Tips for organizing your bathroom
Tips for organizing your bathroom; also known as ways to make sure all your hair elastics are in one place so that you find them at 7am as you frantically run a brush through your hair.
This past week I shared on the blog that PMQ for Two had received some great news. Although I’m not able to confirm all he details yet, I can tell you that this winter my words will be gracing the pages of a printed magazine. Although I’ve been “in print” before, this will be the first time I’m being printed as PMQ for Two. This will mark a milestone in the blog’s progression, and it’s something I have all of you to thank for! So thank you.
I was asked to write a post about organizing a space in my PMQ, and I asked you, my beautiful viewership, if you thought I should cover the bathroom or the kitchen. Although you won’t see what I’ve done until the article comes out, I can tell you it’s a good one! I spent the past couple of days brainstorming projects, looks, and details before frantically running around town gathering the bits and bobs I needed for the styling.
Given that the overwhelming response was for a post about organizing and styling a bathroom, I’ve decided to include a piece on doing just that (regardless of what the article I chose to write is about)!
If you’re like me and live in a PMQ you’ve probably experience a bathroom in which you can sit in the bathtub, flush the toilet, close the door, and turn on/off the sink at the same time. It’s an experience to say the least. We have a hard time with two people using the tiny space, so I can’t imagine a family trying to.
Enjoy my top 5 ways to keep your bathroom stylish & organized. The pictures below capture my examples well, as I’m keeping the pictures of what we’ve done for the reveal with the home tour post later this month.
1. Invest in storage trays
I’ve acquired many storage contraptions over the years, but my favourite – hands down- are clear plastic trays from Dollarama. They’re clear, sturdy, movable and modular. They’re perfect for keeping things organized in tight spaces, and you can stack them. Because they’re see-through, you know what’s where without having to un-stack them and root through boxes or bags. For 5-10$ you can revolutionize the way your cupboards exist, and make them work for you.
If you wanted to leave them out on your counters, you could also cut-out some fun designs, images or prints to line the bottom of them, turning them into cool trays if you will. It’s fun, it’s budget friendly, and best of all you can use them in almost any room.
2. Hang a print or two
This part is less organizational and more stylish, but it can help open-up any space. I’ve re-purposed some lovely dalmatian wrapping paper and spray-painted some frames in a complimentary shade. The whole thing took me about 3 minutes, and has given our white walls something to be proud of. I’ve got one next to our mirror, and another next to the window. Together they provide some fun pops of colour and balance-out the space.
I really like the Janet Hill studios print because who doesn’t love a bathroom as art in another bathroom?
3. Pick a colour scheme
We opted for grey and gold, and have added pops of colour that fall into the colour palette. This can be done in the form of kleenex boxes, soaps, and hand towels. The easiest way to apply a colour scheme in a bathroom with little wall space (if painting isn’t an option) would be with your bathroom linen. These days you can get a decent set of towels and matching accoutrements for a good price. Invest in a set! If you have somewhat cohesive bathroom linens, it will help make the space feel more put together and less haphazard.
Once you’ve nailed-down a towel colour, consider the metals being used in your bathroom. Are the all drawer knobs and handles brass? Consider extending the scheme with some fun, flashy, gold jars or vases. You’d be amazed what a can of spray paint and some mason jars can do. If all your hardware is brushed metal, maybe go a more industrial route when it comes to the tooth brush holder and towel rack. The point is to bring cohesion in an effort to appease the eye and smooth over an odd space.
3. Have fun!
I scoured our local thrift shops for old crystal candy jars and bowls – the big ones your grand mother kept scotch mints in. I purchased a couple and have purposed them to hold bath salts, Q-tips, cotton balls and doodads. They keep my counter-top organized and add some old-hollywood glamour to what would otherwise be a very simple space. I threw them on a mirrored tray to amplify the light and accent the details.
I’ve also decided to utilize the top of our toilet. This sounds weird, but consider the fact that you have an extra flat space there. If you have kids it might be trickier what with all the grabby hands, but if your children are more grown-up, or like us you don’t have kids, it’s a great place to keep things handy. Our toilet is right next to the bathtub, so instead of keeping soaps and salts on the counter at the other end of the bathroom, I keep them on a neat little tray next to the bathtub.
Since our colours are gold and grey, so I decided to spray-paint a rubber duck metallic gold. He looks so chique! but he also adds some whimsy to the space. The one pictured above is available on zulily, full credit to them. I didn’t re-paint the lips or eyes on mine.
4. Check your shower curtain
I’ve got a plain white waffle shower curtain. It keeps the space clean, and helps hide whatever is in the bathtub/shower. If I had a clear one, you would see all the soap scum, as well as anything else kicking around on the the ledges. To give the illusion of organization i.e by hiding what was really happening in there, I opted for a two curtain system. Most home decor stores will sell cotton shower curtains in various patterns, motifs, colours and textures. In our bathroom it has worked beautifully!
I have a nice white “wall” and I can change the plastic curtain backing (on the side that comes in contact with water) when it gets gross, I can wash the cotton one if it gets dirty. You don’t need to be limited by what’s available in plastic curtains, you can explore the world of fabric shower curtains!
5. Consider pairing down
The corner ledge in any bathtub tends to be where shampoo and conditioner bottles go to die. It’s a graveyard of errant strands of hair, dead soap bubbles and far too many bottles of shampoo. If you’re tight on space or have a lot of people using the tub, consider pairing down. Do you need 4 bottles of shampoo? Do they need to be in the shower at all times? What about tossing them in a bucket under the sink? Taking the time to re-evaluate your needs when functioning in a tight space, might just be what you need to do.
We only have one bottle of shampoo, one bottle of body wash, and one face wash. Those things sit nicely on the rack that goes around the shower head, and we even have room for a loofa! When you think about it, you probably don’t need all that much in the shower. If you do, then look into self-draining shower caddies.
From a cleanliness point of view, less things sitting around the bathtub means less space for soap gunk to collect.
How do you keep your bathroom neat, functional and stylish?