How many toilets?!

When we looked around our house for the very first time, one of the first things that struck us (apart from having five bedrooms and a fabulous window which runs almost the entire height of the house), was the sheer number of toilets.

FOUR! Four toilets! Almost one each. Or two each for the previous owners.

There was one in the main bathroom, one in the ensuite, a downstairs loo and an upstairs loo.

Did we really need that many toilets?

Well, I’m not sure. But three actually seems like a good number for five people. Does anyone else find their kids all yelling at each other after breakfast because they all need the toilet at the same time? This happened a lot at our old house where we had two toilets. They could get quite irrational about it and I would be there saying ‘Yes, but there are only two toilets, you will just have to waitโ€ฆ ‘ to one or other of them on almost daily basis.

So four toilets seemed like a great idea.

But actually right now we don’t have four toilets.

In fact, we hardly have one.

The main toilet has been ripped out while the bathroom is replaced.


The kids were happily using the upstairs toilets and also had their toothbrushes in there, but then one day it was flushed and it backed up through the severed pipe of the main bathroom. We can’t risk that happening again, so that one’s out of action now.


The ensuite toilet doesn’t flush well, so that’s for number ones only.


The downstairs loo was fine. Until the seat fell off.


So for the next few weeks we’re back to moaning and arguing about the toilet. Lucky us.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Hehe blimey 4!!!! We only have one and we’re forever bargaining about who’s going first in the mornings. You’d think we were 7 years old ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Oh gosh to go from 4 to 1 must be hard, always toilet wars here, we only have 1 . Himself is always in there because of his condition which is fine but only if her remembers to ask me if I need it first. Drives me nuts if he doesn’t as it can mean I have to hang on for up to an hour, not good as I have a weak bladder.

    Hope you get it sorted soon xxxx

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  3. Just the one for 5 of us here, although to be fair, one of us is still in nappies. (And it isn’t me) Hope you are soon overflowing with toilets rather than dealing with overflowing toilets xx

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  4. This is turning into a toilet nightmare! My 3 kids also argue about the toilet and which one they are going to use (they all have the same favourite) – that’ll be a new one for your lot when all of them are working again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. FOUR TOILETS?!? My Auntie’s house has three (but then at one point there was 8 of them living there plus a never ending stream of guests!). We only have the one between three and that’s a battle at times. I’m not sure who is worse for not being able to wait!

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  6. oh dear poor you. We’ve just moved from a one toilet house to a three toilet house – so far I’m just concerned about the extra cleaning! Plus we had to go out and buy extra toilet brushes and hand towels!

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  7. Thanks for your comments everyone.
    I am in awe of anyone who can survive with one toilet! My kids were forever arguing when we had two. I think three would be a good compromise for us – enough to stop the arguments, but not too many for cleaning.
    There was another backing up incident when the bathroom fitter came the other day too, Sonya! I stayed right out of the way…

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  8. Do any of them have handy shelves above them from which toothbrushes can fall into the bowl? If not, you should definitely put one up.

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  9. Thanks, Judith. You make a very good point! We don’t have them yet, I will make sure they are incorporated in the design. Would be a terrible omission not to have toothbrushes falling down the toilet on a weekly basis ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. 2 here and cleaning those is more than enough for me…..4…..and I would be in hell ๐Ÿ˜‰

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