Bathrooms can be a very easy place to start your de-cluttering mission. Open a drawer or cabinet and start throwing away old products, expired medicine and crusty makeup. Once you've done that get 1 or 2 boxes, baskets or containers and organize them in ways that you use them by category like hair care, soaps & facewash, medicine, first aid and makeup. I even made a care basket for myself. This sits right beside the tub to remind me to USE those luxurious lotions, salts and scrubs. I toss or give away anything I opened but didn't like. Better to pass something on quickly, than stare at it everyday and feel guilty about money you wasted! This is a common feeling of most people when de-cluttering. We view these items we don't use, want or need as a waste. Since we don't want to admit we "wasted" our money we keep these items around. This just creates guilt and remorse. Free yourself by giving these things to your sister, friend, mother if you think they would actually use them. Now, you haven't wasted money, you've given a GIFT! Now give one to yourself and create a private sanctuary in your newly de-cluttered bathroom. You may just be inspired to do a little painting, and add a pretty shower curtain to create an oasis of relaxation. This can be especially useful if you have a whole house to de-clutter! Enjoy!
I help people in Regina to help reduce clutter, organize their spaces and enjoy their homes again. Sometimes de-cluttering is a matter of having help to get started!
Depending on how much makeup you have a good container could mean a small plastic basket tucked in a drawer or a larger container with multiple compartments. Things you use everyday should be easily accessible. I love the lazy susan style organizer from Amazon. Just make sure to get one that has sides! If turning it, or getting things in and out is a hassle (or tumbles everything else over!) Forget it! to stay organized things should be both practical and usable!
A basket or small box, old makeup bag or a pretty new box are all great ideas. I bought a cute, red metal box with a first aid symbol for my cabin. It doesn't get anymore clear than that.
Staying organized means keeping things you use daily out in the open or easily accessible. Since all the small lotions & potions in a bathroom will naturally look cluttered I like to have a mix of both open and closed storage. A small basket on a shelf beside the tub or shower can keep everyday essentials. I store my extras in a large basket in the closet to hide all the clutter.
This bathroom was completely gutted. We turned the tub to completely open the bathroom. Since I needed another inch or two, I knocked it into the eaves of this character house creating loads of additional storage. Since this isn't always an option, simple freestanding units could be used if space allows. There is often one wall where some additional floating shelves could be added. In these cases, vertical storage is key.
The above options are several ideas of creating space. If you do use open shelves baskets are and excellent way to reduce clutter. Woven baskets also add some warmth to what is often a colder room with lots of tile. I do like to stick with plastic or acrylic ones for the products that may be messier.
I really love the idea of making on bath in a house an oasis. I often feel the need to slow down and loosen up a bit so I set mine up with this in mind. Fluffy towels, soothing colors, clutter hidden away and a basket of my favorite smelling lotions and scrubs. I add a jar of Epsom salts and another of baking soda which are cheap, easy luxury items to round out the experience. Don't forget your candles!