Bathroom Organization on the Micro Level

The bathroom is a collecting point for countless toiletries and knick-knacks that can make for a big mess. Here's how to keep them within reach but out of the way.

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USE COLORED BOTTLES
When you buy body lotions, bath salts, shower gels, shampoo or conditioner, there is no law that says you're stuck with the manufacturers' packaging. Put the products into containers that support your look.

BUY DECORATOR JARS
Chateau and Two's Company offers a set of three covered botanical jars.  Made from hand blown glass, these jars can be brought into your bath's color scheme with decorative ribbons or by taking advantage of materials, such as colored bath salts, stored in the jars.

GO NATURAL WITH BASKETRY
Some storage containers fit better with specific looks than others.

"I think the natural earth tone look is very popular now," says Janice Costa, editor of Kitchen & Bath Design News. "Everybody kind of has that feeling that they want the sense of the great outdoors, the sense of natural materials." Baskets go well with this look, both in terms of color and natural texture.

GET DOWN TO BRASS TACKS
Of course, sometimes the best approach to storage is to just find the most efficient use for the space available. Not every knickknack in your bathroom is so attractive that it merits being kept out in the open.

Lipper International offers an expandable bamboo cosmetic tray for every bathroom utility. This tray allows for convenient storage of cosmetics in shallow, stacked trays that make the most of space while allowing easy access to what you want. This is a great place to browse for the items you need to organize your bath down to the last nail file.

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