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Category Archives: bathroom organization
In this beautifully organized linen closet from the home of Shari of Turnstyle Vogue, larger items like bath towels and blankets are neatly folded and stacked, while smaller items like washcloths and hand towels, which can easily get mixed around and make things look cluttered and messy, are separated and contained in labeled baskets. Sheets are also housed in labeled baskets, which is a smart idea considering sheets (especially fitted sheets!) are a bit more time consuming to fold in a way that makes them look neat and tidy.
Back when I was studying abroad in Spain, I remember walking into a Zara Home store and feeling like a kid in a candy store. There were so many lovely decor items everywhere I turned. I was sad to find out though that there were no Zara Home locations in the US, and while that’s still the case, as of this month the line is now available online. I browsed the selection this morning, and found several great trays, boxes, bins and baskets for beautifully organizing the home:
Painting my nails is one of those little things I like to do when I get a free moment to myself. Currently I keep my collection of nail polish in a cosmetics bag with clear zippered pockets – one pocket is for mani/pedi tools (nail clipper, file, etc.) and the other is for the polishes. It’s worked great, however after several years of use, the bag now is worn and torn, and so I’ve been thinking of either finding a similar replacement, or maybe trying out one of these ideas:
(1) Dedicate a shelf in the medicine cabinet to them
(3) Line them up on a vanity tray
How do you like to store and keep your nail polishes organized?
image credits: 1-glitter guide, 2-into the gloss, 3-the coveteur, 4-fabulous k, 5-refinery 29, 6-guide to style, 7-hopelessly devoted to makeup, 8-birchbox
The bathroom medicine cabinet tends to be a place where many of us store everyday essentials like our toothbrush, face wash, cotton swabs, etc. Since we access it frequently it’s nice to have set it up in a way that’s functional and looks good too. The best way to make this happen is to get rid of all the products that aren’t being used. You know what I’m talking about – expired cosmetics and medicines, bath and body products once tried and didn’t like. Doing this frees up space so it’s not so crowded in there and makes products that are being used, easy to find. Once you get rid of the clutter, you can optimally organize.
You can group items by type (e.g. all oral hygiene items on the lower shelf) and arrange by frequency of use (e.g. put less used products on upper shelf). Use containers as needed. A pretty tumbler (2) makes a nice toothbrush holder, canisters (1) are great for cotton swabs and cotton balls, and small “drawer organizers” (3) are perfect for corralling smaller items.
If you’re short on space, use acrylic risers (5) to create an additional shelf, and take advantage of the unused gap between the cabinet door and the inside shelving by adhering magnetic pods (4) to the inside of the door. Pods are great for holding all the tiny things, like bobby pins, lip balm, etc., that can tend to get lost.
Hope you found these tips useful!
top image: instyle magazine
The How I Organize series, which gives us a peek at how others organize their homes, is back! I’ve got some fabulous participants lined up. First up is my friend and Seattle-based interior decorator, Maggie of Maggie Rose Interiors (who just launched a new e-book!). She shares with us today how she organizes her bathroom cabinet:
Our apartment has no under-sink storage, but it came with a generously sized cupboard in the corner near the door. It’s not the prettiest thing to look at, but it holds a LOT of stuff! It’s nice to have everything at eye-level instead of getting down on your knees on the bathroom floor to dig stuff out from under the sink.
The top shelf (out of my reach!) holds infrequently used items like beach towels, a small tub for soaking, and back-up bulk kleenex. The next shelf holds back-up toilet paper (we keep 3 rolls in a glass vase near the toilet so guests don’t have to scrounge), once-in-a-while beauty and health products, travel supplies in a shoebox, and our first aid kit (blue bin on the right). The third shelf from the top holds towels (holds up to four plus our two in rotation), hand towels, cleaner, and the heavy kitty litter box – I wish there was a better place to stash that, but the litter box is in the bathroom, so it makes sense. The bottom shelf is the most frequently used and easiest to reach. I have a basket for everyday items (hairdryer, etc), occasional items (feminine products, curling iron), and the basket on the right holds all the washcloths. It’s not uber-glamorous but it IS uber-functional and I can find everything quickly. Maybe someday I’ll get around to painting or wall-papering the inside, but for now, it does its job!
Loving the this little box from Ikea. So perfect for organizing a makeup drawer. It compartmentalizes and gives a home to mascara, lipstick, nailpolish, etc. so they’re accessible and easy to find. Here it is in action:
image credit: Style at Home via Marcus Design
Adding shelves in the bathroom can be a great small space solution. They allow you to maximize storage by utilizing vertical wall space, and they provide a great spot for extra towels, soaps, toilet paper, other bath products, and decorative objects:
image credit: domino
If you like having your products out where you can see ‘em, (as opposed to inside a cabinet or a drawer), consider using a tray to contain them. They look so much neater in a tray than when they’re spread out everywhere, and, especially when the product packaging is pretty, can look like a beautiful little vignette.
Also, since a tray gives you boundaries to work with, it can help you edit down your products to just what you actually use on a regular basis.
image credits: 1-photography by lucas allen for domino via brides ; 2-into the gloss
Compact in size, and made of plastic, the cylindrical “Componibili” Kartell unit is a stylish option for adding storage in a small bathroom. Although it was designed over forty years ago, it looks just as beautifully modern today as it did back then. Perfect for hiding unattractive grooming supplies, feminine products, extra toilet paper, and other items that might otherwise visually clutter the space.