Decluttering Cure

Take 20 Minutes to Declutter These 20 Things in Your Bathroom

published Sep 18, 2020
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The bathroom is my favorite room in my home. I’m not sure if that’s an unpopular opinion or not, but no matter where the bathroom ranks on your personal favorites list, it’s a space worthy of sprucing up, for everyone.

If you share your home with others, the bathroom might be the most truly private place you have. A space where you can be alone with your thoughts. A place to look yourself in the eye as you give yourself pep talks to gear up for a big day, or a place to wallow in your own tears, analyzing your cry face, on a bad one.

For all that your bathroom provides you, don’t you owe it 20 minutes to comb through the cabinets, looking for clutter to lighten the whole room up? (Not to mention make it easier to find what you’re looking for when you’re showering and primping.)

That’s what we’ll focus on today…

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Day 11: Do a timed 20-minute declutter in your bathroom.

Set a timer for 20 minutes and use that time to clear as much clutter out of your bathroom as possible. Take a laundry basket or another similar container with you to quickly collect anything that’s out of place.

If you have more than one bathroom, focus on the one you use the most often.

Where to Look:

  • on the vanity or countertop
  • in the medicine cabinet
  • inside your makeup bag, dopp kit or travel case
  • inside drawers
  • under the sink
  • in the linen closet
  • inside the shower
  • inside standing or wall-mounted organizers

What to look for:

  1. Expired medication, makeup, and sunscreen
  2. Empty or almost-empty products (get the dregs out and get rid of them)
  3. Stretched out hair ties and broken bobby pins
  4. Any lotions or other products that have separated or smell rancid
  5. Makeup or products that you haven’t used in more than a year
  6. Unused makeup and skincare samples
  7. Unused hotel toiletries
  8. Old nail polish that’s separated
  9. Duplicate shades of nail polish, or shades you never use
  10. Old toothbrushes you’ve kept “for cleaning,” but haven’t repurposed
  11. Any kits (like teeth whitening) you forgot to follow through with
  12. Old, broken, or unused hair styling tools
  13. Duplicate hair tools, like combs and brushes
  14. Duplicate tweezers, nail clippers, eyelash curlers, and other tools
  15. Anything you keep “for traveling” but never actually pack
  16. Accessories for tools you don’t have anymore, like chargers and replacement toothbrush heads
  17. Extra buttons, thread, or safety pins
  18. Hair accessories you haven’t worn in more than a year
  19. Jewelry you don’t wear, or can store somewhere else
  20. Cleaning supplies that belong in another room of the house

When your timer runs out, take all of the things you collected and either sort them into the trash or recycling, or set them into your boxes to be donated, given away or sold.

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