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Bathrooms are snap to organize and can save you several minutes each day. Minutes may not sound like much but if you reduce the time it takes you to get ready each day just by five minutes, you free up at least a half-hour per week! I know I can sure use an extra half hour of...sleep...or reading time...or for lots of things each week! How about you? Yes?
Okay, let's get started! Take everything out of the bathroom. Don't worry, it's not that big. You can't have that much "stuff" in there! Now quickly wipe out cabinets, vanity, shelves, etc. Return to your "stuff" and let's get it sorted.
Cosmetics: Make-up, Lipsticks, Mascara
Nail Care: Polish, File, Polish Remover,Scissors, Clippers, Pumice Stone
Dental Care: Toothbrushes, Toothpastes, Floss, Oragel
Hair Items: Hair Dryers, Headbands, Ponytail Holders, Barretts, Mousse, Hair Styling Sprays
Body Care: Powders, Deodorants, Perfumes, Lotions
Bath Supplies: Shampoos, Conditioners, Gel, Soaps, whatever you use in the bath or shower.
Feminine Products: Pads, Tampons, Cramp Relievers, Etc.
Bathroom Supplies: Tissues, Toilet Paper, Hand Towels, Bath Towels, Wash Cloths, Bath Mats/Rugs, Air Fresheners
Medications: Prescriptions, Over-The-Counter Meds, Vitamins
First Aid Items: Thermometer, Bandaids, Sting-Eze, Vapor Rub
Bath Toys: Rubber Duckies, Etc.
Add any other category that makes sense to you.
Throw away expired medicines, old cosmetics, or anything that you no longer use. Please remember kid safety here :)
Everything sorted? Great, now let's take a look at where everything will go.
Here are some thoughts to get you started...
Do you need some containers, organizing products, drawer dividers, shelves, baskets, or bins?
Bathroom organizational products are available at Bath and Discount stores, as well as stores that specialize in Storage and Organizing products. Organize-It is one of my favorite suppliers.
There are lots of options...you will have to decide what you like!
Rolling up towels not only looks nice, but uses space more efficiently. I have even seen a wine rack used to store rolled towels...very inventive!
Store on wire or bakers racks, shelves or in closet if you have one in the bathroom.
Hang hooks wherever you would like to hang towels to dry and if you have children, hang some within their reach too.
Use an over-the-door hanger.
If you prefer to fold and stack towels, stack by size...bath towels, hand towels, tip towels, washcloths and so on in their own stacks.
It's okay to keep old and worn towels for other uses, but they no longer should be stored in the bathroom.
Organize by grouping like-items together and put most frequently used things in front. Use small bins, baskets or containers for smaller items and label them.
Group medications and vitamins by family member, again using small containers.
Face all labels outward for quick and easy identification. You can even label the shelves to help family members remember where things go.
Hampers come in all different styles, colors and prices. Most bathrooms benefit from the use of a hamper to keep soiled clothes contained until it is laundry time. Click Here To Organize Your Laundry.
Consider storing bathroom cleaning supplies right in the bathroom. Again, please remember kid safety with this idea. Find a cleaning supply caddy with a handle and stock it with the supplies you use. Store under vanity or sink (locked if necessary). This allows you quick and easy retrieval when you need to clean or just do a quick spruce-up! (I looked up "spruce" because my daughter says NO ONE uses that word anymore. There it was...still in the dictionary..."to have a neat or tidy appearance") So "spruce" it is :)
Okay, you have taken everything out, purged, sorted, decided on some organizational products and are now ready to "move back in."
If you have thought through adding additional organizing shelves, containers, etc. then you already have a pretty good idea where to put things away. Remember, try to store things closest to their point of use if possible. Store most used items in front of least used.
Try your newly organized bathroom for about a week and make some changes if necessary.
Well done! Now, what are you going to do with that extra half hour every week? Enjoy!