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Six Tips to Keep Your Space Clean and Clutter Free

By reorganizing and selecting the right items, you can take more advantage of the space.

If you’re like most bathroom users, you use your bathroom space for more than just a toilet and shower. It’s where you begin your day, and it’s where you end it. It’s where you perform your daily routines to keep yourself looking your best. You are likely to have more than a few products that you’ve accumulated over the years.

Perhaps you have some mascara, lipsticks, lipliners, lip balms or lip glosses. Perhaps you have concealers, foundations, blushers, highlighters, brow pencils, eyeshadows, eyeliners, nail polishes and removers, as well as cleansers, moisturizers, serums, toners, facial scrubs and sunscreens for face and body. Perhaps you share this bathroom with someone who uses shaving cream, a razor, hair gel, cologne, cotton swabs, contact lenses, face wash and aftershave, and perhaps each of you has a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, nail clippers, combs, brushes and deodorants. Perhaps all these things are mixed in with an assortment of devices which compete with the hair dryer for space in the outlets.

The bathroom should be an oasis of calm and relaxation, yet no room in the house is capable of spiralling out of control faster. Trying to arrange dozens of small products around a relatively small water source can sometimes feel very stressful. Roca offers a variety of simple and inexpensive solutions that can be the perfect antidote. Here are a few top tips to get your bathroom in order.

1. Organise your bathroom. Keep it hung up

Wet towels have no place on the backs of chairs or the corners of doors – and least of all on the floor. Aside from being unable to dry properly, discarded towels can sprout mould and spread germs throughout a bathroom. Nip this problem in the bud by installing a towel rail near your bath or shower, or for multiple users, a towel rack. Heated towel racks get the job done in a fraction of the time.

If you have limited space, consider robe hooks. Line up several in a row so each family member can hang their towel easily. Whether you own a robe or not, robe hooks are great places to hang clothes,towels or hand towels in the bathroom.

(Pictured: Hotels robe hook in matt black)

 

A simple way to hang your towels and keep your bathroom tidy

2. Keep it off the counter

Soap and bathrooms go hand in hand, but when soap bars are left directly on the countertop, they can cause mould or discoloration. Soap dishes help soaps last longer and keep your counters clean. Soap dispensers for liquid soaps can match your bathroom’s decorative scheme and are a great way to tie the room together. Roca offers both dispensers and dishes in a variety of finishes, with countertop or wall- mounted options.

Magnifying mirrors (also called zoom mirrors) can do wonders when it comes to applying makeup, shaving or any other grooming ritual. But when they sit on the counter they occupy valuable space, and the user often has to bend down to reach them. A wall-hung magnifying mirror gives you all of the functionality with none of the headache.

(Pictured: Hotels wall-mounted soap dish in chrome finish)

Clear and organise the countertop

Bathrooms are supposed to be sanctuaries of cleanliness, but clutter and carelessness can turn them into a hotspot for bacteria. All those disposable contact lenses, cotton swabs and makeup removal pads need a place to go after use. Make sure to have a waste bin handy for those small items which can pile up so easily if left unchecked. For most bathrooms, a small three to five litre waste bin is sufficient to keep things looking tidy.

Toothbrushes (or any other item that goes in your mouth twice a day) have no business lying flat on the countertop where they can pick up germs and bacteria.

Tumblers are great all-purpose containers that help keep toothbrushes and toothpastes clean and fit for use. Last but certainly not least, anywhere one has a toilet, a toilet brush and brush holder is of the utmost importance. The brush keeps the toilet clean, and the holder keeps the brush contained. Consider a wall-hung version as a stylish upgrade to the typical toilet brush holder, which also makes for easier cleaning of the floor area.

(Pictured: Hotels wall-mounted soap dispenser and tumbler in matt black)

3. Keep it germ free

Bathrooms are supposed to be sanctuaries of cleanliness, but clutter and carelessness can turn them into a hotspot for bacteria. All those disposable contact lenses, cotton swabs and makeup removal pads need a place to go after use. Make sure to have a waste bin handy for those small items which can pile up so easily if left unchecked. For most bathrooms, a small three to five litre waste bin is sufficient to keep things looking tidy.

Toothbrushes (or any other item that goes in your mouth twice a day) have no business lying flat on the countertop where they can pick up germs and bacteria.

Tumblers are great all-purpose containers that help keep toothbrushes and toothpastes clean and fit for use. Last but certainly not least, anywhere one has a toilet, a toilet brush and brush holder is of the utmost importance. The brush keeps the toilet clean, and the holder keeps the brush contained. Consider a wall-hung version as a stylish upgrade to the typical toilet brush holder, which also makes for easier cleaning of the floor area.

(Pictured: Hotels wall-mounted soap dispenser and tumbler in matt black)

4. Keep it handy

There’s no right way to store and organize your toilet paper, but there is a wrong way. Besides giving a sloppy impression, if your toilet paper is on the floor or the edge of your countertop, it could be picking up extra germs. Make your life easier by installing a toilet roll holder within easy reach of the toilet.

The shower zone sometimes gets a free pass as far as organization goes, but it shouldn’t be ignored, and you would do well to keep things like razors and slippery soap bars away from bare feet. Grilled containers are perfect for shower storage, keeping the profusion of small objects handy and organized. What’s more, the grill design lets water fall straight through, inhibiting the build-up of bacteria.

(Pictured: Hotels toilet roll holder with shelf in matt black)

A toilet roll holder allows you to find the right place for everything

5. Keep it stored away

Mirror cabinets serve the same function as flat mirrors, but they open on a hinge to reveal a set of shallow storage shelves within, giving you instant bonus storage while taking up zero additional space. Makeup and other small toiletries are perfect for these spaces. Roca’s Eidos mirror cabinet comes with an integrated LED light and a built-in electrical socket.

Bathroom cabinets are one of the top storage solutions for the bathroom space. They integrate the basin into a furniture cabinet, providing storage below while leaving the top free for other, more frequently used items. They can be floor-standing with legs or anchored directly to the wall for easier cleaning underneath. Inside the cabinet drawers, an organizing tray will keep your smaller items all in one accessible spot. For larger items, like towels for example, which take up a lot of space, yet need to be kept close at hand, an all-purpose auxiliary storage column is your best bet. Stylish and subtle storage columns offer maximum storage while occupying little floor space.

(Pictured: Delta shelf unit with door in matt green finish)

Auxiliary columns are essential to keep your bathroom tidy

6. Keep it organised

Clutter can build up in a bathroom drawer in no time. They are perfect receptacles for keeping brushes, combs, makeup, or medicine hidden away, but try to find that favourite lipstick or to remember what is even stored in the drawer, and it soon becomes a mystery, a space where items go to be forgotten. Well-designed drawer trays and integrated storage dividers in furniture units are a simple way to get organised, while also saving space. Collections such as Inspira or Ona have built-in storage dividers. Use longer sections for combs and brushes, smaller squares for extra bars of soap or hair ties, whichever way you use the space, maximise their potential and get better organised as you do.

(Pictured: Ona tray in matt green)

Trays are very practical to organise your drawers

Even the nicest bathrooms can take on an air of sloppiness if they’re allowed to become overrun with a thousand random objects. By staying on top of organization, you’ll make your daily routines a whole lot simpler – and you’ll also be keeping your bathroom looking its very best.