What You Need to Declutter Your Bathroom
No matter what type of space you’re planning to organize, it’s always a good idea to begin by decluttering. All you need in order to declutter your bathroom are some sturdy plastic trash bags and some cleaning wipes, paper towels, or whatever other cleaning products you like. (Decluttering always reveals hidden areas that tend to become dusty or dirty over time.)
What You Need to Organize Your Bathroom
After you’ve gotten everything out of the bathroom that doesn’t belong there, then you can start organizing what’s left. Depending on the setup of your bathroom and what you already own, you may not need any new organizing or storage products. If your bathroom is lacking in storage options (e.g., if your sink has no storage space underneath, your counter is small or non-existent, or you have no closet or shelves), then you might need to go shopping.
To determine what you’ll need, take stock of what sorts of items you want to store and organize. If you have a lot of bulky items like bath towels and extra paper goods, you might need a piece of furniture like a chest or shelving unit. For a budget option, or an unusually shaped room, several large square baskets could work too. If you already have a place for the big stuff but struggle to corral lipsticks, hair elastics, and other small items, you need smaller containers that won’t take up too much room and will let you stash little things where you can easily reach them.
Always shop for organizing products with a good understanding of your own needs and not a vague idea of what you think you “should” buy. If you’re inspired by a gorgeous bathroom on Pinterest but your own space is less luxurious, you can take the elements that work for you (e.g., the calming color scheme) and leave those that don’t.
When looking for bathroom organizers, look for ones that will help maximize the space in your bathroom and reduce the time you spend rummaging in drawers and searching through closets. Bulky storage boxes with heavy lids, however nice they might look, are impractical. And always measure your bathroom carefully to make sure you’re not buying something that won’t fit in your space.
What Items to Declutter and Organize in Your Bathroom
Sort through everything you keep in, or use in, your bathroom, including items in the following categories:
- Hair care products.
- Hair tools like brushes and clips.
- Skin care products.
- Prescription medications.
- Over the counter creams and pills.
- Grooming tools like nail files and razors.
- Towels and mats.
- Cleaning supplies.
- Paper goods like tissues and toilet paper.
- Q-tips, cotton pads, etc.
- First-aid supplies.
- Old storage products you don’t use, or don’t enjoy using.
- Anything that’s been sitting around unused for a year.
- Mai Perez