If there’s one thing you all KNOW that I love, it’s organization! Right?! There’s nothing better than walking into a beautifully-organized room, where you can go straight to the item you need and there’s no clutter in your way! Perfect!
And, if there’s one thing you all KNOW that I hate, it’s clutter! What’s one of the worst rooms to accumulate clutter in the house? The bathroom! (Not to mention that, if it’s not kept clean, then it’s DIRTY clutter! UNSANITARY clutter! Ugh!)
So when Nikki Mouille from The Garage Transformers Inc. contacted me about a guest post on bathroom organization, I thought it was a fantastic idea! Now, get ready to learn something new! I sure did! Are you ready?
Are you sick of opening your sink cabinet or linen closet and everything seems to always fall out? Well I am! If you have never had this problem, you must have really organized your bathroom storage. (I’m jealous). I will be moving in a few months and I set a goal to not have the same problems in my new bathroom. I decided it was time to look into some of the common mistakes and find solutions to fix them.
Common Mistake #1: Not Utilizing a Prime Location
A common mistake is to leave the space above the toilet vacant. Your first thought may be, well we wouldn’t want anything to fall in. Raise your hand if this has happened to you! It’s happened to me; it’s awful! Having toothpaste or makeup falling into the toilet can completely ruin a day, but there is a way around it. By adding an etagere, a shelf and cabinet combination, you can avoid a morning catastrophe from happening. This storage idea has a deep shelf and a cabinet to house all the essentials.
Common Mistake #2: Not Re-Vamping the Hidden Gem
Another problem I have noticed is storage under the sink. Right now my storage is already built with shelves, but sometimes the shelves are too low to allow products to stand up, so I have to lay them down. If this is a problem for you as well, I just try to mask the disorder by adding baskets to hold the products. When you have a cabinet that has plenty of space up top. try adding accessories that you are able to customize over the years to fit your needs. The solution is to have a “cabinet drawer” that allows products to stand up and also store more items in less space. Gone are the days of stuffing as much as possible in the cabinets and hoping the door will stay closed. (I am guilty of this!) I really liked this solution from Bed Bath and Beyond, the steel frame seems durable and I trust it will last for a while. Also the plastic bottoms are removable and it has built in dividers!
Common Mistake #3: My Leaning Tower of Pisa
The linen closet was the next thing I wanted to look into. Even though I try to stack my towels as neat as possible, they always seem to lean and fall over if I am not on constant watch. Does this happen to you? An idea I saw was to add cubed shelving to the linen closet; then there would be cubbies for different needs. If you are remodeling, try this. Since I am not in a position to do that right now, even if it would be simple, I decided to look into similar solutions. I found this solution at Target, and I really liked this option because not only did it have enough shelving to store my essentials, but I can also visualize all my towels not falling out on my head. The best thing about bathroom armoires is that they can come in different styles and sizes to fit every home’s needs.
Common Mistake #4: Not Saving Time With Sorting
One of my pet-peeves is when there is a laundry hamper that is five feet away and the clothes are on the ground. Those with kids, I am sure you all experience this. The solution that I think is amazing is having a laundry chute that goes right to the laundry room. No need to have baskets hanging around, when you can put the clothes down a concealed chute right into the laundry room. Well, I am not that cool, and I haven’t quite figured out how to make that work for the layout of my home. But an idea I do like is to have a hamper with separate compartments. This is great if you have kids, or if you want to sort your laundry into different washes. Plus is it great because this model (shown below) is on wheels and the individual hampers are removable so it can be easily moved around the house. I have tested and proved, (sorry. there is not an “official” thesis to show) that by having a laundry hamper that is readily available, clothes will more likely make it where they’re supposed to go.
These were some of my ideas to organize my bathroom storage. What has worked for you?
Nikki Mouille is a guest blogger from The Garage Transformers Inc. which is a garage storage and organization company helping homeowners in the Orlando area! (But I’ve got to say, she knows her bathroom stuff, too!) What a fantastic post! Thanks, Nikki! And I learned what that nifty cabinet that sits over the toilet is actually called: an etagere! (Mind you, I’ve been calling it “the cabinet that sits over the toilet” since the first time I saw one!)
So what is YOUR very best bathroom storage idea? Don’t hold back!