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How to Organize Your Bathroom Using Zones

An organized bathroom will make all the difference in your morning and night routines, speeding things up when getting ready and making cleanup easier and more efficient. It’s much more relaxing to start and end the day in a clutter-free bathroom space! Because the bathroom is one of the most used spaces in the home, it can easily get cluttered with everyone’s toiletries, hair products, and cosmetics. To ensure your bathroom is clean and organized, use zones to make it easy to put back products right after using them. This will go a long way in keeping your space clutter-free.

Start the sort with your messy, overpacked drawers. Take everything out one drawer at a time, and spray and wipe them clean. Group like-items and create a daily zone drawer with products you use every day, such as your toothbrush and hairbrush. Place the rest of your items back into their dedicated zones, and get excited every time you open up your drawers! Make sure to discard any expired or unused products, sorting and organizing as you go.

Here are some of the major zones I recommend focusing on:

  • Hair products

  • Skincare

  • Makeup

  • Body products

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Contacts and glasses

  • Perfumes and colognes

  • Towels

  • Toilet paper

  • First aid

  • Oral

  • Beauty tools

  • Daily necessities

  • Miscellaneous

Any expired medicine, ointments, or prescriptions you find can be responsibly discarded, being careful about throwing them away or flushing them down the drain. This article as well as The Drug Enforcement Administration has helpful information on how to properly dispose of medication.

Make sure to throw away any empty containers of lotion, liquid soap, or toothpaste, but keep extra unused toothbrushes and floss for future use! Cosmetics and beauty supplies do actually have expiration dates and will begin to grow bacteria, especially if they’re exposed to heat and moisture. You don’t want these items anywhere near your skin, so definitely declutter them when organizing your bathroom.

As for beauty tools, most households only really need one or two hairdryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Anything more is probably just taking up space and can be donated. Consider decluttering any excess combs and brushes, as well as old makeup brushes that are past their prime or look too dirty to thoroughly clean.

While you’re decluttering, think about reducing the number of items on your sink counter. This will go a long way in making your bathroom feel like a calming space! Return all items to drawers, shelves, or the medicine cabinet, and take the time to clean the mirror, wipe down all surfaces, and straighten up your bath mats.

Here are a few pro tips I recommend to make it easy to keep your bathroom organized:

  • If you’re constantly finding loose bobby pins all over your house, install a magnetic strip inside your medicine cabinet door to keep them all in one place. Now, whenever you find one somewhere, you know exactly where it goes.

  • Keep a hamper for dirty laundry inside the bathroom. It will be less tempting to toss clothes and towels on the floor and easier to keep your space clean.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, it’s okay! Start with one drawer, and move on from there. Once you get started, you’ll feel more productive and less anxious as your space transforms into the one you always hoped it would be.

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