Clear the Clutter Challenge #3: Bathrooms and the Laundry Room
Your bathrooms and laundry spaces have great potential for creative organization solutions. As smaller spaces, they tend to get cluttered faster. We’ll show you how you can turn these clutter traps into highly functional spaces to keep your morning and night routines running smoothly.
Before you make a trip to purchase storage containers, take inventory of what you have in the back recesses of your bathroom cabinets. Get rid of any expired medication, old personal care items, and empty beauty products. This is also a great opportunity to deep clean your space before you begin organizing.
Once you’ve freed up this space, you can start planning what you can do to maintain your decluttered space. Try adding drawer dividers to maximize your drawer space or storage cubes under the sink to keep everything neat and contained. In your laundry space, determine what is possible for the space. Keep these tips in mind as you’re planning:
- How much surface do you have available? This will affect what kind of storage solutions will work best for you.
- Try to find solutions that won’t break the bank. Give yourself a budget for each space in your home.
- Keep in mind how your routine works. Find solutions that enhance this routine. Just because it looks organized doesn’t mean it’s practical for your lifestyle.
Surface areas are always a great place to start the decluttering process. By just having cleared surfaces, you’ll feel as if you’re in a completely new space. In your bathrooms you have a lot of smaller items like deodorant, contact solution, moisturizer, hairspray, toothbrushes, and hand soap. These items are used every day, but they clutter the counters. Rotating cosmetic organizers are a real game-changer for your bathrooms. Everything is nicely organized and stored, but you still have easy access for daily use. It’s the best of both worlds!
Your laundry spaces, however, may not have a lot of surface area for storage. This is where you’ll need to get a bit more creative. A rolling shelving unit may be the solution to your problems. It offers sufficient space to keep items in an orderly fashion while keeping everything out of the way. When you aren’t using it, you can simply roll it to where it’s is convenient for you.
Your shower is another place that may not offer the space you need. You can use shower caddies that fit over the shower head to keep your products out of the water and within easy reach. There are even plastic shower liners with pockets now to store overflow toiletries.
Storing jewelry in a stylish manner while keeping everything in good condition can be tricky. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Use ice cube trays in your drawers to keep your earrings and necklaces from getting tangled.
- Hanging jewelry organizers like this one allow you to keep your collection out of the way while still having easy access to it.
- If you have counterspace available, something like this may work best if you want to display some of your nicer pieces.
Keeping your child’s bathroom or bathroom toiletries clean and organized is a challenge. Try these tips to make it a bit easier.
- Make a bathroom caddy so everything they need is all in one place. When it’s time to get ready for bed or get ready for school in the morning, all they have to do is grab their caddy and head to the bathroom.
- Label everything. Keep storage bins clearly labeled so the kiddos know exactly where everything belongs.
- Plastic storage bins work great under the sink and in other cabinets for items that aren’t used on a daily basis.
We hope these tips help you while participating in the Invitation Homes Clear the Clutter Challenge. Share your newly organized bathrooms and laundry spaces with us here for a chance to win the Grand Prize