Efficient Use of Bathroom Space

The bathroom is typically one of the smallest spaces in a home that is used very frequently.  Therefore, it is important to store only the essential items used in this space to create a feeling of ampleness.

To organize the shower/tub area:

  • install a non corrosive, tempered-glass shelf on the wall opposite the shower head.
  • The shelf can hold all shower/bath toiletries currently in use, while keeping them dry, accessible and clean.

To organize the vanity:

  • A medicine cabinet with a mirror is ideal for holding jars and creams, organized by related categories.
  • If there is a vanity, with drawers, use drawer dividers or sorting trays to prevent the contents from getting mixed up.
  • Use larger containers to hold items under the sink, such as a hair dryer and related accessories.
  • If there are multiple users, assign shelves and drawers to each person. Consider using a tower to store larger items such as towels, toilet paper and spare toiletries.

How long to retain items:

  • It is advisable to periodically review the toiletries used in the bathroom, at least twice a year.  If you haven’t used an item in 6 months, discard appropriately.
  • Consider placing a circle sticker under each item with the date that you opened it, so that you know how long it has been in use.
  • Cosmetic products and make-up do expire and while the expiration date is not necessarily printed, it is advisable to discard them after 6 months of use.

Doris Hasbun is an experienced Home Organizer & Move Manager serving the Northshore and Greater Boston, MA. For additional information visit www.dorishasbun.com.

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