Welcome to the Clear Your Life Small Project Series!
Do you feel the pressure to clear ALL of your clutter at once by tearing your whole home and life apart?
You can try something different instead. This series is an invitation to embrace the simplicity of smaller projects – by breaking your rooms and categories into bite-sized areas.
Each week will highlight a different focus of your life with strategy and mindset tips to have you taking action and seeing results fast.
If you’ve ever looked at your cluttered home with despair and only see a big mountain of mess – this series is for you.
Why else will you love small clearing projects?
- They take less time
- You’ll see immediate results
- They aren’t overwhelming
- You can combine multiple small projects for bigger areas, and complete the process in a more organized way
Let’s get started with our first area, your bathroom!
The benefits of clearing your bathroom
Did you know the space where you get ready in the morning directly influences your energy?
Waste time looking for your hairbrush or knock over two bottles of moisturizer to get to your shampoo and you’re stressed before you even leave your bathroom for breakfast. These small inconveniences have a heavy energetic effect on your mood.
Even if you have a supportive morning routine like journaling or meditating, waking up to cluttered space will raise your stress levels.
Now imagine instead, you wake up and walk into your clutter free bathroom.
Your counter is clear and there’s even room for a healthy plant to bring in a sense of life and vibrancy to your space. You open your toiletry cupboard and find exactly what you need without any searching.
Getting ready is a breeze and you feel like a total boss.
Clear your bathroom clutter and your morning routine will become a ritual that you look forward to, that sets you up for a great day.
Get started today with small projects
Creating space in your life with small projects takes away the excuse of not having time to do this important work. You’ll train your eye to see more than just the room you’re in and instead break it down into more manageable chunks.
Walk into your bathroom and notice that it can be divided into smaller areas, all of which can be cleared in a short amount of time.
Here are examples of small projects in your bathroom:
- makeup bag
- medicine cabinet
- under your sink
- shower toiletries
- single drawer in bathroom vanity
- one shelf at a time if you have a closet in or near your bathroom
- single storage basket
- shower caddy + side of your bathtub
Do you see how you could make progress by picking just one of these areas?
These projects can be completed in ten minutes to an hour – without creating a giant mess in your space.
Stop your bathroom from getting cluttered again
The habits you adopt after clearing clutter are the difference between lasting and fleeting results. For your bathroom, let’s talk about shopping habits in particular.
I want you to think about why you buy the products that you do.
When you shop with intention you will break the cycle of drowning in products but still coming home with more each week.
There’s nothing wrong with looking, smelling and feeling good! Keeping the right beauty and cleaning supplies in your home is important. But if your home bathroom look like a stock room for your favourite pharmacy, one of the following reasons may be to blame.
We all know the allure of a fresh bottle of product. Pharmacy aisles neatly stocked with rows and rows of neatly lined bottles always look so calm and appealing.
With every bottle you bring home, there’s a new sense of promise and hope.
Standing in the brightly lit aisle you think to yourself: this will be the bottle of cream that changes everything.
Retail therapy gives a momentary high after purchase, before those bottles end up like the rest of your collection waiting for you at home. They join the ranks of other unfinished containers of lotions and potions that didn’t solve all of your problems.
Sale Purchases – even when you don’t need them
I love a good deal, but if you open the cupboards under your bathroom sink and you see a mountain of bottles and boxes, it’s time to skip a sale or two.
There’s a difference between being smart with your money and purchases vs buying too much and adding clutter to your living space. Resist the urge to always buy an item just because it’s on sale. Compare the price reduction at the store to the amount of space those bottles will take up in your home. Depending on your storage size and current back stock, a good deal on paper isn’t actually worth it.
Hotel, travel size & samples
In 2009, I was in my early stages of clearing my belongings. I gathered all of the hotel soaps and shampoos I had been hoarding for the previous 10 years before.
Wow, what a sight!
I had mindlessly collected those little freebies and never took the time to actually use or finish them.
They were just taking up space in my life.
Commit to finishing those tiny bottles and pouches of product you have, or give to a friend who will enjoy them.
Buying all single use products
Have you ever noticed how advertising convinces you that you need a different potion for every use in your life?
I used to believe this without a second thought. If a commercial told me that using soap to shave ruined my razors, I would only buy cream shave gel.
Now, I look at products and advertisements with a much more critical eye.
If you read the ingredients of many products out there, you’ll see that they are often very similar.
I use Dr. Bronner’s for a body wash, shaving, laundry, floor mopping and my sometimes even my dishes. One bottle for all of those uses!
Are there any items in your bathroom cupboards that are single use and could get replaced by another that you use already?
Ready to clear space in four simple steps?
When I help clients clear their clutter, we use my Clear Your Life Method to take the guess work out of what to do. Having a repeatable method to use throughout your home helps you take control and see results!
If you’re new to the CYL Method, you can read about it here.
All of the small projects we’ll be focused on over this series can be completed with ease when you use this method.
Which small bathroom project will you start with? Let me know in the comments below!