Downsizing: The Bathroom

One of the most frustrating areas for downsizing and figuring out the essentials has been the bathroom. There is an embarrasing amount of goops and goos that I use every day, and I’m terrible at commiting to routines and products alike. When I first started purging crap from the bathroom, I had hundreds of partially used as well as unopened products stashed in our cabinets, and even more stock-piled in a closet down the hall, nestled in with a plethora of linens and towels. How on earth is a girl to get real with herself about what products are actually used on at least a semi-regular basis?!

I’ve found that the best way to get myself feeling orientated and keeping myself from becoming overwhelmed is to get rid of the real clutter first. Is it expired? See ya! Has it been sitting in my cabinets with honourable intentions for over six months? buh-bye.

The hardest things for me to let go of are perfectly good, unopened products.
I deal with this as follows:

Step One) Place un-used products all around the bathroom in obvious places so that I must trip over them to get to where I want to go. This will force me to make use of these items.

Step Two) Become adept at manoeuvring through/around the obstacles I placed all around the bathroom.

Step Three) Stop seeing the mess and become oblivious.

Step Four) Cause contention in my marriage by continuing to ignore the hazardously placed products all around the bathroom.

Step Five) Give in to a self-deprecating fit about how I need to get my crap together and how can I do that if I can’t even get my bathroom together and donate products to people who will actually use them.


Next on the list is making the space LOOK less cluttered. This can be hard to do with products that are all shapes and sizes, and come with ridiculous packaging.
This is what my bathroom cabinet looks (8)
Mason. Jars. Ah-mason (ha!) what you can do with these babies. I stick my q-tips in an open-topped wide-mouth jar, and most of my other goos fit nicely inside the little tiny mason jars.

One thing about having spent a considerable amount of time figuring out what products I want to have in my bathroom is that I’ve had the unexpected side-effect of becoming disenchanted with most store bought options. I’ve been finding myself wanting to make a myriad of my own things. Now, I’ve never wanted to be one of those hippies that makes their own deodorant, but have you read some of the research about what that stuff can do to you?! It’s a scary world inside bathroom cabinets. But seriously, I make my own deodorant, and it freaking works. Plus, I smell like a tropical citrus vacation.

Pictured above inside those mason jars there is also hand-made hand and face cream, body butter that smells like chocolate oranges, facial/body scrub made with re-used coffee grounds, and a mix of oils that I use to wash my face. Yes, you read that right. I wash my face with oils. Right now I’m trying a blend of extra-virgin-olive-oil and castor oil. It’s going fairly nicely, though like I said, I have a hard time committing to routines and products.

Anyways, enough of that tangent.

I’m constantly re-evaluating the contents of my bathroom now, and like most things on this journey towards living an unencumbered life it’s becoming second nature to see the things that don’t add value and are just taking up space. I love that even the cupboards in my bathroom are becoming a reflection of what I want for my life: simplicity, essential beauty, freedom from all the unnecessary.

See ya, bathroom chaos. I definitely won’t be missing you!


4 Responses to “Downsizing: The Bathroom

  • I love your tips on purging a bathroom!! Mine is a mess of products I never use too and it is now my goal to get rid of them! Also can you share your deodorant recipe!

    • Cassandra Vandenhaak
      5 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words! And sure, Sonya! I’ll be posting a few things that I’ve made, including the deodorant, in the upcoming weeks!

  • Bekah Ghent
    5 years ago

    What I really have a hard time with is all the hand creams and body washes people give you at christmas etc.. because they feel like they have to give you a gift. Well, I also like to make a lot of my own bathroom stuff, and unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your perspective) I actually can’t stand the smell of most of these products anymore. How to get people to stop giving you these things while trying to avoid hurting them by being ungrateful … the next quest.

    • Cassandra Vandenhaak
      5 years ago

      I hear you. I haven’t really come up with a solution just yet, though I’ve found that most people tend to stick to giving edibles (or drinkables) now that they know we’re trying to ‘get rid of stuff’.

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