in the morning on a Monday ó your alarm goes off.
After rolling over and pressing snooze more times than
youíd like to admit, you spring out of bed and run to
your messy bathroom, knowing you have less than 20
minutes to get ready.
spend the first five minutes searching for the
hairbrush. Frustrated and behind schedule, you realize
you can no longer wait to find a storage solution for
organizers say maximizing the space in your bathroom
makes it more efficient and leads to happier mornings.
"It saves you time," says Tammy Atchison,
owner of The Busy Corner in Houston. "If you have
storage solutions and a routine, then you arenít
scattered to find things."
better bathroom storage, follow these five organization
Discard unused items
you have to touch everything and make sure you need
everything that you have," says Tova Diamond, owner
of Everything Has a Place in Nevada City, Calif.
through the medicine cabinet. Properly dispose of any
expired medications. Do you have six types of shampoo?
Recycle the bottles, or give them to a friend. Getting
rid of unused toiletries provides more space to store
what you really need.
Containerize your goods
recommends using containers to organize your bathroom
says to use different sizes to fit different items. They
can be cardboard, metal or plastic. "You can pick
and choose depending on your aesthetic preference and
price range," she adds.
money by using what you already have, such as the boxes
your checks come in, Diamond says.
Use drawer dividers
dividers are the most important purchase anyone can make
for their bathroom," says Diana Luck, a
professional organizer in Portland, Ore. Use them to
help keep your bathroom items compartmentalized.
adds that everything used daily should have a place on
the counter. Neitra Blair, owner of Organizing
Lifestyles in Houston recommends keeping makeup used
daily in a small three-tiered plastic container.
Anything not used daily should be stowed in its own
space in a drawer or cupboard.
Utilize space throughout the bathroom
Stewart, owner of Perfectly Placed Organization &
Design, in Phoenix and St. Louis, recommends
over-the-door baskets to make use of the back of the
cabinet door. Custom shelves or narrow sliding baskets
fit around plumbing fixtures below the sink.
says there are great products for hanging hair dryers
and curling irons on cabinet doors or attaching them to
can also make use of the wall space by attaching
containers to the wall for towels or other bathroom
Think outside the box
small bathrooms without ample built-in storage, Stewart
recommends over-the-door shoe holders with clear pockets
to hold hair accessories. She says itís especially
helpful to do this when there are multiple children in
lazy Susan is often associated with the kitchen, but
Stewart says they can be great in bathroom cabinets for
bottles that stand upright.