Is your bathroom the soothing sanctuary it should be, or does it look more like the health and beauty aisle of your local pharmacy?
Most bathrooms are cluttered with:
- Hair care products
- Soaps and lotions
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Tooth brushes, toothpaste and mouthwash
- Other toiletry items (deodorant, cotton swabs, etc.)
Eliminate bathroom clutter with the following tips. Each one takes 10 minutes or less.
Clutter - Throw It Away
Go through your bathroom carrying a trash bag. Look for the following clutter and throw it away:
- Empty shampoo and conditioner bottles littering the rim of your bathtub
- Old cosmetics - typically, if any of your make-up items have been open for six months or longer, toss them
- Over-the-counter medicines past their expiration dates
- Out-of-date prescription medications
- Used cotton balls, cotton swabs and make-up remover pads
- Any lotion or toiletry item you haven't used in the past 90 days
Be ruthless. Follow the motto of "if in doubt, throw it out."
Corral Countertop Clutter
Eliminate countertop clutter by using decorative baskets. Sort and store the following items in individual baskets:
- Hair care products - mousse, leave-in conditioner, curl-defining spray, hair spray
- Skin care products - cleansers, exfoliating scrub, moisturizer, eye cream and sunscreen
- Other items - deodorant, mouthwash, daily vitamins, etc.
At the end of this process, nothing should be out on the countertop by itself. Everything should be in a basket. As an added bonus, the baskets make cleaning your bathroom countertops much easier.
Divide and Conquer Cosmetics Clutter
Sort cosmetics into two categories:
- Everyday cosmetics - those items you use on a daily basis, foundation, powder, blush, eye shadow and mascara.
- Special-occasion cosmetics - eyeliners, eye shadows and lipsticks you reserve for special occassions or for when you are going out.
Store each category in its own bin or basket in one of your vanity drawers. Each morning, pull out your basket of everyday cosmetics. Storing them all together will also save time in the morning when you are getting ready.
Store Extra Supplies Elsewhere
Many of your probably buy some of your bathroom supplies in bulk at one of the warehouse clubs. Or perhaps, you take advantage of "Buy One; Get One Free" sales to stock up on shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Reduce bathroom clutter by storing those extra supplies somewhere else.
Shelve Bathroom Clutter
Many bathrooms appear cluttered because they lack adequate countertop surfaces. Adding shelves to your bathroom can solve this problem by creating more flat surfaces for storage. Add them:
- Above your toilet;
- Above your towel racks; and
- In your shower.
Using these tips, take 10 minutes and rid your bathroom of clutter.