If you have a small bathroom, you know that the biggest challenge is finding space for all your stuff. Well, thanks to Marie Kondo, small bathroom organization is possible. Not only will your bathroom look great, but it will also become easier to maintain and clean as well.
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So, let’s see if we can get your small bathroom organized and make it practically maintenance-free.
Quick Links to Info Below
- 1 Empty and Purge
- 2 Clean
- 3 Sort and Relocate
- 4 Organize
- 5 Create a Schedule
- 6 Our Small Master Bathroom
- 7 Now, It’s Your Turn
Empty and Purge
The first thing you should do is to completely empty the bathroom. Remove everything in your shower/tub stall, under your vanity, in your medicine chest, the scale, and trash can.
If you have a washable shower curtain/liner, go ahead and toss this in the wash. Also, wash any rugs and toilet covers.
Once you’ve removed everything, go through your items and toss anything that is expired such as medications. Throw out any makeup past its expiration date.
- Click here to learn how long you should be keeping certain types of makeup.
- Click here to read how to organize your hair and beauty products.
While the bathroom is empty, go ahead and give it a good cleaning.
- Scrub the shower stall/tub.
- Clean the sink and toilet inside and out.
- Wipe down all the surfaces including the walls and baseboards.
- Dust on top of cabinets and any wall decor.
- Wipe down mirrors and windows.
- Sweep and mop your floors.
Sort and Relocate
Next, you want to categorize and sort your keep pile. Make different piles for things like hairbrushes, hair appliances, makeup, skincare, feminine products, deodorant, etc…
Now, look at these piles. Do you have too many of a certain thing? For example, if you have 3 or more lotions, set aside the one with the least amount in it. This will go back to your bathroom. The others will be stored away elsewhere until you are finished with the one you put back.
Your goal is to keep one of everything you absolutely need (per person, of course).
Relocate any medications and vitamins. These items should be stored in a dry location. Click here to organize your medications.
A kitchen cabinet is an ideal place for your medications but you can also use a linen closet or dresser drawer. Click here to organize and make room in your linen closet.
Depending on how much stuff you plan to keep in the bathroom, consider purchasing small bins and organizers. Use your sorted ‘keep’ piles to determine how big they need to be. Below are some simple bins and organizers I found on Amazon.
Create a Schedule
Now that you’ve cleaned and organized your bathroom, it’s time to create a time slot in your schedule for keeping it clean. Click here to create a simple chore schedule so that you don’t become overwhelmed.
Remember to only add a new item to your bathroom when you are finished with an old item.
Because I am a big fan of Marie Kondo, I never leave anything in my shower stall including the soap. After every shower, I wipe down and dry my items and store them away.
Try this for yourself. I was reluctant to do so at first. However, I haven’t had to deal with whatever that pink goo is on the bottom of hair products left in the shower. Gross! Having it empty also makes it easy to clean.
Our Small Master Bathroom
Check out our small master bathroom below for some inspiration.
Under the vanity is where I keep my shower cap, hair gel, body wash, soap, razor, toothbrush, and toothpaste. On my husband’s side are his toothbrush, razor, shaving cream and shampoo.
All of this stuff, I place on two washcloths that I pop into the hamper on cleaning day. In the drawer below I keep my hair straightener and an extra razor.
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 KonMari 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 and keep them by the sink in a basket. 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.
And one last thing: my feminine hygiene products. I keep these in a pretty box that I got from Michael’s. This sits on my toilet tank.
Now, It’s Your Turn
Use the above steps to create more room in an already small bathroom. For more help check out these bathroom related posts:
- How to Organize the Bathroom your Kids Use
- Organizing a Half Guest Bathroom
- How to Organize Your Feminine Products
- Organizing Your Hair and Beauty Products
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