Tips for Organizing and Cleaning the Bathroom
Keep Your Bathroom Organized & Clean The Easy Way
First, close your eyes and visualize your personal bathroom for a few seconds. Think about how the cabinets, sinks, and other utility areas are positioned, and reflect on how you feel when you’re preparing for your day. Are your sanitary and hygiene needs nearby? Do you feel comfortable soaking in your bathtub or resting in the shower after a long day?
If all of this sounds frightening or scary, this is where we come in to remind you that once upon a time, it wasn’t like this. And getting it back will be easier than you think.
Organize Right & Reclaim Your Bathroom’s Beauty
The size of your master or personal bathroom will vary, but the strategies shouldn’t differ much. It’s often a challenge to pick the right starting point, and as you begin, you might find that different “sore spots” may come along as you begin uncovering areas you’ve long since forgotten about.
Before we dig in, let’s first establish how we’re going to segment everything. It can often be challenging to identify where the bigger problem areas lie, so we’re going to take the approach that everything not bolted down between the four walls of your bathroom are auditioning for a return to your cabinets and storage spaces. This means shampoo bottles, bobby pins, expired medications, and beauty products of questionable status will be treated individually, but swiftly.
Let’s start with Organizational Approach and Materials Needed:
To be able to equally reduce your excessive amount of stuff and keep products that you’ll need eventually, you’ll first need to develop a mindset perfect for making the decisions easy. For each item you come across, identify which category that it’ll fall under, based on the question “Do I need this?”:
For most of your belongings, the answer should be clear. When doubts arise on whether or not to keep something, ask yourself whether or not you expect to use this in the upcoming days, weeks, or even months. Often, you’ll find that your gut instinct is a good indicator on whether or not to keep something, or just rid yourself of it.
Once you understand how to judge whether or not you’ll need that fifth bottle of hotel shampoo collecting dust in your side drawer, assemble boxes, containers, and any type of temporary-to-permanent storage needs that will help you get where you need to be.
Tip: Take copious amounts of pictures of both before and after so you can admire how far you’re about to go in restoring your bathroom’s glory. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little bit of pride, especially if you’re the one doing the heavy lifting.
Take Charge Of Your Bathroom’s Sore Spots
The size of your master or personal bathroom will vary, but the strategies shouldn’t differ much. It’s often a challenge to pick the right starting point, and as you begin, you might find that different “sore spots” may come along as you begin uncovering areas you’ve long since forgotten about. By taking a broad approach to segmenting the work, you get a chance to start over and transform your private spaces into the way you envision them functioning and appearing.
Step 1: Assess The Area
First, remove everything from your drawers, cabinets, shelves, and anything not bolted down. Place clean items such as towels, toiletries, soaps, and shampoos in a container away from the bathroom, as these will likely be returning. If you have bathroom rugs or toilet seat covers, throw these in the washer right away. Chances are, there are a lot of items you may have forgotten about, and for these, take the three-box advice from earlier and immediately ask yourself whether or not you envision ever needing this again. Be honest and let your gut instinct work for you. Old loofah bars, expired sunscreen, medications from years ago – these are all items that should be discarded. While the goal is to clean, the end goal should also be to minimize and free up utility space.
Step 2: Clean Your Empty Bathroom
Cleaning an empty bathroom is easy in that you’re not having to dodge loose items, and you can spray cleaning agents and floor cleaners liberally and with no apprehension. Take a broom to your floors first but don’t mop just yet – that’ll come later – and once you’re finished, begin spraying down your basins & horizontals with the right cleaning materials:
Step 3: Sort Your Stuff Into Sections
This is the biggest part of this task. You want to group like items together. Some suggestions:
Step 4: Bring Back Your Clean Stuff
It’s true that you haven’t mopped the floor just yet, but you’re not bringing your bath mats out yet (Remember: They’re still in the washer). This is where we begin to fill in the cabinets with clean towels and cloth items.
In a bathroom with a pedestal sink and not much storage space, invest in a sturdy shelf containing stuff you need at the sink such as soap, hygiene products, or anything needed close-by. You may also want to invest in a mirrored medicine cabinet to store your toothpaste and toothbrush, hairbrush and other items.
I like to use small baskets to round up cleaning supplies, washcloths, lotions and all the other things mentioned. How you decorate your personal spaces is up to you, so use your creativity and some inspiration and go for it!
Step 5: Add Extra Storage Capacity
Once you put things away, you'll realize quickly if your storage space is lacking. Think about where you may have some wasted space, like the back of a door (see the shoe organizer used for products in a previous photo), the inside of a medicine cabinet door, some floor space (for baskets) or over the commode, where you might fit a rack. The backs of cabinet doors can benefit from storage racks.
Final Step: Mop the Floors & Take Pictures
Now that your bathroom is shaping up well, it’s time to clean the final area: Your dirty floors. Yes, they’re dirty, and while you did sweep up, you didn’t get them as clean as your bath tub or horizontals, so why stop now? Use your favorite mop, bucket and cleaning solution and give the floors a good once-over. Let the floors dry before entering, and once they’re done, take pictures and bask in the glory of having a beautiful bathroom.
Happiness is a Clean & Organized Bathroom
Having a clean bathroom means having happy guests when they come over. It also brings one a sense of joy and calm in knowing that one of the big worries in one’s life has been taken care of. By making the process easy, what was once a daunting task is now a cinch, and now that you have pictures to prove your prowess, bask in the warmth of knowing that you’ve found an easy way to accomplish a task many dread to undertake. Being amazing is a reward in itself and you’ve earned it.