Last year, I wrote about how I went about decluttering my bathroom cabinet. I did a pretty solid job of organizing (and yes, getting rid of things), but I didn’t truly streamline or minimize my toiletries and bathroom sundries. Probably because I was working on getting married instead of moving across the country.
But this time, it’s for real. And not only is it real, it’s real bad. For someone who claims to be a minimalist, toting this amount of toiletries anywhere should be, quite frankly, embarrassing.
But for anyone aspiring to simplify or minimize, the most important thing is to remember that it’s a journey! I shouldn’t be ashamed of where I’m at, because I’ve come so far already. Frame every part of this journey with positivity, and your momentum will be far greater.
The starting point
Here is what has been lying in the cabinet, waiting in the shadows to torment me a week before a move.
I spy homemade toothpaste, a hook and Listerine
A ton of tampons, a mug, and some old blue jeans
Yes. So I’m going to go through and toss/donate/rehome things again! This time with the mindset that I will only be taking a small bag of toiletries in the car with me. I’ll repurchase anything that is absolutely necessary, but next time around I’ll be able to be a lot more conscious about what comes in to and goes out of my home.
If you’re not moving but have a bathroom filled to the brim, it might even be a good idea to start completely over, too, so that you only ever have what you absolutely need and use regularly. Just my two cents.
Noting what I need
I started making a list of things I really need to have with me at all times, and it’s helping me narrow everything down so well. This list could look very different for you, but here’s what I have come up with so far:
- 1 Lotion
- 1 Perfume
- 1 Facewash (which I’ve been actually loving Witch Hazel and Rosewater as an alternative to storebought stuff)
- 1 Body spray (optional, really)
- 1 Deodorant (preferably homemade, but I’m not there yet)
- 1 Hairbrush
- 1 Comb
- 2 Toothbrushes (a backup is handy for traveling)
- 2 Contact solution bottles (nothing worse than realizing you’re out of solution and it’s 11PM)
- My minimal makeup collection – this time it has to all fit into one small container
- Travel sized versions of many of these things (in fact, any consumables I’ll have travel sized version while we’re making the move, so the bigger versions will be out too)
Note the general rule of thumb: if it’s super necessary, I keep two for myself in case I need backup, but for the most part one of each thing is preferable.
I’m nixing the hair straightener and blow dryer, because I don’t use them often enough to keep them around. Especially now that I’ve cut my hair into a short pixie cut (in a future post, I’ll talk about how I cut my own hair). That means I need very few products and hair accessories, which is awesome.
It’s so different, and I love it. I still have to use up a few products, and some of the larger things that we don’t use up will be handed off to family and friends (who wants the mouthwash?!)
Here’s what it looks like now:
And for comparison, here’s what it looked like a year ago:
What a day. What are your bathroom must-haves?