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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home- Bathroom/Laundry Room

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The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

The new year is like a fresh start for many people. Maybe it’s your time to start getting active and healthy again; maybe you have a new list of books to finish. Or if you’re like me, maybe it’s time to get your house organized and de-cluttered! For the next 4 weeks I’m going to split up the house into zones for us to work on each week. I have an incredibly short attention span, so I’m forcing myself to work on this at least 15 minutes a day! If you’re like me, set a timer and get to work! I’ll take before/after photos, show what I did to organize and clean, and post helpful links and tips for those with different needs. I cannot tell you how excited I am to start this; actually, I’m dreading the work, but I’m going to be so happy with the results. We have way too much stuff in our house, and it’s time to re-organize and get rid of the things we no longer need!

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

This week is the bathroom and laundry room. For me, these are two smaller rooms that didn’t need a whole lot done because I don’t keep a ton of clutter in there. First I’ll start with our bathroom. It has a medicine cabinet, two drawers under the sink, and a cabinet space under the sink.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

The two drawers are filled with random clutter; tons of hair clips and hair ties, random containers of floss, and a pregnancy test that expired January 2015… oops. My first order of business was to take everything out and clean inside the drawers. Pro-tip: the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are your best friend. I was just using a washcloth with soapy water to clean but the dirt wasn’t coming off. I took a wet Magic Eraser to it, and it all came off like, well…. magic! Seriously, stock up on them, they’re amazing.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

I honestly can’t remember the last time I fully went through this cabinet. I took all the hand soaps and put them in the hall closet, and got rid of a couple little things hiding in the way back.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

It looks a lot better! Definitely not as cluttered, and it’s much easier to find everything now.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

I found these little containers at the dollar store and they fit perfectly inside the top drawer! They hang on the edges, leaving a little space underneath them to slide things under to make more space.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

The bottom drawer has been filled with all the random girl stuff I found under the sink. Not pretty-looking, but efficient for now.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

I also cleaned up our little linen closet outside the bathroom! All 17-ish of our deodorants are neatly up top now, with soap and lotions in the middle and towels on the bottom. I even found 2 unopened toothbrushes and stuck them in the bathroom drawer!

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

Okay, confession. We’ve lived in this house for almost 5 years and I forgot we had this drawer under the linen closet. It was gross and dusty, so after giving it a good clean, I found a home for my surplus of cheap/free shampoo and toothpaste!

Resources

Bathroom organization: Under the sink tips
Dollar Store bathroom drawer organization
Creative ideas for an organized bathroom


 

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

Here’s our little laundry room! It sits in the same space as our water softener and heater, so we’re utilizing the space the best we know how. We have a cabinet above the washer and dryer, and a small space above the dryer to put things as well.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

On top of the dryer sits two baskets; the left is for random dirty items like placemats and bibs, and the right basket is for clean items. We mostly used it for wet bags for Allison’s cloth diapers, and as you can see, it’s overflowing with stuff we don’t need! I’ll have to fix that.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

Here’s the inside of our cabinet. On the bottom shelf is our DIY laundry detergent stuff and bubbles. The one on the left, in the old formula container, was Allison’s cloth diaper detergent which we no longer need, so that can go! Everything on the right is the ingredients for the detergent. And up above we still have leftover regular detergent as well as odds and ends.

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

Like I said earlier, we just don’t have a lot of clutter in these two rooms, so all I did was straighten up a bit. Makes it look a little better!

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

With both baskets emptied, the room looks a lot cleaner!

The new year is a great time to organize your home! De-clutter and relax knowing that your home is more in order! Week 1: Bathroom and laundry room. www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

I also wanted to show you something neat that John did. We originally had just a closet rod hanging up here, but once we started using cloth diapers we needed something bigger. John bought this retractable clothesline and attached them to hooks on the wall, doubling our hanging space without blocking the way to the furnace and water softener! My husband is a genius.

Resources

12 awesome ideas for a small laundry room
40 stylish laundry room ideas55 genius storage inventions
10 awesome ideas for tiny laundry spaces


That concludes week 1 of our 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home! Do your rooms look anything like mine? Have you found great ways to utilize your space? I, and other readers, want to hear about them! Make sure you post your progress in the comments or on my Facebook page!

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Jordan

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Hey Jaime! I just stumbled on this and wondered how the organization project went? Did you end up tidying up everything? Did you pick up any organizational items to help out?

Jaime

Thursday 6th of October 2016

Hi Jordan! I bought a few containers from the dollar store to organize my bathroom drawers, which really helped. The two baskets on top of my dryer also help with organizing my random dirty and clean items. Almost a year later, I have some things in disarray again, so there's always room for improvement!

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