Organizing Your Bathroom
Is Your Bathroom Going Down the Drain?
By: Janet L. Hall
As you and I know, most bathrooms have limited space
and storage. Many of them are crammed with too much stuff: a lotion or potion you used once, the shampoo and
conditioner samples collected while on travel, medicines
or other items used once or never finished using, towels that have seen their day, and reading material and even
mail that just piles up and piles up, all the while
collecting dust and germs.
Your bathroom is a room in which you and others use on a daily basis. The most private area in your home, yet a
busy room in which activities, such as baths, showers, brushing hair and teeth, shaving, and using the toilet are
usually performed by yourself FOR yourself. Yet for some it’s a place of refuge, hiding from the world, the
family, reading or just sitting on the "throne," thinking,
planning, or daydreaming. Your bathroom can be a place
of solitude where you can float away in a sea of bubbles; meditating, planning, creating, listening to music, while
candlelight is reflected in the mirror dancing around the room.
We store and keep all kinds of things in our bathrooms: from linens to tub toys, lotions to medicines, and even
books and magazines. Oils, candles, matches, and lets not forget the toilet paper. Unless you’ve remodeled or
designed your own bathroom-the standard bathroom in a standard home usually only comes equipped with a small
medicine cabinet and maybe under the sink storage and
many don’t even provide this essential storage space.
Being disorganized or not having enough storage in your bathroom can literally drain you of energy and patience
in the morning, evening, or anytime you enter into this private space.
Below I've listed 10 tips on how you can gain more storage (for more storage tips please see end of article).
First let's take a look at what you might be able to
TOSS or Let Go:
Make-up, hair products, lotions and medicines lose their "power" over time. So toss out those you haven’t
used or seen in years. Some can contract bacteria and could be dangerous.
Let go of seldom used nail polish and eye shadows.
Check expiration dates. If expired dispose of safely and properly.
dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications take
them to a pharmacy where they will be sent for disposal in a
manner that causes least harm to our environment.
DO NOT Flush
unused medicine down the toilet as this can
cause SERIOUS harm to the environment and you. Break up containers that were
prescription, especially if they had a refill on label.
Look for products that have dried up or evaporated.
If you travel pre pack any duplicates in your suitcase.
Rusty razors, scissors or anything else that has become rusty-OUT.
10 Tools to Help You
Gain More Storage:
1. Wall mounted cabinets
2. Carts on wheels
3. Hooks on back of door
4. Shower caddies
6. Coat rack – great for hanging towels and robes on
7. Cut and install straight magnet inside medicine cabinet
to hold tweezers, scissors, or other metal items
8. Small dishpans or crates
9. Mesh bags
10. Wall mount hair dryer and curling iron
To Purchase some of these tools, click
Benefits of an Organized Bathroom:
Your money will stop going down the drain when you know what you have on hand because you won’t go out
and buy duplicates.
You’ll be less stressed, especially in the morning because you’ll know where everything is.
Clean up will be a snap with everything contained.
For more Bathroom Organizing Tips, Strategies, and Safety Please continue
Wall mounted cabinets
Carts on wheels
Hooks on back of door
Coat rack – great for
hanging towels and robes on
Cut and install straight
magnet inside medicine cabinet to hold tweezers scissors or other metal
Small dishpans or crates
Wall mount hair dryer,
Install towel holders or
rings for adults and children at their levels
Store reading material in a
Store excess supplies back
of door or another location
Designate a shelf or
container for each family member's personal
stuff and an area for general
use by all members
Group towels by color or
Roll up towels for maximum
Store bottom and top sheet,
with spare pillowcases into one pillowcase to lay flat
Place seasonal items, such
as beach towels, tanning, or sunburn lotions on top shelves or in another
To Purchase some of these tools, click
Under Bathroom Sink Storage:
Think before you put under the sink.
Please take appropriate precautions when storing
items under the sink or
where your children or visiting children - and pets for that matter - might be
able to get to if items could potentially harm them.
Fabric skirt for sink (use
Velcro to attach and hemming tape to create hem)
Storage containers under
Items used the most should
always be stored near the front.
Have you gotten your little red
Store Like Items with Like Items:
If you don’t have shelf space – contain items.
Mouth and tooth care –
mouthwashes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, floss threader, water
Hair styling – brushes,
combs, blow dryer, curling iron, hair spray, gels, clips, headbands,
rubber bands, bobby pins, barrettes, curlers, mousse
Hair care – shampoo,
conditioner, hair coloring or dyes
Beauty care – facial
scrubs, masks, lotions, moisturizers, make-up removers
Cosmetics – liner,
mascara, shadows, blush, foundation-liquid and powder, lipstick, brushes,
cotton balls, cotton swabs
Nail care – nail clippers
(toes, fingers, children), emery boards, nail polish, polish remover,
cuticle, orange stick foot
Body care – soaps,
scrubs, brushes, bubble bath, oils, lotions, feminine hygiene products
Shaving care – razors,
shaving cream (some have his and hers), after shave splashes, trimmers
First aid care –
bandages, ace bandages, thermometer, burn gel, ointment, tweezers,
scissors, tape, emergency numbers
Bath tub accessories –
candles, bath toys
Cold and flu care - cough
drops, cough syrup, chest rubs, decongestant, aspirin, antiseptic,
Eye care – contact
cleanser and solution, eyewash, eye drops
Ear care – ear drops
Nose care – nose hair
clippers, tissue, nose sprays
TOO Many People Need to Use the Bathroom:
Create a rotating schedule
for family members in the morning and evening
Use a timer if the bathroom
Timer and a clock – won’t
have to waste time running to another room to check the time.
SAFETY in the Bathroom
Label: cold and flu, topical and skin medications, internal and external
use only: These items should be stored separately so they are NOT
ingested by accident or used improperly.
Bathroom Safety Products for Children:
Bathroom Safety Tips for Children:
Set the water temperature
no higher than 120 (F).
Never leave your toddler in
the bathtub alone, even for a short time. Toddlers can drown in as little
as two inches of water.
Place a lock on all the
Lock up cabinets containing
perfumes, make-up, and other similar bathroom items.
Children can open most
"childproof" caps in about seven minutes.
Twenty ounces of perfume is
enough to kill a 20-pound baby
Any object that can fit
through a bathroom tissue paper roll can choke a toddler.
You may be surprised to
know that babies are capable of drowning in toilet bowls. If you cannot
purchase a toilet latch this item remember to keep the bathroom door
closed. Never leave any electrical appliances plugged in near water.
International Association for Child Safety PH# (888)
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