"If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want - I go to the bathroom."
The bathroom is one place in the house that either gets really messy or is always clean. Besides its obvious use, some of us go to the bathroom to think, or just get away from the chaos happening in our houses. Many like to unwind in the bathroom after a hectic day at work or school, by taking a nice hot shower, or a long bath with aromatic salts and candles. It's the place that we can go to, when we do not want anyone asking us any questions, where we can just let loose, relax, and be ourselves.
If a bathroom can mean so much to us, seeing it cluttered, messy, and in complete disarray, can make us grouchy and irritated. The easiest thing to do is just clean it out once and for all. We all like a bathroom that smells good, devoid of mess, and absolutely spic and span. This Buzzle article gives you a step-by-step elucidation of how to declutter your bathroom. All you need is a garbage bin, laundry bag, rubber gloves, cleaning supplies, and patience.
3 Steps to Declutter Your Bathroom
Putting Clothes and Towels Away
Always start with towels, napkins, and clothing. Take your laundry basket with you, and put in all the clothes that are on the sink, hung behind the door, lying on the floor, etc. Once you are done with the clothes, switch to the towels and napkins. This step includes your shower curtain and your bathroom mat, if you have one.
Make sure you take the towels and clothes for a wash, as soon as you have put them in the laundry basket. If you have a habit of reading while you are in the bathroom, it is advisable to get a collapsible magazine rack fitted behind your bathroom door. Once you are done with your magazine, book or newspaper, you should place it in the rack without fail.
Sorting and Discarding Utilities
Sifting through the toiletries can be a tough task, but it has to be done. Keep your garbage bin or bag ready for this step. Sort all your shampoo, conditioner, oil, soaps, and bottles. Throw out the empty ones, and those that have gone way past their expiry date. Keep only the products that you are currently using in your bathroom. The rest should either be disposed off, or kept in your bathroom cabinets. If your bathroom does not have the space for storing these products, make some space at the bottom of your closet, or allot a drawer for your toiletries, and store these products there. Very often, women have their hair clips, bands, and pins lying around the place. The best thing to do is to place them neatly in a basket or a tray.
Keep the products that go with each other together. For instance, keep your bath products in the shower area, and other products, like toothpaste and toothbrush in a container, either on the sink or inside the cabinet. Products that are frequently used should be kept in your bathroom, like your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, soap, loofah, shampoo, conditioner, etc. The rest should be stored outside your bathroom in a designated storage area for toiletries.
You need to open your cabinets and discard all the unwanted and expired medication, toothpaste, brushes, shaving creams, etc. Clean the cabinets with a duster and some soap, dry the shelves well, and re-stack if needed. The products that need not be in the bathroom, like makeup, nail care sets, etc., should be kept in your dresser. Your cabinet shelves should be clean, and should not be stuffed or overflowing with products. Keep a few moth balls in your cabinet, to keep roaches and other critters away, and also keep your cabinet smelling fresh every time you open it.
You can organize your cabinet in such a way that all the products that you use on a daily basis are placed on the lower shelf, and the ones that you do not use frequently, like salts and essential oils, go on the top shelf.
Cleanliness Matters Too!
Walls and Floor
Most of your work is done, by just discarding old bottles and laundry. Now you need to scrub your bathroom. Best way to do it is to wear your rubber gloves, scarf up your hair, and get to work. Start with the walls, then the tub or shower area, followed by your lavatory, the basin, counter, and last do your bathroom floor. For a thorough cleaning, sprinkle some washing powder on your bathroom floor, and scrub till all the grime is out.
Once all the scrubbing is done, dry your bathroom floor well. You can either wipe it dry with a mop, or you can use a squeegee to dry your floor. When you are done scrubbing, remember to get grouting done for your bathroom tiling, as the cement between the tiles may come out during the scrubbing. Remove off all the hair that has accumulated in your drainage area. Cleaning your bathroom is important because once it is nice and clean, you won't want to get it cluttered and messy again.
Beautifying the Bathroom
Now your bathroom is squeaky clean, but it needs to be restocked, and beautified. To maintain a clean and uncluttered appearance to your bathroom, you should keep only the things you require in it. In short, one should have a minimalist approach when it comes to their bathroom. Place your toiletries in the right places, like your shampoo, conditioner, soap, and face wash, go in your shower area, your lotion and hand-wash should be on your sink or counter, and your towel should be on the rack, and not hung from the bathroom door.
Keep a small figurine near your sink to add some aesthetic beauty to your bathroom. False flowers and plants should not be kept in your bathroom as they catch dust quickly. Keep a small basket on the counter, next to your lotion, with hand towels neatly rolled-up in it. You can also keep some scented candles in your bathroom. Keep a freshener in the cabinet, and your bathroom dustbin clean always. Organize your bathroom well, and your bathroom will never be cluttered.
The key to having an uncluttered bathroom is to keep just the bare minimum in it. The lesser the products and other utilities, lesser will be the clutter. Learn to pick up after yourself, especially after your shower. Once a week, clean your bathroom by wiping down the counter, wall, mirror, and cabinets. Also, empty out your bathroom trash bin every day, or every second day.