If you want to reduce the clutter in your cupboards to keep it simplified, organised and tidy long term you will have to keep hold of ONE simple rule.
USE ONE PRODUCT FOR EACH TASK AND DON’T BUY ANOTHER UNTIL IT’S GONE.
We see a bottle of cleaner or new shampoo at the store, maybe it’s a good price or someone you know uses it so, you buy it. We all do this. But if you want to keep your cupboards uncluttered there is ONE rule that can really help keep it organised.
Let’s break down why the rule is so important;
If you have a product that is working well enough for a particular job, don’t buy another.
What can happen is that we try it, we don’t hate it, but we don’t LOVE it, so we try something else…don’t do it.
What happens is we find it too hard to tip the contents out of a half-full bottle, and we don’t want to throw it away either, which is exactly how you end up with half-used bottles and clutter in your cupboards.
HOW? USE UP EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU BUY ANOTHER
I have gone an extra 2 weeks using the very last of something before I bought another. Cleaner, foundation, moisturiser. I cut open the container if I have to and keep using it till it’s all gone, (the things we do) but it works!
Yes buy in bulk, but do this with awareness and have some way of remembering what you have in the cupboard.
And don’t open another packet, bottle or container of something when there is one still unfinished.
USE ONE PRODUCT FOR EACH TASK
Decide on the product you prefer to use, or at least when you purchase a product, stick with it till you know you really don’t like it or it doesn’t work.
This goes for all types of products. Don’t buy multiple types of body lotion when you already have enough to use.
If you can find a product that will clean multiple surfaces you are winning!
I don’t like having multiple shampoos, conditioner and body wash filling the shower shelves, one of each till it’s gone.
BUY IN BULK FOR THINGS IF YOU CAN
We use hand soap in our home in multiple places, 4 in fact. The kitchen, 2 bathrooms and the laundry. I have decided to use one type in all areas so I don’t have hassles. I buy one large refill and top them all up as needed.
I buy a brand that is kind on the environment but still keeps our hands clean. We don’t go with whatever gimmick hand soap or dispenser that is being advertised on tv or at the store, we just use the simplest system so there is enough soap.
Items I tend to buy in large bulk amounts are;
General Cleaning Products
I don’t buy in bulk the following;
Personal Products (make-up/facial cleaner)
Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Soap
Sanitary Hygiene Items
IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVING SUFFICIENT
Sufficient means adequate, enough, a content amount.
Most of us have more than we really need, and the idea of running out of something is pretty unrealistic when there is a supermarket every 5km.
Surplus means, extra, more, excess.
More to keep track of, look after, store and organise. It can lead to waste if we forget, or excess to requirements and remains unused.
Getting into the mindset that what you have will often be sufficient enough is a mindset shift and a skill to learn.
You will save money and you will save yourself time on cleaning out cupboards, you will also save the environment by not have so many bottles and cleaners.