If your bathroom cabinet is overflowing with all manner of items, it’s time to get your storage in order. Follow our 5 simple steps to a clutter-free bathroom and a clutter-free mind.
Before attempting to organise your bathroom cabinet, why not watch this handy video where our Stylist Nicky reveals her own tips and tricks?
Step 1—Deep cleanse
The first step is to rid your small bathroom cabinet of any unwanted or unnecessary items. For those of you who are natural hoarders, this may prove to be a tough job—but you need to find a ruthless streak. Lay out all your items, so they’re easy to see, pull out a bin bag, take a deep breath and get stuck in.
Go through your cabinet and dispose of anything you haven't used within the last 6 months. You may find there are plenty of things that are already past their use-by date (yes, even some bathroom products have use-by dates), for example, contact lens fluid or medication. Are you really going to use that funny-smelling body lotion you got given for Christmas last year? No? Chuck it.
Declutter and get rid of anything you haven't used in the last 6 months
It may seem a simple idea, but those items which you use every day really need to be the first things that come to hand when you open your cabinet. It's sometimes all too easy to shove something back inside so that it rests at the back of the cabinet.
Categorise things like makeup, medicine and body products. Use boxes and jars that suit the size of your product categories, and try stacking boxes or standing objects in jars to save space.
Depending on the size of your cabinet, you could even add a hook or small containers on the inside of the door to hold longer items like hairbrushes or toothbrushes. If you have a fairly large storage cupboard, you can access toiletry bottles more easily, by placing them on a small revolving tray. Simply turn the tray to bring the item you need to the front.
Step 3—Keep it clean, with a shower organiser
Move shampoos, soaps and conditioners into a wire basket shower organiser, which can be attached to the wall near your shower. This will help save your small bathroom cabinet from the grimy build-up you can get with certain products. As this type of bathroom accessory has a wire bottom, soap and scum simply falls through into the bath, which is much easier to clean.
Keep all your shampoo, soap and shower gel close at hand
Step 4—Compartmentalise your life
If your cabinet features drawers, it may be worth dividing them up into different compartments for different products. Those you use every day should be brought to the front of the drawers, and those you use less frequently towards the back.
Put fiddly items like hair bobbles and grips into storage jars and boxes. Cotton buds look great in vintage glass jars, which can also be used as decorative items in your bathroom.
Pretty bottles are great when used on open shelving, as they become an attractive accessory. And don’t forget to make sure to keep medicine well out of reach of children.
Step 5—From office supplies, a pleasant surprise
Thinking outside the box, office supplies can come in very handy when organising your bathroom cabinet. Bulldog clips and paper clip containers can be just as effective when used to hold hair pins and bobbles.
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