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I’m so excited!!! I have half of one of my May Goals crossed off!!! (Only a mom of a potty training 2 year old and a wild 1 year old can be so excited about accomplishing half a goal!) In the process of simplifying my
sanity life I am spending this spring going through each room in my house and taking a minimalist challenge. If it doesn’t meet criteria it’s gone. And because I believe you should truly love your space, I’m giving each room a little facelift as I go. What’s on the docket this month? The master bath. I have big plans to beautify our master bath but first- it absolutely had to be spring cleaned.
So- little known fact about me (for all those people that mistakenly think I have it together), I tend to get overwhelmed by large amounts of clutter. It reaches a certain point that I’m not sure where to start— so I just don’t. I close my eyes, grab what I need as fast as I can, and slam drawers and cabinets shut without actually looking at the disaster I know is there. (Really super mom of me, I know!). But I am over being overwhelmed by this house so I am sucking it up and tackling one room at a time. And because every mother should do exactly what she wants to on Mother’s Day (insert exaggerated wink here) it felt like the perfect time to get started on the master bath.
Stay or Go: A Minimalist Challenge
I love to tell people that I’m becoming a minimalist- I do mean it (kind of), but (full disclosure) my mantle will still be covered in little pretties and I have a serious craft closet that I have no intentions of purging any time soon. So I’m not sure that I qualify as a minimalist but it sounds fun. Anyways- my family is growing and my house is not so I have to make this space work for us for the time being. Obviously, the easiest way to do this is to just get rid of old stuff so there is room for new things but that is so much easier said than done. I can be a little too frugal about bizarre things, making it so hard to just trash it (or donate or sell it) because heaven-forbid I need that $3 pack of replacement razor-heads for a razor I no longer own. I am subscribed to several minimalist blogs and (after nosing my way through their home tours to see what my house *should* look like) I click around until I find their guidelines for keeping or trashing items. So if you’re curious- these are the guidelines I settled on to determine if I should keep/sell/donate/trash an item.
- Have I used this item in the last year?
- Does it work/fit?
- Does it have all it’s parts?
- Does this item bring me joy/serve a necessary purpose?
To keep an item it must receive a “Yes” for each question above. And if not I ask the following questions:
- Is this item in sellable shape? (i.e. like new/lightly used but not serving a purpose for me)
- Did someone GIVE me this? (If someone was kind enough to give me an item it is a Pay It Forward-PIF- and goes into the donation pile)
- Do I have a sell plan?
Items that are in great condition, were not donated to me, and have a viable sell plan (garage sell, consignment, etc) go into a sell pile. If they do not meet these criteria I move on:
- Does this item have all it’s parts?
- Could someone else receive joy from this item?
If the answer to both of these are “yes” it goes to the donate pile. If it does not fit into any of the above categories: keep, sell, donate, then it gets trashed immediately.
Simplify: Master Bath
So, now that you have allllll the details on how I decide what stays and what goes, this is what it looked like in action:
Here is my master bath vanity on any given morning once my husband and I have both used it to get ready for the day.
Clean freaks beware- the following shots inside the master bath vanity will make you cringe.
1-Create an absolute disaster by pulling every single item in your master bath vanity (closet, pantry, etc) out so you can see it all at once. Seriously. I know this seems like a terrible idea but once you see how much stuff you have it is easier to say goodbye. I promise.
2- Use the Stay or Go Minimalist Challenge to decide what stays and what goes. I find it is easiest to have a trash bag handy and a box for “donate” and “sell” items rather than just having multiple piles of junk. The less you can handle each item the better!
3- Once you have it narrowed down to what you want/need to keep, you can start organizing. I typically have an idea of what storage I want to add before I start cleaning and go ahead and have it ready (just save your receipts in case you need something different or you bought too much).
4- Find a home for all your items.
5- If it doesn’t have a home you don’t need it, so go ahead and send it packing.
Think Outside The Box
I hate cluttered counters but I
have learned am learning that is part of the problem in our master bath. It does not bother my husband one bit to have a counter full of supplies and he would rather leave something on the counter after he uses it than put it back where it goes. So- I made a pile of every thing we use on a daily basis that included things like: Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control toothbrushes, deodorant, hairspray, face wash, and sunscreen. Then I made another trip to Walmart and wandered the aisles looking for the perfect caddy for all our gear.
I bombed in the organization aisle, but lucked out in the kitchen aisle with two utensil caddy’s that will be the perfect vanity accoutrement once I get around to giving the master bath a facelift. So now our vanity looks like this! (Organized clutter on my countertops- compromise, people! It’s what marriages are made of.)
My favorite thing about the countertops??? I don’t have to clear anything off the counter when I need to plug in myPhilips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control toothbrush AND I don’t have to dig through the drawer for the cord because the cord has it’s own slot in the top drawer! (Y’all- it really is the little things! Haha!). And yes- I’m the weirdo that keeps my cord all wound up for as long as possible.
(PS- don’t worry! This awful brown color on the walls is on the way out!!)
Please notice how little is left in the drawers now that I have taken out our daily essentials (FYI- I was shocked at how much stuff went into the caddies for daily use. I mean- I consider myself a pretty low maintenance person!).
(You can check out this Pinterest board for more unique tips on organizing small spaces. And while you’re at it you can PIN this image!)
How do you tackle the big projects in your home?
What’s on your Spring Cleaning “To Do” List?
If you’re like me, Spring gets you excited about freshening up- the house, the garden (well, wish I had one, at least), my hair, my smile… making it the perfect time to upgrade your toothbrush for a Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control toothbrush. It removes up to 6X more plaque than a manual toothbrush for superior clean so you can head into Spring with a refreshed smile!!! Find it at Walmart in the Personal Care Section!
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