Declutter and Organize the Bathroom
I've struggled lately with a messy and disorganized bathroom. I couldn't find anything that I was looking for when I needed it because I was keeping things in several shoebox size totes and I would end up having to pull them all out and dig through them before I could find what I was looking for!
Not to mention I was struggling a little bit with laundry. Our system functions to a certain degree but it definitely needed a makeover. We decided to tackle this issue and our bathroom organization issue at the same time.
Our previous system for laundry was this....Monday is laundry day which meant I would wash all of the sheets and towels on that day. The rest of the laundry would be washed through the week whenever I found a full laundry basket (which I had scattered around the upstairs of the house). I liked having one specific laundry day for the bigger items but the rest of the week wasn't working for me!
To change this I commissioned my hubby to build some shelves in a part of the bathroom that needed work. Our bathroom is fairly small and has this odd area that previously housed an old dresser and medicine cabinet for the previous owners. I thought both items were pretty yucky and dirty so we tore them out and thus had this big empty space for shelving.
What we ended up with after adding the shelving was a nice large space for organization! Here's what we did with that space. (Note, the only other space we have in this bathroom is under the sink which is basically were we keep hairbrushes and toothbrushes.)
Top Shelf -
Soap for making Foaming Hand Soap and for making Shampoo. Washcloths (I make them like I make the crocheted dishcloths but with "baby yarn" so they are soft.), and I've also tucked some cleaning cloths behind the dishcloths for any cleaning in the bathroom. The basket contains epsom salts and my homemade heating pad.
Second Shelf -
I found these baskets at Hobby Lobby and purchased them when they were half price. They are very nice and heavy duty while still looking pretty! On this shelf I have 2 baskets that are storing "cotton goods" (ie: cotton balls, q-tips, etc) and first aid items (rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, etc).
Middle Shelves -
These are my laundry basket shelves....no more baskets scattered all over the place, they have a home! The top basket is for adult clothes and the bottom basket is for kids clothes (low enough for them to reach it and be able to put their own dirty clothes away). I will elaborate more on our new laundry schedule below.
Fifth Shelf -
I love this shelf, it's SO useful! On this shelf I have several shoebox size totes without lids. I haven't yet labeled them but I plan on it eventually with each of our names. Each member of the family has a bin (except my hubby) and our clothing for the next day goes in this bin sometime the evening before (usually during our bath routine). This is making my mornings so much easier because I don't have to think about what we are doing that day and what I need to dress the kids in, it's already done! We are also getting ready to care for foster children again and this shelf is going to be extremely helpful when I have even more little ones underfoot that need to get dressed in the morning. 🙂
Bottom Shelf -
This shelf is rather boring...it just has clean bath towels. But I'm still excited about it because I previously did not have any space for towels!
I left the shelves unpainted for now since I still need to paint the entire bathroom anyways. I need the functionality more than the beauty at the moment and I'm happy with the "rustic" look!
The New Laundry Routine
Here is the new laundry routine that we've been getting into since we created this space. It's working out pretty well for us! We will have to adjust a bit as our family grows but for now we are happy with the plan because it's been much easier to get the laundry work done and I know it's getting done and we will have clean clothes to wear!
Monday is still "laundry day" On this day I plan to wash sheets and bedding and all of the towels from the bathroom. We cycle through kitchen towels much more quickly so they are not included on this wash day. I generally also have to do another load of clothing on this day as well which makes 3 to 4 loads of laundry total.
The rest of the clothing gets washed every other day (although I try not to have to wash on Sundays). So for example, Tuesday I was the adult clothing, then Thursday I was the kids clothing and finally, Saturday I wash another load of adult clothing. I only wash if the laundry basket is full and kitchen towels and cleaning rags get tossed in with every load so we are never washing a small load. It's really more simple than it sounds...I just wash one basket, rest a day from the laundry, and then wash the other basket the next day.
By separating the clothing before we wash (into the adult basket and the kids basket) it saves me time when it comes to folding and putting away also. I already know where everything in the basket needs to go before I wash it so when I take it out I can take the entire basket right up to the room it belongs in and fold it and put it away there.
You may not have the same kind of space I do to declutter and organize the bathroom, but here are some tips that you should take away from this blog post:
- Clean out your bathroom so only the essentials remain. (We have first aid, general supplies (ie: q-tips, toothbrushes), towels, and laundry.) Anything else really doesn't belong in the bathroom and needs to find a different home. (p.s. I store my supplies for making DIY items in the pantry, not in the bathroom even though I use them to make bath and body products.)
- Pare down what you have. Have a crazy amount of towels compared to the number of people living in your home? Time to make some into cleaning rags! (Make sure to keep a few extra towels if you frequently have guests though!)
- Think about how you can create "stations". My bathroom became my "dirty laundry station" and my "clothes for tomorrow" station. Both stations are incredibly helpful and have really streamlined several of our daily routines.
- Try and make your bathroom someplace you actually don't mind being. No one wants to spend copious amounts of time in the bathroom of course but we all end up spending a fair amount of time there regardless. Plus when I want to relax in a bubble bath after a long hard week I don't want to relax in a cluttered mess.
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