Friday, May 15, 2009

Spring Organizing Challenge - Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Spring Organizing Challenge!! How did last week’s challenge go?? Comments? Questions? Issues??

This week you are challenged to focus on your bathroom. Yes, bathrooms need to be organized too.

1. Pick one drawer, cabinet or corner and start there.
2. Pull everything out and start sorting.
a. Check expiration dates on medicines and make-up – throw away anything that has expired
b. Group duplicates together. For example, if you have three extra bottles of shampoo, put them together.
3. Once it is all sorted, take another honest look at everything. Is there make-up that you really won’t wear again? Is there lotion that you just don’t like the smell of? Or do you have enough shampoo samples from the Marriott to provide for an entire small nation? If so, how about purging some of it. Pass the unused cosmetics and toiletries to a women’s shelter. Or, vow not to buy another bottle of shampoo (no matter how good the sale) until you have used up all those sample bottles.
4. When you are putting everything back, keep like items together. Also, consider using the shelf stands that are sold in almost any store like Wal-Mart or Target. Follow this link to see what I mean - These allow you to utilize the vertical space in your cabinets and make it easier to see everything you have. When you know what you have, it is simpler to keep inventory.

Here are the benefits:

• You will reduce clutter in your bathroom.
• You will save money because you will be using up what you already have, rather than buying more of things that you just couldn’t find.
• You will be environmentally-friendly because you are using what you already have rather than consuming more.
• You will save yourself the stress of running out of products because it will be simple to keep inventory of what you have.
• Should you decide to donate your excess, you will be helping out someone in need which is good for your soul.

Remember – share your thoughts!!! We all want to hear what you did, how it went, challenges you faced, etc. Good luck and have fun!!

Meagan Farrell, professional organizer, is the owner of Clear the Clutter organizing services. She can be reached at (360) 631-7268 or at Check out her blog at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks - I've started doing this. When I organized a bathroom drawer, I found 14 lipsticks! And I had been planning to buy one, thinking I was almost out...

It takes so little time - why do I keep putting it off?