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Home Challenge Week 6: How You Can Be Organized In The Morning

02/11/2019

We are halfway done with the home challenge! Seven weeks ago we started this challenge by creating a Command Center.  We started there because that is the foundation of your home.  We have built from there and organized the closet, pantry, and kitchen.  Many people would love to be more organized in the morning.  Having […]

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We are halfway done with the home challenge! Seven weeks ago we started this challenge by creating a Command Center.  We started there because that is the foundation of your home.  We have built from there and organized the closet, pantry, and kitchen.  Many people would love to be more organized in the morning.  Having an organized bathroom will help you get there.

Getting the bathroom organized is this week’s challenge.  When you have an organized bathroom it makes for a smoother morning for everyone.  Kids know where to find what they need and you can get yourself ready for some type of peace.

bathroom organization

Growing up with two sisters

I come from a family of three girls and as you can imagine bathroom time was a hot commodity.

We had three bathrooms.  My parents had a half bath in their bedroom which never used unless it was an emergency.  We had another bathroom on the main level and another one downstairs.

My middle sister and I shared the main bathroom until I moved my room downstairs.

Our main bathroom had six drawers, three on each side and cabinets below the sink.  We didn’t have any drawer organizers or even toy organizers growing up.  The toys were always kept in the bottom bathroom drawer.

Organizing the bathroom is actually one of my favorite spaces to organize.  It’s like a putting a puzzle together for me, which is another one of my favorite things to do.  Growing up, I couldn’t get enough of them.  It’s figuring out what types of organizers can fit in that space, like a puzzle, figuring out where the right piece goes.

How Are Bathrooms Are Currently Organized

When we moved into our current house, we added almost 1,000 sq. ft.  We had so much space it was amazing.  The one place we gained substantial space was our bathrooms.

Our master bathroom feels like another bedroom.  We have a large bathtub, a shower, and Janie and Jack sinks which means my husband and I can get ready at the same time without stepping on each other’s toes.

We gained quite a bit of space in our vanity.  I wanted to maximize the space there and decided to use the stacking storage bins.  On my side of the vanity are four of the large stacking bins.

Master Bathroom

How the storage bins are labeled and what’s in them:

Hair

  • Hair spray
  • Blow and set styling cream
  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby Pins

Personal Care

  • Deodorant
  • Contacts (two clear bins are labeled with one for the left eye and one for the right eye)

Teeth

  • Mouthwash (two large ones from Costco)
  • Extra toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush heads (we have electric toothbrushes and keep the replacements here too)

Plastic Bags

  • Plastic bags are the only thing in this bin.  We keep plastic bags up here because we use them in the garbage bins.  It’s much easier to change out the plastic bag and replace it with one stored in the bathroom.  We tried to keep them all stored downstairs but wouldn’t remember to bring it up with us.  Then we were using the garbage without a plastic bag in it with makes it dirtier and time-consuming to get rid of the garbage.

bathroom organization

The second set of stacking storage bins are on my husband’s side.

Nail Polish

  • All nail polish

Nail Care

  • Clippers
  • Toe dividers
  • Nail file

Travel

  • All of our travel size items.  This includes all hair, teeth, contact solution etc.  Having it all in the same storage bin makes it easier to access especially when packing because we pack in our bedroom.

Tampons

  • Tampons – no need to explain it further 😉

These storage bins are located on the left side of the cabinet.  The other side of the cabinet is a wicker storage bin with all of our hair tools such as the blow dryer, curling irons, and flat iron.

Between our sinks are my make-up vanity organizer and our toothbrush holder.  In the corner on my side, I have a face cleaner, eye make-up remover, and lotion.  I have these on the vanity because I use them every single day.  It was annoying having to reach down to the vanity to access them.

I have lower back issues (arthritis) and I try to minimize positions that cause pain to my back.  As much as I’d prefer to keep them stored below the vanity, it just didn’t make sense.

Kids Bathroom

The kids’ bathroom size is about the same size as their last bathroom.  The main difference is the vanity.  This vanity only has cabinets where the other vanity had a cabinet and two drawers.

Since there were no drawers in this bathroom, I use the triple drawer organizer that was previously being used for products in our other house.

Here’s how it’s labeled and what’s in it:

  • Brush:  Our daughter’s brushes are here.  I did this so our oldest would ALWAYS know where to find it, it’s still a work in progress but it’s helped teach her to put it back in the same place.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner:  All of the shampoo and conditioner bottles are stored here.  The drawers are narrow so we have to make sure the right size is purchased.  I moved them here because when they were left in the bathtub they magically became empty.
  • Plastic Bags:  Same reason we store plastic bags here, to help change out the garbage quickly.

drawer organizer

This organizer is stored on the right side of the cabinet.  On top of the organizer is another organizer that keeps all of our daughter’s hair ties and clips organized.  The left side of the cabinet is EMPTY, yes empty.  It previously had our baby’s bath holder in it but we no longer need it.  I have no plans to fill up this space.

Main Floor Bathroom

This bathroom has a pedestal sink so nothing is stored there.  There is a cabinet with three shelves that sits above the toilet.  The first row is stored with all toilet paper.  The second row has a white storage bin with all of our cleaning supplies.  The third row has more toilet paper.

We purchase toilet paper in bulk from Costco and this is the best place to keep it.  We keep two extra rolls of toilet paper in each bathroom.  I usually add toilet paper rolls to each when cleaning it.

None of the bathrooms have drawers in them which I do miss because they are easier to access.  If you have drawers, make sure to use drawer organizers.  This will help keep everything organized neatly.

Here’s how you can get your bathroom organized:

Empty out the drawers/shelves

Take out all of the products you have in the bathroom and put them all together in one big pile.  This includes all the bathrooms.  We’re doing the bathrooms all at the same time to save you time.  By doing this, you will be able to organize each bathroom meticulously with the right products.

Sort the piles into categories

Once you have all the products together, sort them into categories.

Here are some categories to help you organize:

  • Hair Products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Products
  • Hair Tools (Brushes, Blowdryer, Curling Iron)
  • Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • Teeth (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Floss, Mouthwash)
  • Nail Care (Clippers, Nail Polish, etc)
  • Eye Care (Glasses, Contacts)

Toss what you don’t need 

It’s time to purge.  If you have any samples get rid of them, chances are you’ve had them for over a year.  If you haven’t used them now, you’re not going to use them.

Wipe down drawers and mirrors

Before you start assembling your bathroom back together, clean it.  If you have a mirror that opens up, wipe down the shelving on the inside.

Measure the space

You want to have exact dimensions for that space to see if the organizers you are looking at will fit there.  This is an important step you don’t want to skip.  It’ll save you time from making a trip back to the store to make a return.  There have been too many times when I haven’t measured the space and the product doesn’t fit.  Nothing more discouraging when you’re in the middle of a project, it slows down your momentum.

Assemble your space

There are a variety of ways you can organize your space.  It all depends on what you use frequently and the size of the items.  If you have kids, this will play a factor in where things go because you don’t want them getting into it.

If you have cabinets in your bathroom, use bins to get them organized.  White and clear bins are one of my favorites to use because they give your bathroom a clean, organized feel.

For any drawers that you have, use drawer organizers.  This will help keep all your products organized and prevent them from rolling around in the drawer.

Using drawer organizers will also prevent you from product overload.  When you add drawer organizers to a drawer, you are framing the drawer.  Use the frame the right way by only keeping products in there that you need.

For example, our bathroom mirror opens up and we keep the following in there:

  • Hair Products (I would prefer keeping these products in the drawer with our brushes but I don’t want the kids getting into them).
  • Eye Care
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors

Label

The second to last step in organizing, labeling.  This step is really important, it will help you identify what you need quickly.  Having a drawer that is organized or a vanity organizer with labels on it will speed up your morning.

If you are using bins adding a label will be easy.  With plastic bins, use adhesive label tape and write on the label with a Sharpie oil-based marker.  If you are using a wicker bin, use the bin clip label recommended below.

The drawer organizers will be the hardest part to label because of their depth.  I suggest putting the label on the back edge of the drawer organizer.  I’ve seen some organizers have a label on the bottom of the drawer but I don’t recommend this because it’s hard to see.

Maintain

The last step is maintaining your organized space. Put your make-up back and brushes were they belong.

Your space is going to evolve, make changes when you need too.

You’re not the same person who you were a year ago, things change.  New products come out and you try new things, make the necessary adjustments when that happens.

How Long Will This Take

It will depend on the size of your bathrooms and how many products you have but I’ve found the bathroom to be one of the quicker projects to organize.  Plan to spend 1-2 hours.  Always give yourself more time than you think.  Grab a timer and play some of your favorite tunes, it will help keep you motivated.

Organized Bathroom Tips

  • Use hooks to hang hair styling tools.  Put them on the inside of the vanity on the SIDE wall (not on the door, they will bang when you open and close the door)
  • If you have open shelves, use wicker baskets for storage with labels.  You can store products or towels here.

Product Recommendations

Cotton Ball/Q-tip Organizer

Having an organized container for your q-tips and cotton balls makes it easier to access them rather than getting them out of the package each and every time.  Plus clear containers give you a nice organized, look and feel.

Vanity Organizer

Wicker Basket

Bin Label

Sharpie oil-based paint marker

Large Stacking Bin

large stacking bin

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Conclusion

Having an organized bathroom will save you time in the morning because you will be able to find the products you need immediately.

Gather all the products together in one place, sort through them and get rid of what you don’t use or need.  Label it once everything is in its place and maintain it.

My weak spot for bathroom products is hair products.  I’m always looking at the latest products and trying new ones.

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What are your favorite bathroom products?

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