Organise the chaos in your bathroom today with these simple yet effective decluttering tips from expert organiser Natalie Jane
The main bathroom is a high-traffic area and, especially if you have kids, can become a disaster zone within moments of being used. Having kid-friendly storage solutions makes life easier for everyone and tidying up a breeze. Get your banana boxes, rubbish bags, cleaning gear and label maker (or labels and a permanent marker) and clear a sorting area.
Work shelf by shelf, cupboard by cupboard, grouping like items together. Separate out each child’s personal items where necessary. Get rid of multiples, nearly-empty bottles (decanting and combining where you can), expired items, broken or outgrown toys, old hairbrushes and toothbrushes and empty tubes. Before reorganising the ‘keep’ items, take a moment to think about what is working in the space and what isn’t. Change what isn’t working.
The key is to store items practically so everyone, especially kids, can have easy access to them and also put them away easily. Think about having crates or baskets in drawers and under the sink organised by item type or by child. Pull-out drawers under the sink can also work. Store everyday items in accessible spaces and label them.
Pegs or hooks at child height make it easy for kids to hang towels, especially if they are named or coloured for each child. A simple tension rod hung with ‘S’ hooks and baskets does a beautiful job of storing bath toys and makes it easy for kids to reach them. Good-quality suction cups with hooks for hanging baskets also work well. Towels and face cloths colour-coordinated by user means no more confusion as to whose towel is whose! Add a laundry basket for dirty clothes.
- Only keep items that will get used.
- Store items practically and at their point of use where possible.
- Contain all items to stop spillages and make it clear where they belong.
- Label, label, label!
- Include responsibility for personal bathroom items on a household chore plan.
- Beware of buying multiples – check before shopping.