A 3-Step Process to Ending Bathroom Clutter

A 3-Step Process to Ending Bathroom Clutter
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    My drawer is no longer a drawer.

    I pull as hard as I can, but the hand-stained hardwood gets no further out than a stubborn half-inch from under the countertop.

    How did my drawer get this way?

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I bet it is that plastic yellow hair brush, jammed between the cabinet and the back of the drawer, propped up by years of accumulated unused bathroom products.

A lot of people have drawers that are no longer drawers. Bathroom clutter is found on almost every continent and in every home. I can’t find a way to turn the clutter into something more usable, like biofuel. I can, however, help you find a way to reduce your own bathroom clutter. All it takes is three steps and a little creativity.

Diagnosis

Every effect has a cause — bathroom clutter is no exception. Other than good old fashioned laziness, there is a reason bathrooms become cluttered. So get out your pen and notepad, because you are going to diagnose this behavior!

Take a good hard look. What is being left out and why? Does your curling iron need a wall hook? Does your toothpaste and tooth brush need a holder? Look at the clutter and determine how it got there. If there is something that you could add to make your life a little easier, write it down and save it for later.

You may want to add side cabinets to your bathroom vanity or a shelf above your sink(s). Sometimes a simple medicine cabinet can do wonders. Remember, we are not just “decluttering” a bathroom, we are preventing bathroom clutter down the road.

Think Like a Robot

If there is anything that a cold, calculating automaton can do, it is making your house look fabulous. Whenever I need to clean up a space, I choose the systematic approach. It takes a little time but it is bulletproof.

Get a box for “keepers,” “movers,” “sellers/donators,” and a trash bag for “throw-awayers.” Go through each and every item and sort it. If it belongs in another room in the house, like dishes, put it in the movers box. Have five bottles of essentially the same product? Pick your two favorites, put it in the keepers box. If the rest are in good shape, you can give them away or sell them, but if they are way past their storage date, like a bottle of Power Rangers shampoo from 1995, then you should throw it away. Keep them out of the bathroom until you complete the next part.

Roll up Your Sleeves

Today is not the day that you sit idly by! You are a (wo)man of action! You will create an actionable plan and you will love how fantastic your bathroom will look.

Take that list of things you need from your earlier diagnosis and turn it into a shopping list. Install hooks, jars for Q-tips, side storage, towel racks, or whatever else you need to beat that clutter demon into submission. If you are not sure how to fix your clutter, then take a look at some of these ideas:

  • Adhesive hooks are available at most hardware stores and are great for hanging up blow dryers and curling irons. They will not damage your walls and are easy to add or remove.
  • A tasteful jewelry box relocated to your bathroom, rather than your bedroom, could prevent you from leaving out and losing jewelry in the bathroom.
  • If your bathroom and kitchen are close, then consider consolidating some cleaning supplies into one location rather than having similar cleaning supplies in both rooms.
  • Tired of towels? A hamper with a lid will keep them off the floor and out of sight.
  • A new medicine cabinet or side cabinet will add some altitude to your organizing; it’s easier and much cleaner to organize things vertically than horizontally, so think “up” when thinking about de-cluttering!

Your Ideas

Have some anti-clutter pro tips of your own? Share with us your favorite ways to organize clutter in the comments below!

Author Information
Chase Burke is a freelance writer for the home improvement and home furniture industries. He consults on interior decoration projects and remodeling projects from time to time. He has written bathroom remodeling and inspirational articles for Tradewinds Imports, the web’s leader for luxury bathroom furniture and helpful bathroom resources.

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