Bathrooms are the most intimately used rooms in the house and they are often the most cluttered. It's the room that you have to utilize but don't always have time to clean. We rip and run to get out of the house in the morning, leaving a mess of the vanity. We collect bottles of products that we use in the shower and forget to toss them when they're empty. When we do clean it, we stuff things in the linen closet to hide them out of sight until the linen closet is busting at the seams. Our bathrooms are rooms we tend to use and neglect. Over the next two weeks, we will co-create bathrooms that we love and that don't give us anxiety. Shall we begin?
Keeping the tub clean and clutter-free makes your personal hygiene routine easier. It means you don’t have to sort through bottles of shampoo to find the right one, or lift it so it doesn’t cause a cascade of nearly-empty bottles to fall at your feet.
Confession: As I am typing this I realized I have been holding on to a bag of dried soap bar slithers so my family can be ready for the zombie apocalypse. I'm going to go ahead and throw those away now (insert walk of shame here).
While you're at this, you can take this time to seal your tub with chaulk to prevent mold from growing in the cracks.
Here's what to do:
New Routine: Clean your bathtub and shower at least once a week. After every use is ideal but is also nothing short of a miracle when you live with others. Try to always keep your bathtub ready for a spontaneous soak, so that you can treat yourself without the hassle of having to clean it first.
#Tip: when bathing, add epsom salt to your water. It will make it a lot easier to clean the ring around the tub when finished.
What's on your bathroom vanity right now? Makeup all over the place. Curling irons and hair care products everywhere? Scrunchies, combs, brushes and picks with hair in them? No judgment from me, I’ve been there and still visit sometimes. I just want you to ask yourself if you're comfortable with the current setup.
Having a clear and clean counter in the bathroom makes life so much easier. Having everything inside the vanity clean and organized also makes a huge difference in the time it takes to get ready to go somewhere. You should not have to search for deodorant, hair do-dads or the makeup you use most.
Clear out excess. Toss any makeup that you no longer use or that doesn’t work well. It doesn’t matter how much money you spent on it; it’s not something you can give away (sealed, unopened personal hygiene items can be donated to some places, but anything that has been opened or partially used cannot be donated). So let go of the guilt, and let go of the items.
Toss any hair accessories that you no longer use, excess shaving supplies, unused toiletries, etc.
Clean the bathroom sink and vanity every night as part of your evening tidying ritual. You'll feel good about waking up to a nice clean sink.
#Tip: get cute organizing baskets to keep small items that can easily be knocked on the floor or get lost. You can use one for toiletries, one for hair, one for makeup, etc. Store them out of sight in a drawer or place them on your bathroom shelves for a cute but practical storage solution.
Keeping your medicine cabinet decluttered makes it easier to find the right medicine when you need it. Imagine having a toothache, fumbling around looking for the Tylenol. It also means that you don’t have to worry about taking expired medications.
Here’s what to do.
New Routine: Go through your medicine cabinet at least once a year and toss any expired or unused items. Clean up spills as they occur.
#Tip: Use organizing trays that fit in the medicine cabinet to group small items so they are not falling into the sink every time you go to grab something. You can get them from Amazon or Bed Bath Beyond.
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