Hi everyone! What better way to start your week than with a little organization motivation? We are approaching the colder months which is a nice time to tackle these indoor projects, one small space at a time. By popular demand, this week’s blog post is covering 4 simple steps to organize the bathroom.
Step 1 | Purge
Grab a big trash bag (or 2) and bring it into the bathroom. Those half empty conditioner bottles that have been collecting dust in your drawers or taking space up in your shower- toss them or donate them. A good rule to follow: Pretend you are moving and you only have the space/energy to pack what you really use- if you haven’t used a product in a year, it’s not likely you will use it in the future. Whether you toss it in the trash or offer it to someone who might get use out of it- that’s up to you. The point here is, get rid of the crap you hoard! We’re all guilty of this.
Step 2 | Categorize
Start with one small space at a time- a drawer, a cabinet, the space under the sink, etc. Chunking one room into smaller spaces will ensure you don’t get in over your head and you can feel accomplished with each small victory. Make categories for the contents in that space and pile them accordingly. For example- face products, body lotions, nail polish, soaps/body gels, vitamins, hair products, etc. Do the same with your makeup- foundations, bronzers and blushes, eyeshadows, lip products, brushes, etc.
Step 3 | Contain
The containers make all the difference in my opinion. Play with different options that work for the space you are tackling. If you want to get real technical, you can measure your drawers before you go to the store to make sure the containers you buy will fit. Usually I just buy what I think will work and return anything unused. There’s also the option to look through your own house to see if there are any unused tupperware containers or boxes that can serve the same purpose. Here’s a tip- if you have a Birchbox subscription, I love to use the boxes that the products come in as dividers in my bathroom drawers- and they cost me nothing extra! I will post hyperlinks to all of my favorite containers at the end of the post.
Step 4 | Label
I find this especially effective for the space under my sink where I added plastic drawers to organize all of my products. Its so nice to be able to know exactly where everything is without having to open every drawer to see what’s inside. Some of you may be able to skip this step, but my type-A self loves to label. These plain white labels come in a pack of 128 for less than $2- you can’t beat that! Simple masking tape works great too. The nice thing about a writing on a sticker label is that if you ever choose to reorganize the drawers/ containers with different items, you can easily peel that label off and make a new one.
These plastic stackable drawers are great for larger items such as sunscreen, vitamin bottles, hair products, etc. I put all of my samples and travel sized items in the smaller 5-drawer unit, which I purchased from Bed Bath & Beyond. I can’t find the exact unit but this is similar and would work just as well for those smaller items. I got the wicker caddy that I use for all of my hair styling tools at Home Goods. I can’t find the same one either but any utensil caddy with large enough sections would work- this one from Target looks perfect. To organize cosmetics, hair ties, bobby pins, nail polish, etc., I like these clear plastic tray organizers– you can just buy one or put multiple side by side and they are super easy to clean. My favorite places to buy these items are TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Between those four stores (and Amazon) you should be able to find exactly what you need! Good luck and happy organizing! xx