- To enhance your cleaning time: keep a set of cleaning supplies in each bathroom.
This includes window cleaners, sink, toilet and bath cleaners, sponges, paper towels,
and utility clothes. Having these items easily accessible reduces the time needed to
locate them from another part of the home.
- Use the inside door of bathroom cabinets for mounting organizing caddies for hair
accessories. Imagine: hair dryers, cords, curling irons, combs or brushes all neatly
displayed in an organized view. No more muss of fuss! Under $20.
- Invest in small decorative baskets to store odds and ends such as barrettes, hair combs,
hair ties, nail clippers, files, polish, makeup and lipstick. This will keep everything in
its place and reduce the clutter in your vanity drawer. You will also avoid everything
"shifting" whenever the drawer is opened.
Drawer inserts made by Rubbermaid also do the trick quite well. The neat
part is they can be configured to any size, shape or need.
- Clean out toiletries on a regular basis. Most people are not aware of the fact that there
is a "shelf life" to makeup. If you haven't used it in the last 6 months the item has
most likely broken down and is no longer hygienically clean. (so toss that blue eye
shadow that you were hoping would come back into fashion.)
- Instead of using sprays to clean shower curtains reduce this time consuming task by
washing the shower curtain with warm water and bleach in your washing machine on a
gentle cycle. It will clean soap scum as well as mildew. When washing is complete,
just hang the shower curtain back on the rod to air dry.
- Place a pad and pencil in the bathroom! Studies show that the bathroom is one of the
top 10 areas where creativity strikes. More problems are solved here than most
meeting rooms. Why not be prepared when solutions arise?
- Are you experiencing lack of time to catch up on your subscriptions or periodicals?
Place a magazine rack in the bathroom. Ten minutes here and there all add up.
Statistically speaking, studies have shown that this is a good, private, reading spot.
- Is your shower a clutter of hair supplies for individual users? Invest in a shower
caddy. This little shower organizer slips over any shower head and can store:
shampoo, cream rinse, liquid soap, bar soap, razors and loofas as well as a hook to
hang the bathtub scrub brush. Under $20
- Have a supply of bathroom tissue, Kleenex, towels, and basic toiletries in each
bathroom. This will reduce wasted steps when supplies run out in a given area.
- Do you dread cleaning the bathroom tiles? Little luck in removing soap scum or
mildew? Spray a paper towel with bleach, tap the towel onto the shower wall, let it sit
overnight (the moisture will allow it to stay in place and work). Rinse thoroughly in
- Make sure there is a laundry basket of sorts in each bathroom that is utilized
by household members. I have seen far too many moms frustrated with towel
mountains, yet there are no laundry baskets in sight to assist in this territory.
- Clean the bathtub while you are taking a shower!
Refer to our resource section
for particular manufacturers of bathroom organizing products.
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