Whether this is a brand new relationship or you have been together for quite a few anniversaries, chances are it’s not always heartthrobs and roses. If you’re like most couples, you have had your disagreements from time to time. While no feng shui or good karma can turn a one-sink vanity into a two-sink vanity — a few simple steps could help you avoid elbow bumping while brushing your teeth from turning into a full-on fight.

4 Ways to Create and Maintain a Happy and Healthy Bathroom

Communicate with Kindness

We all have our pet peeves and our off days. But for the most part, when we communicate, things go much more smoothly. Yep. It’s that simple. One of the essentials to a happy and healthy bathroom is communicating.

Did something bother you? Address it, calmly. Is your partner telling you they’re bothered by something? Take a deep breath and put yourself in their shoes. Communicating is a two-way street. Take the time to share and to listen.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter leads to all sorts of problems, not the least of which is feeling overwhelmed. By clearing the clutter, you can cut down on a lot of the literal things that can come between you and your other half. Plus, clutter makes a space feel smaller. The less clutter, the more room for everyone else.

Establish a Cleaning Protocol

Don’t want to bicker over whose turn it is to clean the toilet? Then take the guessing out of it! By establishing a cleaning protocol, you both know who is responsible for what and when. This means there’s no debate. No fight. It’s already been decided.

Promote Good Air Quality

As close as the two of you may be, no one wants to sit around sucking in the other person’s funk. A good fan is essential. Taking the time to courtesy flush is often a good idea. (Courtesy flushing is flushing while on the toilet to limit the smell.) Another good idea is to have candles or air freshener easily accessible to help cover up any unwanted smells.

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