Minimalistic Living – In the Bathroom
By: Carrie Pokrefke
Does your bathtub or shower look like this? Half-filled bottles that you don’t finish all the way before moving on to the next bottle?
(In my defense, I did plan on writing this post and intentionally did not get rid of the empty bottles. I also made a point to try to use up all the bath products I had sitting around.)
In my ongoing quest to lead a minimalist lifestyle, I decided that I really needed to tackle my bathroom. And, more specifically, my bathtub.
When I actually went in there to start purging, I would pick up a product and try to decide if I should keep it or not. But, I realized that I was going about it all wrong. Instead of getting rid of things one by one, the best strategy is to imagine a clean slate and focus on what I truly need. That’s simple and takes a lot less time than going through everything.
And what do I need? Shampoo, conditioner, razor and soap. That’s it. I didn’t need 500 bottles of bath products, I just need three. Which means, I don’t need containers to hold those 500 bottles. Three bottles fit comfortable on the side of the tub.
I purged (and recycled!) all my empty bottles about two weeks ago. It’s really nice not seeing a million bottles cluttering up my space. Also, it takes a lot less time to clean. I only have to move three bottles now. And, when the storms were heading to Atlanta, I didn’t have to worry about knocking over a bunch of stuff to put Rudy in a safe place.