9 steps for decluttering and organizing your bathroom

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:


  1. 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!
  2. Have some sorting bins ready, including a trash bag.  Your sorting bins can be anything you have on hand, including cardboard boxes.
  3. 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.
  4. Sort items into categories and place into your sorting bins.  You may have: make-up, hair products, medicines, shaving supplies, shower/bath toiletries, etc.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Clean out the storage areas prior to returning the items to their new homes.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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17 Responses to 9 steps for decluttering and organizing your bathroom

  1. I should do this today :O)
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  2. Great tips! In the kids bathroom, I have a bin for each of them on a shelf. That’s where they put all their personal stuff. Toothbrushes, tooth past, etc. It helps to keep the sink area clean.
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  3. Melissa pezza says:

    I can really use these tips. My bathroom is a mess. Thank you!

  4. Jennifer Clay says:

    I am not having this problem yet since I just moved into my house almost 2 months ago, but these are some great tips! I will def. have to do this when it is time!

  5. Deanna U says:

    Great tips, thanks for the ideas! I really need to work on organizing our bathroom. Between my stuff and my hubby’s, it’s gotten so out of hand!
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  6. Funnily enough, the cabinet under my bathroom sink (the only area of my bathroom where I keep any ‘stuff’) is the area of my home I’ll be decluttering this month. I’m looking forward to getting rid of old medicines. Not sure what to do with my Bach Flower Remedies though. I’ve got about half of them in a beautiful wooden box that’s designed especially for them, with internal dividers. I’m no longer convinced that the remedies do anything and I can’t think of anything else to use the box for (the compartments are too small for e.g. nail varnishes). I’ll probably let it go though I’m sorry I can’t find a use for it.
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  7. Great tips! And this is the time of year to do it too – spring cleaning and decluttering!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Lucy Black says:

    Great tips! Thank you so much xx

  10. Rebecca says:

    I needed these tips…my bathroom is a mess! Thanks so much!

  11. Joanne J says:

    These are very helpful info!

  12. Eliza-Ligia says:

    I was looking around on your blog and just cleaned my bathroom actually, so I made good use of your tips!

  13. These are such good tips. I love how you say to eat first. I know when my blood sugar is low everything is so overwhelming. I’m in the category of too much space in the bathroom, so we accumulate everything! Last Christmas for our “white elephant” I gave away all my old used make-up lol. At least I decluttered my make-up drawer!
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