Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Decluttering tips for the bathroom

With the amount of things we use daily, the idea of decluttering a bathroom sounds impossible.

See what boxes are available or get new ones. Look into alternative ways to box items like using baskets and trays.

This is not the case if you take it one step at a time.

Know your ABCs

The ABC system is a priority system. “A” things are the things that you use regularly such as soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

“B” things are what you use monthly such as facial or skin treatment products, while “C” things are what you don't use often like home massagers and make-up for special occasions. “A” things need to be within easy reach, “Bs” should take an extra stretch, while “Cs” will probably be on the highest or deepest shelf.

Assess your storage situation

See what boxes are available or get new ones. Look into alternative ways to box items like using baskets and trays. Most importantly, do see where you can put them. Find out where hidden or additional storage can be installed like under the sink or behind the door.

Sorting through the clutter

Stick to a ‘one in, two out’ rule. Throw out expired products. If you find more than one kind of product that is usable, toss it or give it away.

Apply this rule to hair products you may have bought when your hairstyle was different – if you used to have a perm but not anymore, throw out or give away all related products to that perm. Do sort in cold blood. Do away with the packrat habit.

Put it back

This is more of a reminder. Save yourself from daily clutter by storing things in their place as soon as you’re finished using them. In small bathrooms, that one misplaced item will look all the more like clutter if you don't immediately set it aside. Figure out the storage and decluttering methods that work for you, and make it a habit.  


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