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Toothpaste, hair products, half-used bottles of soaps and lotions…after a while, your bathroom counter can start looking like the clearance bin at Bath & Body Works.

But wait! Before you start agonizing over which one of your favorite conditioners you don’t have room for, we’ve got a few tips at hand to help you declutter your bathroom counter and streamline things:

Toss it if you don’t use it: Let’s be honest with ourselves, one of the main causes of clutter is stuff that you haven’t touched in forever that you’re afraid you may need at some unknown point in the distant future. Nine times out of ten this won’t really be the case – go ahead and throw out any products you haven’t touched in a while. Soaps you hated the smell of, half-full conditioner bottles, hair stuff you liked but not quite as much as your normal stuff, and so on.

Find homes for everything: The next step is to see what can be grouped together and moved out of the way. Got a lot of spare tubes of lipstick? Put them in the drawer with the rest, unless it’s a shade you really weren’t feeling. Toothbrushes? Get a wall-mounted holder or at least a spare drinking glass to keep them all in. Chances are, most of the stuff on your bathroom counter doesn’t really need to be there.

If it doesn’t have a home, make one!: Of course, part of the problem may be that you didn’t have anywhere to put this stuff in the first place. In that case, consider bringing in some extra storage to help take the weight off your bathroom countertop (figuratively and literally in some cases). A lot of your makeup and hair stuff could be kept in a drawer or in bathroom vanity organizers to get them off the counter while keeping them right at hand. Many ‘bathroom supplies’ (extra soap, toothpaste tubes, etc) could be kept on over the toilet storage shelves & cabinets to free up elbow room while maintaining accessibility. Even bathroom shelves or wire shelves can come in handy here to give a home to the stuff you need to keep without being such a space hog.

Remember Your Walls: Speaking of bringing in new storage, a lot of wall-mounted solutions for bathrooms can help keep things right by the mirror where you need them to be. Choose soap dispensers and toothbrush holders that stick right to the wall to free up some space down on the counter.

Smaller Items Go In Cabinets: Anything too easy to lose might not work out in the open on shelves or countertops, no matter how clean you’ve gotten your bathroom – how many times have you lost exactly one makeup brush? Get some plastic bins and see if you have room in the cabinet or in your closet for the easier-to-lose things.

Got any other tips for bathroom counters? Leave a comment below!

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