7 Things You’re Storing in the Bathroom That You Don’t Need To Be
Has your washspace become more store room than sanctuary? It’s time to declutter
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Tattered and faded bath towels that are past their prime could be taking up valuable space in your bathroom, so do a frequent edit and keep just a couple of towels for each family member, plus one or two sets of guest towels.
Relegate tatty old towels to the garage or shed, where they can be recycled and used for odd jobs, or reinvent them as pet bedding.
A busy family bathroom can be a tricky space to keep tidy, particularly if you have lots of bath times to negotiate with little ones. If your room is overflowing with toys, though, it could be time to stem the flow and limit the number allowed at any one time.
A small box or drawer will keep them in one place, and anything that doesn’t fit in the drawer, or isn’t the flavour of the month, can live elsewhere.
Small bottles of toiletries, free samples and hotel freebies are tempting to collect and bring home, but they can take up drawer space at a rapid rate, and the amount of plastic and packaging involved is wasteful and unnecessary.
One set of refillable travel-size bottles is useful; any more is clutter. So if you’re hoarding numerous small containers, it’s time to have a clear-out.
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If the cupboard under your bathroom basin is stuffed with cleaning products and cloths, it could be time to edit them down to free up some space.
While it can be useful to have a couple of everyday products close to hand, such as a surface cleaner, everything else could probably live in a utility cupboard or under the kitchen sink and just be brought into the bathroom when needed. This will avoid bulky duplicates cluttering up your cupboards.
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If you have a bathroom drawer full of lipsticks, powders, pencils and make-up brushes of indeterminate age, it might be time to do an audit and get rid of anything that’s been hanging around for a bit too long.
Not only do these items take up valuable storage space, old make-up can harbour bacteria. Quick rule of thumb? If you haven’t used it in recent memory, it probably needs to go.
The damp environment in a bathroom also means this room isn’t necessarily the best place to store make-up. So if you have a dressing table or small worktop space in the bedroom, that might be better suited to housing your freshly pared-down make-up collection.
Shelves stuffed with half-used products, duplicates and spare shampoo bottles? Have a good look at the contents of your bathroom cupboards and ask yourself whether you really need everything, or if the contents of the bottles are likely to go off before you get a chance to use them up.
Switching to products with minimal packaging and resisting the urge to stockpile will not only cut down on clutter in your cupboards, it will reduce your carbon footprint, too. To make a start, look for solid shampoo bars, and try solid soap instead of plastic bottles of shower gel.
A first aid kit is an essential piece of household equipment that’s often stored in the bathroom, but do you know exactly what’s in yours? More importantly, is it all in date?
Have a look through your medicine cabinet or first aid box and clear out anything that’s been open for a while, such as tubes of antiseptic, and check the best before date on everything else.
Out-of-date medicines all need to be safely disposed of and everything else needs to be stored high up and ideally in a locked cupboard or box.
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