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Vanity sanity: Organize your bathroom wisely

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Vanity sanity: Organize your bathroom wisely

The new Boardwalk bath collection from Moen can take your faucets from drab to fab with its glamorous vintage looks.

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POSTED November 4, 2011 1:41 a.m.

It’s the room where you start and end your day, so it should be one of the most enjoyable places in your home. But, most of the time, your bathroom is not the relaxing retreat you hoped it would be. Whether it is overrun with towels and toiletries - or is tough to keep clean with smudged mirrors and faucets - today’s bathrooms are in need of some serious updates and organization. Luckily, a few simple tips and tricks can bring style and sanity to your bathroom vanity in no time.

Furniture fix

Furniture pieces can add style, color, warmth, and most importantly, a place to store your bathroom necessities out of sight. Even if your bathroom is small, you may still be able to find room for a small shelf or chest. Large bathrooms have the luxury of added storage space offered by a stylish cupboard, shelving unit or armoire. Lowe’s has a variety of linen and storage cabinets that you can browse to find the best fit for your bathroom’s dimensions.

Fancy faucets

Haven’t updated your bathroom fixtures in a while? The new Boardwalk bath collection from Moen can take your faucets from drab to fab with their glamorous vintage looks. Available exclusively at Lowe’s, Boardwalk centerset and widespread faucets are certified to meet WaterSense criteria, reducing water usage by up to 32 percent. The best part is that they feature Moen’s new Spot Resist finish that does just what it says - resists fingerprints and water spots. Now you can add style to the bath since you won’t waste time cleaning.

Organize odds and ends

Have your bathroom drawers become a catch-all for hotel samples and unused cosmetics? Then it’s time to sort, purge and organize. Once you’ve decided what you cannot live without, find a spot for everything. Try gathering your bathroom cleaning supplies and store them together in a handled tote under your sink or in an upper cupboard. For smaller items, Containerstore.com offers a host of drawer organizers and bins to hold your bathroom essentials.

Store items in style

Don’t have much wall space? According to an online consumer survey conducted by Moen Incorporated, 19 percent of men and 22 percent of women state that leaving dirty clothes on the bathroom floor is a top annoyance in the bath. Freeing the floor can be simple. Store your items in style by installing racks, towel bars and robe hooks to hang extra towels, clothes or bathrobes. The back of the door is an often overlooked area to install these essentials.

And don’t forget about your countertop. Soap, bath salts, and other bathroom essentials that you need to keep within reach can also quickly create unwanted clutter. Organize these items in style by incorporating glass bath accessories into your decor. For small spaces, place the canisters on a decorative wall shelf or just arrange by the sink for a chic and simple look.

For an updated bathroom, minus the mess, these quick tips will help you keep your sanity and organize your vanity.

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