Every bathroom I seem to walk into tends to have a lot of product out, often making it look messy or making cleaning a hassle (and bathrooms are the easiest place to feel dirty).
If products are put away off the counters, tub sides, and floors it will give a clean feeling and be easier to keep that way. Of course, a few things can be left out permanently or for a limited period of time. The general goal here is to maximize surface space, creating a clean look and more room for everything you do in there!
Deciding what to keep out will be different for everyone. A perfectionist may want nothing of use and only decor out at any given moment. Whatever makes you happy and works for you. Try to consider and ask yourself, “Do I really use all these things on a daily basis?” No? It probably shouldn’t have prime real estate cluttering your counter. If you do use something often, evaluate if there might be a place to store it that’s off the counter and would still be easily accessible.
As always, I recommend storing things of like/same kind in ONE place. If it isn’t already stored that way the first thing I’d do is gather them together. Looking though all cabinets, closets and drawers for the type of item you’re working with. I usually just get everything out and sort things on a near table or the floor so I can group things together. As you’re grouping you can start evaluating things to keep, throw away or donate and start those piles.
“Help, I didn’t realize I had so much!” Minimizing Products:
1. Quick and easy: dispose of expired products! This includes make up samples you’ve had for a while (those weren’t made to have a shelf life…). Most of this stuff is being put on your skin (i.e. largest organ…), if you don’t put expired food in your body why on it?
On the note of expiring, use your products! Before they’re bad! You have them (whether purchased or given) to use and enjoy. Holding onto that thing you cherish and don’t use will be a pitiful waste if it expires and/or goes bad. Trust me, and don’t mention that special lotion from Hawaii…
2. One “back up” is generally enough; you won’t ever run out if you always have one extra. However, a backup for the backups… for the backups… may be overkill. Now I don’t like needless waste, so if you have more than one (and a spare) of something you regularly use or want to use because it was expensive, put it in a place where you remember that you have it and how many you have, try not to buy more, and actually use it! Having less of an item, even if it’s a staple, will give you a better space to organize things. Too many products clutter your cabinets (and costs too much!). I’ll also say, it’s good practice to put replacements out after you throw the old away, not before it’s really out.
3. It’s okay to let go of the things you don’t think you’ll ever use. It’s even okay to part with things you’ve been holding onto because you think you “might” use it. After some time of being stored for someday (that may never come…) it might be time to accept you aren’t going to use it and would probably make you happier to have more space and stop thinking about it. If old or opened, toss it. If unused, donate or gift it for someone else to (actually) use.Tags: Bathroom, Minimizing, Products