Minimalist Bathroom Tour: Simplifying to Make Life Easier

Minimalist bathroom tour - simplifying to make life easier

As I said in my playroom tour post, I love seeing inside other people’s homes. Not just what you can see as a guest on the surface. But a really deep look at how their home is organized and functions. I especially love checking out people’s homes who are pursuing a minimalist, simplified lifestyle. I find it so inspiring, encouraging and interesting to see inside their homes.  In keeping with that, today I’m giving you another peek inside our home with a minimalist bathroom tour.

Minimalist bathroom tour - simplifying to make life easier
Photo by Melissa Russell

Your bathroom is a great place to start decluttering

If you’re ready to start decluttering and simplifying your home and your life, the bathroom is a great place to start. Not only are bathrooms usually smaller rooms compared to other spaces in our homes. But we also don’t usually keep our most important or sentimental items in the bathroom. It’s usually just towels, makeup and half-empty lotion bottles.

You can usually tackle decluttering your bathroom in a shorter amount of time, letting you see results right away. Not only will seeing immediate results give you the motivation to continue decluttering. But it will also help you overcome the mental hurdle of getting started. It shows you that you can declutter and it will make a difference in your life.

Why does simplifying the bathroom matter?

Most of us start and end our days in the bathroom. And when the bathroom is a messy, cluttered, overwhelming space, it doesn’t really give you a great vibe to start or end your day.

But now imagine a decluttered, simplified, minimalist bathroom. A place where you can easily get ready for the day and get ready for bed. A place that’s tidy, uncluttered and easy to keep tidy because the cupboards and drawers hold what you use, need and love, and nothing more. You can easily find and use what you need. There is space – room to breathe. You don’t waste time every day digging through products to find your favourites. Instead, you only keep your favourite things!

Not only does a clutter-free bathroom make it easier to get ready for the day or for bed, but it also makes keeping your bathroom clean easy. When you counter is covered in a bunch of different products and items, it’s a big job to clear it all off just so you can wipe down the counters and sink.

But when you have a minimalist bathroom, your counters can be clutter-free and everything has a place. Cleaning your bathroom and keeping it clean, becomes so much easier.

And although most of us like using a clean bathroom, I don’t know many people who actually enjoy cleaning the bathroom. So, anything we can do to make that chore easier is a win in my book!

Minimalist bathroom tour - simplifying to make life easier
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Organization in a minimalist bathroom

I’ve written about how organizing will never solve the clutter problems in your home. But the bathroom is a great example of how organizing after you’ve thoroughly decluttered, can be very helpful.

Our bathrooms are full of lots of little items and products. It’s easy for these products to get lost or messy when they are floating around the bathroom cupboards and drawers. Once you have thoroughly decluttered, and only kept the things you use often and need, some organization can go a long way to help maintain a simplified, minimalist bathroom.

A tour of our minimalist bathrooms

Here is a tour of our minimalist bathrooms. Showing you what minimalism looks like put into practice in real life for our family. These photos aren’t staged – this is how our bathrooms look on a daily basis. And while they may not be magazine worthy, they function well for our family and are easy to maintain.

I’m also sharing some of the ways I keep our bathrooms organized to maintain a simplified, minimalist bathroom.

Master bathroom

Our master bathroom is small, but keeping it simplified and minimalist keeps it functional for us. We have a small vanity with one cupboard underneath. As well as a small cabinet over the toilet. Simplifying and decluttering our personal care items ensures our bathroom doesn’t feel cluttered, messy or crowded. We keep the countertop mostly clear, except for hand soap, our toothbrushes and my husband’s razor.

Some simple organizational tools in the vanity cupboard, along with only keeping the items we use regularly, let this small space work well for us. On one cabinet door, a wire basket holds my hair dryer. On the other cabinet door, two shallow wire baskets hold our daily essentials like toothpaste, dental floss, combs, etc.

Inside the vanity cabinet, we keep our second set of towels. We keep two towels per person and two hand towels per bathroom. One set is hanging up in use and the other in the cabinet. The plastic drawer unit holds our extra products like soap, deodorant, toothbrush heads, etc.

Aside from that, the cabinet holds extra toilet paper, extra feminine products, my hair products, mouthwash and lotion. We are careful to only buy what we need and avoid keeping products we don’t use often or like.

Minimalist bathroom tour - simplifying to make life easier

In the cabinet above the toilet, I keep my toiletries and personal care items. The two woven baskets on the bottom shelf hold my makeup. The basket on the right holds my everyday makeup. And the basket on the left holds makeup products I don’t use every day and my special occasion makeup. The baskets make it easy to grab my makeup and bring it to the vanity to get ready for the day.

The baskets on the top shelf hold feminine products on the left, a few face clothes, skin toner and a face mask in the middle and flushable wipes for the kids on the right.

The wooden bowl on the bottom was a gift from my parents when they visited England. It holds a cotton pad scented with essential oils to keep things smelling fresh!

Main bathroom/kids’ bathroom

Our main bathroom is the one the kids use. I’ve found the simpler we keep it the better. Not only do the kids not need much in the bathroom, but less stuff also makes it super easy to keep it clean and tidy.

We keep the countertop clear, except for handsoap and the kids’ toothbrushes. I love how easy it is to give the counter and sink a quick wipe without having anything in the way.

The kids have a small basket (with holes in the bottom for drainage) of toys that we keep in the tub. They also have a bottle of shampoo/body wash and conditioner behind the shower curtain. Their towels hang on hooks behind the door. Hooks make it so much easier for them to be responsible for hanging up their towels…most of the time!

On the back of the door, we have a picture reminder of what the kids need to do to get ready in the morning. The flaps are magnetic, so when they finish each job, they close the flap. This helps remind them what needs to get done on busy school mornings.

The first vanity drawer hold the kid’s hair brushes, combs, nail clippers and tangle spray. The white container holds band-aids. It’s amazing how much a band-aid can fix, so the kids help themselves whenever they need one! 😉

The other drawer holds toothpaste and dental flossers. I repurposed an old baby wipes container to keep them corralled and organized.

In the vanity cupboards, we have my daughter’s extra towel and face clothes on one side. And my son’s extra towel, the extra hand towel, extra toilet paper and flushable wipes on the other side.

The middle cupboard holds a few extra bath toys in the pink basket, cleaning wipes, mouthwash, our scale and any extra products for the kids. The garbage can sits on top of the scale, but I took it out for the picture to let you see inside better.

Guest Bathroom

We keep our guest bathroom simple but comfortable for guests to use. The shelf over the toilet is empty so there is a place for guests to put their toiletries bag or other belongings.

In the small cabinet by the shower, we keep extra towels, hand towels, face cloths and a few spare toothbrushes. We keep 3 sets of guest towels because we occasionally host 6 people at a time, so we like to have one towel per guest available.

Under the sink, we have extra toilet paper, the garbage and a toilet brush. That’s really all we need in the guest bathroom!

Minimalist bathroom tour - simplifying to make life easier
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Our minimalist bathroom tour

Simplifying the bathrooms and only keeping the things we use often makes life so much easier. Having a tidy and functional bathroom helps reduce some of the chaos in the morning rush, makes it easier to keep the bathroom clean and tidy, and lets us end our days in a calm, clutter-free space.

If you have any questions about our minimalist bathrooms, or how we keep them organized and functional, leave a comment and I’d be happy to answer.

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12 Comments

  1. You are so cool (and brave) to show us your bathroom! 🙂

    I learned after decluttering our bathroom the first round that I HATED having stuff on my bathroom counters. I never knew this bothered me until I experienced life without the clutter. It is amazing to have a clear counter and does make cleaning a breeze.

    I think my next goal is to create enough space for the trash can. I like that a lot. It would then clear up space next to the toilet. Thank you for sharing your bathroom tour with us!

    1. Thanks so much, Brooke! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. It did feel a little strange to share pictures of my bathrooms, but I really think the bathroom is such a great place to start decluttering and really does make life easier once it’s decluttered. I couldn’t agree more with you about the clear bathroom counters – anything that makes cleaning the bathroom easier is a plus for me! Thanks for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  2. I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and since then my husband and I have wanted the clutter gone! We have a long way to go and it is going to be a process but we both love seeing these minimal house tours and reading about it – it helps remind us the the effort is worth it!

    1. That’s awesome! Good for you guys! It’s definitely a process and takes lots of time and effort. But you’re right the results are definitely worth it! I love seeing how other people living minimally too – it really is inspiring! Plus I just enjoy getting to peek inside other people’s houses too 😉 Thanks for reading and good luck with your decluttering!

  3. I always enjoy your posts and always love how much detail you give.
    Your posts also encourages me to keep going in the decluttering process. I am getting there . My/guest bath room is decluttered enough that I too, like Brooke, have gotten to the point of not liking things on my counter other than the bare neccesities. So some progress thanks to your posts. Glad you had a great mini vacation and mini couple getaway.

    1. Thank you, Karen! I’m so happy to hear you are continuing to enjoy my posts and that they have been helping you continue with your decluttering. That’s fantastic! I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying your decluttered bathroom as well. Thanks again for all your support and have a great week!

    1. Thanks, Diane! Yes, the bathroom is a place we usually start and end our days, and it’s lovely to have it be a calm space as opposed to somewhere that stresses us out! Thanks for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  4. In the last photo (not of your bathrooms) there is a large hamper. Do you keep your hampers in your bedrooms? I saw this hamper on Amazon the other day. Or do you just use laundry baskets for dirty clothes? Thanks for sharing your systems for the bathroom. I am realizing I need to reduce the number of items I keep for grooming and makeup. Thanks for the inspiration ?!

    1. I’m glad you found this post helpful, Elizabeth! This is our system for clothes hampers: My husband and I have 2 in our bedroom closet. One for dark colored clothes and one for light colored clothes. Having them pre-sorted makes it easy to toss a load of laundry in when the hamper starts to get full. For my kids, I have one hamper in the bottom of the linen closet. The closet is right between their bedrooms and the bathroom they use, so it’s easy for them to throw their clothes in on the way to the bathroom for their bath at night or to brush their teeth in the morning. I don’t sort my kids’ clothes by color, so I just wash everything at once usually every second day. I hope that helps! Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any other questions!

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