· By Grace Snively
Guide to Organizing Your Bathroom
Imagine. You walk into a hotel room after a long trip. Is the bathroom the first thing you look for?
It feels luxurious to find a clutter-free, sparkling clean restroom totally stocked with new toiletries. Whether you use them or immediately unpack your own, you revel in how different this bathroom is from your own.
But what if you could feel that at home? Finding peace and sophistication in your own bathroom at home doesn’t have to be a dream.
Read on for the ultimate guide to getting organized in the bathroom, from the right bathroom organizer to a system to use it with.
The first thing you have to do is think about why you are starting this project. A lot of times people are given the advice to brainstorm something on paper. But journaling doesn’t work for everyone.
These are some different ideas for putting down your thoughts about the purpose behind your bathroom reorg.
However you choose to process, it’s important to understand the purpose behind your project. Then you will know exactly what kind of organization you need.
Our bathroom does not have a linen closet, so we struggled with never having a towel for a shower for a long time after we moved in. Eventually we added a tall, narrow dresser in the hall outside the bathroom. Now the linens are there, and we can use the space under the sink again for other items.
Even if your space is tiny, you probably have some wall space. Try going up with your storage. There are all kinds of towel racks on the market (some of them even heated).
If you don’t like the towel racks you find, repurpose something. Beach houses use boat cleats on towel racks, and some people use wine bottle racks. Look in other sections of the store besides the bathroom aisle, or visit an antique shop or flea market.
Learn how to securely fasten a box, cabinet, or shelving unit before you hang it on the wall. Always find a stud and use long screws. And if you can’t find a stud, get some drywall mollies (or anchors) before you hang a heavy unit.
Do you wish your bathroom was more stylish? If you’re reorganizing because you want new design to your organization, take a look at some bathrooms that you like the look of. Once you have an idea of the style you need, you’ll be able to work with your current bathroom and make the changes to achieve your goal.
If you have been recycling old containers, why not try an upgrade to mason jars? They are clear, so you can tell what’s in them, and they are farmhouse chic stylish. You can continue the rustic look with natural wood boxes or trays, and a new distressed cabinet to stay neat and tidy.
If your current bathroom just isn’t doing it for you anymore, and you need something more inspiring, go for it. That’s a great reason to perk up your space. Studies show that green space is important for city dwellers’ well being, and greenery in your space can also boost your mood. Why not try a plant or two as you reorganize your space for some breathing room?
You can try a tray of succulents, if you think you’ll forget to water them. If you have natural light somewhere in your bathroom (lucky you!), try something that needs a little more TLC.
Adding some encouraging or funny signage can also help you make the most out of a small space. Mirrors help lighten up a room. A special scent (oils, incense sticks, candles, air freshener, etc.) serves two purposes: masking undesirable bathroom smells, and putting bathroom users in a better mood.
Some organization systems come all in one box. Just like style boxes send you a collection of items, you can get all your supplies for organizing in one box. If you have trouble finishing what you start (or, let’s get real, moms: trouble with getting interrupted), this all-in-one idea might be exactly what you need.
You may be on a budget, and that means DIYing options that are less pricey than those fancy organization systems. If that’s the case, we suggest dollar store hacks to make your low-budget project cute and still extremely functional.
The problem might be that you have too much stuff. In that case, we know that you’ll choose the Marie Kondo system.
Don’t mistake too much stuff for not enough space here, though. Bathrooms are small most of the time. If you have lots of people sharing the space (small houses with few bathrooms, teens who have friends over a lot, entertaining or hosting gatherings, etc.), you may just need to store some of the less essential items outside the bathroom.
Once you have determined the reason for your project and figured out how you want things to be different, you can choose a system. Then you have to get down the actual organization part. Here are some tips for how to do the actual organizing.
Thanks for reading! Leave us a comment and let us know how you changed up your bathroom and what worked for you.
The lass (or Kate, as everyone else calls her), enjoys reading and traveling to places she's never been before. The best days find her hanging out on the couch with her hubby and best friend. She wears a lot of hats but loves them all and could never choose between being a full-time wife and mother, a certified content manager, or an inspirational speaker to adventurous moms.
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