Spring Cleaning!

Spring is in the air, and suddenly everyone is talking about spring cleaning and decluttering.

You’ll see tons of posts about how to clean out your closets, declutter the playroom, purge your kitchen cabinets, and clean your walls and woodwork. This is great. It all needs to be done.

But while you’re at it, don’t forget your bathroom.

If you’re anything like me, you collect lotions and potions and like some people collect stamps. I love trying out new products, and I’m always ready to try the next cool thing, which inevitably relegates the last cool thing to the back of the drawer. Before I know it, I have discarded and outdated makeup and skincare products in every crack and crevice of my bathroom.

So last week I decided enough was enough. I had already gone through my kitchen and the kids’ closets, cleaning and decluttering and readying ourselves for spring, so I decided to tackle my bathroom. I used this opportunity not only to clean out products that were out dated and no longer used, but I also read labels and tossed anything containing parabens or sources of gluten. I’ve been wanting to do that for a blue forever.

Here’s how it all went down:

First I opened up the cabinets beneath the sinks and surveyed the chaos.

BEFORE:

Yikes!

I took every last thing out, washed them both down, and threw stuff away that I no longer need. Then I put it all back neatly.

AFTER:

Ahhhh… much better! Although I’m not sure WHY there are 3 open shaving creams under my husband’s side. MEN.

Then I did the drawers. The top drawer of my vanity has been driving me nuts. There is WAY too much stuff in there! There are times when I can’t even get it open without yanking and cursing and risking my fingernails to wedge something out of the way.

BEFORE:

But now?? My fingernails are safe.

AFTER:

The bottom drawer wasn’t QUITE as much of a chore.

Okay, onto the last frontier . . . the closet.

BEFORE:

This was the worst. This is where I toss everything I don’t know what to do with, and it took the longest of this whole project. I threw a TON of stuff away.

And the results!?

AFTER:

I should have gotten the floor in the before picture. It was PILED with stuff.

This was good timing, as the cleaning lady comes tomorrow. (I know, I’m spoiled.) But now I’m ready for her.

I’m all organized and de-cluttered.

And the best part? It took less than an hour. REALLY. It’s not that bad, so go for it. Get to work.

 
 

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