I have been a hoarder for as long as I can remember. A true hoarder. As a child, I had a cupboard full of collected boxes, toilet paper rolls, brochures, birthday and Christmas cards. I couldn’t stand to throw anything away. As I’ve moved houses and grown up, I realise that these materials don’t often add value to our lives and getting rid of stuff can be quite liberating!
So I thought a good place to start was my toiletries cupboard.
I had multiple deodorants, eye shadows from years ago that I never wear, lipsticks, fake tan, samples, etc.
Tips to cull and organise your toiletries:
- Take everything out on the floor. In other words, horrify yourself with how much stuff you own that you don’t need!
- Organise the items into categories: makeup, skin, hair, hygiene.
- Throw any doubles of the same thing I had 3 mousturisers and 3 mascaras – GONE.
- Get rid of products older than a year. Old products harbour bacteria and the active ingredients do not have an effect anymore. Plus, if you haven’t used it up in a year, how necessary can it be?
- Throw out any products with nasty ingredients or chemicals known to be potentially harmful. I got rid of my deodorants containing aluminium (some links to breast cancer) and lotions containing mineral oil (unpurified form has been linked to
- Place your frequently used items in baskets. I used one for hair items, one for makeup and one for general hygiene items. This way, you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for without digging through bags.
- Voila! Hopefully you have a simplistic and tidier toiletries cupboard.