If you have a small bathroom, you know that the biggest challenge is finding space for all your stuff. Well, thanks to Marie Kondo, one can organize and maintain a small bathroom with ease. I recently ‘kon-mari’ed my small bathroom and have been able to keep it organized and practically maintenance free.
There is no more clutter and my bathroom cleaning routine is now down to 15 minutes a week. Below I share how I organized my small bathroom and have included a checklist that you can use to start organizing your small bathroom.
Using the Kon-Mari Approach
I am a big fan of Marie Kondo and her method for tidying: “if something no longer sparks joy in your life, it’s time to get rid of it.” I just finished organizing my clothes, paperwork, and nostalgic items using her Kon-Mari method and now it was time for the bathroom. I was not looking forward to using her approach in my bathroom. Why?
Well, I don’t mind purging and organizing but I did not like her idea of keeping things out of the bathroom stall. According to Ms. Kondo, all shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, soaps, razors, etc. are NOT to be kept/stored in one’s bath/shower stall. Huh?! I mean, who doesn’t have bath shelves built into the walls, or a storage/organizer caddy hanging off the shower head filled with all our bath necessities? Isn’t that what they are for?
After putting it off for a while, I relented and gave it a try. My only regret is that I did not do it sooner.
How I Tamed My Small Bathroom
Marie Kondo gives good reasons for keeping items such as shampoo bottles and soap out of one’s shower area. She suggests removing all these things after every shower/bath and wiping them down dry ( and yes, this includes the bar of soap). I thought this is going to be interesting.
The first thing I did was purge a lot of stuff like hair products I no longer used and cosmetic samples I swore I was going to try. Then, I removed everything out of the bathroom. And I mean, EVERYTHING. As I was removing items, I organized them into separate categories like ‘hair’ products, ‘oral care’ products, etc.
After cleaning the empty bathroom, I slowly began putting stuff back noting things I didn’t necessarily need in the bathroom. For instance, I usually put on my make up in the bedroom so I relocated my makeup to a dresser drawer that was empty from my last purge. All my first aid/cough & cold medicines were put into bins and relocated to a linen closet in the hallway.
Once this was done, I assessed my bathroom storage areas to see how I can organize what was left and have a bathroom that was clean and minimalistic. I also scoured the house looking for any decorative baskets and bins I had laying around. The result after putting everything away? Take a look for yourself:
The After Effects of Kon-Mari on My Small Bathroom
The Shower Stall
Cabinet Above the Toilet
Small Storage Unit Between Toilet and Sink
Other Miscellaneous Items
If you decide to tackle your small bathroom the same way, I suggest that you purchase a pack of plain white washcloths. I got a large pack from Walmart very cheap. I fold my washcloths, Kon-Mari style, and keep them by the sink in a pretty bin. This makes it easy to grab one after my shower and wipe down my hair products, soap dish, and yes, soap bar before putting them away under the vanity. Then, I just pop the washcloth into the hamper.
Oh, and one last thing: my feminine hygiene products. I keep these in a pretty box that I got from Michael’s. This is kept on the toilet tank.
Now, It’s Your Turn
I have created a free printable checklist to help you organize and maintain your small bathroom. In it, I list all the tasks you need to get your bathroom organized. Click below to get your printable and start transforming your small bathroom.
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If you would like to learn more about the Kon-Mari approach, I suggest picking up a copy of her books: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. Click here to read my review of her book and see the results of my first purge. Both books can be purchased on Amazon by clicking on the links below.
So how are you organizing your small bathroom? Let me know below in the comments.