Minimalism Series: Bathroom Essentials

After moving from a two bedroom apartment to a smaller one bedroom unit, I quickly realized I had been hording bathroom items.

At some point, I decided to start the purge with the bathroom. It kind of makes sense since it’s the place where I spend the least amount of time. I liked the idea of knowing exactly where something is without having to dig through clutter in my storage cabinet.

As soon as you realize you are hording items you don’t need or use, you will see how easy it is to get rid of 100% of it and start fresh.

For starters a bathroom needs to look and feel clean. It’s the place where most people’s morning routine starts. So, I like it to be light, smell good and to be functional.

I live alone, but often have guests over, so I don’t need too go crazy in this area. Many of us live in apartments so there’s not much we can change about the fixtures and hardware. We can, however, increase the functionality of what we have.

Yeah, this is life for many of us. Get rid of your junk. Try out buying what you need, when you need for a couple months. You might save more than you think.


In keeping with the minimal theme, lets go over the linens that are an absolute must in any bathroom. We have to assume we are providing those bare minimum essentials you may find in the average hotel room.

  • 2 Bath sheets or Large Bath towels
  • 2 Hand towels (they will need a place to dry off after washing)
  • 4 Wash rags (stick to terry cotton for varying skin sensitivity)
  • 1 Outer / Decorative shower curtain
  • 1 Inner shower curtain liner(get heavy weighted ones, so it doesn’t float when steamy)
  • 1 Absorbent bath rug ( avoid white, and be mindful of trip hazards and length)


Now if you only have one restroom and will be sharing it with guests, consider my personal advice regarding toiletries. Mind you, this is the perspective of a single guy living the city.

It Must be Clean

  1. Don’t invite friends or strangers over if your bathroom isn’t clean, especially not women. How would you feel if you got to a hotel room and the restroom was noticeably dirty.
  2. Put sufficient cleaning supplies in the bathroom, especially the toilet area. See my list:
    • Toilet Brush
    • Trash can with a lid near the toilet (a must!)
    • Plunger
    • All purpose cleaner
    • Cleaning towels or Rags (you don’t want then to use your linens for cleanups)
    • Hide or cover your personal daily items (toothbrushes, hair brushes, deodorant, feminine care products)

Keep it simple but thoughtful

Here’s my quick list of items to have on hand no matter what sized restroom.

  1. Keep a first aid kit in your restroom storage.
  2. Always use hand soap dispensers and not bar soap for hygiene reasons.
  3. A few Toilet paper rolls.
  4. Have unscented wet wipes within reach from toilet because we are thoughtful, just trust me on this.
  5. Get Shower gels (again, avoid sharing bar soap).
  6. Shampoo and Conditioner (avoid 2-in-1 bottles, they are scientifically silly)

All In All

Whether you’re single or just have one restroom in your home, there are items we can all agree are useful if not essential. Reference my starter kit above as you move forward towards your minimal but functionalist bathroom goals. Save your money.

Published by jemvolition

Freelance Writer/Author

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