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Effective Bathroom Organization

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  by Leslie Patterson

Once a small room of function, today's bathroom has transformed into a place similar to a favorite spa.

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Whirlpool tubs, customized showers, and spacious vanities have combined to create a private retreat within the home, perfect for resting after a tiresome day. However, the bathroom is also a place where clutter gathers quite easily. Various bottles and tubes for each family member quickly take over available counter space, making it much more difficult for one to locate exactly what they need. No one wants that kind of added stress in a haven of relaxation! Fortunately, some effective organization can help reduce the clutter and ensure the spa-like bathrooms stay stress-free and relaxing.

There are three major problems to address when reducing bathroom clutter:

Problem 1 – Too Much Stuff? Throw some out!

One of the largest sources of clutter in many bathrooms is unused product. Most everyone has purchased shampoo or other such goods that were disliked or replaced before emptying. These partially used portions get tucked into cabinets or abandoned on counters, taking up valuable space. Anything past expiration or that has not been used in more than 12 months should be tossed. Make certain that potentially harmful products are disposed of properly. Also keep in mind that perfectly good but unwanted product can be donated to area shelters.

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Problem 2 – Too little storage? Create more space!

Whether organizing your spacious master bath or mudroom half-bath, homeowners should make the most of the space available. From individual baskets organized by family member to glass jars that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, there are numerous products available to keep cabinets tidy and countertops clean. Over-the-tank storage units are ideal for utilizing vertical space in smaller bathrooms. Also, do not forget the importance of "off-site" storage! Hall closets are great for storing extra rolls of toilet paper, large towels, and other surplus odds and ends until needed in the immediate space.

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Problem 3 – No organizational system? Develop a routine!

Once the clutter has been removed and the storage has been determined, it is imperative to find everything a proper home. Do not rush into putting things back in the same general area as before. Determine a sensible system for storing your products, for example, hand soap, lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste may all be used most frequently in your bathroom and therefore they are kept on the counter. By keeping with the rule that no more than four objects should remain on the counter, everything else finds a home spot in cabinets or on shelves, and it becomes routine to put them back where they come from.

It may take some time for a new system to become habit, but the ease with which items can now be found is completely worth the effort. In just a few short steps, your dream bathroom is once again a place of rest.

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