Happy Fri-Yay my friends. If it’s January and if it’s Friday, then that means that the gals from No Place Like Home are back for another episode of ‘Declutter Your…’.
Today, we’re hitting up the bathrooms, a breeding ground for clutter with all those different types of make-up, shampoos, hair ‘products’, and just general bathroom stuff! If you are anything like me, you’ve fallen prey to all the ads promising thicker hair, longer eyelashes, smoother skin, whiter teeth, etc, etc, etc….
And now your bathroom drawers and cabinets are filled with all these empty promises, or in my case, just flat out loss of interest. Well, my pals and I are here to help you reclaim this space with 8 posts dedicated to helping you organize and maintain an uncluttered bathroom!
So, last year, just about this time, I underwent a serious declutter of most of my home, including all the bathrooms. I am pleased to say that, one year later, the areas of my home that underwent this ‘deep declutter’ have remained mostly clutter-free.
Of course, there’s the odd button that I needed to take out of my jewelry drawer and an errant tassel that needed to be resewn onto a blanket, but really, those areas are still in good shape.
You can see the deep dive here, but in a nutshell here are my takeaways to decluttering and keeping uncluttered bathroom:
1. You need to lose the ‘but I paid good money for it’ thinking.
I get that! It hurts to shell out $35.00 for that under-eye cream that promised to ‘lighten and brighten’ those dark circles under your eyes only to have it not work or, in my case, have it sit unused in your drawer.
The money is spent, it’s gone and no matter how long that tube of ‘miracle cream’ sits there, you aren’t going to get your money back. Now, if you are actively using it, then ignore everything I just said. BUT…I’m guessing there are a few tubes of something sitting in your drawers that fall into this category.
2. Figure out who you are as it relates to ‘products’.
It’s taken me too many years to figure out that I don’t like any sort of ‘product’ in my hair; be that mousse, hair spray, gel, whatever. I’m just not a ‘product’ girl even though for years I tried to be and purchased all sorts of that stuff in my efforts to be.
I’ve also come to realize that I am a real minimalist when it comes to make-up and skin care. After too many purchases of night creams, day creams, etc… that sat unused in my drawers, I have finally realized that I just don’t take the time to put that stuff on. I use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser on my face and call it done.
So, once you figure out who you are, get rid of all that stuff that doesn’t fit you! And most importantly…DON’T BUY ANYMORE OF THE STUFF THAT DOESN’T FIT YOU! I know it’s tempting!
When I go into Ulta or visit the cosmetic counter in a department store and am tempted by all the great marketing, I have to actively remind myself…”You are not a products girl…walk away!” One year in, I have to say that my new ‘mantra’ is really working.
Once you go through your drawers and throw out all the stuff you’ve purchased that you don’t use, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a better idea of what kind of ‘product’ gal you are.
3. Remember this Quote:
“The more things you own, they more they own you.” by Chuck Palahniuk.
If you own it, you need to find a place for it and keep it organized. Don’t be owned by make-up, shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, body lotions, etc… Pare your necessities down to just that, necessities. I did the deep dive into my makeup drawer last year and one year later, it looks pretty much the same!
4. “Functional Aesthetics” work!
When something does a good job and looks good while doing it, I am more likely to use it effectively. This is the case with my jewelry cabinet.
I keep my hanging necklaces and some of my bracelets in this jewelry cabinet! This was a gift from my hubby several years back and it remains one of my favorite things.
Before this cabinet, all my necklaces would get tangled, no matter how I tried to organize them. Truth, chains will tangle unless they are hanging.
Here is a link to a similar one at Pottery Barn.
Last year I decluttered my jewelry with moderate gusto, this year I went at it with a little more gusto. Because of last year’s declutter, I didn’t have a whole lot to get rid of, but I just really examined what I kept and did manage to get rid of a bit more…all costume jewelry.
My minimalist make-up mantra pretty extends to my jewelry as well…I seem to wear the same earrings, necklace, bracelets,etc…day in and day out so I did get rid of some items that just don’t see the light of day.
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I used these Stack em Jewelry Organizers in a couple of sizes to create a jewelry drawer in my bathroom, but you could just as easily do it in your dresser. I like having a place for everything.
“A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” Benjamin Franklin
And I’m not sure this helps me declutter, but I do keep my soap bars within easy access and already unwrapped. I just have a ‘thing’ for storage vessels is the truth of the matter and this fat apothecary jar is just perfect for my soap bars.
5. Reward Yourself
A bouquet of flowers is a wonderful reward for all your efforts.
And it’s amazing what a bouquet of tulips can do to your mood on a winter’s day.
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