In the past, I used to buy more storage to accommodate the overflow of toiletries, tools (who am I kidding, I have a tiny Ikea tool kit), shoes, books etc. However, in the last few years, I’ve started to regularly declutter so that my things fit into the existing space I have.
Whether that’s giving things to friends and family, donating them to charity shops (my local ones are used to a regular delivery from me), throwing things away if they aren’t in good condition or holding swaps with friends.
For example, I used to have a crate which held my shower gels, deodorants, travel minis, moisturisers (notice the plurals). Even though I kept this to what I though was a minimum, I often had to rummage inside to find things, and was constantly tidying it.
I obviously had more than I needed.
So I decluttered said crate, here it is in pictures.
Now to keep it tidy and to a minimum, it’s not just decluttering that has helped. I’ve stopped:
- Buying extras. I don’t buy new toiletries like a shower gel or a deodorant, until I’m about a 3rd of the way through the one I am using, even if they are on special offer
- Collecting hotel mini toiletries, or at least only take something if I know I’ll definitely use it for an upcoming trip or after swimming.
- Accepting free samples just because they are free. A free shampoo sample I’ve wanted to try is great (as long as I try it). A free foundation sachet for a skin tone which is not my own is just silly.
The benefit is that I can now see what I need much more easily, and I’m more mindful about what I have.
If you have any decluttering stories, I’d love to hear them.