Sharing a bathroom may be necessary for certain city dwellers in Los Angeles, but this situation can cause all kinds of calamities. Different preferences and schedules can result in a bathroom cluttered with different grooming products and unhappy roommates calling in late to work. To keep these mishaps to a minimum, consider the following proactive measures solved by L.A. stores and services.

Shower Time

Hours: Mon to Sat -10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun -Noon to 5 p.m.

If your household consists of commuters set to beat Los Angeles rush hour madness, schedule morning showers. By posting a calendar somewhere prominent (on the fridge, perhaps) and then signing up for bath time, this early day drill should work well when done in military fashion. A purchase of this sort that is not only practical but stylsh too, does the trick with your decor. Consider shopping at this Melrose area outlet.

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Sharing Suds with Buds

Hours: Mon to Wed -11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs to Sat -11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun -Noon to 7 p.m.

Sharing soap is a yucky proposition for many a bathroom sharing housemate, but Soap Plant in Los Feliz has the solution by offering all kinds of bars in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Everyone can pick his or her own signature style for this body cleaning staple. Check out Soap Plant for everything from soap that looks like ducks to more elegant options such as soap formed in the shape of a rose, so you can smell like one, too.

Keep a Caddy Close By

Hours: Mon to Sat -11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun: Noon to 5 p.m.

If you’re worried that someone may use your shampoo, hair gel, or even your toothbrush, buy a bathroom caddy to leave it in your bedroom until bathroom time. Colorful, current, and unconventional examples of this college staple can be found at Plastica in West Hollywood.

A Group Effort
Admission: $5 from 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., $10 from 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Free parking
Hours: The third Sunday of the month, 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For those who share a bathroom, but don’t share each other’s tastes in room decor, make the project one for the group. Let everyone pick a single design element to contribute to the overall look of this shared room by making a day of it at Long Beach swap meet. That way, you won’t duplicate items, but you will get to bond while building a dream retreat.
Cleanliness is Key

Hours: By appointment

No one likes a messy bathroom, and if that means hiring someone else to take charge of this task once or twice a month, then consider picking a green service that will make your tub shine while not hurting the environment. Industrial strength skills are also a plus, so consider Clean Green to solve all requirements.

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on


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