Welcome to Mission #22 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.
This week we turn to the bathroom. Follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll have your own little spa in your home.
This mission is a great follow on from our previous missions (Get Organized Mission: #20: Create Your Organized Life Bedtime Routine and Get Organized Mission #21: Create Your Organized Life Morning Routine).
Remember: you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.
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Get Organized Mission #22: Organize Your Bathroom
Step 1: Take everything out (5 minutes)
Take everything out of the cabinets and drawers, and off the shelves, sills and ledges.
Place it all on a bathmat in the centre of the room, or just outside if there’s no space.
Step 2: Ditch the dross (10 minutes)
As usual, be ruthless. If you don’t love it or use it – lose it. Target:
- Old or expired toiletries and bath products
- Old or yucky make-up
- Old or yucky hairbrushes and combs
- Old perfumes and lotions
- Expired and no-longer-needed medicines
- Tatty towels and bathmats
- Empty or mildewed bottles
- Yucky bathroom accessories, like rusty shower caddies
- Unloved bathroom ornaments
Step 3: Organize and replace (15 minutes)
Here are 2 principles for deciding what goes where:
1. Keep things accessible according to frequency of use
- Toothbrushes and lotions you use everyday should be in the most convenient place – these deserve a CBD location.
- Medicines you use sometimes or want to access easily in case of emergency should be conveniently accessible – these can live in the suburbs.
- Gadgets that come out rarely can afford to go in less convenient locations, like high shelves – these belong on the outskirts of your bathroom real estate.
2. Keep similar things together
- Keep like with like – you’ll easily remember where things go and retrieve them fast.
- Keep things close to where you use them – shower products in the shower, dental products beside the sink, shaver in a cabinet beside the power point, etc.
Dos & Don’ts
- Don’t clutter up your life with excessive grooming paraphernalia.
- Do replace unneeded medicines with appropriate first aid supplies.
Extended Organizing Mission Options
Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?
- Give each of the kids a basket for their bathroom supplies. Encourage them to keep what they need and let go of things that run out or are no longer needed.
- To save space and simplify your life, streamline your grooming routine. What steps can you cut out as you get ready each day? What gadgets and products can you eliminate?
- Treat yourself to nice fluffy towels, yummy-smelling products, a candle and perhaps an iPod-speaker. It will turn your bathroom into your own little spa.
Ready, Set, Go!
Remember – move quickly, act fast, don’t overthink.
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