Worth It: Cross Off the Cabinet Cleanout

Worth It: Cross Off the Cabinet Cleanout

Janel Laban
Jan 20, 2015
(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

Ready to whip an often-jumbled, easily overlooked spot in your home into shape? Now is the time to clear the clutter in your bathroom cabinet(s). Cross this self-contained task off your list today and you'll have a more pleasant, easy, speedy start to each and every day for months to come. Time invested: worth it!

Today's Assignment:

Go through your bathroom and medicine cabinets, cleaning and clearing.

Unsurprisingly, the cabinets in bathrooms tend to be one of the biggest clutter magnet trouble spots in many homes. The good news is that there are some simple guidelines that will help make the decision making process on what can stay and what should go a bit easier.

Here's the cleanout process:

First, take everything out of the cabinet and keep like things together, sorting by type of item as you go. Use a good all purpose cleaner to wipe down the interior and shelves. Also clean any organizing caddies, containers or boxes.

Now, comes the purge. Have a trash bag and an outbox bag on hand and then dig in while keeping this in mind: your cabinets are not a storage warehouse. You don't need to keep everything that you MIGHT need someday. Keep what you actively use and let the rest go, using the following simple guidelines from the Eight Step Home Cure.

Dispose of everything that:
• You haven't used in 12 months
• Is past the expiration date
• Is empty or nearly empty
• You don't need any longer

Note: Follow proper disposal guidelines for medications. Here's a post with good info and links.

Once you've done the sort, replace the items you are keeping, taking care to give the items you use most often the most visible and/or easily accessible spots.

Add anything that needs replacing to your shopping list.

Voila! Cleaner, clearer and you know exactly what you've got and where it is.

Here is some inspiration to get the job done: Beautifully Organized Bathroom Cabinets

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