14 tips on keeping your bathroom organized
With the winter months upon us, it’s always nice to be able to tackle some projects inside to get our lives in order. For the most part, we tend to neglect one of the most used rooms in our house: the bathroom.
Although it gets cleaned regularly, we don’t always take the time to go through the drawers, cupboards or shelves and sort through bathroom ‘stuff’. Some bathrooms even have a linen closet within the bathroom. I will guarantee you have not gone through the towels and excess bottles shampoos and cleaners for a while. I have a series of posts called 4M that help tackle tasks that take anywhere from five to 55 minutes. Reorganizing your bathroom one should take you no more than 35 minutes. To begin, you will empty out all the cupboards and drawers and then wipe them down. Install shelf paper or liners to maintain the finishes. Once you have done this, you can begin organizing. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your bathroom clean and organized.
- Launder all of the towels including the shower curtain and inside liner. We often forget, though they are in the shower and get wet every day, they do get film and mould on them. So, put the towels, curtain and liner through a hot wash. Make cleaning the shower curtain and liner a laundry routine every month.
- Go through your linen closet if it is in the bathroom. Get rid of the towels that are frayed or are less absorbent. You can tear them into cleaning rags or donate. There should be only one set of towels per person. Beach towels don’t count!
- Sort through any extra shampoos, soaps or toiletries that you have stored in the back. Moisturizing lotions do have a shelf life so the change in temperature and moisture can affect the consistency and effectiveness. Put those at the front of the shelf so you get to them sooner rather than later.
- If you travel and pick up those tiny shampoo, conditioner and body lotion bottles: you need to stop! If you have a whole bag full, either use them up and recycle the bottles or bring them to your local women’s shelter. The next time you travel, just leave them where they are, you don’t need the clutter.
- Use plastic containers to keep all these products together. It makes it easier to bring them to the front, keep inventory and helps you use the space more effectively. Place all like items together (shampoo & conditioner; cotton balls, Q-tips, face wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash & floss etc.).
- If you buy items in bulk to save money, don’t forget about what you already have in storage elsewhere. Many forget they already have half a dozen tissue boxes stored in the basement. Store them where you can see them.
- Go through each drawer: discard old toothbrushes (every 6 months) and empty toothpaste tubes.
- Place your hairbrushes and all your hair accessories in a container and keep them there.
- Keep makeup in toiletry bags or designated containers. Don’t just throw it all into the drawer.
- Use a cutlery tray to keep order in your drawer. There is space for toothbrushes in one, toothpaste tubes; floss and picks at the top; and hairbrushes and combs in the last one. All are separate. Plastic trays are easy to clean and keep the drawer organized. If you have children, each one can have their own compartment.
- Tackle the cupboard with the same minimalist mentality. Keep only what you use on a regular basis.
- Use the inside of the cupboard to store your hairdryer or flat iron. You can also keep them in a heat resistant container.
- If you have multiple styling brushes, place them in a vertical storage container for easy access
- Use a caddy to keep all your cleaning supplies in one place. This lets you take it out easily and the supplies close at hand as you clean. The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house but it is the most used. Keeping it tidy and organized can be helpful when the morning routine gets crazy.