Bathrooms can be tricky to organize, especially if you have limited storage space. If you are renting, or wanting a quick fix to storage solutions, I recommend a storage cabinet for over the toilet. If you own or have the capabilities of designing, never underestimate how usable a sink with storage underneath can be. You can also add shelves for linens or nice looking bins that hold toiletries. Now that we’ve gotten the extra storage solutions out of the way, let’s organize the bathroom and see how we can best utilize the space.
The first step in organizing your bathroom is to categorize all of your belongings. In categorizing your items, I recommend laying everything out on the counter/floor or bringing them to another room. Once you have the items laid out, begin breaking things down into how you use them i.e hair care, skin care, oral care, medicine, prescriptions, etc. Once you do this, you will have a great understanding of how many items you have, how many you use/recognize, and how many duplicates of each item you own.
The decluttering process always follows the categorization process. Once you have things categorized, you can begin to make decisions on what you’d like to keep, donate, or toss. Although I typically recommend getting rid of your duplicates, for the bathroom, this rule doesn’t necessarily apply. That said, if you have four hair brushes, maybe pick your top two and get rid of the other two. The faster the decision making, the easier the decluttering process will be.
KEEP COUNTER FREE
As you start putting things away, one of my recommendations that I cannot stress enough, is to keep your counters free. Keeping your surfaces empty or at least minimal will give the impression of an organized space. The less out, particularly when it comes to the intricate bathroom items, the better.
ADD SHELVING UNITS
If you feel yourself running out of space as you put things away, try adding shelves to the bathroom walls, or an over the toilet cabinet, as mentioned earlier. The more storage you have, the easier it will be to maintain your organization.
Last but not least, the purchasing of the products. I recommend this step last because once you see what you have and the space you have, you will be able to better determine how/what you need to contain. If you have an under the sink cabinet or an over the toilet cabinet, clear plastic bins are highly recommended. These clear plastic bins can easily be cleaned if something spills and they come in multiple sizes to cater towards your unique bathroom. If you do not have cabinets, but instead open shelving, try folding your towels on the open shelving and putting your bathroom products where your towels initially were. If this still doesn’t give you optimal space for your toiletries, get a nice looking bin, like this one, that can be stationed on top of the toilet/counter/open shelves.
I hope this helps, but if it does not or if you have questions, as always, do not hesitate to reach out. We always love helping our clients!
Written by Brennan Reid
Hi, my name is Brennan Reid. I am the founder of Aristotle Organizing Inc and the primary writer of this blog.
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