Bathrooms and kitchens can be subject to excessive clutter. It’s easy to see that some homeowners attract clutter in these areas. However, even when visitors are present, we may tend to hide some of the things inside our bathroom or kitchen. Use these smart home organizing ideas to get rid of that clutter and create a more livable home.

Before you begin organizing your bathroom or kitchen, take a minute to look around and decide what’s most important to you. This will be your guide in how and where you will spend the most time. If you are the type of person who uses multiple appliances or toiletries, you may want to separate these into two categories. One for the bathroom and one for the kitchen.

A neat, clean look will be achieved as you organize your bathroom or kitchen. It will be more appealing to see a clutter-free room, especially if over time, you have neglected this area.

For example, if you have dedicated a bathroom for a single person, it makes little sense to openly throw items into the room. This is because it may be some of those things that she keeps in the bedroom which she can easily throw to the trash or carry to the bathroom for laundry.

No matter the reason for storing items in the bathroom or kitchen, begin by removing everything from the cabinets. The items in the cabinets may be sensitive and you may want to use a vacuum to clean them before putting them back to the cabinets.

Once on a removal action, use a utility knife to knock out the items that you don’t intend to return to the cabinets.

The bathtub and shower stall should be vacuumed and wiped down with an all-purpose cleaner and cloth now. Remove any items in there that may have dried out or been damaged and dispose of them.

In addition to this, if the cabinets have any inserts, (utters or soap holders, for example), take these off and put them through a quick wash and put them into the trash or packages for disposal.

Assess all items in there and if there are things that you have not used in a while, give them away to friends, family or charity.

Get rid of any unused bedsheets, towels, shampoos, lotions, toothpaste, perfume and anything else that istake up tremendous amounts of space.

If you have shelves, arrange all of the items on them as though they were more organized. If there are many, consider converting them for another purpose (this is an excellent time to clean those windows). Now would be a good time to dust the shelves as well to remove any grit and dust that has built up.

Open the drawers in the vanity and cabinet doors to see what items are inside. Read the labels to see if cleaning any chemicals is advisable.

If there are things that you are unsure about, you can examine them by putting them in the garbage to see if there is anything else you may want to dispose of. If not, give them away. At the same time, you can tackle the cleaning of the trash container.

Once everything is removed from the bottom cabinets, the drawers and vanity doors, take the time to sort through products from the past. Check for expired labels or things you have forgotten.

No matter how much you have unnecessarily thrown out, it is unwise to always stay in the kitchen to make soap, shampoo, conditioner and other items.

Take advantage of recycling programs for your neighborhood where a drop-off site is available. Continue to do your part to recycle.