Last November I tackled the closet in our master bathroom. This closet is part medicine cabinet, part linen closet, and where we store all our first aid and extra products. And it was a hot mess. Like many of my organization projects, I actually didn’t intentionally intend to organize it on the day it happened, but when I was digging around looking for something I just couldn’t take it anymore.
I was purging.
I was tossing.
I was on a mission.
It was time for Operation: USE IT UP.
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To get it organized, I took every single thing out of the white baskets I have in here. I tossed anything that was expired and sorted everything back into it’s appropriate basket. Our school was doing a toiletry drive (perfect timing!) so I made a pile of unopened things to donate. I then made labels for what is in each basket so hopefully it stays organized moving forward.
Then it was time for the final step. Which is what I called… Operation USE IT UP. What is Operation USE IT UP? Well, it’s where I pulled out all of the half empty bottles and told myself I had to USE IT UP before I could open anything new or buy any more new products.
I had so many half used bottles in my bathroom! So much unnecessary clutter! So many things taking up space. So much “weight” when I opened the bathroom cabinets.
I had tons of half used travel sized bottles from our trips (because apparently I need a brand new shiny one every time I travel?!?), and lots of hotel sized bottles from over the years. And in my defense, my bestie moved across the country last summer and I ended up with a box of her half used products and hotel goodies.
So I pulled out every bottle or product that I identified as something to USE UP and put it in a separate basket. And I did just that! Operation USE IT UP took some extra effort for sure. I was constantly bringing bottles in and out of the shower and it would have been much easier to just grab a brand new big shiny bottle of body wash and ignore all of this. But every time I USED ONE UP I gave myself a virtual high five. (it’s the little things these days)
And because I am super nerdy, I saved them all and counted them for you.
So far, we have USED UP 43 bottles. FORTY THREE.
All of THIS is no longer taking up space in my life.
I hope you are inspired to conduct an Operation USE IT UP in your house too!
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