Decluttering my apartment room by room has been my big project for the start of 2017. It’s all part of a bigger plan to simplify my life and pave the way to a minimalist lifestyle. Read more about minimalism here and find my action plan to declutter my apartment here.
As I clean out each space, I’m sharing my progress on this blog to keep myself accountable. I also hope to encourage you guys to do the same thing in your homes!
Today, I tackled the bathroom. This involved sorting through two drawers, two cabinets and a basket full of products that’s been sitting on top of the dryer since we moved in. I have literally been meaning to find a better place for that basket since moving day. Today, I can proudly say – that basket’s finally gone!
The most interesting part of cleaning out the bathroom was discovering things that I didn’t know I had. For example, I discovered that I had not one, but two boxes of Q-tips hanging out in my drawer. I had picked up the new box reluctantly (Q-tips are surprisingly expensive!) because I was under the impression that I had none in the apartment. This is what happens when you have too much clutter. You lose track of what’s right under your nose and end up spending money on things you don’t need (who needs 670 Q-tips?)!
So here’s the lowdown:
Number of items I got rid of: 65!!
Time spent: About 4 hours. Most of the time was spent sorting through things like lipsticks, tiny earrings and piles of nail polish.
Biggest challenge: The hardest part was letting go of products that still had plenty of use left in them. When you’re getting rid of clutter, you’ve got to remember that there’s no use in keeping products that you don’t use! It may seem wasteful to throw this stuff out, but instead of hoarding them for no reason, make a pledge to stop buying products you don’t need. This means throwing out lotions, hair sprays, makeup palettes and nail polishes that you don’t like or use. Once you’re done sorting out the good from the bad, take a look at your throw-out pile and resolve not to waste your money again!
Here are some before and afters:
I’m so excited to be getting 65 things out of my life today! It’s crazy to think I had this many unnecessary items just in my bathroom. Among the things I got rid of were: a curling iron, jewelry, hair products, body lotions, makeup, facecloths and 2 storage boxes (I no longer need them!). Most things will unfortunately go into the trash (opened bottles, used makeup etc.) but a few things will be donated to better homes :).
At the beginning of my deluttering challenge, I promised myself that I would go through each room in my apartment twice to make sure that I really get rid of the the extra. When I make my second attempt at the bathroom, I wonder if I can get rid of 65 more things?
What are you getting rid of today?