The first step toward achieving an organised bathroom is to remove the clutter.
This includes checking the medicine cabinet, linen closet, vanity cabinet and drawers and any other storage spaces you have in your bathroom.
Here is what you need to do:
Remove any items that do not belong in your bathroom. Put these items in the room where they belong.
get rid of any unwanted items from your bathroom and into their correct places
Dispose of expired medications. Contact your local pharmacy to find out how to properly dispose of the specific medications you have.
Dispose of old, unused or no longer wanted person items such as perfumes, make-up, moisturisers, etc.
Once your Bathroom has had a Thorough Clean, Be sure that you keep organisation in mind when you are deciding where to put the items you keep in your bathroom. Use these guidelines.
The Medicine Cabinet
Since a medicine cabinet is typically limited in space, but very easy to get to, it should be reserved for items that are used very frequently.
Hairbrushes, Straightners and blow dryers fit nicely into most vanity drawers. Since these drawers are also easily accessible you should use them to store items that you use frequently.
Vanity cabinets are perfect for larger items such as extra towels and toiletries such as extra shampoo bottles or to keep your wastebasket out of sight. Place less frequently used items toward the back of the cabinet and more frequently used items in front.
The Linen Closet
If you are fortunate enough to have a linen closet in or near your bathroom, storage should never be an issue. Everything you need can be stored in a linen closet and it can all be easily accessible if you take the time to organize it.
Fold towels neatly on one shelf. Place supplies such as extra toilet paper and facial tissues on another. Use plastic totes to contain medicines, make-up and cleansers. Place more frequently used items in front and lesser used items in back.
Keep Your Bathroom Well Stocked
Keep your bathroom filled with the items required for that bathroom’s use. Make a note of what you may require to add to your ‘shopping essentials list’
a supply of toilet tissue, facial tissue and hand soap, require shampoo, conditioner, bath towels, washcloths and other toiletries used in your daily routine.
It is much easier to replace used supplies with fresh ones if the supplies are right there in the room and easy to grab. So as you are organising your bathroom, be sure to find an appropriate home for the necessary supply stock.
Now that you have learned how to organise a bathroom, it will be much easier and you will spend less time cleaning.
Children need a quiet place to calm themselves down at the end of a busy day.
Organize your child’s room and then encourage them to help you keep it that way.
If there is less clutter for distraction, you will find that it is easier to get them to settle down during bedtime – or anytime they need a break.
Make sure you get your kids in on the action when you organize their bedroom. Have them help you so that they understand how you expect their room to look. This way, when you assign them chores in order to keep their bedrooms clean, they will know exactly what to do.
Declutter Keep toys to a minimum.
Make sure you have adequate shelving or storage space for the toys and make it a house rule that all toys must be put away each night before bedtime.
Grab anything that belongs in another room in the house. Move these items to the appropriate room.
Take a careful look around the room for clutter.
Don’t forget to check the closet. Clutter includes outgrown toys and clothes, and all unused or unwanted items.
Move all of these items to Clutter Central.
Dispose of rubbish or recycling.
The Clean Sweep
Now that your child’s room is clutter-free it will be much easier to clean. Now is the perfect time for a thorough cleaning.
Strip the bed and wash the bedding.
Remake the bed with fresh, clean sheets.
Remove all dirty laundry from the room.
Wash and dry it all and then have your child help you put it all away.
If your child does not have a laundry hamper, get one.
Teaching your child to put dirty clothes into a hamper is an easy way to help teach them to keep their room more organized.
If there are clean clothes laying around your child’s room that have not been folded and put away have your child help you do that now.
Take window curtains down and throw them in the dryer to remove dust.
Wash the windows and blinds.
Vacuum, including using the crevice attachment to get into the corners and along the walls and use the extension attachment to clear dust and cobwebs from the ceiling.
Dust all surfaces, headboard, footboard, and knick knacks
Wash the overhead light fixture and ceiling fan blades.
Now that you have taken the time to organize and thoroughly clean your child’s bedroom, enlist the help of your kids to keep it that way. Here are some rules to follow:
Have your children make their beds every morning.
Have your children put all their toys, books or games away before going to bed each night.
Teach your children to place their dirty clothes in their laundry to keep it off of their bedroom floor.
When you do laundry, put your children in charge of putting their own clothes away.
Be sure to wash the bed sheets at least once per week.
Children can be in charge of stripping their own beds and bringing the bedding to the laundry room.
If they are old enough, they can also remake their own beds.
Vacuum and dust thoroughly at least once each week.
If your children are old enough, they can do this themselves. It is a good idea to use a chore chart, especially for younger children, to help your kids remember and be responsible for the tasks you ask them to accomplish.
Curtains looking a bit lackluster and dusty?
We often take curtains for granted in our living spaces but when they’re looking really clean and fresh they can make a huge difference to a room. Ideally curtains should be cleaned around twice a year. Check whether yours can be machine washed. If not you will need to have them professionally dry-cleaned which can be expensive depending on the amount of fabric. Some dry cleaners charge by weight, others by the meter, so if you have very heavy or long curtains you may find dry cleaning is quite an expensive option (though obviously not as expensive as replacing your curtains!)
If your curtains are machine washable carefully follow the instructions and try to dry them outside where the can be hung straight and really well aired.
Leave a bit of moisture in them for ironing as you’ll get better results on slightly damp curtains.
Remember to loosen the gathers if your curtains are pleated at the top before you wash them as huge amounts of dust can accumulate in the gathers.
It’s also worth checking your curtains for stains and other signs of wear such as mildew, which can accumulate on curtains which sit on a damp window sill or patio door.
New Year, New Start!
We are getting organised for 2014, we have already made a start and I will be sharing more organisation & decluttering tips over the next few days, today we are focusing on your wardrobe.
The wardrobe/closet; the essential dumping ground for all seasons.
￼When it comes to household organization, I always recommend that you organize your bedroom first. Let me tell you why.
Most people neglect the private spaces in their homes, thinking that since nobody will ever see those spaces, it doesn’t really matter whether or not they are neat and organized.
This type of thinking could not be more wrong. It does matter…to you!
Your master bedroom should be your peaceful haven. It should be the place you can go at the end of a long day to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
Also, your bedroom is the first thing you see when you wake up every morning. It sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you open your eyes to clutter, you will start your day feeling overwhelmed. But if you open your eyes to organization just think of the motivation you will feel and how that can carry you through the rest of your day!
4 Piles Rule
Firstly, engage the 4 piles rule- and make spaces for the boxes.
(Keep, donate, bin & unsure)
There will also need to be a space for item’s to be re-interrogated back into the room.
What’s in there?
Take a good look at the flat surfaces in the room I.e. anything that will act as a dumping ground for things that haven’t made it to their rightful resting place. Look at bedside tables, dressing tables, Drawers and Chairs.
Starting with one surface at a time, take all the items off and move them away from the area.
Put back ONLY what needs and makes practical sense to be there.
The remaining items should fit into the 4 piles.
Miscellaneous drawers, knick-knacks, jewellery, socks, underwear, make up, products etc. These are best tackled by taking your time, removing the drawer and sitting calmly and quietly sorting through each item.
What’s living in your bedside Tables: Do you use or even need anything or everything on them? If not, Clear them away.
Do not overload your space:
limit it to things you need- an alarm clock, a reading book, reading glasses, tissues, and maybe a phone.
Clear everything out from under beds that are not properly stored in storage boxes, bags or baskets.
If you do need to use this space invest in storage boxes or purpose made under bed storage boxes & bags. This doesn’t have to be expensive!.
Tidy up your dressing table and only keep out products and cosmetics that you use on a regular basis. All other items should be stored out of sight or in drawers.
Having Surfaces full of nick- nak’s in your bedroom, just creates a dusting and cleaning nightmare!
As well as making your room look cluttered pack away at least 80 % of the knick-knacks and keep out only 20 % of really special items.
If you have a desk in your bedroom, arrange to move it to another room if possible. Bedrooms are not the place for work of any kind or PC’s.If you cant find a place to move it straight away then give yourself a deadline to find a more suitable place for it to be.
Storage / Space Saving tips
Use your wall space to erect some shelving to display decorative items photos or books .Use deeper shelves for folded clothes. For narrow shelves store books, CD’s and other smaller items such as photos, or carefully chosen decorative items.
Where possible use the tops of wardrobes for out of season clothes, linen or seasonal duvets.
Fold bed linen sets together: Duvet, pillow cases, bottom sheet and valance. Use one of the pillow cases to store the set in, this makes it easier out and saves time having to search for each item.
Tops of dressers are useful for keeping items out that are used on a daily basis, such as perfumes, hair styling products, creams and lotions, hand mirrors etc, but be careful not to allow your surfaces to become cluttered!.
Plastic Drawer dividers are great for separating the contents of your drawers for items such as : Socks, Underwear, Cosmetics & Products, Or if cost is an issue you can use old boxes or shoe boxes to act as dividers in your drawers.
Store all other products & lotions & potions in wicker baskets, they look great and are handy for keeping everything together.
Pin Boards can also be really useful for utiltising wall space for other storage needs to, Such as, Photos, memorabilia, Cards, Calendars, Reminders, business cards, etc.
Keep items small or medium sized otherwise your board will be swamped.
Invest in a magazine rack that goes on the wall, this will stop it from overflowing on the floor.
Throw out read magazines once a week!
Hooks: Use hooks near your mirror to hand your hairdryer straighter etc on. Saves space and no Tackling wires every morning
Clean the floor! One Rule NOT to be broken! If it doesn’t rightfully belong there, then do not put it down.
Put away!: DO not fold clothes in the bedroom- they seldom get put away!!!
No clothes on the floor, OR over the chairs, banisters or anywhere else where they can be abandoned indefinitely! They either belong in the laundry or in the wardrobe. NO EXCUSES
Make your bed look fabulous, Luxurious and something that anyone would want to sink into! Buy good quality linen for maximum comfort and a great look. Using a Duvet that is one size bigger than the bed will make it look really inviting and plush. it’s the central feature of your bedroom so make it stand out and bask in its glory!
If you have lots of jewellery
Buy a jewellery to display jewellery and help you see exactly what you have each day. But a cheaper option is a mug tree, they do the same job and look as good!Use a cork board or pin board to hang your items on, if you want it to blend with your bedroom, then cover it with some fabric!
Use Towel Rails for Scarves & Belts!
Now that we have talked about how to organize your room, let’s talk about how to keep it that way. Here are some simple things that you can do to keep your room looking its best.
Take the time to make your bed every morning.
Open your window blinds every morning and let the sun shine in!
Sunshine will make your nice, clean room feel warm and cosy.
You will grow to love that feeling and you will be more likely to keep your room clean.
Be sure to wash your bed sheets at least once per week.
If you have a laundry hamper in your bedroom, make sure you keep it under control.
Try to get into the habit of doing at least one load of laundry every day..Vacuum and dust thoroughly at least once each week.
Hire a cleaner once a week for a thorough clean of the entire house.
If you find that you gradually start to slip and your master bedroom begins to look cluttered again start again!
Now that you know how to organize a bedroom, I hope that you will discover the satisfaction of reclaiming your own peaceful haven.