Anyone else feel like they are drowning in clutter? We moved back in June and I feel like despite trying to stay organized and minimal, our belongings multiplied. In the four months we’ve been in our house I’ve yet to organize our bathroom. I will blame that on being in a new setting, away from family, with a newborn and a brand new toddler. So we had two very cluttered and very messy bathrooms. I finally had enough and tackled both bathrooms. It took me way less time than I anticipated. I finished both bathrooms in one day by utilizing nap time and after I put the kids to bed. I probably spent no more than four hours total on this! And the difference is staggering! It is time to declutter your bathroom!
I not only organized every drawer, but I got rid of almost half the items we had tucked away in those bathrooms. So if your bathrooms have become a tioletry dump, or if you are holding on to lotion that you haven’t touched in over a year… this blog post is for you!
1. Just Do It
I know. Que the eye roll. I hate when How To posts start with “Just Do It”. But it’s so important. I have been procrastinating this project for MONTHS. It was ridiculous. I always had a ton of excuses as to why it wasn’t a good time to get our bathroom under control. Until one day I just quit making excuses and worked my butt off for a little under four hours. Now, we LOVE being in our bathrooms. It’s so easy to get ourselves ready, bath time for the babies is so much more relaxing, and clean up is a breeze! Why did I wait so long to make a change that would make life so much easier!?!
2. Take Out EVERYTHING
Yup. You heard me right. Empty every cabinet, every drawer, every bin. You need to see the amount of “junk” you’ve accumulated over the years. There will be piles of unopened bottles, and half used bottles and bottles with one drop left that for some reason never made it into the trash. Being able to see everything out in the open will help so much more when you start ruthlessly decluttering.
WATCH: How I Declutter and Minimize My Own Bathrooms
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3. Focus on minimizing FIRST
I know that it is so tempting to go shopping first. If you have bins and racks and cabinet dividers and a bunch of other awesome organizational supplies it will make everything easier, right? WRONG. All that does is make it harder to let things go. I’ve heard it said, don’t just organize your junk. Get RID of what you don’t need or aren’t using. If you can narrow down all your STUFF, it will make not only organization easier, but maintaining organization and cleanliness easier as well.
4. Don’t hold on to things you MIGHT use
Please do not keep five bottles of lotion because you might use them later. Keep one or two but no more than that. If you haven’t used an item in six months get rid of it. If you don’t have immediate plans to use an item then get rid of it.
5. Save ORGANIZATION for LAST
Going out and buying the newest or even cheapest organization product or hack will not help you stay organized! Make sure that you first get rid of your clutter. Get rid of items that are not necessary. Then after you have minimized as much as possible you can assess what is left over and the best way to organize it with the drawer and cabinet space available.