by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated November 1, 2012)
There are lots of things that can keep our bathrooms feeling full of stuff. What you need to know is that there are many options for getting rid of clutter. Things that work for one person will not work for another. Some things appeal to a broader spectrum of people than others. These are just a few of those options.
First of all, get a box or bag for all the stuff that does not belong in the bathroom. Anything you do not use in the bathroom should be stored near where it is used, so fill it up with all those things, so you can put them away later. Take the bag into another room and return to the bathroom.
Next, go through all the old bottles you have been keeping. Look at expired medicine in pill bottles. Look at tiny amounts of shampoo and conditioner that you have left in their original containers, containers that you know and love so well. Look at these things and think to yourself, "Do I use these things? Will I be likely to use them in the next week? The next month?" If not, toss them out in a bag or box meant specifically for your garbage. Do not think about the whys and wherefores, immediately toss them out because you obviously do not want to use them. This is no time to reflect on your character. Now, take a look at other containers and do a quick mental question and answer of whether or not you actually use them. Toss them, if necessary. Then get out the next bag or box.
This bag will be for things you do not use that could be making someone else's life easier and/or happier. Anything you are not making the best use of, you can put into this bag. You will need to be a bit harsh, and that is okay. Just be prepared to think of yourself as a bit heartless and you will have an easier time of letting go of your sentimental bathroom clutter. I suggest you take this bag to a thrift store and leave it there as a donation. Be sure, therefore, that you are putting things into this bag that people shopping at a thrift store would want. If you have things that would make a specific person you know happy, you can give these things away to that person directly.
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