Why is there so much stuff in the bathroom? I don’t spend a lot of time there and there aren’t a lot of places to store things (at least that’s true of our 1960s-era bathrooms).  When you declutter the bathroom, you not only find extra space in the room, you get extra time in the mornings – time usually spent searching around for the items you need.

Declutter The Bathroom

The bathroom is where a lot of samples, partially used beauty products, and bath toys lurk. We use a lot of disposable items (toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant) in the bathroom, but we don’t always use them up and dispose of them. That’s why my drawer looks like this…

Drawer with Clutter

…and the cabinet and tub look like this.

Under the Sink
Uncleaned Tub

I’m tackling my bathroom in two steps:

  1. Get rid of as much stuff as possible and organize it now.
  2. Future Project: Examine my morning and evening routines to see what else I can cut out of my life to give me even more time and space.

What to Throw Out

I like to go into a space with a plan and these questions helped me decide what to keep and what to pitch.

  1. Do I use this every day?
    If this isn’t part of my daily routine, it doesn’t belong in the bathroom.  Consider throwing it out or moving it to a closet.
  2. Do I need this?
    Is this really enhancing my life?  Would my life be better without it?
  3. Is this too big for the space?
    If you still need and use the item every day, but it’s too big for your bathroom space, find a smaller container and use the larger container to refill it.


I cleaned out and organized everything in the bathroom except my husband’s drawer. Now I can actually find my hair dryer in the mornings and the kids’ toys are in one specific bucket – out of sight.

Clean & Organized Cabinet

Clean & Organized Cabinet!

Clean & Organized Drawer

Clean & Organized Drawer!

The most surprising thing I was storing was a very large and completely empty bottle of bubble bath.

Clutter No Longer in my Bathroom

Clutter No Longer in my Bathroom

I’d love to put our toothbrushes out of sight too, but am afraid they’ll just touch each other or get dirty. Luckily, a few people have solved this problem by creating a nice toothbrush holder for inside the cabinets. That will be another fun future project.

All-in-all, I’m pretty happy with my newly-de-owned and organized bathroom. It’s been over three weeks and everything is still organized!