It’s true.
If you think organizing is just about being able to find things, you’re wrong…
because when you can’t find things, you usually end up buying more.

Case in point – my bathroom cabinet.

Perhaps it doesn’t qualify for an episode of “Hoarders”, but it did house a lot of stuff.
Stuff that I didn’t even know was in there.

I found loofahs (scrubbies), skin cream, bottles of shampoo and conditioner, mousse (and I don’t use mousse) and oodles of nail polish.

Because it was cluttered, I didn’t notice how my stash had grown – so I kept buying more shampoo and conditioner, and more scrubbies.

Time for a purge.
Empty the entire cabinet out and give it a good wipe down.
Just shifting things here and there won’t help the purge – you really have to take each and every thing out and go through it one by one.

Group like with like and find a way to corral them into one consolidated location.

For me – WAAAAAY too many nail polishes – particularly since I rarely ever paint my nails.

Two small baskets, and a purge of colours I’ll never wear, got me organized.

Next, fill the existing shampoo and conditioner bottles with the stash I had under the cupboard.  They were giant bottles and were only half-filled, so it was an easy consolidation.

Put the scrubbies in the shower and get rid of the old, funky ones.

Finally, and I hated to do this, but I had to purge all the skin creams that I thought I might use someday.
Some have been stashed there for years, so the reality was I was never going to use them.  Someday had come and gone.

If you have unopened toiletries, your local shelter, or Ronald McDonald House will take them.


Now I know exactly what I have and won’t be wasting money on repeat items.

Five minutes – that’s all you need to commit to organizing one small space.

Have a great one!