We start our days in it. We get ready for our nights in it. One could even be so bold as to say it is a war room in it’s own right – how many times have we cried there in complete frustration with our hair, our skin, our winged eyeliner?
That’s right. It’s the bathroom.
Our bathrooms are where we prepare to show our best selves to the world. We spend a lot of time there, so why so often do we not give our bathrooms the TLC they deserve? Maintaining that space is an important part of keeping not only a clean home, but a clean life; I am a firm believer that spaces influence energy, and why start your day off in a chaotic, dirty space?
So let’s take time this spring to clear out the gunk.
Give your bathroom a good clean. I’m not talking “wipe down the counters and scrub the toilet” clean. Go beyond that. Really get in there. Clean the spouts, make sure the base of the toilet is sparkling. You do this (hopefully) with your bedroom and kitchen – the bathroom, while an understandingly more scary place, should be given the same treatment.
And once you’ve cleaned? Organize.
We have a tendency to hoard products in the bathroom, because if you’re anything like how I used to be, you’re constantly on the hunt for the next best thing. It’s taken me some time to get to a place where I can understand the nature of consumerism, and being in the marketing field probably had a lot to do with that as well. Long story short, you really don’t NEED all 5 mascaras. Or 7 different lotions. Or 3 different types of anti-breakage serum. It’s not only wasteful, but impractical as well. Because now you need to find places to put all of these things…and they usually end up in the bathroom. Whether you have a large bathroom or smaller bathroom is besides the point: clutter is clutter, and a cluttered space contributes to a cluttered mind.
So step 1 is to
cease and desist with all extraneous purchases of beauty products. If it doesn’t serve a new purpose from what you already have in your health and beauty arsenal, you don’t need it. Just put it down. Put. It. Down.
Step 2, is to clean out your bathroom. Clear out all of your products and items below the sink, in the medicine cabinet, and on the counter. Then scrub scrub scrub!
Step 3, is to then take stock of your inventory. Which products haven’t you touched (and don’t plan to)? Which products do you have double of? Which products do you reach for on an every day basis? Which products do you use less frequently? Separate them out, then trash all items you don’t use and don’t plan to.
Step 4 is my favorite step of all: decide on an organization system. Where will you keep which items? What will you use to keep these items separated and easily accessible? Think of what will make the most sense to you, and what will cut down on you turning over bottles trying to reach products . You can find good organization tools everywhere, from The Container Store to Ross, Home Goods to Bed Bath and Beyond – even the Dollar Store has great organizing systems. Decide on your budget and select your trays and bins. I purchased all of mine for about $75 using coupons at Bed Bath and Beyond; they’re photographed below for reference. Instead of medicine cabinets my apartment has a tall cabinet, as well as a few drawers, for storage.
Ta-da! You now have a completely clean and functional bathroom that is a joy to get ready in. Put this on your to do list, take a few hours and see if you don’t feel a whole lot better about life afterwards. I promise, you will.