So our first tip for cleaning? Scrutinize. Everything.
Whenever we're preparing for a move, or feel a spring cleaning purge coming on, we sit down on the floor and reach under the sink.
First, go through products that have never used before. Can they be donated? Do you have a lotion in a scent you can't stand, but your good friend loves? Give it away.
If you need to pare down in the cleaning agent department, do it the right way. Dispose of your chemicals responsibly. Clean out empties that can be recycled, or save them for making your own household cleaners.
As for makeup, you can send empty containers to Origins to be recycled.
If you have just a little bit of this or that, and you'd like to use it up, check out this post about getting every last drop out of a container.
Ladies, we can't sing enough praises for one way to de-clutter that bathroom cabinet (and keep trash out of the sewer system and landfills); forgo the one-use-only fem products and opt for a very eco-friendly option.
Once you've organized your products, you can more easily containerize them. We've found that keeping items we use daily most accessible helps to cut down on unused clutter in high-traffic areas (the top drawer).