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Bathroom Remodeling Ideas - Organization

By Jeanette Joy Fisher

Before you can begin a bathroom remodel, you need organization!

If you took a survey, you'd find that one of the most frustrating things in the world to a homeowner is a bathroom filled with unsightly clutter. Yet, dealing with clutter in the bathroom can be a daunting task and one thatís hard to get a handle on, especially if storage space is limited. What can you do to tackle the job?

Here are a few bathroom organization suggestions:

First, if the bathroom is shared by more than one family member, you've got to set parameters for who-uses-what-space.

Begin by cleaning out every drawer. This will accomplish several things. First, it will allow you to discard anything that doesn't get used: things that have just been sitting around, taking space, sometimes for decades. It also sets distinct boundaries for who-can-put-what-where. This is important, especially if you have kids sharing the space.

Give everyone who uses the bathroom space a different-colored basket. They're easy to find at discount stores for very little money, and they can help your organization efforts immensely. Make sure that everyone has all the items they'll need every day, such as toothpaste, grooming supplies, and makeup in their basket. No one is to borrow from anyone else. Thatís the key to making this system work! If a family member gets low on something, they need to you know, and you'll replenish it quickly. (The key word here is quickly, or the borrowing will begin, and the system will break down amazingly fast.)

After the drawers are organized, begin on the countertops. There shouldn't be much left on them after you've made space for everybodyís personal items in the drawers. Keep the countertops as free of stuff as possible. That will go a long way toward making your bathroom look less cluttered.

There are ways to maximize your storage. You can use shower or bath caddies to hold soap, shampoo, sponges, and other bathing utensils. Again, they're inexpensive, but can save lots of clutter. Similar kinds of caddies can be used to hold little kidsí tubby toys, as well, to keep them from cluttering up the bathroom space.

If you think about it, there are only a few things that actually need to be stored in the bathroom: things like towels, washcloths, toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, make up supplies, extra bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and a few bars of soap.

Kids can present special problems by not hanging up their towels when they're done with a bath or shower. One great way to encourage them to hang up towels is to use hooks instead of towel racks. It only takes a heartbeat to hang a towel on a hook, which means they'll be much more likely to use it.

 

It can be a daunting task, but with some inventive thought and concentrated effort, you CAN take back control of your  bathroom organization!  Then, you can begin your bathroom remodel with fresh eyes to give you inspiration and ideas.

 

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