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10 Things to Get Rid of in Your Bathroom Right Now

Stay organized and keep your bathroom products fresh by removing these things from your bathroom right now.

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De-clutter your bathroom

Admit it, your bathroom is probably home to a couple of things it shouldn’t be—from things you simply don’t use to expired bath products, read on to find out which items you should toss from your bathroom ASAP.

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Things you never use

“Have an honest conversation with yourself. If you haven’t used it in a year, just get rid of the product, or pass it along to a friend,” said Annie Draddy, Organizer and Co-Founder of Henry and Higby. To clear space and stay organized, throw away all of the sample products that you never use or hair products and lotions that you tried by didn’t like. Learn the habits that naturally clutter-free people do every day.

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Your dirty laundry

The bathroom may seem like a convenient place to store your dirty laundry—before you get in the shower you can just toss your dirty clothes right into the hamper—but it should really be kept in your bedroom or closet. If you’re tight on space, try switching up the shape of your laundry basket. Try low-to-the-ground ones on the floor of your closet or tall skinny ones to tuck in next to your dresser. Avoid these other laundry mistakes you didn’t know you were making.

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Expired products

Look through your cabinets and drawers for products that have a short shelf life. Common items include sunscreen, medicine, nail polish, lipstick, and makeup (especially eye makeup). Also, make sure to replace items that collect germs and get worn out easily such as loofahs and your toothbrush. Watch out for some of these ways you might be cleaning your bathroom wrong.

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Excess packaging

Michelle Hale, organizer and co-founder of Henry and Higby suggests taking items out of their original packaging, which tends to be bulky and consolidating your products. One example Hale gave was Q-Tips. It’s best to take them out of the big box they come in and store in a small container or decorative jar.

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Makeup, hair accessories, and jewelry

These things aren’t necessary to store in your bathroom because you only need a mirror to put them on. If you have space, Hale suggests setting up a makeup station in your bedroom. If you are a city dweller, and tight on space, store these items in a bag and only bring them into the bathroom when you need to use them. Don’t buy these things if you want to have a clutter-free home.

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Cleaning products

Draddy and Hale suggest storing your cleaning products all in the same place, and typically, that doesn’t work in the bathroom. By storing them in the same place, you know when you have to buy more of a certain product at the store. However, they also pointed out that the type of cleaning products you have to have in the bathroom depends on your lifestyle. If you’re a busy mom that constantly needs to be wiping down the counter with disinfecting wipes, then keep them under the sink. Or if you have a glass-enclosed shower and need to keep glass cleaner close by, that’s OK. Here are some of the germiest spots in your bathroom.

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Travel-sized toiletries from hotels

People are always tempted to stock up on the cute bottles of shampoo and conditioner when they stay at a hotel, but they aren’t necessary to keep and have take up space in your bathroom. It’s better to buy reusable bottles and fill them with your own body wash and lotions. Hale and Draddy suggest donating travel-sized toiletries from hotels to homeless shelters. Also, check with your local church or school because many times they collect them. “To help people let go of stuff it helps to know that it’s going to someone else. It’s a really good motivator,” said Draddy. This is how you can recycle just about anything.

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Products easily affected by humidity

Many people don’t think about how much humidity and the constant change of temperature in your bathroom can affect things you store in there. Medicine, makeup, and perfume or cologne can all be altered when exposed to humidity. “The humidity of the space isn’t ideal to keep them in their best conditions,” says Draddy. Another thing that should be kept in cool, dry areas are towels. The humidity can break down the linen and they also store moisture, which can lead to mold. Know these tricks for making your towels last longer. 

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Old items

Another great tip to keeping your bathroom organized is to throw out old items such as stretched out hair ties or headbands that you use when washing your face. “You need to get rid of old things to know that you need new ones,” Draddy said. “If you don’t, you’re just going to keep using old products.” Every month, go through your towels, wash cloths, and hair products, throw away any that are old or falling apart.

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Reading materials

Similar to towels, medication, and perfume, reading materials also don’t do well in an environment with high humidity. Also, it’s not good to be spending enough time in the bathroom to be able to read. “Studies have changed and it’s not healthy to sit there that long with reading materials,” says Hale. So if you want to enjoy a book while soaking in the tub, bring it in for the time being, but store it elsewhere. Make sure you always throw away these items when you move.