More than others, cosmetic and toiletries storage and organization present a greater number of challenges. For example classifying books or your audio-video collection may be useful but not doing so does not really pose as much danger as would putting together facial toners, nail polish remover and a bottle of mouth wash in one haphazard box. Sanitation is very important. There’s no point keeping cotton and bandages or your dental floss somewhere they could easily be contaminated or washing your towels if they’d just get dirtied. Lastly, a certain level of visibility is also key. Hiding jewelry in the deepest recesses of your closet and forgetting about them for two years is a shame but doing the same to that specific cerulean shade of eyeshadow would equal a total waste. After all, diamonds are forever but your makeup has the shelf life of an ant. Having to consider all of these, it is understandable why it’s kind of hard to inject some aesthetics in cosmetics and toiletries organization.
But while re-organizing and rearranging my bathroom stuff, I noted a few tricks you could use in decorating your bath and powder area without compromising the above-mentioned requirements. And you wouldn't have to spend a fortune, too. These are four generic, but if you come to think about it, really easy and really important steps to organizing and decorating your washroom or bathroom. Give each of the steps some real thought and you wouldn't believe what you can accomplish afterwards. I know I almost didn't.
Declutter. It's always the first thing you do. This golden rule applies to most types of organizing: If you are not using it, recycle or dispose of it. I de-cluttered and freed my sink of every affront to all things moderate and simple. Those bottles with hardly a drop of what's in it left? Recycle Bin. Candles I haven’t used lately because they have lost their scent? Store Bin. Toothbrush 2013? Trash Bin. At one point or another, you may have to face very tough decisions when de-cluttering, so make sure you are ruthless and smart about it.
Organize. After that gruelling ordeal (1 declutter), the chosen remaining few will have to be assessed still. Identify which items you have to keep by the mirror, in the medicine cabinet or in the inventory baskets. You really don’t need all those tampons lying out in the open for guests to see, right? On the other hand, not that you need reminding to wash your face regularly but you really need that facial wash within reach at all times. As for toothpaste, one opened tube on the bathroom counter will suffice; keep the rest in storage.
Coordinate. Colors and cohesion can do wonders to aesthetics. My mom used to only buy mint green items for the kitchen. Everything else would have to be neutral otherwise it would clash with all that’s in her kitchen and this went on for years until she built a new home and designed a new kitchen from scratch. And you don’t have to think along that scale; you could simply pick out a corner and lump objects that are well coordinated. You can apply this strategy in the bathroom, too. Hang towels that match your shower curtains, get matching soap dish and toothbrush holder, or use candles with the colors to match the theme you have in mind.
Decorate. Hide imperfections or adorn blank walls with photographs, wall décor or artwork of your own. My off-white bathroom door’s sole merit was that it granted privacy requisite in a washroom so I thought it could use some character. I mounted these Tintin comic book posters I got from Viet Nam in 2012 and that did the trick. If you’re like me who sometimes takes hours to bathe or shower, art in the bathroom sure isn’t for naught.
These transformations weren't major but they changed the atmosphere of the room significantly. You don’t need that high-budget renovation yet or hundreds of bucks to style your bathroom. I looked carefully at what I have and worked from there: my former roommate's lighthouse figurine, seashells I’ve collected, porcelain, anchor graphics, beach baskets – all of them suggested some sort of a nautical theme. And as with the old "simverbial" mood bar, basics like candles, flowers and scents are also always effective in upping your environment bar from angry red to bright green.