In most homes, bathrooms are the smallest spaces. They are also the most cluttered.
Here’s a little hint: If you have an under-the-sink cabinet, AND a medicine chest – AND you have one of those rolling carts from Bed, Bath & Beyond crammed full of things, then you might have too much stuff.
Is it time to let go? Only you can decide. See if you are prone to any of these…
Mostly-Used hair gunk
Mostly-used hair gunk. Mostly-used toothpaste. Mostly-used soap, shower gel, and all tubes that you’ve twisted to the point they could be in a Salvador Dali painting – these can go into the trash or recycling. If you have shampoos precariously standing on their heads waiting for that last drop to fall — and if those bottles all go tumbling into the tub with that annoying plastic clockety-clock sound every time you step into the shower — then it’s time to let go. Hanging on so you can save that extra 12 cents is most likely taking up too much energy.
Here’s a math problem: Let’s be optimistic and say you’re going to live to be 112. Now, take that number, and write it on a piece of paper. Write your current age under that number. Now subtract.If the final number is less than the number of bars of soap that are in your bathroom, then you will most likely never use all of those soaps.
If there are single earrings, barrettes, or hairpins in your medicine chest or on any flat surface leaving rust stains or turning blue, it’s time to put them away or let them go.
Organization Tip: If you must hang on to these things, put single items back into a jewelry case where they can wait among their supportive metal friends for their missing partners to return. They need that. Create a box for hair pins, etc. Label it. Put them away once a week.
With your entire make up two golden rules apply:
Treat your make up like food. If anything starts to smell funny, get rid of immediately – it has gone off – simple! This normally applies to old lipstick and foundations.
If you ever get an eye infection, get rid of any eye make-up you have used over the last month. This includes make up brushes. Failure to do so may result in a repeat infection once you use these items again as bacteria may be lingering waiting for another attack.
Organization Tip: One of the best ways I have found is to keep your make-up items in a cutlery tray. There are so many different types available such as wicker, wood or plastic and they are relatively inexpensive. These keep everything organized and easy to find.
Sea shells and beads and little smelly candles
If bathrooms are the smallest spaces in our homes, why do we feel the need to put lots of small decorating thingees into them that create even more clutter? Shells are great. Especially the way Pier 1 arranges them on the glass trays with sand and beads. However, most of us can’t pull this off in our bathrooms. They’re already too small. And if you have to push shells and beads and candles out of the way just so you can wash your face, you’re making your life more difficult.
Organization Tip: Get rid of shells and beads, and dust the surfaces where they used to be. Have a designated candle box for luxurious bath moments. However, if the candles get dusty or gross or weird in any way, then replace them with thoughts of abundance and love.
Bathroom Cleaning Products
We don’t need half of the stuff that marketers convince us that we need. I find that the best cleaners are usually the ones your grandmother and great grandmother used....Vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide. Most of these don't need to be stored in the bathroom.
Soap Scum Remover: 1 part Dawn to 1 part vinegar
If you have soap scum in your tub or shower, this duo is your new best friend. Add equal parts Dawn and vinegar to a spray bottle and shake gently to mix. If you have really tough deposits, you can heat the vinegar in the microwave before mixing for a little extra power. Spray all over the tub/shower and let it sit for a few minutes to a few hours, depending how yucky the target. Since the spray is thicker, it clings to the walls and shower doors rather than running right down. After it sits, scrub if you need to, but you’ll probably just be able to spray it off and have sparkly surfaces.