The most hated room in our homes to clean or declutter is the bathroom. Once you have some ideas of what you need to do and a plan, it’s really not that hard to do and really shouldn’t take that long either. In most homes, just the mere mention of cleaning the bathroom is thought of as the most dreaded chore in any household.
If you have promised or challenged yourself to declutter your home, the bathroom has to be done too. So get to work, do it first and get that task done and mark it off your list as “completed.”
Now For The 8 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Bathroom:
1. Clear out the medicine cabinet of all medications. Check expiration dates and properly dispose of any that are old and past their expiration date. Check with your local pharmacy or hospital in your area to see if they have a program in place to accept expired medications for disposal. Health officials have advised that flushing any medications down the toilet is not the proper way of disposing of them. Also be sure to remove any labels from the bottles that have names, addresses and personal information on them and shred them. If you have children in the house, make sure the medications you are keeping have the child proof caps on them.
2. Clear out any other items from your medicine cabinet. You will be surprised what you will find in there. Sort and decide what you are keeping and what your are disposing of. If it is an over-the-counter medication or ointment check to find out how to properly dispose of it. Take the needed precautions for over-the-counter medications if you have children in the house.
3. Under the sink, pull out everything and start sorting. If you have duplicates of some things such as shampoo, conditioner, hand lotions, and liquid soap, combine them each into one bottle or container and discard the empty containers. Small plastic tubs or boxes are a great way to contain these items all in one place.
4. First aid supplies. Go through and make sure you have all of the supplies that are in a basic first aid kit; antiseptic, gauze pads, scissors, adhesive tape, Ace bandage, instant cold pack, latex gloves, Band-Aids, tweezers, and sting and bite treatments. If your first aid kit is missing any of these items make sure to replace them. Keep them all together in one container or buy a first aid kit with the needed items already supplied.
5. Make-up and cosmetics. It is a good idea to go through your make-up and cosmetic supplies at least every 6 months and throw away what you haven’t used in that period of time. Mascara especially should be replaced every few months to prevent eye infections.
6. Perfumes and colognes. They do have a shelf life of 3 to 5 years if stored properly and should be thrown if you notice a different scent. Although perfumes and colognes do not “spoil” the older they are the scent and color will change.
7. Bed linens and towels. Sort through all of your sheets and pillow cases, bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. Match all of your sheets and pillow cases together and get rid of the ones that are not a matching set. Do the same with your towels and washcloths. You may not have matches or sets of these but go through and check for wear and tear and holes and toss them out. If any of the items are still in good condition, donate them to a shelter or thrift shop.
8. Hair accessories. If you haven’t been able to resist buying every new hair tie, clips, bows, bands or even hair dryers or curling irons, then you need to get control of the situation. Decide which of the items you use the most and which ones you have never used or probably never will use and toss them out. Again if they are usable and in good condition, donate them.