This post is part of a Monday series on simplifying. The series began with 10 Reasons to Start Simplifying Now.
I’m enjoying this mission of simplifying my home. I find the results satisfying: our home has more breathing room, and the things I choose to keep are useful or special in some way.
The process of simplifying isn’t always simple, though, and I often make a mess while I’m “evaluating” items. When I go on my simplifying kicks, Eric groans and calls me a holy terror.
“Are you simplifying again?” He asks, as I wander around the apartment, peering into cupboards and rummaging through closets.
“Yes! It’s good, though! Really. It’s good to simplify.”
And while simplifying isn’t my husband’s hobby, we do share a vision for what we want our home to be like. This is my way of helping us get there. He lets me do it…as long as I don’t start simplifying away all his things!
One area that we both agree benefits from a good de-clutter is the shower.
The shower collects the clutter of
- shampoos (more than one kind, of course)
- conditioners (ditto)
- body washes
- scrub brushes
- bar soap (for the guys)
- shaving cream
- body scrub
- bubble bath
- plastic kids’ toys
Why do teenage girls, and their moms, and 20-somethings, and every other woman have soooo many hair and body products, anyway?
Most showers are ill-equipped to corral the stuff that we “need” to have with us to get clean. We install new hardware and suction cups and shower towers to contain the toppling plastic bottles. When really, we should just toss the bottles!
This is how we’ve decided to simplify the shower: we share the same products. Our shower has
- 1 bottle of shampoo
- 1 bottle of conditioner
- 1 bar of soap
It wasn’t so hard, really. When I got “natural” a few years ago, I purged a lot of body products that contained harmful ingredients.
I’ve replaced them with items that are gentler on our skin and hair and have “neutral” fragrances and packaging. The Yes to Carrots shampoo works for both of us, and I use the conditioner. We use the oatmeal-and-almond Yardley London bar soap. It’s inexpensive and isn’t harsh or drying.
Nope, I didn’t even keep the fruity-scented shaving gel. It’s a rip-off, and I’m tired of wiping it off the walls when I press the pump too hard. Now I just use a dab of shampoo.
I’m a simplifier, really, not a minimalist. But when it comes to organizing the shower, minimalism makes sense.
How many bottles do you have in your shower? Are there any you can toss?
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