Here are my top three secrets for always having a tidy, organized, and sparkling bathroom.
But, I guess they’re not secrets anymore! Ha!
My bathroom makes me feel so wonderful nowadays.
Every time I walk into it, I get a serene, peaceful feeling. Impossible, you may be saying. But, I say – hardly impossible with these three tips! And a little conscious effort every time you use your bathroom.
Even if you had a bathroom that is used by several people, they could all learn to pick up their stuff and put it in a bin and keep things neat and tidy.
Habits developed early on usually last for a lifetime But even if they were not developed early, it is never too late to reinvent yourself!
Yes, Messies can become Cleanies. It just takes some time and patience!!
ONE: HIDE YOUR STUFF
If you are a private person like me, you like to hide your stuff.
And to do that, you will need some areas to stash it away quickly after using it. For example, you need a cleared-off working space for washing your face, applying makeup, or brushing your teeth.
You need to make your daily routines simple enough so you won’t have to fight clutter every time you do your bathroom duties!
It is worth the consistent effort!
My hiding areas are under my sink, a cupboard I installed above my toilet, shower stall, medicine cabinet (no medicine in there), a hanging toiletry bag on the back of the door, and the linen closet outside the bathroom door. It takes only seconds to store away your things after you use them and the good habits are worth developing!
TWO: KNOW SOME IMPORTANT STORAGE PRINCIPLES
There are three types of storage: Primary, Secondary, and Long Term.
Primary – this is where you store things you use frequently – everyday type of things. You want these things easy to access and then put away—things like your daily makeup, a few cleaning supplies, toothbrush and paste, shampoo, etc. So you make your mental list. And keep on refining it until it suits your needs.
My favorite storage unit is my hanging toiletry bag because it stays on the back of my door. And it is so easy to access my things.
Secondary – these items are not used as frequently, so they can be stored outside of your bathroom – extra towels, duplicates of your cleaning supplies, rolls of toilet paper, etc.
Long-term – the only things I can think of when it comes to your bathroom is if you had unique guest towels or a significant supply of something like toilet paper or cleaning supplies. You would not want these items taking up valuable primary space.
Maybe store them in a closet or basement.
Once you know these principles, you will most likely find yourself rearranging your bathroom to free up space so it will be easier to keep clean and tidy. With every item you pick up, ask yourself, “Does this item belong in a primary, secondary, or long-term storage area?” Then store it accordingly.
Another essential principle is to make your items easy to grab and put away – I like to use bins and trays to keep small things well defined and confined, so I will always know where everything is. Finally, I like one-motion storage, meaning it takes me only one motion to get to it without moving anything.
THREE: CLEAN AS YOU GO
Do a quick swipe on your mirrors, counters, floor, and toilet bowl as needed, don’t wait until things get overwhelming. You will find it only takes a few seconds, and it will make walking into your bathroom a pleasant experience.
A friend once said she tries to leave a room better than she finds it. I think that is a good thing to keep in mind.
For example, I keep my laundry hamper in the shower stall. I prefer to keep it hidden and am less likely to stumble over it. It only takes a couple of seconds to remove it before taking a shower and then put it back after my shower. I also keep my floor area completely clear – I keep the wastebasket, the toilet brush and my everyday cleaning supplies under the sink. And yes, having a laundry basket in my bathroom makes all the difference when putting dirty clothes where they belong.
WHERE I GOT MY STUFF
Above the toilet cabinet: I ordered from Amazon- to see it, click on the link below:
I got my hanging toiletry bag from Amazon also:
All items below are from Norwex: All are excellent products that I love! Go to Norwex.com to see these. Under “Our Products,” then “Shop Products.”
Toilet brush – I keep under the sink
Soap dispenser with liquid foaming soap – the only item on my counter
Window cloth – I hang it under my sink
Counter cloth – I hang it under my sink
Anyone who knows me, knows I like to be environmentally thoughtful and clean without chemicals. I love Norwex because their products fit my lifestyle perfectly!
All of the above items are in primary storage in the bathroom – extra cloths and cleaning supplies and mop etc., are in my linen closet because they are secondary storage items.
I hope my tips for a clean and tidy bathroom will help you have a bathroom “fit for a queen”!