The bathroom can be both a lovely and scary place. There is very little that is more satisfying than knowing your bathroom is clean and orderly, especially when you have guests coming over. But cleaning the bathroom has always been one of the most unpleasant chores. No one cherishes the idea of scrubbing the tub or the toilet, no matter how necessary it is. Save yourself the unpleasantness of deep cleaning your bathroom periodically by keeping your bathroom clean and organized every day. Trust me, it’s a life and time saver.
Keep it organized
Before you can start organizing, purge your bathroom of any unnecessary clutter. We all have old shampoo bottles below our sink and scary medicine cabinets we don’t even dare to open. Toss any expired medicine, sunscreen and makeup. Not only is it all taking up precious space in your cabinets and drawers, but these products can be dangerous and ineffective. Most makeup products can grow harmful bacteria over time and sunscreen that’s over a year old will not protect your skin as well. Get rid of it all, you don’t need it. In fact, consider throwing out any product you haven’t used in the past three months. You’re probably not going to start using that half-empty bottle of shampoo you stopped liking again.
Once you’ve thrown out the useless junk, it’s time to think about how to keep your bathroom organized. The first step is to make sure that every necessary item in your bathroom has a designated space. Maintain your drawer space by using a utensil tray. These are very inexpensive and will save you time normally spent frantically searching for your daughter’s hair ties in the morning.
Do you have a smaller bathroom? Don’t waste bathroom space with decorative knick-knacks. Instead, keep your bathroom looking and smelling great in other ways. Make your decorative touches functional as well. There’s a wide variety of stylish liquid soap dispensers you can buy to replace plain and ugly plastic soap containers. Similarly, consider a fancy plugin outlet for your air freshener instead of wasting space with potpourri.
Finally, we have to address the space below your sink. Be honest, how often do you open the door and just throw something in? Promise me you’ll stop that habit immediately. You deserve better than that. Instead, head to your local Target or favorite similar store and pick up a portable plastic caddy. You can find one that can fit all of the essential tools for cleaning your bathroom. Now you have an easily accessible and easy-to-use single container in your cabinet.
Keep it clean
Speaking of cleaning, cleaning a little bit every day will save you so much time and stress in the long run. I know it doesn’t sound appealing at first but once you make it an everyday habit, you’ll be amazed you ever cleaned another way. The key is to separate tasks by the amount of time they take.
You should complete easy tasks that take less than a minute every day. Wipe down the sink after every use. Avoid that bath water ring in the tub by taking your washcloth and some leftover soapy water and swiping it around the bathtub. Do you have a shower door? Find yourself a squeegee and use it as soon as you turn off the water to eliminate any water spotting buildup. You can wipe down your mirror and faucets every night and give your toilet a quick scrub. Phew! Your bathroom is already looking cleaner.
Next, think about the tasks that take one to five minutes to complete. Set aside time once a week to take care of them. This can include spraying down your shower or cleaning the bathroom counter. You should sweep the floor once a week and empty the trash. Always remember to replace the garbage liner every time so you don’t have to spend even more time cleaning the garbage can.
Any chore that takes more than five minutes to finish should be done once a month. Sticking to this schedule will keep your bathroom cleaner and fresher. After a while you’ll start noticing that your bathroom will be manageable and the monthly cleanup won’t be a hefty undertaking.
Is your bathroom just too small? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about a remodel.