaWa cup… just saying… or it is perfectly acceptable to ask someone to take a “break” from their business to allow for a quick pee.

When seeing a kit on how to train your cat to use the toilet instead of a litter box, we thought that would be a fun idea… until we realized that would mean we’d have to also share the one toilet with a cat.

You would think that it would be easier only having one bathroom to clean, but there are five people using the toilet (4 of them male, 3 of them with questionable aim), brushing their teeth, washing their faces and hands, showering or bathing, 1 person putting on makeup, 1 person styling her hair, and 1 person shaving his face and head… so there’s a LOT of grime to clean… So I’ve learned to accept that my bathroom is not going to be the sparkling, beautiful guest bathroom that I see in a lot of my friends’ homes.  That’s OK… it just needs to be functional, well functional and sanitary and perhaps sometimes the sanitary level is questionable.

After 7 years of living here with only one bathroom, I can honestly say that I would be completely content if this is our forever home.  Really, I don’t need more.  Because having too many people for one toilet is a good problem to have 🙂  But if anyone ever feels like adding a bathroom to our home or giving us a home with more bathrooms, I wouldn’t complain…

So that’s all for today, nothing too deep or profound – just a glimpse into my life.  And most likely when Jeff (my husband) reads this he’ll tell me how it definitely was TMI!


P.S.  This is the same bathroom that I fixed the sink awhile back.  Guess what??? It still works!  Yay.  (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you can read the story here)




2 thoughts on “Thursday’s Thoughts on Home: Five people, one toilet

  1. My thoughts exactly! (says your friend who also has one bathroom and a lot of boys) We have the pee pee tree in the backyard (however which tree is your guess). I guess the thing is that makes me ok with it is; that when we go camping which we often do..there is no bathroom for 150 yards.

  2. So funny! To my two friends with boys, I grew up in a family of 6 in a one bathroom home….5 of those family members being female. Now living in a family of 6 with 5 being male, I do have to say that you are completely blessed to have one bathroom and a family of boys…teenage girls and one bathroom is horrific (not to mention you can’t send them outside when the bathroom is “occupied.”) Anyway, Becki, your post made me laugh as I thought back on all the fights we used to have in our home through the bathroom door. Good times!

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