Greetings from Shorter Designs! When you open your bathroom cabinets, do things fall out? When you open a bathroom drawer, do makeup, Q-Tips, and toothpaste roll around together? Are there unsightly bottles on your bathroom countertop? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, read on.
Bathroom products tend to pile up pretty easily. One reason is that you see you are running low on something, so you pick up a new one at the store. Then you begin using the new one and never finish using the nearly empty one. Another is that you may read an article or see an ad in a magazine and think a certain product looks like one you want to try. So you buy it, use it a few times, figure out you don’t really like it, and just leave it in the cabinet indefinitely because you feel badly throwing it away, or you think maybe you will like it in a few months. A final reason clutter hits under the sink so easily is that it is just a tall, open space. It looks big, so you figure you can just put anything in there. Eventually, though, you end up with too much stuff, and it all begins to fall over onto other things.
The first rule of organizing anything is to get rid of what you do not use or do not like. Look in your cabinets and drawers, have your trash can handy, and toss whatever you know you will likely never use again. You could also give your discards to a neighbor or friend, but just be sure to unload it quickly. As you are going through things, look at expiration dates. Most makeup expires within a matter of months, or maybe a year at most, so let go of anything you have had more than a few months.
Next, contain what you decide to keep. You can corral small things (like Q-Tips and cotton balls) into little clear Tupperware-sized containers, Ziploc bags or a drawer sorter. The drawer sorter is also wonderful for makeup. Another idea is to get a plastic bucket or canvas tote to keep your bigger bottles or cleaning supplies in. Finally, a little wire or wooden shelf that sits on the bottom of your cabinet is great to double your organizing space. On top of the shelf you can put things like a hair dryer, curling iron, or bigger bottles that won’t fall through the wires. There are a lot of good organizational supplies for the bathroom there to help give you ideas and get you started!
Finally, keep like items together. Have all of your makeup together, cleaning supplies with each other, hair products together, and so on. That way everything will have a place, and it will be easier to find where to put it back when you are finished with it.
With the above things completed, you should have room now to put items from your countertop down below so you won’t have to look at them everyday. It also makes for easier cleaning since you won’t have to pick things up to wipe underneath. Happy organizing!