Besides the kitchen, the family bathroom is one of the most used yet smallest and hardest-to-maintain rooms in the house.
Between storing makeup, towels, medicines, hair supplies and cleaning supplies in such a confined space, it's no wonder this room can become the biggest challenge to keep organized.
The biggest reward for creating an organized bathroom is that it will help to eliminate stress by streamlining the family morning routine. You will also save money by not purchasing duplicate items and be able to breeze through scheduled cleanings.
The first step of transforming your bathroom into a peaceful haven is to:
Eliminate all expired medications & any makeup and mascara over six months old, worn out hair accessories, old toothbrushes, rusty nail clippers and tweezers, old tattered towels, ancient perfumes, deodorants with only a sliver left on them, lotions and bath salts that you received as gifts 10 years ago, old candles... you get the idea.
One of the easiest solutions to magically free up space in your bathroom cabinets and closets is to consolidate and combine partially filled bottles of cleaning solutions, hand soaps and shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and then simply recycle the empty bottles. Many times, I will leave bottles of lotion standing on the sink with ends and caps touching so that gravity does its job in taking every scrap out of the old bottle and letting it drain into the new one.
ASSIGN A HOME:
Stop wasting time digging through the back of your cabinet to look for cotton balls and Q-tips. Store them in pretty clear glass jars or in small multi-drawer organizing units.
For example, in my bathroom closet, I have a small three-drawer organizing unit, which I use for cotton balls, Q-Tips and barrettes and small hair accessories. I also store first aid supplies, misc. shampoos, and cold medicines in my closet in their own plastic bins. This trick makes it so convenient to know what I have on hand as well as find whatever I need at a moment's notice.
You can also assign each person in your home a drawer, shelf or plastic bin to hold his or her personal items. Take the guesswork out of whose items belong to who by having each family member choose a primary color for his or her towels, toothbrushes and plastic bins.
There are so many organizing solutions on the market today. Some of the simplest include:
- Attaching a holder to the back of your sink cabinet to hold hair dryers, curling irons and other various items.
- A Lazy Susan is not just for kitchens. Place them in cabinets and closets to easily keep items easily accessible and up front.
- Contain cleaning supplies in a plastic bucket or caddy.
- Create dividers in your cabinet drawers to keep makeup and toiletries orderly.
Once your bathroom is in order and organized, you will be amazed to see how much easier it will be to get your whole family ready in the morning.
Take it one-step further with these time management tips to keep your family on track and out the door in no time:
- Create a master schedule and keep the whole family on track by placing a timer in the bathroom.
- If you're lucky enough to have two bathrooms, use one for taking showers only and the other outfitted with supplies needed to finish getting ready for the day, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair dryers, makeup etc.
It might take a bit of elbow grease to bring some order to this busy room but the benefits are well worth the effort.
© 2013 Debbie Tremblay
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Debbie Tremblay is the "Organizing Genie" a Professional Organizational Expert & Clutter consultant, writer, and speaker. Her passion in life is to use her lifetime of acquired organizing skill sets to help those who have had enough of clutter and disorganization and are ready to transform their homes and lives into an organized and clutter free oasis. You can learn more about her services at www.OrganizingGenie.com