Since the dawn of bathroom vanities, messy drawers have doubled as graveyards for miscellaneous and untouched products. Were all guilty of it: shoving cleansers, cotton swabs, and extra toothpaste in there because, hey, its fine if you cant see it. Corralling clutter behind closed doors seems like a suitable tidying strategy, that is until you cant find your favorite lipstick or your only remaining hair tie.The answer for messy drawer syndrome? The Home Edits new book.
Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplinthe decluttering gurus behind the Instagram-famous home organization servicehave released their first book: The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals. Effectively a master class on all things organizing, the book takes an orderly and unsurprisingly color-coded approach to arranging every space in the home. Somewhere in between finding storage in a shoe closet and crafting a coffee station, we discovered weve been tackling our dreaded bathroom junk drawer all wrong.
Categorizing odds and ends is only half the battle when it comes to divvying up storage. Recognizing what should be neatly stowed away in a drawerand what shouldntis the other. From where to stash your moisturizers to how to compartmentalize cotton pads, were breaking down five bathroom lessons we learned from this years most anticipated organizing book.
Group products by brand
A bathroom drawer is a great place for awkward items like odd-shaped chargers, one-off tools, and sets of products. In this perfectly tidy scenario, compartmentalized containers help to create a seamless look and stop objects from rolling around. More important, this system makes it easy to find duplicates. Grouping items by brand rather than category can be a helpful sorting strategy if you tend to stock up on products in advance.
Tip: Almost all bottles can lie flat as opposed to standing uprightjust make sure lids are on extra tight to avoid an oil spill, suggest Shearer and Teplin.
Save the medicine cabinet for taller items
In an effort to make the most of prime real estate, medicine cabinets are commonly used to house items and tools that we use on a daily basis. Despite popular belief, this shelving spot is often best suited to meet niche needs and hold bulkier bottles.
For this nonmedicine medicine cabinet, we created a dedicated spot for everyday face regimens, write Shearer and Teplin of this skin-saving storage solution.
Each shelf has been divided according to three categories (cleansers, moisturizers, and treatments), and excess packaging has been removed to take full advantage of the cabinets height.
Dedicate one drawer for daily items
The everyday items that used to sit in your medicine cabinet can thrive in their own designated drawer. A flat and clean display makes it easy to grab a new razor or toothbrush at a moments notice.
Think of your daily drawer as the bathrooms greatest hits, explain Shearer and Teplin. These are the go-to items that you used twice a day without fail: toothbrush and toothpaste, contact lenses, face wipeswhatever suits your daily routine.
Tip: Bulky items that dont roll around can be organized without containers and act as secure dividers on either side.
Display makeup on the countertop
Little things like lipsticks can easily be swallowed whole by a cluttered drawer. If theres one category of bathroom product to store on the countertop, its makeup. Stackable acrylic containers will change the way you feel about leaving your go-to beauty goodies out in the open.
Makeup can be kept in this single tower or broken up into a different configuration, and individual sections can be removed while items are in use, suggest Shearer and Teplin. In the case of this effortless lineup, products are arranged in each drawer to ensure that the label is always visible.
Neatly display other items in a cabinet
Everyday products and other products (think: nail polish and body lotion) mixing together in a deep-set drawer is a recipe for chaos. Instead of giving rarely used items a prime spot in your drawer, group occasional ones together in a separate cabinet, caddy, or shelf with larger, semi-transparent bins.
When you want clear storage for visibility, but maybe dont want all your personal items on display, a frosted clear helps achieve both goals, share Shearer and Teplin.
Want to better your bathroom (or really any other room)? Snag your own copy of The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals.
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