Decluttering the Bathroom
Bring Order out of Chaos
Time to declutter! Over the months, the bathroom storage gets totally overloaded. We keep adding to it and all those creams, lotions, and personal products start to overflow.
Often several people or even a whole family shares the space and it needs to work for us instead of making us crazy each day. Trying to get ready for school or work is harder when everything is a jumble.
Here are some tips for clearing out the excess and organizing the what you really need. You'll find your morning routine going a lot more smoothly once you organize the bathroom drawers and make better use of what space you have.
Wouldn't You Love Your Bathroom to Look Sleek and Uncluttered Like This?
I'm Guessing That Your Bathroom Doesn't Look Like the Picture Above
So you are here to get some organizing tips and find some storage solutions.
Does Your Undersink Storage Look Like This?
How Bad Is the Clutter in Your Bathroom?
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Look at How Much This Rack Holds!
Pull-Out Storage for Under the Sink
I have a similar pull-out under my sink. It's amazing how much these hold and you don't have to crawl under there to find it. Just slide out the drawer and everything is right at hand.
It also gives you double the space because before everything was on one level under the sink. With this, you have 2 levels and twice the space.
Double Your Undersink Storage with a Pull-Out Basket Like This
Measure the opening and take into consideration where the pipes are for the sink before ordering. I like this one even better than the one I have. Since the basket is mesh, the small stuff doesn't fall through.
These come with screws so you can secure it to the floor of your undersink area, but many of the reviewers said that wasn't necessary. They didn't bother with affixing it and had no problems with it tipping when the drawers are pulled out.
Quit Binge Buying Toiletries
Make a real effort to stick with one product until you use it up. Switching to new shampoo, new nail polish, etc. every few weeks just uses up your money and you end up with dozens of 3/4ths full products. Talk about being wasteful...
Clear out Old Cosmetics and Creams
- When to Throw Away Old Makeup and Cosmetics
General guidelines by a skin care expert for how long you can keep mascara, lipstick and other make-up.
- Using cosmetic products with expiry dates
Most of the women do not know that make-up products too have expiry dates and if they keep it beyond its life period, they are at risk of infection which might damage their beautiful skin.
Swap Unwanted Products with Friends
DON"T trade personal products like lipstick or eyelash thickener. These get contaminated.
DO swap shampoo or similar products that you've lost interest in. Your friends get to try new products and save money and so do you.
Other Uses for Unwanted Shampoo
Sometimes you just don't like a product, so the bottle sit there growing old and taking up space. Take that shampoo to the laundry room and use it to spot clean a shirt before tossing it into the wash. It's great for ring-around-the-collar too.
Check Out These Options for Organizing the Drawers - In the Bathroom
This shows office supplies in the compartments, but it would work fine for a bathroom drawer. Separate out your cosmetic brushes, the lipsticks, the small tubes of ointments, q-tips, nail files and other essentials. It will really get your supplies organized and make it easy to get ready in the morning.
A Cheaper Way to Organize Bathroom Clutter
This Drawer Organizer Expands
Adjust this one to fit your space (check out the expanded view on Amazon). Solidly made of wood with handy compartments. This will work fine for you if you don't want to have the miscellany shown in my example above (the free dividers).
If you're short on drawer space, use a shoe organizer on the bathroom door to hold brushes, combs, hair products, etc. (tip from Teresa M.)
Are You Holding on to Too Much?
Put the Excess Toiletries to Good Use
I saw a great suggestion for putting the little soaps, shampoo, conditioner and hand cream into a zipped baggie. Keep a few of these with you in your car. If you see a homeless person, you can give them the bag of useful items. Maybe add a few dollars so they can get some food too.
One More Organizer: This One Is Clear
There are various sizes offered. Just click through to Amazon to chose the one that fits your drawer space.
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Tips for Shared Bathroom Space
College students in dorms with shared bathrooms used to put their toiletries in a plastic open tote. This was kept in their room, but was easy to grab when heading for the shower. Everything was together and not forgotten.
Put Up a Dispenser in the Shower - Clears out Some Bottles from under the Sink
This comes with labels for shampoo, conditioner, etc. If you have multiple people sharing a shower, sometimes everyone wants a different shampoo for their hair needs.
I suggest putting up 2 sets of these. Label them with names like Jean's shampoo, Mary's shampoo, etc. It gets rid of the multitude of bottles sitting on the floor in the shower.
Group Similar Things Together
Include These Items
toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental picks
brushes, shampoo, conditioner, clips/scrunchies, scissors, hair dryers, curlers, hair coloring
waxes, shavers, razors, dipilitories
clippers, sanders, foot creams
clippers, polishes, buffers
eye drops, contact lens solutions, contact lens cases, reserve eyeglasses, glasses cleaning cloths
bandaids, gauze, wraps, antibiotic ointment,
You Won't Believe How Organized This Woman's Bathroom Is (YouTube Video)
Avoid Future Bathroom Clutter By Restricting What You Buy
A tube of lipstick, bottle of shampoo and some sunscreen may not seem that costly, but the price of cosmetics and toiletries may be hurting your efforts to balance the budget. Here's how to save money on these daily-use cosmetics and toiletries.
Don't buy any more until you assess what you currently have on hand. Rummage under the bathroom sink and other places that you stash such supplies. Get it all out and spread it on the counter.
Some of these cosmetics were tried once, then shoved out of sight. There's still plenty left in most of them. Give it another chance. Maybe you'll like that shade of lipstick better this time. Maybe that hand lotion works fine once you get used to the scent.
Use up the remnants of hand and body lotions that might have thickened up a little too much over time. Just squirt a bit of baby oil into the container and shake it up. Usually, that makes it free-flowing again so you can use it up.
Put a shampoo that you really don't like into the laundry room. Use it to take out spots or remove ring-around-the-collar. Those collar rings are caused by body oils, so a shampoo works fine for it.
Collect together the usable items that you know you'll never finish. Have a swap with some friends for products they bought but didn't care for. This works for toiletries like bottles of shampoo, sunscreen, and lotions. Do not swap cosmetics that have touched you (eyelash thickener or lipstick). There's too much risk of infection to trade those.
Tips & Warnings
- After doing this, you'll find that you've saved some dollars on cosmetics and toiletries. A side benefit is cleaning out the clutter in the bathroom.
© 2014 Virginia Allain