ORGANIZATION WEEK, DAY THREE - BATHROOM STORAGE
Day THREE of Organization Week and we’re taking it to the bathroom! As a side note, #momlife was in full swing during the taking of these pictures. I didn’t even go to the washroom I just entered the room and two sets of feet were close behind me. Seriously, what is it about going to the bathroom that kids feel they need to be there too?? Sigh.
Anyway - the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the house aside from the kitchen. Besides the obvious, ahem, activities that take place - it’s also where we shower, do hair, do makeup, brush teeth, throw rolls of toilet paper into the toilet… that’s not just my kids, right? So not only do we need organization to be able to find things quickly and easily, but all of those tasks generally mean that there’s quite a bit of stuff that has to be stored in there. The more stuff, the more potential clutter, especially if you have limited room. This is where you can really lean into shelving, baskets, bins, racks and more to help you optimize storage space.
I’m lucky to have a fair amount of storage space considering it isn’t an enormous bathroom, and it’s been a work in progress to organize it the way that works best for all of us. This closet in particular was getting a little crazy, so that’s what I started with.
Overall, it wasn’t horrible. But because of the sheer amount of products and tools we stored in here, it was starting to look a little crazy. I decided to switch out wire baskets for a number of fabric baskets, because it just helped cover up a bit of the clutter. At the end of the day, I was going to get rid of all the products we store in here- so ultimately I just needed to find a way to hide them in order for it to look cleaner.
I left a couple of the shelves basically the same, with the makeup storage and baskets on the bottom. There are some really great makeup storage solutions for relatively reasonable prices, especially if you search on sites such as Amazon. The glass cups that I used for brushes are just from the dollar store. These may not exact but here are some examples of ones similar to what I used here:
Here are the baskets from the bottom shelf. Unfortunately the exact ones are out of stock (I’ll link them anyway just in case they come back in stock). They hold a TON. I’ll link a couple similar options as well. These are currently used to hold extra shampoo/body wash, and all of my hair tools- blowdryer, curling wand, straightener, hair products, brushes, etc. (Side note: mine do have handles, they’re just turned sideways to fit the shelf better).
And finally, the grey chevron baskets from the first and second shelves!
I originally wondered if it would bother me to go from being able to see what I was grabbing to not anymore, but it hasn’t yet - especially because each bin will be labelled (aren’t yet in this picture, but will be lol). I think it’s important to remember that even if you have all those products covered and you can’t see what’s inside at first glance, it’s still important to keep those bins organized as well, otherwise it defeats the purpose. It’s not going to make anything easier if you still have to rummage through a bunch of crap in each bin in order to find something. So for example, the bin below is one that will be labelled “Body” because it contains mostly products such as body lotions, deoderant, perfumes, spare razor blades, etc.
Here’s another example of one that will be labelled “To-Go Items” because this is just a stock of stuff I usually keep of what I throw in the diaper bag/in my purse. Whenever I see them on sale or I grab a couple more I need to put them somewhere so this is kind of an overflow bin ready to go when I run out. But my point is that I keep the inside of the bins organized as well, otherwise to me it defeats the purpose.
Of course, regardless of how your bathroom is set up, drawers and under the sink are almost guaranteed to be used for storage and therefore probably in need of some sort of organizing solution. Here are a couple of examples of how I organized the most-visited drawers as well as under the sink.
Some of the products I used for the drawers (I originally used stuff from the dollar store but it was getting hella grimy- they work great though!)
Under the sink I normally keep our step stool - easy access for Jase when he needs to brush his teeth, wash his hands etc. I also keep hand soaps (clearly a victim of the 5 for $25 sales at Bath & Body Works) and then everyday products that I reach for every morning, including all of my skincare and some easy to grab haircare products as well!
Okay so this obviously doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy up the entire Container Store (I mean you can if you want, but please leave some for me cause I’m obsessed with that place k thx) but maybe a couple of these products will give you a little inspo on how to get your bathroom organization under control. As always, keep those pictures and videos coming on Instagram! Gettin’ organized in 2019 YASSSSS.