Do a quick preview of your bathroom, including linen closets and cabinets. Take a close look, are there 4 or 5 areas that need to be decluttered? Since the majority of your time getting ready for the day resides in this room, decluttering it can have an amazing impact and get you out the door quicker and with less stress. Even though the point of the post is to declutter… I think it is especially important here to also make sure you have everything you need. This may mean adding items into the room, verses removing items that don’t belong. Make sense?
If you find yourself traveling back and forth several times in the morning to grab things that you need from various locations, maybe you need to relocate those items in (or closer to) your bathroom. The reverse is true also… if you are continuously working around items that you don’t need to get items that you do need, find a new home for those items. They may need to go under the sink or in your linen closet so they are close at hand but not in your way.
- Make-up bag, box or basket – how many eye liners, eye shadows, lipsticks and mascara do you have in your makeup bag? Are you always searching for what you need? If so, organize your makeup the way you use it, group it by color scheme, season (summer, spring, fall, winter) or occasion (everyday, weekend, evening, etc.). Make sure you get rid of old makeup and if you can’t remember when you bought it, trash it. It is probably too old. I found a great list of rules and created a Shelf Life of Make-up chart in Evernote for your reference because each type of make-up is different. Keep a permanent marker in your bathroom and label the products with the month and year they are due to expire. That will allow you to quickly go through your make-up to see what items need to be discarded. You could write the date you opened them instead.
- Linen closet – Closets end up being a catch all for a lot of stuff that doesn’t have a home. The things that you need the most should be eye level and easy to access. Check to see if you have outdated medication and old towels, face clothes and sheets that you never use. Buy some clear bins to group and store items in your linen closet will also help find what you need. I keep a mini-stockpile of personal items on hand. I have a bin for deodorants, hair products, toothbrush & toothpaste, etc. so I can easily grab them when I need them. It is also easy for me to see when I am running low on certain things and then I start looking for good sales to restock.
- Under the sink – This is prime real estate in your bathroom. Make sure you use all this valuable space by using stackable bins, shelves and baskets. The inside cabinet doors are a perfect place for command hooks. You can hang your hair dryer, hair accessories and jewelry with different size hooks for quick access.
- Medicine cabinet – Everything is here should be stuff you use or need access to on a regular basis. Make sure you check your medication expiration date. If they are, toss them and create a note if it is something you need to replenish. I always keep the basics on hand because when I am sick, the last thing I want to do is go to the store. Watch out for sales and coupons and you won’t have to pay super high prices when you have to have them. Sort your stuff by person and then by how you use them. Keep your husband’s stuff on one side and yours on the other. This way you won’t waste time trying to find your face cleaner in the midst of his shaving products. If you have a separate routine for day and night, sort the products and line them up in their order of use.
- Don’t throw away your old towels, move them to the garage or shed and use to wash and dry your car
- Save old diaper wipe container to store bath toys (poke hole in the bottom to drain the water)
- Use clear food storage containers to group and store items under your sink
- Gather all your mani-pedi supplies together in a basket or bin to save time hunting for everything you need when it’s time to refresh
- Use an old frame to sit perfumes & lotions on