Start with a Schedule
To help ease the morning rush, schedule different times for each family member to use the bathroom area to shower and get dressed. If homes are limited to one full-size bath area and a half-bathroom, schedule family members to use the full-size bathroom for showering, and the smaller area for brushing teeth, applying make-up or styling hair during high-traffic times. Display the morning schedule on a wipe-off calendar or chalkboard so that it can change as schedules vary.
Organize the Existing Space
Start with the basics by taking advantage of the space that already exists. All bathrooms have common areas that can be expanded with simple organization products.
- Behind doors and walls: Make use of the bathroom's vertical space by installing over the door racks to hang extra towels or washcloths, jewelry, hair accessories or bathrobes. This will avoid countertop clutter.
- Cabinets and drawers: For bathrooms with limited shelves or cabinet space, install a wall-mounted rack, or use a rolling cart,
- Floor: Place laundry bags or clothes hampers in or near the bathroom so family members will put away dirty clothes instead of leaving them on the floor. Try pre-sorting whites and colors into divided laundry hampers to save time in the laundry room.
Add New Space — without Construction
Other organization products can create new storage areas within the bathroom. For example, the use of a shower caddy helps organize bathroom toiletries. Maximize unused space under the sink by adding sliding shelves or drawers that provide extra vertical storage space.
If space permits, look for a freestanding storage unit to hold towels and toiletries. And don't forget the space over the toilet! Add wall-mounted shelves to instantly create more space.
Save time in the bathroom by placing a fogless mirror in the shower so that men can shave while showering. Add a shower clock as a reminder to family members to limit the length of their showers.
Remember the Kids
For families with younger children, bathtub caddies are great for holding and draining bath toys and toiletries. These caddies will save valuable cabinet space that is commonly used for storing bath items. Get a step stool for younger children so that they can reach the sink to wash and dry their hands or brush their teeth without assistance. Parents can concentrate on getting themselves ready, rather than on their children.