Decluttering the Bathroom and Beauty Products with KonMari
You are currently reading the 5th part of my KonMari series. If you missed any of the previous parts I’ll link them down below.
Komono is by far the biggest category, so I’ve broken it down into manageable chunks. In today’s post, I’m decluttering the bathroom and my beauty supplies. This includes:
- Shampoo, conditioner and other bathroom hair products
- Hair creams, gels, sprays, and treatments
- Hair accessories: brushes, combs, pins, clips, ties, clasps
- Hair appliances: dryers, curlers, straighteners
- Skincare: creams, lotions, ointments, treatments, body wash, shower gel
- Make-up: all manner of make-up, including bags, boxes, and brushes
- Nail care: scissors, clippers, files, oils, buffers, polish and polish removers
- Perfumes, colognes, deodorants
- Shaving equipment
- Feminine hygiene
- Bathroom supplies: toothbrushes and paste, toilet roll, soaps and creams
- Anything else you feel fits into these categories
#1 – Clear a space
Clear an area big enough for you to work in. I suggest for this category you use an empty space on the floor. Like the other categories, I used my bed and quickly regretted it because the stuff from the side of the bath was damp.
#2 – Gather everything to your space
I don’t personally wear make-up very often so this pile may seem quite small. I’ve also left out some items that maybe people don’t want to see – toilet and feminine hygiene products.
#3 – Choose what sparks joy
Remember, you’re focusing on what to keep, not what you’re discarding. If you haven’t used something in a long time then you’re not getting any joy from it.
Whilst you’re going through these products, especially the ones that come in direct contact with your body, look for an expiration date or try to remember when you bought it. As a general rule, mascaras and gels expire in about 6 months and powders & lipsticks last 1-2 years but check with the brand you’re using for more accurate expiry dates.
TIP: this is a good opportunity to clean your make-up brushes and sponges – seriously, when was the last time you cleaned them?
#4 – Put everything away
Think about where you want to use these items. Products to wash with will obviously go in the bathroom. Make-up, on the other hand, might be better suited somewhere else. For example, if there is more natural light in your bedroom or office you may want to keep them there, particularly if your bathroom has poor ventilation and you risk your cosmetics getting damp.
#5 – Discard the rest
Most of the containers that you’re discarding are probably recyclable, so you can give them a quick rinse or a wipe and throw them in the recycle bin.
This one was likely pretty easy for you since you know what products you use and enjoy. Never-the-less, go celebrate yourself for getting another step closer to a decluttered home!
If you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying yet I highly recommend you do so to get a full understanding of the KonMari method.
Have you completed the KonMari method? More than once? Let me know, I’d love to hear about your journey.