Home Organizing Challenge Week 7: Bathrooms

February 15, 2015


14 Week Organizing Challenge


We’re half way through the 2015 Home Organizing Challenge – yay!  If you’ve been following along, great job!  Keep on going.  You can do it!  This week, your task is to organize the bathroom. Before you begin, quickly spend 5 minutes preparing the space. Put the dirty clothes in the laundry room & empty the trash can.  Once you finish, you’re ready to begin the challenge.

If this is your first time participating in the challenge, welcome! Each week, you will receive a new challenge & you will have 7 days to complete it. If you are not subscribed to my blog & want reminders for the weekly challenges, you can sign up here. The first thing you need to do is print out your 14 Week Schedule. You can hang it on your fridge and check it off as you go. Print it out here.


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WEEK #7 TASK – Bathrooms:

As you look over the checklist this week, remember this room shouldn’t take too long. It’s the smallest room in the house.  Follow the steps below, to get your bathrooms purged & sparkling clean!


Home Organization 101 14 Week Challenge Checklist

WEEK #7 CHECKLIST: (Print out the free Bathroom checklist HERE)




Gather 4 laundry baskets, one for each of the following:
  • Keep
  • Trash/Recycle
  • Other Room
  • Donate (toiletries that you no longer want/use)
  • Sort through everything in the drawers, closets, cabinets and countertops. Don’t forget to purge empty bottles in the shower.  Place everything in 1 of the 4 baskets listed above.  Recycle empty bottles, toss the trash, and donate any toiletries that you no longer use (to family or friends). Also remove anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom.
  • Clean the windows & blinds
  • Wipe down doors, baseboards, doorknobs and switch plates
  • Wipe down counters & cabinet doors
  • Sweep/mop floors
  • Dust lighting
  • Wash rugs & shower curtain
  • Clean shower, bathtub & toilet
  • Clean out trash can
  • Clean out medicine cabinet
  • Wash mirrors
ORGANIZE: It’s time to go through everything in the “keep” box. Put the other items where they belong. When organizing things in the keep box, remove one item at a time, categorizing it. Below are some examples of what to organize together in the bathroom. You can use a different shelf, basket, cabinet or drawer for each category. Keep similar items together.
  • Make-up
  • Hair Care (Hairspray, gel, detangler, etc)
  • Body Care
  • Dental Care
  • Extra toiletries
  • Skin care (face wash, cream, etc)
  • Hair accessories (brushes, curling iron, hair dryer, hair ties, etc)
  • Feminine Products




KEEP THE COUNTERS CLEAR OF CLUTTER.   I purchased a cabinet at Lowes for this specific purpose.  Our counters were a magnet to cluttered toiletries because I had nowhere to put anything. Plus I don’t have a medicine cabinet.   Now the bathroom always looks clean because everything is put away and the counters are clear.


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


USE BASKETS & CONTAINERS.  Separate items by category and containerize them.  This is the easiest way to keep your bathroom organized.


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


You can find plastic, metal and wicker containers just about everywhere.  Anything will work.   I found this adorable toiletries bowl here.  The plastic organizers below were from Target.


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


These cute wicker baskets are from Lowes.  I keep my hairdryer, curling iron and extra hair products in them.


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


As you’re cleaning and organizing, don’t forget to add some decorating touches. I love to personalize my home with classic vintage decor & the bathroom is no exception.  This enamelware Toilet sign can be found here.


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


I spotted this wooden organizer at TJ Maxx a few months ago.  I store my favorite wax melts in it.  I keep the organizer on a shelf behind my toilet.  PS.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may see an exciting giveaway for these wax melts today. They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g! (Yes I still use essential oils. These are a special treat every once in a while).


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Take your toilet paper out of the wrapping and place it in a basket.  It’ll be easier to grab when you need some. The wire basket below is from TJ Maxx.
Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Bathroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Organizing Inspiration

Here are a few blog posts that will inspire you to get your bathrooms organized.

1. Bathroom organization

2. Bathroom Closet Organization

3. Daily Cleaning the Bathroom



Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolorganizechallenge, blog about the weekly challenges – sharing your before and after pictures and/or share over at my Home Organization 101 group here. Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges!



If you are just joining us, visit the challenge details page here, to learn what it’s all about.



Week 1: The Kitchen

Week 2: The Laundry Room

Week 3: The Pantry

Week 4: Master Bedroom

Week 5: The Office

Week 6: The Living Room



I hope you’re enjoying the 14 week challenge.  Let me know how you’re doing in the comments below.  I’ll see you back next week for another organizing challenge.

13 comments on “Home Organizing Challenge Week 7: Bathrooms

  1. My husband is the worst at keeping empty bottles in the shower. He empties his and moves on to mine for weeks before I realize. Arg!

  2. I love the bathroom challenge. I find that if my bathroom gets even slightly disorganized, it’s a disaster. Since it’s so small, even a few things out of place make a big difference.

  3. Sallie says:

    I do believe that you have saved my sanity!!! You have no idea how quickly depression can capsize me when I even think about the need to organize my home. I am behind on the challenge, but no longer floundering!! I have done some of these without the check list, so I think it is MANAGEABLE to catch up. EXCITED is an understatement and I have NEVER been excited about house cleaning in my 50 years of life. LOL Thank you so much for your time and effort put into these lists. Thank you for making them free. Off to slay a master bedroom dragon!!

  4. Becky Stewart says:

    Where did you purchase the entryway clock in the kitchen?

  5. L.L. says:

    Dovu have the url to the cabinet youbbought? Or the name of the cabinet? What is a good non toxic disinfectant to have? There is a 5 year old boy here. His parents use ammonia but it gives me a headache if I go into the bathroom for 14 hours after they use it.

  6. Msvaj says:

    Where do u leave/put the toothbrushes? I always wonder where I can place/ store them so it is neat and out of the way for daily use

  7. Felisha says:

    I have the same question?
    So do you have a solution for toothbrushes and/or floss? So my kids can get to them but still looking nice and neat/decorative. Without in site? Suggestions???

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