More than ever, looking good requires “stuff.” Hair products, bath and body products, make-up… all of these tend to take up space in our bathrooms. Periodically, it is a good idea to sort these items and clear out the unwanted clutter. Today’s challenge is to find 16 make-up and/or toiletry items to throw away. Yes, this is a large number, but search all of your bathrooms and you might just surprise yourself! Common culprits in this category include:
- “Free gift” make-up that you never liked
- Eye shadow multipacks of which you’ve emptied some colors and won’t use the others
- Old/stale make-up
- Hair products that didn’t’ work or you no longer use
- “Mostly” empty tubes of ointments, creams, and toothpaste that you are finished with
- Expired items
- Brushes and combs that have lost prongs
- Old mascara (once opened, keep for up to 4 months)
- Old sunscreen (good for 3 years) and insect repellent
- Sponges, brushes and pads that are old and/or dirty
- Broken nail files, razors, nail clippers, tweezers, etc.
- Dried up or old bottles of nail polish
- The extra contact lens cases that come free with solution
- Feminine protection products that you don’t use
- Sample soaps, lotions, shampoos, shower caps, etc. that you have brought home from a hotel (can be donated.)
- Clips, hairbands, barrettes, and headbands that you don’t wear.
One easy trick for helping you to figure out how much to keep is to sort items by type. This way, you can easily see how many of each kind you have. Realizing that you have 21 bottles of nail polish makes it easier to let a couple go. A general rule of thumb is to keep just enough of a product for variety, but not so much that you lose track.
Are you ready to see if you can find 16? What can you think of that I didn’t list?