Five Tips for Clean and Spacious Bathroom Counters

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Five Tips for Clean and Spacious Bathroom Counters

If you have a large family, there is a better than average chance that you have seen what a messy bathroom counter looks like. Bathroom counters are meant to be clean and spacious, but that is generally lost on the public at large. Most bathroom counters are lived in…that is they are littered with all the things that we use every single day.

Could it be that there is a compromise? Can we have clean and spacious while still having access to the things we need?

Of course!

Here are five tips to help you get the counter you want to see with the function you really need:

Prioritize your bathroom counter needs

The first step to a clean and spacious counter is figuring out the things you absolutely, positively must have each and every day at arm’s reach. Start by placing everything you use daily on the counter. Seeing what is most important and what can be put in a drawer is rather easy when you put it all out there. Prioritize your items and determine which items must have bathroom counter-top status. It should be a very short list.

Determine items you can purge/merge

Purging and merging is vital to any organization effort and bathroom counters are no exception. Go through your stuff and figure out which items are redundant. For example, do you really need four types of hairspray and mousse? Do you need two flavors of toothpaste? Almost every bathroom has items that are rarely used put right up on top of the counter. Get em gone and narrow your focus.

Eliminate decor if you have no space

Some folks have to put that decorative candle or bowl of beads on the bathroom counter no matter how little space is available to do so. Determine if your bathroom is going to be functional first or for beauty first. If it is function like most family bathrooms need to be, eliminate the decor. Better still, use the walls and other places for your decorations.

Add accessible storage

If you simply have no place to put the daily items that clutter your counter, install some shelving or a free standing cabinet as an option. Most bathrooms can fit a new storage area somewhere….even if it means going vertical with another medicine cabinet. Out of sight makes for clean and spacious….Remember that.

Concentrate on multi-use products from now on

If you use a different hand soap for each family member, you are probably being a bit picky. If one family member is allergic to a particular kind of soap, allow your entire family to be “allergic” to it too. You will be just fine in the long run and your bathroom counter will not look like a grocery store HBA shelf.

Clean and spacious bathroom counters are pretty easy if you are willing to let go of some old habits. How do you keep your bathroom counters clean.

If you are in need of better organization skills in general, then we have some things here that will be sure yo help you out! Check out our guide to Getting Organized! If you find that you are still having organization problems, then you might want to try this book on organizing inside and out!


Take the Organization challenge!  Here’s a checklist for Bathroom Cleaning and Organization.  Get the printable version here:  Bathroom Cleaning and Organization Checklist

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