If you’ve read my two previous posts, you may be wondering how to set up your own organizing system. Here’s a step by step approach to systematic organizing. I’ll use the bathroom as an example:
1. Storage of makeup and other bathroom items: I have a storage cart that I purchased at the Container Store:
It also helps to have something for makeup, to separate it:
Periodically, I go through my drawers and edit out the makeup and other things that I don’t use anymore.
2. In the shower, there needs to be a place for all of the bottles and stuff. This is also an area that needs heavy editing. That bottle with nothing in it, but a drop of conditioner, needs to go. The old loofah growing a layer of mold also needs to go. Edit, edit, edit.
3. I like to have my cleaning stuff at the ready, so it is easy to clean. I put my cleaning supplies for the bathroom in a small caddy. I leave the toilet bowl cleaner and some paper towels next to my toilet, since I use them a lot.
4. The top of the sink is a place where people have a lot of clutter. I hate clutter, so I only allow myself the basics: a toothbrush, and toothpaste in a cup; hand soap, a cup and mouthwash. I think you’ll find that the less you have on top of the sink, the easier it is to clean and it just looks nicer.
5. Under the sink is the bane of everyone’s existence. The best solution to the mess underneath the sink is a sliding out shelf. You can get these at Target or the Container Store and it makes it so much easier to see what is under there.
The most important part of a system is to use it. If you consistently put things away in their appointed places, the system will work. The other important part of this working, is if you edit your collected stuff in the bathroom on a regular basis.