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The bathroom is so often a minefield of half-used tubes of toothpaste, unloved bath products and messy makeup. “Inspiring” is probably the last word that comes to mind to describe it. Periodically getting it orderly is one thing; keeping it that way on a daily basis is something else entirely. Here are a few simple strategies to keep the getting-ready chaos reined in.

How to Keep Your Bathroom Organized

Tack Bathroom Tidying to an Existing Habit

Tidying up the bathroom daily is key to maintaining a sane, clutter-free space. If you’ve been struggling to work this into your routine, the easiest way to develop the habit is to tie it to something you already do daily — like brushing your teeth. As you brush, make a quick scan of the sink and shower, and toss any empties into the trash or recycling bin. As soon as you’re done brushing, put away any products that have been left out on the counter, and bring items that don’t belong there (your morning coffee cup, for instance) with you when you leave.

How to Keep Your Bathroom Organized

Let Each Personal Personalize a Tray

Sink sprawl is one of the most common clutter problems in the bathroom: This is what happens when everyone’s toiletries collect (and multiply) until they cover every square inch of surface area on and around the sink, making it next to impossible to find anything. Combat sink sprawl by assigning a tray to each household member, to be filled with daily necessities only. No judgments about what another person deems “essential” allowed — as long as it all fits on the tray! The trays will provide a clear physical limit to rein in clutter, and they can be moved aside easily when you need to wipe down the entire sink area.

How to Keep Your Bathroom Organized

Assign Each Person a Shelf

If your sink is tiny and you use another space for storage instead, you can still apply the same principle: Designate one shelf for each member of the household to store his or her daily essentials, and stick with it. The clearer you can be about defining the physical limits of your storage space, the easier it will be for everyone to get (and stay) on board.

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