Storage Ideas for an Uncluttered Bathroom
Happy Fri-Yay my friends. If it’s January and if it’s Friday, then that means that the gals from No Place Like Home are back for another episode of ‘Declutter Your…’.
Today, we’re hitting up the bathrooms, a breeding ground for clutter with all those different types of make-up, shampoos, hair ‘products’, and just general bathroom stuff! If you are anything like me, you’ve fallen prey to all the ads promising thicker hair, longer eyelashes, smoother skin, whiter teeth, etc, etc, etc….
And now your bathroom drawers and cabinets are filled with all these empty promises, or in my case, just flat out loss of interest. Well, my pals and I are here to help you reclaim this space with 8 posts dedicated to helping you organize and maintain an uncluttered bathroom!
So, last year, just about this time, I underwent a serious declutter of most of my home, including all the bathrooms. I am pleased to say that, one year later, the areas of my home that underwent this ‘deep declutter’ have remained mostly clutter-free.
Of course, there’s the odd button that I needed to take out of my jewelry drawer and an errant tassel that needed to be resewn onto a blanket, but really, those areas are still in good shape.
You can see the deep dive here, but in a nutshell here are my takeaways to decluttering and keeping uncluttered bathroom:
1. You need to lose the ‘but I paid good money for it’ thinking.
I get that! It hurts to shell out $35.00 for that under-eye cream that promised to ‘lighten and brighten’ those dark circles under your eyes only to have it not work or, in my case, have it sit unused in your drawer.
The money is spent, it’s gone and no matter how long that tube of ‘miracle cream’ sits there, you aren’t going to get your money back. Now, if you are actively using it, then ignore everything I just said. BUT…I’m guessing there are a few tubes of something sitting in your drawers that fall into this category.
2. Figure out who you are as it relates to ‘products’.
It’s taken me too many years to figure out that I don’t like any sort of ‘product’ in my hair; be that mousse, hair spray, gel, whatever. I’m just not a ‘product’ girl even though for years I tried to be and purchased all sorts of that stuff in my efforts to be.
I’ve also come to realize that I am a real minimalist when it comes to make-up and skin care. After too many purchases of night creams, day creams, etc… that sat unused in my drawers, I have finally realized that I just don’t take the time to put that stuff on. I use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser on my face and call it done.
So, once you figure out who you are, get rid of all that stuff that doesn’t fit you! And most importantly…DON’T BUY ANYMORE OF THE STUFF THAT DOESN’T FIT YOU! I know it’s tempting!
When I go into Ulta or visit the cosmetic counter in a department store and am tempted by all the great marketing, I have to actively remind myself…”You are not a products girl…walk away!” One year in, I have to say that my new ‘mantra’ is really working.
Once you go through your drawers and throw out all the stuff you’ve purchased that you don’t use, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a better idea of what kind of ‘product’ gal you are.
3. Remember this Quote:
“The more things you own, they more they own you.” by Chuck Palahniuk.
If you own it, you need to find a place for it and keep it organized. Don’t be owned by make-up, shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, body lotions, etc… Pare your necessities down to just that, necessities. I did the deep dive into my makeup drawer last year and one year later, it looks pretty much the same!
4. “Functional Aesthetics” work!
When something does a good job and looks good while doing it, I am more likely to use it effectively. This is the case with my jewelry cabinet.
I keep my hanging necklaces and some of my bracelets in this jewelry cabinet! This was a gift from my hubby several years back and it remains one of my favorite things.
Before this cabinet, all my necklaces would get tangled, no matter how I tried to organize them. Truth, chains will tangle unless they are hanging.
Here is a link to a similar one at Pottery Barn.
Last year I decluttered my jewelry with moderate gusto, this year I went at it with a little more gusto. Because of last year’s declutter, I didn’t have a whole lot to get rid of, but I just really examined what I kept and did manage to get rid of a bit more…all costume jewelry.
My minimalist make-up mantra pretty extends to my jewelry as well…I seem to wear the same earrings, necklace, bracelets,etc…day in and day out so I did get rid of some items that just don’t see the light of day.
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I used these Stack em Jewelry Organizers in a couple of sizes to create a jewelry drawer in my bathroom, but you could just as easily do it in your dresser. I like having a place for everything.
“A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” Benjamin Franklin
Keeping the mouthwash/plaque remover in an aluminum or glass pump bottle is another way to keep clutter to a minimum on my bathroom counters. And it’s functional aesthetics again!
And I’m not sure this helps me declutter, but I do keep my soap bars within easy access and already unwrapped. I just have a ‘thing’ for storage vessels is the truth of the matter and this fat apothecary jar is just perfect for my soap bars.
Having stylish organization and storage motivates me to keep it well organized. Here I discuss 7 snazzy organization ideas that might help you keep organized as well.
5. Reward Yourself
A bouquet of flowers is a wonderful reward for all your efforts.
And it’s amazing what a bouquet of tulips can do to your mood on a winter’s day.
How is your decluttering going? Don’t forget to link your uncluttered bathroom challenges and successes below and enter our contest to win the $150 Gift Card from The Container Store.
Interested in More Decluttering or Organizing Posts?
- Catch up on all 4 weeks of the Unclutter Your Nest Bootcamp here:
Week 1: Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Week 2: Kitchen and Craft/Office Space
Week 3: Den/Living Room/Play Room/Coat Closet/Laundry Room
- Other Decluttering and Organizing Posts:
Where to Donate and Recycle Your Discards
Freezer and Refrigerator Organization that Works
Personalized Kitchen Drawer Organization
Organizing and Storage Ideas for an Uncluttered Bathroom
Organized Closets and Cabinets
Organized Office and Craft Room
Clutter-Free Kitchen and Organized Linen Storage
Technology and Digital Declutter Ideas – Week 1
And for more inspiration, pop over to see how my friends are bringing order to their chaos:
A Home To Grow Old In | Hey Fitzy | Nourish and Nestle | Sweet Parrish Place
| The Red Painted Cottage | Savvy Apron | The Aspiring Home |
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Lynn, I love your mantra, and it’s making me think about what kind of “product” girl I am. I tend to buy a lot of products but only use a couple regularly! Hopefully, I will remember this before I get sucked in the next time I’m shopping!
Hey Robin…It’s taken me a long time to figure that out…and dumping drawers of makeup and products really brought it home. Good luck with your decluttering.
I used to hang on to products way too long because I paid good money for them. Now I just can’t handle the clutter and get rid of anything I don’t use. But…I have to admit I love your second recommendation the best. I force myself to use what I have before I buy something new. This has really eliminated the impulse to try a new product that may not be a good fit for my style. Like you…I don’t really like product in my hair and have learned to ‘just say no’ when someone recommends something new. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Hey Tammy, I think you and I have very similar philosophies…I really struggle with clutter and disorganization. Having fewer things to keep organized makes all the difference, doesn’t it?
Thanks for swinging by.
Lynn, you have some many great ideas here for us to take away and use. The jewelry storage is perfect. I really would love something like that for my bangle bracelets and I love the mouthwash idea. It is pretty and practical.
Hey Sherry, thanks for swinging by. I’m so glad you might find something useful. It’s always fun to peek into other’s drawers and cabinets to get ideas. I know I do when I see your organizing ideas.
Wishing you a happy Tuesday.
Lynn, it was fun to read your post, and i am definitely a product girl! I love to try new things and change things up as well. I follow your rule of using up one thing before starting another. I do not like to waste anything, so usually I use it even if I don’t love it. When I look at your jewelry collection, i can see that it is so “you”. Very fun to get a glimpse into your personal items!
Hey Nicki, You are much more disciplined than I am, I had way too many things in my drawers that I tried once or twice and then never used…SO.MUCH.MONEY.WASTED! But I had to move on and so glad i did. It’s neat to hear that you can see ‘me’ in my jewelry…that’s cool.
Thanks for stopping by my friend.
Finding this blog has been so helpful as I just moved from a large house to a 1 bedroom apartment. Will use some of your ideas. Thank you
Hi Chris, I am so glad that you are finding some of my suggestions helpful. I can say that one year after I did my BIG Declutter, my home is staying much better organized and easier to maintain. I still get little clutter piles from time to time, but it’s so much easier to manage them.
Congrats on your downsize! We are slowly moving in that direction too.
Have a great day.
I love those drawer inserts for earrings. Every girl should have a few! And I completely agree adding flowers at the end makes all the work feel worth it.
Hugs my friend.
Those little drawer inserts are the bomb! They have made keeping my jewelry organized so much easier…as did getting rid of stuff I just don’t wear. Do you have a bouquet of flowers that you are rewarding you for all your hard work? My tulips started dropping petals, so you know what that means…time for a new bouquet!
Hugs my friend.