7 Items Cluttering Your Bathroom

By Ashley Paskill on January 7, 2022

As a college student, your living space is likely small. You either live in a small space or share it with roommates. This means that you have to find ways to declutter in order to maximize space. One of the most important rooms to declutter is the bathroom since this is a commonly shared space that everyone uses. Decluttering items can help you make even more space for your stuff and will save you and your roommates hassle down the road.

Expired or unused items

Take a look at the various soaps, lotions, and medicine in your bathroom. Many of these things have expiration dates. It is crucial to get rid of expired products, especially medications. Go through and throw out anything that may be expired. If you notice that you still have a lot of the product left, consider buying a smaller quantity so it does not go to waste when you have to clean out again. Reducing the quantity will also save you space in your bathroom. Also, get rid of stuff you do not plan on using. There is no sense in holding onto it if you do not plan to use it.


Trash buildup happens to everyone, whether it is a random cotton swab in a drawer or a paper cup you thought you would reuse. These things may seem small, but when you and your roommates constantly hold onto trash, the bathroom can get cluttered really quickly. Go through each storage space in your bathroom and get rid of just plain trash. You may be surprised at how much trash you have accumulated. Moving forward, make it a point to get rid of the trash immediately instead of saving it in storage spaces. You may even opt to have a trash bin in your bathroom, as long as you remember to empty it regularly.


Many people put washcloths on the counter, but this can clutter space, especially if you share your bathroom. Consider getting command hooks and hanging them on the wall or door. You may even decide to get a shower caddy to put your washcloths and other bathroom necessities in and keep them in your bedroom. This way, your bathroom can be clear and decluttered and you and your roommates can find what you need. Hanging washcloths on the wall can make a huge difference, even though this is a simple thing to do.

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Non-daily products

There are things that you have in your bathroom that you do not use every day. These things can include first aid items and certain medications. If you leave these things out on your bathroom counters, try to find a place in your closet or cabinet for them. This way, what you actually need is within reach and things you may not need daily are accessible but are not cluttering your shelves.

Haircare items

Haircare items such as straighteners, hairdryers, and even hair scrunchies can really clutter up your bathroom, especially your counter space. Look through your hair scrunchies and get rid of scrunchies that may be broken or stretched out. For hair care appliances, attach a file organizer, magazine rack, or another bathroom organizer to the side of your sink to help declutter your countertop. This way, cords are not taking up too much space and are not at risk of getting wet. If you have a ton of bobby pins, attach a magnetic strip to the inside of your medicine cabinet to help store them so they do not get lost.

Random household items

It may seem random, but having household items such as cups, pens, dish soap, or other household items that have no use in the bathroom clutter your space. These items can make their way into your bathroom when you are doing multiple things at a time, but if you are not careful, they will stay there and take up space. Take a moment to look at what you have in your bathroom and put non-bathroom items where they actually belong. If you do not need the items anywhere, get rid of them.


Keeping knickknacks on display in your bathroom may be tempting to make your space look good, but these things may actually be taking up space for other items you need. If you have a bigger bathroom, these things may have space, but otherwise, they are taking up space that you need for essential items. Try to find other space for these knickknacks in your living space. They may look cute or have sentimental value for you, but it is important to keep your bathroom decluttered and have space for things you actually need in your bathroom.

Having a small space or living with roommates can cause you to have to declutter your bathroom, so getting rid of items you do not need can help give you more space for things you do need.

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