Whether you are a neat freak or not, you likely try to keep your bathroom tidy and free of clutter, but this can be a difficult proposition. The small size and multiple functions the room serves means the bathroom is often a catch-all for everything from makeup to linens. However, learning a few smart organizational skills can help you keep this room clutter free.
Counters: A Clutter-Free Zone
Your countertops seem like the perfect place to store so many things; after all, everything seems to end up there. Unfortunately, a cluttered counter—even if you have sorted that clutter into baskets—makes your bathroom seem smaller. “In the bathroom, you will save time and energy by keeping your countertops organized and clutter free,” says Freshome.com. Consider placing out only one small basket, a toothbrush holder and a soap dispenser, nothing more.
Behind Closed Doors: The Medicine Cabinet
Your medicine cabinet is an ideal place to store a variety of smaller items, but it can also quickly get out of control. Take the time to sort through the cabinet, discarding out-of-date medications properly. According the FDA, “medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed, it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others.” Also remove any prescription or over-the-counter medications that need to be taken orally. These items should be stored in a cool, dry place. The bathroom is often too humid.
It’s All About the Vanity
One of the biggest storage options in many bathrooms is the vanity. If possible, consider replacing your existing, standard vanity (often nothing more than a simple cupboard) with a larger unit featuring drawers. Better Homes and Gardens suggests adding a pullout drawer to the cabinet underneath your sink. This will add storage to your vanity and make it easier to find items. Drawers are ideal for storing makeup and other personal items. Add baskets or dividers to your drawers for even more organization. You may be able to repurpose an extra cabinet or shelving unit for linens or organizational space.
Don’t Forget the Shower
Don’t stop organizing until you have finished with the interior of your shower or bathtub. This small space can quickly become overwhelmed with bottles and tubes. Invest in a shower caddie to keep things neat. For smaller showers, choose a caddie that hangs from your shower head. Larger showers can benefit from a floor-to-ceiling unit. The multiple shelves easily hold your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and other items while keeping your shower tidy.
Dress It Up
Once you have finished cleaning and organizing, it’s time to dress up your bathroom. This much-used room should have a bit of style and flair.
- Add in a leaning bookshelf to hold linens and commonly used toiletries. Be sure to place some decorative items on the shelves as well.
- CommonFloor.com shares that, “wall-attached cabinets are also good for storage and organization in the bathroom.” This is particularly true for smaller bathrooms. Choose a cabinet with glass door to display toiletries, or paint it a bold color to add a bit of style to the room.
- In a larger bathroom, pull a favorite old dresser out of your storage unit and repurpose it. Larger drawers are ideal for linens while smaller drawers can easily be used to hold brushes, hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners.
Clearing bathroom clutter will help you not only create a more serene space, but it will save you time and energy, too. Make the effort to sort through your belongings, get rid of what you do not need and repurpose some furniture from your storage unit to create a beautiful bathroom space for you and your family.