Could your own bathroom be adding to your daily stress? Check out these five design secrets and consider making a few changes to your current organization.
The idea that your bathroom could be causing your day to be stressful might sound crazy, but it’s not.
Think about it:
Your bathroom is constantly in use, from the time you wake up until you go to sleep. It’s the most overlooked room in the house — until something goes wrong.
When the space is a mess of clutter, it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. You’re falling behind schedule as you search for whatever hygiene/beauty/toiletry product you need right that second.
That delay compounds into others until you’re running late and frazzled.
With an organized bathroom, your day has a better chance to flow smoothly. The trick is to design the room in a way that makes sense. When everything is at your fingertips and where it’s supposed to be, your day and lifestyle are much happier!
1. Bring in the Storage
The bathroom is usually the second-smallest space in the house, right behind the average hall closets. It’s also the most frequently used and underappreciated.
If you’re going to make premium use of this area, you need to make sure your storage is on point.
The space underneath the sink often goes to waste because of the plumbing. However, high, narrow towers with multiple drawers take care of part of the problem. Over-the-cupboard hanging baskets let you take advantage of the rest of this tight area.
Sink space is usually limited, too. Get creative with your mirror. It’s a flat space that’s perfect for magnetic or suction-cup baskets to hold your frequently-used lightweight items.
2. Take Out the Clutter
This is probably a hotly debated point in your house, but the fact is that your bathroom is not a catch-all area. Some people use it to store everything from medicine to toiletries. But although these fit here, they’re not always safe here.
Think about it. The bathroom is always full of humidity, moisture in the air, and warmth. In other words, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
With clutter that sits there collecting moisture, you’re going to end up with mildew and mold problems.
Keep makeup that goes on your face and eyes away from too much humidity or mold. Some medications don’t belong in the bathroom, either. They can lose their potency or go bad before the expiration date.
Store your cosmetics and medications in a place that stays dry and room temperature, like your kitchen cabinet or a dresser drawer.
This quick and easy decluttering solution takes care of the mess and improves your health in one!
3. Make the Most of the Wall Space
Does your bathroom have a lot of vertical potential?
If there is room on your walls for a few shelves or a cupboard, you’ve got more space to boost your organization!
Don’t go too high up, though. Bathroom shelves should always be easily reachable so you can keep them clean. Ensure you can run a washcloth over smooth surfaces to prevent water buildup, or use sealed textured materials like oak and maple wood.
You don’t have to hang functional shelving units on walls to make use of empty vertical space. Narrow over-the-toilet stands or ladder shelves add more storage by focusing on height instead of width.
4. Take Out the Trash
The bathroom garbage pail fills up quickly. Taking out the trash in here is not a fun job, but someone has to do it!
There are some ways that you can make it easier and improve your happy lifestyle.
Start with the right trash can. Invest in one that has a top to keep the gross things from being visible. If you can get one with a step option to open the lid, that’s even better. Now, you never have to touch one of the germiest surfaces in the house.
Use garbage bags in your trash can, too. If you don’t, you can easily dump out most of the junk. But there’s always one sticky or wet thing that clings to the bottom or edge and turns into mildew.
Here’s a pro-tip from those who work in room service in some of the nicest hotels around:
Keep a few extra garbage bags under the one in use for easy switching. Reusing plastic grocery bags as a trash receptacle helps reduce waste, too.
Some people keep their laundry basket in the bathroom. This is fine. Just empty it daily to prevent mildew buildup from wet towels and washcloths.
5. Add a Plant or Two
Certain plants thrive in high humidity, so the bathroom is the perfect place for them. You benefit, too, because the greenery in this area cleans out the toxins in the air.
Indoor plants are always highly recommended for improved mood and health in an apartment or house. In the bathroom, you have to be extra cautious about which kind of foliage you choose.
Your greenery has to be resistant to a lot of humidity and able to survive in whatever natural lighting you have in the space. Some plants need direct sunlight, while others prefer indirect.
Decide where you want to put your plant and what size it needs to be. Then, shop around for one that can survive in the type of light and high humidity that is in your bathroom environment.
The mood-boosting properties of plants. The enjoyment of knowing where everything is right when you need it. There’s no doubt — a clean bathroom is a life-changer.
These bathroom design secrets may not be spells, but they’ll work their magic on your daily routine. A happier lifestyle is just a storage solution, and a declutter away!
Janey Ha, Business Manager at Mariposa on 3rd, has over eight years of experience in property management. She has a strong background in hospitality and is a local to the Koreatown/DTLA market. Mariposa on 3rd is a stylishly designed boutique apartment community at the threshold of LA’s budding metropolis, located within the hip neighborhood of Koreatown while just moments from DTLA.