Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Organizing the Bathroom - Week Four

Welcome to Week Four!! We are halfway through our eight week Organizing our Homes 2015.  This week we are focusing on our bathrooms.  

Bathrooms can get quickly out of control since it is a room we use quite a bit throughout the day, and plenty of clutter can accumulate with products, towels and dirty laundry.  This is one of the rooms that REALLY appreciates that weekly cleaning routine that I shared with you a few weeks ago.  Sometimes I even find that the bathrooms need quite a bit more attention than just once a week.

 Containerizing is crucial in the bathroom!  First you need to go through all the cabinets, drawers and other locations where items are stored and get rid of anything that hasn't been used in a year, or that isn't absolutely necessary.  Consider storing your towels in a linen closet that may be close by so that you have under the counter space for toiletries and other items necessary in the bathroom.  We have an entire closet in the hallway devoted to towels and toilet paper storage.  Next, find some containers that work well for your space to store the things you need.  The above picture of the glass containers stores cotton balls and q-tips very well, and is also decorative at the same time. 
 Consider containing bath items in a basket to keep thing clean looking and clutter free. 
 I take a nightly bubble bath and have discovered how very handy it is to have a basket of clean wash cloths handy - plus I think it looks pretty too! 

 A pretty storage box on the back of the toilet is handy to keep personal items close at hand, but also a pretty way to keep it all hidden and clutter free. 
 Look for cute and inexpensive hand soaps and lotions at discount stores that can really spruce up an otherwise dull area.  Places like Homegoods usually have these at a price not much more than a bottle of hand soap at big chain discount stores.

 Don't forget to hang something on the walls to create interest.  I love inspirational words - especially first thing in the morning! 
 This little basket of bathroom cleaning items has been my number one key to success in keeping my bathrooms clean on a daily/weekly basis.  If everything I need to do a quick clean is right there at my fingertips, I am MUCH more likely to wipe down the counters real quick, give the tub a quick clean or whatever else may need doing.  I keep a basket under the counter in each bathroom.

A secret to keeping clean toilets everyday is to have a toilet brush and holder filled with cleaning solution right beside each toilet in the house.  It literally takes 15 seconds to swish the toilet clean when it needs attention.   I keep mine filled with Pine-sol and water that I change out every couple of weeks. 

 You know those moments when you suddenly discover you have run out of toilet paper in the bathroom at the most inopportune times??   Keep a toilet paper holder (or paper towel holder like mine) right beside the toilet and keep it well stocked.  Once a week I walk around the house to each bathroom and refill them all.
 I've found a new system to keep the mountain of dirty towels under control.  I have these four towels (pictured below) that belong exclusively to me.   Mr. Timeless and Treasured has his own stock as well.  

 In the kids bathroom, I found a new approach to the mounds of wet towels I used to find on the floor every day.  Anyone - anyone?? Again, a simple label works wonders in the bathroom too.  I went and bought five towels for my three kids in a color that matches their bathroom.  If you are anything like me, seeing six different colored towels scattered around the bathroom is not a pleasant look.    Each kid has their own hook so they know whose towel is whose.  With teenage girls in the house, they usually want another towel to wrap their wet hair in.  Having the extra two hanging there for that reason, and also for hand washing, etc works well. (Plus one girl is usually away at college).  I simply gather them all up every few days, run them through the laundry and hang them up again.  I can't believe it has actually worked.  I don't find thousands of towels in there anymore like it used to.  This is magic people - try it! 

 Back in the master bathroom - finding an organizer that can keep all of your daily used items in one place is also a lifesaver in keeping all the clutter at bay (dental floss anyone?). I simply pull this out in the morning or evening as needed, and then put it right back away under the sink. For those of you who have drawers in your bathroom - I envy you.  Drawers in a bathroom would make life so much easier.  I will never buy another house without bathroom drawers. 
 I keep the hairbrushes in a simple over the cabinet door container on the inside of the cabinet. 
 Other items are easily contained in whatever you have handy.  It really makes a difference in keeping things tidy and also being able to locate what you need more easily.

Then - relax and take a bubble bath! You have earned it.  

Happy Organizing! 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Snow Angel

 This little snow angel is 15 now - desperately hanging on to every moment she's still mine...

A Simple Sock Organization System

While we are organizing our bedrooms this week, I thought I would share with you my simple sock organization system that works really well.  It helps that four out of the five of us living in the house are all girls, and three of us share the same size socks.  Dad keeps his socks in his dresser as you saw before in the last Organizing your Bedroom post.  That leaves the rest of us girls with a big sock collection that we pretty much share.  
 Don't you just hate sock matching on laundry days?  It's one of my least favorite chores.  Doing a daily load of laundry with my daily cleaning system helps out quite a bit - I tend to have less trouble with mate-less socks now also.  If you haven't purged your sock collection in a while - you should do it!  I dumped out all the socks here on the floor.  Toss any socks that don't have a mate, any with holes, etc.  Then organize them into different categories.

 I simply divided all the socks into three categories - do whatever works for you, for us it was daily socks, sports socks, and school uniform socks.  I like to use chalk pen on my labels because it stays a lot better than regular chalk, I ordered mine from Amazon.  I picked up these chalkboard labels in the dollar section at Target.  They have some great little organizational items there. 

We keep this drawer unit right beside our mudroom that holds all of our girls socks.  It's super handy to have right by the door and right by the shoes. It's much easier after doing laundry to just dump all the clean socks in here than trying to sort them all out and divide them up into four different girls dressers.

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