Keeping it practical this week with a short checklist on how to get your bathroom storage in order. This is a great activity to help you feel a sense of accomplishment that doesn't require a big time commitment. It's a favor you can do for yourself that keeps on giving when your mornings are rushed and you need to be able to get through your morning routine as smoothly as possible.
Here we go....
1. Pull everything out of every cabinet and drawer and group in categories. You always need to see how much of everything you have to know how much to keep. Clean out the drawers and cabinets once they are empty.
2. Try not to spend too much time thinking about how much varying items cost. If you don't use it, if it's old, or if you didn't like it's result, let it go. It's not worth the space it's taking up if you don't or won't ever use it.
3. Go through all makeup, medications, grooming tools etc. and check expiration date. Do you have multiple bottles/tubes of the same item? How many will you realistically use before they expire? If you have several half used bottles of the same thing, consider consolidating them to save space.
4. If you have drawers full of sample sized or hotel sized hygiene items ask yourself whether you will use them. Yes, they were "free" with that $100+ night at the hotel, but if they're collecting dust in the drawer, you've had it so long you can't remember which hotel it was from, or you don't even like it....toss it.
5. If you have the space on your sink or countertop, a tray, like this one, of your most used and pretty products can be a nice way to store items. If not, this caddy showcased by Martha Stewart is a great option for those of us that lack storage space.
6. Linens. Go through your towels. Do any need to be replaced? Consider using old towels for rags. If you already have plenty of rags, donate the towels. How many towels do you use? How many do you need? If you keep sheets in the bathroom do the same thing. So often, we keep sheets and towels that don't match others or that we never use. Make sure to have enough for each inhabitant in your home and a set for guests, but there's no need to keep more towels or sheets than you actually use as they just get musty in the cabinets and take up valuable storage space.
Putting it all back ::
The best way to stay successful with bathroom order is to use small containers to group items, especially if you have a closet with larger shelves. Clear shoebox size boxes work well, grouping medicines together, first aid in another, grooming supplies in another, and so on. If you have children, grouping their medication in one and the adult meds in another makes for quick retrieval when a child needs meds fast or in the middle of the night. For smaller items, a portable drawer system is great as well. Using a labeler or adding a cute tag to each unit finishes it off just right.
Hopefully this will help you to take on your bathroom organizing project with the tools you need to be successful. If you're still feeling a bit overwhelmed or just don't have the extra time, HYD is always here to help!