Tidying up your Bathroom

A bathroom needs to be functional and clean. It is a space where we like to relax and feel comfortable. Tidying up your bathroom won’t take long. Depending on the size, it usually takes 2 to 3 hours.

Follow these easy steps when organising your bathroom:


  • First collect and sort out all communal items, e.g. toothpaste, soaps, foam bath, etc. and thereafter all personal items like beauty and hair products.
  • Discard all expired and old items, as they can cause skin reactions. Cosmetics and toiletries usually expire after one year. There is a symbol on most products, which shows the lifetime of a product after it has been opened.
  • Try to use up all your cosmetics before you purchase new ones.
  • To get rid of excess bottles, e.g. you can decant two half bottles of lotions into one.
  • After the discarding process, wipe all the storage spaces clean.


  • Store your items in baskets or boxes, which makes it easier to manage and remove products from the cupboard.
  • Organise items into groups, e.g. communal items, bath products, toilet paper etc.
  • Store each group in a separate box.
  • Have a basket for each family member.
  • Old ceramic or glass containers or round plastic lids make great storage holders for smaller items like earbuds and cotton wool.
  • Store all bottle items upright.
  • Use a shower basket to store hair and body items.
  • Store bath items on a bath tray or a tray next to the bath.
  • Keep cleansing items like sponge and brush together in a basket.
  • Store extra toilet paper in a basket inside your cupboard or a box with lid near the toilet. Guest’s don’t have to see your toilet paper or feminine products.

Storage spaces

  • A bathroom mirror cabinet above your basin is ideal for storing cosmetics and communal items such as sunblock and mouth fresheners.
    •  Don’t store medicines in the bathroom cabinet, because they should be kept away from moisture.
  • No bathroom is complete without a storage cabinet under the basin, which can be used for storing toiletries, toilet paper and cleaning products. Use same sized baskets and keep each category in a separate basket.
  • If you have enough space in your bathroom you can use a tall narrow storage cupboard for storing towels and baskets for each family member.
  • Shelves are also great for storing baskets and displaying plants.
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Decorating Tips

  • Decorate with plants to create a fresh and homely appearance. You can place plants on window sills or hang them from the ceiling. Visit Pinterest for great ideas.
  • If you don’t like plants then put a leave in a vase.
  • No bathroom should be without a mirror. You even get ones with overhead lighting, which are useful for applying makeup.
  • Ensure that there are enough hooks or towel rails for hanging up towels.
  • Select soft rugs for the floor and keep a foot towel by the shower/bath to avoid rugs from getting wet.
  • Place a group of candles by the bath for a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Always keep a wastebasket near the toilet for discarding used tissues or feminine hygiene items.
  • Keep a small face cloth near the basin so that you can keep the area dry and taps shiny after use.
  • Have a plastic container for the kids’ bath toys.
  • You can create beautiful finishing touches like using a ladder to put towels over or placing a side table next to the bath, if you have enough space.

“Wash your troubles away.”

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