Gain Storage In Your Bathroom With These Simple Tips

Are you lacking storage in your bathroom? Many people think they don’t have enough storage but the real problem is how much stuff they own and how they are utilizing the space. As an organizer, the one area I see that is often overlooked is under the sink. When organizing under the sink the key is to pare down and find the right products to fit your space. These four tips will help you clear the clutter and give you ideas for storing your products.

Purge

When beginning any organizing project purging is a must if you want to see change. Purge items that you don’t use or like even if it cost a lot of money. Holding onto items for that reason can keep you in a constant state of clutter. Don’t beat yourself up over it just let it go. Also, some skincare and makeup products have expiration dates so if an item is expired its time to toss.

Sort

Once you have purged sort like items into categories such as haircare, skincare, makeup, first aid, and health. Containers that stack utilizes the vertical space under a sink. These are a favorite because they come in different sizes and are great for stacking. Grouping like items saves time and money.

Measure

The under-sink space is different for everybody due to plumbing restrictions. Measuring the precise depth, width, and height on each side of the plumbing will allow for an accurate fit and help you decide which products will work for you. Don’t buy before you measure!

Contain

If you are lacking drawer storage this is a favorite. It’s easy to assemble and comes in different sizes to fit your needs. Lazy Susans are also a great option under a sink because they provide easy access to everyday essentials.

The best part of any organizing project is putting back all your favorite products and enjoying your new organized space. If you are looking to get organized in your home start with a small project like this. It doesn’t take a lot of time and once you start to enjoy the benefits it will motivate you to move on to other areas in your home.

Let me know if this helped you add space under your sink. I love hearing feedback!

 

Clear the Clutter With Christine…7 Tips to Organize a Small Bathroom

As an organizer, I’m often asked questions about getting organized whether through social media or in my daily life. I love being able to help others clear the clutter and get organized so I have decided to do a question and answer post appropriately titled Clear the Clutter with Christine. This week’s question is “how do I organize a small bathroom?” Small spaces can be a challenge so it is important to use every bit of space especially if you share it with someone. Remember it is rarely about not having enough space it’s having too much stuff and not using the space properly. These are some tips to get your bathroom organized and start making mornings a bit less stressful.

PURGE
When you have a small space keeping only what you need, use and have space to store is essential. The less you have the bigger the room will feel. Bathrooms are damp and humid which can lead to mildew so less clutter the more room to breathe.

SORT
In a bathroom, it is important to sort like items not only for easy access but to prevent overbuying which is something you want to avoid in a small space. Some examples of categories are hair, makeup, everyday essentials, and first aid.

VERTICAL SPACE
The easiest way to create more space in a bathroom is to use vertical space under the sink and the back of the door. This is one of my favorites because it gives you added drawers under the sink which is helpful in small spaces. This will give you added storage on the back of the door and can be customized to fit your needs.

LAZY SUSAN
You expect to find a lazy susan in a kitchen but this one comes in very handy in a bathroom. Keep hair care products, lotions or other items you want to keep accessible and organized.

STORAGE CART
A storage cart is multifunctional because you can use it for makeup, hair care and to store towels. I like to use these clip-on labels to keep it looking neat and organized.

MEDICINE CABINET
The key to an organized medicine cabinet is to use a cabinet organizer like this. You can keep smaller items and everyday essentials for easy access.

DRAWER ORGANIZERS 
How do you keep drawers organized? Purge often, sort like items and use drawer inserts so everything has a place. You will love opening a drawer and finding exactly what you need when you need it.

I hope this was helpful for those who are struggling with a small space dilemma and if you have a question regarding organizing that you would like answered leave it in the comment section below and I will feature it in an upcoming blog.

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The Organizers Bathroom

This week I’m sharing my master bathroom. When my husband and I decided to renovate our home designing a new master bedroom and bathroom was a priority because we were moving from the upstairs to the main floor.

I have been sharing my renovation experience as an organizer and as a homeowner if you want to read about it from the beginning you can find it here and here.

One of the most common questions I’m asked is “what items do you use to organize your home?” This week we take a peek into my bathroom and I show you some of my favorite things to use when I organize.

I always start a project by making lists whether it’s for a client or my own home. Keeping a designated notebook for my renovation was a lifesaver. I took each area we were going to renovate and wrote down what was working and what was lacking in the existing space. I also kept notes that I could refer back to. Technology is great but sometimes you just have to keep it simple.

The most important part of planning the master bathroom was making sure there was adequate storage for myself and my husband. I wanted my own space for doing my hair and makeup and enough drawer space to fit my needs.

Although I knew what I wanted I enlisted the help of my designer Kelly Cook to make it a reality. When you are going through any major changes in your home it’s always a good idea to have an experienced person who can make decisions especially when it comes to the details.

Some of the decisions were more difficult than others which leads me to the honed marble counter tops. Everyone thought I was crazy for choosing marble in the bathroom because it stains but I loved the look so much that I just went with it.
Does it stain? YES! Did it bother me at first? YES! With that said I don’t regret using marble beccause it gave me the spa look I was trying to achieve.
Would I use it in the kitchen? NO!!! The bathroom is a personal space. The kitchen is a place you entertain and I would prefer not to flinch everytime someone pours a glass of red wine or squeezes a lemon.

Now to my favorite area in the bathroom the vanity. I didn’t have one before so it was important to make it happen when we were designing the bathroom.
I love having a seperate space for makeup, hair, talking on the phone and even using it as a desk at times.
I debated on what to put in the top drawer because of the depth and height but it turned out to be the perfect solution to organize my favorite jewelry pieces.

My vanity top had plenty of space so I decided to organize and display my makeup with a GLAMbox. Normally I like to see counter tops free of clutter but if you have the space and find something that is not only functional but looks good then you should go for it. It will free up drawer space for other important items you use in a bathroom.

One tip I preach when organizing makeup is to keep like things together and the drawers in the GLAMbox made that easy. They even have a drawer divider for smaller items. I use the top for my makeup brushes and items I use on a regular basis for easy acess. They are a bit pricey but this one piece has kept my makeup organized.

The next area I have to mention is the space under the sink. I wanted to utilize every bit of space, including the height, so I would have room for eveything I use. The cabinet sized elfa bath storage was perfect because they come in different widths and heights to accomodate almost any size cabinet. They also give you extra drawer space and easy access. 

My other favorite item to use when organizing under a sink is a lazy susanI use these everywhere when I organize a home. It allows you to see what you own so you don’t purchase what you don’t need. I like to keep all of my haircare products in mine but you can you can use it for any item that fits your needs.

I have said this before but its worth mentioning again with any renovation picking the right contractor and being organized are essential. It alleviates stress and will make your project run smoothly and timely! 

If your a hair diva like me stay tuned for a future post.

Photography by Jessie Preza

 

 

 

 

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