Thursday, June 16, 2011

the bathroom amnesty

my latest idea for decluttering/simplifying and cost cutting is happening in the bathroom.

Tidying out the cupboard one day under the vanity (yeah yeah I know I need to get out more), I was amazed at how many sample size/travel sized and half used bottles and packets of things there were - perfume, deo, talc, fancy little soaps, sachets of shampoo, you name it.  Out of curiousity I checked my handbag, overnight bag, toilet bag, makeup bag - and those of my daughters.  Even more!   I decided I was spending way too much money on soap, shampoo, air freshener, deodorant and so on and so on and so on and it was time to use what I had.

I got a small washing basket - one that would fit in the cabinet, and put everything in there.  I figured I had enough stuff to last at least 6 weeks.

Now, I am not a hoarder as many of you know - but my goodness. I have not bought anything in the toiletry aisle for over 3 months.  And I'm not even half way through it all.

I'm being creative - using the spray deos and perfume i'm not so keen on for air freshener...bits of shampoo for bubble bath for the kids.  Using two-in-one shampoo for body wash.  So far no one is complaining - and I reckon I saved myself heaps of $$ - and got an organised bathroom cabinet in to the bargain!  My vision is to have ONE of everything - how much better will the bathroom look then!?

Next, the cleaning products - I mean, seriously, do we really need 10 different products when bleach, vinegar and baking soda, do most things?

1 comment:

JoGillespie said...

Wow!!! I'm impressed. This is a super saving idea. I keep those little bottles etc in the guest bathroom, for when we have an influx. Your idea is a great way to use them up, though. I'm with you on the cleaning products. We have so many, it is truly ridiculous!