Too many towels
Tattered and faded bath towels that are past their prime could be taking up valuable space in your bathroom, so do a regular edit and keep just a couple of towels for each family member, plus one or two sets of guest towels.
Relegate tatty old towels to the garage or shed, where they can be recycled and used for odd jobs, or reinvent them as pet bedding.
Children’s bath toys
Small bottles of toiletries, free samples and hotel freebies are tempting to collect and bring home, but they can take up drawer space at a rapid rate, and the amount of plastic and packaging involved is wasteful and unnecessary.
One set of refillable travel-size bottles is useful; any more is clutter. So if you’re hoarding numerous small containers, it’s time to have a clear-out.
While it can be useful to have a couple of everyday products close to hand, such as a surface cleaner, everything else could probably live in a utility cupboard or under the kitchen sink and just be brought into the bathroom when needed. This will avoid bulky duplicates cluttering up your cupboards.
Not only do these items take up valuable storage space, old make-up can harbour bacteria. Quick rule of thumb? If you haven’t used it in recent memory, it probably needs to go.
The damp environment in a bathroom also means this room isn’t necessarily the best place to store make-up. So if you have a dressing table or small worktop space in the bedroom, that might be better suited to housing your freshly pared-down make-up collection.
Have a look through your medicine cabinet or first aid box and clear out anything that’s been open for a while, such as tubes of antiseptic, and check the best before date on everything else.
Out-of-date medicines all need to be safely disposed of and everything else needs to be stored high up and ideally in a locked cupboard or box.