The bathroom is a well-used space in any home and, like any highly trafficked area, it is prone to collect "stuff".
Whether you have a tiny bathroom or one as big as a sometiny houses, taking a couple of minutes to declutter and reorganize your bathroom can make a huge difference as you declutter your home.
Declutter Your Shower
Have you ever used the bathroom at a friends house and noticed (because it was openly visible - I don't endorse snooping!) that in their shower was a small warehouse of personal care items? Multiple half-empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and the like. Not to mention other shower accessory items.
Do you really need all of this in your shower at one time?
How about taking out the duplicate bottles and finishing one bottle of product at a time.
You will enjoy your shower more with it being less cluttered, I promise.
Also, it will be easier to clean as you will have less items to move out of the shower when you go to clean it every week. (or however often)
How about your shower "Accessories"
How many terrible, plastic shower loofahs are you collecting? I finally got rid of mine and opted for a more natural , zero waste, compostable loufa/luffa/? plant shower sponge option. So far I'm loving it!
Are you like me - do you have a konjac sponge in your shower that you aren't even using?
Just get rid of it and move on.
Organizing Your Shower
Try suction hooks for hanging your shower sponges, wash cloths and the like. They work great!
Declutter Your Medicine Cabinet
It's easy to forget about expiration dates, but it's important to check expiration dates on your medications. Over-the-counter cough medicines, ibuprofen, and the like become less effective over time. Also, check for duplicates. If you need to dispose of medication,the FDA has instructions on safe disposal.
Declutter Your Toiletries
As mentioned earlier, your shower can become filled with duplicates, but so can your bathroom cupboards. Now I understand that sometimes you like to purchase multiples because of a good sale. I have definitely been in that crowd in the past.
[Now, my goal is to use up everything I have so I can just make my own natural and custom products as needed from quality ingredients like castle soap and essential oils. I've been making my own toothpaste and mouthwash for a long time now]
That may not be your goal, and that is okay!
Still, it's good to go through your toiletries and see what is there. Are they all truly backups or is there a product you stopped using because you no longer need it, didn't like the scent, or some other reason?
If so, declutter them by passing them along to a friend or family member. They don't need to hang around in your cupboards and on your shelves! :)
Do you have a ton of sample size and hotel toiletries? Most of us do. What are we saving them for? Personally, when I travel I don't bring them. Why? Because I make use of the toiletries at my accommodation. If your accommodation will not be providing toiletries, you can also just bring your own from home in something like the human gear GoToob travel bottles.
What should I do with all my sample and travel sized toiletries?
Honestly, just use them. Use them up. Instead of buying a new bottle, wait until you use them all up. You may find that you have months worth of toiletries already in your cupboards. Try to recycle the empty packaging. Unfortunately, many of these are not recyclable. :( Another reason to switch to Go Toobs.
Declutter Your Appliances
What appliances do you keep in your bathroom?
Do you use them? If you truly do not use them, just get rid of them. Try to pass on to a friend or family member or donate wherever possible. If you do use all of the items in your bathroom, that's great! Take this opportunity to untangle the cords etc. and arrange them nicely.
Declutter Your Decorations
Take a moment to look at your decor. This may be hanging pictures, little trinkets, your soap dispensers, your shower curtain...
Do they all mesh well together? Do you actually like them right now. You probably liked them when you got them or maybe they were a gift. But today is the day for you to decide if you actually love them. ("Do they spark joy?" as Marie Kondo would say. And no, I haven't watched the Netflix show yet) If not, donate them!
Also consider this: Do you have other sets of bathroom decor (shower curtain, towels, soap dispensers). Do you need multiple sets? Could you donate one so someone who doesn't have a set can more readily obtain one?
Do you have old, shredded or threadbare bath towels? I have heard animal shelters can really benefit from these. I have also heard some donation centers work to recycle textiles. Those are both great options over simply putting them in the trash!
Declutter Your Makeup
Do you store your makeup in your bathroom? I plan to do a more detailed post on the subject, but for now.. At a quick glance are there any products you never reach for? Is there a tube of mascara you have had for 2 years? (I know there is. Just get rid of it before you get an eye infection!) Is there a lipstick shade that does not flatter you? Buh-bye. How about makeup brushes you don't ever use? So long. Have a nail polish collection? Use these 20 questions to help youdeclutter, curate, and edit your nail polish collection.
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