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Bathroom Organization Ideas

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

bathroom organization

Have you ever noticed just how much clutter tends to accumulate in what is often the smallest room of your house?

Think about it.  You have your toilet paper, hairbrushes and stylers, makeup and beauty cleansers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, towels and washcloths, medicine, soap, and – well the list could keep going but I’m going to end it there.

Sure, our daily (sometimes twice daily) beauty routines may require most of this stuff, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it all has to be unorganized.  Here we offer some helpful bathroom organization ideas:

  1. TOSS IT OUT

If it’s not useful or beautiful – toss it out.  Yes, seriously!  The first step in bathroom organization includes ridding yourself (or in this case your bathroom) of excessive clutter.

Let’s start with something simple, shall we?  Checking the expiration dates on your vitamins and medications including prescriptions.  If it’s expired, even by a day, toss it.  These items have a rather short shelf life.

Now…on to something just a wee bit harder for us women.  Our makeup!  All of which has a different built-in expiration date.  According to recommendations by WebMD Magazine you should replace the following at the times specified:

  • Mascara & Eye Liner – 3 to 4 Months
  • Foundation – <1 year
  • Lipstick & Gloss – 6 months to 1 year
  • Powders – 18 months to 2 years

Sorry girls, but when you’re attempting bathroom organization, now is certainly not the time to want to keep the products you’re not using.  And, while you may be surprised to find hidden products during this time, you should toss them too.

  1. JUST SAY NO TO SAMPLES

Do you find yourself often wandering around the mall aimlessly picking up one sample after another?  Then stop it!  Chances are, once you get home, these little samples are just thrown in the drawer and forgotten anyway.

  1. OPT FOR CORDLESS

Whenever possible, try to purchase blow dryers, curling irons and straighteners that have retractable cords.  You’d be simply amazed as to how much room this idea will actually save you.

If retractable isn’t available, always wrap up the cord as neatly as possible when you’re finished, and hang it inside the under-sink cabinet on hooks that attach to the cabinet door. 

  1. CONTROL THE MADNESS

So that even the littlest of items have their own place it’s recommend that you store elastic hair bands, bobby pins, cotton swabs, Q-Tips, etc. in little containers or magnetic storage tins.

For larger items including your hair brush, shampoo and conditioner, body washes, etc. invest in organizational caddies (you can even get them at the Dollar Store).

This way, everything has its own place and everything goes back to that place, which makes it easy to not only contain the clutter, but to also find exactly what you need, when you need it.

  1. HANDY BASKETS

For small bathrooms, add a stand-alone shelf or rack above the toilet where you can store usable items, such as towels and toilet paper, in handy wicker baskets.  You’d be amazed at the selection of baskets available on the market today.

  1. CABINET UNCLOGGED

Despite our best intentions, the under-sink cabinet in our bathrooms often all too easily becomes an area where everything – and I do mean everything – gets tossed inside and is often left to be forgotten.

Here is where you repeat step 1 above and again toss those items that are simply not be used.  You should additionally refrain from keeping bottles of beauty products that are pretty empty.

For the items you’re keeping, invest in Tupperware shoe box sized containers, and organize these items into piles.  For example; medications go in one container, and hair accessories go in another.  Just remember to label containers.