Day 10 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge is upon us!
Not gonna lie...I was relieved to declutter the guest bathrooms after yesterday’s hard work in the office. 😓 I was surprised to find a bag of unnecessary items, including a disturbing number of lip glosses and lipsticks that I had forgotten. I also found a few expired medications that need to go.
What will you find in your spare bathroom?
I'm sure you already know the reasons why you are better off not using expired makeup. The good news is that it can be very simple to keep track of when to toss the old stuff.
1. Write down the expiration times for your makeup. Keep this note somewhere near your makeup. This can be a full-sized sheet like the one in the pic below. I attached this to the inside of my bathroom cabinet for easy reference. It can also be a simple as a post-it note in your makeup bag.
2. Note the expiration on your makeup when you purchase it. It is great to know how long to keep something (see step 1!), but that only helps if you recall when you bought it. I like to use price tag stickers that I got from the Dollar Tree and a Sharpie for this job. Works like a charm.
3. Congratulate yourself on using fresh makeup. Your face will thank you! :D
Do you keep track of your makeup's expiration? If not, will you start today? Please share in the comments!
Would it be too cheesy to say that it's "just what the Dr. ordered."? Ha ha ha...oh well, too late now!
Our medicine cabinets are the first place we might look when we need pain relief or soothing comfort, but can also be the last place we think to organize. A medicine cabinet that is orderly is not only easier to use, it is safer as well.
-Medications need to be sorted regularly. If you use a lot of medications or vitamins, try to check expiration dates at least twice a year.
-Use zipper seal baggies to hold loose items such as cotton balls or gauze pads.
-For extra credit - you could hang a list on the inside of the cabinet that shows medications taken regularly, any drug allergies, and poison control numbers.
-I recently discovered that the Police department of my city, Bothell, participates in a safe drug recycling program. You can bring in your no-longer-wanted or expired prescriptions, ointments, and over-the-counter meds and they will safely recycle them. This is a great resource to look for in your local area. I tested out this method last week and it was a very simple solution!
The bathroom is typically one of the smallest rooms in the home, yet the one that is used every day, possibly by many people. Organizing bathroom drawer and cabinet spaces will save everyone time and energy. Who couldn't use more of that?!
Begin by emptying all spaces and throwing out any expired items. Thoroughly wipe down all cabinet and drawer surfaces. Sort items into like categories such as these:
-Perfumes and body fragrances
Once all of the items are grouped, it is easier to see the total overall size of space they will require. You can find drawer and cabinet storage bins to keep the items together and ready for when you need them.
I have included a couple of pics of my favorite inexpensive bins to use from (where else?)...IKEA! Isn't everything more fun with a label?
What is your favorite way to contain your bathroom supplies? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Jewelry and accessories can easily end up in tangled messes on dresser tops or in large jewelry boxes when not organized. Keep your precious items in great condition with these simple tips.
-Necklaces will have longer lives and be easier to select when they are hung on necklace hooks, or pegs instead of piled in jewelry cases.
-Necklace peg boards are small and inexpensive to buy or diy, making them a great solution for jewelry organization.
-Use jewelry boxes with small divided sections for things such as earrings, or use an earring board for storage.
-A narrow vase can be a great place to store (and display!) bracelets and watches by sliding them over the top or fastening them around, and can serve as a fun decorative piece.
-A repair kit including extra watch batteries, mini screwdrivers, and jewelry repair wire could also be a valuable addition to your collection.
Here are a couple of pics, as always, for inspiration! And, I would love to hear, how you do keep your jewelry organized??
I hope you are doing well and are still focused on getting organized! Today's tip is to organize your closet doors.
The interior side of a closet door can be the prime location for thorough organization. Hang a plastic or canvas pocket organizer on the closet door and use it all year round to help keep items in their place.
-During cold months of the year, use the pockets in a coat closet for hats, scarves, pairs of mittens and gloves, and even extra ice scrapers.
-In warmer months, fill the pockets with flip-flops, suntan lotion, swimming goggles, deflated pool toys, and bug spray.
-If you have kids, each child can have one or two rows of pockets for their own items, and won't have to struggle to find what they need on the shelves.
-An office/guest room door can also be a great place to store office supplies.
-The bathroom door can be used to corral nail polish/supplies, and hair bands.
Pocket organizers are inexpensive ways to utilize space efficiently and keep all of those small items stored away, making your day just a little easier. Here are a few pics for inspiration.
Which door in your home will become the perfect storage space for you? Do you use pocket organizers? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! :D
When organizing a specific area, like a closet, dresser drawer, or bathroom countertop, take time to refresh the space. The following steps will help ensure that the space is clean and ready for your organizational plan.
-Empty the space completely.
-Dust, vacuum, or lint roll surfaces to remove debris.
-Wipe down surfaces with damp cloths, polishing cloths, or other necessary cleaning products.
-Add any useful shelves or hooks.
Once the surface areas have been completely cleaned, you can add final touches such as shelf liners or storage baskets. Add sachets of small soap pieces to dresser drawers or fabric softener sheets to bathroom closets to keep everything smelling fresh.
We recently refreshed the space above the toilet in our master bathroom. One of the issues we wanted to resolve was keeping dust off of our soaps and personal items. I neglected to take a "before" pic of our former system...oops! But, I am including a photo of the beautiful new cabinet we hung. Once everything was taken out of the space, I spent some time cleaning the floor, baseboards, and toilet. Once we saw all of the items we wanted to keep in the space, (in a pile on the floor!), we were able to go purchase the right shelving unit to contain everything.
What space will you refresh today?