De-cluttering Washroom


gl0ss
on May 20, 2015 @ 11:26 pm

So I am in the process of de-cluttering my washroom and find myself overwhelmed. 

Not sure if any of you chicks have the same issue but I have a TON of products, hair products/makeup/samples that I just don't use or have used and they have not worked for me. And in my typical nature I just shove them aside somewhere and forget about them. I go through 'de-cluttering' spurts every now and again but I have yet to tackle my washroom clutter.

What are some of your tips for trying to de-clutter the washroom? How do you decide what makes the cut and what doesn't?
What do you do with all the excess 'stuff' ? Trash it? Give it away?

Help a sister out and give me some idea's of what you lovely ladies do :)
 


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Kylee
Bathroom storage. on May 20, 2015 @ 11:48 pm

I find that storage bins help a lot and you can pick them up from any dollar store! They are handy to keep in the drawers in your bathroom and the bathroom cup boards (if you have any) it's a handy way to keep things organized. I actually keep my hair products in my bedroom , I have a desk that has lots of compartments so it's super handy. The stuff I but but don't use right away like all my beauty products get stored in my bedroom closet. I have the cube wooden box storage shelves inside my closet if that makes any sense. They work so well! If you find that you just have too much go through all of it and decide what you want to keep and not keep. You can always give stuff away! And with the old expired beauty products I would just chuck them if it were me. I hope this helps!
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gl0ss
. on May 21, 2015 @ 12:23 am

For me storage space is not the issue, I have a TON of storage space! I am fortunate enough to have my own washroom and not have to share with my hubby (living the dream!!)
I find I have too much storage space which leads me to keep stuff squirrelled away everywhere >:(
I totally know what you mean by cube storage, I have a few of those in my linen closet. Definitely some good suggestions, Thanks !:)

At what point do you throw stuff away? My issue with giving stuff away is I have nobody to give it to! I work from home so I don't have any work collegues to pass stuff onto like I did in the past and my gf's have just as much crap as I do and don't need me unloading my hoards on them, shame to throw stuff away but I need some balance in my life with all this stuff
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jcb75
Woman's Shelter? on May 21, 2015 @ 10:22 am

Have you thought about donating some of the products to a woman's shelter? Unused makeup, samples or hair product might be welcome there.
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lovesaraanne
donate/purge. on May 21, 2015 @ 11:14 am

Here in NS we have a curbside giveaway weekend coming up on the 6-7 and I get SO EXCITED to purge.

I sometimes have a hard time sorting through all of my makeup/hair care/skin care products and have also ended up with a huge collection that is overflowing on my vanity, rendering my vanity pretty much useless. I have a younger sister who I always ask if she wants to come see any of it - and I've decided anything that she doesn't take will be put curbside next weekend so hopefully someone else can get some use out of it :) Honestly, it's so hard to get started especially when you have so much stuff to sort through but the end result after purging a ton of stuff feels GREAT.
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gl0ss
. on May 21, 2015 @ 11:26 am

@jcb75 unfortunately most of it is used for full size products, my local shelters will only accept full size unused products (no samples) otherwise I would certainly drop it off there :(

@lovesaraanne - SOOO jealous of your curbside giveaway weekend, I would purge half of my house !!! We have pretty strict garbage rules here where I am in Ontario and unfortunately no free garbage days for me. I know what you mean by having so much stuff overflowing that it essentially renders your space useless, it's like an plague! I get into my OCD modes from time to time and where I see clutter it just drives me nuts, sometimes I will actually not be able to sleep because I keep thinking about it (sounds crazy I know!!)

I have thankfully managed to toss a good number of items, I definitely feel much better knowing that they are on the way out

Next stop spare bedroom closet, where clothes go to die
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lovesaraanne
swap on May 21, 2015 @ 11:37 am

I know what you mean about OCD/clutter. I usually tidy everyday but sometimes I just get in moods where I can't eat, sleep, think until I really de-clutter something that has been bothering me. My bf works from home so our dining room is mostly used an an office space, overflowing with papers and electronics...it gives me an OCD twitch. Since I can't manage his workspace I take out my energy tidying something else ;)

I mean, we could always create a ChickAdvisor swap if we wanted to :) We could each sign up to send each other new/gently used goodies for someone else to try. Small packages would mean minimal postage :) Would be a good way to get rid of some things and try new things! Our own "curbside giveaway" ;)
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gl0ss
. on May 21, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

I am the exact same way! It will just pick at me until something is done about it! I work from home myself now (last 2 months) and I just look at things and it gives me the OCD twitch also! Definitely bothers me more now than it did when I worked outside the home, I feel smothered now!

That is a pretty great idea, we should look into this swap idea among other chicks here! I am sure we all have stuff rolling around that we would gladly exchange for some more stuff that we haven't yet tried!
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danayyc
stuff on May 21, 2015 @ 11:08 pm

I throw out anything that is expired or if it does not have an expiry date and I have not used it in over a year. I found that if I kept something long and then used it typically it caused a skin reaction. And a lot of stuff just doesn't smell right if you don't use it within certain amount of time.

Most of make-up has very limited time of use from the moment you touch it (typically 6-12 months), and creams and shampoos don't last forever either. And stuff like make-up and creams should not be shared due to possible bacteria contamination (bacteria that might be normal to your skin can cause brutal reaction to someone else)

I know it's a waste, but if none of your girlfriends or family members are interested in your stuff, I'd try to offer it online (kijiji or local facebook groups such as "buy&sell") and nobody bites, I'd throw it away....

Or the idea previous posters had to swap it on here.


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brooklingal77
Ideas on May 22, 2015 @ 06:14 pm

I would donate cosmetics you don't use to a women's shelter. IKEA has some excellent storage ideas. They have compact storage units. Plastic trays used for office supplies is another idea.
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