Looking for tips on how to declutter your bathroom? Look no further!
Bathrooms are busy places. They accommodate a variety of grooming tasks, often for multiple users. Ample storage space is required to house all the associated grooming tools.
Unfortunately, due to the compact nature of many bathrooms, storage space is often limited making it difficult to find a place for everything. This is particularly true for bathrooms shared by two or more people. The inevitable result is clutter.
While much of the stuff that inhabits the bathroom is necessary, chances are there is much that is unwanted, unneeded, unused or simply out of place there as well. The first step to declutter your bathroom is to determine which is which.
A good approach to declutter your bathroom is to clear it out and start from scratch, purging as you go. Purging is essential; it frees up much needed space, making room for the really important stuff.
Before you start, gather your supplies so that the work can proceed uninterrupted. You’ll want a container for items you intend to donate, a container for items that belong somewhere else, and a bin or bag for trash. Label each container with a sticky note or marker (depending on the type of container) so you don’t get them mixed up.
Now you’re ready to declutter your bathroom!
Remember that one of the tried and true principles of organization is to store like items together. With this in mind, designate a surface for sorting items into categories as you remove them from the cupboards, drawers, baskets, and shelves.
Possible categories for sorting bathroom paraphernalia include:
If you share a bathroom you may want to designate one drawer, shelf, basket, or cupboard for each user, depending on the space available. In such cases, start by separating items according to their owner. Then within each individual’s allotted space items can be sorted by type.
Apply the three key questions when determining what to keep, what to give away and what to throw away. The three key questions are:
Do I like it?
Do I need it?
Do I use it?
If the answer to any one of these questions is no, consider parting with that item. If the answer to more than one of these questions is no, send that item packing!
As you declutter your bathroom, carefully assess which, if any, items do not belong in the bathroom. Some items may obviously be out of place and already have a home elsewhere. Place those items in the appropriate bin to be put away at the end of your decluttering session.
Other items may currently reside in the bathroom but be better suited for storage elsewhere. Consider the following when searching out candidates for relocation:
There are so many great personal care products on the market today it can be tempting to try all of them in a search for the perfect one. When it comes time to declutter your bathroom, however, you need to seriously evaluate what you use and what you don’t. Let’s face it, no one really needs six different kinds of hand lotion, no matter how good they smell. Separate out your favorites and place the others in either the ‘items to donate’ box or the trash. If you really can’t bear to part with your stash, consider the following.
A visibly clean space feels less cluttered. As you declutter your bathroom, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to deep clean closets, cupboards and drawers where bits of cotton, cosmetic dust, and stray hairs tend to collect. Wipe each shelf and drawer out with a clean, damp cloth before returning the contents. Do the same with any storage containers as well. Empty the container, wash it out, and then return the contents.
Don't forget to Declutter Your Medicine Cabinet while you're at it.
This is also a good time to clean hair and make-up brushes which collect all sorts of dust and debris over time. For more on this topic, click on the following links:
The effort you put forth to declutter your bathroom will yield gratifying results. Your bathroom will look cleaner, your daily routines will be smoother, and you'll enjoy a sense of accomplishment every time you step into your clutter free space. Congratulations! I'm proud of the work you did. Now that you've cleared away the clutter, you’re ready to Organize Your Bathroom!
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