I finally took our bathroom closet to task after ignoring it for far too long. Years of packing it up, moving it, and putting everything right back on the shelves was becoming too much of a mental burden every time I needed a band-aid, so I took everything out and started over. That closet has held many, many years of expired medicine to be kept “just in case”; ripped towels that should have been moved to the garage to mop up spills; 8 old toothbrushes for cleaning grout and bad stains on clothes; and multiple bathroom “tchotchkes” that haven’t been displayed forever. Why have we been holding on to all this stuff? It’s amazing what you can manage to keep in your life when it is hidden away behind closet doors. (Well, in this case, a curtain – but you know what I mean.) So much of everyone’s “stuff” is held behind closed doors where it is easy to forget about, but I couldn’t forget about this anymore – so I cleaned it all out.
Here is what I got rid of:
- 6 old toothbrushes. I cut the bristles off and sent them to the recycling bin; kept 2 for cleaning
- 2 sets of sheets that didn’t fit any beds in our house. Where they came from I don’t know, but I donated them to the free box in town.
- 5 nearly empty bottles of body lotion, shampoo, etc.
- 5 ripped & stained towels, which were sent to the garage for use as rags.
- An entire shoebox full of years-old prescription medicine. While most pills last way longer than the expiration date says they do (ask your doctor, it’s true), these have been traveling with us for years. Sayanora old medicine!
- A old ripped vinyl shower curtain. (Don’t buy vinyl, buy cotton, hemp, or at least polyester!)
- A bed skirt from a full size bed.
- 2 nearly empty bottles Seventh Generation cleaning products
- 3-year old sunscreen.
- Shards of decorative glass
- A few ugly vases
- A wooden tray
- One of those cheap Q-Tip holders
And here is what it looks like now (I forgot to take a pic beforehand):
All said and done I got rid of quite a lot of stuff…and I was left with an organized, clutter-free bathroom closet. The only thing not in the picture is a box of cosmetics on the top shelf and our cleaning products under the kitchen sink. No more panicking when looking for some toilet paper! Do you have one of these clutter closets? 🙂 Do tell!
Isn’t every closet a clutter closet?
I think those words just go together 🙂
Mine were clean 2 years ago when I moved in,
but it’s time for another raid!
That’s what I am trying to avoid Marci!
I have a dresser with a door and shelves (armoire?) that is going to get the ‘treatment’ this weekend as a matter of fact. I am SICK of looking at it. Good bye clutter! 🙂
It’s a battle that is definitely worth fighting!
We have some stuff in our bathrooms, but I guess the linen closet at the end of the hall is really our “bathroom closet”. It’s actually in good shape right now. I just passed along my nail polish collection and the rest of our Sam’s Club Q-tip packs (don’t use either nowadays), so it’s even looking a bit Spartan.
On the shelves now are spare bedding & & towels, a couple large battery packs that won’t fit in the batter drawers until we separate them out, and a plastic box (shoe box size) with gauze, bandages, medical tape, etc.
Then on the door is one of those over the door shoe holders with all the individual pockets. Love that thing! That’s where we keep my extra hair curlers, our extra shampoo, some medical stuff, etc. And there are still empty pockets 😀
Great job! Now you can find the things you are looking for.
Feels great, doesn’t it?
I didn’t know that toothbrushes were recyclable! I’ll remember that next time I have one to get rid of…
There’s nothing like a clean, organized closet. I’m tackling mine one at a time. It truly is amazing what random stuff you can find in there. It multiplies on its own, I think 😉
Not sure if all of them are, but the ones we use are made by recycline, and they take them back to make into playground equip, etc. 🙂
Very nice! Although I’m terribly sad that there is no BEFORE pic! I’m working on paring down our stuff & organizing. We just made our 7th move this past December and I only *thought* I had been keeping us sorted out!