I’ve been doing some bathroom organizing projects recently, and it made me realize that I should share with you all of the tips I’m always telling my clients about. If you are just getting started on a whole-house organizing project, bathrooms are the perfect place to start organizing in your home. This is because they usually can be organized in an afternoon, and there’s not a lot of difficult, emotion-driven decisions to be made when it comes to decluttering your bathroom stuff. I hope these tips make your bathroom organizing project that much easier!
1. Bathrooms are arguably the grimiest room in the house, and as such they need to be cleaned quite frequently. I tell clients to make cleaning your bathroom easier by eliminating almost everything on the bathroom counter. Store everything in drawers or cabinet instead. This will make a daily swipe-down of the counter so much faster for you!
2. If you are lucky to have lots of bathroom drawers, then it’s helpful to divvy them up based on personal grooming needs. For example, you might have a drawer for all of your hair care, your teeth care, your eye care, your face care, etc. I always label drawers temporarily with Post-Its so clients can remember how to categorize their things in case they buy anything new. The Post-Its usually fall off after about 2-3 weeks, which is about the amount of time it takes for a client to remember the new system.
3. Bathroom drawers really need dividers, because they tend to hold so many tiny things. I prefer to use tiny, plastic bins from Dollar Tree for organizing supplies within drawers, because I can give them a quick wipe-down if they get grimy. It’s also nice that they are so inexpensive when I need a lot of them within each drawer.
4. If you happen to have deep drawers (at least 6″ deep), I line up white plastic cups in the drawers to make better use of the vertical space and to store things like pony-tail holders, make-up, combs and brushes, and dental care items. I also get these at Dollar Tree for three for $1!
5. I’ve noticed that if I clean the hair out of my hairbrush after every time I use it, my drawer where I store my brushes stays A LOT cleaner inside.
6. Don’t be afraid to add more towel bars, even if it means raising or lowering existing towel bars in order to fit another bar on the wall. This is a super simple task for a handyperson to do, and it allows you to keep from having damp towels pile up on the counters or over the shower rod.
7. Have kid toys in the bathtub? It’s helpful to store them in a perforated plastic basket so they can drip-dry on the edge of the tub after use. You could even use shower curtain rings to hang the basket from the shower curtain rod or towel bar so they are out of the way.
8. If you have a small bathroom that heats up fast and/or gets really steamy, it can damage your medications. Move your medications to a kitchen cabinet or pantry shelf instead. Also, I group medications by ailment into — you guessed it! — more Dollar Tree bins. So I have one little bin for stomach stuff, one bin for headache stuff, one bin for injuries/bandages, one for cold/flu, etc.
9. The bathroom mirror is a great place to write reminders to yourself in dry erase pen. When my son was struggling to remember his new morning grooming routine, I wrote it on the mirror with dry-erase pen, and it helped immensely.
10. Change towels at least every other day, and wash your bath mat at least once a week. Never let dirty clothes pile up. These things will really help cut down on bad bathroom odors.
Like this post? Then like our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram or Pinterest. In need of professional organizing services in the Portland, Beaverton or Lake Oswego area for your home or office? Contact us for a low-cost assessment and get an estimate on your project here.