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Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a killer red lipstick. — Gwyneth Paltrow
My husband has a very special term for my overabundance of toiletries.
Used in a sentence, it sounds something like this:Why do you have so many bottles of junk? Could you please do something with all those bottles of junk? For the love of all that is holy, how many bottles of junk do you really need?!
And the truth is, between the makeup and the lotions, the manicure supplies and the 4,000 different hair products, there are more bottles of junk cluttering up my bathroom than I actually know what to do with. And that doesn’t even include the stuff that is actually necessary, like toothpaste and deodorant.
I am guessing I am not alone in this bathroom madness.
Perhaps it is time to scale it back a little?
Here are a few very simple tips for clearing the bathroom junk:
- Find out what you use. Start with a clear counter. Over the course of one week, as you use something, leave it on the counter. At the end of the week, use what is leftover as a starting point for what to get rid of.
- Eliminate multiples. Do you really need three containers of deodorant or five cans of hairspray? Would one hairbrush be sufficient? Make it your goal to only keep one of each of the products you do need and use. Store the rest in a backup box that you can access when you run out.
- Discard old or expired products. While expiration dates aren’t everything, hanging on to that lotion you’ve been saving since 2002 probably isn’t necessary. If you haven’t used it up by now, chances are you’re not going to.
- Find a system that works. Once you’ve purged everything you weren’t using or had too much of it will be a lot easier to keep it all straight. Even so, take the time to create a system of organization that works for you. Keep like items together, line your drawers with pretty paper, and use dividers if necessary. (For more tips & ideas for organizing your bathroom, plus a printable checklist, go here.)
Be sure to read Edie’s corresponding post, More Personal Beauty.
Clean out your bathroom. Purge the unnecessary—get rid of stuff you don’t use, duplicates, or items that are past their prime. Find an out-of-the-way place to store the items you might eventually use, then work at creating a simple, organized system to streamline your bathroom routine. Get a printable bathroom cleaning checklist here.
Next, think about your best facial feature. Is it your eyes? Your lips? Your hair? What small changes can you make to accentuate your beautiful self? It could be as simple as wearing lipstick or mascara every day, or just vowing to smile more.
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Are you guilty of collecting too much bathroom junk? What are the products you can’t live without?