How To Declutter Your Bathroom Using The Marie Kondo Method

Marie Kondo has slowly taken over pop-culture. Since her New York Times best-selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up hit shelves in 2014, it seems like everyone and their mother is talking about decluttering their life. Now with her Netflix show, Tidying Up taking center stage, we thought it would be the perfect time to put her methods to the test. And what better way for us to do that, than tidying up our happy place: the bathroom.

We’re not about to throw out your favorite products. Because if we’re being honest, every single product sparks joy.

First, let’s start with a forewarning. Skin care addicts, beauty junkies, and spa queens don’t worry. We’re not about to throw out your favorite products. Because if we’re being honest, every single product sparks joy. What we are going to do is figure how to utilize your space for better daily intentions and a calmer environment.

So let’s get started with each of Kondo’s recommended steps one by one.

Step One: Break Down Each Item into Categories

The first step just might be the hardest, yet pivotal to fully decluttering your space. Kondo recommends laying out each item into categories on the floor. That way you can see everything that you own before you start the process of minimizing.

What categories you choose, depends on the types of products you own. For example, daily skin care, such as moisturizers and cleansers, can go into one pile. Special devices like your Clarisonic or dry brush can go into another. Once they are all out of your bathroom and divided into categories, it will be easier to take on the next step.

Step Two: Only Keep Items That Spark Joy

This step is when the real decluttering begins. Kondo wants you to hold up each product and really ask yourself if it brings you joy. For us, we just want you to consider if it’s something you use frequently or something you enjoy owning.

For instance, your tweezers might not spark joy for you, but they are probably a necessity to your beauty routine. Or your favorite mask might not be something you use on the daily, but you better bet it makes you happy.

Everything else can go.

Step Three: Organize Your Items in A Beautiful Way

Now that you only possess the products you either love or need, organizing will be easy. Kondo would like you to organize with aesthetic intention. She states, “Makeup is to make yourself beautiful so it’s very important to store it in a beautiful way.” The same thing goes for skin care or your favorite wellness products.

This starts by making sure that your bathroom is clean. That means cleaning out your bathroom sink and cabinet. (Maybe you’ll even find a missing hair tie or two. We totally did.) Next, you can buy extra storage like baskets, trays, or even carts like this cute one from IKEA.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that enhances your space. The last thing you want is for your storage organizers to cause more clutter.

Step Four: Set Time Aside to Organize in One Go

Lastly, Kondo wants you to get this done in one go. That probably means setting a few hours aside on a Sunday afternoon to do it properly. That way you minimize your procrastination and inevitable anxiety around tidying. Plus, you’ll feel so much joy once you see your new bathroom.

Ready to take on tidying your bathroom? Share your experience with us by using the hashtag #betteryoublog

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