Today is Day 3 of my 30 Day Cleaning and Organizing Challenge, and it's all bathroom organization! One of the easiest places to store or hide things is under the bathroom sink because you can close the doors and walk away. Today, let's take 10-20 minutes to get that area organized and cleaned out!
This week, we started our 30 Day Cleaning and Organizing Challenge in the bathrooms...boy, that sounds odd, doesn't it? We started by Cleaning our Bathtubs, Showers and Shower Curtains HERE. Yesterday, we Cleaned our Faucets and Shower Heads...today is all about organizing under our sinks!
It's easy for the area under you sink to get piled up with toiletries, first aid supplies, cleaners and extra toilet paper. To really clean and organize the area under your sink, it's best to remove everything and go through each individual item to see what you should keep. It seems like a daunting task, but it really doesn't take long to go through those items, and the end result is so worth it.
Step 1 - Start by removing everything from under the sink.
Step 2 - If you have medications or first aid supplies that you store under your bathroom sink, start by going through those individually. Check each medication for its expiration date. Place any expired or unwanted medications in one area. To dispose of the expired or unwanted medications, you need to check the FDA's Website HERE to find out how to dispose of the medications safely. Once you have filtered through your medicines and first aid items, place the items you'd like to keep in a small storage bin or shoe box to place back under the sink.
Step 3 - Toss any old or unused toiletries such as make-up, lotions, face and hair masks and face creams. A good rule of thumb is, if it's more than a year old, it needs to be thrown in the trash. Try to resist the urge to keep things like this after so long. Most of them have ingredients that can turn after a while, and you really don't want to use those things on your body, do you?
Step 4 - Place some bins, shoe boxes with the lids removed or baskets in the area under the sink to coral the items you keep.
Step 5 - Remove large items you'd like to store, like toilet paper, from the plastic wrap that comes on it. This helps to keep clutter out of the area when you use the toilet paper. Stack your paper nicely instead so it's easy to get to when you need it!
Step 6 - Place like items together. When you are putting the things that you'd like to keep into the storage bins, put similar items together. I like to keep one bin for medications and first aid items so I can pull the entire bin out when I need something. Place lotions and extra hand soaps together, things like fingernail polish and polish remover together, and place cleaning items together as well.
***WARNING*** If you have small children, please make sure to install child locks on your cabinets if you are storing medication, cleaning solutions or any other toxic items within their reach. I also recommend storing prescription medications in a lock box if there's even a remote chance your children can get to them.
I hope these easy tips will help you tackle the areas under your bathroom sinks. We will cover bathroom counter tops tomorrow along with how to store your linens as well!
If you would like to join my 30 Day Cleaning and Organizing Challenge, you can find the free 30 Day Cleaning Challenge Printable HERE along with links to the first 9 days of the cleaning challenge to get your started!