We have 15 days left to stay-at-home and we encourage you to make good use of this time while we have it in front of us!  

Here’s some motivation for you of a before and after project we completed in the bathroom! 

What time of day is best to get 15 minutes of focused time?  When do you have the most energy?  When is the rest of your family busy and can give you uninterrupted time?  It may mean you need to wake up just a little earlier to get ahead in your day. 

Be prepared as this process will carry over into multiple days depending on how large of a space or how much stuff you have accumulated in the area you are focusing on.  Set up an area with a table that can be left out for the duration of this project.

For example we will focus on personal care items and toiletries. What are you looking for?  Items in this category may include:

  • Makeup and applicators
  • Nail polish and nail care items 
  • Cotton swabs, pads and facial tissue
  • Perfumes, colognes and deodorants
  • Lotions and moisturizers
  • Skin care 
  • Sun protection 
  • Dental care 
  • Bath and shower items 
  • Hair care
  • Shaving items
  • Travel items

1. The first step is to go around the house collecting items from all the areas where they could be stashed.  This is the hard part as things can often get placed in multiple places especially depending on how many people have used them! Bring them back to your designated location to organize.

 2. As you sort through items gathered, you will find things may be expired or too old to use, an item you never used / liked or you simply have too much of one item taking up precious space.  Whatever the reason this is the time to make a decision.  Here’s a list of toiletry and makeup expiration recommendations: Click here — > toiletry and makeup expiration recommendations.

3. After editing, determine placement.  Extra bulk items could be placed in a labeled container and placed out of sight.  A guest bin could be arranged for anyone who visits your home and needs to borrow personal care items.  You may realize you have an abundance of razors for instance and never have to purchase one for the next year!  The bottom line is to determine how to categorize the items you have, decide on placement using labeled containers and placing near its area of use.  

4. What’s left?  There is bound to be excess.  Whether it can be disposed of or donated will depend on the condition.  For sanitary reasons it should not be donated if used, however many local non-profits love to receive unopened personal care products to help homeless or women’s shelters.  We can help you with that should you have a large amount needing to be dispersed.  Most other items can be placed in your normal trash or rinsed out and recycled such as cardboard, aerosol bottles (spray the rest of product out first) and plastics labeled #1 and #2. 

Now you decide what area of your home has been neglected and carry out the challenge!  You can do it!

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