You wake up early in the morning and stumble into the bathroom. With one eye open you realize that there is just one sheet of paper left on the toilet paper roll. OK, you can reach the cabinet under the vanity where there is always an extra roll stashed. You grope around and can’t find it – meanwhile knocking some items on the floor. This is not going to be one of your better days.
Follow these 4 steps to declutter under the vanity
This will be the day to declutter and organize your under the vanity space. The day is packed full, but you know you can squeeze out 10 minutes.
First you pull everything out to see what has accumulated in this space. While everything is out, you wipe out the area with the some of the cleaning material that was in the cabinet.
Then toss or recycle any empty containers or those you don’t plan to use. Make a note of anything you use frequently that is almost empty and put it on your shopping list.
Move to another location the multiple shampoos, toothpaste or back-up items keeping just one back-up to go back in the space.
Put back the items that are going to be stored in this area. Make sure you put that roll of toilet paper at the front!
This quick reorganization of the area under the vanity can be done in just 10 minutes or less. If you have more time, group all like items and put them in containers. The cotton balls, cotton tip swabs, wipes can be grouped together. The extra toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste can go into another container. Grouping like items together helps you keep track of what you have and makes clean up easier. Just pull out the container, grab what you need, and put the container back away.
The main idea is that it is easy for any area to become cluttered. But once that clutter begins to annoy you, realize that it only takes a short amount of time to declutter a small area. Taking the 10 minutes or less to clear a space will affect the way you feel.
I challenge you to look around and find one area that you could declutter in 10 minutes or less. Then just do it! Just for fun send us some pictures on our Facebook page Ask the Organizers Diane and Jonda. You will feel so much better when you see the organized space you have created. Check out our unique deck of cards Organize Your Home 10 Minutes at a Time for some quick and easy organizing tasks.
Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, award-winning author, as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients tackle the toughest organizational issues. Jonda does hands on organizing and virtual organizing. For more of Jonda’s tips connect with her on Facebook.
Oh goodness, I NEED to do this. Summer time is generally when I refresh this space as well. I use more lotion, shaving products, tanner, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. My babies tend to shuffle things around in my toiletry bins throughout the year and I have yet to reign it in. Sigh… This must be my sign 🙂
Take 10 minutes, Melanie, and get it done!
This is always one of the most challenging spaces – dark, awkward to reach, pipes to work around. If there’s another option like a wall cabinet or closet I prefer putting the important things in those spaces (like your Step 3 point). Alas, so many bathrooms are poorly set up for storage. Your post is a great reminder that it doesn’t take all that long to get this kind of a spot in order, and reap the benefits.
The trick to this space is to keep it simple. Only put in here what you might need and find other places that are easier to get to for backups and rarely used items. If you only keep the basics it is easy to see what you have and only takes a short time to organize and declutter.
Schedule your 10 minutes and reorganize. You’ll be glad that you did!
There’s nothing worse than running out of toilet paper when you need it most! And having some extra rolls handy is essential. I love the idea of what can be accomplished in just ten minutes. It’s amazing how satisfying it can be. Recently, I did quick organizing job in bathroom in my make-up/skin care drawer. While it was fairly organized, I felt that there were items I never used. So I did just what you suggested- took everything out, let go of those things that I no longer used or had expired, wiped the drawer and items, and put things back. Now every time I open the drawer, it makes me smile. Worth all the minutes spent.
So happy that the organizing you did in your drawer makes you smile! It is definitely worth the time spent!