Fine Tuning

I fine tuned my bathroom this week. I don’t have a ton of bathroom things, but my big goal now is to have so little that I can pack it all into a bathroom organizer for travel. It sounds so crazy to me, compared to how much I had 5 years ago. All of those half empty shampoo bottles, a huge drawer set of make up, and unused nail polishes: all discarded. And now I want to simplify even more?! Duh. I love a challenge.
FT B 2My portion of the cabinet above the toilet, which is mostly items I am using through.
I originally thought about getting one of those hanging, soft sides toiletry organizers, but now I am wondering why I want to ADD to my bathroom! I am currently trying to find a physical way to dictate how much space I am willing to dedicate to my bathroom things. I thought about how awesome it would be to only use the toiletry bag for my things, and one for manfriend for his, but then I realized that this is my challenge and not his. I first brought out every single bathroom item into the living room, I spread everything out onto the floor and sorted them.
I had one pile for things that are trash only such as an eye liner I had used a few times but ultimately didn’t care for, one pile for things that could be rehomed such as a hair straightener that I used once and hated, a pile for things that would be useful in other areas of the home like a jar that I can use for food storage, and a repurposing pile. In the repurposing pile I put all of my lip balms that the texture or flavor sucked, healing salves, and a few cute tins that I didn’t know what to do with, I ended up cutting down the lip balms and scooping out the healing salves, putting them in to the tins, and melting them down to make lip balms that I would actually use.
FT B 3The space above my cabinet above my toilet, where I highlight a framed card from a friend,
my elephants, and a rockin Bluetooth speaker
For the items to be kept into the bathroom, they immediately got put into organizers with like items. I am trying to get away from having all of our bathroom supplies out on the counters and shelves, so organizing them while in a different room made it so that I had to designate an actual home for my stuff. I ended up with 2 small plastic storage containers, one with all of the cold and flu meds for the household and one for all other medicines, like headache medicines and bandages. I kept one zipper pouch for my essential oils. I have 2 small flip top containers, one that has our nail files and clippers, and all of my hair removal stuff like the epilator and my manfriend’s shaver, and one that has my accessories in it like handmade fascinators and my extra earrings. The items that I use often are in the over the toilet cabinet, like my homemade scalp serum, emu oil for my face, facial dry brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, and vitamin jars (yes, I pour my vitamins into their own jars).
FT B 4The space below the sink, where we store all medicines, towels, etc.
In the end, I didn’t get rid of all too much, at least in comparison to how much I one got rid of years ago, but now it is once again the bare minimum of what I use and need, and everything is so well organized again! I do have about 5 items that I enjoy but don’t need and probably won’t purchase again after they are used, and those items are now in the forefront so I am reminded to use them up. These items are a hair cream, a lotion, and a few other gifted items that smell nice or feel nice but are not mandatory to my way of life. I am as excited to use them as I am to use them up and regain that space! Ultimately, I would love to get to so few items that I can have everything out and not have it feel cluttered!
Contents of my cabinet (that are not homemade):
Dr. Bronner’s Hair Crème in Lavender: Click Here
Nubian Heritage Lotion in Olive and Green Tea: Click here
Pacifica Solid Perfume in French Lilac: Click here
Bass Facial Dry Brush: Click here
Badger Facial Cleansing Oil in Damascus Rose: Click here
Crystal Essence Mineral Roll On Deodorant in Lavender White Tea: Click here
Pure Montana Emu Oil: Click here
SIBU Rejuvenating Night Cream: Click here

5 Bathroom Basics

.I often see minimalism and zero waste/low waste colliding, and I tend to see it most in the bathroom. I was about a year or so in to my minimalism journey when I started my low waste journey, and thankfully I didn’t have to make all too many changes in my bathroom to accommodate both. I see so many conversations floating about in my online groups about what is considered a necessity for what area of the home. I have compiled the top 5 items that I feel are necessities for the bathroom if you are trying to walk the blurry line between Zero/Low Waste and Minimalism.

One: Menstrual Cups and/or Cloth Pads: I know that I enjoy my menstrual cup and will never go back to cotton tampons. I never really used single use pads and see no reason for me to get reusable pads, but I included them in this list because they truly are useful for those who prefer pads. These options help by way of minimalism because you are able to have products that are reusable as opposed to single use, and with single use items you always have to store extras. This factors into zero waste because you’re not tossing these items, duh! You are able to sanitize and reuse for years on end, creating much less waste.

Get the Size 1 Diva Cup here.

Get the Size 2 Diva Cup here.

Two: Body/Face Dry Brush: Starting dry brushing was a game changer for my health and wellness. Since starting dry brushing my face, I have been able to stop using face soaps, moisturizers, and exfoliators. With dry brushing of my body, it has reduced how visible my cellulite is, smoothed my skin, reduces my body odor, and helped me to stop using soap, lotion, and exfoliators. The same 2 brushes have lasted me for years and are compostable. They are easily sanitized by spraying them with alcohol. I have been able to do away with almost all of my shower and cabinet items just by using these 2 items.

Get the facial dry brush here.

And the body dry brush here.

Three: Epilator: I have a magical epilator that has an attachable shaver head. I know that safety razors are very popular amongst zero wasters, but I feel like I found my own perfect solution. My epilator recharges via wall outlet and is easily cleaned with an included brush. My epilator removes hair by the root from my legs, which over time damages the follicle enough to not really grow. I am now at the point where I only need to epilate once every few months. The shaver head comes in handy for my bikini line and my underarms. There are no disposable heads, no razors to ensure proper disposal of, and one item takes the place of any additional pieces.

Get the dual head epilator here.

Four: Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is one of those One Size Fits All type super products lately. Everyone is clamoring about how amazing coconut oil is, and for good reason. One jar can do the following (and more):

  • brush your teeth with coconut oil instead of toothpaste
  • use as a defrizzer or hair serum
  • use before the shower and be able to skip conditioner
  • use as a lotion
  • can be used as a facial moisturizer (use with caution, as it may not suit your skin)
  • oil pull with it for superior oral health and body detox
  • remove waterproof make up
  • anti bacterial and anti viral properties, so excellent as a healing salve
  • natural spf of 8, good for a natural sunscreen
  • when taken internally, will act as a mild laxative

Get Nutiva Organic coconut oil here.

Five: Glass Nail File: I love my glass nail file. Instead of generally hoarding a ton of emery boards, I have been using the same 1 glass nail file for the past 3 years. Glass nail files can last an entire life time and then be recycled, they also close the nail bed as opposed to a regular emery board leaves it open. Closed nail beds lead to stronger nails that grow longer and last through much more nail use. I use my nails as an extension of my fingers, so this is especially helpful for me! I have 2 glass nail files, one for my purse and one for my bathroom, and gifted some to my friends who still are loving them years later.

Get a 5 pack of glass nail files for less than 3$ here.

What bathroom items do you find to be your essentials?