I'm interrupting our regularly scheduled January Cure programming for an important announcement: WE ARE PAST THE HALFWAY POINT! Know that there is a big cheer and round of applause going out to all of you from me, as I sit here at my computer. I know how much extra effort doing this adds to everyone's already busy days and I'm hoping that you feel that being part of the Cure is paying off. I want to also thank everyone right now for your participation in the comment threads - the energy coming back from the community this time around has been awesome. And, now, on to our next victory...
Go through your medicine cabinet and bathroom storage areas, cleaning and clearing.
Unsurprisingly, the cabinets in bathrooms tend to be one of the biggest clutter magnet trouble spots in many homes. (Tiny shampoo bottles from hotels and Sephora samples, I'm looking at you!) The good news is that there are some simple guidelines that will help make the decision making process on what can stay and what should go a bit easier.
Here's the cleanout process:
First, take everything out of the cabinet and keep like things together, sorting by type of item as you go. Use a good all purpose cleaner to wipe down the interior and shelves. Also clean any organizing caddies, containers or boxes.
Now, comes the purge. Have a trash bag and an outbox bag on hand and then dig in while keeping this in mind: your cabinets are not a storage warehouse. You don't need to keep everything that you MIGHT need someday. Keep what you actively use and let the rest go, using the following simple guidelines from the Eight Step Home Cure.
Dispose of everything that:
• You haven't used in 12 months
• Is past the expiration date
• Is empty or nearly empty
• You don't need any longer
Note: Follow proper disposal guidelines for medications. Here's a post with good info and links.
Once you've done the sort, replace the items you are keeping, taking care to give the items you use most often the most visible and/or easily accessible spots.
Add anything that needs replacing to your shopping list.
Voila! Cleaner, clearer and you know exactly what you've got and where it is.
How are you doing? Check in and let us know in the comments: Are you going strong or feeling a little over it all when it comes to the Cure? Wherever you are at and however you are feeling, know that tomorrows assignment is all about you and your own individual Cure, so hang in there...