How to Organize Your Bathroom

Keep Your Bathrooms From Going Down the Drain

When you open your medicine cabinet, do items fell out because it’s so crammed full of bottles and boxes and products? Have you ever looked under your sink and been literally afraid to reach in to locate a new toilet paper roll? When you get in the shower, do you find overloaded shelves, full of half-used shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams and shower gels?

When we are in bathrooms, we require products. Whether it be boxes of tissues or cotton swabs, makeup or washcloths, bathrooms require storage for a wide-variety of products. That’s the reality.

If you want an organized bathroom that’s easy to clean, it’s not an impossible dream. You can achieve it. But before you can plan proper storage for a bathroom, first you must learn, follow, and live the Two Rules for an Organized Bathroom.

Rule #1: The Use-It-Up Rule

Don’t buy or open any new product until the last of the old product is used up.

For some people, this rule is shocking! Unthinkable! If this rule shocks you, then you, of all people, should adhere to it immedietely. This should be your new mantra.

Yes, the new perfume that just came out is so enticing, but you have a dozen bottles of perfume still in your cabinet. Do not buy any more perfume until all your old perfume is used up. Does this sound like toture? It may be torture to you, but you will never have an organized bathroom until you can follow the Use-It-Up Rule. Which leads us to….


Rule #2: The Rule of One

The Rule of One goes hand-in-hand with The Use-It-Up Rule. As long as you are following The Use-It-Up Rule, The Rule of One will be the standard for your new, organized, clean bathroom.

The Rule of One states that you will only have ONE of every product that you require.

Therefore, your shower should contain no more than:

  • 1 bottle of shampoo
  • 1 bottle of conditioner
  • 1 razor
  • 1 bottle of shower gel
  • 1 bar of soap
  • That it.

If you wear makeup, your makeup should be limited to:

The only exception to The Rule of One is lipstick. But even then, keep your lipsticks limited to only a few. Once you use up one tube, or it expires, throw it out. Then, and only then, should you buy a new one.
  • 1 bottle of concealer
  • 1 bottle of foundation
  • 1 mascara
  • 1 daytime face lotion
  • 1 nightime face lotion
  • 1 palate of eye shadows
  • 1 eyeliner
  • 1 nail polish, etc.

One??? Yes…one.

Why? Why only one? Because really, it’s all you need at one time. You do not need any more than one mascara because you cannot wear more than one mascara at a time. By the time you finish the mascara, it is likely near its expiration date and should be replaced anyway.

Why do you have all those old bottles anyway? Once foundation is opened, it begins to accumulate bacteria. As long as you use up your bottles frequently, this doesn’t cause a problem. But continue to use old, expired makeup, and all kinds of skin problems can erupt. Old perfume loses its fragrance, old mascara can cause eye infections, old lotion can cause breakouts, old razors don’t work properly, and old nail polishes get thick and clumpy. The Rule of One is helpful not only in organizing your bathroom, but also in providing yourself with a collection of safe and healthy products.

What if you try a new product and find that you absolutely hate it? Do you have to use it up? No way! Give it away or dump out the contents and recycle the bottle. Don’t torture yourself by using a product that doesn’t work, even if you paid a lot of money for it. And don’t keep it “just in case you change your mind.” You won’t. Get rid of it and buy one that you like.

Store it Wisely

bathroom_storageIf you follow The Use-It-Up Rule and The Rule of One, there won’t be much left to store in your bathroom. But you may still require storage for items that don’t get used every day, such as hair clippers, bags of cotton balls, foot cream and hair accessories. Always store like items together. Try small baskets, boxes and sectioned plastic bins designed for office supplies. Items that get little use can go on top shelves or at the back of the cabinet. Items that are used frequently should be easily accessible.

If you have children, give them each a fun beach towel and a low hook. After they finish their bath, they can dry off with their own, personal towel and hang it up on their own hook.

As for medicine cabinets? Ask any pharmacist, he or she will tell you that medication should not be stored in the bathroom at all. Save your medicine cabinet for bathroom products and razor blades. Medication belongs in a dry, cool location, such as a kitchen cabinet or in a basket in a linen closet, (out of the reach of children, of course). Review your medications frequently and check their expiration dates. Most medications lose potency within a few years after purchase. So, if you are using pain-reliever purchased in 2003, you might as well be taking sugar pills to cure your headache.

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