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Decluttering in the bathroom: 5 useful tips to keep it tidy

Decluttering in the bathroom: where to start? Here are some tips to make room in the bathroom and always have it clean and tidy!

Since the bathroom is generally the smallest room in the house, it is important that it is cleaned and organized well, especially if you have children.
However, we are generally led to think that, given its size, the bathroom is the quickest room to organize in the whole house, but this is not the case.
In fact, its small size only means that, in addition to guaranteeing the safety of children in the bathroom , we must be more rigid in deciding what to throw away and what not , and more secure in how to best organize it with the things that are needed.

Decluttering in the bathroom: where to start?

The bathroom is regularly used every day by every member of the family and it is extremely likely that it is often untidy. To avoid daily cleaning operations taking a long time, it is necessary to take control of the clutter once and for all. Where to start?

1. Remove things

The first step in cleaning and organizing your bathroom is to remove everything from shelves and cabinets (including the medicine cabinet), clear out what’s on the floor, in the shower, and any other areas of the bathroom where anything is stored. We will certainly be amazed when we see what we have managed to accumulate in the bathroom. 🙂

2. Decluttering in the bathroom: what to throw away?

Experts say it’s easier to declutter other people’s stuff than your own. This is why we can start by taking care of what belongs to our partner and our children.
Once we take out all the things we can then sort the items into three categories : things used every day, things used once a week and everything in between. Here, we have to eliminate the “ everything else ” elements .

As for our belongings then, we try to eliminate all those products and objects which, even if they are still usable, we have never liked or never used: that makeup that doesn’t match our skin, that old perfume we can’t stand ‘smell, the fancy soaps we never used. We can give them to a friend or donate them to a women’s center or thrift store. Alternatively we can also throw them away together with expired medicines, old shampoo that has solidified in its plastic bottle, worn towels or washcloths, and so on. Let’s remember that the fewer things you have to put back in the bathroom, the faster the next cleaning will be.

3. Do deep cleaning

Once you have eliminated the superfluous and set aside what will need to be put back in order on the shelves, it’s time to clean the entire bathroom.

To remove limescale, eliminate grease and dust and sanitize, you can use special household cleaners you trust or even natural products (vinegar, bicarbonate, citric acid, steam  , just to name a few) that many women use to clean .

4. Organize things and products into categories

It’s time to start “stocking the shelves”. Do you remember the three categories made in step 2? (things used every day, things used once a week, and “everything in between”). Well, now “everything else” is gone and we just have to find a place for everyday things and those used more rarely.

Objects of “weekly” use can be stored in an easily accessible place such as the linen locker. If desired, however, it is also possible to buy space-saving bathroom organizers useful for organizing and storing things in a way.

On the other hand, everyday objects should always be close at hand: shampoo, soap and hair conditioner in the shower trolley; soap, toothpaste and toothbrush for each family member on the dressing table; makeup and toiletries in a basket to place on a shelf or shelf.
However, it is necessary to carefully evaluate the space available and the configuration of the bathroom. In fact, plastic containers and other closable containers can be useful for containing various objects in an orderly manner.
For example, a plastic container with a lid designed to hold a pair of shoes can be a good option for putting hairbrushes and combs together. Similarly, a plastic zip bag can be perfect for makeup or shaving accessories. However, there is no shortage of solutions on the market.

Keep in mind that each container needs to fit snugly in a drawer or cabinet, as the goal is to get things off the vanity top and out of sight when not in use.
If there is space under the sink, it is possible to organize it so as to be able to store all the bathroom cleaning products.

Ah! A special mention for children’s products. We try to keep them separate from those of the parents but always close at hand. Accessories and games for bathing can be placed in special baskets.

5. Involve the whole family

Once the organization is complete, we should inform our “swimmates” (ie partner and children) of the work done.
We try to explain “where to put what” and that everyone must play their part.
You may need to remind them for a while until habits are established. Hopefully it will come weeks later when we can clean the bathroom in 10 minutes and appreciate the effort more!

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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