I consider this the premier “How-to” organizing website because I want you to be able to get organized even if you weren’t born an organizer. And I do that by showing you very simple examples of organized spaces you can do yourself no matter your skill level. When I saw this bathroom update by Sara Dear, I just had to share it. It has so many of the basic organizing principles I promote.
Here is the before photo- looks pretty typical right? Here is what Sara had to say about it:
“My goal was to be able to find things! We had a good amount of storage space but I couldn’t ever find anything, and it made getting ready in the morning frustrating. It took a little bit of looking to find the right bins since the cabinets were narrow, but once I found the bins, it took me about an hour start to finish. I purged a ton of products that were going unused (including a crimping iron and some glitter eyeshadow. Yeesh…)”
1. Make a plan– what is wrong with the space? What is right with the space? What is your goal for the space? What do you want to have happen when using the space?
2. Take everything out.
3. Sort like with like. Make categories and put like items together (hair care, dental, hygiene, make-up, etc.)
4. Toss what you won’t use. Be honest with yourself- it is important to get rid of items you don’t like, won’t use or are expired. This can be especially important in the bathroom because items like make-up and sunscreen could actually be harmful if you use them when they are too old. If you aren’t sure how old it is, you might want error on the side of caution for bathroom items. (This would also be a good time to note what items you may need to purchase.)
5. Measure your space and buy/re-purpose containers. Now that you have like items together you can determine what size/type of container you need for those items. Be sure to measure the space first – height/depth/width. Also be sure to leave room in the container for additional items you may add.
6. Put everything back in the space and label. Labels make it easy to find things, especially when you are in a hurry on those busy mornings!
And here is Sara’s final result. “I sorted everything into their designated drawers/bins. I never missed those products I tossed, and the labels on the drawers helped make sure it stayed tidy. No guessing game when it was time to clean up.”
Here is the most important thing Sara did in this space: used drawers. If you look at the ‘before’ picture you can see that she was using bins with lids. What happens when you need something in that bottom bin? You have to take ALL the other bins out and then put them all back when you are done! That is just too much work!
I also like that these bins are clear so that you can see what is inside, and of course labeled.
You can see here that now, when Sara wants an item in the very bottom bin, all she needs to do is open the drawer and grab it! So much easier!
She also used an ‘open’ bin set up which is a great solution because you can put your larger items in there and still have them contained. (Pssst— notice the Command Hook she uses here on the door to hang her mirror- pretty smart!)
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