After the kitchen, one of the rooms most in need of decluttering in a home is usually the bathroom! It is so easy for us to collect all kinds of things in the bathroom drawers and cabinets that we often end up with way more stuff than we can actually use. While I am personally not a huge fan of the term “minimalist,” the bathroom is one area that I tend to keep minimal. I just don’t use a lot of different products and I clean out what I do use regularly. Today, I am going to give you five tips for bathroom decluttering so your bathroom can become the retreat you’ve always wanted!
Ideas to Declutter the Bathroom Counter
First, let’s talk about the bathroom counter. This is probably the most obvious place of clutter in your bathroom, so it’s essential that you declutter it just to free up some visual space.
Take a good look at what you’re storing on the counter. Can any of those items be stored in the drawers or cabinets? Why are you keeping those items on the counter? Can you organize the items on the counter in an efficient way so that you can still access them easily, but you actually have clear counter space?
Now, I know there are a lot of opinions on where to keep toothbrushes, but I do keep mine on the counter. I have a toothbrush holder right by my sink and I keep my toothbrushes in it. The only other things that have permanent homes on my bathroom counter are my water flosser, hand soap, and a dish to hold my every day jewelry.
I have arranged it so that everything else can easily fit in a drawer or cabinet. Not only does having few items on the counter create less visual clutter, it also makes the counter much easier to clean.
Now that you’ve decided wha items can stay on the counter and what items need a home elsewhere, let’s get to work on purging your bathroom of unnecessary items. Get rid of nail polishes that have gone bad, lotions you’re never going to use, old perfumes and cologne, and all the icky little things you tend to collect but will never use. This is going to be where the bulk of your decluttering happens. Make sure you’re taking advantage of only keeping the items that you actually use in the bathroom. It’s so freeing to let go of things you don’t need.
You may not like to hear this, but do you really need to hoard product? How much space are 20 tubes of toothpaste, 15 bottles of body wash, and 30 bottles of shampoo taking up in your bathroom? Maybe you’re a couponer and you get things on sale, but do they all have to live in your bathroom? Can you keep your stockpile somewhere else that you don’t hang out everyday?
I personally only buy one or two items at a time, even for my kids’ bathroom. It takes us a while to go through shampoo. I can buy our regular toiletry items on a regular basis when I do my grocery shopping. This helps me free up a lot of space in my bathroom.
How To Organize Toiletries in the Bathroom
Let’s talk about how to organize those toiletries that we do keep in our bathrooms. My master bathroom is pretty unique because the space under the sink in the vanity is open. We currently rent our home and it was built to be wheelchair accessible, so we only have six drawers in our vanity to store toiletries.
My husband and I each have a side and an acrylic tray in our top drawers. I keep toothpaste, floss, nail clippers, extra razors, and my husband’s deodorant on one side, and I keep lip balm contact stuff, my glasses case and hair ties and pins on my side. Our other drawers hold hair items, nail polish, facial moisturizers, and my make-up is in a case in a bottom drawer. Easy peasy.
Bathroom Storage Ideas
I am a big fan of baskets for bathroom storage. Because we have a fairly large bathroom and so little cabinet space, my husband added three small cabinets to maximize our storage space. We placed one small cabinet next to the tub. I can put candles and my current book on the top of the cabinet, and I keep a small basket with my body lotions inside it.
Another cabinet holds all of our towels, wash cloths, and extra soaps.
The last cabinet is beside the toilet. I have a very large basket in this cabinet holding my Method bathroom cleaner, antibacterial wipes, extra toilet paper, and plastic bags to be used as trash bags. Feminine products are kept in the drawer of this cabinet.
Be strategic in where you store items in the bathroom. It is wise to make sure you place things next to where you will use them! The towel cabinet is within reach of the tub, the toilet paper and feminine products are next to the toilet, and all of our other items are in the vanity.
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