Keep bathroom countertops clean and organized

Dear Kathi,

My bathroom makes me want to scream. I hate trying to find my makeup and cleaning the counter and sink area is terrible. What can I do to make it better?

Josie, Lake Hodges


It sounds like you have too much makeup for your counter space. Keep your daily-wear makeup in a pretty bowl or basket on the counter. A basket contains everyday makeup items in a snap and looks organized even when your items are tossed in as you rush out the door.

This would be a good time to clear out your make-up clutter. The more make-up you have, the less likely you are to use any of it. Use the year-after-purchase rule: toss anything half used. Once your collection is downsized, you are ready to create new storage areas.

Hang a shoe organizer on the back of the door. Fill the pockets with your extra make up, hair ties and barrettes. If you don’t have the door space, consider hanging a few small box shelves on the wall by your mirror. These shelves will combine functionality with organization. Use smaller containers within the shelves to group your lipsticks, makeup brushes and eye shadows together.

Your bathroom will be much easier to take care of if you keep your other loose countertop items i.e. shave crème, deodorant & hairsprays together in a basket or ceramic container. When you clean, simply move the container & wipe the counter with one motion.

Kathi is a professional organizer, image consultant and event planner based in San Diego California.

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