It’s time for another post in our series looking at decluttering, and you might think that today’s subject is an unlikely candidate… the bathroom. It’s not though. Go and take a look at yours. We’d wager that theres plenty you could do to make it look a bit plusher.
When it comes to purpose, bathrooms generally serve one basic need: a place for us to keep us clean. But they’ve become so much more. They’re a chill out zone for the lady of the house, a special playroom for the children and for the chaps – oh – we’re back to somewhere to keep clean. Whatever your use, it’s pretty likely that your bathroom could do with a bit of declutter – especially if you have kids.
First off there’s all the lotions, potions, lathers, soaps, shower gel, body wash, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, hand creams and exfoliants. Undoubtedly a veritable collection of floral, citrus and woodland scents, in various states of supply. From the nearly full pine-forest scented supermarket value shower gel to the almost empty designer-pong body wash that you’re eking out for one last pre-special night out soak. Or there’s children’s mild shampoo – that’s actually been full of cold bathwater since three nights ago -when the little darlings thought it would be fun to empty the contents and use the container for a water fight.
To go with that there are myriad of scrubbing paraphernalia: loofas, loofah mitts, nail brushes, sponges and exfoliating pads... Eaxctly sort of thing you get for Christmas, use twice in January then leave hanging somewhere in the shower or balanced on the edge of the bath. It’s usually around August when you think – oh, I haven’t used that for a while and discover it’s all gone a bit black and mildewy – and the word minging comes into its own as an adjective.
It’s a similar story with bath toys. Put the fact that they’d rather play with the Shampoo bottle aside – it’s uncanny how they can all start to look a bit tatty quite quickly. Especially beware the soft squirty sea creature toy casually left on the side by your offspring. Inevitably, you won’t be able to resist giving it a squeeze – at which point you’ll get a shock as you squirt yourself with stone cold water.
Then there’s chill out supplies. As well as an ointment for almost every part of your body, there’s a whole host of other things to help your mind and soul. Candles, scent burners, crystals, flakes, pebbles, face-pack cream… Bathtime has become something of a meditation fest. So where do you keep those? The cardboard bath-soak boxes tend to go a bit soggy if you simply leave them at the end of the tub.
On top of all that there’s the linen. Towels, robes, onesies and the laundry basket.
Finally, the medicine cabinet. A glance in tree is sure to reveal some out of date indigestion tablets. It’s worth having a good check of all the pharmaceuticals
If this type of clutter is becoming a bit much in your bathroom there are three things you can do:
1 – Invest in some storage solutions. All the usual home-furnishing retailers have flexible cost effective solutions. Perhaps a chrome shower rack/basket for your soapy stuff, a cabinet or trolley to keep all the relaxation candles, scents and facepacks. If you can fit it in, how about some wall mounted storage baskets for your linen.
2 – Systematically use up all the half-bottles of gels, body washes and lotions – treat yourself – even if it’s not the beginnings of a posh night out.
3 – Have a clear out/clean up. Put the bath toys in the dishwasher on a cool economy rinse (without a dishwasher tablet) and chuck out all the dead things that are festering, out of date and you don’t really need.
Finally, if there are things you need to store because you might (or are hoping you might) need again – such as a baby bath – that you don’t have room for, you can always consider a storage unit here at ABC Selfstore.