Get creative about storage solutions. Every bathroom is different, and everyone has different needs. The key is making your life easier by keeping what you need as accessible as possible. The image here is a repurposed shoe caddy, and it's great for holding all sorts of small items. Everything is visible and accessible.
It's time to give all your towels the once-over. Do some need to be recategorized as rags? Then relocate them to your rag supply (you do have a rag supply, right?). Some you just never use? Donate them to an animal shelter. Stack like towels together, and in just a few minutes, your towel storage will look like new.
Now step back and take in your newly organized bathroom! Every morning will be a pleasure when you can reach for exactly what you want with nothing else in the way.
I'm a firm believer in a minimalistic bathroom countertop. I keep only a soap dish and a small dish for hair elastics. Everything else is put away. Since the counter is the first thing you and your guests see, having it clear can make the whole room feel cleaner and more peaceful. If there are things you must keep here, placing them all neatly in a tray can make a big difference.
Open that bathroom drawer you use daily. Are there things you never use? It's time for them to go. If you haven't already, I suggest using drawer organizers (in the kitchen section of Bed, Bath and Beyond or theContainer Store). To skip a trip to the store, use shoebox lids, checkbook boxes, and jewelry gift boxes as great building blocks of a customized organization system. Discard the hair brushes you shudder at the thought of using and all that dried-up nail polish. Hairbrushes in good condition can be cleaned in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Cabinets can be an even bigger collecting place for products you never use. Remove what you know you won't use and store your extras here. If you don't already, I recommend always having on hand the next tube of toothpaste, bottle of shampoo and anything else you may run out of. Keep all these things in one bin, so you know exactly where to look when the time comes.
A well organized medicine cabinet contains only things you use regularly. Take just five minutes to remove expired medications. Store all rarely used items in a container in a bathroom cabinet or closet.
Amy is an entrepreneur, and has been a successful designer and business owner since 1996. With an architect father and interior designer mother, she's been thinking about how to make a home work all her life. As a child, she loved organizing her closet and found designing her dollhouse more appealing than playing with dolls. She went on to graduate from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in industrial design. Due to the breadth of her design education, she’s able to assess a room as a whole and instinctively know how to make it work better. Evaluating the contents and functionality of a space is second nature to her.