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10 useful tips for organising your bathroom

Is your bathroom a sanctuary where you love to go and shower/bathe in peace?

Thought not!

Most people don’t have this feeling when they walk into their bathroom – but most people want to get it!

And ….. it CAN be relatively easy to achieve.

10 tips to organise your bathroom - how you can make your bathroom work better for you

Bathrooms are quite easy to declutter – and the reason I say this is that they very often don’t collect items from around the house – they usually do have an excess of bathroom products, but ONLY bathroom products, so its easy to not get distracted by other things when you get started.

A bathroom should be a sanctuary. A place that you feel good about being in. It can be a purely utilitarian space or a relaxing space – dependent on your needs. But above all, it should be clean.

To keep a bathroom clean and tidy, the easiest way is to keep as little in it as possible. How easy would you find it to wipe all the surfaces daily when you have to pick up 7 bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bath foam, shower gel etc…. every time, and how much extra time does this take?

It is relatively easy to set up systems in this room that the whole family can easily follow, and I hope that the following will get you inspired!

When you have followed these ideas, you will find that its easier to have a quick shower, its more relaxing to have a long bath, and it takes less time to keep the space clean. What more could you ask for!

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Get rid of the old

To declutter a bathroom the first thing you need to do is to get everything out of any cupboards or drawers (or off any surfaces). Simply getting rid of anything that’s out of date, empty or not used anymore.

Most bathrooms have more in them than is required, as people often open new products when they can’t find the old ones, or if they get a new product that they want to try – and this then builds up the clutter.

What you want to aim for is a place where you can easily find everything, and that has some storage for new products ready to use when needed.

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Decide on whats needed

What do you actually need to have in your bathroom?

It sounds like a silly question, but really – do you need to have all your toilet rolls stored there, or everyone in the familys toiletries etc…? Are there better places in the house for them?

If you have a large family, it may be a better idea to have a small basket with their own toiletries in, that can be carried in and out when they are using it. This is especially useful when storage space is low or the bathroom is small, and for families with older children who may be protective over their own items.

Can you store excess products in a utility room / garage until needed? This may also stop people opening new products before old ones are finished.

Ideally you would want everyone to use the same products, then there is one of each on show and spare in the cupboard – but this rarely happens with toiletries.

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Get some storage

Whatever size your bathroom is, you can have some storage in it. Whether it be fitted furniture, shelving, cupboards, storage behind a mirror or standalone items that can move around the room – you can find something that will keep things tidier.

If you have limited storage, then you have to be even more strict about what you actually house in there permanently and try and place frequently used items in the space that they are actually needed. (i.e. have a shower caddy for shampoo and conditioner, and a container for toothbrushes by the sink)

If you are storing cleaning items in this room as well, try and ensure that they are out of reach of little children. A high cupboard works perfectly as then everything is also out of sight. (This is also the same for medicine if kept in the bathroom)  If you have the storage, then have a set of cleaning products in each bathroom/toilet – this will save time when it comes to cleaning, and you will also have the products on hand should you need them quickly

Always remember to keep the storage the same size as what you are storing as it makes it easier to find things. If you have the space for built in cupboards, then think about the depth and height of them – I find that a shallow cupboard thats floor to ceiling height is best as you can easily see whats what, and everyone can have a shelf! – having the shelving at heights that work for the products in them will also maximise what space you have – and create more shelves!

TIP – Childrens bath toys are best stored in a basket right next to the bath – easy to find when needed, and the basket will help air get to them to dry more quickly

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Colour code

One system that works really well for larger families is a colour coded system. Having a colour for each member of the family, and having towels in each colour (and their baskets of toiletries) will help to show whose is whose, and will quickly enable you to see who is leaving things lying there without tidying up.

This works really well for smaller children as it gives them a sense of ownership and independence.

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Have a schedule!

If you only have one bathroom in the house, set up a rota for who uses it and when. This will simply save queueing and arguments – which is especially useful in the mornings.

The best way of doing this is to work with each persons needs – i.e. someone who has to be out of the house for 7am needs priority over someone who can leave at 8am.

This will simply save wasted energy and stress – anyone who lives with people will understand!

Also – to help with cleaning, ensure that every member of the family wipes down the bathroom when they have finished – that they open the window or turn the fan on, and that they tidy up after themselves. This only takes a few minutes but makes it much nicer for the next person.

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The laundry issue…

Try and keep your laundry out of the bathroom if possible – as this can get very damp in the environment. I prefer to have a basket in each persons room.

It is also easier for all members of the family to put items in the wash basket when it is in an accessible place (not behind a locked door in the morning for example).

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If you have a guest bathroom then it is always good to have sets of all toiletries and towels ready to go – always have a set ready to be put out – make your guest feel that they are welcome and that they are at home

Also – Keep all personal items out of sight – remember that you don’t know when someone may have to use your bathroom – make it GUEST READY whenever possible.

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Be ready to go!

Have a set of toiletries in a plastic see through zipped bag that can be easily grabbed when heading away for the weekend, or to the gym etc….. – a great time saver! (and for when you run out at home – I didn’t say that though!!!).

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Create a spa feel

Learn the way to fold towels like the shops do it that way you will get a much more pleasing look to any piles of towels around, but also it will be easier to find what you need and only get one at a time.
The ideal bathroom is a sanctuary – if you have some luxury products, don’t hide them away – use a shelf or the top of a peice of furniture to create a display of them. This will also add colour to the space – but fundamentally make it feel more of a luxurious place to be (think bath, candles etc…- you don’t want to be relaxing in the bath looking at smelly socks on the towel rail!) – Enjoy your bathroom.

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Bathroom safety

Safety is of paramount importance in this room, as there are so many items that can cause damage if in the wrong hands. Have razors, medicine etc.. all behind a locked door if possible, or out of reach from small hands.

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10 tips to organise your bathroom - how you can make your bathroom work better for you

Do you have any tips to share about how you get your bathroom organised? I’d love to hear them so please leave a comment below…

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