Is your bathroom vanity cluttered? The bathroom is actually one of the most cluttered spaces in the home. Typically, the reason is insufficient storage. Another reason is too much storage! Often, the more space you have, the more you bring into the home, resulting in clutter. Cupboards, cabinets and drawers can get so cluttered that you can’t find what you need, so you go out and buy more stuff. If you’re ready to tackle your bathroom clutter and give it a spring clean, here are some tips:
- Decide which days you’re going to declutter your bathroom. It may take a while, so you’ll want to schedule at least 4 hours. Be sure to eat before you begin and take a “before” picture so that you can be reminded of what you don’t want to go back to!
- Have some sorting bins ready, including a trash bag. Your sorting bins can be anything you have on hand, including cardboard boxes.
- The next step really depends on how much clutter you’re dealing with. If your surfaces are cluttered, start there. If not, just start emptying your vanity, medicine cabinet, closet, drawers, or whatever storage you have in your bathroom.
- Sort items into categories and place into your sorting bins. You may have: make-up, hair products, medicines, shaving supplies, shower/bath toiletries, etc.
- Once all spaces have been cleared, it’s time to purge! Get rid of old make-up and toiletries. Make-up expires after a certain date, so you don’t want to hold onto it for too long. Check the expiration dates on medicine and toss anything that has expired. For prescription medicine that needs to be discarded, check the website Dispose My Meds, to find a pharmacy near you that has a medicine disposal program.
- Make a plan of how you want to organize your bathroom. Your items do not have to go back into the same storage space. Organize logically and based on how often you use them.
- Clean out the storage areas prior to returning the items to their new homes.
- Use small bins, baskets – both open and closed containers, to organize items by category. Place items into their new homes. If you don’t already have containers on hand, make a list of what you need and then go shopping. If you have followed the steps in order, you shouldn’t have a big mess on your hands, and can still continue to use your bathroom until you’re ready to put your stuff away properly.
- The final step (once everything is in its place) is to marvel at the work you’ve done! If you have a history of not putting things away, then work on this new habit on a daily basis. Always, schedule time for maintenance, even if it’s only 10 minutes a week.
Feel free to share your bathroom organizing goals in the comments section!
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