The bathroom. With medicine, beauty products, mouthwash, toothpaste and more, it can quickly become disorganized and messy. If you can’t find the things you need in the morning, you may find that you spend more time getting ready than you need to.
It also seems that things tend to multiply overnight too! I will go in and see that the one hairband is somehow four! How is that possible! I don’t get how this room just gets more and more stuff in it, when I know I’m not buying anything new.
Another thing I notice is with our medicine. We don’t need it very often (thankfully), so it is nothing for it to end up expired. However, it has take up permanent residency in the cabinet. I just need to clear them out and dispose of them properly.
It may feel like trying to organize the bathroom is the most daunting task, but once you jump in and get started, I promise you that it really will not be that bad. You may find that it takes you no more than 30 – 45 minutes. Once it is done, you will be so glad that you did it – I promise!!
Here’s a shot from my kids’ bathroom. The drawer was a jumbled mess of stuff. I actually put the spray into the cabinet and removed the hair ties and put them into a small storage bin I found in our basement. These moved into a cabinet, so that they were together. I also found a small basket for the floss and chapstick, so that it would not roll around the drawer.
Now it is your turn! As with our other organization posts, we’ve got a checklist for you to download. Just click the image below to access yours. You will find more detailed tips below, providing more information as you go work on this project.
1. Clean the bathroom. This may sound crazy, but do you want to spend time in a dirty bathroom? I sure don’t! Wipe down your counter and clean the toilet. You’ll feel better getting started.
2. Empty cabinets and drawers. I usually start with the cabinets and then work down to the drawers (as the drawers have the most stuff in them). As you remove items, go through them to determine what you will keep and what you will toss. Wipe out the cabinets and drawers as well as the handles and outside.
Here is a good way to determine what you need to remove:
– expired medications (actually dispose of properly)
– items you no longer use
– cosmetics that are more than one year old
– tubes/bottles that you can not get any additional product out of
– sunscreen that is more than 2 years old
– trial size products that you are not going to use (might move a few to your travel bags)
– anything that is broken, ripped or damaged
3. Clean your items. Now is the time to clean your makeup brushes, combs, hairbrushes and other items. Try to put your toothbrush and plastic hairbrushes and combs into the dishwasher to get them cleaned quickly and easily. If you hair brush is wood or has natural boar bristles, do not put it into your dishwasher. You will also want to make sure you clean all of the hair off of the brush before hand as well.
Use a gentle soap and warm water to clean your makeup brushes. You don’t want to be too forceful or scrub too hard or you may ruin them. I usually just make a sink with a little dawn and very hot water. I allow my brushes to soak for around 20 minutes. Then, I use my fingers and lightly massage the bristles and that removes the build up. I then, “brush” a towel to remove the additional makeup and then allow them to air dry. If you have high end brushes, make sure you do research on how to properly clean them, so that you do not ruin them.
4. Find organization solutions for the items. You might use a small basket or bin for hair ties. If you have travel size items, place them into a large baggie and place at the back of your cabinet (or even move into your suitcase so you don’t forget). Purchase a makeup tray for your cosmetics. There a lot of different things you can use to keep your items neat and organized so you can find them. Just make sure you have this in place before you return items to the drawers or cabinet (or you’ll end up a disorganized mess before you know it).
5. Return all items. Make sure you keep like items together. Try to keep your countertop as clutter free as possible (that will make you feel more calm the minute you walk into the bathroom).
6. Wipe down the counters / sweep. After all of those items were taken out, these are probably dirty again. Just give them a wipe down and sweep up the floor.