Outside of the kitchen and wardrobe, I think that the bathroom is the next most difficult area to downsize. If you are like me, you may have a random stockpile of mini shampoos or makeup items you have kept along the way but never ended up using, even though you were certain that you would need it someday??? Well, now is the time to face those medicine cabinets and little bathroom nooks and clean house!
OUR DOWNSIZING GROUND RULES:
#1 Think about the space that you are moving in to.
#2 You will need five designated spaces: keep, sell, donate, trash and RV. We will talk about how to deal with those piles in another post, so for now, focus on the task of sorting.
#3 In each room, we will start with the larger items and proceed to the smaller items.
#4 Look for multipurpose items. They will be a big asset in a smaller space or RV.
Towels – These are probably the largest space takers of the bathroom, so plan for them first. We only have one bathroom towel each, plus 2 hand towels and a few wash cloths. Start with that, and if you end up with extra storage space on the RV, you can always add to your collection. With no extra towel storage, our towels go directly from the towel holder to the washer/dryer and then right back on the holder. Simple.
Toiletries/Makeup – I have something in my craw over toiletries that I feel duty bound to make sure all of you are aware of.
The average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). While most men use fewer products, they’re still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily…
That is a quote from Dr. Mercola’s website. Click on that blue link to read the whole article, if you are unsure about the dangers of those chemicals, how many are not evaluated by the FDA and the overall implications for your own life.
Why not take this opportunity of downsizing to clear out some of the synthetic and toxic chemicals from your routine? Start with some of our simple, effective diy recipes for your toiletries. Also, be sure to think about items that can perform multi-purposes here, such as castile soap. We use it as hand soap, body wash, shampoo for Chris (for his lush locks of course), for shaving, in our laundry soap recipe and more ways.
Medicines – Since you may store pharmaceuticals in your bathroom, now is the time to go through them. Be sure to remove any that have expired. How do you dispose of them? I would start at your local pharmacy – many will take them back or offer mailing programs where you can send them for proper disposal. I personally would not flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash.
Which toiletries are you ready to ditch? Need natural alternatives – just let me know in the comments!
Next up, downsizing the living room!