An hour later, it all looked so much better! Everything neat and clean and useable. Old crusty stuff thrown away. And then I started eyeing the tall shelves in the bathroom that hold my skin care, everyday makeup, makeup brushes, perfume, and on and on. It was a disaster. So messy and dusty and disorganized. So today I tackled that chore, starting with my makeup shelf. This is the shelf that holds my skincare products, my makeup brushes, and the everyday makeup supplies - the eyeshadows and brow shadow. The mascara is in the (currently) cleaned out drawer, as are my containers of bronzers and blushes. Other than the mascara, everything else in the drawer is an occasional product - even the blush. The stuff on the bathroom shelf is all daily wear. So... there's sort of a system. Don't judge me.
OK - so once everything was all cleaned out, thrown away, dusted off, and reorganized into different baskets and containers I took a look at the perfume shelf. Total mess. I started the purge process there. So many "almost gone" bottles that I was never going to completely use up. So I cleaned, threw away, dusted off, and organized everything on that shelf. Which led to the third shelf. The one that holds towels AND body lotion. There were about 3 "almost gone" containers of lotion, and a mystery container of Grecian Formula that L wouldn't own up to buying. (Really?? Who ELSE would have bought it??) I really can't stand to waste good lotion so I managed - very messily - to empty all of them into one container. Sooo much neater! Grecian Formula went in the trash.
And then there was the final shelf, which held a stack of old towels no one is going to use. So they are now the car wash towels, and now I have a shelf to store my curling iron and a pretty container of soaps on. I didn't realize that I had so many bars of soap - I'd been given some as gifts, bought some that I thought were pretty, and had gradually collected a boatload. So now they're all in one place (as opposed to thrown in a drawer) and I'll remember that I don't need any more because now they're right in front of me.
Now all of this led to the drawer below. This drawer held a bunch of cosmetic samples obtained from Sephora, a really nice bottle of massage oil that I forgot I had, lots of nail polish, several candles, and a ton of stuff like old shampoos and conditioners that I'll never use. So out went anything that had been sitting for a long time.
All of this purging felt SO GOOD!! And the pile of trash was growing when I took a peek in the cabinets under the sinks. With a sinking heart I realized that this area, too, needed a good purging. I had no idea that we'd collected so many packages of Day-Quil and Ibuprofen, and ALL of it was expired. I organized our first aid items in a basket so it all makes sense ( and in an emergency it can be easily grabbed!) I threw out old toothbrushes and any products that neither one of us wanted or could remember buying.
I don't know how I'd amassed such a collection of hair products, but there they all were - many of them barely used or maybe half used. And then I'd moved on to something else, I guess. I got a bag and started piling anything that was still good and/or there was still a good amount of it left, and I will give it to my nieces this weekend when we're up there visiting them. I added any cosmetic samples I'd been collecting, as well as some brand new mascara I am never going to use (I'd bought two of them, found I was allergic to it, and never opened the second one). I put bath salts and bath fizzies in the bag - we don't even have a bathtub anymore! And the little girls will love them.
When I was all done, it was so satisfying to look into all of the cupboards and shelves and see everything neat and clean and organized. I don't know what it is about cleaning and purging, but it really gives you a lift when it's all over! Not so much when you're in the midst of it - that's when I question my sanity in starting the project - but when it's all done I get the biggest sense of accomplishment. All is in order in my little corner of the world.
This is completely off the subject of cleaning, but I talked to Katie yesterday, and their family was out playing in the snow. They had gotten the girls a coaster and sled, and had found Mia a little snowboard for 70% off - about $7.00! So for your enjoyment (I've been enjoying these pictures all day now) here are a couple of pictures of Mia shredding up the bunny hill. I think we may have a future Olympian here. Just sayin'.
My assignment to myself this week is to find out what the other grandkids in Denver have been up to. I find that sons are not nearly as communicative as daughters, and so I don't get those daily reports on Lexi, Matthew and Skylee. I shall seek the facts, and return and report.