Fall Clutter Busting: The Bathroom

Today we're venturing into your bathroom. Make sure to bring a two big trash bags. The bathroom is pretty small compared to the other rooms in your home, but it has lots of hiding places. Clients are often amazed at the things uncovered in this archaeological clutter dig.

Let's start by opening up the area under your sink. Take out every item and put them on the floor of your bathroom. Make sure nothing is on top of anything else. You want every little thing in full view. I've seen these items take up every possible space on the floor. One client joked, "I could open my own drug store."

Pick up one item and ask yourself, "Do I use this?" "Does this make me feel good?" "Does this make me feel pretty or handsome?" Maybe you don't like a particular skin cream, but you spent a lot of money on it and regret the loss. Perhaps you've got six shampoos and can't decide which one you like the best. Sometimes clients will find unused makeup that's been there longer than they can remember. Whatever the situation, ask yourself of each item separately, "Do I love this now, or can I let it go?"

I had a client who had a vast amount of tiny containers of different kinds of skin cream. She shut down at the sight of them. I had her hold one at a time and then apply it to her skin and smell it. I wanted her to get out of her overwhelmed thinking mind and focus with her discriminating working mind. My client picked up the first cream and opened the lid and took in the scent. She winced. She said, "Nope", and put it in the trash bag. She found another cream and applied it to her skin. She liked how it felt on her skin and decided to keep it. She got rid of about 90% of the skin creams. She realized she had gotten into the habit of getting many free samples and buying creams on sale and then tossing them all in the cosmetics warehouse under her sink.

Please repeat this process for every drawer, shelf, and counter space in your bathroom. It's going to make you feel good. With each piece of clutter that goes, you get back some more of your peace of mind. When you're done, put the things you're keeping back in a way that feels good to you. And then toss the bag(s) of stuff you're not keeping. Charities won't take beauty products as far as I know. But they will take brushes, hair dryers, mirrors and other similar kinds of items.

Thanks for doing the work. I'm hoping this kicks in and becomes part of your mind set. You're developing a watchful clutter eye. If you need some additional help, I'm available for online video clutter busts. My rate is $75 an hour and you can reach me at brooks@clutterbusting.com