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5 STEPS TO DECLUTTER YOUR BATHROOM AHEAD OF SUMMER

If there’s one area of the house that remains a den of hoarded items, it’s the bathroom cabinet.

By House & Garden South Africa | October 5, 2021 | Category

Bathroom under sink organizer drawers with neatly placed bath amenities and toiletries. Table top basin sink with dispenser of liquid soap, toothbrush in cup and group of rolled up white towels.
Bathroom under sink organizer drawers with neatly placed bath amenities and toiletries. Table top basin sink with dispenser of liquid soap, toothbrush in cup and group of rolled up white towels.

Products you swore you needed, expired medicine, hair ties and bands, a foot spa you bought 10 years ago and have never used. It’s all there.

With winter behind us, it’s time to declutter and refresh our bathrooms with these five tips:

1.Out of date products

The easiest way to part with products in your cluttered bathroom is to check the expiry date. You’ll be shocked to learn how many items are out of date.

Start by categorising into out-of-date (and in the bin), nearing expiry, or ‘good for a while’ products. Keep the ‘nearing expiry’ products close at hand to make sure you use them up in time.

2. Seasonal updates

With the cold months out of the way, your obsession with foam bath, thick body creme and decongestant gel might be over.

Get a transparent container and store these products neatly together, out of the way of everyday items. At this time of year your fragrance needs a change too - shift your deodorant to an anti-perspirant roll-on ahead of the summer months, and opt for a floral scent to match the sunnier days and happier mood!

3. Effective storage

Many retailers are offering fun, space-maximising and innovative storage solutions at the moment. From transparent, stackable boxes to beautiful rattan baskets, you’re able to find options to suit your taste and budget.

Make use of these storage items to segment products into categories i.e., face, nails, hair, legs, feet etc. to make products easier to find, and make your cupboards appear more orderly.

4. Clean counters

Bathroom counters so quickly become a dumping ground for grooming necessities, decor items and clutter. With all countertop space taken, cleaning becomes difficult and soap scum, dust and grime is left to build.

Take the time to completely clear your bathroom counters and make space for necessary items in the cabinet and cupboards below. Clear surfaces are easier on the eye and promote a more peaceful environment.

5. The 6-month test

Another easy method for clearing in your bathroom is adopting the ‘6-month test’. For every item you pull out, ask yourself, “Have I used this item or product in the past 6 months?’

If the answer is no, then it’s time for it to go! Six months allows for seasonal influences on product usage and ensures you have no ‘non-essential’ items taking up space in your bathroom.