Are you ready for a decluttering challenge? I have 7 terrific and simple tips for an organized bathroom in your home.
Decluttering Challenge Accepted!
Here’s a look at my kid’s bathroom. I have worked on it as they grow as things need updating and change. The biggest reason this bathroom is a mess (besides the fact they’re teenagers), is that this bathroom doesn’t have any drawers. What contractor thought that was a good idea???
Decluttering Challenge Video
1. How do you declutter a bathroom? Gut Everything!
I started by gutting everything from the cabinets, drawers, counters. I wanted to start with a clean slate.
2. Go through Everything
I went through everything that I removed. I determined what needed to be thrown away or donated, as well as what I needed to keep in the bathroom.
3. Clean Everything
I cleaned the front of the cabinets and the inside of the cabinets. You can also use your vacuum cleaner hose attachment first to get the crud out and then wipe them down.
I also cleaned the sinks, counters, mirror, as well as shower, and toilet. You have everything out, now is the best time to do a deep clean.
4. Measure the space
I measured the cabinets for their height, width, and depth. You can also do this with drawers.
5. How should bathrooms be organized? Create a plan
I started by chatting with the kids on what they felt they needed access to the most and felt they needed to keep in their bathroom. If I organized it the way that worked for me, I might have failed. I needed to organize it in a way they would be able to use it and keep it that way. After our chat, I drew up a plan.
6. Purchase items to help you organize
I ran to the dollar store and purchased as well as ordered times on Amazon to help organize and keep the bathroom from getting cluttered again. Here is a list of my purchases:
- Medicine Cabinet
- Cabinet Door Organizer
- Hair Dryer Cabinet Door Organizer
- 3 drawer organizer (smaller size)
- Shower Caddy
6. Organize your bathroom
I started by placing the shelves in the cabinets, this would utilize the height in the cabinets. Going left to right this is how I organized my cabinets:
- Cabinet 1: I placed a 3 drawer organizer on top of of a shelf, and underneath I placed a bin that could slide in and out that contained some personal items.
- Cabinet 2: I placed a larger bin on top that contained lotion and other used supplies, and I placed a smaller bin underneath that could slide in and out that contained washcloths.
- Cabinet 3: I placed a large bin on top that contains back up supplies for their shower, and I placed a smaller bin that could slide in and out that actually doesn’t contain anything right now (room to grow).
- Cabinet 4: I placed my daughter’s make up tote on top of the shelf, and under neath are my kid’s travel totes.
- Cabinet 5: This is an awkward diagonal cabinet. I stored a bin with cleaning supplies. This will make cleaning a cinch with the items right there and easily accessible.
To utilize the depth of our cabinets and gain some extra space I purchased these over the cabinet door baskets. This particular basket came in a set of 2. I placed it near the center of the bathroom so both kids could reach the common supplies they grab every day.
I also used some small clips and baskets to put on the cabinet doors for easy access and paced some lightweight items in them. I was able to fit 3 baskets on a couple of their doors.
I purchase a different basket that would hold a blow dryer and flat iron. What was important with this basket is the ability to hold the cords. Honestly, my kids will never wind up the cords, so I needed to make this super easy. Pull it out and use it, place it back in and stuff the cords in the basket.
I purchased a mini 3 drawer unit to be placed on the counter in the center for regular items they would both use. I placed toothpaste, flossers, retainer cleaners, etc in these drawers. When it comes to cleaning, they would be able to pick it up and clean the counter underneath easily.
This bathroom came with 1 built-in medicine cabinet. I set up this side so that my daughter’s toothbrush, Waterpik, and other daily used supplies could fit in here. This would also keep the counter open.
I was also able to hide some of the cors behind the towel and into the cabinet.
I purchased a medicine cabinet for my son’s side. The only thing I would have liked was to have adjustable shelves. I purchased small shelves that would fit inside and organized some of his daily supplies.
Unfortunately, his toothbrush and Waterpik wouldn’t fit inside the cabinet, so I purchased a small basket to place these items in. The basket will hold the cords and they can pick up the basket easily for cleaning counters.
Here’s a quick look at the cabinets, and the clean counter. Decluttering Challenge Complete! So much better right?
Some other decluttering challenge things I did
I added a tension rod supply holder to the kid’s shower tub. This will again allow for easier cleaning. I also reduced the item they really needed and got it down to the basics.
I purchased a small cabinet that can be used to be a toilet paper dispenser. We had that already in our bathroom, and we are using it to hold some supplies that need to be closer to the toilet.
I keep the toilet cleaning supplies right next to the toilet for easy cleaning.
I have my DIY trash bag holder right next to the trash can and then back up tissue behind the toilet since that is an underutilized space.
I used a paper towel rack to hold a few backup toilet paper roles on the back of the toilet.
I’m thrilled with how everything turned out and my kids are super excited as well. I hope that they can maintain all of this hard work.
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