Day thirteen of the NO SPEND month is the day we organize the bathroom.
No, you don’t have to clean the bathroom again. That is, unless you really want to or need to. Your bathroom should be clean already. But organized and clean are two very different things.
For many people the bathroom is a jumbled mess. Towels thrown about, toilet paper in weird places, bottles of stuff on the counters and under the sink, hair accessories filling every drawer, medication and other bathroom related products all around… let’s face it, bathrooms can be disasters.
But they don’t have to be.
Organizing a bathroom is not that difficult. And, as I’m sure you have guessed based on who I am, our bathrooms are already organized.
I don’t do clutter well, and that goes for bathroom clutter just as much as any other clutter.
Because we’ve adopted a more minimalist lifestyle, we don’t have tons of extra stuff. For instance, many people have stacks and stacks of towels to deal with, while we just have two towels per person. Yep, that’s it.
And… I don’t wear makeup which means I never have to deal with that type of clutter.
So I’ll give you the rundown on the basics of our bathroom organization and maybe you’ll get some ideas that will help you get yours looking spiffy.
First up, let’s talk toilet paper… I generally keep three rolls of toilet paper in a bathroom drawer at any given time. I use the bottom drawer of the vanity. The rest of the paper gets stored at the bottom of our hallway linen closet. This keeps the bathrooms from looking like toilet paper holders, which is just tacky.
Next up, towels… Each person in our household has a bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth in the bathroom. The extras (one more of each for each person) are stored in the hallway linen closet. I don’t store extra towels in the bathrooms. I guess I’ve just always felt that storing towels there was a weird practice. Towels, in my mind, belong in a linen closet.
Bathroom drawers… Hair accessories, medications, nail cutters, and all those other little items can fill up a drawer really fast. The answer to that problem was solved in our house a long time ago by using small plastic bins from the dollar store. In the drawers, we place a bin for small items. Everyone is told where those items go. The bins get used. Believe it or not, if you teach your kids to use the bins (yes… your kids!) they actually will. Kids are smarter than we often give them credit for.
Here’s an example of my daughter’s bathroom drawer.
She has her dollar store plastic bin for all the small hair accessories, and she places her cloth headbands in a neat stack on the side of that. This simple plastic bin keeps that drawer from looking like a headband bomb went off. It’s that easy.
Every so often, I vacuum out the drawers to remove any dust or unwanted strands of hair. I call that the routine maintenance of life. It takes two minutes tops and keeps the drawers looking fresh.
Under the sinks, we also keep plastic bins for items. This is where, for example, extra deodorants get stored (we generally purchase the two-packs so there are always extra). We also keep things like my husband’s shaving supplies in a bin. Basically, those bins are the organizational goldmines. Everything has its place.
And… we even have a bin sitting out on top of the sink counter. That bin holds toothbrushing items.
Why a bin? I’m glad you asked!
The bin on the sink counter makes it super easy to clean. You just pick it up with everything in it and wipe down the surface. Nothing annoys me more than having to move a bunch of stuff to wipe down a space. Utilizing a small plastic bin makes my life easier.
There are a lot of good organizational videos on YouTube if you still need ideas. One person I highly recommend is ClutterBug – her videos will get you all sorts of inspired to organize your space.
I do realize that I am not quite “normal” in my constant organization. I may in fact be a little OCD (ok, a lot). But it doesn’t matter. Everyone can organize a space and make their house a happier place to live in… and in doing so, you can realize that you have all that you need right there. You don’t have to go out and buy more, thus we can declare a no spend month success!