Continuing with my cleanout and purge before our move challenge, I decided to tackle my bathroom this week. While my bathroom was already pretty organized, there was a lot of stuff that needed to be thrown away. I had one pretty deep drawer full of old makeup still in zip lock bags from our move here 6 months ago. I have no clue why I was holding on to all that makeup that I never wear. It was certainly time to purge. I also had several Bath and Body Works products that I had either gotten for free or as gifts that I will never use but hated to just throw away. Then there were random hair products that I don’t use and lots of almost empty bottles that just needed to be trashed. Basically I was holding on to things for some crazy reason that I don’t use anymore or that I will never use. I think that is a woman trait or something: holding on to things because you may need/use it in the future. Surely I am not alone in this. Please tell me I’m not! In my current mindset of simplifying my life, I am ready to let go of all the junk because that is essentially what it is, just a pile of junk that has no real value to me.
Whenever I am in a cleanout mood, I always pull everything out. That way I can see what I have and the amount of space I have to put it back into. Let me tell you, there was stuff everywhere. I am not really sure how I fit it all in the drawers. I would say that probably 85% of what you see in the pile above ended up in the trash. There were samples that people had sent me, really old makeup, a flat iron that is broken, and so much more useless stuff!
I started with the cabinet under the sink. This area was already pretty organized using these tiered pull-out baskets from Target and an old shoebox, but there were definitely things there that I needed to get rid of. The shoebox contains all of my body washes and hand soaps. I think I told you all that I stock up on my favorites every year during the Black Friday sales. I have enough to last me the whole year. Shoeboxes are a great way to organize your stuff without having to spend any extra money. If you wanted to, you could even cover it with cute contact paper to make it look even nicer. Keeping things in the shoebox just makes it neater looking and keeps it all corralled in one place. The top basket contains my lotions and shaving supplies, while the bottom basket contains all of my travel size items (travel sized body washes, lotions, shaving creams, toothpaste, etc). We travel a lot with the girls’ sports and we are always needed travel-sized things. I like to keep a supply on hand since my girls inevitably will tell me 10 minutes before we are scheduled to leave that they need something. I love how neat and organized it looks.
Then I started with the drawers. I took everything out of the drawer, one drawer at a time. Then I went through each item to determine if I really needed or used the item. If not, it was either set aside to see if my girls would want it or it was thrown away. There was a lot of make up that was really old so I just chucked it. I love using these little containers from Target when organizing drawers. You may remember these from my junk drawer post and my jewelry organizing post. They fit in most drawers and are just a great way to keep things organized. I have them all over the house. The first drawer houses all of my extra Rodan and Fields products for when I run out of something. I like to keep extras on hand so that I’m not in a pinch when I run out. You know me, always prepared! The second drawer contains all of my nail stuff. I love how the containers keep my nail polishes all together and upright. The third drawer contains the things that I use daily like toothpaste, deodorant, and makeup remover wipes. This is the top drawer right next to the sink for easy access. The fourth drawer contains all of my tools. You may notice two hair dryers in there. One of them is a backup. Several years ago as I was getting ready for work, my hair dryer died with half of my hair still wet. It was like my worst nightmare! Since then I always have a back up hairdryer. Are you noticing a pattern here? Always have extra; always have a backup. That’s the OCD in me coming out again. The fifth drawer is the one that got purged the most. It was filled to the top with old makeup, and it’s a pretty deep drawer. As you can see there is not much left in that drawer now. I went through each thing and thought about how old it was and whether or not I ever planned to use it. Much of was thrown in the trash. This drawer now contains the makeup that I don’t use every day but do use occasionally and my makeup brushes. Finally, the sixth drawer contains my hair stuff like my brushes, clips, rubber bands, etc. This is the top drawer right next to where I sit to get ready for easy access. I love how all of the drawers now have only the things I need and use. No more clutter! No more junk!
The makeup, hair products, and skincare products that I use every single day are kept on the counter. I have a wooden basket that holds all of my makeup and hair products. I purchased it years ago from Target. Here is something similar. Then all of my skincare products are housed on a cupcake stand that I got from TJ Maxx a couple of years ago. I love this option from Amazon. I will be upgrading mine when we move because I would prefer the stand had a solid bottom versus the wire. Some items won’t stand up on the wire and the spaces. I am also kind of digging this rustic look as well. If you are feeling crafty, you can even make your own with items from the dollar store like candle stick holders and plates.
It feels so good to purge. Getting rid of unnecessary stuff makes me happy. This simplifying thing is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I really thought it would be harder for me to let things go, but I have to say that I am doing pretty good so far. I know the harder things are coming, but I am saving those for last. Up next week, the linen closets!
Anchored and Organized,