Plant Shutdown Survival Guide - BATHROOM PREP

Part 4 of a series.

Now that the kitchen is sorted prior to your staycation at work (aka, vacation from your life), let's move to the bathroom(s). 

Not my bathroom. Photo Credit: Imgarcade
  1. CLEAN the bathroom.  Like cleaning the kitchen, it helps to have a cleaned countertop and cabinets so that you actually know what you have in there.  Again, it doesn't have to be completely spring-cleaned-stem-to-stern, but just enough to maintain some sanity. Hang a fresh set of towels for each person.
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  1. INVENTORY.   DO NOT CLEAN OUT THE LINEN CLOSET.  I REPEAT, DO NOT CLEAN OUT THE LINEN CLOSET.  Save the linen closet reorganization for someday when you have a LOT of time.  Right now, you're on a mission to make sure your family has what it needs to function without you.  The biggies are toothpaste, soap, shampoo/conditioner, razors, shaving supplies, baby supplies (diapers, wipes, cream), and other daily use items.  Make sure you have enough of everything you use on a regular basis to get you through the duration.

  1. GATHER CRITICAL SUPPLIES. These are the things I am constantly looking for when I'm on a shutdown (or business trip).  I have these all in a basket on my vanity, and another set in a bag in my desk (more on the desk in a future installment). 
    • Nail clippers
    • Hair ties / clips / pins
    • Lip balm
    • Facial cleanser
    • Bandages / ointment
    • Foot supports (orthotics, insoles, moleskin, tape, prewrap, whatever you use)
    • Antifungal foot spray / powder (because, sweaty steel toes)
    • I also consider dry shampoo to be a critical supply, because I have no idea when I'm going to get to wash my hair.  Just spray, brush, pin, and go.

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  1. PRESCRIPTIONS.  Like you're going to get out of work in time to visit the pharmacy.  Right.  Get everything crucial refilled for the family.  Do you use a pill minder?  I do, not because I have medications at multiple times per day, but because I don't want to have to think about "did I take this one? What about that one?" in the mornings.  Load up the pill minder for the entire month and no worries.

  1. PAPER GOODS.  There is no feeling in the world like getting home at midnight, slogging to the bathroom, using the facilities, and realizing that you have no TP.  Or the dreaded phone call from your kids, "Mooooooom, we're out of toilet paper!!!!"  Mission critical.  Make sure you have at least 4-6 rolls per bathroom. 

She's baaaack!  Photo credit: Modified Mamas
  1. "NATURE" SUPPLIES.  Worse than lacking TP is lacking a tampon when you really need one.  Enough said.   You know you're going to be under enough stress that your system could (will) compensate.  Don't get caught when the red sea parts.

Up next: taking care of your critters and keeping the HOA off your back!  Stay tuned!


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