As organizers, we love to help growing families (including our own!) get more organized. Part of that process is helping to create and streamline routines to make everyday tasks a little easier.
The daily routine in our house, and in many of our clients, almost always gets jammed up in the bathroom. Whether it’s getting the kids ready in the morning for school or at night time for bed, there’s a lot to get done (washing hands, brushing teeth, styling hair, oh my!) in an often cramped space.
The solution to the bathroom struggle?
Organization of course! Spending just a little time getting your bathroom organization into tip-top shape can make a world of difference to how your family operates. Check out our bathroom organization ideas and tricks so you can implement the same changes in your own home.
Make it Neat
- The first step to getting a handle on the bathroom is to clear out the cabinets. Pull everything out and start to categorize it by usage – for instance, first aid supplies in one spot, medicines in another and outdoor items like sunscreen and bug spray in a third. Then, find containers that fit in your space and can hold all of the items comfortably with a little room to grow. Here we used two Blue Small Top boxes to container our items under the sink.
- Keeping extra supplies within arm’s reach is a life saver, particularly in your kids’ bathroom. If you don’t have a linen closet, consider using a small basket like the Pinstripe Shallow Floor Bin for face cloths, extra towels, etc.
- If space allows, put a hamper in the bathroom so that there are no excuses when it comes to putting away dirty clothes and towels at the end of the day. We love the Merchant Dark Blue Hamper because it’s not only functional but is a great pop of color to brighten up your room.
- Toys make bath time a lot more fun, but what’s not so fun is trying to keep them clean and dry (and mold free!). To make cleaning up simple, we like using a milk crate that easily drains water while still keeping the toys tidy.
Make a Station
- Make your morning and evening easier by creating stations for each step of the regular routine. Gather supplies for brushing teeth, styling hair and first aid emergencies together in holders like the On Display Double Cup, the I Could’ve Bin bin or the Strapping Art Caddy. This will make accomplishing these tasks much easier as everything that is needed is right at your fingertips. We also like using the Strapping Art Caddy to house cleaning products – making wiping up any stray toothpaste a relative breeze.
Make it Theirs
- Get your children involved in the organizing process so that they take some ownership of the space and help keep it tidy in the future. Include them when choosing the color of smaller items like bins, hooks and toys and then use them throughout the space so that they have visual cues on where to put things. This will help teach them responsibility and hopefully cause less confusion when you have ten minutes to get them in and out of the house in the morning.
- Access is important in a bathroom so get an On the Double step stool that looks great and gets them a little closer to the sink.
- Similar to the step stool, installing fun or decorative wall hooks at their level can help keep a small space tidy. If they can reach the hook, they will be more likely to put their towels and bathrobes away.
Make it Fun
- Brighten up your bathroom to make the space and your routines a bit more cheerful. Try a pop of your child’s favorite color with a Fresh Start bath mat or coordinating towels. Our little ones love orange so these are a favorite in our house.
- Dress up the room with a new shower curtain like this one that has so many fun colors in it.
- Mix up bath time with a fun new toy that may help make the routine a bit more lively and encourage your child to have fun with it.
- Make getting out of the bath fun too with a personalized bathrobe to run around in after the deed is done. With a child who loves water – whether in the bath or on the beach – we have found that having a few tricks up our sleeve to get them out is always helpful.
Michelle & Annie are co-founders of Henry & Higby, a professional organizing company in New York City, and contributors to WhatMomsLove.com, a website that provides moms with ideas and solutions to make their journey through modern day motherhood easier. They believe that life should be as simple as possible and that the process of getting organized can help.
If you need help organizing your life and home, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org