Earlier in the Challenge we worked under the kitchen sink. Today we’ll use a similar approach in the bathroom.
The cabinet under a bathroom sink tends to be a repository for many items: paper supplies, cleaning solutions, first-aid, and beauty products just to name a few. Especially in cases where there are no drawers, this space can quickly get crowded and disorganized. Therefore, it makes sense to periodically clear it out so that you are only storing what is useful.
Begin by emptying the space and wiping it clean. Group like items, and throw away anything that is expired, broken, or no longer being used by a family member. Also, remember that because this is readily accessible space, you want to avoid filling it up with rarely used supplies . For instance, the blood pressure pump you are holding onto “just in case” might be better stored in the top/back of an extra closet, in a bedroom drawer, or in an attic.
When it comes time to reload, here are a few tips:
- Place bottles of cleaning products into plastic dish pans to catch spills and leaks.
- Consider installing large adhesive pockets on the inside of the cabinet to hold any paperwork you need in this room (e.g. appliance paperwork or instructions.)
- Place similar, small supplies into labeled boxes. You might have one called “First Aid” or “Hairbands.”
- If you can, add some structure to take advantage of the vertical space. This can be anything from custom drawers or shelving to free standing racks to stacked plastic bins or even a milk crate on its side.
Hang a tension rod across the top front of the space from which you can hang lightweight objects, such as washcloths.
Consider if any items kept under the sink could be better stored elsewhere in the bathroom. For example, install a hook or mesh metal basket from which to hang a hair dryer.
- Hang hooks on the inside of the doors from which you can hang rubber gloves, a hairbrush or anything else.
- If you find the space overcome with spare rolls of toilet paper, think about storing extras rolls on a decorative storage device.
Was this a tough one for you? What do you struggle to store in the bathroom?
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If you are new to the challenge, here’s a review of the process we are using all month:
1. Gather your supplies: (you can reuse these same supplies each day)
- Boxes or bags labeled with “Donate”, “Elsewhere” and “Store”
- Trash can and recycle bin
- Damp rag/wet wipe
2. Remove everything from the area (yes, everything) and wipe it clean with a damp rag.
3. Sort the items into these categories: (The Seana Method’s R.E.D.D.S. system)
- R- Restore: these are the items going back in
- E- Elsewhere: these are items to keep, but that don’t belong in this space
- D- Donate
- D- Dispose: trash or recycle
- S- Store: items you want to keep for sentimental reasons, or perhaps for a long-term future use, but which you don’t regularly use. These items will eventually need to go into a bin/box in an attic, basement, or closet.
4. Keeping the “Restore” items out, and put all other items into the boxes/bags you prepared.
5. Move items to their final destination:
- Put the “Restore” items back into your designated area.
- Carry the “Elsewhere” box/bag around your house and redistribute its contents.
- Move the “Donate” box/bag to the car to be donated.
- Trash/recycle the “Dispose” items.
- Put the “Store” items into a container and move it to a remote location for future access.