The bathroom can be a challenging space to organize and streamline, especially with its unique environmental issues of dampness and humidity. We talked to design and organizational experts for great solutions to make your bathroom a more serene escape.
Keep related items together:
Use clear plastic, stackable bins to store the things you need in the vanity, putting like items together, suggests Hellen Buttigieg, professional organizer.
“Stash all the hair products in one, all the shaving stuff in another, all the dental stuff in another,” she says. “Keep the counter as clear as possible. When you need it, bring out your caddy, spread out your stuff, and put it away when you’re done.” It’s easier to root through a caddy than to dig for loose items.
Make “his” and “hers” spaces:
If a couple shares the bathroom, segment the space so each person has a place for his or her stuff. If a family shares the bathroom, make a container for each person, and label it with his or her name. His and hers storage caddies help make shared spaces stressfree.
Get rid of cleaners:
Bathrooms are small spaces, often with poor air circulation, so the vanity is not a good place to keep powerful chemical cleansers, says David Johnson, coauthor of Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time.
Avoid exposure to their fumes by keeping cleansers in a hall closet or other better-ventilated area, or use organic products.
You’d think that something called a “medicine cabinet” would be the optimal place to store pills and prescriptions, but heat and humidity cause medicine to deteriorate, making any cabinet in this room a bad choice. Instead, keep medicine in a kitchen cabinet, away from the stove and sink, or in another secure, dry, dark space. Keep medicines in their original bottles.
Practice good razor technique:
Keep your razor out of the shower, where it may stay damp, rust, and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Rinse it immediately after use, and store blade up so that it dries quickly. Replace blades or disposable razors after five uses to prevent bacteria buildup.
Buttigieg recommends using a drawer (or a freestanding unit) to store your makeup. “Put dividers in it so that it looks neat and gives you quick and easy access,” she says. “Make sure you select dividers that are easy to remove and clean.”
Every few months, when you clean the dividers, discard unused items. A good rule of thumb is that mascara lasts about three months, and lipsticks and powders last about three years. And remember to toss foundations after two years.
Change your showerhead:
Installing a low-flow, chlorine-filtering showerhead has two benefits. It conserves water and reduces chlorine, which tends to dry skin.
Use a squeegee:
After a shower, wipe the walls down to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Clean the filter:
The ventilation fan over the tub works hard. A fresh (or freshly cleaned) air filter helps it perform more efficiently, giving you a less steamy, more fog-free bathroom.
Johnson notes that most people have solid doors on their linen closets. “Replace them with louvered doors for better air circulation,” he says. If your hamper is in the linen closet, that means damp, dirty clothes are stored there as well. Make sure your hamper is vented so that your clothes remain their freshest and don’t develop mildew.
Bundle sets of bedsheets:
Fold each flat sheet and fitted bed sheet set inside one of the pillowcases, says Buttigieg.
By Liz Zack, Cooking Light