30 Days to an Organized Life Day 22
Now we are getting to one of my problem areas: my kids’ bathroom.
Our first issue is that the bathroom is small. Our second issue is that we have four teens using it — and three of them are girls.
The products People. All. The. Products.
So here are my real-life, simple tips to keep everything organized so you don’t lose your mind (+ one tip that simplifies your space and your laundry load!)
The first step to an organized bathroom is decluttering. Our main problem was under the sink. I moved the cleaning products to a bucket in our garage so the kids could more easily access what they need everyday and I threw away any products that had not been used for a while (with approval, of course!). I also asked each child to gather their personal care products from the linen closet, their bedrooms, etc. and place them in their basket.
After decluttering the next step is to sort “like” items together. In our case “like items” means whatever belongs to each person needs to be in their personal storage container.
Each of my children have their own basket as you can see above but we could not fit four baskets under the sink. The daughter with the most styling products has the use of the wall cabinet. We did a quick organize to make sure that everyone’s products were in the right place.
Use Creative Storage Solutions
If you have lots of people using one small area on a daily basis you need to be creative to make the most of your space. One of our solutions is to store the girls’ accessories in hanging “travel” bags on the back of the door. This gives them a little extra room for their “girly” stuff and keeps it off the tiny counter.
Organize With Color
So here is my amazing sanity and laundry-saving tip: color code each person’s belongings. Each of my children have ONE towel in a specific color (yes, ONE). They re-use the same towel to dry off after showers during the week and then the towels are all washed on the weekend.
You cannot even comprehend how much this simplifies life. There is no argument over who left the wet towel on the floor because everyone knows whose towel it is. Teens are more likely to hang up their towel because they know they have only one and they want it to be dry for the next shower. There is no pile of laundry waiting for me at the end of the week because the towels are hanging in their place and I simply grab them and throw them in the wash.
You can thank me later.
Today’s Task 1: Spend 10-20 minutes in your Kids’ Bathroom decluttering and organizing the products.
Today’s Task 2: Make a list of organization supplies you need. The dollar store is a great place to find inexpensive baskets and bins to help you keep the bathroom organized.
I would love to hear about your progress (even if it seems tiny!). Leave a comment or a link below.
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I love these posts because the focus has always been “progress not perfection”. Also please know that a lot of these tasks depend on what your life is like. My husband and I both work full time as teachers. My youngest is 9 so he does a lot of things around the house as do my older two (13, 15). They do the garbage, vacuum, set/clean the table/load dishwasher at dinner and each clean a bathroom on Saturdays. My older two also do their own laundry. I too only have one towel per person for each week (or 2) 🙂 I also take the sheets, wash dry and put them back on the beds.
I often do the 5- ten minutes tasks on Saturday and Sunday to “catch up” as I work full time and have three children that have a million places to be and things to do.
I cleaned and organized by my bed…it makes me so happy now to be there! I moved a shelf in from another room and added all my books and journals to it instead of a messy pile on the floor.
I cleaned my bathroom medicine cabinets over Christmas Break and replaced all the meds and threw out a bunch of no longer used products so that 10 minutes was easy.
I run my dishwasher every evening no matter how full it is to make a routine. I try to unload it before I leave for work.
I lay out everything I can for lunches the night before including silverware to make sandwiches. We eat a lot of frozen foods (waffles, sandwiches) for breakfast in the car on the way to school.
I have gotten up 10 minutes earlier to do my bible study and devotional. I do squats while I brush my teeth.
I have told people that I am busy Wednesday after work so I can go to yoga to make myself a priority.
THANK YOU for the reminders, tips and hints!!!!
Kimberlee Stokes says
Wow! You’re doing great Emilie!
Thanks for sharing what works for you, and for encouraging me in what I do. 🙂
Kimberlee!!! These post had me itching to GET STUFF DONE! Problem? I have a 3 year old & a baby. Today, my hubs took them out for breakfast & a fun trip & I GOT STUFF DONE! My bedroom, the linen closet, I have piles to give away! I made freezer meals! It’s been SO WONDERFUL! I’m trying to use your principles for loving it or not allowing it to take up room in my home & HEAD!!! THANK YOU!!!
The Peaceful Mom says
I am soooooooo excited for you Alicia! Way to go! And kudos to hubby for giving you the time. 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to let me know.