Today's mission is to declutter your bathroom drawers, removing all clutter and leaving behind only the items you regularly and normally use.
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Bathroom Organization Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.
Obviously if you don't have any bathroom drawers (my bathrooms are actually so small I don't have any!) this isn't the mission for you. However, we'll continue to declutter bathroom cabinets, shelves and closets tomorrow, so you could begin that today.
If you do have drawers in your bathroom though I'm sure you know how with constant use, and rushed mornings and evenings, these drawers get messy and cluttered.
Today's the day to tackle this problem.
Because drawers are so small I suggest that you completely empty one bathroom drawer at a time, and then evaluate all of the items that were in that drawer.
Think about whether you use the items within that drawer regularly, or if the stuff in there is broken, or too old to use anymore (such as expired cosmetics and toiletries or expired medication), or if they should really be stored elsewhere in your home.
Make each item you've pulled from the drawer earn it's way back into it. Don't just keep things for the sake of keeping them.
Make sure to put away items elsewhere that don't belong in the drawers, and also to throw away trash and donate anything you don't want, but that someone else could use.
While the drawers are empty this is also an opportune time to quickly clean out the dust and debris from them, perhaps even vacuuming them quickly, or relining them if you choose to do this.
Once you've gone through each drawer in your bathroom, decluttering contents, then and only then do I suggest you do the next step, which is to organize the items left.
The reason I suggest waiting to organized until all the drawers are decluttered is that you may find, through the process of rooting through all the drawers, that some items you've got in one drawer, and then another, really should be grouped together instead of being separated.
Below I've showcased quite a few before and after photos from other readers who've already done this Declutter 365 mission, and had great results, to get you inspired to do it yourself. Then, at the end of the article I've also provided a link to the article on the site with tips about how to organize your bathroom drawers with drawer organizers!
Top photo courtesy of a reader, Kari, and the collage before and after image courtesy of a reader, Karen
Before & After Photos Showing Decluttered Bathroom Drawers
Quite a few readers who've done this Declutter 365 mission have sent in photos showing their results. As you can see, they look great. The photos above are from a reader, Kari.
The photos above are from a reader, Brandy, who decluttered 5 different drawers, plus several baskets on the side of the sink. She said, "I did this mission the other day because my bathroom NEEDED this challenge!" She continued, explaining about the first photo, "Here are my shelves/baskets on the side of the sink. I took one down and now only need 1!"
Here's a before and after from Cris. She said of the first photo, "A bathroom drawer. Before and after. There were 48 (!) pens and pencils in there!" Then, in the after photo you can see she's removed everything that didn't belong in the bathroom, making it easier to use the drawer for the intended purposes from now on!
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Bathroom Drawers Now?
The photo above is from a reader, Robin, who took on this mission. She said, "I downsized a tackle box, 2 make up bags and random make up I found and purged enough that it now fits in a small drawer next to my mirror! There were some tears but I did it. :)"
Great job Robin! Now it's the turn of everyone else reading this! Are you ready?
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!