Organize & Declutter Your Bathroom - The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series

For this room of the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series, we’re organizing and decluttering your bathroom today! When you’re organizing your bathroom, there’s usually a lot of different types of items that tend to fall into this room.

It can be hard to declutter your bathroom because there’s just so much that goes into it! Everything personal hygiene, first aid, medicine, cleaning supplies, everything seems to just collect together well in the bathroom.

For today, we’re going to dive deep into making this room functional for all of the hats that it wears! Let’s get to it!

What is The Completely Organized & Clutter Free series?

If you’re new here, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve invited me along to be apart of your journey to be more organized and have a clutter free home!

The idea of home as a sacred place has long held true across many generations and cultures. This sacred space can be a place for wonderful memories, blossoming relationships, and the many milestones of your family’s lives.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series has surpassed all of my expectations over the last few years, evolving into something that has helped so many more people than the few I wrote it up for.

The series started as just a few tips and tricks that I picked up when my husband and I moved from a 450 sq ft apartment into a 1700 sq ft house.

Frustrated by the learning curve, I kept a trial-and-error book of tips that were a waste of time and others that were pure gold.

Through trial and error, I was able to effectively find what works best for anyone looking to stop the habitual decluttering, the unrealistic organization standards, and start implementing real life strategies to get your house back to being balanced.

The things I’ve learned from others as well what I’ve developed from just trial and error, has gone into this series to help you reclaim your home as a sacred place and have a sustainable way of keep it that way.

What you’ll find for every room

Each room is a deep dive to get you at a solid foundation for starting a new routine to stop those bad habits from keeping you from being clutter free.

Along with the quick reference checklist, each post goes into detail of how to effectively organize your home to start working with you and not against you.

The schedule of this series is completely up to you. You can start with one room and move through every day for a week, or you can go through at your own crossing one item off your list at your own pace. It’s completely up to you.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series is all about finding the right balance for you, your family, and your schedule.

So many times, I spent following tutorials and finding out they just didn’t work for my own schedule. In this series, I wanted something to be diverse and inclusive enough to help others who didn’t have an entire day to declutter and organize.

Each room breaks down bit by bit what it takes to starts a new routine and builds on sustainable habits for maintaining an organized and clutter free home.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bathroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Don’t forget your checklist!

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

Curious about more posts like this?

There’s a lot more posts like this over at the Home & Organization hub! There’s plenty of articles to help you find real life solutions with results that are tailored to your lifestyle.

For more of this series, each post and all of the bonus content can be found on the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series main page.

Checklist Prep Work & Planning

Take some time to write out your checklist before you dive into your session. Each section has simple, easy to follow ways to get the most out of your time and your energy, so your organization and decluttering won’t be unnecessarily taxing.

These methods will help you to better understand where you need the most function and what can be taken out to clear for space.

I’m a fan of white space, so sometimes having nothing in an area after your initial round will help tremendously as time goes on. Room functions change, so having a white space option is always better than having to rethink your whole room over and over. 

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bathroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Gathering Up Items

Any time you’re tackling a big decluttering project, take a walk around the rest of your house before you begin. Look for anything bathroom related that may have snuck into another room.

If you’re not sure, take your checklist with you and refer to the top three functions you listed for here. Around the house, collect the items that will help you get to those top three!

These don’t have to be profound, sometimes something simple like “not having so many options in the morning” is a great Top Three!

Psst - If you forget an item or there’s something hidden in a drawer, don’t worry, you can always move these back to it’s place later! Just focus on grabbing the plain sight ones.

The same “rehoming” goes for anything that made it’s way into your bathroom that could be repurposed elsewhere. Set those items that aren’t listed on your checklist where they belong or set them out of the way for now.

After our own bathroom session, we downsized our cleaning supplies and began keeping them in the kitchen instead of our small bathroom. It was important to us that we maintain white space, so having a bit of extra space in this room was a must for us.

Once everything is gathered up and shuffled in or out of your room, it’s time to dive into some sorting!

Categorizing & Sorting

On your checklist, there are several lines to list out categories for your items. If you’re finding some things difficult to categorize, remember to keep it simple.

It’s so easy to overthink and list out all of these micro-categories of what’s in your bathroom.

Keep it simple with how you’re labelling and categorizing your items. Simple, broad categories (Hair, Skin, Nails, Medicine…) make it easy to see what you’re working with and easy to dive into when you’re pressed for time on the first round.

Anytime you’re decluttering or about to clear some serious clutter, think of this time as a way to start big and begin working smaller and smaller once you’ve completed a big round.

If you’re pressed for time and still want to sort through clutter, my biggest tip is to take it category by category. When you categorize your items before you sort and declutter them, you give yourself “built-in” breaks to pause or pick up easily without a big mess.

Decluttering your Bathroom

Now it’s time to sit down and go through one category at a time. To keep it simple and time effective, stick with one category instead of trying to do all of it all at once. Give yourself some breathing room and no need to rush.

Whichever category you choose is up to you! Usually, I’ll start with my largest one so I can get it out of the way. Eat the frog, right? But you can start small and work up to your big categories!

On your first category, we’re going to use a two-bin sort for our decluttering method to begin. This method works well because it’s more effective then multiple sorting categories right off of the bat.

For your first major round of decluttering, two bin keeps it simple and doesn’t send you into decision overwhelm. Yuck.

Your Keep Bin

These are items that you’re always going to use. If you threw them away today, you would be in the store or online grabbing the exact same item tomorrow!

It’s easy to get wrapped up in “what you should have” versus what you have.

This type of thinking leads to more clutter, especially for bathroom supplies.

How many times do we go out and buy a moisturizer because it’s something we’ve heard fantastic things about? It may be great and if we need it, get it!

But if there's ten half-used ones waiting to be thrown out, we need to begin looking a bit deeper into what we really need and really use.

For example, your keep pile could have: q-tips, toilet paper, razor, so on and so forth. If you keep your toner, face wash, masks, anything cosmetics related, start by going through what you use daily. If there's something you use irregularly, keep it for now.

For irregularly used items, if I'm not sure if I’ll use it, I'll keep it and mark my calendar with an alarm for three months down the road.

I give these items 90 days to be used.

If they're not used in 90 days, I'm not going to use them. For first aid kits, check the expiration on your must-have's (alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, etc) and get rid of anything that's expired during this time.

Towels, wash cloths, soaps, all of these items are easy to keep all of them, because you use them, right?

Be realistic when sorting these out. How many towels do you really go through each week? Or how many wash cloths do you really use? Take this into consideration when sorting.

Expiration Dates

This is also a good time to check expirations on your items! On your checklist, there’s a section to record all of your expiration dates so you don’t have to worry about if something went bad or isn’t as effective as it should be.

Although a lot of cosmetic and skincare lines do not have outright expiration dates, they do have a batch number on their bottle. Each company has their own documentation for this so for each of your products, just search “(Cosmetic Line) Batch Number” and you’ll find how to decode these numbers into a date.

Having your expiration dates written out makes it so much easier and keeps your items up to date without a whole bunch of hassle. Once you’ve recorded your expiration dates, now it’s time to put everything back to where you need it!

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bathroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Organizing your Bathroom

Organizing is my long time passion. It sounds a bit cheesy, but I’ve always been someone who really enjoys organizing.

I love when things are exactly where I need them to be and takes the frustration out of running all over trying to find it. When we talk organizing, that’s the feeling that I’m absolutely obsessed with. That feeling of never having to worry if I have to fight over twenty other things to get something that I use frequently.

Ah, what a goal, right?

That’s the type of organization that I want you to think of for this part. We’re going to deep dive into really going back to what you need and how you want your bedroom to function.

On your checklist, we’re going to look back at what you want this room’s functions to be as well as how you mapped out your room. Take some time to look over these two points to see where you need white space and where you need something to function.

First, let’s start with your daily use items, so you can get the most used items out of the way first.

I’m always a lot more successful when I get my daily use items set in place and find homes for everything else around it. You may find it better if you start with your less used items, the choice is up to you!

Grab everything from your keep-pile and start to think where each item best serves its function. With each item, find a home that will give you the most use without the hassle of moving things around.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bathroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

What can we organize & declutter next?

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

When you’re ready to move onto your next room, don’t forget to check out the main page for The Completely Organized and Clutter Free Series here.

On this page, you’ll find each room and its corresponding article. Need some time to decompress from this project? Each room is independent, so it doesn’t rely on completing one room before or after another. When you’re ready, start your next decluttering and organization project here!

To help you after your initial declutter and organization, I’ve also compiled everything you need to keep your house clutter free and organized without having to do big projects like this often.

In the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide, I’ve compiled everything you need to break bad habits that lead to disorganization and clutter, as well as the tools you’ll need to stay proactive in keeping your house sacred.

From customizable calendars, detailed checklists, to a beautiful organizational binder that will finally get your storage areas under control, the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide is made to help you build up lifelong habits to keep your house functional and headache free.

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