Bathrooms, like most spaces in your home, are susceptible to clutter. Extra towels, shampoo samples and those lipsticks you thought you would love all but now hate all take up space. It can be easy to overlook most of these items, thinking that one day you will use them. Have more than one bathroom? No worries! Tackle them one at a time or together. Today we are talking about how to declutter your bathroom. The time has come to get rid of those items. Reclaim that space!
The starting point
The best way to tackle this, or any other decluttering project, is to remove all items. Anything that is not permanently attached to the walls needs to come out. That means every towel, every item of makeup and all that medication as well. You cannot properly declutter if items are left behind.
With the space empty, give everything a thorough cleaning. Now that everything out, you will likely find spots that you missed during previous cleaning days. Give these areas extra attention, as you don’t want to put everything back just to be covered in dust and hair.
Time to purge
Divide all of this stuff into piles. Towels and wash clothes together. Soaps and shampoos in another, and so on. This will give you a good overall feel of how much stuff you have. Don’t be too shocked at how much stuff you find yourself looking at. You would honestly be surprised how many things can fit into a single drawer.
Decide how many of each item stays. Doing this will limit how much ends up back in the bathroom.
If you have a second or third bathroom, consider what items may be transferred to that one. Doing multiple bathrooms at once is a good idea, as it will eliminate finding duplicate items later on. This will also give you a better picture of what all of your bathroom items are. Maybe you will find some spare toilet paper rolls that you didn’t know you had.
Check all perishable items for their expiry dates and throw out any that are expired. If something does need to be tossed but is an item you use regularly, make sure to add it to a shopping list so that it is restocked in good time.
How we tackled this space
Like many bathrooms, our main bathroom is a bit on the small side. Therefore, gaining even a small amount of that space back would pay off big time.
Though I thought we didn’t have that much stuff, it turned out we had more towels than we knew what to do with. For a family of three, who rarely has people visit, we had over thirty towels. Why? The easy answer is that when my husband and I moved together many years ago, we kept all of the towels we both had. We paired it down to two towels per person and then four towels for guests. This initial step cleared up plenty of space in the linen closet.
Next came the drawers of our vanity. There were plenty of odds and ends in there that we didn’t need. Two sets of space shower curtain hooks. More toothbrushes than I could count. Travel size soaps and shampoos. A hairdryer.
I know what you’re thinking. How could I get rid of a hairdryer? Wouldn’t I need it? Honestly, the only time we ever used the hairdryer was to put plastic over our windows in the winter – at least up until we got new windows two years ago. So the hairdryer had to go.
Once all of the items have been thoroughly decluttered and the area cleaned, it’s time to put it all back.
I choose to put everything where it had been, leaving the organization of the space for another day. This also gives you a good idea of how much space you have gained.
As you can see, our medicine cabinet is quite bare. In fact, this area has always been minimally used in our bathroom. I prefer to keep things in the drawers of the vanity. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures before I started so there isn’t a lot of progress to show. It was nice to see that nearly everything we needed, outside of towels, could fit in as little as two drawers.
One thing I have noticed from doing this project is how poorly lit some areas of this room were. The irony of this realization is, that if we have all the lightbulbs in the main light on, then the room is too bright. A solution will need to be found in the future, perhaps when I organize the room.
Overall, I’m happy with the results. We have gained so much space and now we will be able to store things in our bathroom that we were never able to before. The big thing will be keeping a small stockpile of toilet paper in here, instead of in the basement where it currently lives.
Now to enjoy this decluttered space! Soon it will be time to decorate and organize!