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Is Your Bathroom Chaotic? Starting the 8 Weeks at Home Series

Hello friends! It’s been awhile since we did a series, and with spring cleaning in the air, it seems like the perfect time to start one. This week, we’re starting a new eight-week series called 8 Weeks at Home — we’re spending eight weeks decluttering, simplifying and cleaning up room by room. Don’t be overwhelmed by the thought of eight “long” weeks — I specifically chose eight weeks so we can take it slow and not get overwhelmed with the thought of cleaning the whole house all at once. We can accomplish a lot in eight weeks!

I’ve been in a funk for awhile, so my house has gotten a wee bit chaotic. OK, it’s a hot mess. That makes it difficult when one of my boys wants to have friends over to play, and I’m too horrified at the mess to invite anyone over. I cannot go into summer like this. Time to clean up and get back on track!

In the spirit of easing into our eight weeks, we’re starting in the bathroom this week. Why the bathroom? I like to start here because it’s usually the smallest room in the house, full of items that are generally not sentimental or overly expensive. I’ll do two posts per week for each room. In the first post, we’ll talk about decluttering and simplifying. In the second post, we’ll clean it all up and get it looking nice and shiny.

While you’re working in each space, keep some paper and a pen handy and make note of any repairs that need to be made, any supplies that need to be restocked, or any decorating changes you’d like to make. As you decide to get rid of stuff, remove it from the space right away and get it out of the house ASAP so that it doesn’t worm its way back into the space. Take out bags of trash and recycling daily so they don’t pile up in your workspace.

 

Let’s Declutter the Bathroom!

All right, let’s head to the bathroom. Got more than one? Start in the one you use the most OR the one that bothers you the most. We have three bathrooms in our house — I’m starting in the boys’ bathroom (EWW!), then attacking the guest bathroom (small and quick to finish), and then I’ll finish in the master bathroom (biggest and the most stuff to deal with).

7 Steps to Decluttering the Bathroom

  1. Grab a large trashcan, a box for donations and a box for items that belong in a different room.
  2. Start in the shower/tub, and remove any items you don’t use — those half bottles of shampoos you don’t like, the empties, the spent razors, the soap slivers. Toss the trash and set aside anything usable. If you have several bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, etc. that you do use, consider leaving only one set in the shower and moving the other set out until the first set is used up.
  3. Remove washcloths and bath towels and set them aside for the laundry.
  4. When you’ve finished with the shower and tub, work your way around the rest of the bathroom, and go drawer by drawer, cabinet by cabinet, taking everything out and discarding the trash and anything that’s old, expired or that you don’t like. If there are toiletries you won’t use that are still sealed, place them in the donation box. If they’re open, trash them. Remove anything that belongs in a different room. Be brutal and if you don’t use it, get rid of it!
  5. Organize the keepers by category — shampoo together, soaps together, dental supplies together, you get the idea. Gather up all those extras and make a “store” in a cabinet or plastic container so you can shop your stockpile before you go out and buy anything new.
  6. Now that you’ve cleared the cabinets and drawers, let’s clear off those countertops. Toss the trash and anything you’re not going to use — be honest with yourself and pare down to just the stuff you use and love. Organize the items you do use and, if possible, find space in a drawer or cabinet for these items so you can clear off the countertops. For make-up, I like to use a plastic bin that I can store in a drawer but easily set on the countertop while I get ready. Consider using a plastic silverware tray in the drawer to organize toothbrushes and toothpaste. Using bins and baskets makes it easy to bring your stuff to the counter while you’re using it but stash it discreetly away in a drawer or cabinet when not in use.
  7. Organize what’s left on the counters. Instead of leaving bottles of hairspray, mouthwash and hand soap laying around. Grab a pretty tray and corral it all in one spot. It’ll make it easier to keep the counter organized, and you’ll be able to wipe down the counters in seconds.

Coming up next: we’ll deep clean the bathroom and I’ll share short-cuts for keeping your bathroom clean and guest-ready.

Looking for the rest of the 8 Weeks at Home series? Post links will be added here as they’re published!

 

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2 Replies

  1. I am up for this challenge. 🙂
    Starting with the bathrooms today. I am also going to share with my friends to see if they might join me.

  2. sandy

    That’s great Anastacia! Please let me know how it goes!

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