Decluttering Cure

This 20-Minute Bathroom Decluttering Checklist Makes All Your Mornings Better

published Oct 1, 2021
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Whatever time you have to dedicate to decluttering, there might not be a better target with a higher return on investment than the bathroom.

Any amount of time you can dedicate to streamlining your bathroom storage will pay you back times ten when it comes to making it easier to get ready in the morning, and to tuck yourself in before bed. It’s about making sure you don’t have to dig through a container full of lipstick to find the one shade you love to wear, and that you never slather your entire face with sunscreen before realizing it’s expired.

Today, we’ll do a quick 20-minute sweep of the bathroom to see exactly how a very small investment of time now can pay off handsomely in the days and nights to come.

Credit: Minette Hand

Day 12: Declutter the bathroom for 20 minutes.

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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