I have two rules when it comes to the bathroom, toiletries, and linens.
Revise that. Three.
1) Keep clutter out of sight
2) Leave space
and of course
On the bath front, I’ve tried to keep things that I need nearby yet tucked away and have implemented new uses for old things to do so.
We have ONE bathroom in this house, so it’s all in one!
This is the medicine cabinet over the toilet. We all must have some ugly things in our medicine cabinets – bandaids, floss, extra toothbrushes, nail polish remover, extra soaps, rubbing alcohol, pain relievers. Don’t see too much of that do you! [Although I’ll admit that we don’t keep a ton of medicines on hand!]
My technique is to put the ugly stuff in the back and cover it up with pretty stuff. You could even use EMPTY pretty bottles!
Also, turn the labels so it looks more real simple.
These sugar bowls weren’t getting much use in our china cabinet, so I moved them upstairs. Inside you’ll find Alieve, aspirin, wart remover (!) and other small things
Same with these mugs that I thought looked cute in here. They have extra soaps and mini toothpastes! They certainly look better than if I had them all just stacked on the shelf.
I also have a cute little chest my grandmother gave me that stores more little things like bandaids, floss (I really do floss every night! It’s addicting!) and nail clippers, an extra toothbrush.
Underneath I have some bath products and extra TP – all contained and out of site (although the bath products are pretty!) I also keep some Method wipes easy to reach for quick sink (and floor!) clean ups when I don’t want to get out the big cleaning supplies stuff.
Since our above-the-sink cabinet is more for daily use and less for storage (and is also not see-through) we have daily things in here – toothbrushes (Matt’s is usually in the black thing) and Matt’s stuff.
Remember to leave space so it feels airy!
I also think when it comes to bathrooms, upgrade the grody stuff if it drives you nuts. Our old toilet brush was pretty gross so I got a new one that matches the green and white theme. It makes me so much happier. I’ll admit that’s not the greenest [ha!] solution, but for $5 it was a nice change.
So where are all my other girly things?
In a nice box full of organized clutter at the bottom of my closet. Here’s where I put all kinds of makeup samples and travel stuff. I go through this a few times a year and get rid of the near-empty stuff or stuff I realize I’ll never use. I am such a hoarder of hotel shampoos!
We are lucky in this house to have a nice big linen closet!
It holds 2 spare sets of sheets (we have 5 sets total for our master and guest beds and 3 of them are on the beds). I like to fold sheets into a packet with the pillowcases folded lengthwise and wrapped around the flat and fitted sheets like a clamshell. Makes them easier to carry and it looks very neat on the shelf.
For towels, I always put the folded side out (compared to the ends) so it looks more spa-like. I’m not that anal about folding my linens (they are pretty sloppily folded) but I do like them to all be the same way.
Lastly, my cleaning supplies are in a carrying crate (it took me 5 years of adult life to learn this trick from the home magazines!) so I can tote them from room to room. I’m not too happy with my dustbuster situation (wish I could keep it plugged in) but I just take it out to charge once a week or so after using it on the bathroom floor.
I’d love to hear some of your tricks for organization! And anyone with a photo of a super neat linen closet or bathroom – send them to me to post for more inspiration!!