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A Perfectly Organized Bathroom Closet

It’s the peak of the flu season. As you are sniffling, sneezing, and feeling nauseous, you turn to your bathroom closet for relief.  However, when you open the bathroom closet can you immediately find what you are looking for? Most of us can’t and when you’re sick, every moment counts. Fortunately we have the steps you need to create a well-organized bathroom closet. Before you know it you’ll be able to easily locate your medications and hit the road to recovery!

Find a space – First and foremost, find a large open space where you can have enough room to sort through all the items in your closet. 

Remove all contents – Yes, remove ALL the contents from the bathroom closet and place them on an old sheet or plastic liner. (We don’t want you spilling cough syrup on the carpet!) Dump out all the contents from bins, baskets, totes, or whatever organizing devices are currently in place. It might seem like a tedious task, but you’ll thank us in the end. At this point your bathroom closet should be completely empty.

Measure Shelves – In order to have an impeccable closet, you must use perfectly sized, stackable bins. First, measure the length, width, and height of each shelf. Write down all measurements clearly on a sheet of paper. (We will go shopping soon!)

Sort and Categorize – Remember all of the stuff we dumped out? Well now it’s time to sort and categorize those items. Sort all items of a certain category with similar items. Suggested categories include (but are not limited to):  Prescriptions, Pain Relievers, Cold Medicines, First Aid, Digestive, Nail Care, Make-up, Women’s Care, Dental Care, Hair Care, Hair Products, Perfumes/Colognes, Shaving Needs, Ointments, Hotel Samples (we all have tons of those), Storage (this is where you keep your extra supply of soap, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream, etc), Everyday (this is where you keep your frequently used products (deodorant, lotions, hair brushes, etc), and Miscellaneous (for all other loose ends).  Categories will depend on individual lifestyles.

Make a shopping list – Count the number of categories you just made. Make note of the size of each category. For example, the shaving needs pile might have less contents therefore needing a smaller bin. On the contrary, the storage pile will have larger items therefore needing a larger bin. Each category will require at least one bin.

Purchase Supplies – Before containerizing you will need to purchase organizing supplies that fit the dimensions of your bathroom closet. Supplies can be purchased at many retail stores including The Container Store®. For organizing on a budget, try Target® or Wal-Mart®. Before walking out the door, be sure to bring the measurements of the shelves, a measuring tape, and the number of bins needed (based on the desired categories). While shopping, look for bins that stack evenly, have a sturdy latching lid that is easy to open and close, and are clear so you can easily view the contents inside (We recommend Sterilite® Clip Boxes which come in various sizes and are available at Target for $1.99 – $4.99 each). Measure the length, width, and height of each bin. Ideally the bins will fit perfectly on each shelf from wall-to-wall and will stack on top of each other perfectly. If needed, purchase plastic adhesive hooks for hanging corded items such as blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons on the closet door.

Containerize – You sorted your items and bought your supplies. Let the fun begin! Fill each bin with a different category of items. Frequently used items should be placed on shelves within reach. Less frequently used items should be placed on higher or lower shelves. Stack bins neatly side-by-side and on top of each other to give a perfectly neat and organized look. Assemble plastic adhesive hooks on the closet door and hang corded items appropriately.

Label – Label each bin accordingly with a label maker.

Now that you can find everything you need, take the extra down time on your sick day and get well soon. The sooner you feel better, the sooner you can start organizing the rest of your home!

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