In the past few years there has been a resurgence of young dynamic couples moving into Baltimore city into older homes, usually row homes. There are definitely pluses and minuses of living in a small space Less space means you can’t buy a lot of stuff, but the main downside is dealing with the day-to-day challenges of tighter storage spaces. For example, older homes almost always have smaller bathrooms, and bathrooms, as we know, require daily use. Small bathrooms can work fine when you have minimal toiletries, hair products and make-up, but if like most women, you like to have a lot of choices, you’re probably going to struggle a bit to keep your bathroom organized. This can be especially challenging if the bathroom is being shared amongst two or more people.
Trying to organize everyone’s toiletries inside a small vanity cabinet with no shelving or drawers may seem almost impossible. Homeowners sometimes try to compensate by bringing in shelving to store and organize all of their everyday toiletries, but this can create clutter and result in the bathroom looking even more cramped than it already is. If you can relate to this, you may be ready to completely declutter and re-organize your bathroom.
However, before you rush out to buy a bunch of bins, baskets and containers, take a look at all of the products and toiletries you have to see if you can get rid of anything. Toiletries and make-up do eventually expire, so you’ll want to get rid of any make-up that you’re no longer wearing, has dried up or that you’ve had for a very long time. For make-up you’ve never worn, see if a friend or colleague can take it off your hands. Same goes for lotions, creams and other toiletries. This is the time to declutter and start fresh, so avoid hanging onto items in the event that you might need them someday.
Once you have finished purging, look at the storage space you have to see if you need to purchase additional storage containers or shelving. Take a look inside the bathroom vanity, measure the space and shop for bathroom organizers to help with storage and organization under the sink. If there’s still not going to be enough space, consider moving excess bathroom supplies to another area so that you have space for your everyday supplies.
If you do have the room to bring in a small free-standing shelving unit, use baskets or bins on each shelf to store and organize your bathroom supplies, but be sure to store similar items together. If you begin storing unrelated together, you won’t remember where anything else is and it may return to a cluttered state!
If you are sharing the bathroom, try to set it up in a way that makes sense for both of you, and then explain your system to them so that they know where everything goes, and don’t forget to label everything. The bathroom is one of the busiest rooms of the home, so if it’s organized with a place for everything, it will make your life a lot easier and save a lot of time.
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Baltimore Organized Families writer, Jacquie Ross, has been writing for The Examiner since 2009. Please check out her other articles related to decluttering, organization and time management. Jacquie, a professional organizer and certified life coach, also shares organizing tips in her Timely Tips e-newsletter. Subscribers are eligible to receive a free email declutter tips course when they sign up for her newsletter.