Organize Your Bathroom [Mission #22]

Create a sense of order in the bathroom 

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.
If you’re new, you might like to start here: 52 Organizing Missions.

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

For example:

  • 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.

Before You Go – Please Check In, And Send Photos!

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And see you back here next week!

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Michele | Get Organized Gal

Michele is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.

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