Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Simplify and Unclutter

Since it's still so freaking cold outdoors, I've been looking at the indoors and not liking what I'm seeing. Stuff not put away, disorganization and in a couple of nooks and crannies - chaos. There's a good site called the Unclutterer that inspried me to get off my butt. 

No, I'm not a hoarder, I swear, and my house would only need a half-hour to look presentable to guests. It's just that I'm a former pack-rat and every so often, if I'm not vigilant, things can get out of hand quickly... especially when they burst out of the closet.

I've divided the tasks but I started with easier ones first. Organizing, trashing and recycling stuff from my bureau to my purse to the bathroom and powder room:

-Medicine Cabinet: I have really no use for expired Tylenols from five years ago. Lots of old stuff gone. 

-Lotions: Twelve body moisturizers! I really only need three: normal, extra-strength for dry winter thighs and shins and super-extra-strength for summer sandal feets.

-Potions: For my facial skin care routine, I seemed to have about twenty different treatments, from zit cream to wrinkle cream. I'm down to five including a good sunscreen.

Shampoos, conditioners, hair care products, brushes, mascaras, eye shadows, lip balms, foundations, powders, soaps, nail care products, nail polishes have all been pared down to the essentials. Now it's much easier to find what I need, especially in the morning when I need to get out the door quickly.

Next up, not so fun: Bills and organizing other important records. Blah, Yuck and Double Yuck. I'd been chucking everything into a big plastic storage box so there's a lot of work to do there to make sense of the chaos. Have found my shredder at least!

Clothes will be after that, then electronic files and e-mail, and then will finish up with some fun stuff: DVDs, books and photos. This will keep me busy and out of trouble for many an evening until the Spring LOL   

I'm taking better care of my body so why not take better care of my life?


  1. I couldn't agree more! We are trying to de-clutter some areas of our lives as well. Like my craft table LOL

  2. Awww, spring cleaning is in the air, even if it's just indoors. ;) Good luck, Nikki!

  3. I agree with you! I have a tendency of cluttering too, but it's really not a lot of stuff.. it just looks messy. Takes me an hour and it's all good, so I wonder why I can't just keep it like that! I have so much stuff I could throw out too.. hmmm, I think you just triggered a spring cleaning!

    1. Ha ha! There are lots of cute storage bins and ways to disguise clutter, but I think the best way is to start by simplifying everything. Good luck with your spring cleaning!

  4. I'm trying to sell my house, so I feel ALL of this. Cleaning up. While you're in the process it sucks, but the after feels amazing. :)

    1. Changing houses is a super-stressfull time. Packing is not especially fun, but it's the right time to go through everything you own... if you're not on a time crunch that is, then the crap and junks gets packed too LOL