January 13, 2020

How to Declutter the Bathroom

If you have one bathroom or five, you can declutter them this week or just do your main bathroom if you are short on time. Whatever you are able to do, do your best and do it thoroughly so you don’t need to come back to it and re-do it or complete it. That means if you tackle one drawer in your main bathroom, really tackle it. Take everything out, only keep what you use and need, wipe the space clean and return the goods back to the space. If you want to tackle the entire bathroom, same thing, do your best and get it done. I’m going through all of our bathrooms this week and I’m decluttering them assembly line style. Keep reading to see what I mean. Make the time, move as quickly as you can, and be ruthless with what you allow to stay.

 

If you haven’t printed out the Declutter Order Checklist, make sure you keep reading and do that. Before you do anything this week, it might be helpful for you to figure out when you’re going to do the tasks. I use my Homekeeping Planner but you can write it on the checklist, in a calendar, on a scratch sheet fo paper. I find it really helpful to block out when I’m going to do specific tasks. This helps me break it down into manageable tasks and steps and so I don’t get overwhelmed.

Throughout the month of January we will be following this free printable – Clean Mama’s Declutter Order (also found in The Clutter Handbook) as our guide. I’ll be posting on Mondays with a couple bonus posts for the week ahead. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for behind the scenes progress in our home!

If you’re ready for decluttering but not quite sure where to start, I have a simple method to make a lot of progress in a short period of time. Ready?

Here are your steps to a decluttered bathroom:

First things first, make sure your declutter station is nearby and go through everything if you can. 
KEEP – Love it, need it, or use it
TOSS – Recycle or trash
DONATE – Don’t love it, need it or use it but someone else could
RELOCATE – Still love it, use it or need it, but it doesn’t belong here

I used the labels from The Clutter Handbook and attached them with a clothespin to these laundry baskets from IKEA.

We’re starting this on a Monday – if you follow the Clean Mama Routine, you know that Monday is Bathrooms Day. That means that we CLEAN the bathrooms on Mondays. Perfect!  Start by doing the Monday is Bathrooms Day Routine so your bathrooms are CLEAN. New here? I have a 15 minute method to get ALL your bathrooms clean. Here’s a free printable that details the full how-to and here’s a post that shows you what I use to clean our bathrooms and this post shows my tricks for cleaning a toilet naturally.

You will be doing Step 1 during the bathroom cleaning – hooray for multi-tasking!

STEP 1: CLEAN + CLEAR COUNTERS

  • completely clear + clean bathroom counters
  • assess everything – is there anything that you can toss, donate, or relocate?

STEP 2: CABINETS + DRAWERS

  • tackle all of them or just one or two – this is up to you. My preference is just to go as quickly as I possibly can and get rid of anything that can be tossed.
  • completely empty, wipe clean, and put items in categories/zones to keep organizing easy

STEP 3: MEDICINE CABINET

  • check expiration dates
  • completely empty, wipe clean, put back what you use and want to keep

STEP 4: TOILETRIES + MAKEUP

  • keep the best and get rid of anything you don’t use
  • makeup does have an expiration date and it can harbor bacteria. If you have mascara that you’ve been holding on to for 3 years, it’s probably time to let it go
  • if you are feeling super productive, give your makeup brushes a little love and wash them – here’s a post on how to wash them

STEP 5: BATH TOWELS, HAND TOWELS, WASH CLOTHS

  • bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths – repurpose/donate anything worn or with holes and keep the best

Here’s what you can expect on the blog for the month of January:
January 1 – INTRO – Join the Challenge!
January 2 – Decluttering Quick Start + Cleaning Supplies / Laundry Area
January 6 – Kitchen
January 13 – Bathrooms
January 20 – Clothing + Bedrooms
January 22 – Entertainment + Kids
January 27 – Office Space + Paper Clutter
January 29 – Digital Clutter
Find all the posts from the Clean Mama Clutter Challenge here.

What will you GAIN when you declutter?  TIME, LESS STRESS, A CALM + COZY HOME you are excited to come home to!

please note: the Clean Mama Clutter Challenge is free – it is not necessary to purchase the handbook to take part in the challenge but the handbook will definitely help! Grab it now while it’s on sale!

Ready to clear the clutter? I’m SO excited to share The Clutter Handbook with you! It’s updated and ready to help you take on your clutter in a fresh, new way for 2020. The FREE Clean Mama Clutter Challenge through the month of January will be on the blog, Instagram, and in a new private Facebook group (purchase The Clutter Handbook to be in the Facebook group). Grab The Clutter Handbook to take you even more in depth through the challenge!

The Clutter Handbook is a 47-page pdf guide designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home. If you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or just a couple clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps.

The problem with decluttering is not knowing where to start. If you’re just happening on this post, go here first. I have 4 steps to give you a quick start on your decluttering. You’ll gain momentum and be motivated to continue – that’s the best kind of decluttering. Getting rid of the clutter quickly, easily, and while seeing almost instant progress in the early stages.