There are lots of widget and gadget catalogues that have tons of things to organize anything in any room. Under my bathroom sink I use two kitchen lazy susans. (Photo # 3 - the taa daa moment) They hold everything I use every day; hair spray, mousse, body lotions, etc., and they spin so I can get to everything. I use it and put it back – gone. My makeup is in a zippered case. When I finish my face I zip it up and put it under the cabinet - gone. I have my cleaning tools. I also have a plastic tub that has the other miscellaneous things; my no! no! razors, dryer, curling iron, etc. I actually have a lot of empty space (and that’s good!)
The moment of Truth #2: How much “stuff” in your bathroom do you use every day? That’s every day? How much is on the “I don’t like it anymore” list, but you haven’t gotten around to throwing it out because;
A) you may change your mind and use it later; or,
B) there’s still some left in the can, jar, bottle (whatever) and just can’t bring yourself to throw it out;
Photo #3 - Taa Daa! It's all there.
Photo #2: What your bathroom probably looks like.
Photo # 1: What your bathroom should look like.
CLEANING YOUR BATHROOM!!! THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
The Lost Art of House Cleaning...a clean house is a happy home!
The moment of Truth #1: how would you feel about cleaning your bathroom if it looked like picture #1 before you even started? You’d probably do it more frequently because then it won’t take you a week to work up enough courage and strength to tackle it.
The actual job of cleaning the bathroom is detailed at great length in my book, The Lost Art of House Cleaning, so I’m not going into the nitty gritty of cleaning here, but let's organize it so you can, in fact, clean it.
Let’s organize the bathroom so it looks like photo #1 everyday. You probably used all that stuff on your counter first thing this morning when you got ready for your day. But why is it still on the counter at 8:00 at night? You think you have no place to put it, so there it stays. You probably do have the space but you have not prioritized it.
Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up. Starting with the cabinet under the sink: What’s in there? “Stuff” that you stopped using but have not gotten around to throwing out because (please refer to excuses A, or B, above).
Let’s empty the cabinet to the bare walls. As you pull each item out put it in one of two piles;
Pile #1 - stuff you use every day;
Pile#2 - everything else. (Sorry, you only get two piles!)
How much cleaning “stuff” did you pull out of there? In my book, The Lost Art of House Cleaning, I tell you just what you need to clean a bathroom and what you should have under your sink (or as nearby as possible). The supplies takes up less than ½ square foot. So even with your cleaning supplies under the sink you should have plenty of the room for those things you use everyday.
Let's move up to the counter top. Set aside in Pile #1, everything you used today getting ready. Everything else goes in Pile #2. Now, put everything in Pile #2 in a plastic bag or box and move it out of bathroom. In about a month or two if you haven’t retrieved any of it, which you probably never will, then you can throw it out. (Or save yourself the trouble and throw it out now).
I’ve owned a residential cleaning company and when I’ve gone through this exercise with my customers in their kitchen, bathrooms, and closets. I’m always impressed with how shocked they are when they find out just how much stuff they have compared to what they actually use.
What do you think? Can your bathroom look like picture #1 and still be functional? Don’t you think you’ll feel like you’re in control if it did? So when you’re finished you can say; Taa Daa - Me 1 Chaos 0!
Enjoy the Clean!, Love,
Jan, the Head Rag Dragger
Does your bathroom look like Picture #1 or Picture #2? If it looks like picture #2 you have to do more than clean it – you have to dig it out first - then you can get to the job of cleaning it.