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Day 17: Master Bath
Next to the kitchen, the master bath is a daily use room that can almost instantly become cluttered. With a messy assortment of cosmetics, beauty items, products, hair dryers, curling irons… and more… it can become a challenge. With a few easy tricks and ideas, and in 3 easy steps, this room can be both functional and pleasant.
The next three days…
• Day 15: Master Bedroom
• Day 16: Master Closet
• Day 17: Master Bath
As always: create a “Put Away” Box and a “Donation” Box, and grab several garbage bags.
Step One: Sort and Clean
Sort and eliminate expired products, unused items, and products with bulky packaging – and repackage into usable containers. Thoroughly clean and sanitize your bathroom, laundering bath mats, towels, and so on.
Start with the shower and keep only what you use daily, and then move to the cabinets and other areas.Thoroughly clean and sanitize your bathroom, laundering bath mats, towels, and so on.
Thoroughly clean and sanitize your bathroom, laundering bath mats, towels, and so on — eliminate sponges and loofahs because they are most likely supporting their own ecosystem.
Step Two: Find Usable Storage
Usable storage helps eliminate clutter by giving everything a home. Especially important in shared bathrooms. Products sitting on counters, bath ledges, windowsills, and other surfaces contributes to clutter, disorganization, and stress. The bathroom needs to function well.
Find innovative solutions like the back of the door racks, hanging organizers for the shower if you don’t have built in shelves, drawer dividers for cosmetic and daily use items (toothbrushes, combs, razors, and so on) over-the-door-shoe caddies can double as holders for lotions, and other products. Be creative.
Bathroom Storage Ideas:
Step Three: Function
This seems counterintuitive, but by adding specific pieces of furniture to your bathroom, you’ll actually increase your space capacity.
Ideas would be tall, verticle cabinets for more storage, towel cabinets, or bath racks.
Melanie Gomez in Smart, Space Saving Bathroom Storage says,
Drawers: “Sharing is important in any relationship, but not when it comes to the bathroom. Case in point: the sharp-elbowed nudges caused by an unorganized vanity. The solution is to divvy up surfaces and compartments.
Under Sink: “Fit central cabinets with roll-out trays, like ones you’d see in a kitchen cabinet.”
Cabinets: “Keep to Yourself — Side cabinets, like the vanity’s countertops, should be divided as well. Keep his shaving stuff in a portable basket and store towels (and maybe some of her stuff) on the spare shelves in his cabinet.”
Objective: With a simple 3-Step plan, this important room can function efficiently.
• Remove all items that belong in other rooms.
• Remove all items from drawers, cabinets, and under the sink to sort.
• Discard all expired items, items that are broken, in poor condition or that are no longer used.
• Thoroughly clean and sanitize the bathroom, wipe out drawers and cabinets.
• Create functional storage, grouping items by use: daily, weekly/monthly and rarely. Daily use items need to be readily accessible, weekly or more use items in drawers and rarely used items are candidates for harder to reach storage.
• Purchase items necessary to keep the bathroom clean; shower squeegees, and so on. Discard any used loofahs, sponges, etc. They can support their own ecosystem.
• Put away items belonging in other rooms.
Kid’s and Guest Rooms
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