Spurred on by finding and reading the Kondo book that has seemingly gripped the nation I woke this morning on a mission. However, going against all the ‘Kondopinions’ in her book I am starting not with my clothes but my toiletries.
Aha you say this is probably your downfall of ‘keeping’ Tidy and well it might be!
I do agree the best way to sort is to get everything out of the cupboards, drawers, shelves and hidey holes so you can see at a glance the full ‘amount’ of stuff to deal with. So I emptied my main storage areas – dressing table, shower room cupboards and travel and makeup bags. This clean out I really intend to deal with those items that were maybe put back last time ‘just in case’ in fact I think the ‘just in case’ is one of my sticking points. Looking at everything laid out all together my first question is do I really need all this stuff? Can I simplify and reduce it to only the bare necessities?
For instance I have kept some hotel goodies ‘in case’ a guest arrives without shampoo or body cream – given that my mum comes with the whole of Superdrug in her luggage and she is our main guest I hardly think I will be needing these any time soon! In fact I have never had a guest come unequipped as far as I can remember.
No I realise that I am keeping them as I am loath to throw things away because of the waste and of course they look rather cute. I have a picture in my mind of preparing one of those wonderful guest baskets full of tempting creams and shower gels and sachets of lavender you know like the ones you see in magazines articles but then I said to myself if ever I have such a guest requiring this I will go and buy something purposefully until then they are out and empty space is in. And the waste – well look below I have put the shampoo samples to good use washing out my makeup and hair brushes.
I have been quite ruthless this time and in a way Kondo has given me the permission to throw away some of the items I know I have kept because I hate to waste – but I can see the point that the shelf life is limited on toiletries.
This is the end result of the clear out – in this pile are items to use up or throw out, a few unused items to go to charity and empty packaging for recycle. I even surprised myself that there was so much.
I did come across one or two items that I know I want to use but somehow between one clear out and another it just sits on the shelf. One of these items is the Weleda Birch Cellulite oil – I do need to use this everyday though to see any effect. I also have a body brush and I did use this every morning at one time and would like, as part of my wellbeing project this year, to start doing this again. So I am giving myself 3 months to use or lose it.
One of the hardest decisions was my small collection of aromertherapy oils – I have the book and quite a few oils but somehow I have never really got into mixing the oils so I decided to slim down the number and keep only my absolute favourites plus one or two of those like Juniper that add the low notes (or maybe it’s the high notes!)
Now for the after pictures -Firstly my dressing table drawers
Top drawer – Cleansing and skin care – everything in this drawer is used either daily or periodically.
Middle drawer – ailment potions on the left – makeup and nailcare on the right. Not everything in here is used daily but frequently.
Lower drawer – Haircare – I think this is about the bare bones – unfortunately the can of mousse is too large for the drawer.
The medicine cabinet –
Containing potions and lotions and my essential oils. Hopefully I won’t need the items in here everyday but I might need them occasionally for cuts, bites, stings, bruises etc. I keep my shaver in here for convenience as it is near the shaver point.
Shower room cupboard –
This large cupboard houses all the stocks of shower gels, deodorants, face creams, suntan lotions
and my pedicure kit, mini travel and spare supplies for the toothbrush.
Below here I keep toilet rolls and cleaning products but that is another clearing session.
I have made a shopping list of those items I do need to replace because they are about to run out so when I feel I need a bit of retail therapy which for me is not often I can purposefully shop rather that buy something I might not use.
So end of day 1 simplifying and decluttering and I feel quite pleased with myself. I have let go of a few items I had been holding onto since last time but had not used in a whole year. Of course I do not use the thermometer very often not even in the last year but I suppose you do have to keep some items ‘just in case’.
Have a good weekend x