Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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I’m getting ready to move again, this time to smaller place. At first I thought I would just purge more stuff than usual before downsizing, but then it struck me: the only difference between moving and tidying up is that one has a due date! I tried employing the KonMari approach to tidying up before moving. I read Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and couldn’t put it down. She understands the struggle of organization, and her approach is a one-time tidy with life-changing results.

As a test of her system, I decided to tackle my bathroom. It’s not too terrible on the surface.

Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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But, like an iceberg, it’s what you can’t see that causes trouble. Once you start to sift through the drawers and cabinets, you’ll quickly see there’s way too much stuff!

Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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It wasn’t just the sheer amount of items I had, but the fact that it wasn’t stuff I wanted or needed in the first place. Not only was it was hard to find things, but it left my bathroom with an ambiance that was far more hectic than happy.

Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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Therefore, I felt inspired to reinvigorate my bathroom through the KonMari approach of organization. Below is a brief description of the method, and why I felt like it would work for me.

The method starts with having you make a vivid articulation of your quest that goes beyond simple organization. For me, it was not only that I wanted less clutter in the bathroom, but rather that I wanted to rearrange in a way that let me “lean into a brand new day, then relax from a day well-lived.”

Secondly, KonMari encourages organization by category, not by room. In preparation for a full day of cleaning, I set up a trash can, a few bags and a laundry basket to bring in everything I needed to go through.

Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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The key is not figuring out what to purge, but recognizing what to keep. Expired, broken or outdated products are easy to get rid of, but what about the gray area?

To answer this question, I followed one rule: only keep items that spark excitement and joy when you think about using them. This may sound a little odd when talking about toiletries, but once you start sorting through bottles of shampoo and shower gels, you’ll realize which ones give you this feeling. Using this method, I was able to throw out 4 bags of stuff!

Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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And finally, storage is the last step in organization. While keeping everything hidden in drawers can make it difficult to know what you have, having all your toiletries on the counter does not create an energizing or soothing atmosphere. Use simple bins to give all items a place where they belong, making it far easier to find what you’re looking for during your daily routines.

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This works especially well in the hidden spaces (drawers, linen closets, etc). You could find tons of these types of stylish bins and baskets at your local HomeGoods!

Tidy Bathroom

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The finishing touch to this project in order to achieve my goal “to lean into a brand new day, then relax from a day well-lived,” was three small additions to the space that bring me extra joy: A cute plaque, a scented candle and Bluetooth speakers. Now I can really lean in and relax as I’d like.

Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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See how these changes can transform the feeling of a room?

A Tidy Bathroom

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What space in your home could use a little more joy and peace brought on by organization? Please share in the comment section below!

Susan Jensen Smith is a web producer for Fine Gardening Magazine and a blogger at Your Home Only Better. She loves projects that solve décor problems for practical home enthusiasts and believes decorating should be fun! (Join her on PinterestInstagramFacebook and Twitter.)


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