Today, we are going to talk about cleansing your body of toxic crap. Yes, I've talked about doing a Simple Detox before, but that's not what we are talking about today. I'm talking about the crap that is lurking in your bathroom cupboards... ahhh yes, I think you know what I mean! Yep. Your 4,000 Bath and Body Works Products! Cleanse your body, by detoxing the Bathroom. You didn't think this was going to be a minimalist post... but it totally is. In any case, our bathroom is a reflection of how we are feeling! How messy is yours right now?
I am a former Bath & BodyWorks hoarder. A queen if you will. I’m a sucker for pretty smelling things, but I am not a fan of chemical concoctions. Since 2013 I’ve gone totally hippie and use oils & natural solutions for everything in my home, to make things smell good (including myself!) and it’s been great! No judgement here if you are a hardcore BBW fan! I indulge in a candle or a lotion once in a blue moon... usually around fall since it’s my favorite time of the year, and I love Pumpkin smelling anything! I digress... what I want to focus on in this chapter is the 46 different body lotions, washes, and sprays you have that are taking up 3 cabinets worth of space in your bathroom. Or maybe have even overflowed into a second bathroom!
Ask yourself this question, “Do I need all of these?” Don’t give yourself credit here. You know, I know, and all the other mamas reading this know the answer.
You don’t need all of them.
You really don’t need them.
You need water. You need sleep. You need food. You need human contact and physical touch. You need a creative outlet. You don’t need 4,000 Bath & BodyWorks products. Now that we got that out of the way, I think you see where I’m headed. Narrow it down mama! No one is telling you to trash it all. By all means if you have brand new ones that you don’t want or really intend to use, donate them to a shelter or to your church. Someone will be totally thrilled and grateful to receive that goodie. If you don’t like to waste, create a small (keyword SMALL) bin with some extras that you will use once the ones in your shower are empty and store the bin in a linen cupboard out of reach of little hands. If you're wanting to go full detox, and remove it all, go for it. There are so many amazing body care and skincare products offered by doTERRA, that I've got you covered! (without the toxic crap!)
Now take this same process and apply it to the other toiletries in your cupboards. And the items in your medicine cabinet! Check the dates on any medications to see if they are expired. If they have expired, please be sure to look up and see how to dispose of them properly. Take a look at your towels. Do you have enough towels in your bathroom for everyone that uses that bath or shower? Or do you have more than enough and could shed a few to a guest cabinet/linen closet/or donate to a local animal shelter? How many bottles of shampoo and conditioner are in your shower? Is it for a practical reason, like a special hair/scalp condition? Or is it because you just randomly have 4 different shampoos because you never use them up? Or maybe you have empty bottles in the shower you intend to throw out each time but never do. Whatever the case, assess the space. Identify what you need in there, and respond accordingly.
- Set a Timer Working in intervals will help you prevent yourself from burning out. If you set out to clear out a space and it seems overwhelming, set the timer. Depending on how you are feeling, you can work anywhere from 5 minute intervals up to 30 minute intervals. Make sure that you are taking breaks in between, as it is important to sustain your energy to continue. My favorite thing about this too, sometimes I like to race the clock and see who dings first!
- Rock some Tunes Maybe there are some people out there that work best in silence, but that is SO not me! I need some good jams to keep me in an upbeat mood so that I'm not grouchy mom when my 5 year old interrupts me. Make yourself a playlist and get going. You know what lights you up, so put it together and turn it up! Who cares if your kids look at you funny while you're rocking out to *NSYNC?
It could just be me... haha I don’t know why, but the bathroom(s) seem like such a huge chore. Maybe it’s because we feel like we are drowning amongst the warm vanilla sugar and japanese cherry blossom, and just don’t know how to move forward. Or we get side tracked and start judging our cleaning skills (or lack thereof) and start scrutinizing everything we see, from the toilet ring to the dust behind the toilet. No judgement here. You are in the process of detoxing and clearing out your space. Once it is clear, then you will have no trouble getting it clean.
This is also a good time to evaluate if the products you are using are products you want to continue using. I’m not telling you to go hippie like I did, (okay, okay, I secretly am) but if you are looking to use greener-cleaner products in your home... now is the time to do it. If you are letting go of the chemicals and fragrance, cool. remember that what we put on our bodies, goes into our bodies! I have tons of natural and DIY recipes all over the blog, so poke around! If you're not ready for that yet, still cool! You gotta use what makes you happy and what makes you feel good.
I hope that this was super helpful and helps you tackle all of the bathrooms in your home!