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7 Things You Need To Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

Does anyone else get the itch to start “spring cleaning” their house long before spring actually arrives? I always develop a case of cabin fever this time of year, so I end up channeling that restless energy into decluttering, cleaning, and reorganizing the house.

But getting my spring cleaning out of the way early isn’t such a bad thing! In an episode of The Office titled “The Secret,” Michael Scott sums this up nicely: “If you do your spring cleaning in January, guess what you don’t have to do in the spring? Anything.” :-)

Since I’m already in decluttering mode, that’s what we’ll be focusing on in today’s post! Back in May I wrote a post about things to get rid of in your pantry, so today we’ll take a look at things you ought to get rid of in your bathroom(s)!

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7 Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

1. Travel Toiletries

Many people collect travel-sized toiletries from past hotel stays. If you have a toiletry collection taking up space in your bathroom, consider donating your collection to a local shelter that accepts toiletry items.

Those mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion will be much more useful to someone in need than they will be collecting dust in your bathroom!

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Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

2. Old Perfumes

Since they tend to be pretty expensive, it can be hard to part with perfume bottles that aren’t quite empty yet. However, keep in mind that the scent of perfumes can change over time, and sometimes in ways that aren’t very pleasant!

As you dust off and reorganize your perfume bottles, take the time to smell each one too. If anything smells off, go ahead and toss it.

Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

3. Hair & Makeup Products

Every once in a while, I buy a new makeup or hair product that I only use a few times before it gets relegated to the back of a drawer. And I’m guessing I’m not the only woman who does that! ;-)

Go through all your hair and makeup products and get rid of anything that has expired or that you haven’t used in the past few months. Not only is this a good practice in terms of hygiene, it can also free up a lot of valuable storage space in your bathroom drawers and cupboards!

Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

4. Towels

Another thing that tends to grow over time is my collection of bathroom towels. As the older ones wear out, I add new towels to the stack without doing anything about the old ones.

If you have a lot of bathroom towels, go through them and set aside the oldest ones. As long as they are clean, you should be able to donate them to a local animal shelter or humane society.

Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

5. Hair Ties

Whether you keep your hair ties in a jar, a drawer, or a basket, chances are they could use some tidying up! Go through your collection and get rid of any hair ties that are either too stretched out, or have been known to snag your hair.

Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

6. Medicines

If you keep any medicines in your bathroom, it’s a good idea to go through them regularly. Get rid of anything that has passed its expiration date or you don’t need anymore.

Be sure to dispose of old medications safely. Many pharmacies, hospitals, and even police departments have drug disposal boxes available for public use.

Things You Should Get Rid Of In Your Bathroom

7. Nail Polish

Go through your nail polish bottles and examine each one. Look for changes in consistency and texture (like clumps, separation, etc.) and toss out anything that doesn’t look quite right.

What could you stand to get rid of in your bathroom?

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  • We’ve been working on home improvement projects since the gardening season came to an end. All that freshening up put me in a declutter & organize mode. Pantry, hall linen closet, bedroom closet, dresser, desk…I’ve tackled them all. My nail polish collection is about to disappear. My 3 daughters turned me on to Color Street nail polish strips which come in flat packets. They’re pricey compared to a bottle of polish, but they’re a real bargain if you get your nails done in a salon. Plus I can usually get 2 manicures from 1 package if I reseal the package with a flat iron or packing tape. Another plus is that 1 application easily wears well for 2 weeks with very minimal chipping. I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon with them, but I’m sold.

  • Thats what ive been doing all winter. Being retired and stuck in the house i have more time. Mostly my closet. I just realized i need to do the toietries. I have a drawer in my bedroom full of that stuff. And i volunteer at a church that gives away toiletries. And clothes. Thanks

  • My problem is not the bathroom but the cabinet with the mugs in it. I swear they multiple like rabbits. I keep telling my family but to place them in the cupboard next to each other if they will multi. Boy they sure have. I took them out the other day and counted 24 mugs. Yikes! I guess it is time to esperare them again.

  • I don’t use elastic hair ties anymore but I haven’t tossed them as one of our cats loves to play with them. We call them “loops” and she will even bring them to us to play fetch like a dog! If we throw one across the room she will chase it, pick it up and bring it back to one of us (usually me, while I’m busy) to throw again. She even knows what drawer I keep them in and comes running when I open it. Every so often she loses one under the stove, the couch or wherever so if we haven’t seen one for a few days we give her another one, and if we happen to find one of the lost ones it’s a joyful reunion.

    • Oh how much fun cats are to watch. They are sooooo smart, contrary to what some people think, It’s the people that are no so smart. We love cats and I have more cat toys… I will have to get our Aubie, named for the Auburn Tigers, some hair ties to play with. And he looks like a little tiger. I know this doesn’t have anything to do with the post, but…

      • I don’t know that every cat would play with them…ours seem to make a toy of anything on the floor (or desk, or table…) that is small enough to “bap” – rubber bands, twist ties, pens, styrofoam peanuts, and a piece of nylon cording they’ve been dragging from one end of the house to the other. Rather than go out and buy hair ties, I would just find something small and safe around the house that he likes. And ours do like actual cat toys, especially the little fuzzy toy mice. Primal!

    • Please use caution with elastic ties and cats. If ties are left out and not supervised many cats will chew on these and if kitty swallows a hair tie (or pieces) it could get stuck and get wrapped up in the intestine and that can be a pretty big surgery bill or could cause death. I learned about this from experience many many years ago. This goes for string, yarn, dental floss and elastic hair ties or ribbon. (Yes my kitty survived a $3K surgery and lived to be 18 years old.) :)

      • Well-taken! I haven’t seen them chewing on any and the only wear and tear seems to happen from them being carried around. We’ve been given some foil-ball cat toys as well, which surprises me as I would have thought foil not to be safe given the warnings about Christmas tinsel. Maybe this “foil” is non-metallic(?) But I agree this is off-topic! :)

  • If you have unopened travel toiletries, donate them to Dress for Success. Old/empty perfume bottles that still carry the original/good scent can be put in your dresser drawers to freshen the contents.

  • The moisture in most bathrooms is not good for meds/pills. If you must keep meds there, add a food grade silica gel desiccant to each bottle to keep unwanted moisture away.

    • I was coming to the comments to make the same suggestion regarding medicine and bathrooms. Not only is the humidity bad for them, there’s also the issue of hot showers – can’t have meds in a room that doesn’t stay a consistent temperature, either! I keep mine in my bedroom, away from prying eyes and sticky fingers!

  • I would advise people not to keep perfume in bathrooms. To last, they should be kept in cool dark places. I keep mine in their boxes in my wardrobe and it makes. A huge difference.

  • My bathroom are boring – none of the 7 are undone here ;)

    Well.. the medicine part – you never should place medicine there – unless you are sure it¨s okay.
    Not all medicine can “survive” the temperature up/down etc.

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