How can I organize the bathroom to work better for our family?

Here's a way to tackle bathroom organization in just one hour. But it's best to set aside an hour where you won't be disturbed or distracted because it you don't finish the job in one session, you'll be tempted to just throw everything back where it was.

Start by grabbing some boxes and completely empty the bathroom counters, drawers and cupboards. When you are emptying things out, sort into a 'must have' and an 'optional' pile. Throw out any expired products or broken items. Be ruthless, really consider whether you need it. Get rid of half-used products you don't like as well those small sample bottles of products from that last hotel trip. To get and stay organized, less is more.

Clean the counters, drawers, shelves and cupboards. Then place decorative items back onto the countertop. Try to avoid using the countertop as storage because you'll find it gets cluttered very fast.

Think about zones as you put things back. Put medicines in a medicine cabinet or out of easy reach of small children. For those products you use everyday, group like products together. Hair products together on a shelf. Bath and body washes in a basket near the tub or shower. And nail care products together on a shelf or in a clear bin. Use a clear plastic shoe box to create a first aid kit with bandages, disinfectants and such. If your vanity has a drawer, use drawer dividers to segment it into sections for often-used items by category. Tip: a kitchen utensil tray works well. Have a section for hair brushes and hair care items, makeup, shaving supplies, and nail care items.

Store bathroom cleaning supplies under one side of the sink or in an area less visible. Turntables made for kitchen items work well under the sink or even on open shelves, as they make it easy to get at tall bottles.

If you have additional room in cabinets or on shelves, use clear plastic shoeboxes with lids to store less frequently used items that you need to store. You'll be able to see what's in the boxes, but the items will stay orderly until you need them.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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