Monday, January 23, 2012

Back to Basics

If you have read my blog before, you would already know that I am not a hoarder.  At all.  I hate clutter.  I hate things "lying around".  I hate having something because.

If it isn't functional... it goes.

If it isn't useful... it goes.

If I am keeping it for "one day"... it goes.

Now that the kids are back at school, I have time to get my house back into order.  I mean, it is usually very organised... but the mess has been piling up, and some of the "chores" have been pushed aside.

I started today with the bathrooms.  I pulled the cupboards out and threw away any bottles that we no longer needed.

This is our ensuite.  This is the bathroom we mainly use.

 I hate having things on the counter.  Everything has a place.  It is easy to pull the deodorant out of the cupboard, spray under your arms and put it back.  No need to have a counter covered in ugly bottles!  :)

Top Shelf has spare soaps, toothbrushes, shavers and overnight bathroom bags.  
On the bottom we have spare toilet rolls, Brett's deodorant and moisturiser.  The Purple and pink bag has our "nail station".  The Green one next to it has the hair clippers.  
The black box is all my "lady items" and the basket has my hairdryer, straightening, curling wand and my crimper from when I was a little girl.

There is nothing in this cupboard that we don't need.

Nail Station.  Take the whole bag with you... use what you need and bring the whole bag back.  Brett knows that if he wants to clip his nails to take the whole bag.  It means that the nail clippers don't get lost or left around the house.

 Bottom drawer is my drawer.  Make up, face cleansers, moisturiser, deodorant.  Again, nothing in here that I don't use.

Top drawer is the hair station.  The little wooden box was bought in San Francisco when I was 16.  It holds bobbie pins.  I clean this drawer out regularly.  
Vacuuming out the fallen hair and tossing broken bands.

We only use the kids (main) bathroom for washing hands and having a shower/bath.  As you can see... there is NOTHING in their bathroom.  This saves on children playing with toothpaste and creams. The mornings and nights have a production line in our ensuite to brush hair and teeth.

  Bubble Bath.  All on its lonesome.

So, go now and empty your bathroom cupboards.  Be truthful about what you REALLY use.  If you are holding onto a bottle of mosturiser that your grandmother gave you 3 Christmas's ago...

Let.  It.  Go.

If you don't use it... loose it.

And my final thought for today.  Remember to take the toilet seat off once a week to give it a REALLY good clean.  If you have boys...  you will be HORRIFIED.

Just sayin'

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  1. Just luuurvely!!

    We only have bubble bath and extra face washers in the kid's bathroom...... oh and when we moved.... I took the toilet seat off at our new place as one of my first jobs. Oh. My. Gosh. I was sick!!!! I don't think it had EVER been taken off in the house's 5 years of life :( sooooo awful!!

    Oh and I have a pretty pink tackle box for all of my daughter's hair clips and bands. Really easy with all the little compartments.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    1. I have a blog post soon about something I made for all the hair clips.

  2. Wow! Your bathroom is amazing! I love that piece next to the sink that has all your pretty things on it- is it an old window or cupboard door? Very cool!

    1. Yes Robyn, it is an old window. I made it. I store all my earrings on it. I have made another for the girls room which I will be blogging about soon.

  3. Oh if only my fiance was on the smae wave length as me...then my home would be so tidy and organised! I hate having ugly bottles all over our basin. We only have 1 bathroom in our home :-( the drawers are completly full of crap.

    Its on my to do list this week! Im going to get those bathroom drawers clean and sorted!

  4. Sorry if this is a silly question, but how do you remove the toilet seat? Our toilet looks very similar to yours!

  5. WOW! A bathroom or two too envy. Now, tell this curious Suger, what does that print say? It looks gorgeous.


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