6 Steps to Declutter Your Bathroom

clean bathroomIf you’re like me, the bathroom isn’t your favorite room in the house to clean. Sometimes, it might not even look like a bathroom with all the clutter. If this sounds familiar, it might be time for a room makeover.

Don’t let your personal belongings take over your bathroom. Get organized and get cleaning! Here are six steps to declutter your bathroom. 

1. Time to Make Decisions

Cleaning out your bathroom can be harder than you think. Sometimes, you forget how much you store in the bathroom. Items like toiletries, makeup and cleaning products are just a few examples of what you can find in a bathroom. One of the best ways to stay organized is to create a box system. Gather four boxes, and label them as such: 

  1. Put back.
  2. Store.
  3. Donate.
  4. Trash.

Having these four boxes ready to go will help keep order as you pull items out and give them a designation. 

Warning: as you dive in, be prepared to run into a few things that are unpleasant. Wear gloves, and anticipate a few gross products if it’s been a while since your last deep clean.

2. Create Categories 

If you want to take it to the next level, further segment “put back” boxes into individual categories. A few examples of bathroom categories include:

  • Cosmetics – Nail, hair and makeup accessories.
  • Medicine – Medicine for adults and for children. Tip: Keep them labeled.  
  • Toiletries – Toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and face wash.
  • Travel-Sized Products – For when you bring home shampoo and body wash from hotels.

By grouping these items, it will be easier to find and store them. 

3. Begin the Sorting Process

It is time to dive in. Where do you even begin? No matter what part of the room you start with, have a goal. For example: have the room empty, cleaned out, and in boxes within one hour. Setting a goal like this keeps you motivated and less discouraged. 

As you sort individual items, consider these questions: 

  • Do I like it?
  • Do I need it?
  • Do I use it? 

These easy questions will help you determine what box it should go in. If you answered “yes” to any of them, keep it. 

Another great strategy is to stick to a simple rule: keep two, and ditch the rest. If you have nine lotion bottles, pick two scents you like best, and donate or throw away the others.  

4. Clean It All Up

Now that you have your bathroom emptied out, begin to clean. Sweep every little nook and cranny, wipe down counters, and shine mirrors. 

With the whole bathroom empty and clean, this is the perfect opportunity to image how you want to put back all your items. Remember your categories, and consider where products would fit and look best.

5. Design Your Storage System 

This is where the fun comes in. Get creative! There are so many ways you can design your bathroom. Use all the space you have, and look for ways to create additional space. Here are just a few ideas to help you get started: 

  • Use PVC pipes to hold hair utensils. Your straightener or curling iron would hang perfectly on the inside of the door underneath the counter.
  • Hang baskets on the walls. This is a cute and decorative way to display your towels. It also allows them to be easily accessible.
  • Put a Lazy Susan under the sink. This little trick allows you to store anything you want, but still have it accessible. Toiletries can disappear in the back of the cupboard, but not with a Lazy Susan.
  • Use the vertical space of your bathroom. Over-the-toilet shelves are perfect for utilizing the wasted space above the toilet. They don’t hog too much floor space either.
  • Add your own cabinetry. If you don’t have anything hanging on your walls, hang your own cabinets. This is a great place to store toothbrushes, toothpaste and frequently worn jewelry.

6. Simplify to Maintain 

Now that your bathroom is clean and organized, don’t let it return to the way it was before you sorted and scrubbed. Clean up after yourself every day, and clean the bathroom on a weekly basis. This helps ensure that your newly decluttered bathroom stays tidy. 

As you buy new bathroom items, follow this rule: one in, two out. So when you buy a new lipstick, get rid of two older lipsticks. Either throw them away or give them to a friend. Apply this rule to all your bathroom items.

A clean bathroom is a great first step to decluttering the rest of your home. Maintain, and next time, you won’t have to take as many steps to get your room squeaky clean.    

What is your favorite way to declutter the bathroom? Share with us in the comment section below. 

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