It’s easy for these six areas to become pretty cluttered and messy. Decluttering and organizing them takes less than an hour, but the payoff is big. It’s amazing how good you feel when you walk into a room, open a cabinet, or climb into a car with zero clutter.
1. Master Bathroom Countertop, Cabinets, and Drawers
2. Surface of Master Bedroom Bureau and Nightstand
3. Kitchen Spice Cabinet
4. Laundry Room/Area
5. Pet Clutter
Declutter your bathroom countertop, cabinets and drawers.
Undoubtedly, there are products you don’t use; empty bottles; expired make-up and medicine, and stray Q-tips cluttering your bathroom space.
Pull everything out, so you can see what you have. You may be a bit surprised at the number of things you’ve accumulated.
I find lots of unused samples and promotional products in clients’ bathrooms, especially the little bottles of hotel shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and soaps. It seems we just can’t resist freebies. Discard anything you didn’t choose to buy and haven’t used within a few months.
Dispose of expired medicines (both prescription and over the counter), but not in the trash. Many police and sheriff’s stations have drop-offs for pharmaceuticals. Some Walgreens and most HealthPartners pharmacies take medicines, as well. To find locations, check your county’s website or http://www.rethinkrecycling.com/
Most make-up products have a Period After Opening symbol (PAO), a guideline for when to throw them away.
The symbol has a number and the letter M. The M stands for months, so 12M means that it should be discarded after 12 months.
Eye make-up has the shortest shelf life, because it is more susceptible to microbial infection during use.
Lipstick, Concealer, Foundation, Moisturizer – 1 year
Blush – 2 years
Eyeliner Liquid – 4-6 months
Eyeliner Pencil – 2 years
Mascara – 4-6 months
Eyeshadow Cream – 6 months
Eyeshadow Powder – 2 years
Nail Polish – 2 years
Give the empty drawers and cabinets a quick cleaning before you return the items.
If you need containers to corral some of the categories of items, go to your kitchen and search your plastic container collection. Use the lidless, the oddballs, and the extras (everyone has them) for containment.
Now, enjoy walking into your bathroom!
Next week, #2 – bedroom bureau and nightstand.