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“I can’t wait to spend extra time organizing and cleaning my bathroom,” said no one, ever. But if you’re doing the right thing by staying put during this coronavirus pandemic, you might as well tackle a few home projects—and the bathrooms should be near the top of your list.
But don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you take on a strenuous renovation, like retiling the floor or installing a new toilet. These improvements are quick to do and will cost you almost nothing except your time—which, we’re guessing, you have plenty of at the current moment.
1. Assess the linens
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“Go through your towels and other bath linens and pitch things that are threadbare,” says Julie Coraccio, an organizing professional and author of “Got Clutter? 365 Journal Prompts.” Not into throwing them in the trash? You can cut up old towels and use them as cleaning rags, or put them in a bag to donate to animal shelters and rescue organizations, she adds.
Next, take a cue from the spa you’d love to visit right now, and roll your towels into tight spirals. Store them neatly on a shelf or in a large basket. Finally, consider getting a new bathmat.
“Changing out your mats is a quick fix that can have a big impact,” Coraccio says.
2. Edit your makeup
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“Old makeup can literally make you sick—as in, you could contract pinkeye—so take this time to sort through your medicine cabinet and drawers and toss anything that’s expired,” says Coraccio. You could also take a look at other personal care items in the bathroom and see what you can rearrange to give yourself more space.
“Normally, I’d say you should let some extra stuff go, but with what’s happening in our country now, you should probably save your supplies,” she adds. But try storing things like extra shampoo, tissues, and cleaning supplies in a linen closet so that you don’t use up valuable bathroom space.
3. Empty and wipe down garbage cans
While it should be a weekly chore, emptying the bathroom trash can slip your mind. No judgment here. But these days, you should be getting those used tissues out of the house as soon as possible. Make it a point to empty each and every bathroom trashcan. And while you’re at it, spray the inside and outside of the cans with a disinfecting spray.
“This easy task helps to germ-proof your bathroom,” says Cummings.
4. Organize your linen closet
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This one’s easy. Repurpose clear bins or baskets from other areas of the house and make designated spots in your linen closet, assuming you have one, for items you need to store. For example, stash paper goods and cleaning supplies in one section. Use another bin for lotion, sunscreen, and drugstore supplies. The result? You’ll free up shelves in your linen closet for extra blankets, beach towels, and washcloths.
5. Shine the glass
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Get out the Windex, and take a few minutes to get rid of streaks and water stains in the glass surround in your shower.
“If you thoroughly clean this spot, you’ll make it magazine-worthy,” says Cummings. While you’re at it, tackle the mirror and faucets—and the whole room will gleam.
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6. Do a quick clean
You’ve probably stocked up on Clorox wipes and paper towels, so put them to quick use on your vanity.
“Edit your countertops first, to eliminate clutter and make the surface easier to clean,” says Ana Cummings, who has an eponymous design firm.
Once the vanity is smudge-free, put back just those few things you use regularly and corral them on a mirrored tray. Or keep your daily supplies in the drawer and create a tableau that’s visually appealing (try perfume bottles, a pretty vase, and a nice bottle of hand lotion).
7. Revamp a shower curtain
Photo by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
If you’re handy with a needle and thread, a new shower curtain is an inexpensive way to add color and energy to a plain bathroom.
“I like to add a contrasting complementary design to the base of a solid color waffle-weave shower curtain, as it adds a luxurious touch and a bespoke element to the bathroom,” says Cummings.
Update your current shower curtain, or purchase a new one in a plain color. Add an embroidery pattern or a colorful panel of fabric to the bottom, for a homemade DIY upgrade. Pinterest is a great source for design inspiration and basic sewing instructions.