Jumping from a full time stay at home mom to a 40 hour a week job has been a challenge. My family has a crazy schedule already, so being away from the home an additional 40 hours a week has made it nearly impossible for me to keep things together! I had all but given up hope of keeping things clean and organized, luckily there are resources online that can help me get the job done like this article about how to organize your bathroom.
Although I don’t live in an apartment I have found that whether you’re living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers tips on how to organize your apartmentand make the most of your space on the Apartment Guide blog. There were all of these amazing tips and tricks on how to organize your bathroom, and lets face it… Once your bathroom is in order, the entire house quickly follows (Apartment Guide also provides a handy apartment cleaning checklist to help revamp your entire space if you feel like getting more than just the bathroom done today!
I got to work as soon as I could, and couldn’t believe how crazy I let things get!(Disclaimer: I would never normally show these pictures of my sloppy living conditions, but I really want you to see some of the awesome ideas that I’ve found!)
This is what things looked like when I got started:
Not a pretty site! Let’s start with the first thing I did. I opened every single drawer to take a peek inside.
Clutter, clutter, and more clutter. There was almost no rhyme or reason to the way things were stacked. I pulled everything out and laid it out on the counter. With the garbage can close and started tossing. Anything that had expired, was empty, or hadn’t been used in over 6 months. Seems easy enough, right? Next, I organized things into four categories.
And Care items (deodorant, toothpaste, floss…)
These small boxes that I picked up from the back to school sales came in handy when it came to placing things back in the drawer! I used one for my first aid, and another for all of my hair products! Nail polish went into a handy bag, and lotions stayed in the front!
All of my hair accessories like bobby pins and elastics I kept stored in a plastic bag, and placed them neatly in with my hair dryer and straightener. Brushes and combs went into a small black box for easy access. The top drawer I saved for my care items. Everything I used on a daily basis like; toothpaste and deodorant.
Under the sink was a bit more simple to get together. I stashed all of my makeup in a makeup bag, and placed my feminine products in a neat little basket. Not pictured is the visitors box that I put together. I bought a plastic box and loaded it with shampoo, soaps, and other necessities that guests may forget when traveling.
I LOVE what I did next to the toilet! It started to become a dumping grounds for clothing, since it’s so easy to just undress right next to the shower before you hop in. So instead of trying to re-train myself and my family to dump laundry in the laundry basket, why not bring the laundry basket to the dumping ground? To help gain more storage, and utilize this giant space, I found a shelf unit with an attached laundry basket. It turned out to be a great place to store those extra rolls of toilet paper! It also eliminates the need for someone to reach all the way under the sink if they run out.
Some plastic hooks attached to the shower door made it simple to find a forever home for our robes, and a shower caddy inside our tub keeps all of our soaps in one place!
One other tip that I’ve been extremely fond of is to pick up after yourself. I know it can be hard when you are in a rush, but I’ve noticed a huge difference in the way my home has stayed clean. I make sure to wipe down the counter every morning, and clean out the shower. It takes two minutes, but helps take off 20 minutes of cleaning time later!
Finally, the finished product…
Much better! I think I’ll just stay in the bathroom the rest of the day!
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