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Bathroom Organization

Getting Your Bathroom Ready for Back to School

by Columbus Bath Design |September 13, 2019 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Blogs, Decoration | , ,

bathroom organizationGoing back to school can be a stressful time. There’s so much to prepare in all of your family’s life, like new clothes and school supplies. Your bathroom should remain your oasis of peace in the evenings, and the clean, fresh awakening in the mornings to get your kids up and out! So we’ve compiled our top tips for getting your bathroom ready for back to school time, making the space feel bigger and better organized, and making it easier to manage multiple people in and out in the mornings.

I’ve got so many other things on my plate… how can I start getting my bathroom ready over the summer?

Over the summer, the first thing you can do is clear out anything old or unused from your bathroom — and all over your house! Getting old items out of your hair is the first step to a more stress-free lifestyle, opening up your time from finding things and stressing, to worrying about the more important things in life, like encouraging your children in their schoolwork! Homework, papers, coats, and backpacks might pile up, but make sure you have designated laundry baskets in the bathroom so everyone knows where their items go — whether it be sweaty sports clothes or used towels. This will help you when you’re cleaning and doing the laundry, and will help keep your bathroom clean and tidy throughout the year.

Everything should always have its own place, and everyone should know where that designated place is, meaning that the whole family can help you keep on top of everything. The kids can even have their own designated baskets, toothbrush holders, towels, etc. to help encourage them to learn how to tidy, and keep this habit up throughout the school year! This means it will be quicker to get ready with the kids in the mornings too, as you’ll never have to spend time looking for things, and they’ll be able to find and use their own stuff easily when they’re older.

Get a wicker basket or storage space to hold books to read to your kids in the bath. If you read to or with your children throughout the summer, it will help get them ready for going back to school. Awaken their imagination, and teach them new vocabulary! Kids whose parents read to them are far more likely to succeed in school; bath time might be just the time to do it – if they’re not too excited!

When the craziness of school starts, it’s nice to plan some family time — if they’re young enough, a bath together could do the trick. Some games to play in the bath which are educational are useful too, or invent some games with the toys they already have! Toys could be stored in the bathroom in a bag, so your child can keep it in their room. That way they won’t be distracted with things that remind them of playtime when they’re getting ready for school in the bathroom.

How do I learn from the past when organizing my bathroom for back to school time?

Whenever you’re designing or re-thinking the layout of a room, it’s essential that you think of how you and your family members use it at different times during the week and year. Remember how you felt at back to school time last year, and let it influence your decisions. Did you all crowd around each other last year, stressed out in the mornings, trying to find something? If so, maybe think about clearly labeling your boxes or storage containers with labels in an attractive font.

Maybe getting ready for back to school last year was a really stressful time for you. Remember to take time for yourself and relax. A simple, chic, well-designed bathroom will help you to switch off and recharge your batteries. Make sure you’ve planned in all your appointments, after school meetings, parents’ evenings, clubs and hobbies on a calendar, so you know you have a solid plan for the future. And then relax!

organize bathroomAnd how can I create more bathroom storage to keep our bathroom stress free throughout the year?

For a family bathroom, it’s recommended to get large multipurpose cabinets, as your bathroom has to do so many things for so many people. However, if you’ve already designed your bathroom, and you’re looking to diversify your storage options, there are many extra things you can add to your bathroom to better utilize the space. Think about investing in drawer dividers, extra storage, such as wall or corner shelves, and extra hooks on the walls – maybe one for each member of the family!

So now I have more space, how do I get more of what I really need… time?!

If you’re struggling to fit everyone in the bathroom in the morning, work out a schedule, so everyone gets enough time before you all have to leave. Instead of a stressed, last-minute morning, have a planned, relaxed, fun one! Layout the breakfast table before you sleep, make sure everyone’s towel and supplies are ready in the bathroom, make sure your children’s clothes are clean and laid out in their bedroom to come back to after their morning wash.

Come and visit us at Columbus Bath Design to find the perfect bathroom to suit all of your family’s needs, or call us on this number: (614) 907-4558.

4 Ways to Create More Bathroom Space for the Whole Family

by Columbus Bath Design |August 23, 2019 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Blogs | , , ,

It can be hard to decide on a design that works for all members of your family, not to mention any guests or visitors you may have along the way! A great family bathroom evolves and grows too alongside your family. Therefore, from the beginning of your redecoration process, you need a design that can adapt. All fittings in the family bathroom should be low maintenance and durable. You need the right fittings, fixtures, and finishes — and then your bathroom can truly adapt for a growing family, all of your guests, and your personal needs. We at Columbus Bath Design can help you find a simple design with lots of storage that’s elegant but also durable. We’ll help you create a perfect bathroom for both play-time in the bath with your young ones, and an oasis of peace for you when you want a little peace and quiet. 

So how can I create more space for all of the members of my family?

1) How do I choose the right in-built storage for my family’s needs?

We recommend that when designing your bathroom for a family, including a large amount of storage space. Maybe choose a combination unit with plenty of built-in storage. You could also add wall hanging units, corner shelves, storage at the end of the bath or niches in the walls of showers to give you that extra storage where none existed before — keeping your bathroom streamlined and making it feel bigger!

2) How can I use extra storage in an attractive, cohesive way?

Firstly, not all of the possessions we keep in our bathroom actually need to be here. Think about stealing space in other parts of your house — for example, bedrooms, storage cupboards, etc – for anything you don’t definitely need to store in the bathroom. This could include duplicates, medicines or spare towels. 

Here are some chicer, tried and tested ways to bring extra storage space to your bathroom: 

Multiple hanging bars or racks, with some, placed lower down so your kids can reach them. This is also a great way to introduce tidying to your family. If each person knows where everything goes and can access it, they’re more likely to be interested in the tidying process and help you in the future. It’s a win-win! You could think about adding these extra hooks on the inside of the bathroom door, to keep the space feeling uncluttered and minimalist. 

Also, think about investing in a stool so that the kids can reach everything they need like the sink, getting into the bath or reaching higher up cabinets. You could get a stool that folds away, but if you’re worried about it not being stable enough, think about creating enough storage in your under-sink cabinet that you can store a stool there.

3) How can space be organized for all members of the family? 

A great way to make your bathroom work for the whole family is to give each member their own area. This leaves the tidying responsibility to them, and wipes out the possibility of anyone fighting over whose towel is theirs! Here are some ways you can divide up your bathroom for all your family members:

  • Buy some drawstring bags for your kid’s toys. These could be stored on a suction cup on the wall of the bath, or stored in their room, or on one of their designated hooks. If you’re looking to buy a bag, find one that’s made out of mesh, or a wire basket. This allows your toys to dry off properly.
  • Giving your kids a separate toothbrush holder can avoid confusion. If you make their container a fun, child-friendly one, like a cup with their favorite cartoon, they might even find bathroom time more fun and be more willing and excited to brush their teeth!
  • Color code your bathroom. Give the generations in your family a separate color or each family member a different color. This will add a splash of color to your bathroom, while still being paired back and minimalist, and will help everyone to remember which items are theirs. This can stop any fights over belongings and make things easier to find for you and all the family. You can also color-code your accessories, like face towels or toothbrushes, with a ribbon. If you’d like to keep your bathroom simplistic and opt for white towels, you could add a color-coded ribbon to these too. White towels, despite what you might think, are also easier to clean — they can always be bleached, if they get dirty! You could even color-code your boxes or storage units or wicker bins.

4) How can I make the bathroom more fun for the whole family?  

Lots of people might think that replacing a bath with a shower is the perfect way to save space in a family bathroom. But multiple members of the family can have a bath, it’s fun, and can bring everyone together. It also means the house will be easier to re-sell if you’re considering that in the future. If you’re tight on space you could have a shower over the bath for the best of both worlds. Or if you’re working with even less space, think of ways to make the shower more fun, including toys and games for the little ones. 

Come and visit us at Columbus Bath Design to find the perfect bathroom to suit all of your needs, or call us on this number: (614) 907-4558.

 

Bathroom Organization Tips

by Columbus Bath Design |August 9, 2019 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Blogs | , , ,

Bathroom Organization TipsBathroom organization might seem like it’s not important, especially when you have so many other things to organize in your life. But with just a bit of planning, and by following some of our organizational life-hacks, your bathroom might just become your new favorite room in the house! 

Whether you’re getting the kids ready for school at the beginning of the day, or getting ready for a date or a night of fun, bathrooms can be a stressful place. But a fully organized bathroom, with clean surfaces and a chic design, will become your oasis of peace. Your bathroom should be the place where you come home at the end of a long day, run a bath, and let the cobwebs wash off you.

Marie Kondo, the tidying guru, teaches us that all of our objects and possessions should have a place and should bring us joy. If you know where everything is, it keeps your things looking organized, and makes your bathroom experience stress free — erasing the unnecessary time you spend looking for things. Having a well-organized bathroom can reduce your stress at the beginning of the day, doesn’t look cluttered, and can even bring the family together if everyone knows how to play their part!

So, now we know the purpose of having a well-organized bathroom, where do we start? 

The first step is to declutter. So many of us keep unnecessary objects around us, which can make our lives feel busy and lead to unnecessary stress. When going about reorganizing your bathroom, try to cut your belongings here by half. Many of us keep ahold of bottles with not much left in them, old medications, decorations, and the list goes on. Get rid of everything unnecessary like this, and we promise you’ll feel a weight off your shoulders!

What about the things I need?

Decluttering doesn’t mean you get rid of the things you need for daily life. All of these things will find their own home, but that’s the next step. In the decluttering process, think about moving things like duplicates to another room or storage space. Many people keep their medications in the bathroom, but did you know that many medications actually suffer from the humidity?! How about keeping them in the kitchen or in your bedroom, away from any kids, to streamline your bathroom experience? In a clearly labeled box, you’ll never forget where they are, and we think you might even find it easier to organize and find what you’re looking for this way. 

How can I organize the things I need? 

It is important to think at this stage of how you use the space in your bathroom. For putting on makeup? For doing your hair? For playing with toys with your kids in the bath? Each space you organize in your bathroom should have its own function, so you always know where you need to look for something. For example, consider having a hair station, or box, which contains all of your hair care products and brushes. Remember to organize your bathroom space by function so it fits in with your lifestyle.

Here are a few extra recommendations which you could try if you want to make your bathroom feel bigger and less cluttered: 

  • Stick containers to the inside of cabinet doors, for things like toothbrushes (this also keeps them more sanitary).
  • Use plastic boxes to divide up the contents of your drawers by function.
  • For tiny bathrooms, give each member of your family their own bathroom bag. This could even be stored in their bedroom, to avoid using any bathroom storage space entirely. 
  • Use an in-bathroom laundry bin to avoid towels being left draped all over the place.
  • Use a hanging shower caddy to store all of your shower items such as soap, body wash or shampoo. 
  • Invest in wicker storage baskets/ woven bins to stash more towels in for aesthetically-pleasing extra storage space.
  • You could add extra shelves in spaces you cannot use, such as over the toilet, or in corner shelves. 
  • Invest in extra cabinets, or large cabinets, especially if you have a big family. 
  • Think about using a towel rack for rolled-up towels, instead of hanging them. This keeps them looking neater and takes up less space. 
  • Consider investing in a cart or small shelving unit. You could even keep a houseplant on top to make it look like decoration and to purify the air. Keep your cotton buds, bath bombs, magazines, or rolled-up towels here.
  • If you’ve got kids, think about buying a draw-string bag for all of their things, especially toys. You could even hang the bag from a suction cup above the bath, or store it in their room out of sight for when you want a relaxing bath on your own. 
  • You could look into buying a “lazy Susan” — a circle tray that you can spin around — instead of knocking things over trying to find the right product. 
  • Hang small storage units, maybe mason jars, to the wall (using a magnetic strip or hooks) to use as dispensers for cotton balls or toothbrushes.

How can I make my bathroom feel clear, calm and zen?

Keeping your bathroom a safe-haven isn’t as difficult as you might think. With all that clutter gone and each item having its own place, now you just need to remember to put it back where it belongs! The whole family can help you with this, especially if each member has their own designated spot, bag or basket. No one has time to do a deep clean of the bathroom every day, but keeping the counters clutter-free, and wiping them and the sinks once a day can make a huge difference. 

Come and visit us at Columbus Bath Design to find the perfect bathroom to suit all of your needs, or call us on this number: (614) 907-4558.

Preparing Your Bathroom for Back-to-School Success

by Columbus Bath Design |August 31, 2018 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories | , , , ,

Preparing your family for back to school can be a stressful endeavor. Getting everyone back on a regular schedule is a daunting task. This can be particularly challenging when everyone needs to get ready to leave at the same time- especially when there is limited bathroom space. Here are several tips on how to prepare your bathroom to keep the back-to-school transition smooth and easy.

Create Storage

Creating dedicated space in the bathroom for each family member minimizes clutter and helps cut down on time used to get ready in the morning. Mornings are crazy enough as it is, but knowing where everything is can help things run efficiently. Utilize extra space in linen closets or under counters to create a cubby for each family member. The use of bins keeps everything in one easily accessible place and clears counters for a neater appearance and easier cleaning.

Make it Shine

To make cleaning a breeze, daily maintenance is the key. Use a suction cup to hang a squeegee in the shower for quick and easy cleanup after each use. This saves time scrubbing mineral deposits and soap scum later. Keep a small bin of cleaning supplies in a cabinet under the vanity for a super fast daily wipe down of counters, sinks, and mirrors. Quick, daily maintenance efforts will save you from time-consuming weekly deep cleans.  

Privacy, Please

To accommodate multiple family members sharing one bathroom, adding a water closet for privacy can be a real game changer. Enclosing the toilet assures privacy while multiple family members need to be in the bathroom at once. A vanity area just outside of the bathroom is a great option to clear space for older kids who don’t want to share the bathroom with siblings or parents.

Declutter!

It can be easy to let old products pile up in your bathroom, but taking time to declutter will give you more storage and a better piece of mind. Take everything out of your medicine closet and evaluate. Can some things be thrown away? Can you combine things to save space? Dispose of old razors, shampoo bottles, and lotions that haven’t been used in a while.

Proper storage and organization are key to streamlining the back-to-school routine this fall. Following these tips will help you have the clean, clutter-free, and stylish bathroom of your dreams. And as always, contact us at Columbus Bath Design for any and all of your bathroom needs!

Tips for Maintaining Your New Bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |December 22, 2017 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom tips, Cleaning tips, homeowners, Tips for the Home | , , , , ,

After completing a bathroom remodel, the last thing that you want to do is to let it get dirty, messy, and disorganized. With regular upkeep, your beautiful bathroom will look fresh for years to come. These smart organization and cleaning tips will ensure that your new bathroom maintains a neat and tidy appearance you can be proud of. 

Deep Clean Weekly

It’s a task that no one enjoys, but deep cleaning is essential. This includes scrubbing the shower, tub, and toilet, wiping down the sink and counter, cleaning the mirror and windows, and mopping the floor. By tackling dirt and grime before it builds up, you can maintain the look of the important details in the bathroom, like grout and fixtures. Deep cleaning keeps the space healthy and sanitary, as well as visually appealing. If you’re pressed for time or simply hate the task of cleaning, consider hiring a housekeeper. It’s an affordable and practical way to maintain the cleanliness and neatness of your entire home.

Cut the Clutter

A clutter-free bathroom will help you to feel more relaxed in the space. Take a few minutes each day to cut the clutter by putting things back in their designated places. Don’t let items pile up on shelves and countertops. When a product is used up, like shampoo or toothpaste, throw it away as soon as it runs out. Put dirty clothes and linens in a hamper and transfer it to the laundry room frequently.

Use Organizers

If your vanity has drawers, use small organizers to keep them tidy. You can find a variety of affordable options in different sizes to fit snugly in your drawers. It will also save you time from trying to find what you need when you’re getting ready, as well. Shelves can also be kept neat with simple baskets or small bins. They can serve both a decorative and functional purpose. If you have counter space, use a basket to keep extra hand towels.

Frequently Go Through Drawers and Cabinets

If you often go through a drawer and find a product that you haven’t used in years, you aren’t alone. Many homeowners simply don’t take the time to go through drawers and cabinets to toss out old items. However, it’s a great way to stay organized. Check the labels on things like over-the-counter medicines and personal care products, and throw away anything that’s old or expired. Let go of cosmetics that you no longer use to make space for the things you do use regularly. Cabinet and drawer cleanouts are a great task to add to your spring cleaning checklist.

Keep your bathroom remodel looking brand new for years to come by following these simple cleaning tips. Start off with an organized space and take the time to clean often. By keeping up with deep-cleaning and tidying, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful bathroom that provides a relaxing respite in your home.

 

Tips For Organizing Your Bathroom Vanity

by luxbathadmin |September 25, 2015 |2 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom tips, Uncategorized | , , ,

416451_10151058721384811_65673625_oYour bathroom should be a calming retreat, but it’s also a space that can easily get overtaken by clutter. Give your bathroom a more streamlined look by getting things off of the vanity countertop and into designated spots. Here are some helpful organizing tips for homeowners to keep their bathroom vanity neat and tidy:

Get rid of unnecessary items. Chances are you have items in your bathroom that really have no business being there. Whether it’s old makeup and beauty products that you no longer use or are half empty, or just random things that have found their way in, and never made it back out, there are likely at least a handful of items that can be tossed out or stored in another room. Before you can start organizing, you need to clear out everything unnecessary.

Only leave out the essentials. There are a few essential items that need to be handy at all times in the bathroom. These include hand soap, a hand towel, and toothbrushes. Everything else can be given a proper place to be stored away until they need to be used, like toothpaste, makeup, grooming tools, cleaning supplies, and more.

Use drawer organizers. For vanities with drawers, simple organizers are the way to go. You can find them in a variety of sizes and styles, and they easily insert into the drawer. You can keep all of your cosmetics and beauty tools neatly stored away in designated spots. This also helps to keep the products in good shape, since they aren’t simply being tossed into a cosmetics bag or left lying on the counter. The items will be handy whenever you need them, and conveniently hidden from view.

Use baskets or bins. You can use baskets and bins to keep towels, toilet paper, and other supplies neatly stored. If your vanity has a cabinet, it’s the perfect place to keep extra toilet paper rolls. Use stylish baskets to store folded hand towels and wash clothes. You can place a basket with towels or supplies on top of the toilet tank for even more organized storage. Small bins are great for collecting things like hair ties, bobby pins, and barrettes and clips.

By following these bathroom tips, you’ll have a more organized space. Keep your bathroom clean and relaxing by clearing out clutter. Make the most of the space by organizing all of the necessary items in the vanity.

Decluttering Your Bathroom 101

by luxbathadmin |April 23, 2015 |0 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom Remodeling Tips, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

 

bathroom decluttering

No matter how clean your bathroom is, clutter simply seems to happen. After the colder winter months, you’re probably wondering how such a nice spa-like retreat can get so messy.

Relax. Decluttering is as simple as taking a day in each of your bathrooms to accomplish spring cleaning. For the most part, you don’t need any fancy accoutrements in any of your bathrooms to accomplish decluttering. What is needed is a sense of purging, of being able to get rid of items you no longer use and not feeling guilty about it. Here is what you need to do to get a wonderfully organized bathroom.

Pitch It. When was the last time you used the vitamins, medication, makeup or anything that may be in your medicine cabinet or drawers? If the item is expired, throw it in the garbage. Similarly, label cosmetics and other consumables that don’t have an expiration date. even if it doesn’t have an expiration date, pitch items that smell or look funny, particularly if you know they are past their prime.

Small Storage Spaces. Organize storage spaces such as drawers or cabinets with dividers or storage bins that will keep similar items with one another. Make sure that storage bins have small compartments that are appropriate for makeup, medicines and other smaller items found in bathrooms. By designating certain areas, whether in a drawer, a cabinet, etc., for items like makeup, medicines and other small items, you’ll minimize time spent in the bathroom and organize your home in the process.

Claim Space Over the Toilet. The area over the toilet is a great place for storage. Many organizational stores have storage units specifically made for placement over toilets. These storage areas are great for items such as extra towels, toilet paper, tissues and other frequently used items.

Clean Up the Vanity. How any times have you seen items strewn across your vanity? Use apothecary jars to organize items like makeup brushes, cotton balls and similar small items. Organizing in this manner will give your bathroom a high-end hotel feel. Save a shelf for knick knacks.

Spring Organization For The Bathroom

by luxbathadmin |March 26, 2015 |0 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Uncategorized | , , ,

bathroom remodeling in columbus ohioCleaning the bathroom isn’t just about scrubbing surfaces. Take some time for spring organization to eliminate clutter and ensure that everything has a place to be safely and properly stored. Get your bathroom organized with these helpful tips:

Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet is one of those spots that is often overlooked during cleaning. Go through and discard old or expired medications and other products. Wipe the shelves clean with a damp cloth. Restock items that are running low so that you’ll have them handy when needed, like a new tube of toothpaste and dental floss. Make a note of any basic medications that you want to replace.

Shower/Tub Storage

If you’re sick of shampoo bottles, soaps, and kid’s toys taking over the rim of the tub, it’s time to invest in an organizer. There are different styles and sizes to choose from, which will help free up space in the tub or shower and keep everything nice and neat.

Linen Closet

Tackle disorganized towels once and for all. Start by taking everything out of the linen closet and going through all of the items. Wipe down the shelves to remove dust. See what old towels and washcloths you can get rid of and replace, and then fold everything neatly and place them back on the shelves. Maximize the space in the closet by using plastic bins for bulkier items on the floor, and smaller plastic bins for loose items on upper shelves.

Countertops

Cluttered countertops can make the whole room look messy, and they make it more difficult to thoroughly clean the surface on a regular basis. Get rid of the clutter by organizing and storing items in the medicine cabinet or the vanity. Use a holder to corral toothbrushes, and get a refillable soap dispenser for hand soap.

Vanity Drawers and Cabinets

If you have a vanity with drawers, take some time to go through them and discard old, unused items. Purchase organizers to separate and store smaller items, such as hair accessories and cosmetics. Get rid of old bath products that are just collecting dust.

You may be surprised at how many unused and old items your bathroom is housing. Spring organization will give the room a fresh, clean feeling.

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