If you’re like me, you spend a good portion of your morning getting ready time in the bathroom. It’s part of what sets the stage for the day, so it’s important to have good, functional space free of mess and clutter.
Here’s a list of 9 Things to Declutter From Your Bathroom so you can get energized and breeze through your morning routine:
Old medicine. If it’s expired or you just don’t use it anymore, you don’t need it taking up space in your bathroom. Learn how to dispose of old medicine properly. The kitchen is a good place to keep current medications as some are taken at meal times. There are also fewer steam and temperature fluctuations in the kitchen, so they’ll remain in proper condition.
Cleaning supplies. When I moved in with my husband, we found we had three bottles of glass cleaner with varying degrees of fullness. We also found doubles of other products and condensed what we could. We moved the less full bottles to the front of our under sink storage so we made sure to use those up first.
Rags/cleaning scrubbers. These items are necessary to keep your bathroom squeaky clean, but how many do you need? Look through your stash and get rid of the grubbiest ones first.
Old towels. My husband and I both had sets of towels we used in college and then got some new ones as wedding gifts. We had plenty of new towels for our own use and for guests. We use some of our old towels as rags and got rid of what we didn’t need.
Hair, nails, skincare & makeup products. It’s good to go through these items to remind yourself of what you have. It’s easy to buy a product to test it out, find out you don’t like it, and then stash it in the back of a drawer because you’d feel guilty throwing it out after paying good money for it. Well, now it’s just taking up space in your drawer. If you still don’t want to use it, but you don’t want to toss it, find a friend who might use it.
Broken hair ties. And any other type of unused hair accessory. If it’s not being used, get it out of there. When going through my bathroom, I found bobby pins in multiple drawers and baskets. I have one designated basket for all my hair accessories now.
Travel size containers. The last time I decluttered my bathroom, I found all kinds of these guys all over the place. I decided I needed only one container for each of the following: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, face wash, toothpaste, toothbrush holder. The rest got tossed.
Except for the 8 toothpaste tubes. I put one in my husband’s toiletry bag and one in mine. The rest I put in the toothpaste drawer for everyday use. Looks like we won’t be buying toothpaste for awhile.
Counter clutter. It’s nice to have clean surfaces in the bathroom. I have the freedom to spread out my makeup and hair products in the morning as I get ready for the day. Then I put them all back in their assigned places when I’m done. Clear surfaces put my mind at ease.
Décor: Do you still like your décor? Does it provide the look and energy you want in your bathroom? Does it clutter your counter space? Personally, I prefer minimal and functional décor. We have a fun striped shower curtain and blue and yellow towels that brighten up the room. We also keep an orchid plant on the counter, but that’s about as far as I go with bathroom decor.
Stay or Go?
If you’ve gone through your bathroom and aren’t quite sure what should stay and what should go, the following questions might help you to make your decision.
Questions to ask yourself if you’re unsure about what to keep and what to toss:
Do I use this?
Is this extra?
How does this item help me?
You can apply these questions to all kinds of spaces in your home, car, at work, or anywhere else you’re trying to declutter. Notice how you feel in the space once you’ve decluttered it. Ahh…so nice….