Outside of the kitchen and wardrobe, I think that the bathroom is the next most difficult area to downsize. If you are like me, you may have a random stockpile of mini shampoos or makeup items you have kept along the way but never ended up using, even though you were certain that you would need it someday??? Well, now is the time to face those medicine cabinets and little bathroom nooks and clean house!

downsizing 101 the bathroom


#1 Think about the space that you are moving in to.

#2 You will need five designated spaces: keep, sell, donate, trash and RV. We will talk about how to deal with those piles in another post, so for now, focus on the task of sorting.

#3 In each room, we will start with the larger items and proceed to the smaller items.

#4 Look for multipurpose items. They will be a big asset in a smaller space or RV.


Towels – These are probably the largest space takers of the bathroom, so plan for them first. We only have one bathroom towel each, plus 2 hand towels and a few wash cloths. Start with that, and if you end up with extra storage space on the RV, you can always add to your collection. With no extra towel storage, our towels go directly from the towel holder to the washer/dryer and then right back on the holder. Simple.

Toiletries/Makeup – I have something in my craw over toiletries that I feel duty bound to make sure all of you are aware of.

The average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). While most men use fewer products, they’re still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily…

That is a quote from Dr. Mercola’s website. Click on that blue link to read the whole article, if you are unsure about the dangers of those chemicals, how many are not evaluated by the FDA and the overall implications for your own life.

Why not take this opportunity of downsizing to clear out some of the synthetic and toxic chemicals from your routine? Start with some of our simple, effective diy recipes for your toiletries. Also, be sure to think about items that can perform multi-purposes here, such as castile soap. We use it as hand soap, body wash, shampoo for Chris (for his lush locks of course), for shaving, in our laundry soap recipe and more ways.

Medicines – Since you may store pharmaceuticals in your bathroom, now is the time to go through them. Be sure to remove any that have expired. How do you dispose of them? I would start at your local pharmacy – many will take them back or offer mailing programs where you can send them for proper disposal. I personally would not flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash.

Which toiletries are you ready to ditch? Need natural alternatives – just let me know in the comments!

Next up, downsizing the living room!


About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

2 comments on “DOWNSIZING THE BATHROOM (Downsizing 101)

  1. Can you give the “recipes” for your Castile soap hand wash, body wash, shampoo and other ways you use it? I am looking to incorporate it more into our daily products as a safe, but effective, simple alternative to all the “yucky” stuff sold in stores. I read in another one of your posts, that you use Coconut Oil for a body moisturizer. Do you use any other products? I’m wondering if you use any special facial products. Thank you! I appreciate that your diy recipes are not overly complicated!

    • Hi, Janet! I love your commitment to making the switch – it is so important, and I am happy to help! And the simpler the better, right? For the hand soap; I just mix 1/3 castile soap with 2/3 water in whatever container I am using. You can eyeball it, no need to be perfect. I use a foaming hand soap dispenser. If you want to add a few drops of essential oils to it, you can. For the body wash, we literally just use it straight from the bottle. A little bit goes a long way, and it lathers very nicely. For shampoo, I have not had great success with using it in my own hair, but Chris uses it (although he doesn’t keep much on top!). For my face, I use the castile hand soap dispenser to wash it, or I do oil cleansing which you can read about here: I also do a sugar scrub every once in awhile to exfoliate, wish I did it once a week, but usually forget. For facial moisturizer, I just use a touch of sweet almond oil most of the time. Sometimes I add a drop of essential oils to it (lavender, tea tree, or frankincense). I also make a body butter, which I sell. I have not made it available yet on my website, but I have had enough people ask about it that I am going to try to have it ready for shipping by the end of November. It is great for the winter, or dry areas. It is not made for the face, but I have lots of customers who use it on their face and love it. I am so glad that you brought these questions to me, because it makes me realize that I should share more of my “clean” routine with everyone. I will try to incorporate more posts about it, and in the meantime, this should be able to get you started. Hope this is helpful! Thanks, Janet!

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