Bathroom counters are a cinch to wipe down, but a little more complicated to keep free of clutter. Because while we all may have the best intentions when it comes to our collection of products, perfumes and potions, it can be easy for this usually small space to look like a drugstore exploded inside it.
Fear not. We polled Nate, Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, and Lauren Allan for their ideas on how to keep your counters elevated, edited, and always in good taste. Ready to start tidying up? Let’s go…
NATE SAYS: Fall in love with your storage.
“I’ll start by saying that I decant everything – even Q-Tips – in beautiful containers. I like seeing it all displayed this way, like a high-end cosmetics counter. But most of my daily essentials are kept out of sight in my toiletry bag. I travel so often, it’s easiest to live out of that so I never forget anything at home. The key is choosing one you’ll like to look at, because this is one accessory you’re going to see a lot, no matter where you are.”
LAUREN B. SAYS:
Stay with what works.
“I accessorize my bathroom counters in the same way I would any other surface, so I’ve accumulated little trays, dishes and vases to accommodate my clutter. My toothbrush and toothpaste live in a mint julep cup, and my perfumes sit on a sterling Christofle tray I got for my wedding. I also love glass jars in different sizes to house my various cotton swabs.”
LAUREN A. SAYS:
Set yourself up for success.
“To help maintain a clutter-free bathroom counter (or any surface!), I purge the old every 3-6 months to free up space, and make sure I always have beautiful and fragrant cleaning products (Murchison-Hume is a favorite), candles (Cire Trudon, please), and flowers. Essentially? Embrace organization. I promise, it will help you multi-task and stay energized. And, if all else fails, choose a bold tile to distract from the clutter!”