Somewhere amongst all the Christmas pressies there is going to be something you need to store in your bathroom. If you’ve been really good this year it might be some Jo Malone, if not it might be some bath salts from the pound shop. Either way, it’s the thought that counts and somehow it’s going to need to fit into your bathroom cabinet, baskets or shelf.
If the contents of your bathroom storage are thrown rather than placed, haven’t seen the light of day for many a year, and there’s rust from the bottom of your deodorant can all over your shelves, it’s time for some action.
Rule number 1 – Be ruthless. Be honest with yourself. If it hasn’t been used in 6 months, chances are it won’t ever be.
Rule number 2 – Don’t feel guilty. By keeping that expensive perfume that you never liked because it’s too strong for you, all you are doing is prolonging your guilt by reminding yourself each time you open the cupboard.
Rule number 3 – Be realistic. If the ambience in your bathroom is more My Little Pony than Molton Brown, having all your expensive potions and lotions on display might not be practical. Your spa sanctuary will come one day!
Rule number 4 – Be hygienic. Make up, perfume, toothbrushes, bath oils. They don’t last forever and can harbour nasties if kept too long. Check the bottles for advice. You’d be surprised how short the recommendations are and how fast 5 years goes by!
Rule number 5 – Be frugal. If you use the item in question but have ten half empty bottles, don’t throw them away. Do a bit of a David Beckham and line them up with the bottles with the smallest amounts at the front or, if you can, decant into one bottle.
Rule number 6 – Be different. Just because you always buy a 48 pack of loo roll every time you go to Costco, ask yourself whether the money saved is worth the hassle of storing it.
Rule number 7 – Enjoy. The bathroom cabinet is one of the first things we see in the morning. make sure your day starts off on a positive note.