I found this plan to declutter the entire house in 30 days. It might well take me 30 weeks or even 30 months but I’m going to give it a go.
At this point there is only one bathroom.
The first 4 days begin in the bathroom. Depending on the scope of one’s clutter I would allow about 30± minutes for each task. And be ruthless.
Since we have no linen closet nor medicine cabinet the under-sink cabinet is pretty much a shambles.
Day 1: Medicine Cabinet
Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you’ll never use, and throw out lotions you’ve had since 1990. While you’re at it, give the mirror a quick wipe, too.
Even totally cleaned out the cabinet is looking pretty gross.
I’ll focus on the cabinet under the sink since we don’t actually have a medicine cabinet.
It’s nice to start with a clean space.
I wiped everything down and returned the wire shelves which seem to double the storage space.
We were hoarding a ton of soap under there, some that has even been eaten by mice (ew), which we don’t use. Move it to the laundry room.
After throwing away samples of shampoo and lotions which we’ll never use (or maybe we already used it and just didn’t toss it) I returned almost everything in a more orderly fashion.
Doesn’t that look better?
And I found something I had been thinking about recently and didn’t know I actually had.
Make up sponges.
I’m storing them front and center is a plastic tub to keep them clean.
Here’s the rest of the bathroom list.
Day 2: Shower
Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower.
Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag
Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you haven’t touched since 1980? Toss! Lipstick that doesn’t smell quite right anymore? You know what to do. If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s time to trash it.
Day 4: Linen Closet
Over time those neatly stacked towels start to shift and folded sheets somehow end up on the floor. Take stock of what’s in the linen closet, straighten what you want and consider donating items you haven’t used in more than a year.
Are you focusing on getting the house ready for the holidays? A special celebration? Next year?