Why should you organize your bathroom? One reason is that organizing a bathroom creates a more soothing, relaxing environment. Another is that purging your cabinets of out-of-date medicine and makeup is good for your health. And if that’s not enough, putting everything in order will help you find what you need when you need it, so you can get ready with the least possible amount of stress and delay. Here’s how to create and maintain an organized bathroom.
Decluttering isn’t difficult, but it’s not something that you can do once and expect the results to remain. Much like washing the floor or brushing your teeth, you have to keep it up over time. However, like those other chores, once it’s done well initially, it’s much easier to maintain.
Eventually, clearing clutter when it starts to creep in will become second nature to you. But if you’re not yet in the habit, start by implementing a schedule. Every week or two – perhaps when you’re cleaning your bathroom – make a point to clear surfaces, return any items that belong in other rooms, and throw away anything that you notice is empty or expired.
Set standards for how long you will keep everything in the bathroom.
Medicines, toiletries, makeup, and some cleaning products all have expiration dates. Sometimes these are very subtle – look at every inch of the packaging if you don’t immediately see a date. If there’s no indication on the packaging, check products for discoloration, separation, or an “off’ scent. Some products, like shampoos, can last years; others – mascara, for instance – last only a few months. And those little sample packets of skincare products and makeup don’t last nearly as long as their full-sized counterparts.
When in doubt, throw it out, especially when it comes to medicines, which can lose their effectiveness, and any product that goes near your eyes or other sensitive areas prone to infection.
Identify the reason behind your hoarding.
There are a few explanations for why clutter can accumulate in a bathroom. One is a simple lack of time or will to clean it out, of course, but there are deeper reasons why many people hold on to excess stuff.
One common reason is abundance clutter, or stocking up on extra items “just in case.” This can begin as a great and practical idea – after all, you don’t want to run out of soap or toilet paper. But abundance clutter goes further, causing you to accumulate more things than you can comfortably store. If this sounds familiar, remember that (unless your living situation is quite unusual) you’re never too far from a store selling common bathroom supplies. Also remember that stockpiled items often go unused, whether they go bad before you get to them or you simply lose your love for that particular type of shampoo or lipstick.
Other possibilities are aspirational clutter (you always want to have the newest, best, prettiest products or the perfect, complicated, luxurious routine) and bargain clutter (you can’t resist a free gift with purchase and you always swipe the little conditioner and lotion bottles from hotel rooms.)
Reconsider your routine.
The less you own, the less clutter you’ll have. This is especially true in a small and confined space like a bathroom. Are you using 30 different skincare products? Evaluate your habits and ask yourself if you truly need them all. Downsizing your routine can improve your skin and help you clear clutter.
Master some basic techniques.
Bathroom organization can be a quick, painless organizing project with a big impact. Here are some specific guidelines to help you do it.
In a small space, look for the simplest of storage solutions. Try these bathroom clutter tips – for example, store hair elastics and other little items in small containers to prevent them from straying all over the bathroom.
- If finding room for storage is a challenge, look for simple ways to make the best use of a tiny bathroom, such as using vertical space.
- If possible, don’t store everything in your bathroom, but make use of closets and other areas too.
- If you’re feeling bored by the whole idea, get inspired by these creative bathroom storage ideas.
- If your issue is time, that’s okay – even if you only have 10 minutes, you can complete a quick bathroom organization project.
Finally, remember that you’re not alone – check out the answers to other people’s common questions about bathroom organization.