Monday, October 15, 2012

31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 15 (Bathrooms)




Welcome to Day Fifteen of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing ideas that I've found around the web that I love and that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized. You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.


{Note:  Are you getting overwhelmed with all the amazing ideas in all the various 31 Days series?  I know I'm finding it hard to keep up with all the ones I want to follow.  If you're finding that too, please know that I do not want to overwhelm you in any way with this series!!  These tips will always be here and you can come back to them whenever you want to work on any of these organizing ideas.  :)  I'm making a plan to catch up with some of my favourite series in November!}

Today's tip is to help you organize your bathrooms.  Regardless of how many bathrooms you have and how large or small they are, organization is always important.  We use a lot of personal items in our bathrooms so we need creative storage solutions to keep those items out of sight or stored neatly, while also keeping everything accessible.

If you feel overwhelmed in your bathroom because it is cluttered or disorganized, it can impact how you start your day.  How many times have you been in a rush to get ready in the morning and can't find what you're looking for?  It causes unnecessary stress and chaos if your bathroom isn't organized.  Plus, who wants to spend any extra time in the bathroom?!

But, it doesn't have to be that way!  Small changes can make a huge difference in a bathroom.

Here are several tips to help you keep your bathroom from getting overwhelming. {Remember, you don't have to do all of these.  Just pick one that will make the biggest difference for you right now.}


1.  Organize your bathroom drawers.  Use containers to group like items together so you can quickly find what you need.  This works for your master bathroom and kids' bathroom.

Source:  http://www.thesunnysideupblog.com/2012/03/organized-bathroom-drawers.html

2.  Use baskets or trays to group like items together such as towels, wash cloths, supplies, and toiletry items.

Source:  http://cas-anoasisinthedesert.blogspot.ca/2012/07/taming-master-bath-demon.html

Aren't these ones beautiful?

Source:  http://www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2011/07/18/creative-bathroom-storage/

Here's what she stores inside:

Source:  http://www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2011/07/18/creative-bathroom-storage/


3.  Maximize the space under your sink.  Use plastic drawers or stacking bins under the sink to group small bathroom items (especially if you don't have drawers and need to use your space under the sink for these kinds of things).  Store tall bottles of personal hygiene items in baskets or bins or caddies so they don't fall over when you reach for one.

Source:  http://madaboutorganizing.blogspot.ca/2012/10/Organizing-Under-bathroom-sink.html

You can do the same thing for cleaning supplies.  Separate baskets help you work around pipes too :)

Source:  http://madaboutorganizing.blogspot.ca/2012/10/Organizing-Under-bathroom-sink.html

Or you can use sliding trays like those pictured below to access the things at the back of the cupboard.  And you can hang hooks on the back of the cupboard doors to hang small appliances or towels.

Source:  http://www.marthastewart.com/275378/25-bathroom-organizers/@center/276989/organizing#/192538

4.  Keep your counters as clear as possible.  This will help keep your bathroom from getting cluttered and feeling overwhelming.  Tiered organizers can give you more vertical space while looking pretty.  Here's one you can make yourself.

Source:  http://www.bhg.com/bathroom/storage/storage-solutions/store-more-in-your-bathroom/?rb=Y#page=8

To keep toothbrushes and toothpastes off my bathroom counters, I installed a toothbrush holder and a toothpaste dispenser on our walls.

Source:  http://fromoverwhelmedtoorganized.blogspot.ca/2012/09/no-more-toothpaste-in-my-sink.html

Please remember to pin from the original source for all these fantastic pictures!

For Day Fifteen, start with purging your bathroom.  Every time I go through my bathroom drawers or cupboards I find things I'm no longer using.  By eliminating clutter, you'll already feel less overwhelmed.  Then, choose one of these tips and put it into action right away.  You can add more ideas over time.  Each step will help your bathroom feel more organized which will help get your morning off to a good start :)

There are so many great bathroom organizing tips online that I'm going to do several posts on bathrooms.  Today I gave tips for organizing your bathroom drawers, cupboards, and counters.  Tomorrow I'll talk about using wall space to help organize your bathrooms.

And just a reminder that as the series progresses, I'll be sharing tips for various organizing challenges.  Feel free to leave a comment with any particular areas you'd like me to cover.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

How do you organize your bathroom?  What's the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!




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11 comments:

  1. These are some wonderful tips, Hilda! I love the drawer with the dividers (I wish I had drawers in my bathroom) and especially agree with keeping your surfaces clutter free. LOVE the tiered organizer!

    Thank you so much for featuring my photos! I really appreciate it :)
    Have a great day,
    Kristina

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    1. You're welcome Kristina! I didn't have drawers for a long time either so I had to get creative with the cupboard under the sink (before the days of Pinterest for ideas too LOL). Thanks for your encouragement!

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  2. Great ideas! This is motivating me to organize my bathrooms. :) I'm visiting from the blog hop over at Mom's Best Nest.

    Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy! Glad to have you here. Good luck with your bathrooms :)

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  3. I've been overwhelmed for a while now. It is simply hard to find time to organize! These are great tips. When I get the time to organize I will definitely be using these. Stopping by from Mom's Best. Hope to see you at True Aim!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tulip! I'm following you on G+ and love your blog.

      Organizing doesn't have to take a lot of time. I organize a drawer in my bathroom while my kids are having a bath or organize a kitchen drawer while a pot is boiling. I waste lots of time looking for things when I'm not organized, so I figure I might as well make time to set up a system that will save time in the long run :) Good luck getting organized!

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  4. I recently turned the girls drawer full of hair bow/tie madness into an organized spot with small baskets I found for $1 at Staples. Now the pony tail holders have a spot, the headbands, the clips. It's lovely. I also recently put a 3 drawer plastic bin in our main floor bathroom to help contain the hairbruses, hairdryers, combs and things that we use regularly down here. It's all really really helped to clean up the clutter and make things easier to find and use.

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    1. That sounds great Melissa! I'm sure it makes daily life much easier. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Great tips! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

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  6. There are plenty of accessory sets available on the market which includes soap dispensers, toilet tissue holders, toothbrush holders, towel racks and a great deal more to make your washroom look fantastic.

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