By designating each shelf to a different cause (first-aid supplies, clean towels) you'll always know where to look for the cold medicine when you start to get the sniffles or guest towels when your family is staying over.
Great ideas from The Crazy Craft Lady using dollar store items for bath organization. Just goes to show how a little investing in organization can go a long way! Key here is that she definitely knew what she needed (size and purpose) of containers before she shopped for them.
It is possible to have a chic living room, and still keep your children's toys close at hand. Stash toys in storage bins and baskets that compliment your décor, and add pattern and texture. It'll making cleaning up, well, child's play.