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Organizing Tips for Clutter Junkies – Step 1: Bathroom

Although I’m not a huge makeup or lotion/potion fan, I definitely have my fair share.  As I actively work to cull through all of my stuff and keep only “what I love,” this seemed like a great place to start.  For one, the bathroom is small, so organizing your makeup and toiletries can be done in a couple of hours.  Starting with a simple accomplishment is a great way to build momentum for decluttering your life without becoming overwhelmed!

My Four P’s of Bathroom Decluttering

  1. PURGE:  Go through every drawer and shelf and throw out everything that is expired, almost gone, never been used, or broken.
  2. PASS ALONG:  Give away to a charity or friends any unused/unopened/unexpired products or duplicates that you will never use.  (This includes all of those “free with purchase” makeup gifts, hair products that don’t work for you, vitamins you bought but never even opened, and the 16 different scents of lotions you picked up at the holidays).
  3. PACK:  Take everything that is left, and begin to set aside everything you would need as if you were packing for a move or a long trip.  Thinking of having to lug everything around with you keeps you honest about what you truly need, use and love.
    1. Break into categories:  Makeup, Toiletries, First Aid, Hair Product, Hair Accessories, Lotion, Perfume, Tools
    2. Sub-categorize: Everyday Makeup, Evening Makeup, Daily medication, OTC medications, First Aid/Band-Aids, etc.
    3. Keep a notepad nearby to create a shopping list for anything that you need to replace or do not have (Neosporin, new makeup brush, etc.)
    4. If it doesn’t fall within these categories, it now goes into either Purge or Pass Along.
  4. PRETTY: After you’ve eliminated a lot of clutter and trash, you’re ready to appreciate what you use, need and love.  Here is where a few well organized bins and boxes will come in handy.
    1. Everyday Makeup Caddy – I found an amazing white wooden caddy with little drawers and dividers that is perfect for my everyday makeup and brushes.  It was in the office supply section at Overstock!

      Overstock’s Desktop Eclipse Organizer ($21)
    2. Try the Dollar Store for inexpensive plastic drawer bins to divide inside each vanity drawer.  (Use poster adhesive or scrapbook glue dots on the bottom of each bin and drawer to keep them from sliding around).
    3. Throw a bucket or basket beneath the sink to hold cleaning supplies, gloves and extra trash bags.  (I’ve found that I just need Method Tub and Tile cleaner in Eucalyptus Mint, a couple of Magic Erasers, and Mrs. Meyers toilet bowl cleanser in a cute mini bucket from the Dollar Store).
    4. Use an inexpensive basket to hold extra toilet paper, bars of soap, or other frequently used items beneath the sink or on a shelf.  I grabbed a cute one from my local thrift store for $.69 and hit it with some leftover yellow spray paint.
    5. An unused makeup bag or any tin with a lid can make a great First Aid kit.  I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to have Band-Aids, Neosporin, Rubbing Alcohol, and Advil all in one place!

It was possible for me to organize my entire bathroom in just a couple of hours, and it feels like a great start to my journey of paring down.  Everything will fit into a couple of small boxes for my upcoming move, and can be easily unpacked in a matter of moments.