It’s been on my to-do list for FAR too long. Cleaning out the cabinet under the bathroom sink is something I kept thinking:
- “I gotta do that!”
- “It’s getting out of control!”
- “Ugh. I’ll just throw this in there for now.”
- “I’ll definitely clean it out this weekend.”
- “I thiiink I have one of those (insert whatever item here) but I just don’t know… better just pick one up to be safe!”
My poor husband Aaron doesn’t get any space in the cabinet, that is, expect for a small glass cup that he keeps some little things in. The over-flowing stacked-up and over-stuffed mess was ALL mine and I knew it.
I finally took Gretchen Rubin’s (author of the book The Happiness Project– highly recommended by the way) advice to “Tackle a Nagging Task”. I sat on the floor and just started. The excuses weren’t cool anymore. The time for action had begun.
It sounds so simple and like such common sense but JUST STARTING – meaning just taking the smallest amount of action can instigate amazing amounts of productivity.
The contents of the cabinet were all over the floor and I started to realize how many duplicate items I had. I had unknowingly been buying things multiple times because I had forgotten I already owned it!
Outta’ sight outta’ mind? Yep. Exactly.
Here’s what I found multiples of:
- 3 cans of shaving cream
- 8 (omg) bottles of sunblock
- 4 bars of soap (plus I have TONS of travel size soaps that I’ve been stockpiling for some reason)
- 4 Razor blade replacements
- 2 cans of hairspray
- 3 bottles of hair gel (I don’t even use it except for on my bangs, maybe)
- 4 (say what?) bottles of conditioner (plus lots of travel size ones I’m been “collecting”)
- 1 bottle of shampoo (again lots of little ones I’ve been saving because you just never know, right?)
- 4 mini promotional tubes of toothpaste
- 1 toothbrush
- 3 bottles of sunless tanner (I don’t even use it!)
- 2 bottles of face mask gel
- 1 stick of deodorant
Had I kept the clutter at bay I would’ve saved a chunk of money. Lesson learned cabinet. Lesson learned.
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