Did you know that bathroom organization can not only make your space look cleaner but can also save you a lot of time?
As busy moms, we need all the shortcuts and hacks to make our days run more smoothly. If you think about it, our bathrooms are spaces that we use as part of our morning and evening routines. If you want to make those times more efficient, then organizing your bathroom space is a way to go.
But you don’t want to just organize – you want to be very strategic on how you organize your things. You need a good system to save you time during those busy times. This is exactly where I am going to offer you some tips and hacks.
And now that most of us are stuck at home, this might be a great time to get some organization projects completed. And it’s a great distraction from what is happening around us right now.
The very first step in bathroom organization process is decluttering your space. You need to get rid of anything that you no longer use or need.
The best way to declutter is to use Marie Kondo method and take everything out of the bathroom. I have recently gone through that process myself and you can see on you my YouTube channel. Here are the steps to follow.
Take everything out
This basically means emptying your cabinets and any storage spaces in the bathroom. This will allow you to clean the cabinets and see how much stuff you actually have. When things are stored in the cabinets, it does not seem like much. But I promise that once you lay it all out on the floor, table, or kitchen island you will be shocked how many things you actually have.
I know I was!
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Sort your things into groups
Once you have everything in front of you, the hard work begins. And that is going through and sorting all your stuff.
Trash can – have it nearby for all the things you no longer use or want
Non-bathroom things – have a basket next to you for things that don’t belong in the bathroom but found their way into that space. After you are done, you can take the basket around the house and put those items where they belong.
As you are going through your things organize them into smaller groups. For example, make-up, dental care, manicure/pedicure, and hair products. When you group them into smaller categories, it will make it much easier to see how many items you have. This is when you will be able to see any duplicates and things that you no longer like or use. It will also help you see what kind of storage containers you need.
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Here is where practicality comes in in bathroom organizing! You need to store your things in a way that will make things easier for you. You don’t want to just clean and declutter – that is only half the battle. The next very important step is to organize your things in a way that will make your mornings and evenings run smoother.
One like item per container
I have learned this tip a long time ago from Kathryn on Do It On a Dime. She always recommends storing one type of item in one container. For example, make-up brushes, make-up, q-tips, toothpaste, etc.
It serves two purposes. You will have a much easier time finding things and putting them away. For example, when I do my make-up each morning, I take out two of my containers. One has make-up brushes and eye shadow, and the other one has lotions, foundation, and powder. It is so much easier to keep it clean!
Try out the containers first
One of the things I strongly recommend during bathroom organization process is trying out empty containers in the cabinet to see if they will actually fit. I have done that mistake before when I organized everything into containers and then realized they were too wide for my cabinet. Talk about instant frustration when you think you are done but instead you have to go buy new containers to complete the project 🙂
Don’t be afraid to store unconventional things in the bathroom. You want your space to work for you. It really does not matter if someone else might find it a little out or ordinary. For example, I store two types of unconventional things in my bathroom: kids pajamas and my daughter hair accessories.
Those two kinds of items are usually stored in the kids’ bedrooms. However, this does not work for our household. Our bedrooms are located on the second floor but our kids get ready downstairs. It makes much more sense for me to have them stored where we actually use them instead of running back and forth between the two floors.
If you have a small bathroom, like I do, you will need to get creative with your storage. One of the things that I have found very helpful is using the wall of my under sink cabinet for some extra space. I used some command hooks and storage bins from the Dollar Tree. It’s inexpensive and it works great!
Try things out
One of the things that you have to keep in mind during the bathroom organization process is that nothing is permanent. Try things out and see what will work for you. Once you organize your space, use it for a few weeks to see what is working and what needs some improvement. This is an ongoing process. All the work that you will do today will set a great baseline for you. And moving forward you can make small adjustments as necessary. So if you are unsure about something, don’t be afraid to try it out for a few days or even weeks. Have some fun with it 🙂
Are you ready to organize your bathroom? Or maybe you already have and have some additional tips to share with us? Please comment below.