Raise your hand if your kids’ bathroom is a complete chaos! Up to a couple of weeks ago, mine would have been raised, and I would have been typing this post with my last remaining 5 fingers.
Let’s go back a bit in time to recapitulate my story, if you don’t mind.
When we lived in North Carolina, each of my daughters had their own bathroom – thank you cheap North Carolina real-estate. And then we moved to San Francisco, and while we were very lucky to find a house with a bedroom for each of our girls, they do have to share a small bathroom [44 ft²], which also happens to be the guests’ bathroom when we have visitors. We set up the bathroom the best we could, but the amount of storage is 1/5 of what they had in North Carolina.
I tried at first to regularly clean the shelves [if you have teens, you know that expiration dates on cosmetics is a foreign concept to them.]
And then, and then… I dropped the ball.
I decided somehow that as almost-adults, they should be organizing regularly their bathroom and clean it. Wrong, wrong. And wrong again.
Once in a while, I go on a crusade and try every possible trick in the book. Money: “I’ll give you extra pocket money if you clean the bathroom”. Management: “There is a calendar for each of you, girls, for bathroom cleaning chores attached on the fridge door.” Threats : “No sleepovers or guests of yours in this house until the bathroom is cleaned.” And then, when we have imminent guests arrival, I become a real dictator. A true #momster.
So I dropped the ball.
But then, I remembered I’m not a quitter. So when Cottonelle asked me to share with you bathroom organizing tips, I thought it was perfect timing to regain power over the guests/teens bathroom. Like a boss, because… because I’m not a quitter, remember?
Here is how I organized the space:
1. Shelves: I emptied all the shelves and threw away anything that looked expired or looked like it died a few months back but did not get a proper burial. That’s almost half the shelf space gone… yay me. Then, I got some pretty acrylic boxes and organized products by category : hair accessories, makeup, creams, and pot-pourri, also known as “I don’t know what the heck this is for but it looks very special to my girls.”
2. Bathroom door caddy: I sewed a simple behind-the-door caddy to organize bathroom countertop products. It is now so much easier to quickly clean the bathroom sink and countertop area. A similar step-by-step project tutorial can be found here.
3. Undersink area: This used to be the ‘hair-curler-straightener-dryer- tangled-wires’ zone. Well, no more, my dear. I used a magazine holder and organized the mess, leaving some room under the sink for extra towels, cleaning products and toilet paper – because they always run out of toilet paper you know when, and I always get to play ‘Super Mario’ down to the garage where we used to store the paper toilet stash. It also helps greatly that Cottonelle Mega Roll has a much longer shelf-life… like 4 rolls in just one roll, thank you very much.
ps: I’m such a boss, I even learned how to do toilet paper roll origami pliés when we have guests over. Impressive, right? Here is the tutorial I followed if you want to impress your guests as well.
4. Wall organisation: barrettes and necklaces are so pretty to look at; I arranged them on the wall so they are easy to access, and there is more storage available in the under-sink drawers for the not-so-aesthetically appealing accessories.
I will keep track of the situation in the girls’ bathroom by doing regular raids – instead of waiting for chaos to take over.
I’m happy to report that in the last 2 weeks, my check-ups have really surprised me. The girls have noticed the effort I put into their bathroom and they seem to be following along.
Do you have organization tips or easy DIY projects for bathroom organization? Please share! Xo, Si-
• This post is a partnership with Cottonelle, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make FrenchByDesign possible.