What are your most nurturing self-care habits?
Maybe you greet each morning with thoughtful meditation? Or empower your beauty cabinet with healthy products to match your lifestyle? Or maybe you clear your head at the end of each day by bullet journaling?
Turns out there’s one more thing you might consider addressing, to ensure maximum happiness:
Studies have shown that clutter is detrimental to your mental health. Meaning, those moveable messes, could be causing inexplicable stress you experience (even if you treat yourself with the utmost kindness).
If you’d like to see what eliminating clutter does for your own mental health, you could start by addressing your bathroom. For a room that's often the smallest in a home, bathrooms tend to accumulate the most clutter.
If you kickstart your day with a morning shower, you’ve probably noticed, it’s easier in a bathroom where only your essential products are out.
Likewise, if you unwind after a long day with a hot, essential-oil-infused bath. It’s always more luxurious with the immediate surrounding area as relaxing as possible. A bathtub ledge, filled with only candles, is incredibly soothing.
Check out these six ideas and tricks to clear up your bathroom, courtesy of MakeSpace --- the full-service alternative to self-storage units in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, and DC. Follow these tips and enjoy a bathroom that’s clear and refreshed:
- Hang --- or Fold --- Your Towels Out to Dry
If you have a couple of buckets lying around, some rope, and a knack for DIY, then you can totally craft this cute hanging organizer. It's perfect for stashing hand, face, or Turkish towels. And you don't even have to drill the hook in. Just use a removable adhesive, or fashion a Sugru hook.
Or you could purchase the pre-made equivalent: a magazine rack with four canvas baskets from Hayneedle or a three-drawer storage unit from Amazon.
- Make StickOnPods Your New BFF
Image from The Container Store (included with email)
If your toothpaste takes a tumble, every time you open your medicine cabinet, we have some good news:
These clear, pop-on organizers may just be your godsent team of clutter-busting fairies.
The small-but-mighty pods corral your everyday staples into simple, easy-to-access spots. And they’re non-permanent, making them perfect for renters and redecorators alike.
- DIY Toothbrush Holders
Be kind to the earth and your teeth with these fun, easy-to-make toothbrush holders.
You just need some recycled plastic caps and velcro to make a space-saving alternative to using cups or holders on your bathroom sink.
Or you could pop these Yamazaki Tower toothbrush holders onto your mirror and let them take it from there.
- Use a Rotating Table for All Your Toiletries
IMAGE via Pinterest/Cosmopolitan
If you have lots of products, try using a two-tiered turntable. Fill the bottom with items you need less frequently, like those eucalyptus candles for your warm baths.
- Divvy Up Your Drawers with Dividers
IMAGE via Pinterest/Good Housekeeping
Even after you’ve popped your towels into buckets, your toothbrushes into holders, and your daily products onto a turntable, you might still see clutter.
The first step is to get rid of any items you don’t actually need. It’s the golden rule of organizing: Don’t buy any storage containers until you actually know what you’ll be storing.
After you’ve recycled any expired lotions and empty floss containers, then it’s time to decide how much you’ll need to store.
Drawer dividers are the perfect vessel for this, since they come in different sizes and can be customized to your needs. We recommend bamboo, which is one of the world’s most sustainable resources. Bed, Bath & Beyond makes some bamboo drawer organizers in a variety of sizes.
- Spruce Up - Inside the Shower
Whether you have a full bath or tiny standing shower, chances are you could benefit from having more space for your bath-time products.
Good Housekeeping recommends propping an extra shower rod inside your shower. Then, hang some S-hooks on the rod to hold your loofah, shower caddy, and sponge.
While you’re at it, replace any shampoo you never use and soap slivers with rejuvenating shachua soap bars instead. Your body will thank you.
What are some of your favorite tips/tricks for tidying and optimizing your space?
This is a guest post written by Molli of MakeSpace