Gather your bath bombs, shampoo, makeup, and product samples, it’s time for the June Use It Up Challenge. Bathrooms can be an area that collects a lot of clutter but we don’t always notice it right away. All of those items stuffed in a drawer or closet can make you lose track of what you are using and what’s being ignored. That’s why this month’s challenge focus is on bath items. Over the years you may have collected various items that were used for a while, but then forgotten as new items made their way into the room.
June Use It Up Challenge – Bath items
What is the Use It Up Challenge?
This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.
If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.
Where to start?
First thing is to gather up all of the useable items in your bathroom. Empty out all of those drawers to find exactly what’s in them. Check your linen closet as well. Take out everything so that nothing is left behind. Who knows, there may be something you had forgotten about tucked behind all of your towels.
The next step is to sort all of these items into categories. Makeup, soap, toothpaste, towels, etc. This will give you an overall view of how many items from each category you have. Make sure you check on expiry dates as you go. You don’t want to be using products that are expired, those should be disposed of properly.
Don’t forget about all of the travel-sized items. These can include samples or the extras from hotel rooms from your travels. These need to be used up as well. In fact, you can make these a priority since they tend to be single-use items.
If you find that some of your towels are getting ragged, you can cut them up and make cleaning rags out of them. This will give them a new purpose.
While the room is cleared out of items, give it a thorough cleaning.
Now that you know what you have, make a plan to start using it up. Focus on the items nearing their expiry dates or half-empty bottles.
What I’m using up
Since I gave my bathroom a thorough declutter not too long ago, there aren’t a ton of items in there. However, there are some things that I will be working on using up. There are a number of small soaps and shampoo bottles I have from travel that should be used. The shampoos will be quickest to use up, as the bottles are small enough that an entire one is used up in one go. I also have a few small tubes of toothpaste from previous dentist visits that I will be using, as some of them are coming close to their expiry date.
These small travel-sized bottles are also a great item to put in your home emergency kit. So if you have an excess of them consider putting a few in your emergency kit.
Will you be joining the June Use It Up Challenge? If so, what bath items will you be using up first?