Decluttering Cure

This 20-Minute Bathroom Clean Out Is the Easiest Thing You Can Do For Your Home

updated May 3, 2019
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I don’t know about you, but my bathroom is usually the first casualty to clutter. I think it’s because it’s the last room I spend time in on my most hurried, out of control days. In a rush to get out the door, I leave my bathroom in a mess of tissues, makeup and hair products that, yeah, don’t get picked up as quickly as they should when I get home.

So my bathroom has always been in a perpetually messy state that lends itself to attracting more clutter. I don’t even notice I’m hoarding three mostly-empty bottles of moisturizer until it’s too late.

And yet, I’ve written before about my belief that the bathroom is the most important place to clean up when you need a mood boost. So today’s decluttering task is a little bit of a “do as I say, not as I do” situation. I’ll be tackling this one right along with you. Let’s power through it!

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Today’s Assignment

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.

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:

  • expired products
  • empty or mostly-empty products (combine them!)
  • unused or barely-used products you’re not going to use again
  • old, broken or unused styling tools
  • dingy or old towels and sheets

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

If you have more than one bathroom, focus on the one you use most frequently. Or, you can set aside 40 (or 60—lucky you, three-bathroom-person!) minutes to handle all of them.

And don’t forget…

Grab one more thing from the monster zone today and get it sorted on its way to find a new home.

Want to catch up with Apartment Therapy’s September Sweep decluttering plan? You can see all of the month’s assignments right here.