On to the next room in the house that needs some organizational love…your bathroom! You can organize your bathroom 30 minutes at a time, just as I showed how you can organize your kitchen in the same time blocks! So grab your rubber gloves and off we go!
I tackle the task of cleaning out our medicine cabinets every 6 months. I don’t know how so many things accumulate in this not-so-big place in the house! After emptying the entire cabinet, I checked all medication and creams for expiration dates and set to determine what must be in there and what can be stored elsewhere.
Remove the Medicine
Did you know that you shouldn’t store medicine in the medicine cabinet? Aside from the fact that a child can somewhat easily climb onto the countertop and get into the cabinet if they really wanted to, childproof tops are not always 100% childproof. (Although there has been a cap or two that was definitely adult-proof.)
Also, if your medicine cabinet is in a bathroom with a shower or tub, the steamy atmosphere (from the water running people – get your heads out of the gutter), is not conducive for most medications. In most cases, the optimum storage temperature will be noted on the bottle itself. Store any medications – over-the-counter and prescribed in a lock box. I’ve come to the conclusion that this cabinet should not be called a medicine cabinet after all.
A Well-Stocked Medicine Cabinet
A well-stocked medicine cabinet should contain:
- Your toothbrushes. I know that may seem odd but read why.
- Adhesive bandages
- Nail clippers
UNDER THE SINK
Take EVERYTHING out from under your sink. Everything. It is amazing what falls to the back of that dark cabinet! Wipe down the bottom and sides of the cabinet. If you’d like, place a shelf liner or other protective liner on the bottom.
Check expiration dates on beauty items. If you are unsure if the product has expired and you know you’ve had it for quite some time, AND you haven’t used it in a long time – toss it.
Organize similar products together. I section off my hair products to one side (mousse, hairspray, dry shampoo) along with my blow dryer, flat iron, and Beachwaver (love that tool!). I have plastic drawers that neatly hide my feminine hygiene products, razors, and contact lenses. All of my hair elastics are collected into one plastic box, with the other plastic box filled with hair clips.
Nail polishes and tools are neatly contained in a plastic shoe box.
I don’t like to keep cleaning solvents under my sink but do create a caddy that has everything I need in it, stored in the linen closet.
Yet again, take EVERYTHING out of the linen closet. Vacuum the floor and wipe down the shelving. Pile towels with towels, sheets with sheets, etc.
Go through the towels and sheets. Are there any holes, bleach marks, or stains? If so, donate them to a local animal shelter. They are always in need of linens for the animals that come in.
If the sheets or towels are just plain old – you’ve washed them 5,000 times and they are threadbare – it may me time to donate them and get yourself a new set! I love to go to Homegoods or Target for my linens. There’s something about a crisp set of new sheets that makes me sleep better. (It may also be all in my mind LOL.)
Any towels and sheets that make the cut are folded nicely (or as nicely as I can – I am NOT a good sheet folder) and placed on the shelves.
Other Linen Closet Organizing
I store products such as rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and our skin creams (itch relief, back pain relief) on one shelf.
My iron is housed in the linen closet with a wrinkle reducer and starch spray right next to it. It’s super important to keep complimentary products together. You’ll never lose them that way!
On the bottom shelf or floor, I have a plastic bin, or caddy, that contains the cleaning products that I need for that bathroom. I do this so that I don’t have to run up and down the stairs looking for the glass cleaner, etc. Inside I have:
- Roll of paper towels
- Rubber gloves
- Scrub brush
- Tile and tub cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Microfiber towel
PART THREE: Organize Your Closet 30 Minutes at a Time!
Stay tuned for Part 3 of my series on organizing your space, 30 minutes at a time. Don’t forget to check out Part One: Organize Your Kitchen 30 Minutes at a Time!