Ashe Organizing Solutions

Let’s face it; the room we use to clean and groom ourselves should not resemble a science experiment gone wrong. In fact, studies show that that you can actually get sick from the filth left behind in the bathroom. But you can have a spa-like bathroom with a little elbow grease and some simple, smart strategies. Queue the spa music please! We’ve got some work to do:

1. The easiest maneuver you can include in your game plan is to tell each and every family member to close the lid before flushing the toilet. Who knew that tiny, microscopic particles go flying around your bathroom with each and every flush. Ewwwww!

2. Less is more when trying to create a spa space. Focus on clearing counters and shelves of everything and anything you don’t absolutely need to store in the bathroom. Don’t be afraid to pitch candles you never use or soaps you don’t like.

3. Next up, completely empty the vanity. Without looking, I guarantee there’s lots of stuff stashed in your bathroom vanity that you no longer need, use or want.

4. Sort all contents, grouping like with like and take stock:

  • a. Properly dispose of anything that’s expired
  • b. rash anything that’s dried up and no longer serves its original purpose
  • c. If it doesn’t belong there, remove it
  • d. Ditch the excess. How many curling irons can one human being possibly need?

 

5. Take stock. Sure, we like to have extra items on-hand just in case, but only store what you reasonably need in the vanity, which I will now label your prime real estate.

6. Assess volume. Exactly how many hotel samples do you have? How many razor blades do you need this month? How many rolls of toilet paper do you need on hand? For the extra stuff you want to keep, consider storing them elsewhere. Perhaps the linen closet?

7. Zone the vanity space for the items you absolutely, positively need to use in the bathroom, focusing on what you need day in and day out. Figure out what items should be stored high (in medicine chests) or low (under the sink).

8. Group like with like and determine the best containers to store your zoned items, keeping in mind easy access and corralling items that tend to multiply, like Q-tips.

9. Select fun, practical bins, fill them and complete the look with labels. Then, tuck each in its rightful space.

10. Take stock of your bath towels, bath mats and shower curtains. Donate the well-worn items to your local animal shelter. For all of the rest, store them in your linen closet or designate a space in the bathroom. I love to roll towels, instead of folding them, and tuck them in a pretty basket.

11. Finally, attack your bathtub or shower stall. Ditch any products you no longer need, use or want. Corral the rest in caddies, grouping like with like.

12. Clean everything. I repeat, clean everything.

Don’t forget to treat yourself to a nice bubble bath or a steamy, hot shower!

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