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post #21 of 41
I'm in the clutter-free camp when it comes to the bathroom vanity. There's a soap dispenser and a combination toothbrush/toothpaste holder and that' it, in both baths. Everything else has a place in the cabinets or drawers.

I do have a decorative shelf in the second bath, however. That shelf has some shells and rocks and beach glass that we've collected on our travels, a couple of candles, and a three-pic frame with pics of each of my kids getting their first baths. I hate cleaning that thing.
post #22 of 41
~ 2 bars of soap (one of them is permanently stuck to the counter it seems)
~ one bottle of pump dispenser soap
~ tooth brush holder (but DD keeps running off with the toothbrushes so it's usually empty)
~ DH's 2 razors, 2 sticks of deoderant, 2 bottle of cologne
~ my brush that I don't need anymore since I shaved my head.
post #23 of 41
Just a bottle of liquid soap. We always seem to rent houses with tiny bathrooms and tiny vanities or pedestal sinks.
post #24 of 41
I don't have a bathroom counter.
post #25 of 41
All our counter technically has on it is the kids' battery toothbrushes and one small bookrack/bookholder with first-aid/herbal/homeopathy/health type reference books. (DH's and my toothbrushes are in a wall holder that also holds a cup, and there is a wall holder soap dish and hand towel rack as well). Our tiled countertop is quite large; it could fit two sinks but we have only one. It is nearly always clear unless the kids leave a towel on it or something.

All that is around my tub is the kids' shampoo/conditioner and DH's/my shampoo/conditioner, so four bottles, though when DH's shampoo runs out we'll only have three: family shampoo, kids conditioner, adults conditioner. There is a wall soapdish and I do keep a loofah for cleaning the tub with.

On the back of the toilet is a small rectangular basket with several books in it.

We have a linen closet that has toothpaste and floss, towels, first-aid, EOs, DH's shaving stuff, a basket of misc stuff, and the cleaning stuff I use in the bathroom, plus two baskets down below - one of mama pads and one of cloth wipies.

We also have one drawer that has hand towels, handkerchiefs, and hairbrushes. Under the sink is washcloths, bathmats, trash, and recycling.

That's it!! I am proud to say my bathroom is the least-cluttered room in the house.
post #26 of 41
Nothing! One of the many benefits of pedistal sinks!
post #27 of 41
I grew up with a cluttered counter in the bath and so have an aversion--so my huge counter top has: matching toothbrush holder, soap squirter, cotton ball disp, and qtip disp, a bottle of witchazel, a bar of soap. On the tank is a box of tissues and a stack of washcloths.
in the guest bath, a bar of soap (but that one has a medicine chest)
post #28 of 41
the toothbrush holder, a bar of hand soap, a glass jar for q-tips. that's it.
post #29 of 41
we have soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes and a candle oh and my two mini axe devil ducks...some how we have 8 rubber duckies in the bathroom for ds...small bath so i try to keep it clutter free, everything has a place!
post #30 of 41
You've already got a pretty soap container, yes?

How about transferring one or two of the things you use more than once a day into decorative jars?
post #31 of 41
toothbrush holder, lotion dispenser, Sonic toothbrush, and soap dish...that's it. I like it spare.
post #32 of 41
We have a soap holder, toothbrush holder, a candle.

Some things you could put on your counter that wouldn't attract stuff: picture frames, a vase with flowers, a plant, a little urn or box or something that COULD attract stuff, but it would be hidden.... Just make sure that whatever you get is easy to wipe down.
post #33 of 41
Downstairs bathroom has:

-Soap dish
-Pretty bottle of moisturizer
-A freak plant that blossomed from seedlings into about 1.5' of weirdness in about 2 months. It's a pretty little freak-plant.

Main bathroom has:

-a cup that holds the kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste
-a basket with remnants of my Christmas present (bath soaps and oils and stuff) that I've been meaning to put away somewhere.
-liquid kid soap

My bathroom has:

-AN EXPLOSION OF CRAP EVERYWHERE!!! DD has this horrible habit of sneaking into my bathroom after we think she's fast asleep. She gets into everything. Two nights ago, I walked by the stairs to smell this strong perfume wafting down. I went up, and she had opened EVERY SINGLE BOTTLE OF PERFUME I OWN and smeared it all over herself and the washroom.

One of my jobs for this weekend is to clean/organize/declutter my bathroom, and get a doorknob lock for the door. :P It's the only washroom we keep medication in, and I don't want to take any chances.
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by ~Nikki~ View Post
My bathroom has:

-AN EXPLOSION OF CRAP EVERYWHERE!!! DD has this horrible habit of sneaking into my bathroom after we think she's fast asleep. She gets into everything. Two nights ago, I walked by the stairs to smell this strong perfume wafting down. I went up, and she had opened EVERY SINGLE BOTTLE OF PERFUME I OWN and smeared it all over herself and the washroom.

One of my jobs for this weekend is to clean/organize/declutter my bathroom, and get a doorknob lock for the door. :P It's the only washroom we keep medication in, and I don't want to take any chances.
OMG! I mean, , but OMG. My toddler is that kind of kid, it's one of the main reasons I'm decluttering--to hide all that kind of stuff!

I've been thinking and thinking about this, and I think I've narrowed it down to one of two things--a small, nice basket that I'll roll the hand towels and put them in, since we actually use them and they won't just sit and gather dust, OR a nice decorative, closed box, like sparkprincess suggested. That way I can still toss my watch and jewelry in there but they'll be hidden. I prefer the closed box, but since funds are tight right now, I think it will have to be the basket and towels idea for the time being, since I already own those. Plus, I think it will be less tempting for little hands than a "treasure chest" will I'll keep my eyes open for a garage sale or thrift store find though (hooray spring!).

And Kewpie, oh, I love pedestal sinks. This huge counter thing so irks me--what an expanse of wasted space! I could have put a nice tall cabinet there and gotten so much more use out of the whole area. Unfortunately, the bath was redone right before we moved it--the 1940s kitchen with semi-working appliances is a higher priority for the foreseeable future

Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I'm actually pretty proud of myself that I have managed to keep that space clear of products for as long as I have. It's huge progress around here.
post #35 of 41
A lot of stuff! Our counter is quite high and ds can't reach up there so anything I'd normally put in the drawer that I'm worried about being broken or spilled is on the counter. It will be different once we are moved though.
post #36 of 41
right now, as we speak ..
starting on the left i have a tall candle holder and a shorter one with beeswax candles for showering in the dim light or for deodorising.. then there is a soap holder with soap in it. on the right side is a ceramic cup with toothbrushes, toothpaste. a handpump of organic laveder handsoap.. kids weleda toothpaste. a jar of body cream and a pumper thingy too ( i love my cream!) 2 bottles of Eo's (teatree, lavender) the ointment for my tattoo (comfrey salve) a bottle of GSE and a toilet paper roll

i do declutter the counter often and put things in their rightful places, but its friday and man im tired.
post #37 of 41
We have a large vanity with double sinks in our master bath. Our toothbrush holder is on DH's side, and on my side is a very small matching glass bowl that holds my hair pins, elastics, tweezers, etc. Between the two sinks are a few toiletries that I use every single morning/evening -- my Eucerin calming cream, my eye makeup remover, my deodorant, and maybe one other thing I'm not remembering. I keep a hand towel rolled up alongside those things. We also each have a bottle of hand soap sitting on the side of our sinks.

The only things on the kids' bathroom counter are a ducky hand towel and a bottle of hand soap.
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by Kewpie View Post
Nothing! One of the many benefits of pedistal sinks!
Ditto!

And the person who said they have a puddle from their messy face washing. Also ditto! Except with the (tiny) pedestal sink my puddle was all over the floor. So now I lean over the bathtub to wash my face. DH is much happier.
post #39 of 41
The downstairs bathroom has pump soap bottle, dh's razor and shavegel.

Upstairs bathroom is the girls and has a pump soap, and a few toys.

Hmmmm I am proud of us
post #40 of 41
We have no bathroom counter. The only horizontal surface we have in our bathroom is the top of the sink, which is about six inches deep and 24 inches wide. We keep a soap dispenser and a lotion dispenser on it.
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