Looking to maximize your tiny condo bathroom? Or rejuvenate your bathroom to make it look new? Giving your bathroom a makeover might seem like a daunting task but Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) says a few small tweaks could give your bathroom the functional, clutter-free makeover it's been longing for.
"When we think of clutter we often turn to our storage room, closet or garage. But bathrooms build up just as much clutter, turning a frequently used space into something completely unfunctional," says Marie Potter, director of marketing for Professional Organizers in Canada. "That being said, if you organize all of your bathroom real estate properly and implement simple organizing systems, you can easily change the look and feel of your space."
To help you make this weekend project a reality, Professional Organizers in Canada member Clare Kumar is sharing her top tips for making the most of your bathroom real estate.
Calm Your Counters
It's important to strike a balance between convenience and visual chaos on bathroom counters. If your counters are feeling cluttered, consider relocating the items you use least often. Next, group the items you do use into categories on trays. Simply using a tray frames your supplies and is easier on the eyes. Decant store-bought products into decorative pumps to eliminate busy packaging and use pretty pots to beautifully contain smaller items.
Look Under Your Sink
The area under the sink can become a haven for long-forgotten bathroom supplies. With any deep space, you need to divide and conquer. You might want to think about adding a shelving unit which is designed to be adjustable around pipes, or group like supplies into uniformly sized clear plastic boxes. This makes it easy to identify and remove necessary items without digging. You can also use plastic bins as virtual drawers to make it easy to bring items at the back into sight.
If storage space is limited you'll want to look at taking advantage of any free wall space, as well as behind the bathroom door. Consider adding a medicine cabinet to your bathroom -- the area behind the mirror is an ideal spot for makeup, oral care and shaving items. You can also install wall mounted shelves. Available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, shelves can take the pressure off your bathroom storage while at the same time showcasing prettier supplies. To add even more space, purchase an over-the-door shoe organizer to hang behind the bathroom door. Supplies will seem to vanish into the numerous compartments. This is a great spot for brushes, extra face clothes, a makeup bag and more.
Divide Your Drawers
Drawers are one of the most practical storage spots in the bathroom, but often they are mixed up, messy and slow you down. Dividing the space is critical. Be specific about the function for each drawer, then source dividers. Look for dividers which are easy to clean, fit the space and provide enough compartments for the items you wish to store. Measure the dimensions of your drawers, noting depth in particular. Consider using cling wrap boxes and shoe box lids to create shallow compartments for dry items.
Add Storage Space
If floor space allows, consider adding storage to your bathroom in the form of cabinets, a rolling cart or a storage ottoman -- perfect for beside a free-standing tub. Let's face it, once you've finished, you'll need somewhere to put that glass of wine!
To find a professional organizer near you visit www.organizersincanada.com.
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If you're looking to make a small bathroom feel more spacious, C.P. Hart designer Sally Cutchie recommends wall-mounting basins, radiators and even WCs (try a wall-hung pan like the Zone for something compact). Not only does this reveal more floor space to make your room feel bigger, it also makes cleaning hard-to-reach areas easier.
"Maximise the architecture of the room. Open shelves rather than cupboards help keep the space feeling open," says Cutchie.
Mirrors are an easy way to give your bathroom an elegant update and are both a practical and aesthetic investment. "They bounce natural light around a room, making the room seem instantly larger and brighter," explains Cutchie. Go ornate to make a statement in your bathroom or try a simple design with a bevelled edge.
Control the intensity of your bathroom light - and change the ambience depending on your mood - by installing a dimmer switch.
Spruce up your bathroom with a new sink. According to Cutchie, decorative bowl basins are becoming an increasingly popular choice, even in smaller bathrooms.
When you're working in small spaces, colour is an important thing to consider (go too dark and you risk feeling claustrophobic). Cutchie recommends choosing polished, matt and bush-hammered tiles to add texture to your space. If you opt for a classic monochromatic palette, team with lighter-coloured walls.
A quick DIY fix that can change the feel of your bathroom is updated brassware. Go traditional or opt for something more modern with flashes of colour to create a stunning statement against a monochromatic scheme. "It’s important to think about lighting and shadow, too, as this is an easy way to change the mood of a space," says Cutchie.
"Focus on your accessories and furniture," advises Cutchie. "In a large space, wall-hung or under-basin storage in vibrant shades can inject flashes of colour instantly, transforming the mood of the entire room."