Let's examine the steps you need to follow to get your bathroom organized, no matter what the size or present condition.
- Create a workstation before you begin. Clear off the counter, bring in a table or make a space available on the floor. Be creative. Be comfortable.
- Have a few heavy-duty trash bags handy.
- Wherever possible, remove the outer packaging from items you wish to store in the bathroom. You'll be surprised at the amount of unnecessary cardboard and plastic wrap you'll be tossing.
- Start with the medicine cabinet and work your way through the storage area under the sink. Decide the fate of one item at a time. If you're sure it stays, have part of your temporary work area set aside for each person using this bathroom. Sort the items by type. For example, I might have shaving cream and after-shave on the husband's side of my worktable. Nail polish and makeup will rest comfortably in the wife's area.
- After you have sorted everything in the bathroom, survey the items. Would a container help keep related items together? The list of container types is almost endless. Be sure to measure the space available under the sink before you make a purchase. Some of the larger items are very useful, but the pipes under your sink may interfere. It's easier to remove a storage crate than to scoop out loose items. Your plumber will be impressed with your ingenuity.
- Go to the kitchen department of your local hardware or specialty store. You'll find a drawer liner that looks like quilted paper towels. This is a wonderful product that will grip whatever is placed on it. Now the things you place with care will be there when you need them, like faithful soldiers of the bath. Why not line all the problem drawers in your home with this product?
- While you are in the kitchen area of your specialty store, you will find a wonderful item used to help you store and display canned goods. It is a shelf creator. Place it on a shelf in your pantry or in a cupboard, and suddenly you have three rows for the display of cans instead of one flat surface with cans lined up, hiding each other's labels. These items now come in narrow and wide to accommodate various sizes of cans. Guess what? You can put these under the sink and store bathroom items. These shelf creators are also wonderful in the laundry room, where you probably have several spot removers and other miscellaneous items tucked in with large boxes of detergent. Wouldn't it be nice to see them all at a glance?
I want to encourage you as often as possible to see the products made to solve one problem as capable of solving problems in other places in the home. Are you beginning to see why I think getting organized is a creative endeavor? Find more incredible bathroom design ideas here.
Adapted from The Zen of Organizing, by Regina Leeds