Welcome to the first post in my new series: Get it Together. You’re an Adult Now.
You might wonder why I started with organizing the bathroom. It’s the smallest room in your house (or one of the smallest) and it doesn’t seem like it fits into a huge life lesson. That’s exactly the point. We’re starting small. If you can organize your bathroom and keep it that way – you can do anything! Ok… maybe not anything, but you’ll feel accomplished and that feeling will help drive you to do bigger and better things. So – here we go!
Sometimes getting a small win is the push you need to keep going to reach bigger goals. So – here we go!
Organize Your Bathroom for the Last Time
Do you feel like you’re constantly cleaning the bathroom? You clean it once and by the next morning it’s messy again. There’s makeup or face products all over the sink. The blow dryer never gets back in the drawer. Floss and cotton balls don’t seem to make it into the trash. It can seem like a daunting task and a never ending cycle. I’ve had this problem forever until I recently figured out a system that works for me and I haven’t had to organize the bathroom since. Honestly! And the goal is to never have to organize it again. Yes, I’ll always need to clean it, but I hope to never need a complete organization day again.
I found the inspiration from a bunch of YouTubers who shared their cleaning routines and organizational tips. I thought if they could do it, I could too. I didn’t take many before pictures (facepalm!) but here’s a before picture of what it looked like under Mike’s sink:
Step 1. Get Cute Bins
Bins keep things simple. At first, I thought bins were just something extra to spend money on. Then one day it made sense. I realized I was taking out hairspray, contact solution, perfume, face wash, lotion, and more bottles each day, one by one, from the tall cabinet by my sink. It’s much easier to take them all out at once in a bin and put them away at once. It keeps things in place and I stopped wasting time looking for everything I used on a regular basis. So, I went to Target and found these super cute organizational bins in two sizes.
Step 2. Start Small
If you have multiple areas in the bathroom, don’t feel like you need to empty out everything at once. First of all, it would be a mess. Second, it could get overwhelming to put back together. Start in small sections.
Go section by section. Take everything out of that area (for example, cabinet/shelves, then drawers, then under the sink, etc.). Sort the items into groups of how often you use them.
Step 3. Simplify
Get rid of the things you haven’t used in a while – old bottles of shower gel, that eyeshadow you “might use someday”, etc. If you haven’t used it yet (and if it’s not a refill of something), you’re not going to use it.
Wipe down the things you’re going to keep and put them in the bins – in groups that make sense to you. Wipe down the shelves, drawers, etc. and put the bins away.
Don’t have a lot of storage?
That’s ok! The rules still apply. Use bins where you can. Start in small sections in the bathroom. Organize the shelves behind the mirror, or install some shelves or a cabinet above the toilet. Make use of space you have in a way that works for you and your family.
Another tip for keeping a small bathroom clutter free is to store extras (extra shampoo, shaving gel, etc.) in another room or basement area with all your other “extras”. This makes the areas of the house you use organized and you can easily grab things as you need to replace them. Or, only keep one of everything you need and purchase more as needed. By keeping the area as clutter-free as possible, you’ll lessen your stress and it will be easier to keep it neat.
Here’s how I organized my bathroom
(List goes from the top to the bottom)
- Summer stuff: bug spray, sun tan lotion, aloe, etc. and Trudy’s doggy treats
- Everyday Stuff: contact solution, deodorant, perfume, lotion, hair spray, etc. and Nail stuff (polish, files, etc.)
- Hair Tools: blow dryer, curling iron, & straightener
- First-Aid: band-aids, Neosporin, alcohol wipes, knee brace, etc.
- Cleaning bucket: this has all the things I use on a regular basis to clean the house (next to it are some travel bags for makeup)
- My Drawer: makeup and makeup brushes
- Mike’s Drawer: his stuff (it’s a mystery – but everything has a bin!)
- Shared Drawer: Q-Tips
- SharedDrawer: things we don’t use every day/extras
Under the sinks
You might have also noticed a white tray on the top of the counter. This has a few items Mike and I use every day and is easier to keep on the counter (toothbrushes, face wash, vitamins, and “smell goods” – Mike’s cologne) :). The tray keeps it looking organized and makes it easier to move and wipe down the counters.
I hope this helps give you some ideas of how you can organize the stuff that can end up taking over the whole bathroom. Once I started using bins, it was easier to get ready in the morning and clean up before leaving the house for work.
This was a small step and helps me keep the bathroom organized in the mornings. I’ll talk about that next week in the next post!