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Welcome to Day 3 of 7 Days To A Dramatically Decluttered Home.
Today’s task will take about 1 hour. How long you spend depends on what you want to achieve.
We’re going to dramatically declutter your bathroom today.
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12 thoughts on “Day 3: Bathroom”
One day behind but this is one job I will do on my day off since we have to take things out and make piles before putting things back. Looking forward to the result!
Eww, eww, eww!!! I haven’t done this for ages; found lots of ‘leaky’ stuff stuck to drawers, & lots to throw away! I got bogged down trying to put stuff away, but remembered that I was meant to be decluttering first – so thanks for keeping me focussed on the task!
Our ensuite is really pokey, so it’s good to get rid of old & unwanted stuff & make use of what’s been hiding away all this time!
I’ll get to the main bathroom next week, now that I’ve had a ‘practise run’! 😉
A while back I organized the main bathroom closet with separate bins for excess bath items, hair care, teeth care, facial care and first-aid supplies. That has helped keep down clutter in the other two bathrooms, and allowed me to “go shopping” there instead of running to the store to buy more. This time I decided to reorganize (my portion of) the master bath, which had a lot of old make-up and toiletries in one main drawer and under my sink. It was very freeing to throw away old lipstick and toiletries, and I made a special basket for travel-size items to replenish my toiletry bag. I love having the vanity cleared off, and my main grooming items in a tote under the sink. I also have face towels and extra master bath towels on the lower shelf under my sink, which makes them easy to access….OK, now onto the master bedroom…hoping I can finish up this 7-day class by mid next week!
Since I re-organized the main bathroom I found it is much easier to look after. Fresh hand towels are kept in the cupboard, along with the bathroom cleaning supplies and the usual bathroom necessities. It means I have double-ups on some cleaning items, but it’s much more efficient for me this way.
That one took me longer. I ended up running to purchase wire baskets with drawers to take advantage of the space underneath the sink. Tossed a ton and looks so much better..
Grab your bag(s) or boxes and quickly go through the piles or bags, tossing in things that:
You haven’t used in the last year depending on the item keep up to 2 years. Buy a new toothbrush every year & go to the Dollar Store for toothpaste. Are broken & won’t get fixed discard the proper way. Are multiples 2 hairdryers one used as a spare; complicate your grooming routine – When shelf life is close to expiring – purchase cosmetic, etc. Don’t fit comfortably in the available space place in a window, place a large purse on bathroom door hook with items that can’t fit in your bathroom; don’t match your lifestyle choose a theme for your bathroom: i.e. nautical or blue & green theme. You hate a particular item; personal choice to discard or pass on to someone.
Be on the lookout for: discard immediately upon expiration date the following items: Medicines past their expiration date; Medicines for conditions that no longer apply; Old, expired, or icky toiletries; Old, expired, or icky make-up; Old, expired, or icky bath/shower products; Ancient or dirty hair brushes & combs; Old perfumes & lotions; Empty or mildewed bottles; Tatty towels & bathmats; Icky bathroom accessories; Rusty shower caddies; Unloved bathroom ornaments; Grotty or outgrown bath toys; Anything gross or unpleasant to use.
Create a real estate model of space allocation.
For example: Toothbrush & toothpaste on bathroom sink or medicine cabinet; Medicine cabinet, bakers rack or cabinet for bathroom products; Medications are kept in cloth bags & hung on the bakers rack in the kitchen.
Every 3 to 6 months refresh your first-aid supplies. Have a guest basket for their bathroom supplies.
Did a little decluttering in my linen closet where I store toiletries as well as towels and other things. Tossed some old or unwanted items and added a few things to the donation pile, which got picked up today – yay!
I decluttered my linen closet. I have an organizer hanging on the door which was stuffed with so much stuff that it was a struggle to close the closet door and scary to open it 🙂 So I would often just leave the door open. Now I can open and shut it with ease. More to declutter in there but that was the biggest annoyance!
Lagging seriously behind, but determined to complete the program.
Last night I did the bathroom, got rid of lots of stuff, spent almost 2h. However, some were unopened, so I keep it, and make a note to myself that I really do not need to buy more bodylotion, body wash, hairspray or deodorants in quite a while. I also need to get a proper box for medical supply. I made space for it in the bottom drawer as I removed half the towels….
I really like these programs of yours. I never get around to do all the days in a row, but I like that I can do them when it suits my schedule. Thank you.
Ok, had an emergency come up at work yesterday, and didn’t get to this one yet. But, I’m planning on doing it tonight. I will make it through the seven days soon! For the bathroom, I tend to collect a lot of stuff that doesn’t end up getting used. I am pretty good about culling the stuff every now and then, but it hasn’t been done in a while. My new focus is to not bring the stuff in! Also, I want to set up a good system, so I can see what I am running out of. My bathroom is TINY! and the only storage space is the cabinet under the sink, so I need to play with some ideas for that.
loving the feeling of decluttering – it’s a lot like having extra freedom
I decluttered my medicine cabinet not too long ago but still managed to toss a bunch of stuff that made it pass the previous decluttering sessions mostly because they were pricey items and I hated admitting that I had mis-spent the money 🙂 Among them was an aromatherapy lavender oil and massage cream set – I used them a few times and just got lazy about it. I have since developed an allergy to lavender (!) but even that was not reason enough to toss them. I loved the elegant blue glass pump bottle the oil came in and told myself one day I would empty it and put something else in it. Finally I decided today was the day. I tried unsuccessfully to unscrew the top and upon a closer look, discovered the metal pump was clamped onto the glass bottle! All these years I held on to it until I got around to emptying it only to find it wasn’t refillable! Into the trash the set went and I threw them down the chute immediately which was a good thing because later I realized I would have talked myself out of tossing them and retrieved them from the trash bag. I’m realizing that this is a good declutering strategy for me 🙂
I had hoped to get to my linen closet, which is actually outside the bathroom but instead spent the next hour+ on a grittier task – declutering the cabinet under my bathroom sink where I store most of my cleaning supplies. I tossed A LOT of cleaning products, and cleaned and organized everything. It was a big and dirty job and I feel really good about it 🙂 Now I know exactly what I have and where to find it and I won’t be saying ewww anymore whenever I have to grab some cleaning supplies!