We got the ugly cabinet out of our half bath! I threw out a lot of what was in the cabinet when I decluttered it, but found new homes for useful things such as the hydrogen peroxide, a few vases, and our Happy Birthday sign that goes up whenever there’s a birthday around here.
There was still a lot of things though that needed a home in the downstairs bath. Now that there is no cabinet, it was time to start thinking about organizing under the bathroom sink!
I decided to keep three out of the numerous vases that I unearthed. One of the things that I’m attempting to do in this decluttering process is to actually use the things I decide to keep. If it is important enough to take space, I need to be using it. With that in mind, I decided to get some fresh flowers at Trader Joes when my son and I did the grocery shopping this week. Here’s what we picked out:
What did I do with all the stuff?
- I consolidated the light bulbs and gave them a new home in the upstairs linen closet.
- I threw out some candles and consolidated the ones I wanted to keep.
- I took the holiday decorations upstairs to our third floor storage closet.
- I decided to keep the Swiffer pads and actually used three of them cleaning the floors with my feet. I sprayed some cleaner on the floor and stepped on the Swiffer pad “skating” back and forth to clean the floor – putting stuff to use and getting some exercise! A win-win!
Taking advantage of vertical space
I usually like to repurpose decluttered items, like I did with our bookshelves. However, I didn’t have anything on hand that would help me take advantage of the vertical space in the cabinet. I decided to order this under the sink organizer (*affiliate link, please see below). It’s awesome!
I put the vases, some cleaning products and the toilet paper on the top shelf, and all of my personal care products in the lower slide out shelf. The other side of the cabinet has the candles, Swiffer pads, and some other cleaning products. Everything fits!
Have you found anything interesting and put it to use (like my vases) while decluttering this week?
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Well done! It looks great. It’s amazing how decluttering and organizing often means getting rid of whole storage pieces. They’re supposed to help but they often hurt by cramping up small spaces and being a place for things to sit untouched and forgotten. I’m going to soon get rid of a wooden two-drawer filing cabinet that does just that in my house.
Yes Liz! Good for you! We’re finding that getting rid of larger pieces (and flat surfaces) is helping us keep things clutter free
Looks great. Nony sent me over here, from your guest post.
That’s the same reason I started my blog, accountability, and documentation.
Now that I moved into a tiny space, all by myself, I’m really getting into the nitty gritty of de-cluttering!
That’s really encouraging Melinda! Why do we expand to fill out spaces?
I recently decluttered my bathroom too! I didn’t find too many interesting things… but I was able to get rid of quite a bit and am now aware of all the toiletries “extras” that we have, so I’ll know not to buy more of them.
That’s great! I think I’m on a roll so I’ll have to do the upstairs bathroom and under the kitchen sink
megan @ NoSmallLife says
Way to go! And isn’t Trader Joes just the BEST for flowers?! 🙂
Thanks Megan! Yes! TJ is the best for all things!