My Bathroom Declutter
As a Certified KonMari and Home Organizing Consultant, I help people to simplify their homes and get organized, but also to learn to be mindful when doing the process with me. Even though I've done the KonMari Method in my own home last January 2017, I still need to let go of items in my home every year that have expired. As we all know, not everything we use lasts forever when it comes to products that we use in the bathroom. So I decided to start the new year by doing a good bathroom declutter, to make sure that what I still have is good to use for myself and my family.
What I love about the KonMari Method is that it has taught me how to realize and be aware of everything that I am using in my life, if it’s serving me and sparking joy (of course). It has also made my life so much easier, as I am able to quickly tidy and clean every area of my home with no wasted time. So my counters including my bathroom counter is clear of things and clutter so I can easily wipe down the counter top after using. As you can see I don’t leave anything except for soap on my sink.
I live at home with a family of four (including myself) and that’s made up of my husband, 9 yrs. old son and my mom who is retired. Everything you see in the bathroom is what we all use, my mom has products in her bedroom but the rest of us only have what you see in my bathroom. The photo above shows how the underneath of my sink looks like. Under the sink I have bathroom cleaning products on the right side, and personal bathroom products on the left side.
Here’s where the rest of my family’s bathroom products are in a standing cabinet unit. My products for taking a bath and shower are placed outside of my shower, so that I can remove water and can clean the inside of the shower easily. I know this is not always possible for every bathroom space (or necessary) but this helps us to avoid mildew from growing inside. Even though we have already simplified our things, we will discover what is still good to use with the declutter and KonMari process.
Basically when you start doing your bathroom komono (miscellaneous) declutter, you need to remove everything out so you can see how much you have, and then you can start going through all of the items. Be sure to check for expiry dates on the back of bottles or boxes and most things even though they spark joy, are no longer good to use. Sometimes you will see a small image of a container on the back of a product with the amount of months it will last after opening it. If you can’t remember when you opened the product or purchased it, most likely it’s already old. Products that expire are not good to use after the due date, as they won’t be of good to your skin, body or health. Our skin can absorb things very easily, and we don’t want to use products that will be harmful to our well-being. Also, remember that the money spent for these products should not stop you from letting go...they have already served you when you purchased it. Once you go through all of your items, you will return and organize them back according to the following: face care, skin care, hair care, hair tools, dental care, first aid, medical, feminine products and cleaning supplies.
Here is how our cabinets look after the declutter and I have grouped similar items together and created homes so that we can find things easily. My husband has the top shelf with just a few items to the left, the right side is our first-aid and medical supplies. The second shelf is all of my stuff which includes daily skin care, hair care and body care. The third shelf contains our cotton pads, q-tips, and hairbrushes. The fourth shelf has our tooth brushes, tooth paste and our family face wash that my husband, son and mom use. The fifth shelf has hair tools, my mom’s hair and body care. Finally the last shelf has extra bath sponges, containers for travel, bars of soap and feminine products.
The image above shows everything that has expired or is practically empty and all of this filled one shopping bag. I will dispose of the items properly emptying out ingredients and recycling the containers that can be placed in the blue bin. Then you should take inventory of what you need to replace so you can purchase what you need. The KonMari Method helps you to be a conscious consumer and then you become smarter at shopping and no more mindless purchases or wasting money. After this process, I discovered I needed to replace my skincare for my daily use including face wash, moisturizer and toner. I want to invest in good quality products that are good for my skin and my health.
I decided to invest in a minimalist luxury skincare brand that is locally made in Toronto, Canada and it’s called Graydon. As I get older, I also want to take better care of my aging skin and I think it’s so important to use products made of good for you ingredients. Graydon Skin Care products are all made of plant based ingredients of superfoods and extracts which I love. I will be trying this out for the first time to see if it will make a difference to my skin. I have suffered from acne growing up, and even as an adult in my thirties I still have some breakouts on my neck and chin especially in the winter. I’m going to show you all a before and after of my skin as well to show you the benefits of investing in your skin and yourself.
Here’s a photo of myself with no makeup and cleansed with Graydon’s Blue Majik® foam face wash and Konjac sponge. The Blue Majik® ingredient is actually blue-green algae, which is rich in minerals and protein building amino acids, and vitamins to slow down signs of aging, and will improve skin texture and firmness. After, I sprayed some Face Food Mineral Mist, which hydrates and locks in moisture while also protecting my skin from free radicals and environmental pollution. Then I used Graydon’s Full Moon serum (combats signs of aging) and Super Food serum (brightens, hydrates and nourishes skin) mixed together like a skin care smoothie and applied gently on my face. Followed by Berry Rich probiotic face and eye cream, and then finally Green Cream phyto-retinol clarifying complex cream on my chin and neck area only. Stay tuned in a month as I share my results after one month of using Graydon plant powered skin care.
You can check out my videos for my bathroom declutter
below, and also my new daily regimen using my new Graydon skincare.
Will you be starting your bathroom declutter for this year? If you haven't done it in a long time perhaps the time is now. Then you can start to invest in yourself and start using good products that will both benefit your face, body and well-being.
Check out my bathroom declutter in my actual home:
Then, check out my video on what I decided to replace after my declutter.
After my bathroom declutter, I noticed that I needed a new skincare line and take care of my skin with the right products. Invest in yourself and your well-being!