Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Clear Your Clutter Linky Party - Bathroom Organization and More



Organization & Me?  Well, we tend to have a love/hate relationship.  I hate getting started, but I LOVE the process and the result.  So when the opportunity to co-host Clear Your Clutter presented itself, I couldn't resist.  It was the perfect way to get me moving in the right direction, and, just as I suspected, I had a GREAT time.  It also got me thinking about how I could improve other rooms.  If you are like me and need a little motivation, be sure to link up your organizational projects at the bottom of this post.

Bathroom Counter Before
 Bathroom Counter After

As you can see, in our house any bathroom counter becomes a catchall for all those things you use daily or take off at night.  The first tip I have falls right in line with the name of our linky party challenge...

1.  Clear Your Clutter.

Unorganized Bathroom

 2.  Use a Lazy Susan.

Lazy Susan in Bathroom
Everyday products have to be within reach.  In order to make them less intrusive and more accessible, I have found that a turntable is the perfect tool to cluster my products without them knocking over every time I reach for the ones in the back.  Why should Susan only be lazy in the kitchen when the bathroom is where she really needs to save time?
3.  Use Any Extra Towel Racks as Necklace Holders.

Use towel rack to hold necklaces
Necklace trees can accessorize your room with style if you have plenty of space for decorative pieces.  Because my bathroom has limited counter space, I had to find another option.  I use my extra towel racks to display my everyday necklaces.  Before implementing the towel racks, I would take my necklaces off and place them wherever I could find a spot, which left my bathroom looking terrible.  Now I know right where they go, and it's so easy to put them right back where they belong.
4.  Don't waste the tops of drawers.  Use drawer shelves.

Drawer Shelf
A good way to utilize the often wasted space at the top of a drawer is to insert a shallow shelf that sits on top of the drawer.   I happened to purchase this one at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but they are available at most any store that carries organizing products.
5.  Make guests' needs readily available in the guest bathroom.

Hostess Idea for Guest Bathroom

 I love having guests come to our house.  It's fun to find ways to make their space & visit special.  One thing I always do is use a basket full of towels, washcloths, toothpaste, new toothbrush & all those hotel toiletries as an accessory for the guest bath.  Not only is it a great way to store the hotel toiletries, but it's an easy way to make sure your guests have everything they need.

6.  Have a place for everything.

Credit: Martha Stewart
 
Knowing where to put things as you use them is very important in KEEPING your bathroom organized.  Here are a few genius ideas that I found on Pinterest and pinned to our Clear Your Clutter board, which is a great place to see more inspiration for organizing all of your rooms (don't forget to follow me while you're there).   

By: Sugar Bee Crafts
Sugar Bee Crafts attached a magazine file to the back of her cabinet to store her hair dryer.  What a great way to utilize space that often is wasted!

By: LTD Commodoties
LTD Commodities sells this towel rack which they say holds 12 or more towels.  It would be perfect for my bathroom because I have one little sliver of wall between my door and shower.  This towel rack looks like a great DIY project.  You might even be able to find an old magazine rack that would do the trick.

By: BHG
Babble pointed me to a beautifully organized bathroom cabinet from Better Homes & Gardens.  I love how they created shelves on the inside of the cabinet and shelf dividers too!

By: The Family Handyman
The Family Handyman used PVC Pipe to hold curling irons into place inside the cabinet doors.

Now, go checkout 
the other Clear Your Clutter hostesses:

Rhonda @ Mrs. Greene - Monday
Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage - Wednesday
Charlie @ Attempting Aloha - Thursday
Lisa @ Condo Blues - Friday
Colleen @ Mural Maker - Saturday

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Thanks and Happy Organizing!!


Niki


6 comments:

  1. Thanks Angie!! Can't wait to see you tackle the kitchen tomorrow!!

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  2. What a great link-up for January! I love all of your ideas. I do that guest bedroom basket thing too, and our baskets are almost identical! I put bottled water in mine, as well, and place a pretty crystal glass (you can get them very inexpensively at discount houseware stores when you only need one or two) on a plate beside the bed so my guests have something to sip on overnight. Love you!

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  3. Megan, I had no doubts that you would...I probably got the idea from you. :) I put a basket with bottled water and mints in the guest room....sometimes other things if I can think of something unique to them. I love and miss you too!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

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  4. Great ideas, thank you for sharing!

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  5. I love home tour link parties. I was able to get a lot of new ideas!

    Thanks again,

    Krystal
    House Organization

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