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Day 19: Family Bathrooms
Family bathrooms can be notorious sources of strife, especially among female occupants or wide age ranges or even gender. And while organization can’t alleviate all of it, it can profoundly help!
Here are some easy ways to implement personal storage, organizational structure, and tricks for common use items that will go a long way toward conciliation without last minute scrambles for curling irons, toothbrushes and more!
Create Storage Elsewhere
Find storage elsewhere for bulky items, excess products, medicinal items, and first aid kits. When the bathroom is in use, these items will still be available.
Personal caddies, complete with all of the items necessary to get ready in the morning, alleviates a lot of tension as each occupant has their own supplies. This one, from Pottery Barn, is also great for dorm rooms or sleep-overs.
Implement Storage for High Use Items
Create storage for high use items like towels, toiletries (cotton balls, cue tips), toilet paper and more. Consider installing verticle storage, like the area above the toilet, or other wall space to maximize storage for common use items. Using counter-top acrylic see-through containers for cotton balls, cue tips and other items frees up drawer space, provides easy access, and is easy to keep track of inventory.
Objective: To organize a family bathroom that functions well for multiple family members.
• Create a Put-Away Box, a Donation Box and gather several trash bags.
• Remove all items that belong in other rooms and deposit into the Put Away Box.
• Sort through all the bathroom products and discard any expired items.
• Separate out multiples of a product, bulky excess products and first aid kits to locate elsewhere.
• Create personal caddies for each family member and organize products in them. Locate these caddies in their bedroom.
• Create storage where appropriate; verticle, wall space, etc., to store high use and common use items. Create store for small like items (plastic lidded bins, baskets, etc.)
• Clean and sanitize all fixtures, drawers, and cabinets.
• Restock the newly cleaned and organized bathroom.
Bonus Rooms and Areas
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Family Bathroom Inspirations
Adding Common Use Storage
Cabinets Add Storage and Function
Make Use of Magnets
Sometimes, you have to think behind the box. A medicine cabinet becomes more efficient if you affix a sheet of precut galvanized steel to its interior with construction adhesive. Magnetic hooks can hold scissors and a mirror, and small plastic cups corral small necessities, such as rubber bands and hair clips.
Put underutilized walls and doors to task! Use this hotel-style multitiered towel rack for an upgrade on the single, inefficient towel hook.
Consider adding personal use vanities in bedrooms where appropriate to free up the bathroom for others.
Personalized Individual Hooks for Towels
Personal Caddies for Each Member
Create personal caddies for each family member that holds everything they need to get ready in the morning; a particular shampoo, their own hairdryer, curling iron, soaps, lotions, etc.