An organized toiletry supply is the key to a clean and tidy bathroom. Here are five tips to help you declutter your toiletries to improve your bathroom space.

Our bathrooms are our primping domain. Every morning, we enter the smallest room in the house and use a handful (or two, or three) of products to make ourselves presentable. 

When trying to find that perfect fit for our hair, teeth, or skin, we tend to accumulate a lot of toiletries, and the bathroom shelves can start to look chaotic. Finding the product you’re looking for may seem impossible in all that mess.

What you need is a little organization. This article will teach you how to successfully declutter your toiletries and make your morning routine a breeze. 

Toss Any That Don’t Belong

Many of us are guilty of buying products and forgetting about them. Even though our toiletries aren’t as perishable as food, they still have a shelf life.

The first step to decluttering is to get rid of any products you no longer use (or should no longer use).

First off, check the expiration date on all of your products, and get rid of the expired stuff.

If you don’t see any expiration date on the package, try to remember when you bought the product. Makeup generally expires at around six months, while shampoos, conditioners, and lotions can last about a year.

And if you haven’t used a product in a long time, there’s no reason to let it clutter up your bathroom any longer.

Many of us tend to accumulate toiletries from gifts or impulse buys. Sometimes, we try them and don’t like the smell, or it just doesn’t meet our expectations. Don’t let them sit there and collect dust!

If you think someone else will use them, donate them to a local shelter or mission. If they are leaking, old, or out of date, throw them out.

Invest in Smart Storage

Now that you’ve gotten rid of any straggling products, your next step is to organize the rest.

When considering ways to store your toiletries, think about how (and how often) you use them. How can you store them for maximum convenience?

It is wise to use clear bins and organizers that allow you to easily see each product. This way, you don’t have to dig through a bunch of eyeliners, lipsticks, and eyeshadows to find the one you want.

Plastic tubs can be used for first aid, hair ties, and shaving essentials. Label each tub with its contents so you can easily grab the bin you need.

While most apartments don’t offer much in the way of storage, try to find unexpected ways to store everyday tools. A quick search on Pinterest can give you plenty of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Put Your Star Attractions in Front

The key to good organization in any room is placing the items you use most often in the most accessible spot.

In the bathroom, this means putting the toiletries you use every day at eye level or within easy reach.

This will make your morning preparation more manageable, and you’ll never lose your most precious products in a mass of toiletries under the sink.

Use Your Drawers to Their Full Potential

Most bathrooms have different sized drawers in the vanity. How you organize the products in these drawers can greatly affect their overall look and function.

You don’t want to just throw as much as you can fit into the drawers. Plan out where each product would fit best, then find ways to organize them in that spot.

Drawer dividers can be used for brushes and combs. Cubbies and baskets might be better for products that are smaller and easier to lose.

You can find many drawer organizing products that would be perfect for the space in your vanity. Some are even adjustable to fit any drawer space.

Sell Any Unopened Products Online

Toiletries have to be one of the biggest categories of subscription boxes. Most of us would love to try the newest face lotion or perfume, but we don’t want to shell out the high price tag for something we aren’t sure about.

That’s why subscription boxes are a good way to try new toiletries. But, many of the products that we get in these boxes aren’t something we would ever use.

Either the colors are all wrong, the smell puts us off, or we just don’t have a use for them. What is to be done with all of these subscription box leftovers?

You also buy things you don’t need (but thought you did), and you get gifts you never use (even though your family thought you would). These unused products should bring some benefit to you, right?

Luckily, we have the good ol’ world wide web to sell our unwanted products online. Sites like Mercari, eBay, and other resell apps can help you make money from your unused toiletries.


Now that you’ve decluttered your toiletries, do your best not to buy any more unnecessary products. This would only cause more clutter to accumulate, and all your hard work will be for nothing.

As long as you keep your bathroom organized, you’ll find it easier to get ready in the morning. Then, you can head out looking good and feeling ready to face the world!

Karen Lein is the general manager of Copper Beech at San Marcos and Grove San Marcos. She is a Fresno State alumna and enjoys traveling and watching football. #GoDogs!