Ah, the joys of being a student in the midst of a global pandemic: jumping through hurdles and adjusting to a new way of life. What does this have to do with deep cleaning a bathroom? I had moved out on my own for the first time this year, and when the pandemic was emerging, I had decided it was best to move back home as my lease was ending.
I had spent the past eight months being accountable for my own living space, amongst four boys but I’ll save that story for another time, and suddenly I had to move back home. To say adjusting back to life with parents was difficult is an understatement. It’s so weird. A lifestyle that I grew up and was so familiar with was suddenly a distant memory. I had grown to love the life I created 1400 km from home. My parents and I had spent weeks politely trying not to overstep each other’s habits and spaces. It’s challenging.
I am fortunate to say that the enforcement of the lockdown has allowed my family to reconnect in the most beautiful way. The unfortunate part of being locked inside a cosy little bungalow? You really get to see how much stuff you have accumulated over the years. This lockdown has inspired some serious spring cleaning. Thank you, Marie Kondo.
The bathroom is a sacred space. Ok, hear me out. It’s home to relaxation and privacy. It’s a space where we prepare ourselves for the world. So often we treat it as a storage unit, stock piling half empty tubs of shampoo containers and soaps on top of one another. I find it so odd that western culture finds satisfaction in accumulating an abundance of material objects.
I’d like to aspire to build a life where I find more satisfaction in owning less and having an abundance of experiences.
One of the more demanding spring cleaning projects I took on were the bathrooms. We have two full bathrooms. Upstairs I focused on decluttering under the sink and the linen closet in the hallway. I also decluttered under the sink in the basement bathroom, and I organized the shelves. I learned several things that I’d like to share.
Marie Kondo Method – Take Everything Out First
To be fair, I have only watched one episode of the popular Marie Kondo Netflix series, and to no surprise I adapted a valuable tip for decluttering. Marie Kondo recommends removing every item from the space you want to clean. This might be overwhelming, but it is super important to see how much you have accumulated. It’s also a good way of sorting through what you regularly use and what you never touch.
Create Three Piles
This is important, and ties into the previous tip. Make three piles. One to keep, one to donate, and one to throw away. There will be items that you desperately cannot live without, and that’s fine. Keep whatever serves a purpose in your life and routine.
There are bound to be items you have never even opened. Consider why that is. If the smell irritates you or the purpose of the item doesn’t fit your lifestyle, then donate the item. If the product is dried out, a near empty bottle, or past expiration, then throw the item away.
This is also a good time to look at the items you haven’t opened and ask yourself when you purchased or were gifted that item. If your answer is more than a few months ago, consider adding those items to the donation pile. Often I find myself holding onto items because I think of “what if” scenarios of when I might need that item. Odds are, if you haven’t began to use that item in your everyday routine, the chances are very slim of suddenly finding a need for it.
Find Storage Containers You Love
There are so many ways of storing products. I love to scroll through Pinterest, find containers that match my aesthetic, and then hunt the Internet for similar products. Invest in a measuring tape. This is essential for ensuring the containers fit your space.
Homesense and Ikea always have amazing storage solutions. We chose to shop from Ikea because we were able to do this online. The containers we chose for this project were the VARIERA, PLUGGIS, and the BILLINGEN. These are ideal for showing the products for ease of finding them.
At university, I have storage containers with lids. These are great for stacking. Adding labels make these ideal for sorting similar items into the same bin. I’ll link a similar container here.
Ready for a satisfying clean? Below are before and after pictures.
This is the upstairs bathroom and linen closet. The main chore was folding the table cloths, doormats, and towels. The bins made organizing very easy to sort like items together.
This is the basement bathroom. It’s much larger than upstairs, and so I had a lot more to organize. It was while organizing these items that made me realize how much we really have accumulated over the years and haven’t used.
It might be just me, but having order in my life is extremely important. I love organizing and finding a meaningful space for items. I am so happy with this decluttering transformation.
There’s no better time than now to devote a few hours to organizing a space. Head over to my Pinterest to find some inspiration for storage and organization ideas.