Well, technically it's more like the fifth step since we've moved lol. But it was the first step in consciously clearing through my things with a goal in mind. I started with my bathroom which may seem like the worst place to start to some. If you remember though, I told you that our bathroom is the size of a closet so it's really not that bad. I don't have a picture to show you, but the medicine cabinet is home to creams, cotton balls, q-tips, scissors, tweezers, lotions, pretty much everything but actual medicine. And the cabinet under the sink is filled with our towels, wash cloths, and toilet paper. We don't store our medicine in the medicine cabinet anymore because I found out that it's actually a bad place for it. This came from the University Of Denver Colorado website:
"Most medicine should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees, and kept away from moisture as it can make them less potent before their expiration date. This is especially true for tablets and capsules. For example, a warm, muggy environment can cause aspirin tablets to break down into vinegar and salicylic acid, which can irritate the stomach. In fact, salicylic acid is the active ingredient in facial chemical peels. So, you can imagine what it could do to your stomach if you ingest it.
The main thing that I did in the bathroom was throw out everything expired and put all the extra hand towels and towels in my Goodwill box. How many extra towels do you really need? lol Since my bathroom took a total of 10 minutes to do, I decided to move on to the next issue for me. The kitchen. I'll admit, the kitchen is going to be a tough one for me and I'm pretty sure it will require repeat purges until I get it how I imagine. But I just couldn't put off my main cabinet any longer. It's literally a visual irritant to me. Family and friends always comment on how nice it looks, but for some reason it just bothers me. I do have pictures for this part, but I don't have a picture of the cabinet at it's beginning. In the past months I've been decluttering and rearranging it and after today's purge, this is where it's at:
The Kitchn. If you've never heard of the site, go there now. Seriously. There's a lot of awesome stuff on there. And no, I'm not being paid to say this. Our Epic (Almost) A-Z Guide to Organizing Your Kitchen is the post where this idea comes from.