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Things in your bathroom you should get rid of

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

Getting rid of a few things can give your bathroom a whole new look.

Chances are your bathroom has accumulated items over the years that just don't belong there. And the last thing you want is to start your day in a room full of clutter.

Here are a few things you should probably get rid of in your bathroom, according to interior designers.

Getting rid of packaging can help you save space and give your room a serene feel.

Packaging can be removed from the bathroom counter.

By replacing the packaging [with] glass containers, you instantly create a spa-like atmosphere that is relaxing, calming, and appears more elegant.

Not only does getting rid of these packages help the aesthetic, but also it helps to maximize space

Old towels can make a bathroom feel less inviting.

A fresh matching set of fluffy towels will make your bathroom feel more relaxing and will make it look more put together.

Towels that are stained, ripped, or have drops of bleach dripped on them need to be let go. Invest in two sets of towels for each person using the bathroom, and relegate the ugly, used ones to the cleaning-supply cabinet or basement to be used for other things, like washing the dog or the car.

Counter clutter can make the whole room feel chaotic.

A bathroom should feel clean and spa-like at all times —  a sanctuary that gives a sense of calm to the start and end of your day.

If there is clutter everywhere, coming home can become an extension of your busy, chaotic day. In the same vein, it's important to make sure your bathroom counters are free of clutter

Ditch excess bath mats to avoid making the room feel too crowded.

People tend to place a bath mat in front of the shower or bathtub, the toilet, and the sink. But having too many mats on the floor of your bathroom can make the space feel busy and overcrowded.

Instead, opting for just one simple rug that has an inviting texture or a fun pattern. This can help instantly declutter your bathroom and give it a fresh feel.

Jewelry can tarnish if it's left in the bathroom.

Leaving jewelry in the bathroom will cause it to tarnish as it comes into contact with water and moisture, and you definitely don't want to lose an earring or ring down the drain.  

Instead, move your jewelry into your bedroom or closet. Street suggested dedicating a drawer in your dresser and investing in some jewelry organizers to keep things separate and neat.

Bars of soap next to the bathroom sink can get kind of gross.

It's time to get rid of those shell- or flower-shaped bars of soap on the sink counter. If you're ready to ditch your bar of soap, Brown said she suggests getting a pretty soap dispenser and refilling it as needed instead. 

Cleaning supplies and toilet paper should be kept out of sight.

When possible, larger items like cleaning supplies and bulk packs of toilet paper should be kept in a linen closet. A few rolls of toilet paper and a packet of cleaning wipes should stay in your bathroom but be tucked away somewhere out of sight. Keep the paper-goods in drawer or in a basket on the floor, not on the counter.

Anything that's expired should be tossed.

Medicines, makeup, and sunscreens all expire. To save space, regularly checking the expiration dates on all of the items in your bathroom cabinets and drawers, and disposing of anything that is old and out of date.

Travel-sized toiletries from hotels can take up valuable space.

Unless they're super special, those shampoo and lotion samples you have from hotels are likely just taking upvaluable storage space.

Small mirrors aren't practical.

Small mirrors in a bathroom don't do much, Larger mirrors don't just allow you to see more of yourself, they make a room feel bigger and more open.

The makeup you don't wear anymore should be cleared out.

If you haven't used that lipstick or eye-shadow in the past year, chances are you aren't going to use it again before it expires. Instead of saving extraneous product until it comes back in style, get rid of it. The longer it sits, the more it becomes just a campground for germs.

Your magazine collection should remain outside of the bathroom.

Yes, many of us like to have something to read while we're on the porcelain throne, but magazines should be stored outside of the bathroom. Having your magazines right next to the toilet is not very sanitary, and it just adds to the clutter.

Air fresheners and plug-ins aren't necessary in the bathroom.

Replace your plug-ins & Air fresheners with a more-natural, scented alternative that you can make yourself using essential oils. You can also try using a candle. 

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