I have been working on a new system for my toiletries and bath products for the past couple of weeks and I am LOVING the simplicity! I have been working through my Clutter Free Journey for weeks now and when I got to our master bathroom, I was overwhelmed by the amount of beauty products I have that I simply do not use. I really needed a new bathroom organization system! It was really, REALLY hard to purge items that do have usefulness (and I gave a LOT of things away in the process), but since I implemented my new system, I have been happy with how long it takes me to get ready in the morning, I have created the weekly bathing ritual I have always wanted, and I am using what I have!
Let me preface this post by saying that I do NOT wear makeup – now I do not even own makeup. I used to keep it around for the random occasion when I would feel the need to put it on. After 10 years of wearing makeup – at most – once a year, I decided to give it up. If I need a night of makeup, I guess I will call a girlfriend or go to the makeup counter at the nearest department store. I realize this immediately simplifies my morning routine and, thus, my organization system. BUT, I think this system will still work if you do wear makeup, however often.
Decide What to Keep
When I got started on my organization system I decided to think in terms of what I USE. I got rid of the things I simply do NOT use. Out went the makeup. Out went the products I really don’t like, but kept because I felt guilty getting rid of them. Out went the unnecessary. This was the hardest step in the process! But once the items were gone, I didn’t miss anything!
Sort the Essentials
As I sorted out everything, I realized there were a number of things I still use every single day. I created an MVP basket of my every day essential products a while back. And for the most part, the items still in that basket were the items I still use on a daily basis. I have really enjoyed my MVP basket because I can take it from the cabinet, set it on the counter, use the items inside, and then put everything away at one time when I am finished getting ready for the day. It makes keeping the counters in my bathroom clean easier. By the way the basket is a basket I have had around for quite a while. We got it at Bath and Body Works and it measures about 8 inches square. Here is what I keep inside it (some affiliate links included in sources):
And then there were a number of items I used less frequently. And they fell into two different categories: weekly and monthly. It seemed natural to me to create two more MVP baskets with the items I use weekly and monthly. I quickly sorted those items into two baskets and was pleased by how quickly I had created an organizational system for my beauty products.
The weekly bin encourages me to do one of the things I love to do, but often neglect, like take a long luxurious bath once a week! The weekly bin also contains the hair products I use less frequently, but it encourages me to actually try to DO my hair at least once a week!
The monthly bin is for products I use so infrequently that they don’t need to be in my daily or weekly bin. A lot of my date night beauty supplies are in here – I wish we had date night more often, but with little ones I take what I can get! I also have feminine hygiene products for that time of month.
Now that I have created this new bathroom organization system, I am SO pleased with how easy it is to maintain. And how much I am actually using the items I love, instead of storing items for someday. Oh, and I love one other thing – the amount of blank space in my cabinet! I just love a little bit of empty in each one of my organization projects – it tells me I have space what I need (and little more).
UPDATE: I have been using this system for OVER a YEAR and it still looks this good under my cabinet. This bathroom organization system really works and reduces unnecessary stuff. I love it!
How do you organize your bath and beauty products? I would love to hear from you!