A Completely Organized Living Space Series - Part Two
Welcome to Room Two of the Completely Organized Living Space series! I know words can’t possible explain the satisfaction of sleeping and waking up in a completely clean and organized bedroom. I know you’re excited to see the same amazing results that you saw in Room One of this series!
Let’s remember this excitement because today, I’m here to help you tackle the most dreaded room in all of mankind. Yes, that room. That room.
As Mark Twain eloquently put it: eat the frog. Besides, there’s a method to this madness, I swear! Just as you now have a completely new bedroom to start and end your day in, now you’ll have the same effect with the room you get ready and unready in.
If you’re new here, I do suggest you start at Part One of the Series!
Usually, I’m not a stickler when it comes to following rules. I’m all for making it work for you and your schedule! I do highly suggest following each room in the order that I’ve laid them out. I’ve cleaned, decluttered, and organized plenty of spaces, big and small, and this order has a big purpose if you want to be successful in your overhaul.
In each room, I let you know this purpose and why it matters to you why it’s in the order that it’s in. No ultra-secret sauce here, just some mindset and motivation working with you!
Are you ready to tackle Room Two and be even closer to your completely organized living space? Let’s jump to it!
What is this Series?
Are you beginning to notice the small things in your home just keep multiplying and taking over? Or have you been cooped up and your house has drove you completely nuts? Is your house getting out of hand and you feel completely overwhelmed? Take a deep breath, because you're going to get a clean slate in this series! We're talking cleaning, organizing, and decluttering for a fresh start for any living space!
When I started working more out of my home, I wasn’t able to escape for 40+ hours a week like I used to. This also forced me to stare at my loads and loads of clutter that I did not want or need. To make matters even worse, this happened just as weather got colder. Forcing me to look at it even more!
Today’s the day you’ll get everything organized and decluttered, and you won’t be forced to look at the mess any longer.
Sometimes useful, daily items turn into clutter, just because they haven’t been organized or found a home! Or worse, clutter is taking up the spot where the useful item would usually go!
Today, we’re going to dive into how you can declutter, organize, and clean up your space so you can start with brand new slate, fit for you and won’t drive you nuts! The best part is: no special items required. You won’t have to make a special trip to get fancy storage boxes or stock up on label maker tape.
That’s right, we’re keeping it simple and uncomplicated!
This series is for those who want to start a solid foundation and have a clean slate to finally start enjoying their space. This series has been extensively tested by myself and others who really, really enjoy a well-organized, clean living space. If this sounds like you, I’m here to help get you the space you deserve!
In-Depth and Room by Room
This series got so ginormous that I divided it up into an in-depth room-by-room breakdown. I wanted this series to lead to your success story, and making it bite-sized is the easiest way to accomplish just that! For each room, go at your own pace and if you're feeling froggy, do more than one room a day!
Not ready to clean just yet? Pin it now and read through this later!
Free Printable Checklists Galore!
Each room in this series has its own free checklist to make sure that you are making the most of your time and leaving no stone un-turned!
We’re talking decluttering, cleaning, organizing, the whole kit-and-caboodle! A new living space that you can design with your own two hands. How awesome is that?! The best part is: you can use this method at any time of the year! You can even pick and choose rooms once you’ve done the first BIG round.
This series is meant to be able to give you the clean slate you deserve in your living space, no matter how big or how small it is. When you spend most of your life between four walls, you want that space to be a positive environment for you and your well-being!
With these easy to follow steps, I know you can succeed in getting your home completely cleaned, organized, and positively livable!
Room Two: The Bathroom
It’s easy for this room to catch anything and everything. It’s a place to get clean and the grime just sits there until we gather up the strength and energy to clean it.
Let’s face it, the bathroom gets ignored because it’s the gross room.
If you’re like me, you put this room off until the very end. We’re talking until it’s unbearably gross and you’ve procrastinated enough. Yeah, that’s when you put aside time to get down, clean, organize, and declutter your bathroom. Same here.
However today, your bathroom gets a clean slate! Just like your bedroom, there’s a reason why the bathroom is the second room to undertake in this massive overhaul.
Why this room?
Just like your bedroom, your bathroom is a place to unwind for the day, as well as where you start it. When your bathroom is clean, your day starts and ends with the motivation to continue on and to not be defeated by the overwhelm.
Trust me, it’s a hard habit to break if you’re used to shoving the bathroom off until the very end of your cleaning schedule. It is so easy to do, but if you undertake it, you don’t have to dread it as much as the end of your spree comes closer.
Just imagine a morning when you wake up in your clean and decluttered bedroom and make your way towards your sparkling oasis of a bathroom! Keep this visualization in mind and use it to keep yourself motivated through the thick of it.
If you have more than one bathroom in your living space, pick the one that you frequent the most to tackle first. Since these are generally the smallest room in the house, multiple bathrooms can be conquered in a day. If you’re not up for all of that, let yourself tackle the others once you finish the series in this order.
With that, let’s get started and clean, organize and declutter your bathroom! If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to grab your FREE printable! This will help keep you focused and on track to tackling this room completely!
Deep Cleaning – Prep Work
Eat the frog, right? Alright, let’s do this!
Start by pulling everything out of this room that you can. Towels, cosmetics, toothbrushes, everything that isn’t hammered down to the wall or floor. Once everything is moved out, set it aside where you have space to spread it all out when we dive into decluttering.
Now you’re left with your bathroom essentials: tub/shower, toilet, and sink/vanity. As with the rest of this series, we’re going to focus on keeping it simple when it comes to cleaning. Break out your handy, all purpose, all cleaning: Blue Dawn.
All of my cleaning has been simplified to using just good, ol’ fashioned soap and water. Most surfaces even say just use soap and water due to the chemical compounds in most cleaning products. Besides, the smell of these heavy-duty cleaners can leave you with a headache. Who has time for that?
If your bathroom needs some extra TLC, and if soap and water isn’t going to cut it, a cap of bleach in a gallon of hot water will cut down on a lot of built up grime. No bleach lying around or you’re allergic? Try half cheap, plastic-bottle vodka and half hot water. This is my favorite trick when deep-cleaning hardwood floors too!
Deep Cleaning – Walls and Windows
Just like the bedroom, start with your walls, both tiled and regular. Take your cleaning rag and work from the ceiling down with your hot, soapy water. Small, vigorous circles on tile and laminate, while broad strokes work on “regular” walls. Once everything has been wiped with a damp, soapy rag, wipe up any extra moisture with a dry rag before moving on.
Leave your tub/shower tile for now. That’s coming up in the next step! Just focus on the perimeter of the room.
Once your walls are wiped and scrubbed, move to the windows. Start with the frame with your hot, soapy rag, and move inwards towards your glass, finishing with the sill. Use the same path to wipe up the excess water with a dry rag.
Whenever you’re cleaning, leave your floor as the last thing to get wiped up and mopped. We’ll tackle this after the essentials! If you’re starting to feel it, this room will always get muggy on you when you’re cleaning it.
Grab a box fan and put it at the door way so it can blow in dry air. Turn on your ceiling fan as well to get rid of the excess moisture. This will speed up dry times!
Deep Cleaning – Showers and Tubs
Walls, check! Windows, check!
Now that the perimeter is cleaned up, now we’re able to move onto the essentials of the room. We’re talking: toilet, vanity, tub/shower.
I like to start with my tub and shower, but the order is completely up to you!
I’ve found that the easiest way to clean a shower and tub is with a heavy-duty, old-fashioned yellow sponge. Rags are great for all over the house, however an old-fashioned sponge is going to be your friend for the essentials in this room.
Start at the top and work your way down the side of your shower-wall with your soapy sponge. Depending on if you have tile or laminate, use small, circular motions to cover every area. Shower heads, nozzles, and nobs get a quick wipe-down as well! Once everything is soapy, take a dry rag and wipe it down to get the excess off.
Once you reach the bottom where the tub meets to shower-wall, grab some baking soda and sprinkle it around the sides of the tub where your major grout-line is. Just have a shower stall with no tub? Don’t skip this part, this is the major place where grime and gunk build up. Your ledge is just a little farther down where the seam is!
Continue on with your baking soda sprinkling onto the bottom of your tub/shower. Sprinkle it all around the corners and into the middle. With your hot, soapy sponge, start grinding in the baking soda to the tub. Well, not grinding but putting enough pressure in it to kick up some soap scum!
Next, take your wet sponge and wipe away all of the baking soda before going back in with more vigorous, soapy circles and one more rinse.
Viola! Soap scum: gone!
If your tub/shower-floor needs another round, use the bleach or vodka trick with hot water. A cap of bleach to a gallon of hot water, or a half-vodka/half-hot water combo. Sponges can still be used! Use this for round two to really get into stubborn soap.
Deep Cleaning – Toilets, Vanities, Sinks, oh my!
Tub and shower: looking good!
Next, we’re focusing on the toilet and the vanity. Just like the tub, any types of bowls are subject to baking soda!
For your toilet bowl, I start by letting bleach or vodka soak to get rid of the hard lines if they’re there. This is especially helpful if you have hard water stains. Let it soak while you’re working on your vanity. No bleach or vodka? Baking soda to the rescue! Just drizzle it in and let it soak.
At your vanity and wipe down the sink basin, nobs, nozzles, and any counter space with your soapy sponge. Sprinkle your baking soda into your sink basin, and let it sink in while you wipe up everything else with a dry rag.
Same as the tub, wipe away your baking soda and dry with a rag from your sink. Take your soapy, damp rag and wipe down the drawers and cabinets. Have you ever noticed that somehow there ends up being strange streaks down the side of the sink cabinet? Still baffled by that. They’re gone with soap and water, just dry them off after you’ve wiped them up.
Sparkly sink! Hooray!
Before tackling your toilet bowl, wipe down everything else starting at the top and moving down with your soapy sponge. Take your regular toilet brush and brush away the bowl grime while that sits for a moment. Flush and done! Wipe the rest up with your dry rag.
Declutter the Odds & Ends
Now that you’re waiting for your bathroom to dry, let’s take a look at everything living in the bathroom. Before you sit down to start piling everything up, stretch your legs and gather up any rogue bathroom product that’s not in your pile.
Is there a hairbrush that made its way to living room? Reel it back in so it has a home!
I am passionate about decluttering and it’s something I love to help with! If you’re looking for more ways to tackle a whole-lot of clutter, check out the decluttering tag to find out how to keep the clutter at bay for good. These tips and tricks can be applied to any room and any lifestyle. For this series, the two-pile decluttering approach works best for most lifestyles and living spaces!
Once you’ve collected everything, start your two piles.
The Keep Pile
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 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 on the fence, 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.
The Trash Pile
There are some great programs for gently used cosmetics and makeup, like Project Beauty Share. This group gives your unwanted makeup and cosmetics to women in need so they can begin to regain normalcy and rebuild their lives after hardship. There's a list of what to donate and is a great option for cosmetic products that you're not using.
For everything else: trash or upcycle. The bathroom is unforgiving when it comes to items in it. Most of the items that go unused, end up in the trash. For towels and wash cloths, you can always turn them into cleaning rags. Grab a pair of scissors and start cutting them up to add to your cleaning arsenal!
Organizing & Putting it all Back
After you’ve decluttered your bathroom contents, take the bag of trash out of your way and out of sight so you can focus on your true bathroom contents! Once the floor’s dry, start to map out where you want to have everything.
Look back at your checklist and see what items you listed on what you needed in your bathroom. Start going down the line and moving each item back in how you listed it. So, if you listed toothbrush and toothpaste first, these get the first dibs on the spot!
Grab everything from your keep-pile and start to think where each item best serves it’s function. With each item, find a home that will give you the most use without the hassle of moving things around.
Once everything is back in a new, more functional spot, take a deep breath of clean and congratulate yourself! The gross room is now a your own personal spa! Just think, at the end of the day, or even after completing this room, you get to enjoy the completely organized, decluttered and cleaned bathroom. What a feeling!
Two Rooms Down!
I know you will love this series because it can be done at your own pace and on your own schedule. I used to think that organizing and decluttering was so overwhelming and overly complicated to boot! That’s when I had to find a better way. Looking at cleaning companies, talking to others about their cleaning practices, everything I learned I know will help you tackle your own living space!
This series is here to save you the hassle and the struggles that I went through to get streamlined and organized after so many failed attempts. And they are simple steps to take.
Let me know what tips or tricks you’ve tried that worked for your own organization in the comments below!