Welcome to the second week of the 28 Day Declutter Challenge. This week we’re in the bathroom. We’re going to restore it to a space where you feel comfortable and pampered.
For most of us, this week will be a relatively easy one. If you haven’t been able to complete the tasks from last week when we worked in the bedroom, you’ll probably be able to find a little bit of time to work in there, too. If you haven’t done so, take the items you want to donate to the donation center and drop them off.
If you’re brand new to the challenge, feel free to jump in with us. For daily reminders during the challenge, follow Life Beyond the Kitchen on Facebook. You’re also welcome to download the free companion guide then gather a bag for trash and your cleaning supplies and let’s get started.
First we’re going to sort through the medicine cabinets and get rid of any expired medication. The old method of dumping them down the toilet is no longer considered the best way. The FDA has guidelines for disposing of medication, you’ll find them at this link.
In order to make it easier to find things I use clear makeup bags to hold all the little bottles and tubes. One is loaded with cold and flu medication and the other has medications I use on a regular basis, like pain killers, a skin salve and my personal cure all, tea tree oil. It beats having to move a bunch of boxes and bottles around to find what I want. We have another medicine cabinet which holds things we use everyday, like deodorant, cologne and makeup.
Speaking of makeup, here’s the opportunity to go through your collection and get rid of any that’s out of date. This varies by product, from 3 months for mascara and liquid eyeliner to 2 years for powders and foundations. See this post for more information. Ignore the 6 months recommendation in the downloadable guide. I’ll correct the information when I update.
Take this opportunity to wash your brushes in mild soap and water as well.
Next spend some time sorting the space underneath your vanity, if you have one.
Whether your linen closet is in your bathroom or not, we’re going to spend two days sorting through towels and sheets. It took me a while, and a set of hooks, but I was finally able to convince my children they don’t need a new towel to dry their clean bodies after every shower. My daughter liked to use one to stand on, one to dry off with and one for her hair. Once she moved out on her own she quickly realized that’s way too much laundry!
It’s simpler with just Rick and I. We have a couple towels each, plus extra for a guest. A pair of beach towels round out our collection. In addition we have a couple sets of hand towels, washcloths and some microfiber cloths that are great for cleaning.
We go minimal with sheets, too. We have a queen set on the bed and another set in the closet plus pillowcases. There’s also a set of double sheets and a couple spare blankets for guests and chilly nights.
To end the week, we’re going to put a shine on the bathroom. Our shower has a glass enclosure and I find it easiest to clean it when I’m actually taking a shower. I keep a scrubby sponge in there just for that purpose and use whatever soap we have on hand to clean. The sink, mirrors and commode get a regular wipe down, too, because I have everything I need already on hand in the bathroom (the microfiber cloths I mentioned earlier).
My bathroom is very basic. We’ve never had one with a jacuzzi tub, double sinks or anything like that, although our last place had a bidet (Rick put a shelf over top and we used it for storing towels). I have found that it’s easier to wipe and scrub as needed instead of scheduling a set cleaning day. If it makes sense to you, and you have the room, try keeping a set of cleaning supplies on hand so you can put a royal shine on your bathroom without a lot of fuss!
Next week we’re going to make space in the living room for our family.