My bathroom has a unit built over the toilet with 1 open shelf and a cupboard with doors. After accidentally knocking a few things into the toilet, I decided I needed a better storage solution. I also felt nervous when guests came over that they might accidentally bump something off the shelf into you-know-where…It was easy to do.
I needed something that was closed or contained, like a drawer or a box, to store my items. Something that could be accessed and cleaned easily. I bought a few acrylic boxes from Muji to start. I liked them so much I bought 5 more.
Once everything was all neat and organized in their respective boxes, I immediately gained some benefits. I also made some rather interesting insights about myself.
Turns out, I was a bathroom hoarder! With my former “organization” method, I could never really see what I had. I didn’t realize that I kept buying the same products because I thought I was running out only to discover I actually had multiple quantities of that particular item. Bathroom stuff gets expensive!
One of the worst parts was that some items were wasted because I didn’t use them before the expiration date, either because I didn’t see the item or had already bought a replacement.
Overall, I gained a number of benefits from the new system.
- Inventory was easy. I quickly noticed a few things missing that I always like to have around, like band-aids and ibuprofen. Now that each item has a specific box, I can assess what needs to be replaced or replenished.
- Cleaning up is quick and easy because I know exactly where to put things.
- It’s fast to locate things. This is definitely a perk when dealing with injuries or getting ready. I want my time focused on getting ready, not hunting around for things.
- No more products tumbling into the toilet or onto the floor.
- It’s space efficient.
- I made people happy when I passed along the nice bathroom products that I wasn’t going to use. I felt good because I knew the products would get used up and enjoyed before expiring.
Key Organizing Tip: Everything needs a home. Read more about it here.