{Declutter} The Bathroom cupboard

Remove everything from your bathroom cupboard and vanity top, as you are taking them out access:

  • Is it broken? Old hairdryer, electric toothbrush etc. Yes, throw away.
  • Do you use it?  No, throw away.
  • Has it expired?  Makeup, perfumes, lotions etc have expiry dates. Yes, throw away.

Use baskets to keep items organised or easy to access if you have deep cupboards.

Keep surfaces clear to make it easier to clean.

If you have all intentions to use something that you have kept, place it to the front so you can see it and use it.

Below is my bathroom cupboard, it is very narrow and doesn’t fit much into it.  These baskets store items I only use once a day or every 2nd day, excess supplies such as soap to refill the dispensers, moisturisers, hairspray etc.  Another keeps travel shampoo and conditioner.  The little set of drawers are perfect for storing nail clippers and scissors, dental floss and razor refills.

As we don’t have much room in the cupboards and the drawers are just as bad I keep everyday items on the bench top.  Much to my dislike, as it would be easier to clean if it was clutter free.  But, this is just how it has to be for now.

Stay tuned for more tips on how I organise my bathroom drawers


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MAE June 22, 2011 - 2:52 AM

That bathroom storage looks great. Wondering if you have ideas on how/where to store bathroom bags for travelling. We like to keep them stocked and ready and they tend to take up lots of room in the bathroom cupboard.

Katrina June 23, 2011 - 1:44 AM

Mae, I’ll answer this question in the reader question section of the upcoming newsletter, will be able to give you more detail and a few pictures 🙂

Julie June 22, 2011 - 3:30 PM

Just the other day as part of my out-with-summer in-with-winter declutter i put all the beachtowels, sarongs, travel hairstuff & sunscreens we take out to beach/pool etc into our beachbags closed them with pegs to keep dust etc out and put them to store in a space next to my vacuum cleaner in the bottom of the linen cupboard. The towel cupboard & vanity cupboard are both less crowded & tidier.
Bathers, chamois & goggles (the bare essentials should we do an indoor pool visit) are with the sport stuff in each of our wardrobes.
Have finally finished getting all the woollens, lounge lap-rugs & extra blankets freshened and out, their space now occupied by (cleaned) outdoor setting cushions, fans, extra ice making stuff and the gazebo shadecloth (big washer at the laundomat was handy!)

I just wonder whether Mae could keep her travel toiletries in the luggage/suitcases – presumably this space is empty until you pack the rest of your travel items? This is what we do with our scout hike stuff..

Katrina June 23, 2011 - 1:38 AM

Love the summer/winter declutter Julie! Might try and add your tip into the newsletter!

Rachael McInerney September 17, 2012 - 11:32 PM

We keep all pur travel essentials in our suitcases and also try to stack the smaller suitcases inside the bigger ones!!

Lisa June 24, 2011 - 4:43 AM

Thank so much Katrina for all the bathroom tips. My kids bathroom was the worst room in my house. I went out and bought those suction tooth brush holders and it is so much better. (I have 7 kids toothbrushes to store, the cup they were in before had to go through the dishwasher ever couple of days – but now – NO MORE!).

I also took up your chucking and no folding of the face washers in the drawers idea…. you are fantastic….(why didn’t I think of using them for cleaning before though). The only thing I thought of (you have one washer per kid),where as I have 7 kids, so 7 washers is too many in one bathroom, so I put some 3M easy remove hooks on the wall tiles. 1 washer is for the boys bath, 2 girls share one washer and the other 2 girls the other. (After all the girls only use them for their faces and have a shower ‘puffy/sponge”. I also stuck a small sticker on each hook – boat for boys, love heart and a bow!

In the kids bathroom, I only have towels in the cabinet under the sink, up in the vanity the I have rolled and put the bath towels, in the other side the girls are starting to add their bits and pieces (creams, deodorants etc), less stuff in a kids bathroom is the better!

You are an inspiration Katrina xoxo

Katrina June 24, 2011 - 12:30 PM

Love it Lisa, thankyou for adding the photo as well. I love that you have personalised the 3m hooks with a stickers!

Adalita Marks June 25, 2011 - 12:38 AM

I use the coloured drawers in my makeup bathroom. At the house we are renovating. I can’t wait to have a new bathroom so I can organise it properly. I am going to buy a stand for my hairdryier and straightening iron. I also have bought pink lily clear boxes for makeup, and other bathroom essentials. I have a couple of baskets too.

Amanda Grabyn April 19, 2013 - 12:09 PM

Thank you so much for the ideas – we have just moved and the bathroom cupboard is tiny, with no drawers! Hence bathroom goodies still in boxes on the floor! I am keeping everyday items like deodorant & moisturiser for me in my wardrobe. 🙂

Katrina April 20, 2013 - 7:57 AM

Hopefully you can use one of these ideas. Do you have wall space where you can add some shelves or cabinets?

Amanda Grabyn May 10, 2013 - 7:44 PM

I’m thinking of buying one of those over the toilet shelf unit thingys – will see how we go. Thanks. 🙂

P April 19, 2013 - 1:32 PM

assess not access – please!

Ellie April 19, 2013 - 1:33 PM

I keep my daily items in a hanging toiletry bag – Keeps the bench clear, items handy and can be easily zipped up and put away when I want to. It might suit you too 🙂

sly December 9, 2013 - 7:26 PM

Put the items on the bench in a pretty basket. Then you can just pick up the basket when you clean.

Hayley McK March 17, 2015 - 9:43 AM

Hi Kat, wondering where you keep First Aid supplies and basic medications like panandol?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 17, 2015 - 2:27 PM

I keep them on the top shelf of my pantry 🙂

Justine August 26, 2015 - 4:49 PM

Hey Kat, where did you get the little draws from? They look like they would solve alot of my bathroom clutter!
Any any tips on keeping heating tools neat? thinks like the hairdryer/straightener etc.
Thank you 🙂

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 27, 2015 - 8:35 AM

Hi Justine, i keep my hair straightener and hair dryer in my bottom draw in the bathroom just by themselves so they stay tidy and not get messed up with other bathroom items. The white baskets can be bought from Kmart or a dollar shop.


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