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I am a huge advocate for all things neat, tidy, and in its rightful place. I am also a firm believer in visual motivation–if something looks pretty, you will want to maintain it, see it, and put things away in it. In our home, functional storage is a top priority in my home, but it must also be pretty too!
But when I say pretty I don’t mean a billion small, decorative boxes, baskets, bins, totes, and organizers. I mean clean, natural, functional spaces. Spaces that promote productivity, comfort, and peacefulness in my home. Because an uncluttered bathroom is a clean bathroom.
So for me, I strive to have a bathroom that is clean, minimal, and spa-like every day, not for the occasion when we entertain guests, but for myself and my family each and every day. Here are a few tips I implement in my home to create a frugal, spa-like bathroom at home.
Purge Seasonally. One of the number one reasons small spaces, including bathrooms, feel small and cramped is because they contain too many items. Often we collect skin and beauty products, OTC home medicines, toothbrushes, hair accessories, or bath toys, only to find that within a season those same items are no longer serving our lives as we thought they once might have. To ensure my bathroom stays decluttered and clean, I perform a seasonal purge of old or unusable items. For example, if you have two containers of the same lotion, pour the rest of the less full bottle into the other. Wash out the empty bottles and recycle the empty bottles.
Set reasonable limits. Limit yourself to two sets of shampoo and conditioner that you use frequently, and store no more than four bars of soap or two bottles in your bathroom cupboards per four people, per month. Remember, your bathroom is not your storage or stockpile room.
Consolidation is key. Buying bathroom staples in bulk saves lots time and money but often takes up a large bathroom footprint. To help with this measure, remove toiletries from extra cardboard or plastic packaging to save on space, then recycle the excess. Consolidate smaller items in small, stackable storage units to save on save too!
Strive for clean surfaces. Personal items should be put away if possible, daily. If you have a drawer or medicine cabinet, always put away your toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, hairbrush, and feminine items after each use. And be sure to wipe out sinks and vanity surfaces daily to maintain a tidy, clean bathroom space.
Create clear, concise, intentional storage. Every item in a bathroom should be functional, and so storage that is easily stored, accessible, and simple to find is ideal. Mason jars are a great option for bathrooms, as there are not only affordable and beautiful but also allows you to easily see when items need to be re-stocked or cleared of grime and fingerprints. Also items you use often, such as cotton balls and Q-tips, can simply be stored in small, clear vessels, such as mason jars. Makeup brushes can also be stored vertically in a mason jar filled with glass marbles as well.
Maintain your towels monthly. Boxes and bins are also a great way to store towels. Towels can also be stored neatly either rolled or folded up on a wall rack, under the sink, rolled in a wicker basket, or in the linen closet. To keep a more minimal, decluttered bathroom, be sure to keep a minimum number of towels in your bathroom and transfer extra towels to your linen closet. In our home, we no longer have good towels, but quality, organic cotton towels we use daily. These towels are kept in stations in each bathroom closet.
Regular Maintenance. Bathroom maintenance and organization is not just a one-time project, but is something you should do regularly, and often. A few of the ways I maintain a decluttered bathroom at home are by staying on top of the usability of our bathrooms by clean out your bathrooms weekly (aside from wiping surfaces daily) once a week, washing towels twice- weekly, and each night I maintain the stocks in our bathrooms for important items such as q-tips, cotton balls, and toilet paper.
Another way I help to keep clutter to a minimum in my bathrooms is by finding creative, hidden storage methods. I designate chests in each bathroom closet, which makes toilet paper and staples easy to access and keeps my bathroom surfaces clean from clutter and makes for quick steam mopping sessions too! Each night I pop into the bathrooms, open a drawer and re-stock as needed. Easy, simple, done!
As a frugal-minded maven, I always make sure to purchase quality, lasting, spa-like products when I shop monthly. Lately, I have been picking up the Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch, as it not only helps keep our bathrooms fully stocked but also ensures a comfortable bathroom experience, but as Quilted Northern® come in Mega 9-roll packs, and as each roll is a 4X bigger which saves me money each time I buy.
A bonus? Be on the lookout during your next Walmart in-store shopping trick for to save $1.50 on Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® with a new peelie coupon location on the bottom right of each 9-roll pack, right on the paper products and toilet paper aisle!
I also love that Quilted Northern® come in Mega 9-roll packs, and as each roll is a 4X bigger, so I’m never worried about running out of a roll when it’s most needed, and with bigger rolls in each pack, I can save money on each roll too! In addition to the quality, I love that Quilted Northern® is also a brand my family knows by name. Did I also mention that Quilted Northern® is celebrating their century mark this year as well! This is a brand with decades of experience in making quality products for families!
So, savvy savers, those are my tips for keeping a more minimal, easy-to-clean bathroom at home. What are your organizing tips for small bathroom spaces? Have you tried Quilted Northern® yet? I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s to better bathrooms at home,