Make the bathroom shipshape and easy to use through group storage!
Advisor on Organizing Storage and Concierge for Straightening Up
Mayumi Nakayama, inbloom, Inc.
Having appeared on programs such as Fukaii Hanashi on Nippon TV and Asaichi on NHK, Ms. Nakayama is an advisor on organizing storage who is in the spotlight right now. Featured in a great many other TV shows and magazines, Ms. Nakayama provides simple storage tips, as a storage pro, conducting storage seminars, offering suggestions on and supervision of the arrangement of rooms in apartments, and more.
[Points in organizing the bathroom]
You keep a whole lot of small items in the relatively small space of the bathroom, so storage can be a real hassle, right? What I found in interviews, though, was that when you take everything out and have a look at it, you find that there are a lot of things you don't need that are taking up space, so you can sort out the things that you don't need from the things you do need and get rid of the former things. For the endless supply of gift towels and the like, sort them as the ones that you use and as stock items. If you don't have a place to keep the stock items, put them in trunk room storage, along with the items from other rooms that wouldn't fit in the closet. Get rid of the things that you don't need to create a neat and tidy space.
—Do you have any of these items? —
- Cleaning agents that were good to buy, but that you haven’t used well
- Nearly empty and long unused bottles of cosmetics and hair care products
- A ton of new towels jam packed into storage space
- Hair pins and hair accessories scattered here and there
- An excessively large stock of soap and shampoo
The three key points for bathroom storage
1. Put things away rather than leaving them out
When you take things out, they get dirty right away because of the soap, water, and dust. In order to clean well, make efficient use of the linen closet, storage space under the sink, and so on, and keep your bathroom items there.
2. Be aware of group storage and pursue ease of use
When you group your things by application—such as cleaning goods, hair care sets, make up sets, and the like—or by user, you will improve efficiency and ease of use.
3. Be aware of appropriate amounts, and revaluate excess stock items
I see a lot of households that have an excess of stock items. While people have various reasons—such as, “I buy in bulk at big box stores,” “I bought them on sale at the local drugstore,” “I get anxious unless I have extra stock,” and the like—you should change your mindset, and consider a single stock item to be enough, with the idea of “one stock item, one use.” Even though it may cost a bit more, buying just enough to meet your needs means you don’t have to worry about where to put excess stock, and you can enjoy a neat and tidy space every day.