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Cut the Crap: Organize Your Bathroom

Updated on March 26, 2014

The bathroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in the house. If you can't get to what you need everyday, you're probably always running late for work or the gym. Stop spending valuable time shuffling through products or squeezing the last drops of everything. Even if you don't have anywhere to go, why let all of the little bottles of nail polish, combs, lotions, and hair goop control all your time?

Check out this article if you tend spend your morning digging into deep, gooey bathroom drawer-holes for the last remaining elastic hairband.


  • Check all pill bottle expiration dates and throw out old bottles
  • Throw out pills that made you nauseated or or sick in the past
  • Note any over-the-counter pills or supplements that need replacement

Don't Be a Goo Hoarder

Remember when you first moved in, how clean, simple, and picturesque everything was? That's because it didn't contain all your crap.

Your goal is to get it back to that stage so that you can appreciate your belongings more. You will be able to find things easier, and you will improve your health and appearance with the items that you bought, yet never seem to have time to use.

  • Throw out any nearly-empty goo bottles. You are not doing yourself a favor by hanging on to the last little bit and struggling everyday to find reminisce of what was. You could be out enjoying your daily commute to work or already dancing at the club instead of doing that hard shake of the bottle. Turn all your almost-empty bottles upside down and either use them now, or add the product to the next bottle. Then throw away. When its done, its done. The product police are not going to come get you if you move on to a new bottle. If you have a too much to be thrown out right now, leave the bottle upside down and make a mental note to finish the product within the next three days. Then toss it.
  • Round up all the products you bought and tried, only to find out it was a complete waste of money. They dried up your hair or it made you break out. Keeping these products around will only add to your daily frustration. You look at the product and grimace, you reach around the product, over the product, knock over the product, frown at the product. A year later, forgetting just how bad the product is, you go to use it, thus beginning a whole new cycle. Just throw it out now.
  • Jackpot! Found a good skin-brightening facial masque you bought and never used? Put it on while you clear out the nearly empty bottles. Do this with as many items as possible. Can you use the last of an item while you are decluttering? Beauty treatments don't have to be done on a special day once every six months. You bought it for a reason--use it!


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Wipe Down Cabinet and Drawer Floors

After you've cleared away all the trash, empty cabinets and drawers completely. Wipe down each one with a damp rag. Make sure to dry with another rag before continuing with next step.

Group Similar Items

Grouping similar items will make it much easier for you to find things.

  • Clear your cleaning items to one area, preferably under the sink, off to one side. Place items that you use (or would like to use) most often towards the front.
  • Place all other bottles--shampoo, shave cream, etc on the other side. Aim for an empty space somewhere under the sink--it looks good, and its convenient to have some clear space as you reach all the way in the back to grab a product.
  • Tuck wet items like toothbrush and toothpaste, face creams in another drawer. This should be the drawer that is most convenient, since you will probably use this drawer twice or more times per day.
  • Stash dry hair items like brushes and pony tail holders in the next drawer. This will be your hair drawer. If you do not have drawers in your bathroom, use empty shoe boxes. Any large hair items like headbands, hats, and scarves should go in a large box in closet. Leave it open if you use these items a lot. Get into the habit of always throwing your head-gear into this box in the closet.
  • Place all nail polish, nail kits, cotton balls, and any other nail items in the third drawer. Jewelry can also be placed in this drawer, in a separate box.
  • Remember, if you don't have drawers, use shoe boxes or some other cute box to group items.

Counter Space

  1. Tuck most everything away for a nice bathroom appearance.
  2. Leave only 4-5 products on the counter--the ones that would make it seem ridiculous to take out on the daily basis. Everything else should be stashed away.

Clear Shower

Stop dropping and kicking around bottles while you shower in the morning. Only place the ones you use on the daily basis in the shower. If you only use soap and/or body wash everyday--only place the soap and/or body wash in the shower.

If you only wash your hair once or twice a week, you may consider storing these bottles under the sink as well.

Avoid stock piling several kinds of shampoo, conditioner, shave cream, etc in the shower.

Enjoy Your Lovely Bathroom!

How do you manage clutter in the bathroom? Any suggestions or ideas to add? I'd love to hear! Please comment below..


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